February 11, 2021
We had a good week of fishing here at River Bend Resort on Lake of The Woods. A wintery mix of cold and bright sunshiny weather moved in this week however we were ready. We met Mother Nature with no fear as our icehouses are warm and comfortable for all of our guests.
A nice variety and numbers of walleye and sauger continued to be caught including big “slot” walleye and a few trophy walleyes were seen. All are still being caught in 29-33 feet. Fish were glued to the bottom with the occasional suspended fish cruising in the 20-to-5-foot water column. Use a jigging line in one hole and a deadstick with a live minnow in the other. The cold, bright and sunny weather combined with increasing water clarity had most fishermen moving away from the traditional glow colors to smaller, darker and less noisy jigs tipped with smaller minnows. The non-traditional, slow presentation approach with lighter line choice produced the most. Yet still, some slot fish did come from the bottom using white, red or pink glow, with a larger minnow. Anglers are also catching jumbo perch, pike, eelpout, tullibees and every once in a while, a crappie or sturgeon.
A typical day will usually include small fish, eaters, some slots (19.5 – 28″ to be released) and even a big walleye over 28″ on occasion. The limit of walleyes and saugers on LOW is a combined limit of 6 fish, with up to 4 of the 6 being walleyes. Walleyes 19.5 – 28″ must be released. One fish over 28″ allowed per day.