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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!

Grand Forks Herald

Outdoor report: Fishing report at Lake of the Woods, Devils Lake, Red River, Upper Red Lake, Leech Lake
Grand Forks Herald
Walleye fishing is on the upswing with the recent warm-up in temperatures, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Fish are biting, and finding the active schools is ... Up at the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting quarter-ounce jigs ...


St. Cloud Times

It pays to be aware of walleye migration patterns
St. Cloud Times
Growing up fishing small and mid-sized lakes in Central Minnesota, I developed the impression that walleyes would make seasonal migrations to spawn in the spring, and then settle into a summer pattern that they would stay in until late fall. While this ...


Mother Nature Network

11 American geographic anomalies
Mother Nature Network
Considering just over a 100 folks call the Angle's mainland and a scattered few populated islands in Lake of the Woods home, the Manitoba-Minnesota border crossing is pretty, well, low-key. ... visitors and residents are required to have a quick chat ...


Duluth News Tribune

SAM COOK COLUMN: Company in camp - the scourge of black flies
Duluth News Tribune
Two of us have come back to the wilderness canoe country north of Ely for a second go this spring at lake trout. The black flies ... "DEET," roughly translated, means "will eat the paint off your fishing lures." It does not faze black flies. A black ...


CT Post

Memorable words from the National Spelling Bee
CT Post
Sylvie Lamontagne of Lakewood, Colorado, got this right, but she didn't know it right away. Fidgeting nervously, she ... SALELE: A Samoan-derived word for a small, dusky silver fish. ... Max Meyer of Shorewood, Minnesota, got this wrong. ___. SOMMA ...

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Minnesota fishing report, May 25
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Lake of the Woods: Anglers are primarily using jigs and minnows for an active walleye bite at deeper depths on the main basin. Some anglers are anchoring and jigging and others have been drifting using spinners in windier conditions. On the Rainy River ...

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