People travel from all over the world to fish and explore Lake of the Woods. Walleyes get most of the attention, after all, this is The Walleye Capital of the World. This prolific fishery is also loaded with smallmouth bass, pike, muskies, lake sturgeon, jumbo perch and monster crappies. Whatever your taste, if you enjoy the outdoors, Lake of the Woods should be on your list.
Lake of the Woods is shared between Minnesota and Canada. The fishery is really broken up into three different areas, the Rainy River, Big Traverse Bay (the big open water basin) and the Northwest Angle.
The slow-moving Rainy River feeds the big lake. 40 miles of navigable water is teaming with walleyes, pike, smallmouth bass and lake sturgeon. Resorts line the mouth of the river and look across to Canada.
The middle section is known as Big Traverse Bay. Charter boats catering to groups of up to 6 anglers line the docks at local resorts. Everything is provided, just step aboard and catch fish. Licensed charter captains take groups out targeting walleyes. With years of experience and by networking with other captains on the water, the days are typically very successful reeling in good numbers of fish.
The third section of Lake of the Woods is the Northwest Angle. This area is the northernmost point of the Continental U.S. and is where the 14,552 islands of the lake begin. Basically, you are fishing amongst islands, eagles, bears, deer and some of the most beautiful scenery in North America. Some resorts are rustic with log cabins in the woods all the way up to full service resorts with high-speed internet and all of the amenities of home. Regardless of your preference, the fishing is almost as good as the adventure.
There is a good variety of full service resorts all around the lake. No roughing it here, enjoy the modern conveniences, delicious meals and fun taverns in this northern MN destination.
Visitors enjoy good fishing all year long. Come for the world-class fishing but appreciate the wildlife, natural beauty, variety of resorts, and the “MN nice” culture.
Located in the north woods of Minnesota where there may be as many deer as people, finding a variety of good food is not hard to come by. A fresh fish fry or two should be on the list. There is nothing like fresh walleye, fried potatoes, beans and fresh bread. Some resorts cook up your day’s catch and provide all of the fixings. Try locally grown wild rice. Maybe some freshly prepared prime rib, a homemade pizza or a half pound burger basket. Top it off with homemade ice cream or some fresh raspberries and blueberries.
A word of advice when you come up, bring your appetite for fresh walleye, a good camera and a hankering for
"One of the highlights of fishing Lake of the Woods is a delicious shore lunch of fresh walleyes. Some enjoy this experience as much as the fishing! RIGHT: Known as The Walleye Capital of the World, anglers of all ability levels enjoy charter fishing for walleyes. With everything taken care of, all an angler has to do is step aboard and catch fish."
"With millions of fish, wildlife around every corner and 14,552 islands, Lake of the Woods is a must see outdoors destination."