Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 5-16-16

The MN fishing opener presented cold weather and wind making fishing challenging at times but that didn’t deter most anglers who chose 4 mile bay and the Rainy River to avoid some of the elements. Anglers fished various depths up to 28′ on the main basin to find walleyes. Jigs tipped with minnows worked best. Colors that seemed to do better than others are gold, orange, pink, and chartreuse.

On the Rainy River, walleyes were caught from 4 mile bay all the to Birchdale, about 40 miles upstream. Most walleyes caught in 5-15 feet of water. Slow presentations worked best.  In some spots due to current, a 1/2 ounce jig  was required to reach bottom. Gold and bright colors worked best when tipped with a minnow.

Up at the NW Angle, resorts and guides are also on fish. 20-27 feet of water is producing eater walleyes. 1/4 ounce jigs in Pink and gold while tipped with a minnow is best right now. Lodging, guides, charters, area attractions and more from around the lake at

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