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Lake of the Woods

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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.

For more ice fishing information visit Ice Fishing Lake of the Woods .

     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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IceFishingFIRST

Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report April 20th
IceFishingFIRST
The Rainy River continues to produce good numbers of sturgeon this week. Anglers have had good success at 4 Mile Bay, Wheeler's Point, the International Bridge, and Clementson Rapids. Many boats are spread in between fishing their favorite sturgeon ...

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MuskieFIRST

Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report April 13th
MuskieFIRST
Rainy River fishing is picking up as water temps warm to the lower 40's. Reports of up to 75 walleyes a day. For those not catching big numbers, still catching fish. Vertical jigging up to 2 feet off bottom with pink or chartreuse jigs tipped with ...

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ice won't be a problem on fishing opener for Minnesota anglers
Minneapolis Star Tribune
All Brainerd-area lakes are open. Lake Winnibigoshish had half open water on Friday, meaning ice could be gone any day. Ditto for Lake Vermilion. Even Lake of the Woods, on the Minnesota-Ontario border, had some open water last week, and the ...

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MuskieFIRST

Lake Of The Woods MN Fishing Report 03-30-15
MuskieFIRST
Lake Of The Woods MN Fishing Report 03-30-15. Lake of the Woods Minnesota Tourism Published March 30, 2015. Ice fishing still continues for a handful of resorts, others have pulled houses. Rely and work through resorts. In addition, here is an ice road ...

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WalleyeFIRST

Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report April 6th
WalleyeFIRST
The ice season for most is finished up and anglers are focusing on the open water of the Rainy River. Walleye season on this border water is open through April 14th and then again on May 9th. Sturgeon can be caught through May 15th. Pike season is open ...

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OutdoorHub

Christian Laettner: Basketball Star and Muskie Fisherman Extraordinaire
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That changed in 1996 when Brandys invited Laettner to fish muskies on Lake of the Woods along Minnesota's border with northwestern Ontario, Canada. The trip made Laettner a muskie-fishing addict. “I asked Sol why we wasted our time golfing when we ...

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