Fishing Highlights

A Sportsman’s Paradise!

Woman Lake is the 5,500 acre main body of water in a 6,220 acre chain of lakes located in northern Cass County, Minnesota, which includes both Child Lake and Girl Lake.  Woman has an average depth of 25 feet, maximum depth of 54 feet, water clarity of 9 to 14 feet, and is stocked annually with several million walleye fry. 

Known especially for superb walleye fishing, Woman is an excellent and versatile fishing habitat overall, including Northern Pike, Muskie, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Sunfish and Perch.  From an early morning start to take Largemouth off the surface at the edge of the wild rice paddies, to mid-afternoon sunfish hunting in easy-to-find weed beds, to evening and late-night walleye fishing, Woman Lake literally has it all.  It was the only Minnesota lake featured in Dick Sternberg’s highly acclaimed Fishing Natural Lakes

“Versatility pays when fishing Woman Lake.  Though most anglers concentrate on Walleyes, there’s a good chance of catching largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, crappies, bluegills and jumbo perch, not to speak of trophy-caliber muskies.”  - Dick Sternberg

Structure is the watchword for Woman Lake.  Rock reefs, sunken islands, sand and grass flats, steep drop-offs, and deep holes are mapped for easy location.  Horseshoe Island on the northeast central body of the lake is just one of the above-surface structures to help orient your angling.  Lantern Bay, Governor’s Point, and the channels to Broadwater Bay and Girl Lake round out a fishing habitat that one would have a hard time fully exploring in a “month of Sundays”.   Fishing right off the docks at Kee-Nee-Moo-Sha is great fun for kids of all sizes and has surprised more than a few fishermen with large fish.

Some specifics…

  • Walleyes are best hunted at night, on cloudy days, or when there is chop on the water, due to the exceptional water clarity.  The rock bar at Governor’s Point is a favorite spot, as are the flats and the east shore.  Opening day on Woman Lake is always very busy!Largemouth bass is a favorite of those anglers who like to fish in the very early morning and late evening.  Surface plugs along the line of rice paddies work consistently well.  Lantern Bay, with its thick weeds, lily pads and grass is often a great spot.  And don’t leave your flyrod at home…this lake is great for evening fly fishing.
  • Trolling for Northern Pike can produce fish all day long and into the night.  Channels and the water between points are often good, and cool water is best.   Four to six pounders abound, and 15 – 20 pounders are not uncommon. 
  • Smallmouth bass can be found on shallow to medium depth rocky reefs when spawning, and in deeper water when not.  Natural baits and plastic worms can work well, with fish in the 5-6 pound class.
  • Most Muskies are taken at the edge of cabbage lines, or off of underwater humps.  Early morning and evening are best, and when the weather is hot and humid and the water flat.  The largest Muskie of the state was taken in 1987, at over 40 lbs.
  • Sunfish, Bluegills and jumbo Perch are often easy hunting in weed and cabbage beds, with a bobber or small jig.  Middle of the day works well.
  • When you can find them, Crappies seem to show up anywhere at any time, but if you happen onto a good “crappie hole” (or find someone willing to share!), you can have great, consistent luck.  Good numbers can be found in the bulrushes, bays and cane, and Otter Bay is excellent as soon as the ice is out. 


  • Ice fishing on Woman Lake is also particularly good, with excellent areas right outside your front door.  For advice on locations, techniques and resources, check out and get those tip-ups ready!


Woman Lake is one of those bodies of water that anglers come to regard as sacred ground, returning year after year, generation after generation.  The diversity of its habitat, the natural beauty of its shoreline, and the abundance of its fisheries make this lake a top rated destination for any angler.  To introduce fishing on Woman Lake to others is a memory that father and daughter, son and mother, will never forget.  You owe it to yourself and your family to experience this natural wonder.

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