Also known as The Walleye Capital of the World, the international waters of Lake of the Woods, the Rainy River and the Northwest Angle are famous for their fishing, hunting, wildlife and recreational opportunities.
This world class fishery features 317,000 acres in Minnesota for the best fishing anywhere, both open water and ice fishing. Sharing the lake with Canada, many of our guests who stay on the U.S. side choose to utilize both sides. Lake of the Woods boasts over 65,000 miles of shoreline and 14,552 islands.
LIMITS & SPECIES
There are many different habits of the Walleye on Lake of the Woods. This may be due to the diversity of the enormous lake. There are many different types of structure and solids that make up the bottom surface, as well as many different ranges and variations of depth around the lake. This allows Lake of the Woods to be diverse in its ability to reproduce and sustain different species of fish and create many different but simultaneous patterns of activity on one body of water.
Sauger have a lighter brown color that the Walleye does not they also they do not get as large as a Walleye. An average size for saugers is in the 11-14″ range but recently we have seen some get as big as 20". There are some other differences with the Walleye, one is the Sauger lacks a solid black area at the back of their dorsal fin. Another is the black dots on the fins. Generally while targeting Walleye there are plenty of Saugers around.
Northern Pike on LOW can reach sizes larger than 40" and weigh more than 25 pounds. Having this trophy fish creates a huge buzz to catch, especially in late winter and early spring when they are staging for spawning. Tip ups are common to catch pike on late ice. Pike season is continuous on LOW which means it never closes. The limit for pike is 3 fish with one fish being 40+ inches and pike 30-40 inches must be immediately released.