Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 3-28-16

Spring fishing!  While the majority of the main lake is working on losing it’s deteriorating ice, the Rainy River is open and clearing up.  The walleye and pike bite is picking up nicely. The go to is a jig and minnow or jig and plastic.  Wheeler’s Point, Timber Mill, Vidas, Frontier, Birchdale, and Franz Jevne landings are all accessible by all boats. The open water reaches into 4 Mile Bay and into the main basin past the Lighthouse Gap.

Sturgeon fishing is strong and has really picked up.  Good numbers of fish being caught in 4 Mile Bay and up river.  Use a 3-5 ounce no roll sinker and a sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers.  Please take good care of these prehistoric fish.  Don’t touch eyes or gills, hold horizontally and support their bellies.  Holding a big fish vertically can tear internal organs.  Updated river info, sturgeon fishing info and boat access map at

Up at the NW angle, the ice fishing season is finished up.  Resorts and guides have turned the attention to gearing up for open water season. Area lodging, walleye and sturgeon guides and more at

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