Lake of The Woods Fishing Report

With the September Equinox just a week out (September 22±), many things are already beginning to take place indicating that our Lake of The Woods fall pattern for walleye is coming together early this year. First off, the shiner run is steadily increasing with great numbers staging along the southern shore. And there already has been reported big pushes of shiners up the Rainy River. Second, the cooler temperatures have brought the water temps down in the lower 60’s and even into the high 50’s in some spots.  

This means that the walleye will follow and be found closer to shore where the shiners are. This also means that the northern pike will also be in the mix chasing the same shiners. Using the same techniques, you will be able to land both species. This also means that the jig bite will continue to grow in popularity over the next few coming days. We are already seeing the jig bite landing more fish on and around the reefs. Be sure not to drift with your jig tipped with a minnow. Anchor up and you will have experience a great day of fishing. 

Staying in along the southern shoreline of the southern basin, all of the summer techniques will be effective. Trolling with crank baits or drifting with a spinner rig. Also, if in even shallower 5 – 9 feet be sure to try your hand a long lining a shallow diving crank bait. If you do try this last technique, be ready for a nice mixed bag of walleye, sauger, smallmouth, and now northern pike. Further out in the lake, depths of 15 – 32 feet, anglers continue to catch nice walleye still drifting with spinner rigs or trolling crankbait over mud. That will be changing here soon as the fish progress to begin their stage before heading up the river to chase the shiners. 

On the Rainy River, the catch continues to pick up. Again, the shiners continue to head up the river in good numbers and all the predators will follow. Understanding our fishery attracts mainly walleye fishermen, the Rainy River holds many other species that are just waiting to see your bait. Most anglers will anchor up near or on a hole, along the shoreline or even near docks (structure). With a jig and minnow, you will have success and a mixed bag for sure. As most experienced anglers to our area know, right now is just the tip of the iceberg for trophy eyes in the river. The time is among us my fishy friends. If you haven’t already, September and October are a phenomenal time to be at River Bend Resort. You can either fish with us and let us take to the hot spots or bring your own boat and experience what many tout as the walleye capitol of world on your own. 

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. Also, it’s not too early to be thinking about getting out for some hard water fun and great fishing action. River Bend Resort has many options and packages to choose from. 

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


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