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Lake of the Woods Fish Species

The fishing is great on Lake of the Woods. With a lake this large...they could be anywhere! Below you'll see a list of the most common fish you're likely to catch. (In no particular order)

Wondering where to fish? Check out our Lake of the Woods Depth Charts. We can't tell you specifically where the fish are, but the depth charts may help you to decide where to look!

Check out our brand new Navionics© Interactive Lake of the Woods Chart!

Lake of the Woods Northern Pike

Northern Pike

The Northern Pike (Esox lucius), is a carnivorous fish of brackish and freshwaters of the northern hemisphere.

Ontario Record Northern Pike - 42.12 lbs.

Average age and size of Northern Pike in Ontario

Age
(years)
Av. Length
(in)
Average Weight
(lbs)
2 14.2 .85
3 17.3 1.1
4 20.8 1.87
6 25.9 3.76
8 31.6 6.25
12 38.2 13.87
13 42.1 18.67

 

Lake of the Woods Walleye

Walleye

The Walleye (Sander vitreus) is a freshwater perciform fish native to most of Canada and to the northern United States.

Ontario Record Walleye - 22.25 lbs. (36.5 in.)

Average age and size of Walleye in Ontario

Age
(years)
Av. Length
(in)
Average Weight
(lbs)
2 7.4 .18
3 10.6 .62
4 12.3 1.0
6 15.3 2.19
8 20.3 4.88
12 24.1 8.88
13 25.1 10.8

 

Lake of the Woods Muskie

Muskellunge

The Muskellunge or Muskie (Esox masquinongy), is also known as the musky, or maskinonge. They are a large, relatively uncommon freshwater fish of North America. Muskellunge are the largest member of the pike family, Esocidae.

Ontario Record Muskie - 65 lbs. (58 in.)

Average age and size of Muskie in Ontario

Age
(years)
Av. Length
(in)
Average Weight
(lbs)
2 20 4
3 26 5
4 28 5
5 30 9
10 41 21
14 48 32

 

Lake of the Woods Lake Trout

Lake Trout

The Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) is a freshwater char living mainly in lakes in northern North America. Other names for it include mackinaw, lake char (or charr), touladi, and grey trout. Lake trout are prized both as game fish and as food fish.

Ontario Record Lake Trout - 63.12 lbs. (51.5 in.)

 

Lake of the Woods SmallMouth Bass

SmallMouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu) is a species of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes.

Ontario Record Smallmouth - 9.84 lbs. (24 in.)

 

Lake of the Woods Perch

Perch

The Perch is a common name for fish of the genus Perca, a freshwater gamefish belonging to the family Percidae.

Ontario Record Perch - 2.42 lbs. (15.1 in.)

 

Lake of the Woods Sauger

Sauger

Sauger (Sander canadensis) is a freshwater Perciform fish of the family Percidae which resembles its close relative the walleye. Saugers, however, are usually smaller and will tolerate waters of higher turbidity than will the walleye.

Ontario Record Sauger - 4.4 lbs. (22.2 in.)

 

Lake of the Woods Crappie

Crappie

Crappie is a genus of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (family Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. The type species is P. annularis, the white crappie. The common name crappie refers to either of the Pomoxis species, both of which are extremely popular game fish.

Ontario Record Black Crappie - 3.78 lbs. (17 in.)

 


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