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    What you need to know about fishing Lake of the Woods

    At nearly 1700 square miles of surface area and 25,000 miles of shoreline, Lake of the Woods is a giant freshwater lake that straddles the border of the United States and Canada. Anglers fish Lake of the Woods year-round while targeting a number of species including perch, crappie, walleye, northern pike, and muskie. The lake supports both high numbers of each of these species as well as trophy sizes by any standard. While fish are spawning in shallower depths near one of the 14,552 islands they can be caught with slow presentations and simple jig and minnow techniques in the cold water. When targeting walleyes in the spring we recommend the Mack’s Smile Blade back trolled behind a bottom bouncer with lead core. The shape of this unique blade will activate at slower speeds than other blades. Walleye will move to deeper depths and suspend on mid-lake humps in the summer months. Muskie and pike can also be found on the rocky bottom near points and island drop offs and you can find a great selection of muskie baits here. Lake of the Woods is also an excellent fishery for smallmouth bass, crappie, and lake trout. Look for crappies schooler up in deeper bays near fell trees and other structures.

    Lake Of The Woods is one of the most sought after ice fishing destinations in the world. Anglers can catch countless walleye, perch, northern pike, crappie, and even burbot. Walleye are the most popular species to target, hence the name “walleye capital of the world”. Lake Of The Woods tends to have slightly stained water, use brighter colors like pink or green to draw fish in. additionally, glow in the dark colors can be great as well. Crappies are often caught in the shallower, weedy bays. They use this cover to roam between the basin and shallow structure. When you see a suspended mark on your electronics, drop a tungsten jig tipped with either a wax worm or small plastic and keep it slightly above the fish. 

    Waterbody Type

    Lake/Pond

    Coordinates

    -94.9535W
    49.1025N

    Surface Area

    1233.89 sq. km

    Avg. Depth

    0 ft.

    Species Present

    Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Muskie, Crappie, Panfish / Bluegill, Northern Pike, Burbot, Sauger, Sturgeon

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