September and October are great months in the Midwest, especially if you like to hunt and fish. Oftentimes, the areas that are the best for hunting and fishing are distances apart. There is a very special area, however, right in MN that offers both world class hunting and fishing all on the same trip. This place... Lake of the Woods.

There are so many options for fantastic fall fishing. As the water cools on the lake and on the Rainy River, the walleyes really start to put on the feed bag. With millions of walleyes and a healthy population of trophies, charter boats are having their way with the fish.  

For some, it makes sense to book a charter. It is easy. These resorts and guides are on fish, have the big boats and the right equipment, and some even offer a delicious shore lunch. The other option is to bring your own boat. Resort owners and bait shops are very generous in providing good info to get you started in the right direction.

Fall is a time when a variety of techniques will work. Anchored up and jigging with a frozen shiner is by far the most common and many days, the most effective. There is something about watching the migration of waterfowl take place throughout the day while setting the hook on walleyes and saugers. Very special.

A nice bonus while jigging for walleyes in the fall are the jumbo perch. Jumbos up to 15" are often swimming the same waters as the walleyes and are absolutely massive. They call them "humpbacks" as there is actually a big hump behind their head due to the massive size of their bodies.

Lake of the Woods is also known for big fall muskies. With so much water and few anglers, this is a great time to see a lot of fish and potentially boat a monster over 50."  

Very strong numbers of smallmouth bass, pike and crappies also are on the prowl if you want a break from the norm.  These fish are often overlooked and folks that go after them typically do very well.  The pike and bass can be caught all over the lake, whereas the crappies are more prevalent up at the Angle.

So much of the time, fishing is the conversation around the lake, but hunting is incredible.  Visitors appreciate the hundreds of thousands of acres of public land to hunt on.  The areas around Lake of the Woods are loaded with public hunting opportunities and very few hunters.  

Based on what you like to hunt, there are so many opportunities.  The area features three species of grouse, ruffed, spruce and sharp tailed.  Some hunters like the challenge of trying to achieve the triple header all in the same day.  

For waterfowl hunters there is a nice migration that comes right through this country.  The birds use the lake and follow it south.  For the divers, there is plenty of open water with adjacent bays for food.  For the puddle ducks, shoreline areas of wild rice, reeds, and other aquatic vegetation with few people make it ideal.  Canada geese take advantage of the thousands of acres of crops very close to the lake.

Fall is a special time for people who love the outdoors.  If you enjoy both fishing and hunting the season is too short.  This year, try a cast and blast.  This season is just too good to enjoy just one!


Most anglers will stay at a NW Angle resort and fish the adjacent islands both on the MN side and Ontario side as they are only a stone's throw away.  With over 14,000 islands, muskie nuts keep very busy.

Very strong numbers of smallmouth bass, pike, and crappies also are on the prowl if you want a break from the norm. These fish are often overlooked and folks that go after them typically do very well. The pike and bass can be caught all over the lake, whereas the crappies are more prevalent up at the Angle.

So much of the time, fishing is the conversation around the lake, but hunting is incredible. Visitors appreciate the hundreds of thousands of acres of public land to hunt on. The areas around Lake of the Woods are loaded with public hunting opportunities and very few hunters.  

Based on what you like to hunt, there are so many opportunities. The area features three species of grouse: ruffed, spruce, and sharp tailed. Some hunters like the challenge of trying to achieve the triple header all in the same day.  

For waterfowl hunters there is a nice migration that comes right through this country. The birds use the lake and follow it south. For the divers, there is plenty of open water with adjacent bays for food. For the puddle ducks, shoreline areas of wild rice, reeds, and other aquatic vegetation with very few people make it ideal. Canada geese take advantage of the thousands of acres of crops very close to the lake.

Fall is a special time for people who love the great outdoors. If you enjoy both fishing and hunting the season is too short. This year, try a cast and blast. This season is just too good to enjoy just one!