Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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7/11/16 @ 1:47 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Guides and anglers are on good fish.  Lake of the Woods is known for excellent July and August fishing, and so far fish are cooperating nicely. Many resorts are downrigging as pulling crankbaits is on fire right now. Jig fishing and drifting spinners are also both producing lots of fish. Schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet being targeted by jiggers and crankbaiters. Gold and silver have been strong. White baits seem to be hot right now because walleyes are targeting schools of tulibees. A strong bite near pine island has also been reported.

On the Rainy River, few walleyes are being caught near the mouth of the river and into four mile bay. Water clarity has been an issue with all the rain we are getting this year. Jig and minnow remains best option for catching walleyes with some anglers using a bottom bouncer paired with a stick bait. Most anglers fishing the lake.  Great smallmouth bass bite up and down the river.  Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30th.  

Up at the NW Angle, the bug hatch is over and water temp is around 70 degrees.  Little Traverse and adjacent rock piles are hot.  Resorts and guides are finding walleyes jigging and pulling harnesses with gold, pink and orange jigs and blades in 24 to 30 feet of water.  Garden Island also heating up.  Pulling crankbaits also working well. On the Canadian side, besides hot walleye action, musky action remains hot for these toothy monsters.   Shallow rocks seems best with bucktails and topwater baits.  Smallie and pike action strong.  

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7/5/16 @ 7:16 PM
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Sunset Lodge
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MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

7.5.16 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report

What a great week we had here in the Northwest Angle! Good weather and fantastic fishing were capped off by a Fourth of July celebration here at Sunset Lodge that ended with a bang!

In Minnesota, boats are finding walleyes around Little Oak Island, Crowduck Island and the south side of Oak Island. Tactics have varied, but jigging with gold, pink and orange jigs in 24 to 30 feet of water around deep water humps, points and rock piles has been turning fish. Crawlers and minnows both seem to be working well. Pulling crankbaits and drifting spinners has been a good tactic to cover water and locate active fish.

On the Canadian side, the story has been that the Musky action has been heating up steadily over the last week or so. As the water temps push into the 70's, these fish have been more active and aggressive, with several reports of large fish being caught and landed, as well as several that have followed lures to the boat on numerous occasions! Casting bucktails and large spinnerbaits, as well as some topwater baits has been best. Work rock reefs and cabbage beds to find these large predators. Fishermen and women are finding walleyes in the areas of Tug Channel, Bishop Bay, Deepwater Bay and Skeet Island. Jigs with minnows and crawlers in 20 to 30 feet of water have been steadily producing fish.

Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend!

Come visit us soon at Sunset Lodge on Oak Island,
Cale Albers

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7/5/16 @ 4:24 PM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Excellent fishing continued through the holiday weekend. Pulling spinners, jigging, and pulling cranks all worked.  10-19 feet while pulling spinners tipped with a crawler or leech.  Anchoring and jigging with a minnow on reefs in 15-30 feet is also producing some eyes. Schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet being targeted by jiggers and crankbaiters alike. Gold and silver have been strong.

On the Rainy River, some walleyes are being caught near the mouth of the river and into four mile bay. Water clarity has improved from previous weeks. Jig and minnow remains best option for catching walleyes. Most anglers fishing the lake.  Great smallmouth bass fishing up and down the river.  Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30th.  

Up at the NW Angle, resorts and guides are finding walleyes jigging with gold, pink and orange jigs in 24 to 30 feet of water around deep water humps, points and rock piles.  On the MN side, Little Oak, Crowduck and the south side of Oak Island producing nice walleyes.  Pulling spinners or crankbaits also working well. On the Canadian side, musky action continues to improve as water temps reach the 70's.   Target cabbage and rock piles with bucktails and topwater baits.  Smallie and pike action strong.  

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6/27/16 @ 4:30 PM
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Sunset Lodge
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MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6.27.16 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report

Another interesting week on Oak Island in the Northwest Angle! We had another bug hatch and weather that went from one extreme to the next. But, we did manage to string together a few nice days of warmth and sunshine!

On the Minnesota side of the lake, the south side of Oak Island has been producing walleyes on the reefs and points anywhere from 15 to 20 feet. White and pink jigs have been producers here. Working the shallow flats in 6 to 8 feet with green, gold, and orange spinners has also been giving up some nice eyes'. Other spots worth trying are Little Oak and Garden Island.

On the Canadian side of things, trolling crankbaits in 10-15 feet have been moving fish. Jigging in depths of 25 to 32 feet with gold, pink, green and orange has been solid. Working the rock reefs and deepwater humps in these areas has been best. Bishop Bay, Tug Channel, and Deepwater bay are good bets. Smallmouth fishing has continued to be great, casting shorelines and rocks has been dynamite! Musky fishing has been slowly getting better, casting bucktails and spinnerbaits over rocks and around cabbage has been raising a few fish. Areas to target are Johnston Passage to Fern Island and Monument Bay to Skeet Island. We had fish ranging in size from 36" all the way to 52".  - Cale Albers

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Bishop Bay and Big Narrows in 20-26 foot of water. Up in the narrows, fish the current. Musky's are still mainly in the slop weeds so far. Smallies are in the shallows. – Forrest Huset

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6/27/16 @ 4:18 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F


Fishing continues to be strong.  Despite some summer weather systems moving through this past week, anglers still catching fish.  Pulling spinners working the best.  8-17 feet while pulling spinners tipped with a crawler or leech.  Anchoring and jigging with a minnow on reefs in 14-30 feet is also producing walleyes. Report of schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet. Gold and silver jigs and spinners were best.


On the Rainy River, some walleyes are being caught near the mouth of the river and into four mile bay. Although the rain hasn't helped clarity some fish are still being caught. Jig and minnow remains best option for catching walleyes. Most anglers fishing the lake.  Great smallmouth bass fishing continues.


Up at the NW Angle, resorts and guides are finding walleyes in 18' to 30' targeting areas in the mud near transitional areas. Pulling spinners tipped with a minnow, crawler or leech or 1/4 ounce jigs in pink and gold while tipped with a minnow. Lots of muskies caught and released.   Smallmouth bass and pike prevalent


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6/23/16 @ 8:04 AM
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Sunset Lodge
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6.20.16 Sunset Lodge Fishing ReportWhat a week we had up at the Angle! The weather has gone from one extreme to the next. A few days of sunshine mixed with days of rain, and some heavy rainfall at that! Aside from the up and down weather conditions, we are still catching fish. Lots of limits being taken and a few larger fish being caught as well. Early in the week the fishing was slower due to a mayfly hatch, but has steadily improved over the last few days. 
 
On the Minnesota side, gold spinners with bottom bouncers and crawlers have been turning fish near Four Blocks, Little Oak, and Crowduck Islands. Work the flats around these areas, as well as the reefs and rock piles in 18 to 26 feet for the best action. Crankbaits have been producing fish in these areas as well. The Flats have been giving up a lot of fish this week as well. Depths from 6 to 10 feet have been best. Orange, gold and pink have been solid colors.
 
On the Ontario side of the lake working the shorelines, points, and shallow reefs have been producing walleyes. Limits of "eater" fish as well as some over the 24" mark have been common. Jigging in depths of 20 to 25 feet with minnows and crawlers have been working best. Areas worth checking out are Deepwater Bay, Tug Channel, Monkey Rocks Reef, and the West side of Falcon Island. Smallmouth bass action has been lights out as well, casting small bucktails and crankbaits along rocky shorelines has been the ticket here. Muskie season started this week as well, and we've had several guests in camp trying their luck in landing one of these toothy critters! Casting baits in shallow bays, as well as rocky points have produced a few fish. Reports of fish ranging in size from 30" all the way to 45" have been slowly coming in. 
 
Cale Albers
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This past week can be summed up as the week of storms and the mayfly hatch. It made fishing a little tougher but we still caught plenty of fish. The water temp is holding steady at that 64-66 degrees depending on where you are on the lake.
 
On the Minnesota side, pulling spinners in the mud was the way to go. 12-16 feet seemed to be the best depth. The Flats bite was strong at the beginning of the week but has slowed down a little bit now. Crowducks in 11-13 feet and Little Oak on the sandbar would be a good choice this upcoming week. Hammered gold was once again the best color.
 
On the Ontario side, we fished all mud this past week. Fish are scattered throughout the mud and pulling spinners seemed to be the best method in 24-28 feet. Jigging anywhere there was current also seemed to be effective. Gold and chartreuse were the best colors this week. Smallmouth are still up in the shallows and you can catch quite a few of them in a day throwing shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits or tube baits. Musky season is now open and there are a few being caught already. Fishing bays is the best choice but there are a few fish on the post spawn rock spots.
 
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5/31/16 @ 10:36 AM
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Sunset Lodge
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Wow,  what a week we had with bug hatches, rain and temperature changes but Mother Nature couldn't stop the fish from biting! In Minnesota, the fish are on the move, venturing out to the mud and reefs away from the larger islands. We are seeing a lot of people having their best success moving in shallower this past week, jigging in that 10-20 foot range. We are also seeing a lot of fish being caught in 20-26 feet pulling spinners and crawler harnesses and a few getting out there and pulling some crank baits. Gold, pink and orange are always a go to color for jigging on Lake of the Woods and seemed to be the best colors again this week. Gold, smaller spinners on crawler harnesses will be a go to color and set up for all the Minnesota guides through out the summer months. 

In Canada, jigging is holding strong on points and reefs in 12-24 feet of water adjacent to deep water. Lots of nice eaters and picture fish being caught this past week. 1/4 and 3/8 ounce jigs have been the ticket with gold, pink and orange  being the most productive colors. Shiners and fatheads seem to be the preferred bait for those fishing Canadian waters. 

-Jeremy Glessing

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5/23/16 @ 9:10 PM
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Sunset Lodge
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The beautiful weather this past week has helped to warm up the water to 60 degrees and the fishing is getting even better! On the Minnesota side, most people are still jigging on points but have found some fish starting to move out to reefs near Oak Island, Little Oak Island and the south east side of Hay Island by Northwest Point. 1/4 ounce and 3/8 ounce jigs and minnows with gold and pink, yellow, gold and black with a yellow eye being the most productive colors and sizes. Some people are starting to pull some spinners and bottom bouncers with hammered gold and hammered gold with pink being the most productive. We are still working that 18-26 feet of water depth during the morning and day and moving up to as shallow as 8 feet for the last 45 minutes of the evening. 

In Canada, people are having great success jigging with 1/4 ounce and 3/8 ounce jigs with gold, black with the yellow eye and gold being the best sizes and colors. We are finding that rock points are producing great numbers of fish with the larger fish being right on the rocks and the 14-20 inch fish being at the transition line from rocks to sand and mud. 

The prime depths have been a little deeper in Canada with 24-28 feet being the most productive. 

By Jeremy Glessing

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5/17/16 @ 11:36 AM
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Sunset Lodge
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Great start to the Minnesota fishing opener! Went out for a couple hours this evening and picked up our limits with some nice 14-17 inch eaters and some nice bonus picture fish. We didn't have to go far from the resort and marked fish every ware we stopped. We were fishing points in 20-27 feet of water with gold and pink 1/4 ounce jigs tipped with a minnow.  Come on up to see us and stay for the great spring fishing. 

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4/25/16 @ 2:07 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Raining

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
Anglers had to deal with lots of rain and colder weather this weekend up on Lake of the Woods. Pike fishing was decent with some reports of big fish in the bays. Big pike over 40" are traditional in Four Mile Bay, Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay which have open water. Using a large bobber with a frozen cisco just off or on bottom worked best as the fish are somewhat lethargic still. Most of the lake is still ice covered.

On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing dropped off slightly from the previous week due to rain and cold but anglers still pulled a pile of dinosaurs from the depths. The most popular sturgeon rig is a 3-5 ounce no roll sinker, 18" lead and 5/0 circle hook loaded with crawlers, frozen shiners, or frozen ciscos. Find a deeper hole in the river and still fish on the bottom. Good numbers of sturgeon being boated up and down the river. Please take good care of these prehistoric fish by not grabbing gills and supporting weight horizontally vs vertically. For the spring, the keep season is April 24 - May 7. Catch and release again May 8 - 15.

Up at the NW angle, resorts and guides are gearing up for open water season. Areas of open water exists amongst lots of dark ice.

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