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MN
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49° 5' 56.5764" N, 94° 57' 7.5132" W
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Rain Air Temperature: 41-50 F Water Temp: 41-50 F Clarity: Cloudy 2 fish caught

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 www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Sturgeon
2Northern Pike
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Cloudy Air Temperature: 31-40 F Water Temp: 41-50 F Clarity: Cloudy 3 fish caught

The spring walleye season ended in a big way. Lots of boats with lots of success.  The river was full of walleyes.  Largest we heard of was over 32"!  Walleye season opens back up May 14.  Sights are turned to Pike now as the season never closes.  Big pike over 40" are traditional in Four Mile Bay, Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay which have open water.  Majority of lake is still ice covered.

 

On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing is improving every day. Use a 3-5 ounce no roll sinker, 18" lead and 5/0 circle hook loaded with crawlers, frozen shiners, or anything else that produces a smell.  Find a river hole and hang on.  Good numbers of sturgeon being boated up and down the river.  Please take good care of these prehistoric fish.  For the spring, sturgeon catch and release open through April 23.  Keep season April 24 - May 7.  C/R 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 www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Northern Pike
3Sturgeon
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 31-40 F Water Temp: 31-40 F Clarity: Stained 3 fish caught

Walleye fishing improving as we inch closer to the end of the walleye season on April 14th. Being aggressive was not working as well as a slow presentation in the cold 37° water.  Some trophy walleyes caught along with keepers under 19.5" as well. Bright colored jigs worked best along with UV colors.  Shiners, chubs, and plastics all worked this weekend. River accesses are accessible by all boats.  

 

Sturgeon fishing remained strong this past week and weekend. Use a 3-5 ounce no roll sinker and a sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers.  Please take good care of these prehistoric fish.  Updated river info, sturgeon fishing info and boat access map at http://lakeofthewoodsmn.com/rainy-river-fishing/ Sturgeon catch and release open through April 23.  Keep season April 24 - May 7.  C/R again May 8 - 15. 

 

Up at the NW angle, resorts and guides are gearing up for open water season. LOW lodging, river, walleye/sturgeon guides and more at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Northern Pike
3Sturgeon

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