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MN
United States
49° 5' 56.5764" N, 94° 57' 7.5132" W
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Cloudy 2 fish caught

With temperatures doubled from the previous weekend, anglers found walleyes very cooperative. Fish are biting, finding the active schools is key. Guides are scattered all over the lake finding fish. Anglers fishing multiple depths up to 28' on the main basin to find walleyes. Jigs and minnow working best. Colors:  Lake of the Woods signature gold, along with brighter colors such as orange, pink, and chartreuse. Anchoring and vertical jigging producing numerous limits.  Some pulled spinners if the wind was right.

On the Rainy River, walleyes are being caught from 4 mile bay all the way up to Franz Jevne, about 40 miles upstream. Most walleyes caught in 5-15 feet of water. Slowly working a 1/2 ounce gold or bright colored jig and minnow worked best.  Some anglers are catching fish from shore as well.

Up at the NW Angle, resorts and guides continue to find good fish. 20-27 feet of water is producing walleyes of all sizes in both MN and Ontario. 1/4 ounce jigs in pink and gold while tipped with a minnow has been the ticket.  Lodging, guides, charters, area attractions and more from around the lake at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Sauger
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 51-60 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Cloudy 2 fish caught

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 www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Sauger
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Stained 2 fish caught

Minnesota fishing opener opens Saturday, May 14 and walleye numbers are exceptional on The Walleye Capital of the World. The opener is traditionally very successful with most anglers jigging with a minnow.  Fish will be found in the Rainy River, 4 Mile Bay and along shorelines and islands across the lake.   Pike fishing this week was great with reports of fish still in the bays.  Using a frozen cisco just off or on bottom worked best.  Trolling crank baits or casting into the shallows with a spoon or spinnerbait is heating up.  The entire lake is free of ice and the walleyes are waiting.

On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing great this past week.  A potential state record was caught. Sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers, frozen shiners, or frozen ciscos works great.  Fishing deeper holes in the river and still fish on the bottom.  Please take good care of these prehistoric fish by not grabbing gills and supporting weight horizontally vs vertically. Catch and release May 8 - 15.  Season closes

Up at the NW angle, resorts and guides are gearing up for the MN Fishing Opener May 14th which will boast limits of fish.  It's "Go Time" at LOW.  Lodging, guides, charters, area attractions and more at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

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

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