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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report

Category: fishing reports

 Apr 27th, 2020 by Keith Worrall 

Modified Apr 27th, 2020 at 4:55 PM

This past week, MN Governor Tim Walz began allowing resorts and hotels to open with numerous guidelines for safety. Many Lake of the Woods resorts and hotels are welcoming guests back.

Properties are taking a variety of safety measures in many aspects of their businesses to ensure guest and employee safety.

The US and Canada have agreed to keep the international border shut until May 20th. Residents of the NW Angle and necessary supplies can travel across, others including visitors and land owners for the time being cannot. Some resorts are offering transport service via boat across the lake in MN waters to the Angle prior to the border opening.

On the south end… The majority of Big Traverse Bay is still ice covered, which is quite typical of this time of year. Warm weather is in the forecast and more and more open water is showing up daily. Things are looking very good for the opener May 9th. Some big pike are being caught in the open water of bays. The pike season on LOW never closes.

On the Rainy River… The Rainy River is open into Lake of the Woods. The sturgeon bite has been strong with many boats out and successful this weekend. Find a hole in the river, anchor up with a sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers or combo of crawlers and frozen emerald shiners. The sturgeon “keep season” continues through May 7th. May 8-15 is catch and release only. May 16th the sturgeon season closes until July 1st.

Up at the NW Angle… Ice is melting and open water is expanding quickly. The larger basins are still ice covered. Resorts are preparing and looking forward to the open water season. A complete list of lodging and guides available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging

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