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LOTW Big Pike Kayak Fishing Adventure

Dates: TBD
Ice out is usually the end of April. This depends on ice thickness and the weather.

Location: Bostic Bay, Lake Of The Woods

Update March 11, 2021 from KP

1. We have members go up as soon as the ice is off of Bostic Bay.  Many arrive on Wednesday or Thursday with the majority arriving on Friday.  Arrive and depart at your leisure.
2. If you are planning to attend, email to receive real-time updates.
3. Cost is about $50 per night per room.  We’re still working to get the best deal and should know which resort by March 23.
4. An email will be sent to those attending asking for their planned arrival and departure dates to assist with carpooling and food for 2 group meals.


Lake of the Woods borders Canada and pike fishing is open year-round. As the bays start to thaw and ice out, Northern Pike move into the bays to spawn. For the last few years, we’ve travelled to Bostic Bay to fish for pike for before the MN fishing season officially opens. The pike fishing action can be OFF THE CHARTS!

Bostic Bay and Bostic Creek are somewhat protected from winds

You can see on the map that the bay is protected on 3 sides. This helps a little if winds are high. Fishing in the creek can also be a bit more protected. These features make an environment that we can fish from our yaks a bit easier in most weather conditions.

There have been some MONSTERS caught!

You’ll have the opportunity to get your personal best Northern Pike. More importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to have a ton of fun with other kayak anglers.

Kayak fishing for HUGE PIKE from a kayak is FUN!

We’ll get more exact dates as the ice season progresses and ice out starts. We watch the Zippel Bay Resort social media to understand what’s happening and we’ll also be listening to members who live up there.

It will be an adventure for sure! We won’t know what the weather will be. One year we were out in T-shirts. Another year, snow-covered everything. Each year is a different mix of people, that makes it fun!

It’s my favorite event of the year. I HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT!

Here’s my best pike from the LOTW trips.
Ron Strauss, President MNKFA (photo credit to some guy named Todd) 🙂

LOTW Kayak Fishing Pike

From Torry Heidenreiter 

Last year some of the group wanted to get suckers and fish live/dead bait rigs before the trip was cancelled. I’ve done some calling and got some information for anyone interested.

The bait shops I’ve called all pretty much said suckers are hit or miss on availability. The shop that’s most promising is Steve’s Lucky Bait in Baudette. I spoke with Max (the owners son) and he said that they have live suckers but no frozen.  He did say if people call that they would be willing to pick out the grade size wanted and freeze them for people to pick up the end of April or the beginning of May when we arrive. But he couldn’t promise they would have live ones left at that time. Price is $8-9 a dozen. I’d say to keep it simple let them know you’re with the MNKFA kayak group so they can keep them together.
See the link below for the details.
Steve’s Lucky Bait
(218) 634-1019

From Loren P.

Long Pliers For Pike Fishing
For those going to LOTW for pike, get yourself a pair of LONG needle nose pliers and a jaw spreader, if you don’t have them already.
I found out the hard way when I didn’t have the long pliers with me last year. Had a 42” pike with a 3/8oz spoon in the back of its mouth. Standard Rapala pliers weren’t enough to get a good hold on the treble hook, even with my hand part way into its mouth. I cut the leader and put the fish back in the water in the net before taking a picture, and it promptly spit the lure out in the net. 😅 But if it was a single hook like for a live bait rig, it could have been tougher. Pike I caught on crankbait where hooked in side of mouth, so those were easy.
Yes, 42” pike on 3/8oz spoon. Don’t over-think it.

Pike fishing resources

When to use dead bait, how to use it, and what you should use

Post-Spawn Pike

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