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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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Lake of the Woods NEWS!

Retired people may be solution to labor shortage
Perham Focus
You can be unhappy, even angry, about the impending construction of a casino in our neck of the woods, but there is a silver-lining: it may put a large number of people to work; and may result in additional businesses which will provide additional jobs ...


Grand Forks Herald

Body of fishing guide found in Lake of the Woods
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Keith Ayers, 28, and two other fishermen never returned from a late-night trip on the massive lake in Northern Minnesota six months ago. In the days after their boat was found capsized, two of their bodies were recovered. But searchers had found only ...
Body found on Lake of the Woods identified as missing boater Keith AyersGrand Forks Herald
Minnesota man's body found on Lake of the Woods, Ontario shorelineCBC.ca
Body of missing Minnesota angler foundWinnipeg Free Press
Daily Miner and News
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East Grand Forks Exponent

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report
East Grand Forks Exponent
Anglers had to deal with lots of rain and colder weather this weekend up on Lake of the Woods. Pike fishing was decent with some reports of big fish in the bays. Big pike over 40" are traditional in Four Mile Bay, Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay which have ...


Brainerd Dispatch

Crow Wing County Board: Woods Bay project nears completion
Brainerd Dispatch
The purchase, a fact sheet presented to the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday stated, will ensure "continued pristine water quality for Lake Roosevelt by preventing future development, a superb fishery of many species, a healthy wildlife population, and ...

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Ready for fishing opener, ice is leaving lakes early this year
Duluth News Tribune
"Just about every lake up north is going out earlier than normal, but in some cases not by that much," said Pete Boulay of the Minnesota Climatology Office. "The good news is that every lake in Minnesota should be out well ahead of the fishing opener ...


East Grand Forks Exponent

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report 04/18/2016
East Grand Forks Exponent
The spring walleye season ended in a big way. Lots of boats with lots of success. The river was full of walleyes. Largest we heard of was over 32"! Walleye season opens back up May 14. Sights are turned to Pike now as the season never closes. Big pike ...

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