Lake of the Woods Fishing Report September 20th, 2023
Walleye fishing at River Bend Resort on Lake of the Woods has been fruitful this week. Anglers have reported a diverse range of catches including eaters (under 19.5 inches), slot fish (ranging from 19.5 to 28 inches and must be released), and trophy walleyes (over 28 inches). Despite the onset of cooler temperatures and the arrival of fall, the most successful method of fishing thus far has been pulling spinners and trolling crankbaits. However, jigging is expected to become more effective in the near future.
Walleyes can be found in various locations around the lake. Little Traverse Bay, situated on the north end of the lake, has proven to be a productive spot for catching good numbers of eaters. Additionally, areas along the south shore from Pine Island, Zippel Bay, to Long Point, ranging from 15 to 30 feet in depth, have started to heat up as walleyes are beginning to move towards their traditional fall grounds. The key to success lies in utilizing electronics to locate fish.
Reefs in the southwest corner of the lake are known to hold fish throughout the year and are currently yielding walleyes as well. To maximize your chances of a catch, try drifting or trolling spinners at speeds of 1.0 to 1.25 mph. Using a gold and red, glow red, or pink blade with a two hook harness accompanied by a crawler has proven to be an effective technique.
Trolling crankbaits has also yielded good numbers of walleyes, including some large specimens. This method is expected to continue producing positive results well into the fall season. As the days become shorter and temperatures drop, jigging will become increasingly effective.
Rainy River/Four Mile Bay- Successful walleye fishing has been observed in Four Mile Bay, as well as along various shoreline breaks, bars, and other structures throughout the river. Trolling spinners and crankbaits have proven to be efficient methods for covering water and eliciting strikes. Additionally, anglers can anticipate an increase in jigging activity in the near future.
During the fall season, an influx of emerald shiners migrates up the river, attracting numerous fish. Although there have been limited reports on this phenomenon thus far, it is expected to intensify very soon.
Pike and smallmouth bass have been avidly pursued by casting along shorelines, bays, and areas with rock formations or structures. These locations have proven to be productive for these two prized species.
For those seeking an even greater challenge, targeting sturgeon has yielded satisfying results this week. Fall months typically bring about heightened sturgeon activity. Anglers are eagerly taking advantage of the open keep or catch and release season during this period. This not only provides an opportunity to indulge in the thrill of catching massive fish but also diversifies the fishing experience beyond walleyes.
At River Bend Resort, this past week has brought forth an array of exciting fishing opportunities for anglers. Whether it be the pursuit of walleyes, saugers, pike, smallmouth bass, crappies, sturgeon, suckers, or bullheads, this destination guarantees a memorable and fruitful fishing adventure.