Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County
On the Rainy River. Birchdale and Frontier accesses open to all boats. The river channel is open in front of Vidas landing but still 10' of shore ice. Open water goes just west of Clementson. Sturgeon fishing is open. Catch and release now through April 23, keep season opens April 24th. Info at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/river-fishing.
Up at the NW Angle, walleye fishing this past week was good. The pike bite is also active for those still getting out on the ice. Pike season open all year at LOW and Rainy River. Info on lodging and spring fishing at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.
The Rainy River is open approximately 3 miles East of Birchdale, with open water showing at the Franz Jevne Rapids. Fishing good in shallow pockets 10-12 feet using gold or glow jig tipped with minnow. Up at the NW Angle, good fishing continues. Snowmobiles with snow on ice the best. Good numbers of walleyes, saugers, perch and pike. Crappies being caught just over border. Good fishing is happening. Work through resorts. For resort info, www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging. Check out our Facebook page for daily updates at Lake of the Woods Tourism.
Does anyone have the GPS coordinates for the island "Ballard's" call "Black Island"? We are going to fish with them in June and I would like to see the island from space using the Google Earth site. Kindly PM me.
Thanks in advance,
26° - 30° F
Whoa! What a storm! After it was all said and done, we ended up with about 18" of snow. We're plowed out now, but as you can see whatever we had melted away in the last weeks has been very quickly replaced!
The morning and evening bite has been good, in 15-20' along the Canadian line. Adrian's Road has been plowed out to Pine Island only, and that is all the farther it is going (due to a very large, very impassable drift). At this time there is no vehicle traffic on the lake, snowmobiles, sled dogs, or track vehicles only. Perch numbers have been increasing up on the reefs. It is highly recommended to have a GPS as most of the snowmobile trail stakes have been removed. As of yesterday, the Rainy River was open about 8 miles east of Birchdale. The Kuttes Access at Pelland had only a thin layer of shore ice that had blown in yesterday.
On the Rainy River, open water is 10 miles East of Birchdale. Best depths 18-20'. Use pink, glow, or chartreuse tipped with live minnow or fathead.
Up at the NW Angle, fishing remains excellent and anglers are still accessing lake with snowmobiles and collapsible houses. Call ahead to resort(s) for details this time of year. For list of resorts, www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.
Mornings and evenings still most active with short flurries throughout the day. From Arnesen's, Long Point, Zippel Bay, and Graceton in 24-26 feet. Green/white, silver, or red/white tipped with minnow. Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island good in 17-19 or 22-28. Hug close to Pine or head north 5-6 miles. Pink or gold the colors to use tipped with minnows. Electronics still beneficial. Northern pike fishing picking up in Zippel Bay, Bostic Bay, and 4 Mile Bay in 9-12 feet with live sucker minnow.
On the rainy River, open water is visible 15 miles East of Birchdale. Ice fishing continues to be good mornings and evenings in 17-19 feet. Use pink, gold, chartreuse with live minnow.
Up at the NW Angle, walleyes continue to be active with perch, pike, and tulibees in the mix. Fish 22-26 feet using gold or pink tipped with minnow head or live shiner. Good crappie bite continues just over the border into Canada. For lodging info, www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/lodging.