Lake of the Woods South Shore Fishing, Outdoor & Area Information Report

Sportsman’s Lodge



Great Weather! Great Fishing!

Eighty degrees, soft breeze, beautiful island scenery and lots of walleyes!! Good times!  Another great week!

We started to see more hammered gold spinners then jigs leave the tackle shop this week and the bait is starting to change up as well, we are seeing more colors in the bait boxes from just the faithful old minnow to a mix of choices including crawlers and leeches.  This week marks a start of a transition on the Lake of the Woods. This year it will be a slower transition than normal due to the lengthy cool weather we experienced this spring, but just like everything change is always the constant. The bait, the drifting technique and the move toward the rock bottoms and structure are all common changes that will take place in the upcoming weeks.  We will continue to see plenty of good eater size fish between 14”-20”, but most likely around mid July the trophy walleyes will really start to be known.  Trophy walleye season is in July and August, so if you’re looking for some BIG excitement be sure to plan your trip for those two months. Statistics show that of all the Minnesota lakes, you have a 1 in 10 chance to catch a 10lb plus walleye during the months of July & August on Lake of the Woods!

The best way to reel in a nice limit right now is to drift in the mud flats around 28’-33’ of water just outside the Lighthouse Gap approximately 15 miles from the Sportsman’s Lodge or on the South Shore areas of Lake of the Woods including Graceton Beach and Zippel Bay. The rock reefs will also be an attraction in some good fishing in the weeks to come as the water really starts to warm up.

Leave the hassles to us!

Sportsman’s Lodge offers no hassle, no equipment required fishing trips! We include the boat, experienced guide, poles, bait, tackle and clean you fish, we will even pack you a lunch or cook up a traditional island fish fry too! Come for the fun and not the work!

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