Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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12/8/16 @ 5:57 AM
GROUPER
GROUPER
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Ice update?

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11/28/16 @ 1:54 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Raining

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

The walleyes continue to chow in the lake and river. Some very good days recently with a strong bite in the morning and evening. Those who have not put away the boat are getting rewarded. Many hawg walleyes reaching over 28" boated. South shore from the gap to Morris Point to Rocky Point strong. Walleye and saugers good numbers in 15-20 feet of water. Bring lots of bait as anglers are going through multiple packages of frozen shiners. Ice fishing on its way as bays are just about iced over. Cold snap in forecast start of next week.

Shiner run continues in river and walleyes are staying right along with them. Terrific river fishing. Walleyes are in 10-25 feet of water. Jig and a shiner is best tactic with bright colors or glow.

Up at the Northwest Angle, walleyes going strong in 10-30' and crappies in 30'. Jig and a minnow producing limits. Fishing remains excellent for those who can get out as there is scattered ice in bay and marinas. Most resorts preparing for ice fishing. Ice forming in back bays and harbors. 

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11/21/16 @ 1:25 PM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Strong late fall fishing continues for anglers who have been out.  Deer hunting and colder temps have kept many off of the water but now is excellent fishing if you dress warm! Many hawg walleyes reaching over 30" boated.  Lots of fish all along south shore from the gap to Morris Point to Rocky Point. 15-20 feet of water is seeing great action. Bring lots of bait. Walleyes, sauger, and perch in the mix.  Ice fishing looking good with ice forming on bays.  We still need a cold snap to begin locking things up, but getting closer.

Good numbers of walleyes remain in river.  Some will stay all winter, others will make their way out to the lake we believe starting in late December.  Excellent river fishing continues.  Walleyes are in 10-25 feet of water.  Jig and a shiner is best tactic with bright colors or glow. .

Up at the Northwest Angle, walleyes going strong in 10-30'.  Jig and a minnow producing limits. Fishing remains excellent for the hearty that are still getting out.  Most resorts preparing for ice fishing.  Ice forming in back bays and harbors.

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11/14/16 @ 4:23 PM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Fishing continues to be steady with some hog walleyes reaching over 30" boated. Lots of fish all along south shore from the gap to Morris Point to Rocky Point.. 15-20 feet of water is seeing great action. Bring lots of bait. Walleyes, sauger, and perch in the mix. Ice fishing looking good with numbers of fish on south shore and in river.

Many walleyes in river and they definitely have the feed bag on. Shiners are still running. Walleyes are in 10-25 feet of water. Jig and a shiner is best tactic with bright colors or glow. Stinger hooks on jigs are helpful. Sturgeon fishing remains on fire as the dinosaurs are feeding.

Up at the Northwest Angle, active walleyes in 10-30'. Jig and a minnow producing limits. Traditional for Lake of the Woods, gold working good when accompanied by a bright color. Areas between Oak and Flag Island, Little Oak Island, and Hay Island continue to be top producing spots. On the Ontario side 30 foot holes near sunken trees or near deep points near islands holding big crappies. Jig and a minnow preferred method. Walleye fishing is crazy good in depths of 15-30 feet near points and in bays. Muskie anglers trolling with large crankbaits in bays and over rocks still producing big fish. 

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11/7/16 @ 10:50 AM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

Excellent fall fishing continues.  Lots of fish in front of the gap and Pine Island.  Anglers have been catching walleyes, saugers, and perch in 15-20 feet on the lake. Action has been hot with anglers going through a lot of bait and catching good numbers of walleyes and saugers.  Spots along the entire south shore producing. Twin Islands to Long Point to Zippel to Morris and Lighthouse gaps putting out fish.  So much bait and so many walleyes on south shore setting up for good ice fishing year.

Good numbers of walleyes in river chasing shiners. Shiners still running.  Walleyes are in 10-25 feet of water.  The go to is a jig and shiner with hot pink, bright orange, gold, and glow hot colors.  Stinger hook on jig a good idea.  Many big walleyes being caught.  Sturgeon fishing remains excellent.

Up at the Northwest Angle, excellent walleye fishing remains in 10-30'.  Jig and a minnow producing best. Bright colors with gold working best. Areas between Oak and Flag Island, Little Oak Island, and Hay Island are doing well. On the Ontario side slab crappies are being boated in 30 foot holes near sunken trees or near deep points near islands. Jig and a minnow preferred method. Walleye fishing unbelievable in depths of 15-30 feet near points and in bays. Muskie anglers trolling with large crankbaits boating large fish feeding before winter freeze up.

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10/31/16 @ 3:05 PM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Some of the best fishing of the year taking place as we head into deer hunting opener this weekend in MN. Anglers have been catching walleyes, saugers, and perch in 15-20 feet on the lake. Anglers are sorting through the small fish to get larger keeper fish. Spots along the entire south shore producing. Twin Islands to Long Point to Zippel to Morris and Lighthouse gaps putting out fish. Up north Hay Island and Starren Shoal off of Garden Island are producing some nice limits. Walleyes are on the move so finding fish with electronics is key. Pike are feasting on dead smelt or ciscos placed on bottom.

Fishing on the river is excellent once you find the walleyes as they are chasing shiners. Shiners still running. Walleyes are in 10-25 feet of water. The go to is a jig and shiner with hot pink, bright orange, gold, and glow hot colors. Stinger hook on jig a good idea. Many big walleyes being caught. Sturgeon fishing is crazy good right now as groups are having many of these prehistoric fish boated daily.

Up at the Northwest Angle, walleyes are in 12-30 feet of water. Jig and a minnow producing best. Bright colors with gold working best. Areas between Oak and Flag Island, Little Oak Island, and Hay Island are doing well. On the Ontario side slab crappies are being boated in 30 foot holes near sunken trees or near deep points near islands. Jig and a minnow preferred method. Walleye fishing unbelievable in depths of 15-30 feet near points and in bays. Muskie anglers trolling with large crankbaits boating large fish feeding before winter freeze up. 

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10/24/16 @ 8:31 PM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waning Crescent

Speedlee003, LOW fish just don't seem to bite after dark. Don't get me wrong, I will typically leave a rattle reel down all night, but 9 time out of 10, when it goes off it is an Eelpout. I have caught Walleyes after dark,  but not many.

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10/24/16 @ 8:28 PM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Final day of LOW fall 2016 for me. We caught fish to take home today. Still hitting jig and minnow. I think overall the past week my best depth was 17'. Fish are hitting in the lake, river and Bay, get out and catch some.

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10/24/16 @ 12:37 PM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Excellent fall fishing continues!  Walleye in 15-25 feet of water with a jig and a minnow all along south shore, Pine Island, Long Point, Zippel Bay and up north near Garden, Knight Bridges Islands and NW Point. Both gaps, Morris Point and Lighthouse producing walleyes.  Bright colors or gold tipped with a frozen or live shiner. Good numbers of jumbo perch along south shore mixed in with walleye and saugers. Big pike active in bays.

The Rainy River walleye fishing is going well. Definitely good numbers of walleyes in the River. Some big fish also.  Anywhere from Four Mile Bay all the way up to Birchdale eyes are being caught in good numbers. These fish are transient, but once you find them, game on.  Jig and a shiner doing best. Pink, gold and glow.  15-25' of water.  Mornings / evenings are best. Sturgeon bite has been strong.

Up at the Northwest Angle, walleyes in 12 to 30 feet.  Jigging the preferred method. Gold, pink and green tipped with minnows have been hot. Areas to check out are the gap between Oak and Flag Islands, Soldier Point, South side of Oak and Hay Islands. On the Ontario side, crappie action continues with quite a few nice slabs! Look for deep points off Islands 30 feet or more and places where sunken trees and timber are present. Use electronics to locate schools of fish, then use a jig and minnow or plastic combo to put slabs in the boat. Walleye fishing continues to be lights out! Depths of 15 to 30 feet have been best with a jig and minnow combo being the best producer. Points and bays best.  Musky anglers trolling large crankbaits with success, lots of big fish. Red is hot color.

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10/24/16 @ 9:50 AM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Hello folks, hope all is well! Here in the Angle, the weather has been typical of October, with cool temps, rainy days and wind, to occasional bluebird days with sunshine. The open water season is winding down, as colder temps and first ice is right around the corner. Fishing pressure in the area has been light, and the water temps are between 46 and 48 degrees.

On the U.S. side of the lake, the North and West side of Oak Island has been producing the best action. Jigging with minnows in depths ranging from 14 to 28 feet have been dynamite! The gap between Oak and Flag Islands and the Soldiers Point area has had consistent action over the last week. Anglers have been able to catch good numbers of walleyes and saugers in these areas, finding plenty of fish for the livewell and quite a few slot fish.

In Ontario, the fishing has been absolutely lights out! (Which means great!) The fish are feeding heavily this time of year and putting a limit of quality eyes' in the box has been a daily of occurrence. Good numbers of trophy caliber fish have also been reported with quite a few fish in the 25" to 30" range being caught and released! Top areas this last week have been Bishop Bay, Lily Island, West Falcon Island and Big Narrows. Depths of 21 to 28 feet with a jig and minnow combo have been best. The crappie bite  has been hot as of late as well, several boats have reported catching good numbers of slabs and some real dandies at that! Deep points of 30 feet or more, or near trees and flooded timber are top spots for giant crappies. Musky anglers are having the best luck trolling large minnow baits in depths of 14 to 20 feet near rocks with deep water nearby. Jakes, Grandmas, and Depth Raiders are top choices for these large predators.

The waterfowl action has been red hot! As the temps cool, more and more birds are showing up in the area and hunters are taking full advantage. A mixed bag of Bluebills, Buffleheads, Goldeneyes, Canvasbacks and Redheads have been giving hunters plenty of wing shooting opportunities. Set up decoys off of points with the wind at your back and watch those birds set right in for fantastic shooting! This is a great time of year to get in some awesome fishing and hunting action! It only gets better as it gets colder. Ducks by the thousands fly right past our front door and the fish are hungry as ever!

Our last guests of the season departed this morning. We are closed until the end of December while we wait for the ice road to open!

We hope you join us at Sunset Lodge for your next fishing, hunting or ice fishing adventure!

Cale Albers

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