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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report

Category: fishing reports

 Apr 15th, 2019 by sworrall 

Modified Apr 15th, 2019 at 2:31 PM

On the south end… Walleye season is closed until the MN Fishing Opener, May 11th. The target now is pike and sturgeon. Pike are staging for the spawn and are open all year long. Back bays are just opening up and will be full of pike soon. A combo of big dead baits or slow rolling a spinnerbait, spoon or crankbait will be the go to methods. LOW has a very strong population of trophy class pike over 40″ long. All pike 30-40″ must be returned with a 3 fish limit and one over 40″.

On the Rainy River… The Big Fork and Little Fork river busted open mid week last week, sending ice and muddy waters into the Rainy River. This slowed the walleye bite which had been excellent with many trophy fish. Sturgeon fishing remains good as they are bottom feeders and rely more on smell vs sight to feed. It’s prime time for sturgeon. Catch and release for sturgeon through April 23rd with the keep season starting April 24th.

Up at the NW Angle… A few anglers were on the ice this past week, but ice fishing is basically over. Some open water appearing in neck down areas and current areas. Resorts getting ready for May 11th opener. A complete list of lodging and fishing packages available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

2019 Sturgeon Season, Rainy River

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