Lake of the Woods Tourism Fishing Report 6.11.24

 1 min ago by Chris Munchow 

Modified Jun 11th, 2024 at 11:00 AM

On the south end…   A good week of walleye fishing with some big fish caught along with good eaters.  All of that despite some fronts that came through and lots of wind.  Being in a charter boat a few days this week was an advantage for sure.

Wherever you fish, there are days the wind will blow.  Here are some good options for anglers when the wind blows on LOW.
-Fish on a big charter boat
-Fish the 42 miles of navigable Rainy River
-Bays such as Four Mile, Bostic and Zippel Bay
-Slide behind one of the thousands of islands that being up at the NW Angle
-Trailer your boat to a leeward boat ramp and fish that shoreline

A jig and frozen emerald shiner was the go to presentation for walleyes.  Most boats are anchored up and vertically jigging.  Some are starting to use spinners and minnows or crawlers with success.  This pattern will pick up steam as the walleyes are starting to transition with warming waters.

Walleyes have been caught this week in various depths.  As a rule, 21 – 32 feet of water was still the range.  Again, various areas across the lake are holding fish.   Various rock reefs have been good.  Fish are transitioning to mud as the season progresses.

On the Rainy River…  The river is flowing strong right now as water is being released from the dam which controls its flow.  With the heavier current, fish are being found in areas with a current break.  Even a slight break that still has current is a fish attractor when the water is moving.

Jigging with a minnow, pulling spinners and trolling crankbaits along shoreline breaks against the current in 6 – 12′ of water is producing a mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, pike, smallmouth bass and an occasional crappie.
Casting to shoreline structure and even docks is also an effective method.
For those who like fishing for dinosaurs, the sturgeon season opens July 1st.

Up at the NW Angle…  A great week of fishing amongst the island area of Lake of the Woods.  Guides fishing the Canada side of LOW reported big numbers of walleyes along with a mixed bag.

Minnesota waters also produced good fish.  Many of the walleyes are being found in deeper than normal water for this time of year, in that 22 – 28 feet.  As hatches begin and shiners begin to spawn, there will be some shallow water opportunities as well.
The goto presentation continues to be a jig and minnow.  Pulling spinners with shiners or crawlers and trolling crankbaits also putting walleyes in the fry pan.
As is common in these parts, a mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, pike, jumbo perch, crappies, pike and smallmouth bass being caught.
Muskie anglers, the season opens on both sides of the lake Saturday, June 15th.  A glorious day for those who target the almighty predators!

Lodging, fishing packages, small boat guide trips, charter trips and summer trips are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.


Joe Henry | Executive Director | Lake of the Woods Tourism | LakeoftheWoodsMN.com
m: 320-260-7727 | office: 800-382-3474 |  [email protected]

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