According to the Walleye Assessment Manager of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Tom Mosindy, the walleye population is in the best condition of the last twenty five years. Many of our guests are boating big numbers with many good sized fish caught and released. The improvement is due to the almost complete elimination of gill netting and the angler’s catch and release ethic. In Fisherman Magazine has rated Lake of the Woods the top ten walleye waters of North America. Not only are there good numbers of fish, but due to a diverse and healthy forage base, world class
trophies are caught regularly.
There is a smallmouth bass boom going on in North America, and centered in the heart of that boom is Lake of the Woods. Lindner rates it in his top five smallmouth waters. This is evidenced by his continual presence in the Kenora Bass Invitational. The best bass waters are right at our front door. Smallmouth bass are doing very well in both numbers and size. This prized fighter has done very well in our area. Many of our guests love to spend time chasing old bronzeback. Ninety nine percent of those caught are released. These fish can be caught in good numbers throughout the season. Crankbaits, plastics, minnow baits, and a jig and live bait are popular presentations.
Northern Pike fishing offers good numbers and a chance at a real trophy. Weed lines, points, and humps produce throughout the season. Spoons, spinner baits, muskie lures, and almost anything else produce well. Lake of the Woods offers some of North America’s best northern and walleye fishing. Last year, forty inch fish were quite common with one of our guests scoring two in the same day.
The good old days of muskie fishing are right now. Lake of the Woods, according to such experts as Al Lindner and Gord Pyzer ranks as the best muskie water in the world. It has been stated that there are more muskies in the Woods than all the other lakes put together.