Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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TODAY @ 2:27 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (8%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Great August fishing continues. Trolling crankbaits in 30-34' is the most popular approach producing many nice fish. Different colors work on different days. Chrome, red, and white are good colors to start with. Lots of small tulibees in walleye stomachs. Schools of walleyes are scattered across the lake. Use electronics in "no man's land" to find bait and fish. Many nice pike over 40" caught by walleye anglers. Reefs are holding walleyes and pike alike. Smallies are active on shallow rocks.

On the Rainy River, lots of rain dirtied the water. Covering lots of water is key while targeting rocks and slack water for bass. Some walleyes starting to show up in 4 Mile Bay and at mouth of river. Anglers having some success sturgeon fishing. Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing around Four Blocks, Little Oak and south shore of Oak Island has produced nice walleyes. Some drifting with spinners in shallower areas. Others trolling cranks away from structure with success. Purple and clown colors on crankbaits, gold spinners, and jigging when fish are up shallow on the rocks have all been tactics of choice. In Ontario waters, walleye bite has been in 22-30 feet of water scattered in the mud flats using spinners and bottom bouncers. A few Crappies have been showing up. Muskies being boated in Minnesota and Canadian waters. Casting rock reefs offshore and shallow weedy bays have been best. Topwaters, bucktails and Thrillers have been go to baits this week! .

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TODAY @ 11:18 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (8%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Hello folks! Checking in from Oak Island this week, would you believe it's the last week of August already? With the fall season fast approaching, now is the time to head North to the Angle and get in on some fantastic fishing that we're experiencing and the even better fishing that's yet to come as the days get cooler and those leaves start turning!

Up on the Canadian side, water temps have cooled significantly, they are hovering around the 65 degree mark. Anglers are targeting walleyes around the offshore reefs and humps in depths ranging from 15 to 25 feet. Jigs with minnows and spinners with crawlers have been producing limits of quality fish this week. With several slot fish being caught and released as well! Reports from anglers on the dock have included areas such as the reefs around Skeet Island, Deepwater Bay, Tranquil Bay, Bishop Bay and Big Narrows. Muskie hunters have been having some success this week as well! Several boats have reported seeing multiple fish, and quite a few of those fish have been hooked and landed! We've had several reports of fish in the mid 40" range and above being hauled in for a photo opportunity! Casting rock reefs offshore and shallow weedy bays have been best. Topwaters, bucktails and thrillers have been go to baits this week!

In Minnesota waters, boats are reporting good numbers of walleyes and saugers around Oak Island and the areas near Four Blocks and Little Oak. Spinners with bottom bouncers and a night crawler have been stellar, as well as trolling deep diving crankbaits with leadcore or downriggers. Depths from 15 to 30 feet have been best depending on the conditions for that day.

It's not to late to make an end of the summer fishing trip to the Northwest Angle on beautiful Lake of the Woods! Come stay with us at Sunset Lodge Resort on Oak Island. We would love to be the hosts for your next fishing and outdoor adventure!

Until next week, take care!
Cale Albers

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8/22/16 @ 3:08 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (77%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Walleye fishing continues to be good as the walleyes have the feed bags on. Water temps starting to slowly cool. Drifting with spinners, anchoring and jigging, and downrigging crankbaits all were successful depending upon the location. 28-32 feet still holding fish four miles out of Lighthouse Gap. Jig and minnow has been good. Gold, pink, white, blue, and silver for colors. Scattered schools across the lake to Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point catching good numbers of fish. Reefs along with "no man's land" holding walleyes . Trolling crankbaits still very effective. Smallies are active along shoreline structure.

On the Rainy River, some eyes being boated daily but lots of rain Friday night dirtied the water. Anglers pulling cranks and spinners as top choice to cover as much water as possible. Bass biting well. Sturgeon fishing is slow but many spotted jumping or "breaching". Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing in 18-22 feet with orange, green and gold spinners tipped with shiners and crawlers on warmer days and 20-27 feet when its cooler. Fish have been caught in mud and rubble rock, west bar off Little Oak, Crow Duck, west bar off Garden Island and in the mud south of Oak Island. Spinners outproducing downrigging. Crappies are being found in deep holes of 26-30 feet. In Ontario waters, spinners are successful but the jig bite is back. The preferred depth is 24-30 feet on top of reefs, saddles, points, and wind swept areas. For muskies a large percentage of fish seen are being caught, patience is key. Bucktails, stickbaits and topwater producing over bare rocks, reeds with rocks and rocks adjacent deep water. 

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8/22/16 @ 1:03 PM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (77%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Hi folks! Checking in here from Sunset Lodge on Oak Island. Hope you all had a great week! Here in the Angle, we've had some great weather the last week and some fishing that has been absolutely on fire! Our water temperature is between 76 and 78 degrees.

On the U.S. side, anglers are hooking walleyes and saugers out in the mud in depths from 18 to 30 feet. Spinners and crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers have been best. Colors to use are gold, orange and pink. Down rigging with crankbaits has also been producing lots of fish this time of year. Areas worth targeting are the south side of Oak Island near Rabbit Ears and the Soldier Point area.

In Canada, muskie fishing has been decent with several fish being seen and several more being landed! We've had a few larger fish caught this week as well with some pushing the 50" and above mark! Cast rocky islands and reefs near deep water with stickbaits, bucktails and topwater lures to have a chance at one of these giants! Walleye anglers are finding fish in depths of 15 to 25 feet on the reefs and the mud areas adjacent to them. Jigs with minnows and spinner rigs are the way to go. Skeet Island, Tug Channel, Big Narrows and Deepwater Bay have all been producing fish.

Summer is quickly coming to a close folks, make sure to book a trip with us at Sunset Lodge before time runs out. Remember that fall fishing and hunting here in the Angle is world class! We would love for you to join us for a trip in September or October. Have a great week everyone!

We'll see ya soon at Sunset Lodge!
Cale Albers

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8/15/16 @ 2:06 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (92%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Walleye fishing was awesome this past week. Minimal wind and lots of sun allowed anglers to go anywhere and fish any tactic they wished. Drifting with spinners, anchoring and jigging, and downrigging crankbaits all brought fish in. 28-32 feet still holding fish with trophies mixed in. Gold, pink, white, blue, and silver were best colors. A nice bite just outside lighthouse gap in 11-15 feet, many small fish boated to hook into larger keeper fish. Also a nice school 6 miles off of Pine Island. Scattered schools across the shore to Zippel Bay, Long Point and Arnesen's. Smallies are hanging out in rocky areas and active.

On the Rainy River, some eyes being boated daily. Many anglers pulling cranks and spinners as top choice to cover water. Bass biting walleye rigs. Sturgeon fishing so-so but many spotted as they come bursting out of the water. Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing in 12-24 feet with orange and gold spinners. Crawlers have been good along with downrigging with crankbaits. Areas between Little Oak and Oak Island fishing in the mud and rock has been pulling in fish. Many anglers are catching walleye as well as a few bonus slab crappies and jumbo perch. In In Ontario waters, spinners are the preferred tactic in areas with current and close to shore in 15-22 feet. The algae boom and not that much wind resulted in the reefs not producing as well. The muskies picked up a little this week. with lots of muskies sunning in shallow sandy bays. 

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8/15/16 @ 12:14 PM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (92%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Hello folks, checking in from Sunset Lodge Resort here on beautiful Oak Island in the Northwest Angle. Hope you all had a fantastic week! Here in the Angle, summer is quickly winding down and fall is just around the corner. So make sure to come up and stay with us and enjoy the awesome fishing we're having.
 
On the Minnesota side of the lake, the water temp is between 75 and 78 degrees. Anglers are doing well targeting walleyes and saugers using spinners and bottom bouncers in the mud and reef areas near Little Oak, Four Blocks and Crowduck Islands. Depths of 20 to 30 feet have been the best. Use crawlers, leeches and colors of gold, orange and pink to turn fish. Boats are also turning to downriggers and leadcore trolling crankbaits to target fish that are hanging in the deep water to get away from the summer heat.

On the Ontario side, Muskie fishing has been heating up as several reports of fish being seen and caught have been coming in. Evenings have been best, casting bucktails, topwater and stickbaits around small rock islands, reefs and points with deep water nearby. We've had several fish this week landed in the 45" to 50" range. Will you be the one to catch one that tops 50"? If it's walleyes your after, check out the areas around Deepwater Bay and Garden Island. Pulling spinners and crawlers in the deep mud and reefs have been producing fish in 25 to 30 feet. Other notable areas have been Tug Channel and Big Narrows. Work the mud in these areas with spinners to put fish in the box.

Until next week folks, take care! And be sure to plan your next outdoor adventure with us here at Sunset Lodge!
Cale Albers
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8/8/16 @ 1:52 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Walleye fishing continues to be consistent with most getting limits. Drifting on sand flats in the right wind, anchoring near or on rock piles and jigging, and of course pulling cranks in the basin this time of year in 28-32 feet all have been producing fish. Some big walleyes (28" and over) being caught daily. Lake of the Woods gold continues to be a mainstay color of choice along with secondary colors such as pink, white and silver.

On the Rainy River some nice eater eyes pulled during those windy days where the big lake is bouncy. Many anglers pulling cranks and spinners Nice walleye and bass bite in various spots up and down the river. Sturgeon are active and good numbers being boated, many not by choice by walleye anglers. Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30.

Up at the NW Angle, bottom bouncers and spinners with crawlers or minnows, or trolling crankbaits continue to be the go to method around Four Blocks, Little Oak to Oak, and Garden Island in 20-24' of water. Gold, pink and orange are active colors. Mud is hotter than rocks currently. In Ontario spinners are the most productive method for walleyes, in areas with structure and deep mud. The muskies were tentative this week with lots of reports of follows on bucktails and not so much topwater baits. Lots of red cabbage around this year which is a favorite of muskie nuts. 


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8/1/16 @ 1:26 PM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Strong bite continues both bait fishing and trolling crankbaits. Resorts jig fishing, drifting spinners and downrigging with crankbaits. Schools of fish in the basin in 28-32 feet giving up good numbers of 16-18 inch walleyes. Garden Island and 9-12 miles off of Pine Island are holding fish. Some big headed eyes mixed in as well. Gold, silver and white have been strong. Water temp is 77 degrees.

On the Rainy River, walleyes are being caught jigging and pulling crankbaits.  Trolling this time of year is a great way to locate fish and catch multi-species.  Nice pods of river walleyes available.  Water clarity has improved.  Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30 and sturgeon have been active. 

Up at the NW Angle, Deep water mud is the way to go using spinners and bottom bouncers with crawlers, or trolling crankbaits.  The areas around Four Blocks and around Little Oak have held good fish. Gold, pink and orange are top colors.  On the Ontario walleyes relating to off shore structure and deep mud. Spinners have been the most productive. The water temp is 74 degrees. Many nice sized fish have been boated and everyone has been going home with their limits! The Muskie action was mixed this past week.  Good reports burning bucktails over cabbage and rocks.

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7/26/16 @ 2:11 PM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Fish are active and there are limits to be had. Resorts are downrigging with crankbaits, jig fishing and drifting spinners. Schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet being targeted by jiggers and crankbaiters continue to heat up. Garden Island and 9-12 miles off of Pine Island are holding fish. Many great fish in the 18" range and some trophies mixed in as well. Gold, silver and white 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 slightly.  Jig and minnow remains best option for catching walleyes with some anglers using a bottom bouncer paired with a stick bait as well. Most anglers fishing the lake.  Great smallmouth bass bite up and down the river.  Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30th and they are active. 

Up at the NW Angle, the mud between Little Oak and Oak Island has been pro and aducing good numbers of saugers and walleyes in depths of 24 to 30 feet. Work the offshore reefs and humps using spinners and bottom bouncers with crawlers, or crankbaits, as the majority of fish have moved off the larger islands onto the mid-lake structure. The southwest side of Oak and the areas around Four Blocks also good producers again. Gold, pink and orange are top color choices. On the Ontario side the walleyes have been out deep in the mud off the rocks in 25-35 feet due to the recent storms and heavy winds. Spinners have been the most productive. The water temp is 70 degrees. Many nice sized fish have been boated and everyone has been going home with their limits! The Muskie action has continued to improve along with pike and smallmouth bass.  

Anglers who plan to take Highway 46 out of Deer River should know that the bridge 3 miles south of Alvwood is closed and a 30 mile detour is the result. Our suggestion is to take Highway 6 North in Deer River to Highway 1 West to Northome.  

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7/25/16 @ 10:38 AM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (64%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Hello everyone! Checking in from Sunset lodge on beautiful Oak Island here in the Northwest Angle. I hope everyone had a fantastic week!

Here on Oak Island, this week the story was days of sun and heat, severe storms, and fishing that was definitely heating up! Our water temperature is at 76 degrees.
 
Stateside, anglers are targeting and finding walleyes down by Little Oak Island. The offshore reefs and humps in 25 to 30 feet have been the best. Drifting with spinners and bottom bouncers dragging night crawlers has been the most productive tactic. Reports of decent catches are also coming in from Garden, Shady, and Four Blocks Islands. Fishing the reefs, points and deep mud in these areas has been productive. 

Up on the Canadian side, Deepwater Bay has been the area of choice for several of our guests in the last week. Walleyes have been the target species, but anglers have been pleasantly surprised with the mixed bag of fish they have been encountering. Walleyes, Saugers, Perch and Crappies have all made it into several boats live wells. Northern Pike have also been hooked in these areas as well, and some have been real hogs! We've had a couple of reports of Pike up near that 40" mark! Poplar Island has been popular here in Deepwater, drifting and trolling spinners and crawlers in 18 to 30 feet has been most productive. Tug Channel has also shown some promise this week, specifically the southern end. Working offshore reefs in 15 to 25 feet with jigs and minnows have been best. As for all of you Musky junkies out there, the fishing for these large predators keeps getting hotter! Anglers are targeting smaller Islands with rocky reefs, shallow weedy shorelines near deep water, and rock reefs out in the open water. All of these areas have been holding fish, and fisherman have definitely been reaping the rewards! Numerous fish have been raised and brought close to the boat, and several have gotten a mouth full of hooks and their photo taken for their troubles! We've had several fish landed right in that 40" to 45" range, and a few larger specimens that have stretched the tape to 50" and above! Wow! So for all of you Musky faithful out there, grab your stick, sharpen your hooks, and dial in your figure "8" cuz the fish are ready to eat!

Until next time, from all of us here at Sunset Lodge, have a fantastic week! Make sure to book a stay with us soon, and we'll see ya on the water!
 
Cale Albers
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