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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 MN Fishing Report May 26th
Great fishing this week as the weather is warming and the water is clearing from last weeks storm. Anchoring and jigging with a frozen shiner is the go to method. Good numbers of limits with a mix of trophy walleyes in 17-24 feet near Lighthouse Gap ...
Sunset Lodge Fishing Report by Dan SchmidtMuskieFIRST

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Lake Of The Woods MN Fishing Opener Recap
As many of you know, Saturday, May 9th was the MN Fishing Opener. Walleye and pike seasons were officially opened for the open water season in the state of MN. Up at Lake of the Woods, many anglers took advantage of the weekend getting out and ...
Statewide Minnesota fishing reportsMinneapolis Star Tribune
Minn. DNR Patrols Lakes in Preparation for Walleye Season OpenerRapid News Network

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Lake Of The Woods MN Fishing Report May 18th
Lots of limits and trophy walleyes in the mix this week. Plenty of saugers and pike as well. Anglers had success fishing Pine Island and Lighthouse Gap in 15-19 feet or 22-26 feet. Heading west anglers fished the fields over rock west of Zippel Bay or ...

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Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report May 11th
Waters were low for the 2015 Minnesota Walleye Opener, but anglers still walked away successful! Limits caught all weekend with a mix of walleyes and saugers and many slot fish thrown back. The limit stays the same at 6 fish, a combo walleyes and ...

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Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Report May 4th
The Lake of the Woods MN walleye opener is this Saturday, May 9th! Same limit as last year includes a combined limit of 6 walleyes and saugers, with up to 4 of those walleyes. Anglers can keep walleyes under 19.5" and one walleye 28 inches and over per ...
All eyes on Minnesota walleye openerGrand Forks Herald
New rules this year on Winnibigoshish, Saganaga, other lakesDuluth News Tribune
Near and far, good conditions on tap for fishing openerNorthland Press

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Grand Forks Herald

All systems go for Minnesota fishing opener
Grand Forks Herald
Henry said Lake of the Woods Tourism hosted a meeting Wednesday with resort owners, guides, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources personnel and other stakeholders. Despite the low water, he said there's plenty of optimism going into opening day.
Anderson: The 2015 fishing opener likely to mirror 2011'sMinneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota pulls out all the stops to protect walleyeMinnesota Public Radio News
Half a million anglers expected on Minnesota's lakes for this weekend's ...Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews
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