Lake of The Woods Fishing Report

July 21, 2021

We have had yet another great week of walleye fishing here on Lake of The Woods. This past week River Bend has witnessed many limits, many slot fish (19.5 – 28”) and many trophy walleye over 28”. With the summer heat comes the fact that fish will be found scattered all over the place. You will find walleye from 32’ feet of water all the way up to 5’ of water. With one million acres of water to fish, where do you start?

Not to sound cliché, but it’s all about what’s for dinner. Forage is the No.1 key ingredient for targeting any species of fish, especially walleye … especially trophy walleye and especially now. Many anglers are still targeting the 29’ – 32’ of water and depending upon the bottom will determine how they are fishing for them. The deep mud flats are producing fish on spinner rigs with leaches. Night crawlers are effective but have been reported spotty for the catch. Start with hammered gold blades on the spinner rig and shake it up with silver or multicolored yellow and green blades. Reports of red and white blades are also doing well. The mud flats are being reported as the go to start of the day. If your electronics are finding fish over sandy bottoms, definitely start with the same rig using nightcrawlers. 

Moving off the flats and into areas that have a rocky structure jigging with brightly colored jig heads tipped with a minnow (frozen shiner or live fatheads). Gold, red, orange, and pink colors seem to be working the best. However, remember if your landed fish are puking up any kind of forage, switch to that color for your best bet. Also, don’t be afraid to have some bloodworms onboard just in case. 

Moving into shallower water (15’ – 18’) the walleye are foraging on crawfish. This would indicate to use orange and brown colored jigs or even spinner rigs with a slow drift along the bottom. Moving in even shallower (7’ – 14’) long lining shallow diving crankbaits with a 2 – 3mph troll using colors of orange and brown as well as blue and silver will produce. 

The Rainy River is continuing to produce a mixed bag of fish. River Bend Resort had a father and son group up this past week that purposely targeted the river with one of our small boat guides. We were greeted with big smiles at the dock and a report of an awesome mixed bag catch that included walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and jumbo perch. The trip topper for the group was a 31.5” trip topper walleye. 

Always remember, don’t be afraid to shake it away from the crowd. 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, you can book your cabin online through our website and give us a call to reserve a dock space. 

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

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