Lake of the Woods Fishing Report

By: Joe Henry
June summer fishing in full swing. Anglers drifting with spinners with live bait and still successful anchoring and jigging. Many depths working. Limits of sauger and walleye found in 6-25 feet. Try the mud flats off of Pine Island, Morris Point Gap, in front of Zippel Bay and Archie’s Reef near Long Point. Some anglers are still headed north to Crow Duck and Little Oak fishing rocky areas. Lots of trophy walleyes in the mix. Northern pike in depths of 22-28 using spoons and shad raps. Hot colors bright, gold and orange.  Leeches along with crawlers and minnows working well.


On the Rainy River, anglers finding fish in 18-20 feet jigging. Areas like Lighthouse Gap and east of Timbermill park best. Pink and gold the hot colors.


Up at the NW Angle strong fishing continues.  On the MN side, good numbers of fish west of Little Oak Island.  Most drifting with crawler harnesses.  On the Ontario side, jig and minnow is the go to.  Big numbers of walleyes coming in.  18-24 feet of water has been the hot depth.  Smallmouth bass on fire in the shallows.  Musky opener this past weekend.  Muskies being caught and released around rocks, weeds and early summer spots. More info at




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