Lake of the Woods
- Location: Border of Minnesota and Canada
- 70 miles long, 60 miles wide
- Species: Musky, Lake Sturgeon, Walleye, Pike, Largemouth, Smallmouth, Lake Trout, Crappie, Perch, Panfish
- Walleye Capital
- Over 50 resorts in the greater area.
Located on the border between Minnesota and Canada one of the most popular ice fishing destinations is Lake of the Woods. It is 70 miles long, 60 miles wide, it has over 65,000 miles of shoreline and after the 5 Great Lakes, it is considered one of the largest freshwater lakes in the United States.
You will have no problems finding a place to stay with over 50 resorts alone in the greater Lake of the Woods area. These include condos, cabins, motels and even fish sleepers.
While many anglers come to Lake of the woods to target walleye, it is also home to other popular species such as musky, pike, lake trout, crappie, bass, perch, and panfish.
Keep in mind that Lake of the Woods has special regulations on the seasons and limits. Check the DNR website for the most current regulations, but here some information when writing this post:
Walleye / Sauger Limits:
From May 12, 2019 – April 14, 2020 the Possession limit of walleye and sauger is six (not more than four can be walleye; walleye 19 1/2″ to 28″ must be immediately released and only one walleye over 28 inches may be kept).
Northern Pike Limits:
Only 3 northern pikes can be kept. All pikes from 30 to 40 inches must be released. Only one pike over 40 inches may be kept.
The regulations mentioned above apply to the Rainy River from the mouth upstream to the dam in International Falls, Baudette including Winter Road Rivers (Lake of the Woods and Koochiching counties), and Warroad River (Roseau County).
Regulations for Four-Mile Bay (located in Southeast bay of Lake of the Woods)
From May 12, 2019 – April 14, 2020: The Possession limit of walleye and sauger is six (not more than four can be walleye; walleye 19 1/2″ to 28″ must be immediately released and only one walleye over 28 inches may be kept).