Lake of the Woods Tourism Fishing Report 11/7/23

Category: destinations

 Nov 7th, 2023 by sworrall 

Modified Nov 7th, 2023 at 10:22 AM

On the south end…   Very few anglers out this past week on the big lake.  A combination of a blanket of snow combined with the deer hunting tradition has most anglers waiting for ice.
Last report, good numbers of walleyes and saugers were in various spots across the south shore chasing schools of shiners.  The ideal depth was 22 – 26 feet of water.  Typically, these fish will hold till early ice conditions allow anglers access.  Early ice fishing could be good.
Back bays are iced up.  The lake and larger bays are still wide open.
The 10 day forecast shows above freezing temps, which is normal this time of year.  Mother Nature determines, but traditionally, day houses start going out around December 10th, give or take.  Are you ready?
Resorts and outfitters are working hard making sure fish houses, light ice rigs, bombers, plows, augers, stakes for ice roads / trails, signs and other necessary equipment are ready to roll when it’s time.  We encourage working through resorts and outfitters and staying on marked trails for safety only when they give the green light, which will be a while.
On the Rainy River…   Shiners continue to run in the Rainy River in good numbers.  Some nice walleyes being caught for the few anglers willing to brave the weather.
Jigging with emerald shiners has also been catching the majority of fish in the river.  Target depths range from 8 – 24 feet of water.
Anglers who are targeting sturgeon are having good action as the fish are active.
The river is still open and free of ice.
Up at the NW Angle…  Much like the south end of the lake, fishing for most is pretty much wrapped up.  Back bays and harbors have a skim of ice and most boats are pulled.
Fall fishing was strong and good numbers of walleyes have resorts and anglers optimistic for the winter season.
Lodging, fish house rentals, ice fishing, and meal packages for the upcoming ice fishing season at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

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