Lake of the Woods Fishing Report | 4.15.19

South End
  • Walleye season is closed until the MN Fishing Opener, May 11th. 
  • The target now is pike and sturgeon. 
  • Pike are staging for the spawn and are open all year long. 
  • Back bays are just opening up and will be full of pike soon. 
  • A combo of big dead baits or slow rolling a spinnerbait, spoon or crankbait will be the go-to methods. 
  • LOW has a very strong population of trophy class pike over 40″ long. 
  • All pike 30-40″ must be returned with a 3 fish limit and one over 40″.

Rainy River

  • The Big Fork and Little Fork river busted open mid-week last week, sending ice and muddy waters into the Rainy River. 
  • This slowed the walleye bite which had been excellent with many trophy fish. 
  • Sturgeon fishing remains good as they are bottom feeders and rely more on smell vs sight to feed. 
  • It’s prime time for sturgeon.  
  • Catch and release for sturgeon through April 23rd with the keep season starting April 24th.

NW Angle

  • A few anglers were on the ice this past week.
  • Some open water appearing in neck down areas and current areas. 
  • Resorts getting ready for May 11th opener. 



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