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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report – May 15th, 2024

May 15th Fishing Report for Lake of the Woods:

The weather for the MN Fishing Opener weekend was amazing! Mother Nature also produced an amazing Aurora Borealis on Friday night to kick off the season. Loads of walleyes and saugers were caught, making it one of the best opening weekends ever. The top pick was a jig and frozen emerald shiner – a hit with walleyes in LOW. Other minnows did the trick too, but emerald shiners were the anglers’ fave.

Four Mile Bay was buzzing with walleyes in 12 to 18 feet – no surprise after the strong spring walleye bite on the river. Anglers even snagged walleyes on sturgeon rigs lately!

Fish were hanging out in Lighthouse Gap, Morris Point Gap, and by Pine Island in 12 to 15 feet. On the south shore, 18 to 22 feet had a good haul too. Plenty of fish to go around!

A quarter ounce jig in gold, glow white, pink, orange, or chartreuse, with a minnow, did the job well. Remember, the limit is six fish – up to four walleyes, and release those between 19.5 to 28.0 inches!

The other productive method was pulling crank baits in 9 to 12 feet of water on the north side of Pine Island. Pink and silver were the most productive colors, anglers reported.

Some cool walleyes were nabbed on the Rainy River in 10 to 15 feet, although most folks were hitting the lake. Sturgeon fishing on the river has been off the charts, with catch and release until May 15th, then keep on July 1st.


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