Lake of the Woods Fishing Report

By: Joe Henry

An incredible week of fishing.  On the big water of Big Traverse Bay, walleyes being caught along Pine Island in 8-15′.  Some nice fish caught in 30′ in front of the Lighthouse Gap.  Lems, Archie’s and Arnesen’s reefs heating up out west.  Reefs near Knight, Bridges and Garden Island still holding fish.  Most anglers pulling crawler harnesses.  Jigging in deeper water on reefs and in mud with frozen shiners and live leeches still effective.  Hot colors, hammered gold, pink and glow colors.

Ballards, big walleye

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.  Smallmouth bass very active.  Sturgeon season reopens July 1.

Scott Hetteen. smallmouth bass

Up at the NW Angle strong fishing continues.  On the MN side, good numbers of fish west of Little Oak Island and Crow Duck.  Lots of charters with daily limits.  Most drifting with crawler harnesses.  On the Ontario side, jig and minnow is the go to.  Big numbers of walleyes coming in.  24-26 feet of water has been the hot depth.  Smallmouth bass on fire in the shallows.  Pike seem to be everywhere.  Musky fishing strong with small to medium sized bucktails around rocks and weeds.  One group boated and released over 60 muskies over the weekend.  Info on resorts and guides at

Joe Cooper, Lake of the Woods muskie                 Joe Henry, summer walleye, calm water - Copy (640x424)

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