Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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4/20/18 @ 4:00 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (26%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

The walleye/sauger season closed April 14th with a bang. Strong numbers of big walleyes caught on the Rainy River this past week. Rainy River setting up very nicely for MN Fishing Opener May 12th as big fish should still be there. Some big fish also caught through the ice adjacent to Pine Island. Reports of larg cracks opening on the lake. Safety first. Ice roads closed to vehicles and are travel at your own risk. Big pike being caught in pre-spawn areas and shallow bays. Live suckers, big smelt, or hot dogs working. Minnows and other legal fish used for bait must be authorized through bait dealers. Auger extensions still needed.

Rainy River sturgeon fishing is hot right now. Many big fish being caught this past week. Finding deeper holes and laying a sturgeon rig (18" leader of 60 lb test with a 5/0 circle hook) with a crawler/shiner mix and a 4-5 ounce no roll sinker is the ticket.

Around the lake, pike being caught in back bays and areas adjacent to spawning areas. Again, safety #1. If venturing on ice, have a partner, take precautions and have necessary safety gear.

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3/27/18 @ 4:26 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (82%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
36 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Just like that we are in the final week of fish houses on the ice as last day is March 31. Walleye season will remain open through April 14. Some anglers on the ice, others on the river in a boat! Some ice roads in good shape while others are deteriorating, call ahead to the access you plan to use. Ice fishing for walleyes similar to last week as some filling buckets and others working for dinner. Some big females being caught. Anglers not having to go out very far to find fish. 18-24 feet of water. Some resorts have pulled off while some still going strong. Good numbers of big pike being caught in shallower water with live suckers, big smelt, or hot dogs. Bait must be through authorized bait dealer. Auger extensions still needed.

Rainy River spring fishing has begun. Birchdale is open to all boats with the open water line moving west more every day. Initial reports are good. Safety first. Follow the open water line here on Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook Page.

The NW Angle fishing continues to be very good heading into the last stretch. Walleyes and saugers in 17-19 feet during morning/evening and 21-25 feet during the day. Pike in shallow bays. Make sure to get your new fishing license.  

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3/22/18 @ 4:19 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (29%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
36 inches

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Fishing reports all over the board this week. Some anglers filling the bucket, while others getting just enough for dinner. Lots of little fish to sort through with a lot of small fish in the system. Some trophy eyes showing up again this week. Electronics very helpful. Resorts are out in 24-33' and continue to make final pushes shallow. Glow pink spoons with some gold working best. Many big pike being caught in shallower water. Live suckers the best, but hard to get. Auger extensions still needed. Fish houses on ice through March 31st, walleyes open through April 14, pike open all year.

Rainy River still pushing out some big walleyes in the morning/evening with an occasional sturgeon. Open water 7.5 miles east of Birchdale, Possibility that smaller boats will push over ice near Franz Jevne this weekend, only time will tell.

The NW Angle fishing continues to be solid. Walleyes and saugers in traditional areas with some pike in shallower. 17-19 feet during low light times and 21-25 feet during the day. Pink, white and gold spoons tipped with a shiner/chub head or tail. Crappies still being caught in good numbers. 

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3/19/18 @ 3:54 PM
CominToGetchya
CominToGetchya
USER since 1/6/17

Fished Lake of the Woods two weeks ago for the first time.


Fishing heated up right before we had to leave!

Was very fun. Looking forward to coming back.


I am wondering if there is a dam where people fish the spawn in the spring and when the shiners run in the fall?

Looking forward to coming back.


Tight Lines!

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3/12/18 @ 4:10 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (21%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
36 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

As we roll through March fishing has heated up. Electronics helpful. Some fish are aggressive and others must be enticed. Most resorts are out in 24-33' and continue to push shallower. Glow spoons working. Smaller presentations working well tipped with a shiner or chub head/tail. Pike fishing on fire with many 35-43 inch fish iced. Auger extension needed if fishing on your own with 4+ feet of ice in most areas. Snowmobilers stay on marked trail, big ice chunks off of trail. Fish houses allowed to be left on lake LOW through March 31st, walleyes open through April 14, pike open all year.

Rainy River pushing out some bigger walleyes in the morning/evening with an occasional sturgeon. Morning, evening bite most effective. Lots of ice but spring river walleye anglers looking for that to change by end of month.

The NW Angle fishing continues to be good. Walleyes, saugers and pike doing very well. 17-19 feet will produce late in the day with 21-25 feet being most productive away from structure during mid day. Pink, white and gold have been most productive all around. Glow or UV have also had success during cloudy conditions if charged often. Crappies being caught in holes of 25 feet or deeper. Catch your crappies and move on. Snowmobile trails on and around the lake are marked and groomed.

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3/12/18 @ 10:17 AM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (21%)
Waning Crescent

Hello from the NW Angle!

Fishing has picked up significantly this week. Minnesota fishermen can be selective of fish kept, as they have had no problem filling Walleye limits. 17-19 feet will produce late in the day with 21-25 feet being most productive away from structure during mid day. Pink, white and gold have been most productive all around. Glow or UV have also had success during cloudy conditions if charged often.

Canada continues to give up Crappies between 25 and 32ft, still with a light setup and electronics. Many tulibee and the ocassional whitefish are being caught while crappie fishing. Walleye in Canada on points and reefs remain easy to catch.

We still have plenty of ice on the Minnesota and Canadian side and trails are still being groomed.

March is a great time for a last minute trip to the Angle!

?Sunset Lodge

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3/9/18 @ 11:28 AM
FISHING REPORT
Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
36 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F
Sad to say this is the first year I did not make it to LOW this winter, however hit Winnipeg several times

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3/7/18 @ 1:18 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
36 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Fish activity increasing as we roll into March. The fish have always been there but temperamental. Stable weather helpful. As always, some houses doing better than others and some days better than others. Electronics continue to be very helpful. Most resorts are out in 24-33' and making a push shallower. Smaller presentations working well tipped with a shiner or chub head. Pike fishing continues to heat up. Auger extension needed if fishing on your own with 4+ feet of ice in most areas. Snowmobilers stay on marked trail, big ice chunks off of trail. Ice houses allowed to be left on lake LOW through March 31st, walleyes open through April 14, pike open all year.

Rainy River pushing out some bigger walleyes in the morning/evening with an occasional sturgeon. Morning, evening bite most effective. Lots of ice but spring river walleye anglers looking for that to change by end of month.

The NW Angle continues to bring nice fish topside. Walleyes, saugers and pike strong bite with some perch in the mix relating to sand bars. Day bite in 18-26 feet and the 16-22 foot range for the evening bite In Ontario waters, crappies in holes of 28-34' off of points. Remember releasing crappies in deeper water causes mortality. Catch your fish and move on. Snowmobile trails on and around the lake are marked and groomed.

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3/5/18 @ 1:18 PM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (84%)
Waning Gibbous

Hello from the NW Angle of Lake of the Woods!

?The Minnesota side is still kicking out fish between 18-25 feet. Fish are hitting jigging spoons when active; specifically White, Gold or U.V. When activity levels are slow, try the Deadstick 8-10 inches from the bottom. We had numerous Giant Pike this week, all caught on Walleye spoons.

Canadian Walleye fishing is incredible. Fish are slamming aggressive presentations like rip’n raps and spoons tipped with Shiners. Crappie action varies day to day. An ultra-light set up is guaranteed to catch more Crappies than a walleye rod.

Trails are still being manicured and are in overall great condition. The warmer weather is exposing ice chunks off of the snowmobile trail and creating heaves, one near Knight Island deserves attention. Travel cautiously off of marked trails. We have 3+ feet of ice.

See you soon!

?Sunset Lodge

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2/26/18 @ 5:27 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (86%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
36 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Fishing reports last week, good days and OK days. Some schools aggressive and attack the jig, some window watchers following jig through water column, and some just crusing through. Electronics are big right now. Most anglers graphing fish all day. Most resorts are out in 27-33' and starting to make the push shallower. Reefs to the west continue to put hungry fish in the eater pail. Rattle spoons working well most days but some days a smaller quieter presentation is needed. Pike roaming shallows and setting up for an awesome March. Auger extension needed if fishing on your own with 4+ feet of ice in most areas. Snowmobilers stay on marked trail, big ice chunks off of trail. Ice houses allowed to be left on lake LOW through March 31st, walleyes open through April 14, pike open all year.

Rainy River pushing out some bigger walleyes in the morning/evening with an occasional sturgeon. Local fish houses along the snowmobile trail from Wheeler's Point to Baudette Bay. Morning, evening bite most effective.

The NW Angle continues to put good fish in the bucket. Walleyes and saugers in 19-24'. Early and late bite has been fantastic but the afternoon bite shouldn't be taken lightly. In Ontario waters, crappies in holes of 28-32' off of points. Mortality rate is high for released crappies in 25' or deeper, catch fish and move on. Snowmobile trails on and around the lake are marked and groomed. 

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