Lake of the Woods Fishing Report | 4.29.2019

South End

  • Walleye season is closed until the MN Fishing Opener, May 11th. 
  • Pike and sturgeon are open and reports are excellent. 
  • Pike season is open all year long. 
  • Back bays on the lake and river are open and full of pike. 
  • A combo of big dead baits or slow rolling a spinnerbait, spoon or crankbait are the go-to methods. 
  • Numerous trophy class pike being caught. 
  • All pike 30-40″ must be returned with a 3 fish limit and one over 40″.

 Rainy River 

  • Sturgeon fishing has been excellent. 
  • Lake Sturgeon are bottom feeders and have been active. 
  • A 3-6 ounce no roll sinker, sturgeon rig and a few nightcrawlers or combo crawlers and frozen emerald shiners.
  • The keep season for sturgeon continues through May 7th.
  • May 8 – 15, catch and release only.
  • May 16 – June 30, sturgeon season closed.

NW Angle

  • Open water areas increasing rapidly. 
  • Open water in the Angle Inlet and between islands. 
  • Basin ice deteriorating quickly. 
  • Resorts getting ready for May 11th opener. 

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