Fishing Report 5.11.2020
Lake of the Woods resorts and hotels welcomed guests with a variety of COVID – 19 safety measures within their businesses to ensure guest and employee safety. Lodging is available and businesses are open.
On the south end… Some great walleye action for the MN Fishing Opener weekend. Walleyes and saugers were caught along the south shore in a variety of depths from 6′ – 23′, with 20′ a good starting depth. Anchored up and vertically jigging a jig and minnow, in many cases a frozen emerald shiner, was the ticket. Gold or a gold combo was good. Chartreuse, pink and glow were also effective. The walleye / sauger limit on LOW and the Rainy River is a combined limit of 6 fish, up to 4 can be walleyes. The slot limit is 19.5″ – 28″ must be released. One walleye can be kept over 28″. Good numbers of pike still being caught in bays.
On the Rainy River… Some good walleyes were caught in the river, Four Mile Bay and the Bostic Bay areas. Some fish left over from the spawn, others local fish who live there. Jig and a minnow was the go to bait. The sturgeon bite continues strong with numbers of fish being caught. The sturgeon catch and release season goes through May 15 and then closes until July 1st when the season re-opens.
Up at the NW Angle… The US and Canada have agreed to keep the international border shut until May 20th.
Until the border opens, guests can travel across the lake and stay in MN waters. Some resorts are offering transport service across the lake in MN waters to the Angle prior to the border opening. Various south shore resorts are offering parking for guests of NW Angle resorts.
Anglers who fished the Angle for the opener were rewarded with good numbers of walleyes. Jigging shoreline structure, points and neck down areas in 6 – 22 feet of water was effective.