On the south end… Ice fishing is all finished up on the main lake. The focus is on back bays for big pike and areas of open water on the lake for walleyes. The pike season is open year round on LOW and the Rainy River. 3 fish per day, 30-40 inches must be released, one over 40″ allowed.
Anglers are allowed a limit of walleyes and saugers on the lake, but catch and release only on Four Mile Bay and the Rainy River through April 14. A limit of walleyes and saugers is a combined limit of 6 fish with up to 4 being walleyes. Walleyes 19.5-28.0 inches must be released with one allowed over 28 inches. The walleye season runs through April 14th and starts up again May 15th for the MN Fishing Opener.
On the Rainy River… Five boat ramps are open on the Rainy River and there are 42 miles of open water for fishing. Nelson Park in Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas (near Clementson), Timbermill Park in Baudette and the Wheeler’s Point access at the mouth of the river 12 miles north of Baudette are all open.
River fishing has started out strong. Good numbers of walleyes are being caught by some with trophy fish in the mix. A 3/8 – 1/2 ounce jig is working nicely tipped with a minnow or a plastic. Walleye season is catch and release only on Rainy River and Four Mile Bay through April 14th.
Sturgeon fishing continues to be excellent with big numbers of sturgeon being caught. Sturgeon catch and release season through 4/23/21. Keep season 4/24/21 – 5/7/21, (45-50″, or over 75″) Catch and release 5/8/21 – 5/15/21.
With lower current, a 3 ounce no-roll sinker combined with a sturgeon rig (18″ snell of 60 lb test with a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook) with a glob of crawlers, frozen emerald shiners or both is the ticket. Local bait shops have rigs available.
Up at the NW Angle… Looking ahead to open water, there are various ways to travel to the NW Angle this summer without crossing the border. If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option. There is also the Lake of the Woods Passenger Service (charter boat shuttle to Angle). And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.
Recieved on 4/1/21 via email to [email protected] from Lake of the Woods Toursim Bureau