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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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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Stopping for a 'cold one' takes on new meaning at Igloo Bar on Lake of the Woods
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Phil Talmage, the Baudette area fisheries supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said winter fishing on the Minnesota side of Lake of the Woods is now twice as popular as in spring, summer and fall put together. Ice anglers now spend ...

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INFORUM

Preventing slick roads gets more scientific
INFORUM
Cutting back on salt is also good for the environment, because when it makes its way to lakes and rivers, as the pollutant chloride, it can harm fish and plants. Moore said he doesn't think road treatments have much environmental impact in Moorhead.

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BRAD DOKKEN: Oh, the humiliation ...
Grand Forks Herald
That's the situation a friend—we'll call him Bob because, well, that's his name—and I faced last Sunday while ice fishing Lake of the Woods. Another friend—we'll call him Scott because, well, that's his name—out-fished Bob and I using ... circle of ...


Grand Forks Herald

BRAD DOKKEN: Get out. Have fun.
Grand Forks Herald
The winter of 2015-16 is on track to be another disappointing season for snow-lovers, especially on the North Dakota side of the Red River, where opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling are limited, at best. Conditions are ...

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Lake of the Woods legend recalls early years of ice angling
Minneapolis Star Tribune
There's a saying on the American side of Lake of the Woods: If the ice fishing and snowmobiling seasons were one month longer, area resort owners could take summers off. Kit Beckel, a Baudette area fishing guide for more than 50 years, never dreamed of ...


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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report 2-03
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Ice fishing has remained steady throughout the weekend with the each day being different. Some days the morning bite was better and others an afternoon bite. Ice roads are letting half-ton pick-ups pulling 20' houses on the lake. 3/4 ton pick-ups are ...

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