Lake of the Woods

Watching a Lake of the Woods sunrise from a shoreline near Warroad

Fish abound year-round

Nearly one third of this 951,337-acre northwoods lake that drains north to Hudson Bay lies within Minnesota, making it our largest lake. Lake of the Woods offers some of the best year-round fishing you can find. Fish the ice early December to late March. Dive right into fishing the Rainy River in spring and fall. Venture out to lake for the warm summer bite. You'll find walleye, northern pike, sturgeon, sauger, perch and more.

Lake management

An update of the current Lake of the Woods management plan is in development. Plan goals, objectives and strategies will help determine the allocation of staff and fiscal resources to conserve and enhance the Lake of the Woods fishery.

Comments and input received during the initial feedback period, which concluded March 15, will be considered as DNR staff draft the initial update of the plan it will present for public review and comments later this year.

Fishing information


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