Perch Fishing In Lake Of The Woods-Ontario

Author: John Neilio

If you’re looking for fantastic perch fishing action, Lake of The Woods in Ontario, Canada is the place for you.  Yellow perch are delicious to eat, fun to catch and alive and well in Lake of the Woods.  There are 14,582 islands which have rocky outcroppings and underwater shelves, where perch and walleye thrive. Not only is there great fishing but the lake is very relaxing with beautiful scenery and much wildlife.

Lake of the Woods borders Minnesota, Ontario and Manitoba. It has approximately 65,000 shoreline miles. It is 90 miles long and 55 miles wide. A great place to get onto Lake of The Woods in Ontario is at Sioux Narrows. This little town has plenty of lodging in resorts, cabins and campgrounds. You can transport your own boat, rent a boat or go out with any number of guide services available. There is also another unique way to fish the lake, which is by houseboat.

Floating Lodges offers several different size house boats to rent for the week. These house boats are modern and are totally self contained, motorized base camps. All you have to do is load them up with your supplies, tow your boats or rental boats and drive them out to one of the numerous designated landing sites on the many islands of the lake. Because the lake is so vast with so many islands, a GPS unit with a map chip of Lake of the Woods is an absolute necessity to find your way out, fishing, and find your way back.

A great way to find concentrations of perch is bottom bouncing with a crawler harness.  Use a bait casting reel, equipped with a flipping switch, spooled with power pro line and a medium action rod, so you can feel the bottom and the slightest nibble on your line. The bottom is full of rocks and boulders filled with snags, so the better control you have the more rigs you’ll save and the more fish you will catch. Some of my favorite islands to fish are Cliff, Chisholm, Bath, and Gull.

Work the shorelines starting in 10 to 12 feet of water and progressively move out with each pass to 40 feet. This method will produce lots walleye and some yellow perch. You can mark the perch spots with GPS or with a rock or tree on the shore. Go back to these spots and drift or anchor and send down a jig head. Late June into July crawlers or worms work great. You can also jig or use slip bobbers over reefs and structure which protrude up from 60 feet to 20 or 30 feet deep. Search out these areas and drift or anchor over them. This method will also produce a lot of walleye, however if you’re patient you will find perch. By marking the perch, producing spots with GPS or on your maps and return to them each day you can catch perch in good numbers.  If there is too much wind you can find protection on the leeward sides of thousands of islands. For more information visit

Good Luck and good fishing

John Neilio is an advid fisherman with 35 years experience fishing on the Great Lakes, throughout the U.S. and Canada. Great fishing information can be found on his website

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