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MN
United States
49° 5' 56.5764" N, 94° 57' 7.5132" W
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Showers Air Temperature: 41-50 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Cloudy

Another great week to start off the open water fishing season! Fishing has been consistent even with the ever changing weather last week. Some boats still catching over 100 fish in a day, weeding through small fish to find good keeper walleyes and saugers. Key depths around 17-24' of water. Good fishing all across south shore. Fish are responsive to most kinds of bait right now but jig and a minnow is the best presentation with pink and gold jigs standing out.  Some anglers pulling spinners.  Others hit reefs in 25-30', also good. Jumbo perch and pike mixed in all over the lake.  

 

Walleyes are still in the Rainy River but fishing has slowed besides a good morning bite. Most walleyes have headed back to the lake but some remain in the river. Same as the lake, a jig and a minnow have been best tactic for boating walleyes.  Sturgeon fishing is closed until July 1st.

 

Up at the NW Angle, anglers are hammering fish.  Many have limits before lunch.  Fish are all over islands such as Oak Island and Little Oak. Jig and a minnow up at the angle is the go to method. Gaining steam is trolling with cranks in the shallows or pulling spinners to keep baits moving. Colors should include chartreuse, pink, glow colors and some gold. Key depths ranged from 16-26' of water. Crappies can be found in Canada in 20' of water with sandy bays. Pike being found in current areas. Many smallmouth bass found with walleyes. Lodging, charters and guides are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging

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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Cloudy

The MN fishing opener was this past weekend was excellent. Some boats caught over 100 fish in a day. Fish ranged in size from small all the way to trophy walleyes. Weeding through small fish to find good keeper walleyes and saugers was the norm, which speaks nicely to the overall health of the walleye population. Key depth was around 20' of water. Good fishing all across south shore. Jig and a minnow was the best presentation with pink or gold jigs standing out.  Some anglers pulled spinners in 6-12 feet.  Others hit reefs in 25-30', also good. Jumbo perch and pike mixed in.  

 

Walleyes are still in the Rainy River.  Many anglers fished the river and Four Mile Bay.  Some walleyes have headed back to the lake while others remain in the river. Same as the lake, a jig and a minnow have been best tactic for boating walleyes.  Sturgeon fishing closes Monday, May 15 and reopens July 1st.

 

 

Up at the NW Angle, anglers also had a great opener.  Many had limits in a couple of hours.  Fish were all over islands, neck down areas, points and reefs. Jig and a minnow up at the angle is the go to method. Colors should include chartreuse, pink, glow colors and some gold. Key depths ranged from 6' to 20' of water. The walleye population is in great shape and we expect fishing to remain strong as the water warms up.  Good luck!  Lodging, charters and guides are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Cloudy

The MN fishing opener is this Saturday, May 13th. Anglers looking to strike LOW gold this this weekend should use a 1/4- 3/4 ounce jig (depending upon current, no current, depth) with a shiner or 2 loaded up. If you are missing bites, try hooking shiner through mouth and out the gill, push the minnow all the way up to the jig head and push hook through middle of minnow.  Otherwise use a stinger hook.  Another good idea would be to pull crankbaits in shallow water. Although the water is cold, this can be the ticket on some outings.  Pike season is open and with warming water, activity is increasing.  Sturgeon fishing is on fire as the water warmed back up. The sturgeon catch and release season is through May 15th.  The season re-opens again July 1st.  

 

Walleyes on the Rainy River are post spawn.  Some have headed back to the lake while others remain in the river.  Many reports of sturgeon anglers catching nice walleyes while fishing sturgeon.  Anglers traditionally find good numbers of walleyes up and down the river as well as Four Mile Bay (which is at the mouth of the river) this time of year.  

 

 

Up at the NW Angle, resorts (and we believe the walleyes) are ready for the opener.  With all of the islands, neck down areas, points and reefs, the possibilities to fish are endless.  Typically, look for neck down areas and points to start.  Jig and a minnow up at the angle is the go to method. Colors should include chartreuse, pink, glow colors and some gold. The walleye population throughout the lake is in great shape and everything points to angler success for the opener.  Good luck!  Lodging, charters and guides are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

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