Lake of The Woods Fishing Report

Another great week of fishing on Lake of The Woods. Fish are being reported as scattered across the larger mud basins in the lake and are being found in 22 to 30 feet of water. Using a brightly colored jig tipped with a frozen shiner or drifting with a spinner harness has been the ticket the past week for not only an immediate bite but also targeting big walleye. Anglers that are pulling the spinner harness while drifting are covering more water and finding the larger schools of fish. 

Speaking of covering more water, trolling crankbaits was found to be just as effective. Getting a shallow diving lure down deeper using a downrigger has been the most effective. You can also use a heavier bottom bouncer (4oz) with a 6 foot leader. If you are in shallower waters, long lining your crankbait always seems to produce a big number of fish as well as a mixed bag including smallmouth. 

Colors this past week have been gold, orange and chartreuse. 

If fishing the river is in your sights, or if there is a blow happening on the big lake, the Rainy River doesn’t disappoint. A mixed bag catch is being reported jigging, pulling spinners and pitching or trolling crankbaits. Start by fishing current breaks or holes along the shoreline or near docks. 

Smallmouth will be found in the same areas as well as rocky structure, around the bridge pilings and weedy edges of the river. Northern pike are hanging near the mouth in 4 Mile Bay, in the bay areas and are also found in the same current breaks the walleye are hanging in. If you are up for a real challenge of landing a true monster fish, mark your calendar, sturgeon season opens again on July 1st.

The walleye catch up at the North West Angle continues to be strong. Rock piles, mud and the areas between islands that produce a current are your target. Presentation and bait remain the same as in other areas of the lake. Spinner harnesses with nightcrawlers over the mud are producing some of the larger fish. However, over rock piles jigging with a frozen shiner or fathead minnow produces many fish including smallmouth. Don’t forget muskie season opened on June 19th and is full swing (no pun intended) at the Angle. 

Our call agents are waiting for your call and will assist you with booking your next trip to Lake of The Woods with River Bend Resort. If you are bringing your own boat, don’t forget you can book your cabin online through our website. 

Until next week … Keep a Tight Line! Bugs & Fishes ≤º))~{ 


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