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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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WalleyeFIRST

Lake of the Woods Minnesota Ice Fishing Report
WalleyeFIRST
The walleye fishing in March has started strong. Good reports from the Garden Island area over to Knight/Bridges. A mixed bag of walleyes and saugers. Some saugers up to 17" showing up. Some nice fish being taken in the basin over mud as well. Some big ...

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Ice Fishing Lake of the Woods - A Different Perspective at Sportsmans Lodge
ChicagoNow (blog)
Gregg and Diana Hennum, owners of the Sportsman's Lodges once again showed me how they've made Sportsman's one of the finest resorts in Minnesota. They hosted a handful of outdoor communicators on a recent trip with the Association of Great Lakes ...

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WalleyeFIRST

Lake Of The Woods MN Ice Fishing Report
WalleyeFIRST
Some monster walleyes this week with a nice mix of walleyes, saugers and jumbo perch in the buckets. The northern part of Big Traverse from Knight and Bridges islands up to Garden Island in 26-32' still giving up fish. Some resorts on south shore ...

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Lake Of The Woods MN Resort Fish Houses on Ice Through March 31st
WalleyeFIRST
Lake of the Woods is fortunate in many ways. It has an incredible fishery that is sustains itself with all natural reproduction and no stocking. It has the many factors required to produce big numbers of walleyes and saugers, as well as trophies. And ...

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IceFishingFIRST

Late Ice Crappies
IceFishingFIRST
"Here on Lake of the Woods, the guys who are willing to leave the comfort of their fish houses and use their electronics to fish from hole to hole are the ones who catch the most crappies," says Lake of the Woods Minnesota Tourism director and avid ...

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Jefferson City News Tribune

Never too cold to fish Minnesota
Columbia Daily Tribune
Leaving warmth and safety to travel 20 miles out onto Lake of the Woods to ice fish in these conditions seemed crazy, and I maintained that thought the whole way to our shanty. Lake of the Woods is located in the northern reaches of Minnesota and ...
Driftwood Outdoors: Ice fishing at Lake of the Woods doesn't disappointJefferson City News Tribune

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