Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County
I'm new here... Hopefully it's more laid back than NO-dak outdoors! All that place is good for is the condescending old grouches!
Go up to the Northwest Angle if you want the best fishing on the lake.
I've only stayed at Sportsman's on Oak Island. ...but I've 'only' gone twice a year for 6 years...
The south shore is fine if you don't know about the northwest angle! I've had problems at Wigwam and will never go back- lost fish... Arneson's had great food but the fishing was slow...
I am looking to schedule a father/son ice fishing trip to Lake of the Woods this winter. I am looking for some recommendations on good resorts that provide meals and lodging. We are looking for some good fishing, not any species specific.
Thanks in advance!
Hello from the NW Angle!
Water temperatures are holding in the low 50's but expect them to continue to drop this week with temperatures in the high 30's and even snow in the forecast.
Both Minnesota and Canadian walleye fishing are on fire with only a jig and shiner or minnow needed. Look for Walleye in areas of current, pinch points between islands or rocky bays. Fish are currently shiner dependent in 17-25 feet.
Crappies are being found away from the rocks suspended over mud bottoms in 24-28 feet.
Perch can be found on deeper reefs topping out at 28 feet.
Muskie trolling is off to a great start and will only continue to get better as the water temperature reaches into the high 40's.
We will be closing down for ice in October 22nd - we hope to see you before then for some late fall fantastic fishing!
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Hello from the NW Angle!
Lake of the Woods water temps are steadily falling into the mid to low 50’s. This past week cold fronts and strong winds have fish schooling up and feeding heavily.
In Minnesota, look to rocky bays and adjacent reefs in 15-22ft. of water. A jig and minnow is all that is needed to catch a limit in a short period of time. Bottle necks between islands in the NW Angle are also worth fishing in the evenings.
In Canada, the fishing has been excellent. Crappie, walleye and perch are all schooling up and taking a jig and minnow. With the water temperatures dropping, expect to see the muskie bite increase while trolling.
We will be closing October 22nd for ice in! Contact us for availability for your fall fishing trip!
We hope to see you soon,
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Hello from the NW Angle where our water temps are in the low to mid 60's.
Minnesota fishing has been great this last week. Crank baits and bottom bouncers/spinner rigs provide a lot of quality action. Fish are still being found in mud away from structure. However, expect that to change as water temperatures are falling daily. This will lead to fish schooling on structure and outside shallow bays. Fishing is great and will only improve as fall progresses.
Canadian fishing is producing more and more crappies every week; fish deeper water points where fish are suspended. Walleye continue to hit bait rigs behind bottom bouncers in the mud. Jig and minnow/shiner is becoming more effective every day. Deeper holes in gaps between islands are beginning to load up with hungry walleye. Fishing pressure is down on Muskies, making it a great time to target them on classic spots where they haven’t been seeing much action.
See you soon!
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Hello from the NW Angle!
Minnesota walleye action remains strong with spinners in mud bottomed areas near reefs using both minnows and crawlers. Fish can also be found in shallower water (15ft. or less) around Garden Island. Crankbaits seem to be the most effective at enticing larger fish.
Canadian walleye fishing has been fabulous this past week. The jig and minnow bite is on! Multiple boats ran out of bait and had just as much success switching to plastics. Bottom bouncing with crawlers remains effective in soft bottom areas as well. Crappies continue to school up on deep water points. Hot windows of muskie bites have become shorter but still with good success. Plenty of fish in the 4ft plus range and even a couple over 50!
Water temps remain stable between 64-67 degrees.
See you soon!
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61° - 65° F
Incredible week of walleye fishing. Very strong walleye fishing continues as we transition into fall. Limits of walleyes with big fish mixed in has been the norm. Crankbaits and still spinners / crawlers in main basin successful. 32-34 feet of water in Big Traverse Bay holding big numbers of walleyes. Walleyes being caught as shallow as 2' and everywhere in between. Shiners showing up at mouth of Rainy River with some running up the Rainy River. Fish being caught all around Big Traverse Bay.
On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing "keep season" continues until Sept 30. Some walleyes entering river after shiners which are starting to come in. Some reports of walleyes being caught as shiners trickle in. Fall is a productive and beautiful time on the Rainy River.
Up at the NW Angle... Strong numbers of walleyes being caught on mud flats with bottom bouncer / crawler harness or on crankbaits on both sides of the border. 22 - 27' is a good start. Perch schooling on top of reefs. Muskie activity picking up. Next full moon, Sep 24. Sep / Oct Crappie anglers are producing nice black slabs.
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Wow, what a great week of walleye fishing. With the NWT (National Walleye Tour) anglers prefishing for this week's championship, a lot of big fish pics on web. A mix of spinners / crawlers and crankbaits in main basin successful. 32-34 feet of water in Big Traverse Bay holding big numbers of walleyes. Best colors, brand and size varies based on angler. Shiners showing up at mouth of Rainy River with some running up the Rainy River. Fish being caught along south shore.
On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing "keep season" is open until Sept 30. Some walleyes entering river after shiners which are starting to come in. Last year, mid - late September started some excellent walleye fishing in river. This year, time will tell, but things are starting.
Up at the NW Angle... Strong numbers of walleyes being caught on mud flats with bottom bouncer / crawler harness on both sides of the border. Larger fish south of Garden Island in basin. Perch schooling on top of reefs. Nice muskies boated this week with increased activity as fall approaches. Next full moon, Sep 24. Crappie fishing picking up as traditionally does in Sep / Oct..