Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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6/19/18 @ 1:14 PM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
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MOON PHASE (42%)
Waxing Crescent

Hello from the NW Angle!

Surface water temperatures range from 65 in the morning reaching low 70s during the late afternoon.

Minnesota has been best in shallower areas such as the Flag Island Flats (5-9 ft.) Prime time being the evening bite with many nice fish including a 31" beast. Deeper water around Four Blocks and LIttle Oak are providing good action for Walleye/Sauger. Orange has been the top color. Even with the recent Mayfly hatch and plenty of crayfish in fishes bellies, (Walleye, Sauger and Northerns) the fishing is awesome!

Canadian fishing has been the best using bottom bouncers in the mud with gold being the most productive color spinners. Jigging will produce fish around structure with larger Walleye/Sauger coming out of 26+ feet of water. Pike and Muskie action is somewhat concentrated to underwater weeds or occasionally while jigging for walleye.

We hope to see you soon!

?Sunset Lodge

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6/18/18 @ 4:11 PM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Walleyes and saugers being caught around the entire lake with the mayfly hatch 2 weeks early this year. Some areas holding keepers (under 19.5") with some slots mixed in (19.5" - 28") and some mainly holding slot fish with the occasional trophy being caught (over 28"). Typically after the mayfly hatch, the spinner bite really turns on. Jig and a minnow was the main tactic used this week while some pulled spinners when the wind was right. Some shallow walleyes on spinners in 5-10 feet near pine island primarily when some breeze.

Rainy River smallmouth bass being caught up and down the river on shorelines, inlets, various structure and docks. Sturgeon fishing "keep season" opens again July 1 - Sep 30. Most walleye fishing taking place on the lake with the local walleyes always an option.

Up at the NW Angle... In Minnesota, spinners catching walleyes and saugers of all sizes in multiple depths. Walleyes and saugers spitting up lots of mayflys. Some good muskies being caught in back bays and over rock points. Both MN and Ontario muskie seasons on LOW are open. Smallmouth bass continue to pound plastic baits. Fishing on both sides of the border has been excellent. 

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6/11/18 @ 3:11 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (7%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Walleyes and saugers spread out all over the lake. Lots of keepers along Pine Island and south shore over to Long Point. Many slot fish being caught off Knight, Bridges, Garden, and Starren Shoal. Jig and a minnow still reigning but pulling spinners and crawlers heating up. Jig and spinners hammered gold color with pink working well.

Rainy River not a lot of fishing activity for walleyes as most targeting lake. Bass being caught up and down the river on shorelines, inlets, various structure and docks. Sturgeon fishing "keep season" opens again July 1 - Sep 30.

Up at the NW Angle... In Minnesota, walleye fishing with spinners bringing in good walleyes and saugers. Varied depths from 5-25 feet. Good numbers of walleyes stacked on reefs and humps. Gold with green or pink crawler harnesses working. Canadian walleyes responding to slower presentations such as jigging. Smallmouth bass chomping on plastics in and around rocks. 

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6/4/18 @ 5:53 PM
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Sunset Lodge
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MOON PHASE (70%)
Waning Gibbous

Hello, from Sunset Lodge!

Fishing has picked up significantly this week. In Minnesota, high winds limited fishing areas but many of our guests were able to find the walleyes stacked up on the humps pulling spinners. Gold and green crawler harnesses are working the best.

In Canada, working a slower presentation such as a lift and drag technique has been most effective. Limits of walleye are being caught using gold and chartreus colors in 18-22 ft. Key areas have been Deepwater Bay, Monkey Rocks and the west side of Falcon Island. Smallmouth fishing has been heating up as well, using a jig and plastic on the rocks.

We hope to see you soon!

?Sunset Lodge

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6/4/18 @ 2:28 PM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (70%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Some great fishing going on right now in various places on the lake and many depths! Most anglers still using a jig and a minnow but trending towards pulling spinners and crawlers. Pulling spinners in anywhere from 5-25 feet throughout the day and evening. Jig and spinner colors, gold mixed with bright colors such as chartreuse, yellow, pink and orange.

Rainy River is still slower for walleyes. Some nice bass being caught along shorelines and docks. A good population of walleyes stay in the River year round. Sturgeon fishing keep season opens again July 1 - Sep 30.

Up at the NW Angle... In Minnesota, walleye fishing with a jig and minnow or spinners bringing in limits of walleyes and saugers. Depth varies from 5-15 feet in the evening and 18-27 during the day. Chartreuse with gold and blue and white jigs. Canadian walleyes at 22-26 feet have been the most aggressive. 

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5/28/18 @ 9:26 PM
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Sunset Lodge
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Waxing Gibbous

In Minnesota, walleye fishing has been fantastic! Using a jig and minnow or a bobber rig, walleye can be had anywhere from 3-15 feet in the evening and 18-25 during the day. Pink and white, chartreuse or blue and white jigs have been the most productive.

Canadian walleye are being found a little deeper at 22-26 feet. Many nice fish were caught this last week, multiple 26-28 inch and a very nice 30 incher. A jig and frozen shiner is the go to, however a freshly dead fathead works equally as well.

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Surface water temps are in the high 50’s at sunrise, reaching mid to upper 60’s by evening after this sunny Memorial day weekend!

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5/21/18 @ 4:02 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Great fishing continues with good numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught from Rocky Point, Long Point, Zippel Bay, Pine Island, Knight Island and in the basin! A jig and a frozen shiner is the ticket while anchored up in 15-23 feet during the day. Some fish are sliding up into 10-13 feet for a evening bite. Lots of big girls over 28" being caught. Water on the lake and river is still low, rain last week is helping to raise water levels.

Rainy River was pretty quiet this week with only a morning bite. Some big females making their way out to lake but a good population stays in the River year round. Jig and a frozen shiner being bounced off bottom. Sturgeon fishing closed May 16- June 30. Sturgeon keep season opens again July 1 - Sep 30.

Up at the NW Angle... Good numbers of walleyes are being found in the shallows from 5-10 feet and slightly deeper in 17-23 feet. Walleyes were spawning on the lake this past week as water is colder than river. 


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5/14/18 @ 4:20 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (1%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

The MN Fishing Opener was a success with strong numbers of walleyes and saugers caught. A jig and a frozen shiner was the ticket while anchored up. Lots of fish stacked in shallows. Lots of big girls mixed in with keeper walleyes and saugers. Anywhere from 10-20 feet holding fish. Water on the lake and river is about 2 feet low, pay attention if cruising shallows.

Rainy River was on fire this weekend. Reports of 100 fish days. Anglers who remained mobile and searched for the fish were rewarded. Lots of big females caught. Jig and a frozen shiner being bounced off bottom working well. Sturgeon fishing closed May 16- June 30. Keep season opens again July 1 - Sep 30.

Up at the NW Angle... Much like the south shore, anglers using a jig and a minnow along shore lines were catching walleyes of all sizes. The angle area is ice free. Some boats have already navigated from the south shore to NW Angle.

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5/8/18 @ 10:32 AM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (44%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

On the home stretch to Minnesota Fishing Opener May 12th. Ice continues to break up, float around and melt on the lake. Much like 2014 with a late ice off walleyes were stacked in shallows and Rainy River/Four Mile Bay. Most anglers on opener will be bouncing a jig and frozen shiner off bottom. Pike season is on fire right now. Pike tournament last weekend yielded 34 pike over 40 inches for 2 days. A big smelt laid on bottom, trolling crankbaits and buzz baits are all options to catch this big girls.

Rainy River is looking to be the go to spot for Minnesota Fishing opener as walleyes of all sizes will be looking to feast after spawning late. Sturgeon fishing catch and release May 8 - 15. Water clarity should be in good shape come opener.

Up at the NW Angle... Ice is disappearing and is clear around the Angle Inlet area for a few miles. Look for more open water to open up each day with warmer temperatures early in the week and rain in the forecast. Much like the south shore anglers will be using a jig and a minnow along shore lines.

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4/30/18 @ 3:38 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Starting with lake... ice continues to melt in a big way. Travel on the lake is very unsafe at this time. Pike season is open all year as border waters. Big pike are close to coming into bays for boat anglers. A big smelt laid on bottom, trolling crankbaits and buzz baits are all options to catch this big girls. Minnows of all kinds must be authorized through bait dealers.

Rainy River sturgeon fishing... The keep season lasts through May 7. Catch and release May 8 - 15. Anglers who remain mobile fared better again this past week as the Little and Big Fork Rivers opened up. Water clarity already clearing and will be cleared up by opener. Luckily sturgeon feed by smell in dirty water. Many big 60+ inch fish caught along with many smaller sturgeon. 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 3-5 ounce no roll sinker is the ticket. All Rainy River Landings (including Wheeler's Point) are open to all boats. Most landings in bays open as well. Predictions are the Rainy River will be full of walleyes for the MN Fishing Opener May 12.

Up at the NW Angle... As ice disappears, anglers will target pike by boat. We are very close to prime time for pike. Ice deteriorating very quickly as there is more current amongst islands.

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