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Lake of the Woods Report April 10, 2017

Published By  OutdoorsFIRST Media
Published April 10, 2017


The lake is open up to one mile outside of Lighthouse and Morris Gap. Water depth hasn't been an issue lately. Walleyes of all sizes with good eaters, small ones and some nice slot fish mixed in. Staying close to the ice pack has been key. That being said anglers need to be aware of moving ice. Safety first.

Rainy River walleye fishing slowed when the Little Fork and Big Fork broke loose and conditions turned muddy but the water is clearing up more and more each day! Timing is key for the spring season. Sturgeon fishing is on fire right now with many 50-70" fish boated. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, Wheeler's Point, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats. Good numbers of walleyes are still in river with more to arrive. Right now a  3/4 - 1 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Bright and gold are hot colors with a rattle working best. Pike will be hot in bays once open water. Reminder to boaters that you are allowed to travel on the Canadian side of the river for navigation, but must follow call in, licensing and other specific Ontario fishing regulations if you desire to fish there.

Up at the NW Angle, more and more open water showing up daily.  Air-boats at this point to get around.  Waiting now for open water.  Walleyes/saugers through April 14th.  Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.  Resorts and resort fishing guides at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.