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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report | 9.16.2019
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On the south end... Strong walleye bite this week. Water temps cooling off, migration has started and walleyes are putting on the feed bag for winter. Walleyes in good numbers along south shore with a big school still in front of Lighthouse Gap (mouth of Rainy River) in 28' - 30'. Various schools of walleyes along south shore and also holding to structure areas. Emerald shiners continue to run in some bays and Rainy River, but not heavy. Anglers having success trolling crankbaits, drifting spinners and anchored up and jigging. The fall jig bite is coming on strong. Some live shiners are available at local resorts and bait shops.

On the Rainy River... Emerald shiners in the river, not a huge run, but it has started. Continued Good reports of walleyes in Four Mile Bay as well as up river east of Baudette. Most common depth, 14-16'. The fall run has definitely started. Snelled spinners and jigging the go to method. Sturgeon anglers also reporting good success as well.

Up at the NW Angle... Walleye fishing excellent. Walleyes being caught in various spots around Garden Island and around islands and in funnel areas between islands. Jigging around structure and pulling spinners or cranks over flats all effective. Crappies and perch activity continues to pick up as water cools.

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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report | 7.8.2019
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On the south end... Walleye fishing is excellent. Healthy mix of eaters (under 19.5"), slots (19.5 - 28") and overs (28"+). Jigging with frozen shiners or leeches super effective. Drifting spinners with crawlers also producing nice walleyes. Main depths are still 29-32'. Gold mixed with orange, pink or chartreuse strong color choices. Some walleyes coming on crankbaits.

On the Rainy River... Sturgeon keep season July 1st - Sep 30. 1 per calendar year 45-50" or over 75". Positive reports from sturgeon anglers. Walleyes relating to holes in river, current seams. Smallies in rocky areas, weed beds and bridges. Pike on edge of weed beds. 42 miles of navigable river.

Up at the NW Angle... Walleye fishing remains excellent. Mayfly hatch nearing end. Drifting spinners west of Little Oak producing combo of eaters and slots. Jigging and pulling spinners on and around reefs in 13-20' and around islands producing walleyes in Ontario. Smallmouth bass being taken on cranks and spinnerbaits over rocks. Big muskies caught and released this week.

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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report | 7.1.2019
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On the south end... Great limits of walleyes continue both over the mud basin of Big Traverse Bay as well over structure. Most anchored up and jigging with frozen shiners or leeches. Drifting spinners with crawlers hot technique as well. Main depths, 29-32' with shallow bites happening based on wind and hatches. Gold mixed with orange, pink or chartreuse strong color choices.

On the Rainy River... River offering up smorgasbord of species. Walleyes coming from current breaks and rocky areas.. Trolling crankbaits producing and a good way to locate fish. Smallies relating to rocks, bridges. Pike in and adjacent to bays and current breaks. Sturgeon season opened July 1st for the catch season and reports are good.

Up at the NW Angle... Walleye fishing remains excellent. Anglers finding mayflies and crayfish in the stomachs of walleyes. Jigging and pulling spinners on and around reefs in 22-28' all producing walleyes. Saugers, pike, and perch also in the mix. Muskie anglers continue to catch fish with some big fish over 50".

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Posted on: 7/1 15:59:39
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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report | 6.10.2019
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On the south end... Summer limits of walleyes and saugers with mixed in big fish. Plenty of fish to eat and take home. Most walleyes coming from 24-32'. Various techniques working as water warms including anchored up and jigging, drifting with spinners and pulling crankbaits. Resorts finding fish all over lake. From Pine Island to Knight and Bridges Islands, north of Garden Island, Zippel Bay, and Long Point. Some walleyes found shallow when wind is right or bait prevalent. Gold, pink, glow and orange good starting points.

On the Rainy River... River offering mixed bag, nice options. Walleyes and saugers being caught in go to areas such as holes, current breaks and sand riffs. Trolling shad raps a good technique to find fish. Smallmouth bass relating to rocks, bridges. Pike in and adjacent to bays and current breaks with spinner baits a good choice, especially around weeds. Sturgeon season opens July 1st for the catch season again.

Up at the NW Angle... Walleye fishing strong on both sides of the border. Anglers in MN finding walleyes in 18-26' with various shallow bites popping up. Spinners with minnow or crawler heating up. In Ontario, walleyes in 22 - 26' with most anglers jigging with minnows. Parakeet, pink and white and orange strong colors. Lot of fish. Saugers, pike, perch and bass also in the mix. Muskies open June 15th in both MN and LOW Ontario.

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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report | 4.29.2019
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On the south end... Walleye season is closed until the MN Fishing Opener, May 11th. Pike and sturgeon are open and reports are excellent. Pike season is open all year long. Back bays on the lake and river are open and full of pike. A combo of big dead baits or slow rolling a spinnerbait, spoon or crankbait are the go to methods. Numerous trophy class pike being caught. All pike 30-40" must be returned with a 3 fish limit and one over 40".

On the Rainy River... Sturgeon fishing has been excellent. Lake Sturgeon are bottom feeders and have been active. The go to presentation a 3-6 ounce no roll sinker, sturgeon rig and a few nightcrawlers or combo crawlers and frozen emerald shiners. The keep season for sturgeon continues through May 7th, May 8 - 15, catch and release only. May 16 - June 30, sturgeon season closed.

Up at the NW Angle... Open water areas increasing rapidly. Open water in the Angle Inlet and between islands. Basin ice deteriorating quickly. Resorts getting ready for May 11th opener.

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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report | 4.22.19
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On the south end... While walleye anglers are looking forward to the MN Fishing Opener, May 11th, the target now is pike and sturgeon. Back bays are becoming ice free and pike are staging for the spawn. Some pike in shallows and ditches. The pike season is open year round. LOW has a very strong population of trophy class pike over 40" long. All pike 30-40" must be returned with a 3 fish limit and one over 40". Parts of the lake have big stretches of open water, spring is here!

On the Rainy River... Sturgeon fishing remains good despite some spring dirty water. Sturgeon are bottom feeders and rely more on smell vs sight to feed. Most using a 3-4 ounce no roll sinker with a 18" sturgeon rig. Some using a colored bead before 4/0 - 5/0 circle hook with a gob of crawlers, frozen emerald shiners or both. Local bait shops have rigs. Catch and release for sturgeon through April 23rd with the keep season starting April 24th.

Up at the NW Angle... The angle has a combo of open water and rotten ice. After an ice fishing season with good numbers of walleyes in the area, resorts getting ready for May 11th opener.

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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report | 4.15.19
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On the south end... Walleye season is closed until the MN Fishing Opener, May 11th. The target now is pike and sturgeon. Pike are staging for the spawn and are open all year long. Back bays are just opening up and will be full of pike soon. A combo of big dead baits or slow rolling a spinnerbait, spoon or crankbait will be the go to methods. LOW has a very strong population of trophy class pike over 40" long. All pike 30-40" must be returned with a 3 fish limit and one over 40".

On the Rainy River... The Big Fork and Little Fork river busted open mid week last week, sending ice and muddy waters into the Rainy River. This slowed the walleye bite which had been excellent with many trophy fish. Sturgeon fishing remains good as they are bottom feeders and rely more on smell vs sight to feed. It's prime time for sturgeon.Catch and release for sturgeon through April 23rd with the keep season starting April 24th.

Up at the NW Angle... A few anglers were on the ice this past week, but ice fishing is basically over. Some open water appearing in neck down areas and current areas. Resorts getting ready for May 11th opener.

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Posted on: 4/15 15:20:23
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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report | 4.1.2019
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Goodwalleye and pike reports for the last week of March.
The last day to leave fish houses on the lake overnight unattended was March 31.
Some anglers still ice fishing with collapsible houses.
Pike action still hot and pre-spawn fish have the feedbag on. 12' hot depth with live sucker minnows or deadbait on quick strike rigs.
Walleyes open through April 14, pike season open continuous.Auger extensions needed.

Rainy River

It's game on for open water walleye and sturgeon fishing.
Boat ramps at Birchdale and Frontier open.
More open water on river daily.Big fish being caught.
Jigging with a minnow or plastic working well.
Some trolling crankbaits with success.
Lots of sturgeon. Remember, catch and release only for walleyes through April 14.
Catch and release for sturgeon through April 23rd with the keep season starting April 24th.

NW Angle

A few anglers still ice fishing.
Walleyescoming from 14-22'.
Saugers and jumbo perch mixed in. Some big pike being caught as well.
This time of year, call ahead to resort for daily info and ice conditions.

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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report | 03.18.2019
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Good reports for those still ice fishing in24-31'. Gold, glow red and glow colors best. Try downsizing presentation. Deadsticking plain hook with live minnow consistent. Morning / evening bite continues in 15-20'. Pike action strong with manyfishover 40" caught again this week. Some resort fish houses still available, many of the resorts are done ice fishing for the year. Check LOW Tourism Facebook page for details. Lots of snow on the lake, slush in spots, best to stay on resort roads or trails.Fishhouses on ice through March 31, walleyes open through April 14, pike season open continuous.Auger extensions needed.



Rainy River

A strong current in the river. River opening up way to the east. Open water fishing will be here soon.



NW Angle

Some good reports from Angle. Best reports are morning and evening. Walleyescoming from 14-22'. Saugers and jumbo perch mixed in. Jig one line, second line dead stick with a plain hook with a live minnow. Some resorts open with fish houses available, some closed. This time of year, call ahead to resort for daily info. If snowmobiling, lots of slush off of the trail, stay on trails.

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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report | 3.11.2019
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Greatreportscontinue to come in for walleyes and saugers.Many of the resorts have moved closer and are within 5 -6 miles of shore. Lots of snow on the lake, best to stay on resort roads or trails.Morning / evening bite continues in 15-20'. Pike action has heated up with many fish over 40" caught this week. Should only get better.Fishhouses on ice through March 31, walleyes open through April 14, pike season open continuous.Thick ice, extensions needed. Resort houses available with good ice. Ice roads open.

Rainy River

A strong current in the river this year and a lot of snow. Snowmobile trail on the river is open and marked from Baudette (downstream from the bridge) to the lake. Stay on the trail for safety.

NW Angle

Excellentreportscontinue from the Angle. Walleyescoming from 22-30'. Saugers and jumbo perch mixed in. Jig one line, second line dead stick with a plain hook with a live minnow. If snowmobiling, lots of slush off of the trail, stay on trails.

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