Lake of the Woods Special Regulations
Lake Of The Woods County, Minnesota

Below are special fishing regulations for Lake of the Woods as regulated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. For complete fishing regulations for Minnesota click here.

General Lake Restrictions


Fishing Bag Limits


  • NORTHERN PIKE

    [Including the Rainy River from the mouth upstream to the dam in International Falls, Baudette and Winter Road Rivers (Lake of the Woods and Koochiching counties), and Warroad River (Roseau County).] All from 30-40" must be immediately released. One over 40" allowed in possession.
  • WALLEYE AND SAUGER

    [Including the Rainy River from the mouth upstream to the dam in International Falls, Baudette and Winter Road Rivers (Lake of the Woods and Koochiching counties), and Warroad River (Roseau County).] May 13, 2017 through Nov. 30, 2017: Possession limit six (not more than four can be walleye; only one walleye over 28"; walleye 19 1/2" to 28" must be immediately released). Dec. 1, 2017 through April 14, 2017: Possession limit eight (not more than four can be walleye; only one walleye over 28"; walleye 19 1/2" to 28" must be immediately released).
  • WALLEYE AND SAUGER

    [Four-Mile Bay (Southeast bay of Lake of the Woods)] March 1, 2017 through April 14, 2017, possession limit two, walleye 19 1/2" to 28" must be immediately released. May 13, 2017 through Nov. 30, 2017: Possession limit six (not more than four can be walleye; only one walleye over 28"; walleye 19 1/2" through 28" must be immediately released). Dec. 1, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2018: Possession limit eight (not more than four can be walleye; only one walleye over 28"; walleye 19 1/2" to 28" must be immediately released).
Please note that the special regulations above my be revised at any time by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources without notice. For complete fishing regulations check with your local DNR