Fishing Report 4.10.2023
On the south end… Big Traverse Bay, the big basin of Lake of the Woods, is still ice covered. Some ice anglers with snowmobiles are still getting out ice fishing. Resorts and outfitters are no longer plowing or monitoring ice roads so experience, having others with you and exercising great caution is the name of the game this time of year.
Those wanting to fish the open waters of the south shore will get their chance once the ice on the bays melts. This is also the time when the big pike slide into the shallows to spawn.
On the Rainy River… Open water spring fishing going strong on the Rainy River. Most anglers are targeting walleyes and sturgeon. Both species have been very cooperative.
There are now three boat ramps open between Baudette and Birchdale. The Nelson Park boat ramp in Birchdale, Frontier boat ramp and Vidas boat ramp just east of Clementson are open to all boats.
Walleye anglers are primarily jigging with a plastic or with a minnow. Bright colored jigs and larger plastics with a twister tail or paddle tail this time of year are effective.
Four Mile Bay and the Rainy River is catch and release only for walleyes and saugers through April 14th. The big lake is still open for harvesting walleyes and saugers through April 14th. The MN Fishing Opener when the walleye season re-opens for both the lake and river is May 13th.
Sturgeon fishing is going very well. Lots of sturgeon being caught. Most anglers are targeting deeper holes in the stretch of river they are fishing. Sturgeon often will lay in these holes, which enables them to use less energy vs fighting the current and provides a plethora of bait sweeping downstream.
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.
Up at the NW Angle… Most ice fishing is finished for the year. Locals with knowledge of ice conditions and the right equipment such as a good snowmobile are still getting out catching walleyes and pike. Safety first.
To drive to the Angle, one must travel 40 miles through Canada and re-enter back into MN at the NW Angle. Post COVID, things are back to normal for crossing the border. For those looking to access the NW Angle this summer and avoiding customs, the Lake of the Woods Passenger (charter boat) Service transports you across the lake to your favorite Angle resort and keeps you in Minnesota.
A complete list of lodging, charter boat and guided fishing at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/