Lake of The Woods Fishing Report

Versatility was the “name of the game” over the holiday weekend on Lake of The Woods. Visitors to our area know the lake makes her own weather. At times she even gets angry about it. Blowing up waves that chase the most seasoned salty dogs off her surface looking for back bays and cover. That is one good part of our fishery, lots of options for any conditions – and great guides to help give the option directions and knowhow. 

All in all, ­we had a fantastic week of fishing. The mixed bag included keeper walleye (of course), trophy walleye (of course), sauger and … wait for it …. trophy northern! The unsuspecting walleye fishermen we quite surprised by these lunkers when they began to strike at their jigging rigs. When they strike, they strike hard!

The depth has reminded close to the same 12 – 23 feet however there was a good catch going on at around 29-30 feet. The go to rig is a brightly colored jig tipped with a fathead minnow or a frozen shiner. Vertical jig presentation. Gold and blue/silver was the hot bait. Other anglers were continuing to troll crankbaits with pretty good success. Shallower water and breaks are what you’ll want to look for while trolling. It’s recommended to start with a wobble or rattling thin fin in perch or crawfish colors.

The Rainy River bite continues to be strong with many trophy walleye finding their way into a net and ultimately into a photo album. Just plan on finding a break that has you sitting over 8 to 15 feet of water. Set up your jig rig with 3/8 to 1oz gold, pink and white multicolored head tipped with a minnow – or a leach. Out in 4 Mile Bay definitely have a spinner rig cocked, locked and ready to rock doc! Use a multi bead rig with gold or silver blades preferably with red hooks. Stick an O’l crawler on that thing and just hang on … magic will happen. 

I don’t always talk much about the NW Angle on Lake of The Woods only due to the windows of opportunity of making that run being few in number. But if conditions are right and your guide is willing … GO! Walleye fishing continues to be just spectacular in the most beautiful part of this world. 13 – 20 foot of water same kind of set ups. I was told to look for a spot with a bit of a current and structure. 

As you ponder where you are going to fish next, give us a call and River Bend Resort call agents will help you build the next fishing trip of a lifetime. We offer water side cabins full and half day charters that can accommodate as few as 1 and as many as 6 at a time per boat. Don’t forget, if you are bringing up your own boat, you can very simply book your cabin online right from our website,

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


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