Lake of the Woods Fishing Report

Anglers had to deal with lots of rain and colder weather this weekend up on Lake of the Woods. Pike fishing was decent with some reports of big fish in the bays. Big pike over 40″ are traditional in Four Mile Bay, Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay which have open water. Using a large bobber with a frozen cisco just off or on bottom worked best as the fish are somewhat lethargic still. Most of the lake is still ice covered.

On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing dropped off slightly from the previous week due to rain and cold but anglers still pulled a pile of dinosaurs from the depths. The most popular sturgeon rig is a 3-5 ounce no roll sinker, 18″ lead and 5/0 circle hook loaded with crawlers, frozen shiners, or frozen ciscos. Find a deeper hole in the river and still fish on the bottom. Good numbers of sturgeon being boated up and down the river. Please take good care of these prehistoric fish by not grabbing gills and supporting weight horizontally vs vertically. For the spring, the keep season is April 24 – May 7. Catch and release again May 8 – 15.

Up at the NW angle, resorts and guides are gearing up for open water season. Areas of open water exists amongst lots of dark ice. LOW lodging, sturgeon guides, area attractions and more at

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