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Lake of the Woods (June 9th, 2022)

Versatility was the “name of the game” over the past week on Lake of The Woods. Visitors to our area know the lake makes her own weather. At times she even gets angry about it. Blowing up waves that chase the most seasoned salty dogs off her surface looking for back bays and cover. That is one good part of our fishery, lots of options for any conditions – and great guides to help give the options, direction, and knowhow.

Speaking of the conditions, it’s no secret that we are experiencing some pretty high water this year. River Bend is perched on high ground and is safe and dry. In fact, most Lake of The Woods Resorts are high and dry. It’s only in the lower elevation areas right next to the lake that are affected. And even with that, adjustments have been made to ensure a fun and safe experience for all who come to visit. 

In addition, most all the boat launches are open and safe to use including Wheeler’s Point. Just keep in mind … boats float and fish swim. High water does not affect those two ingredients of your fishing vacation. Keen awareness during navigation is key to avoiding any water hazards caused by the high water. 

All in all, ­we had a fantastic week of fishing. The mixed bag included keeper walleye (of course), trophy walleye (of course), sauger, pike, and … wait for it …. trophy jumbo perch! The unsuspecting walleye fishermen were quite surprised by these lunkers when they began to strike at their jigging rigs. When they strike, they strike hard!

The depth has reminded close to the same 12 – 23 feet however there was a good catch going on at around 28 feet. The go to rig is a brightly colored jig tipped with a fathead minnow or shiner. Vertical jig presentation. Gold and blue/silver was the hot bait. Glow, pink, orange, chartreuse or a combo of these colors were all working well. 

Other anglers were continuing to troll crankbaits with pretty good success. Shallower water and breaks are what you’ll want to look for while trolling. It’s recommended to start with a wobble or rattling thin fin in perch or crawfish colors.

The Rainy River bite continues to be strong despite the fast current and high water. Many trophy walleye are finding their way into a net and ultimately into a photo album. Just plan on finding a break that has you sitting over 8 to 15 feet of water. Set up your jig rig with 3/8 to 1oz gold, pink and white multicolored head tipped with a minnow – or a leach. 

Out in 4 Mile Bay definitely have a spinner rig cocked, locked and ready to rock doc! Use a multi bead rig with gold or silver blades preferably with red hooks. Stick an O’l crawler on that thing and just hang on … magic will happen. 

As you ponder where you are going to fish next, give us a call and River Bend Resort call agents will help you build a fishing trip of a lifetime. We offer water side cabins and full or half day charters that can accommodate 1 to 6 fishermen at a time per boat. 

Don’t forget, if you are bringing up your own boat, you can very simply book your cabin online and save 10% on your lodging at the same time. Just visit our website, www.riverbendresort.com and use code “ONLINE” before you make your cabin selection. Lake of The Woods Cabin Rental has never been easier or more accommodating.