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5/22/17 @ 2:45 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (14%)
Waning Crescent

Another great week to start off the open water fishing season! Fishing has been consistent even with the ever changing weather last week. Some boats still catching over 100 fish in a day, weeding through small fish to find good keeper walleyes and saugers. Key depths around 17-24' of water. Good fishing all across south shore. Fish are responsive to most kinds of bait right now but jig and a minnow is the best presentation with pink and gold jigs standing out. Some anglers pulling spinners. Others hit reefs in 25-30', also good. Jumbo perch and pike mixed in all over the lake.

Walleyes are still in the Rainy River but fishing has slowed besides a good morning bite. Most walleyes have headed back to the lake but some remain in the river. Same as the lake, a jig and a minnow have been best tactic for boating walleyes. Sturgeon fishing is closed until July 1st.

Up at the NW Angle, anglers are hammering fish. Many have limits before lunch. Fish are all over islands such as Oak Island and Little Oak. Jig and a minnow up at the angle is the go to method. Gaining steam is trolling with cranks in the shallows or pulling spinners to keep baits moving. Colors should include chartreuse, pink, glow colors and some gold. Key depths ranged from 16-26' of water. Crappies can be found in Canada in 20' of water with sandy bays. Pike being found in current areas. Many smallmouth bass found with walleyes. 

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5/22/17 @ 7:31 AM
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Sunset Lodge
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USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (14%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

Hello from the NW Angle!

It has been a FANTASTIC first week on the Minnesota side. Everyone is coming back with their limits, and releasing several slot fish! There is a fair amount of current and the fish are really moving. Chartreuse and pink are the hot colors, but walleye are willing and can be caught on almost anything.

Fishing on the Canadian side has been as equally strong. The walleyes are in typical early season patterns, congregating on points and breaks.

Until next week,
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5/15/17 @ 1:53 PM
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Tim Zwieg
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USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

Nice report on LOW Joe Henry, sounds like a trip is in order

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5/15/17 @ 1:39 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

The MN fishing opener was this past weekend was excellent. Some boats caught over 100 fish in a day. Fish ranged in size from small all the way to trophy walleyes. Weeding through small fish to find good keeper walleyes and saugers was the norm, which speaks nicely to the overall health of the walleye population. Key depth was around 20' of water. Good fishing all across south shore. Jig and a minnow was the best presentation with pink or gold jigs standing out. Some anglers pulled spinners in 6-12 feet. Others hit reefs in 25-30', also good. Jumbo perch and pike mixed in.

Walleyes are still in the Rainy River. Many anglers fished the river and Four Mile Bay. Some walleyes have headed back to the lake while others remain in the river. Same as the lake, a jig and a minnow have been best tactic for boating walleyes. Sturgeon fishing closes Monday, May 15 and reopens July 1st.

Up at the NW Angle, anglers also had a great opener. Many had limits in a couple of hours. Fish were all over islands, neck down areas, points and reefs. Jig and a minnow up at the angle is the go to method. Colors should include chartreuse, pink, glow colors and some gold. Key depths ranged from 6' to 20' of water. The walleye population is in great shape and we expect fishing to remain strong as the water warms up. 

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5/8/17 @ 4:17 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (95%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

The MN fishing opener is this Saturday, May 13th. Anglers looking to strike LOW gold this this weekend should use a 1/4- 3/4 ounce jig (depending upon current, no current, depth) with a shiner or 2 loaded up. If you are missing bites, try hooking shiner through mouth and out the gill, push the minnow all the way up to the jig head and push hook through middle of minnow. Otherwise use a stinger hook. Another good idea would be to pull crankbaits in shallow water. Although the water is cold, this can be the ticket on some outings. Pike season is open and with warming water, activity is increasing. Sturgeon fishing is on fire as the water warmed back up. The sturgeon catch and release season is through May 15th. The season re-opens again July 1st.

Walleyes on the Rainy River are post spawn. Some have headed back to the lake while others remain in the river. Many reports of sturgeon anglers catching nice walleyes while fishing sturgeon. Anglers traditionally find good numbers of walleyes up and down the river as well as Four Mile Bay (which is at the mouth of the river) this time of year.

Up at the NW Angle, resorts (and we believe the walleyes) are ready for the opener. With all of the islands, neck down areas, points and reefs, the possibilities to fish are endless. Typically, look for neck down areas and points to start. Jig and a minnow up at the angle is the go to method. Colors should include chartreuse, pink, glow colors and some gold. The walleye population throughout the lake is in great shape and everything points to angler success for the opener. 

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5/1/17 @ 3:03 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (35%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

Finally some warmer days again after a spring snowfall this week! Many big sturgeon boated up and down the river this week. Fish different holes until you find fish as one day one hole may be better than the day before. Use a 3 ounce no roll sinker, a 1-1.5 foot leader, and a circle hook (called a sturgeon rig) loaded with and crawlers and/or frozen shiners. Anchor boat up stream of a deeper hole and pitch sturgeon rig into the hole. Heavy equipment is preferred.

Pike fishing is hot right now in shallow bays and in bays on the Rainy River. Best methods so far are using buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, or lying a frozen cisco on bottom with a hook and weight (similar to a sturgeon rig but with less weight). Pike are open all year up on LOW.

Up at the NW Angle, the ice has been gone for a couple of weeks and resorts are getting ready for the MN fishing opener May 13th. Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN and sturgeon fishing through May 15th and re-opens again July 1st. Walleyes are in good numbers around the lake.

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4/24/17 @ 2:21 PM
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Joe Henry
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Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sleeting

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Many big sturgeon boated this past week again. Has been a great year for sturgeon so far up and down the river. Fish different holes until you find fish. Use a 3 ounce no roll sinker, a 1-1.5 foot leader, and a circle hook loaded (called a sturgeon rig) with frozen shiners and crawlers for best results. Anchor boat up stream of a deeper hole and pitch sturgeon rig into the hole. Heavy equipment is preferred. Pike fishing is going good right now in shallow bays and on the Rainy River. Best methods so far are using buzz baits or lying a frozen cisco on bottom with a hook and weight(similar to a sturgeon rig but with less weight).

Pike are active in bays. The lake and bays and water starting to warm up and pike are being caught. Pike are open all year up on LOW.

Up at the NW Angle, the ice is gone and it's open water. Remember, walleyes open May 13th, pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN and sturgeon fishing through May 15th and then again July 1st. 


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4/17/17 @ 3:31 PM
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Joe Henry
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Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

The spring walleye season closed with a bang as the water cleared up and the fish had the feed bags on with walleyes and saugers of all sizes boated. Now that walleye season is closed until the MN Fishing Opener May 13th, we turn our attention to sturgeon, pike, and sucker fishing. Many big sturgeon boated this past week. Sturgeon fishing has been excellent. Use a 3-4 ounce no roll sinker, a 1-1.5 foot leader, and a circle hook loaded (called a sturgeon rig) with frozen shiners and crawlers for best results. Anchor boat up stream of a deeper hole and pitch sturgeon rig into the hole. Heavy equipment is preferred.

Pike becoming active in bays. Ice just left the lake and most bays and water starting to warm up. Nothing heard yet on suckers running but not far off.

Up at the NW Angle, the ice is gone (in most areas) and it's open water. Remember, walleyes open May 13th, pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN and sturgeon fishing through May 15th and then again July 1st. www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.   

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4/13/17 @ 12:32 PM
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Tim Zwieg
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MOON PHASE (94%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Got up to the River this week, fished Monday & Tuesday.  Stayed in the river, as it clearing up compared to what the lake was looking like.  Today or tomorrow clean water should be hitting the lake, then look out.

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4/10/17 @ 2:07 PM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (100%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

The lake is open up to one mile outside of Lighthouse and Morris Gap. Water depth hasn't been an issue lately. Walleyes of all sizes with good eaters, small ones and some nice slot fish mixed in. Staying close to the ice pack has been key. That being said anglers need to be aware of moving ice. Safety first.

Rainy River walleye fishing slowed when the Little Fork and Big Fork broke loose and conditions turned muddy but the water is clearing up more and more each day! Timing is key for the spring season. Sturgeon fishing is on fire right now with many 50-70" fish boated. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, Wheeler's Point, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats. Good numbers of walleyes are still in river with more to arrive. Right now a 3/4 - 1 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Bright and gold are hot colors with a rattle working best. Pike will be hot in bays once open water. Reminder to boaters that you are allowed to travel on the Canadian side of the river for navigation, but must follow call in, licensing and other specific Ontario fishing regulations if you desire to fish there.

Up at the NW Angle, more and more open water showing up daily. Air-boats at this point to get around. Waiting now for open water. Walleyes/saugers through April 14th. Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN. 

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