If there is a gamefish in Lake of the Woods that receives very little respect, it is the smallmouth bass. These hard fighting fish that rip, drag and burst out the water without notice are in big numbers throughout the Rainy River, Big Traverse Bay and of course, the NW Angle and islands area of LOW.
Where do they reside? First, let’s talk the Rainy River. With over 40 miles of navigable and fishable water from the mouth of the Rainy River up to about the Birchdale access (and even further if you know how to navigate the Manitou Rapids by boat), bass are prevalent in many spots. Rocky areas, bays, current seams and tributaries to the river are great places to start.
If you enjoy bass and want to have thousands of world class bass spots to yourself, give Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River a try. Just because walleyes get all of the attention doesn’t mean that is the only fish living in these productive waters!