Were it not for a glitch of history, Minnesota might own all of Lake of the Woods. As it is, we possess a big part (320,000 of the lake's 950,400 acres) of this island-studded lake, known not only for its boatloads of walleyes and gravity-defying smallmouth bass, but also for muskies. Lake of the Woods muskie hunters, and prospective muskie hunters, best hire a guide to help them unravel the lake's landscape. At a minimum, buy an accurate GPS. Set up headquarters at Minnesota's Northwest Angle, Flag Island or Oak Island. Then sling baits. The fish of a lifetime awaits.