Fishing Ice Fishing Heating Up at Lake of the Woods MN!

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 Mar 14th, 2014 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Mar 14th, 2014 at 12:00 AM

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Walleye activity increasing as longer days, more oxygen and April spawn approaches.
March is definitely trophy pike time on Lake of the Woods.  Resorts can assist.

Fish are starting to move, yet still spread out this week. Mud flats have been producing 22-24 or 28-31. Electronics beneficial for suspended trophy fish. Use a plain hook, charmers, or buck shot tipped with minnow. Gold, bubble gum, or pink the hot colors. Knight, Bridges, Long Point and Gull Rock doing well. 29-31′ with tulibees and perch mixed in with walleye and sauger limits. Reports off Pine Island 24-27. Monster pike moving, try 6-10 or 13-15 feet; strong afternoon bite with occasional trophy walleye caught. Use tip-ups set 1/2 of depth with sucker minnow on red/white, green, or plain silver.

On the Rainy River, walleyes starting g to move. 12-19′ best in front of the gaps leading to the lake, heading east in front of the airport. Mornings and evenings best.

Up at the NW Angle, mixed bags the norm. 24-27′ best depth over structure. In addition to walleyes and saugers, pike, perch, and crappies doing well.  Jigging continuously best. Use pink, gold, or chartreuse 



 HopeKids Visit Lake of the




Our Vision

To restore hope and transform the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions, their families and the communities in which we serve.
Our Mission
HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine


5 boys and girls, along with their parents, visited Ballard’s Resort on Monday and Tuesday for a once in a life time experience. HopeKids, along with Ballard’s Resort and Lake of the Woods Tourism, started off their trip with a visit to Willie Walleye, followed by snowshoeing through the woods, spentTuesday fishing, and finished off the event with a fresh fish fry!
The kids also got to experience Lake of the Woods per bombardier ride (some even in the driver seat), helped clean fish with the guides, and were given rods and reels, bags, and tackle so that their memories do not stop at shore. A great time was had by all!!

Spring Fishing on the Rainy

 River Approaching


Open water east of the Big Fork River on March 12.

Spring fishing for walleyes goes until April 14th.  Annually, there is a tradition for many to make their way to the cold waters of the Rainy River as it opens up and target walleyes making their way to their spawning areas.

The draw is the potential for thousands of walleyes to be constricted into a small river, the chance at catching big walleyes and of course for many, the first open water fishing for many months.

We ask anglers who make the journey to do their part with garbage, parking, and simply working together.  Access points can be limited as there is only open water around a couple of boat access points initially.  With anxious anglers and a lot of boats and trailers, we ask as always, to help each other out and to be respectful of local land owners properties, right of ways, etc.

Click Here for info on spring fishing on the Rainy River.

“Tales from the Rails” Coming

 to the Baudette Depot

The Depot Preservation Alliance invites the public to the opening of a new exhibit at the Baudette Depot on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The exhibit is titled: “Tales from the Rails.” The day will open with a ribbon cutting at 11:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m.
The exhibit features a mockup section of a 1940 passenger rail car, complete with two restored 1940s rail car passenger seats, and includes a special “window view” mural by mural artist Scott Murphy. Visitors will be able to enter into the exhibit, browse a number of rail travel booklets, read “first-person” tales of rail travel, and “experience” what rail travel might have been like in the 1940s. Allen Noska and Carnita Tuomela dba Venture Exhibits of Duluth, MN, are the exhibit consultants and creators. At 1:00 p.m., “Ditch Creek,” a teenage bluegrass band with members from Birchdale and Duluth will entertain with guitar, mandolin, fiddle, resonator guitar and vocals. Railroad songs are on the play-list.
The exhibit is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council and the Minnesota Historical Society through funding from the MN State Legislature as approved by a vote of the people of Minnesota, November, 2008 (Legacy grants).

Walleye Season on The

 Walleye Capital

 Open till April 14th!


Some of the best action of the ice season happens in March.  In the lower part of MN, the fishing season for walleyes and pike ends the end of February.  On Lake of the Woods, however, the season remains open until April 14th.  Great news and an extended season.

Resorts are allowed to keep their fish houses out through March 31st.  With over 30″ of ice and a good snow pack, chances are that we will be ice fishing to the very end.

Take advantage of fish “putting on the feed bag” and getting ready for the spawn.



Need Spur of the Moment


Ice fishing is in full swing and the fish are biting.  If your favorite resort is full the dates you have available, don’t fret, there are options.

For a list of Lake of the Woods resorts, fish house providers, etc, Click Here

If you are looking to book lodging at Lake of the Woods and don’t feel like calling around or it is last minute, try our lodging availability finder.  Simply enter in what part of the lake or river you want to stay, how many people and dates.  Your request is emailed to all the lodging facilities in the geographic region you choose.  Resorts will respond back to your email with availability.

Check out our  LODGING page to search out different lodging options and a list of amenities.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook Page

Share your photos on our page, we love sharing the memories with you!

Facebook Fans, enjoy pictures, videos, area events, ice conditions, current fishing reports and more on Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau’s Facebook page.

Click Here to check out the official Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page, and then  click Like.

Snowmobile Trails…

By Land and Sea

Lake of the Woods has literally hundreds of miles of beautiful groomed and staked trails. Check out our website for trail maps in LOW!

Decide what part of the lake you want to stay, lodge room or cabin and make your plan!  Let us know if we can assist.  Call us at (218) 634-1174 or email at [email protected].

Fresh Walleye Anyone?

A tradition up at Lake of the Woods are the fish frys.  Come up and experience world class fishing “just like the good old days” and celebrate after with a great meal of fresh walleyes and sauger.

Some groups use the fish cleaning houses at the resort they are staying at to clean their catch.  Others let the guides do the cleaning.

As far as the fish fry, cook your own in your cabin or have a resort cook them for you.  Many resorts will cook up your fresh catch with all the sides we have come to love with a fish fry.  Click Here for info on Resorts at Lake of the Woods.

Resorts Offering Reasonable Rates 


The area offers some very reasonable lodging to fit your budget.  Click Here for a complete list of resorts and hotels.


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