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JOE HENRY
JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
11/24/14 12:12 PM CST
Ice Depth: 5"
The ice is forming nicely and water clarity looks good. Current ice report, 4 Mile Bay, 7-9", Bostic Bay, 11", Zippel Bay, 5-8". On the lake, in front of Pine Island, 8", Zippel, 3-4" and Birch Beach, 3". There are some cracks and areas that need more time. Everything depends upon weather. Some resorts may allow ATV travel after Thanksgiving. Water is looking clear. Some local guides have been catching walleyes. Pike spearing going well. Ice fishing season is shaping up nicely. When it's time, work through resorts and follow marked ice trails.

On the Rainy River, 5" of ice in front of Timber Mill Park, in front of Baudette Bay and airport. Some walleyes being caught in 14-18' of water evenings by locals who know ice. Safety first.

Up at the NW Angle, 7-8" on MN side. 3-5" in current areas. Many cracks as common this time of year. Looking forward to this week of cold weather. There will be ATV / snowmobile traffic after Thanksgiving. Some NW Angle resort fish houses scheduled out Dec.10th.


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JOE HENRY
JOE HENRY
Joined: 2/8/2012
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FISHING REPORT
11/17/14 1:28 PM CST
Ice Depth: 5"
Ice is forming up at Lake of the Woods. With temps in the single digits, bays, the Rainy River and sections of the lake are freezing up first. The backwater of Bostic Bay has 7 inches and local spearing outfitters have houses out. Water clarity is 3-5' and pike are being speared. With the high winds, the big lake is still open in parts. Ice is forming along shorelines and is out from Pine Island as far as the eye can see. No ice fishing as of yet. As always, keep posted, work through resorts and guides for safety.

The Rainy River has been frozen over in many parts since this past weekend. Areas with current remain open. Ice is forming but no ice anglers yet.

Up at the NW Angle, same story. Ice if forming very nicely and everything is locked up. There has been some local foot traffic on the ice close to shore and things are coming along nicely, but no fishing activity as of yet. Regardless of what part of the lake you head out on, please work through the resorts and guides for safety. When the time comes, ice trails are marked for good reason, stay on them. Frequent ice updates on Lake of the Woods Tourism's Facebook page.


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JOE HENRY
JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
11/10/14 1:07 PM CST
The ice season is close, with some small bays and inlets beginning to freeze overnight! In the meantime, some hearty anglers are still dressing for the cold and getting their limits of walleyes on the lake and river. Garden and Pine Islands have been producing in 20-25 feet jigging with a frozen shiner. Walleyes are showing up in front of Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point as well.

On the Rainy River, 15-20 feet jigging with a minnow or frozen shiner best between the International Bridge heading north towards the Gap. From Clementson heading east, try 17-21 with a live minnow. Hot colors are orange, green, or gold. Some adjacent rivers and inlets are frozen or have frozen banks. Safety first!

Up at the NW Angle, a few hearty anglers still getting out. The efforts are typically rewarded with good numbers of walleyes, crappies and mixed in pike. Hard core muskie anglers are trolling and on fish. One guide actually caught a big lake trout while trolling for muskies.


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Owtdorsmn
Owtdorsmn
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11/9/14 6:15 PM CST
Freds Beds has been Great for our group the past couple years. He always puts us on fish , and we have never failed to come home with our limits. Nels runs the show. Yes......his name is Nels. (21Cool 230-5590. Tells Nels, Ken sent you, please. Just want him to know I appreciate him always taking great care of us. Wink

He runs out of Morris Point. His dad runs Morris Point Resort, but he is separate from him.

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loves2fish87
loves2fish87
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11/8/14 9:00 PM CST
Hey I was wondering if anyone could give me recommendations for resorts to rent a sleeper shack from? past experiences would be nice. Thanks

JOE HENRY
JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
11/3/14 3:25 PM CST
Slow and steady presentation fills the limits this week as the walleyes are gearing up for the cold weather months. On the lake, best reports around 25 feet. Gold jigs the best tipped with frozen or live shiner. In front of Pine Island from Lighthouse gap to Morris Point gap the most active. Fish also going on Zippel Bay reef, Long Point and in front of Rocky Point.

Fishing on the Rainy River still producing in multiple areas. Best method has been anchoring and jigging over deeper holes, or moving downstream slowly so jig is still vertical in 10 - 15'. Glow or orange jigs with live or frozen shiners the best. Good reports in front of Wabanica Bay, just off the docks of Clementson and west of Frontier landing.

Fishing up at the NW Angle still productive. Strong walleyes, crappies and pike reports in neck down areas with current and island points. Muskie anglers are having success trolling and casting.


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JOE HENRY
JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
10/27/14 1:57 PM CST
Walleye and pike action is strong. Good reports from both the Lighthouse and Morris Gap, Zippel Bay by the rock, Garden Island and Hay Island all around 18-22 feet. Northern Pike active in Zippel Bay, Bostic Creek and in front of Rocky Point.

River fishing is HOT, HOT, HOT. Limits of walleye and sauger caught daily between the International Bridge heading towards Lighhouse Gap with many good reports in front of the airport and Wabanica creek. 16-18 feet the best depth, on windier days up to 20 feet. Timbermill heading east towards Clementson having lots of reports of trophy sized walleye evenings with some eaters in the mix. Jigging with frozen or live shiner the best technique using gold, pink/white, or orange/glow colors.

Fishing up at the NW Angle continues strong. No change in pattern, fall spots, neck down areas and adjacent to points. Strong walleyes, crappies and pike. Muskie anglers are having success trolling and casting.


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jefebandito
jefebandito
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Joined: 10/23/2014
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10/23/14 2:00 AM CST
Looking for best resort in the area with best accommodations for ice fishing. Stayed at RiverBend, looking for different. Border View, Cyrus?

Thanks for any assistance. Bringing some out of state folks so want them to be comfortable.

hockeyguy39
hockeyguy39
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10/22/14 12:18 PM CST
Just out of curiosity since I've seen it mentioned a few times, but why frozen shiners and not live?

JOE HENRY
JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
10/21/14 11:03 AM CST
Fishing excellent this week both on the lake and in the Rainy River. Just outside the Lighthouse Gap and Morris Point Gap, in front of Zippel Bay and Long Point in 18-24' has good numbers of walleyes and saugers. Go to method is anchored up with a jig and frozen shiner. Good limits of fish. Pike active in bays.

On the Rainy River, fish being caught from the mouth of river all the way up to Birchdale, about 40 miles upstream. Fish continue to move in from the lake chasing emerald shiners. Jig and minnow in 14-20' effective. Anglers catching pulling crankbaits as well.

Up at the NW Angle, jigging with frozen shiners in 18-24 feet very effective. Anglers fishing Ontario side out of NW Angle pulling big numbers of walleyes and crappies. Good reports around Falcon Island. Muskie bite still active with good reports. Rock points, reefs and bay mouths.


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JOE HENRY
JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
10/13/14 11:41 AM CST
Winds have kept anglers close to the South Shore, but still filling limits the norm. Jigging with a frozen shiner has been the most popular. 18-28 feet in front of Zippel Bay and Pine Island or 25 feet outside Lighthouse Gap. Some reports of pulling spinners near Garden Island 15-25 tipped with crawlers.

Shiner run continues in the Rainy River and walleyes are in the river. Fish are moving at little deeper 17-20 feet. Use a 3/8 oz pink/gold jig with live minnow from the International Bridge moving towards the Gap. Trolling crankbaits also effective.

Up at the NW Angle, Little Oak and Oak Islands the hot spots jigging with frozen shiners. Gold the best color in 18-24 feet. Anglers fishing Ontario pulling big numbers of walleyes. Crappie bite has started as well. Mixed bags. Muskie bite still active with good reports. Walleye anglers catching muskies on jig/minnows as they are feeding on walleyes. Rock points and reefs. Trollers also catching muskies. The bite is on!


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JOE HENRY
JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
9/29/14 12:56 PM CST
Walleye and sauger limits this week as the fall brings fish to shallower waters. Some resorts still fishing Little Oak and Garden Island pulling harnesses with hammered gold spinners. Bait with leeches or crawlers 14-24 feet. Others are jigging in 20-28 feet with frozen shiners. Out in front of Lighthouse Gap, Pine Island and moving west towards Zippel Bay, anglers are jigging with shiners in 24-30 feet. Long point 20-24 feet with bright colors. Some trolling with harnesses in 15-20 feet.

On the Rainy River, anglers doing well in 14-20 feet jigging, 16 feet being the most successful. Use pink and gold tipped with shiners. Sturgeon catch and release starts October 1st. Sturgeon anglers catching from Birchdale down to the mouth of river using circle hooks and a glob of crawlers.

Up at the NW Angle, Little Oak and Oak Island the hot spots in 18-24 feet jigging with frozen shiners. In Ontario, deep points in front of bays, 24-28' best. Gold the hot color. Fall crappies starting to turn on. Perch and bass have been active in the mix. Muskies are following walleyes. Cast rocks. Fall trollers starting to catch muskies.


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JOE HENRY
JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
9/22/14 1:27 PM CST
A mix of methods and limits this week as some walleyes are moving to shallower water. Reports of mud flats in 30-35 feet of water using cranks. Pulling spinners in 15-25' from Lighthouse Gap to Morris Point Gap. Hammered gold spinners tipped with crawler best. Jigging 20-30' in front of Pine Island towards Zippel Bay producing fish. Also Long Point in 28 feet, or the West Bar of Garden 11-22 feet using bright colors.

On the Rainy River, walleye catch better in the evening hours. Sturgeon keep one season open through September 30th. Anglers catching sturgeon on circle hooks with gob of crawlers/frozen shiners near river pockets, in front of Timbermill park in Baudette, International Bridge, airport, and some near mouth of river.

Up at the NW Angle, Little Oak and Four Blocks producing a good bite 20-25 feet. Mix of smallmouth and perch in the bag when targeting shorelines. Muskie bite still doing well near weed beds using small lures and slow presentation.


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JOE HENRY
JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
9/9/14 10:52 AM CST
Lots of lake being covered this week as fish stay deep but also start to move in for fall run. All methods being used. Down rigging with wally divers and shad raps in 30-35 feet of water up near Garden Island or Archie's Reef. Crawler and leech harnesses doing well in 15-20 near reefs and island points, 6 miles north of Lighhouse Gap, 6 miles out from Zippel Bay Gap, or just off Pine Island. Use hammered gold spinners.

On the Rainy River, jigging during the evening hours with a frozen shiner 14-20 feet. Gold, glow, or pink colors doing well. If drifting, stay in 16-18 depth range. Sturgeon anglers going well heading east towards Birchdale, with some reports near the mouth of the river near Lighthouse Gap as well. Keep one season through September 30.

Up at the NW Angle, Four Blocks and Little Oak working with spinners and jigs. Mixed bags made up of walleye, perch, crappie, and some bass fishing 25-30 feet. Muskie bite picks up evenings near weed beds using smaller lures and slow presentation.


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fishingbud
fishingbud
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Joined: 7/16/2005
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9/6/14 4:34 PM CST
I will be heading up on 9/18 to fish for 3 days. Anybody going there at that time and wants share info? Else look for my report once I return.

Fishingbud45@charter.net

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