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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.

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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!

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report, July 20th
WalleyeFIRST
Bite has been hot and keeping anglers on the move. Walleyes are being caught jigging, drifting with spinners and trolling crankbaits. Nice limits filling in a mix of walleyes and saugers with a few jumbo perch. Graceton Beach, Zippel Bay, headed east ...

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WalleyeFIRST

Lake Of The Woods MN Fishing Report for July 1st, 2015
WalleyeFIRST
An incredible week of fishing. On the big water of Big Traverse Bay, walleyes being caught along Pine Island in 8-15'. Some nice fish caught in 30' in front of the Lighthouse Gap. Lems, Archie's and Arnesen's reefs heating up out west. Reefs near ...

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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report
MuskieFIRST
Walleye fishing is strong and they are being caught all over the lake as they transition into mid-summer mode. Limits being caught and lots of trophy walleyes for pictures. A variety of methods successful including jigging, trolling, drifting, and down ...

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Minnesota fishing report
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Lake of the Woods: Windier weather means the best walleye action has been using spinners with nightcrawlers or trolling with crankbaits along the Long Point area, north of Garden Island or the Little Oak area at 28-33 feet. Good walleye action can also ...


Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota seeks work permit exemption to new Canadian work permit
Grand Forks Herald
The IMM5802 permit—as it's called—has had perhaps the greatest impact in the Northwest Angle area of Lake of the Woods, where Minnesota-based fishing guides traditionally take clients across the border into Ontario waters to fish. The Ontario side of ...


OUR VIEW: Hold off on session
International Falls Journal
Maybe some great ideas would surface, along with a few fish, that would help suggest different paths for the tourism industry there. Could measures be taken encourage better walleye recruitment? Are there too many resorts or homes along the lake?

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