Lake of the Woods Fishing Report
By: Joe Henry
Hear Joe Henry on this week’s Minnesota Sporting Journal Radio Show here:
Fish are on the move daily and resorters are hot on their tails. Great mix of slot walleyes and limits made of walleye and saugers. Some are headed across the lake to Stony, Garden, Knight, and Bridges Islands anchoring and jigging with a frozen shiner 19-21 feet. Those staying close are hitting up Lighthouse Gap 16-25, Morris wash-out 14-22, Graceton Beach 24-27, Zippel Rock 19-23, Long Point to Gull Rock Reef 20-28. On windier days all locations are great for pulling crawler harnesses and spinners. Hot colors are gold, pink, and white.
On the Rainy River, move in toward the shore lines 14-16 feet. Jigging with a shiner favored using gold, green, and orange. Fish the mud flats by Wabanica, the International Bridge, the windsock by the resorts, or east between Timbermill Park and Clementson.
Up at the NW Angle, awesome fishing continues. Walleyes are moving a little deeper in the 18-22 foot range near Crow Duck, Little Oak, and Oak Islands. Sticking with the same bright colors jigging with a minnow is the way to go. Pike and small mouth bass have been active with flashy spoons near shallow bays. Fish full of insect larvae. Starting to relate to reefs, about 1 week ahead of schedule. Lodging and guides available,www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging