Fishing Report 4.19.2023
On the south end… Big Traverse Bay, the big basin of Lake of the Woods, is still ice covered. Some ice anglers with snowmobiles went out ice fishing this past week for big pike and did well. Safety first this time of year. Resorts and outfitters are no longer plowing or monitoring ice roads so experience, having others with you and exercising great caution is vital.
On the Rainy River… The Rainy River is completely opened up into Lake of the Woods. The Little Fork River let loose into the Rainy Monday. The Big Fork is about to let loose any day. Thankfully, sturgeon will feed in muddy water conditions until the river has a chance to flush itself out.
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. A few locals with knowledge of ice conditions and the right equipment such as a good snowmobile are still getting out catching walleyes and pike. Reports have been good. Most of us will have to wait until May 13th, the MN Fishing Opener.
To travel to the Angle, one can drive 40 miles through Canada and re-enter back into MN at the NW Angle, or, for those looking to access the NW Angle this summer and avoid 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/