On the main basin... Walleye season opens Saturday, May 11th. As of Monday, May 6th on the main basin, miles of open water with some ice patches still floating around. Walleye and sauger populations strong, thus good opener expected. Go to will be jig and frozen shiner. Pike and sturgeon seasons are open and reports excellent. Numerous trophy class pike being caught. All pike 30-40" must be returned with a 3 fish limit and one over 40".
On the Rainy River... Sturgeon and pike fishing has been excellent. The go to presentation for sturgeon a 4-6 ounce no roll sinker, sturgeon rig and a few nightcrawlers or combo crawlers and frozen emerald shiners. Pike being caught in shallow bays. It is expected there will be good walleyes in the river come opening day with cold water temps. With stronger than normal current, bring heavy jigs if jigging.
Up at the NW Angle... Mainly open water areas with some ice chunks. A bit of boating activity this week as open water increased. Resorts getting ready for May 11th opener. Most will be using a jig and minnow adjacent shoreline structure, points and neck down areas. A complete list of lodging and fishing packages available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.