Lake of The Woods Fishing Report

The ice season for us at River Bend Resort has come to an end earlier than expected. But never fear, the fish are still here. With a fishery like Lake of The Woods, 4 Mile Bay and the Rainy River, fishing opportunities still abound and are seemingly endless. During this transition from ice to open water, trophy season anglers can take advantage of the good ice that is still available. Typically, the trophy northern pike are targeted since they are the first to head back to the tributaries to spawn. This is done on 4 Mile Bay with tip-ups to cover more ground. Yet still, there are other areas located in and around the southern end of Lake of The Woods that produce the same trophy pike using the same method through what’s left of the good ice. If you are planning on heading up this way, we will certainly point you in the right direction. 

Once the Rainy opens up, which it’s beginning to as we speak, then it’s on like Donkey Kong! Getting the boat wet for the first time of the year chasing big trophy walleye is as exciting as it can possibly get. The attention of many anglers turns to the ice out eyes with a vigorous passion and for good reason. These huge walleyes are returning in large numbers to spawn. Making this time of year the best, most opportunistic period to catch a whopper of a lifetime.  

Did I say Whopper? If a true monster, and we mean … if the largest freshwater fish of a lifetime is on your bucket list, look no further grasshopper. We sit right on top of one of the best sturgeon fisheries anywhere to be found. These true dinosaur’s live to be over 100 years old, grow to over 75” in length and in excess of 100 lbs. And the latest estimation is there are nearly 100,000 individual 40+” sturgeon that live within the Rainy River fishery alone. It doesn’t take a weatherman to forecast that the catch will be any less than awesome. Not sure about you, but boating a fish that old, that heavy and is 6 feet long has a certain allure to it.

Here is the icing on the cake. The deepest hole in the Rainy River is located right out in front of River Bend Resort. And that spot, folks, is precisely where these big fish like to lay. That’s right! From cabin to fishing spot in 0.02 seconds. 

To make things even better, we are running a spring sale on our nightly cabin rate starting right now and running until May 13th, 2021. Don’t just sit around and watch the ice melt. Give us a call and book your trophy season trip today. 


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