Lake of the Woods Fishing Report
By: Joe Henry
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Bite continues to be good. Walleyes, saugers and some jumbo perch are being caught anchored up jigging with frozen shiners, drifting with spinners/crawlers and trolling crankbaits. Try Long Point area and around reefs in 28-33′. Lots of walleyes still being caught around and north of Garden Island pulling spinners. On Big Traverse, trust your electronics. Find fish on graph and fish them. If calm, jig or pull cranks. If a breeze, drift with spinners.
On the Rainy River, sturgeon are being caught! Try upriver east of Frontier. Deep Pockets still best, anchoring shallow and presenting bait in deeper hole. Use a 5/0 circle hook with a gob of crawlers and 3-4 oz no roll sinker in 20 feet. Walleye fishing best during afternoon and evening hours in 16-19 feet with a jig and minnow. Try around the airport, International Bridge and Hattie’s Hole.
Up at the NW Angle, muskie fishing is in its heyday! Groups are getting 2-3 muskies per day. “They are seeing a lot of fish everyday, throughout the entire day. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits during the day and bucktails and topwaters in the morning and evenings. Most fish have moved to the rock reefs with a few fish still back in the weedy bays.”
Water temperature is at 74 degrees which is the warmest it will get. With the warm, steady weather fishing is great! Walleye fishing is still going strong. 2 out of the 5 reefs we fished this weekend had fish on them. On reefs, jig or pull spinners. In mud, troll. On the Minnesota side, Four Blocks at 20-30 feet and Little Oak. On the Ontario side, reefs to the north are still doing good. Little Traverse is loading up with fish. Info on resorts and guides at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging