Lake of The Woods MN Fishing Report

Lake of The Woods, MN Fishing Report April 27, 2023

The Rainy River is flowing freely and wide open all the way into Lake of The Woods. Over this past week or so, the Little Fork broke free followed by the Big Fork a few days later. Subsequently sending debris and muddy water in the Rainy. All of that has been flushed through her veins and fishing has been phenomenal.

In addition to fishing the river, sturgeon anglers are fishing near the ice pack edge on the lake outside of the Lighthouse Gap where the Rainy River enters Lake of the Woods. With that said, sturgeon fishing has been good overall.  Fourmile Bay at the mouth of the Rainy River is producing good numbers of fish, with various spots along the river producing as well.

The sturgeon harvest season runs from April 24th – May 7th and July 1 – Sept. 30. The catch and release season runs May 8th – May 15th and Oct. 1 – April 23rd.

Most pike are staging adjacent to spawning areas and will be swimming back into shallow, muddy areas soon.  Back bays with open water will be the go-to spot for anglers wanting to catch a giant pike.  A few last minute monsters were landed off the last remaining ice in shallow. (see featured photo: River Bend’s very own, Tara Rud shows off a 43″ northern caught on Fourmile Bay)

Pike season is open year-round.  Walleye and sauger season is closed and opens again on the MN fishing opener May 14th. Speaking of the opener, If you do not have your reservation in yet, please give us a call as spots are filling up fast.

Even though the walleye season is closed, many anglers are still enjoying our great fishery with a mixed bag of nice fat fish. In the mix are sturgeon, pike, perch, crappie, lake trout, and smallmouth bass. There is never a day that disappoints.

Mark your calendar May 13th is the 2023 walleye opener. Most anglers in the “know” are betting and predicting that there will be a good bounty of walleye in the river on the opener.

We look forward to helping you enjoy this tremendous time of the year. Trophy season is here. You certainly don’t want to miss out on all the action.

We are running a spring sale on our nightly cabin rate – in addition to a 3-night special – if you purchase 2-nights, you will get the 3rd night FREE! Starting right now and running until May 12th, 2023. Don’t just sit around and watch the ice melt. Give us a call and book your trophy season trip today. 

In addition, we do offer online booking for those who wish to do so. We are a simple call or “click” away from getting you set up and fishing with us on beautiful Lake of The Woods. 

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


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