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     Lake of the Woods is a pristine wilderness lake with over 65,000 miles of shoreline. Its crystal clear blue waters are studded with nearly 14,000 islands. Only a few places feature wide expanses of open water, most of the lake consists of narrow channels, large islands and long bays. The lake's fish species include walleye, northern pike, muskie, smallmouth bass, lake trout and yellow perch.

    Lake of the Woods is heavily populated with walleye, which is the prime fish sought by anglers. Walleye are literally everywhere in the lake, limits are easily obtained with many conventional fishing techniques.

In spring, pre-spawn walleye congregate at the mouth of Rainy River and in the river near Franz Jevne State Park. Bait fishing proves to be an excellent tactic. Shad-raps baited with crawlers is a great combination along with trolling in the sand dragging leeches.

In summer & fall, the South Shore is full of walleye. Some of the best spots are at the Morris Point Gap, out by the red buoy, and by Lamertson's Rock. Most fish are caught in 10 ft-11 ft of water over rock bottom. The best bait to try are leeches and crawlers with a hammered gold spinner. Fishing is also excellent in the Northwest Angle & Islands, reefs in 19-20 ft of water are the prime hotspots.

In winter, anglers can ice fish to their hearts' content in the South Shore for walleye and sauger during the day or all night long. They can also add variety by checking out the hot northern pike action in tip-up and spearing houses. Rainy River also boasts a fantastic fishery, with many icehuts available for winter anglers.

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     Noted for its abundance of muskie and numerous world class trophies, Lake of the Woods still proves to be one of the best waters for trophy muskie fishing. The muskie action picks up in late summer and early fall, with most anglers concentrating their efforts in the Northwest Angle and Islands.

Lake of the Woods Northeast (includes Kenora, Ray Portage Bay, Witch Bay, Andrew Bay, Yellow Girl Bay, Sunset Channel, Bigstone Bay) Lake of the Woods is a premier fishing destination, and this map includes Kenora, Rat Portage Bay, Witch Bay, Andrew Bay, Yellow Girl Bay, Sunset Channel and Bigstone Bay. Walleye, smallmouth bass and musky lead the way, but this fishery produces good numbers of northern pike and yellow perch too.

Lake of the Woods Northwest (includes Clearwater Bay, Labyrinth Bay, Monument Bay, Ptarmigan Bay, Big Narrows, Bishop Bay) This map details Clearwater Bay, Labyrinth Bay, Monument Bay, Ptarmigan Bay, Big Narrows and Bishop Bay. Walleye, smallmouth bass and musky lead the way, but this fishery produces good numbers of northern pike and yellow perch too.

Lake of the Woods Southeast (includes Sabaskong Bay, Nestor Falls Whitefish Bay, Sioux Narrows, Regina Bay, Long Bay, Lobstick Bay, Miles Bay) Lake of the Woods' tremendous fishing makes this a popular destination for anglers. Most fishers come for the quality walleye, smallmouth bass and musky. This map includes Sabaskong Bay, Nestor Falls Whitefish Bay, Sioux Narrows, Regina Bay, Long Bay, Lobstick Bay and Miles Bay.

Lake of the Woods Southwest (includes Big/Little Traverse Bay - Ontario/Minnesota) This map covers everything anglers need to know about the Southwest area of Lake of the Woods around Big/Little Traverse Bay, Ontario/Minnesota. Walleye, smallmouth and musky attract big-time attention.

Rainy Lake North (includes Redgut Bay, Manitou Sound, Northeast and Northwest bays) Resting on the Minnesota/Ontario border, Rainy Lake boasts large numbers of walleye in addition to being a premier smallmouth bass fishery. This map details Redgut Bay.

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Lake of the Woods NEWS!

Christian Science Monitor

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Christian Science Monitor
In June 2007, Dennis VanDenbos, a high school science teacher from Lander, Wyo., was attending an education conference at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. ... Those states already have made clear their intention to revive ...

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DNR Outdoors News
Hibbing Daily Tribune
“Northern pike are abundant in Mille Lacs Lake,” said Brad Parsons, central region fisheries manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “During the winter season that starts Tuesday, Dec. 1, regulations will be in effect that are meant ...


Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report 11-24
On the Rainy River, walleye fishing remains good. With rain, more current this week. More walleyes and larger walleyes are showing up in the river. Good reports at various spots from Wheeler's Point to Frontier Access. The fish prefer jig and minnow ...

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Walker Pilot Independent
In the Baudette area, bays and tributaries on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River were beginning to freeze over. Resorts and local residents are working hard to get ready for the upcoming ice fishing season. CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) responded to a ...

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Search for lone missing Lake of the Woods boater winds down Press
Two days later, a resident of nearby Flag Island found the body of Ostendorf, who was raised in the Twin Cities, at the island's northeast corner. Flag and Oak islands are on the north end of Minnesota's portion of Lake of the Woods along the Canadian ...

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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report 11-17
Fishing remains good. Walleyes, saugers and some trophy walleyes are being caught in 14-30' of water in front the Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island on the south end of the lake. This school of fish is plentiful and could cause a great bite for early ice ...

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