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Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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8/15/19 @ 8:38 PM
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Full Moon
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71° - 75° F
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81° - 88° F
betta than baitbucket
betta than baitbucket
User since 12/20/05

Had an amazing day at the Northwest Angle. Was sunny with scattered showers. Ended up having a four fish day with a bonus monster pike! Best bait was black Inhaler buck tail with chartreuse blades. Good luck out there all, and tight lines!

7/30/19 @ 8:18 AM
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Waning Crescent
betta than baitbucket
betta than baitbucket
User since 12/20/05

What a great week long trip to Lake of the woods musky fishing! Ended up getting 9 fish for the week with countless follows. Fishing was really just starting to heat up as we were leaving, we were lucky enough to catch the front end of the bite. Best baits were black and white bar  crane bait (as seen in video) and black inhaler bucktail with chartreuse blades. Tight lines out there, and good luck! 

7/1/19 @ 4:02 PM
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Waning Crescent
MNJoe
Joe Henry
User since 2/8/12

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".

Lake of the Woods Tourism
(218) 634-1174
6/10/19 @ 4:21 PM
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First Quarter
MNJoe
Joe Henry
User since 2/8/12

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.  

Lake of the Woods Tourism
(218) 634-1174
6/3/19 @ 4:56 PM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
User since 4/2/14

Hello from Sunset Lodge!

Water temps in the Northwest Angle are varying between 55 degrees and 59 in shallower areas.

In Minnesota, the bite has been very good. Big fish have been caught trolling crank baits in less than 15 feet of water. Keeper size walleye are being found in 18-22 feet with orange and parakeet jigs and a minnow being the most preferred combo. We saw multiple fish over 28 inches this week!

The fish in Canada have been smacking pink and white, and parakeet jigs tipped with a shiner or minnow in 22-26 feet of water. Aggressiveness has picked up with the rising temperatures. Anglers are reporting a good number of multi specie catches including crappie, perch, walleye, sauger, bass and pike.

Open water season is just getting started and will only improve!

?We hope to see you soon!

Sunset Lodge

Sunset Lodge
(218) 223-8211
5/23/19 @ 2:10 PM
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Waning Gibbous
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
User since 4/2/14

Up here in the Northwest Angle lines are tight and fish are biting! Water temps are warmer in the shallows at 50-52 degrees to upper 40’s in the main lake.

Recent weather was not great but the fishing was. Some of the best action has been within a few miles of the lodge. Walleyes have been found anywhere from 3 to 30ft. 22-30ft with a jig and minnow is best during daylight hours.

Multiple trophy walleye were caught this week including a couple 28’s and one 31 inch. The bite off of the dock late evening is really heating up and will produce limits.

Come up soon to take advantage of great spring fishing!

Sunset Lodge


Sunset Lodge
(218) 223-8211
5/6/19 @ 3:08 PM
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Waxing Crescent
MNJoe
Joe Henry
User since 2/8/12

On the south end... Walleye season opens Saturday, May 11th.  As of Monday, May 6th on the main basin, miles of open water with some ice patches still floating around.  Walleye and sauger populations strong, thus good opener expected.  Go to will be jig and frozen shiner.  Pike and sturgeon seasons are open and reports excellent.  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 and pike fishing has been excellent.  The go to presentation for sturgeon a 4-6 ounce no roll sinker, sturgeon rig and a few nightcrawlers or combo crawlers and frozen emerald shiners.  Pike being caught in shallow bays.  It is expected there will be good walleyes in the river come opening day with cold water temps.  With stronger than normal current, bring heavy jigs if jigging.

Up at the NW Angle...  Mainly open water areas with some ice chunks.  A bit of boating activity this week as open water increased.  Resorts getting ready for May 11th opener.  Most will be using a jig and minnow adjacent shoreline structure, points and neck down areas.  

Lake of the Woods Tourism
(218) 634-1174
4/29/19 @ 3:35 PM
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Waning Crescent
MNJoe
Joe Henry
User since 2/8/12

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.

Lake of the Woods Tourism
(218) 634-1174
4/22/19 @ 3:09 PM
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Waning Gibbous
MNJoe
Joe Henry
User since 2/8/12

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. 

Lake of the Woods Tourism
(218) 634-1174
4/15/19 @ 3:29 PM
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MOON PHASE (81%)
Waxing Gibbous
MNJoe
Joe Henry
User since 2/8/12

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.  

Lake of the Woods Tourism
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