Labor Day Thank you!!

Just a wonderful Labor Day Camping weekend! So blessed by so many beautiful people! We had our very first Baby Gender revealing! Congratulations Cody & Carla!! We had 3 families not only camping together but also enjoying a fishing tournament topped with a very challenging bean bag tournament!! Our Guests shared with us they enjoyed rewards such as enjoying a great nap – “been so long since enjoyed a good nap” and we had Kala here for relaxation massages, surprise birthday massage, birthday scavenger hunt, beach time, breakfast on the Pergola lakeside, jumping off the dock, birthday scavenger hunts, surprise birthday massage, sunning on the beach with the delivery of ice cream sandwiches- Dale & I love that part of hosting camping here at our Resort❤️ We love seeing families together, couples together, generations together, and friends together. Mother Nature hit hard with strong winds, big swells which many boats headed to Warroad and Baudette to fish the river!
Good times, Good People, GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND! Thank you one and all!!
Dale & Connie Peterson
Dale’s On Lake of the Woods
Camp * Fish * Relax

Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 9/2/20

Fishing report from Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

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Fishing Report

9.2.2020

On the south end…  A lot of walleyes caught this week on Lake of the Woods.  For many of the AIM tournament anglers, a lot of huge walleyes were caught this week.   Charter boats and guides doing a nice job of finding good schools of eater walleyes as well as the slots and trophies.  At times, eaters might be in a different location vs the big walleyes.  Walleyes are being caught in 14 – 36′ of water.  Two main patterns, crawler harnesses and crankbaits.  Best spinner colors, hammered gold, pink, glow white, glow red or orange.  Shiny or brighter colors are good starts for crankbaits.  It is important to get cranks down to the fish.  In deeper water, downriggers, lead core line, snap weights and a 4-5 ounce bottom bouncer will all do the trick.

On the Rainy River…   Walleyes are scattered on flats and along breaks.  Trolling crankbaits or crawler harnesses covering water is effective.  Anglers reporting a mixed bag of fish.  Sturgeon activity has picked up.  Target deep holes with sturgeon rigs and crawlers or frozen emerald shiners.  Smallmouth bass and pike continue to be active around current breaks, rocky areas and in bays.  There are 42 miles of navigable river from Wheeler’s Point to Birchdale.

Up at the NW Angle…  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters.  There are boat shuttle / passenger services available to the Angle.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.

Walleye fishing continues to be very good up at the Angle.  Good numbers of fish living around Four Blocks and Little Oak Island.  Also good numbers of fish over the mud north and east of Little Oak Island.  Watch your electronics, scattered schools in many locations.  Spinners with a crawler or trolling crankbaits both are producing.  Again, some big pike caught this week by walleye anglers.  Some muskie action this week on topwater.  Smallmouth bass on rocks in 5-15′.

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Article ” When will the shiners run?”

Received this interesting article from the Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau via email to our email address dmrservice@hotmails.com today. Thought all you awesome people who like Lake of the Woods would enjoy this!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

WHEN WILL THE SHINERS RUN?

If you like fall fishing for walleyes, perhaps you have heard something about shiners running on the Rainy River.  It is a tradition for anglers that is, well, just special.

Fall in MN is an incredible season all by itself.  “Sweatshirt weather” as some call it features the changing colors of the leaves, the migration of birds coming from the north and in these parts, the shiner and great walleye fishing on the Rainy River.

When will the shiner run start?  Has it started some?  With the colder nights and warmer days, Mother Nature has a way of kicking things into gear.  Was it any surprise there were a number of boats starting to fish Four Mile Bay and the mouth of the Rainy River this week?  Every year, it seems you hear a couple of weeks after the fact of the good early fall bite.  Hmmmmm.

Check out this weather forecast!  With some colder nights, many think that will get things rolling if they are not rolling already.

It’s a fall tradition for many.  Coming to the Rainy River to take advantage of the fall run of walleyes chasing the millions of emerald shiners running up the river.  Something about the leaves changing and the smell in the air.

Fall on the river is also a fun opportunity for those with smaller boats to access some of the best fall walleye fishing in the Midwest.  The river is small in comparison to the lake and even on windier days, there are plenty of twists and turns where a person can find a nice break out of the wind and jig for some fall gold.

If you chat with a resort owner or bait dealer, they talk about the shiners in terms of “gallons”.  This is the time of the year folks in the bait business really to stock up on the effective and popular bait that is used four seasons per year.  Emerald shiners are an awesome bait both alive and frozen.  These minnows are normally netted off the ends of docks with big lights at night.  When the shiners are running, literally huge schools of bait will swirl under the lights.  As we have seen over the past couple of weeks, walleyes and pike are often mixed in with these minnows.

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There has been a couple of good runs of shiners this fall so far.  Anglers are excited as some walleyes have started coming into Four Mile Bay and up the river.  Walleyes are being caught from the mouth of the river all the way up river to Birchdale.  These fish are a combination of local fish that live in the river along with the new walleyes coming in from the lake chasing the shiners.

Most anglers will go after these walleyes with a jig and minnow.  Often a frozen shiner is the bait of choice.  The shiners are a staple for Lake of the Woods walleyes, they are flashy and have a great stink to them in which the walleyes can hone into in the stained waters of this body of water.

Some anglers will actually pull crankbaits for these fish.  A few years ago on a nice fall afternoon while I was jigging up a few walleyes jigging, a couple of Ranger boats slid by me trolling.  The boats had Iowa boat licenses and were consistently catching walleyes as they approached.  In a kidding manner, I commented to them, “You can’t catch walleyes trolling now, the water is too cold.”  They smiled as they reeled in another fish, “Yeah, we know.  And so do the two trophy walleyes and dozens of other fish we caught today.  We actually target the Rainy River trolling each year as we have such good luck.”

Charter boat captains comment they can tell when a shiner run has entered the bay and river as they drive out in the morning, they can see clouds of bait on their electronics.  There is a ton of bait and walleyes staged in front of the Lighthouse Gap currently waiting to enter the river.  The entire south shore of the lake has had a good bite in 15-24′ of water depending upon the day.  This also bodes well for ice anglers for the upcoming ice season.  If the walleyes are along the south shore in the fall, they normally stick for the ice season.

Many anglers enjoy the small water experience of the river vs the big open water of Big Traverse Bay, especially if they have a smaller boat.  The river is a great asset for small boats.

As a bonus this year, the City of Baudette has installed floating docks which are available for public use at Willie Walleye Park on Baudette Bay.  Anglers fishing near Baudette will now have the option to tie up and slide up to the VFW or Main Street businesses for a sandwich, snack and some shopping if they want a break.

Fall is a great time on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River.  The fish are biting nicely.  A mix of walleyes, saugers, jumbo perc and pike are being caught on a consistent basis right now.  Fall is clipping along and now is a good time to get that last special fishing trip in.

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Fishing Report Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau 8-26-20

Fishing Report

8.26.2020

On the south end…  Great walleye fishing this week.   Different schools of fish around the lake being caught in 14 – 36′ of water.  Trust your electronics.  Two strong patterns, pulling crawler harnesses and trolling crankbaits.  Covering water and moving is important.  Best spinner colors, hammered gold, pink, glow white, glow red or orange.  Mix up crankbaits until you get size, shape and colors dialed in.  2.2 – 2.8 a good range for speed.  Shiny or brighter colors are good starts.  Some schools are active, some inactive.  Different feeding windows throughout the day.

On the Rainy River…   Summer patterns continue.  “Resident” walleyes are scattered on flats and along breaks.  Trolling crankbaits or crawler harnesses this time of year to cover water is effective.  Anglers reporting a mixed bag of fish.  Target sturgeon in deep holes with sturgeon rigs and crawlers or frozen emerald shiners.  Smallmouth bass and pike active around current breaks, rocky areas and in bays.

Up at the NW Angle…  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters.  There are shuttle / passenger services available to the Angle via boat.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.

Excellent walleye fishing this week.  Various schools of walleyes throughout the Angle.  Some nice fish around Four Blocks and Little Oak Island.  Other fish over mud in “no man’s land” north and east of Little Oak Island.  Spinners with a crawler or trolling crankbaits both are producing good numbers of fish.  Again, some big pike caught this week by walleye anglers.  When targeting pike and muskies, casting bays and trolling rocky point areas will produce.  Smallmouth bass on rocks in 5-15′.