Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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2/20/17 @ 2:10 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (32%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Raining

ICE DEPTH
27 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Sonar units continue to be an anglers best friend. Still some suspended fish out there. Working every fish hard is key. Some fish are players and some pretenders. A good tullibee and perch bite in some areas amongst walleyes / saugers. The anglers working a spoon and a dead stick with a plain hook and minnow are doing good. Key depth 29-33 ft in the morning/afternoon and 17-24 before dusk. Best colors continue to be glow red and gold on jigging spoons tipped with minnow head or tail. Snow pack on the lake is disappearing and ice is still very good.

The Rainy River morning and evening bite has been okay. Know the river or use a resort or guide for safety. Warm weather and current will effect areas harsher than others. The snowmobile trail is staked from Wheeler's Point to Baudette on the river. Do not deviate from trail unless you are familiar with ice conditions.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing has really picked up. The dead stick is producing the most fish with depths under a foot off of the bottom. Lots fish in the slot, as well as some over 28 inches! On the Canadian side, walleyes are being caught in transition zones, with gold and pink and whites being the hot colors. The crappie bite is at 30 ft plus in the mud with Tungsten jigs tipped with plastic. Jigging spoons with a minnow head are also producing fish. Remember to move on to another species after you have your limit of crappies as these fish have a high mortality rate over 25' of water. Work through resorts and stay on ice road. Fish houses can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th. 

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2/20/17 @ 10:54 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (32%)
Waning Crescent

2.20.17 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report

Hello from the NW Angle!

We still have lots of ice up here, however the snow pack is diminishing rapidly, especially with the warm temps and rain in the forecast.

On the Minnesota side, fishing away from structure seems to be most productive with target depth being from 22-30 feet. Gold continues to be the hot color. The amount of perch we are seeing in our buckets continues to increase.

Fishermen on the Canadian side are still reaching their crappie limit with ease, fishing holes between 29 and 35 ft. A variety of baits are producing including, wax worms, mustache baits and dead minnows.

Until next week,
Sunset Lodge Ice Team


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2/19/17 @ 6:53 PM
FISHING REPORT
wesson
wesson
USER since 1/26/15

MOON PHASE (41%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

Fished this weekend with the guys from borderview lodge. They had us on big numbers of fish. I have never experienced as active of a bite as this weekend. Fish were coming 8 feet off the bottom to hit jigs. Pink buckshot rattle spoon was by far our go to lure. Also I have never had the dead stick do so poor, fish wanted nothing to do with it in our house. Didn't matter when the bite started both days around noon we couldn't fish 2 poles anyway.

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2/13/17 @ 2:07 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (92%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
25 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Sonar units are big right now as a trend of suspended fish has started with walleyes 10-15 feet below the ice. A good bite in the main basin, combo walleyes / saugers. Working every fish is a must! The anglers working a jigging spoon with a rattle and a dead stick are doing better than a jigging rod and a tip up. Key depth 29-33 ft. Best colors continue to be glow red, pink and gold on jigging spoons tipped with minnow head or tail. Jumbo perch being caught as well in some areas depending on the day.

The Rainy River morning and evening bite has been good. Know the river or use a resort or guide for safety. The snowmobile trail is staked from Wheeler's Point to Baudette on the river. Do not deviate from trail unless you are familiar with ice conditions.

Good fishing up at the NW Angle. Best colors remain glow pink and gold. Flyers, Buckshot Rattle spoons, Rippin Raps, Pink Charmers or flutter spoons tipped with a minnow head or tail . For walleyes on MN side, morning / evening bite remains in 13-20'. Move off structure in 22-30 feet of water in the afternoon hours. Ontario, walleyes in 25' or deeper. Giant crappies in 30+ feet on small jigs/rattle spoons/plastics/minnows/wax worms. Keep crappies if fishing deeper than 25' as high mortality if released in deep water. Work through resorts and stay on ice road. Fish houses can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th. 

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2/13/17 @ 11:16 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (92%)
Waning Gibbous

2.13.17 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report

Hello from the NW Angle!

On the Minnesota side, fishing has really picked up this week! The ice is thick and temps are nice, making for a much more pleasurable hard-water experience. Less turbidity has really allowed for more natural colors to work. Using the dead stick is still producing the most fish with depths under a foot off of the bottom. Lots fish in the slot, as well as, multiple over 28!

On the Canadian side, walleyes are being caught in transition zones, with gold and pink and whites being the hot colors. The crappie bite is at 30ft plus in the mud with Tungstens topped with plastic. Jigging spoons with a minnow head are also producing fish.

Until next week,
Sunset Lodge Ice Team


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2/9/17 @ 9:05 AM
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tgruenke
tgruenke
USER since 2/10/11

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
28 inches

AIR TEMP
11° - 15° F

We fished 2/6 and 2/7 out of Sportsman. Monday was slower than Tuesday. Once the sun came out of the clouds on Tuesday around noon the fishing picked up. Caught around 20 fish total and kept 10 for the two days. We were fishing in 31-32 FOW. Best lure was a glow red Northland Buckshot spoon. Rattle lures  worked best. We did have some fish on our dead sticks. Plain red or pink hook about 8 inches from the bottom. Electronics were key. The fish would follow 15 feet up sometime before finally hitting your bait.

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2/7/17 @ 11:12 AM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (87%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Snowing

ICE DEPTH
25 inches

AIR TEMP
11° - 15° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Resorts are on the move to stay on fish. The bite has been good overall. Working every fish is a must! The anglers working a jigging spoon with a rattle and a dead stick are being rewarded. Key depth is 29-31 ft and best colors continue to be glow red, pink and gold on jigging spoons tipped with minnow head or tail. Dead stick plain hook (try glow or colored) or smaller walleye jigs and live minnow. Some jumbo perch being caught as well. Electronics improving catch rate.

The Rainy River morning and evening bite has been good. Know the river or use a resort or guide for safety. The snowmobile trail is staked from Wheeler's Point to Baudette on the river. Do not deviate from trail unless you are familiar with ice conditions.

Good fishing up at the NW Angle. Best colors include glow pink and gold. For walleyes on MN side, morning / evening bite in 13-20' targeting rock reefs and points. Mid-day move off structure in 22-30 feet of water. Ontario, walleyes in 25' or deeper. Big crappies in 30+ feet on small rippin raps, small jigs/plastics/minnows. Keep crappies if fishing deeper than 25' as high mortality if released in deep water. Work through resorts and stay on ice road. Some frozen ruts off trail can be dangerous use caution on snowmobile or ATV. Fish houses out through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th

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2/6/17 @ 8:40 AM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waxing Gibbous

2.6.17 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report

Hello from the NW Angle!

On the Minnesota side, pinks have been producing but it seems as if gold is the hot color of the week for jigging lures and baits. Target depths for walleye have been between 22 and 28 feet. The old school dead stick with a red hook, split shot and a bobber with a full minnow head has been most effective against the lethargic walleye this time of year.

In Canada, target depths are between 25 and 33 feet for the crappie bite, most effective lures being small lip-less crank baits as well as small rippin' raps.

Weather conditions have stayed relatively stable with a few fronts and about an inch of snow.

Be aware: Frozen ruts are still problematic off of groomed trails. Use caution on sleds and ATVs.

Until next week,
Sunset Lodge Ice Team


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1/31/17 @ 10:38 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (15%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
23 inches

The anglers working their one two punch of a jigging line and a dead stick are being rewarded.  Good reports continue.   Most catching in 29-31 ft with glow red, pink and gold with a rattle on jigging spoons tipped with minnow head or tail.  Dead stick plain hook (try glow or colored) and live minnow or smaller glow walleye jigs.  Some big eelpout continue to come in, with a 17 lb giant this week.  Electronics improving catch rate.  Working each fish is helpful.   

The Rainy River continues with a good morning and evening bite. Know the river or use a resort or guide for safety.   The snowmobile trail is staked from Wheeler's Point to Baudette on the river.  Do not deviate from trail unless you are familiar with ice conditions.

Great fishing continues up at the NW Angle.  Everything has frozen up and travel is good.  Resorts are fishing in 21-30 feet of water with a nice walleye, sauger, and perch bite. Best colors include glow red, silver, pink, green and gold.  Evening bite in 14-16' in current areas.  Slab crappies in good numbers being caught in Ontario in 30'.  Keep crappies if fishing deeper than 25'.  Work through resorts and stay on ice road.  Resorts and ice fishing reservations at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.  Check out the Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page www.facebook.com/lakeofthewoodsmn for day to day reports.

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1/31/17 @ 7:46 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (15%)
Waxing Crescent

1.30.17 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report
 
The weather is finally cooperating and it feels like January! Last week's sloppy conditions have frozen over and all trails have been groomed.

Fishing on the Minnesota side has slowed in the morning but a mid-day to afternoon bite is still strong anywhere between 17 and 28ft. Fishing the dead stick has been most productive with many limits produced and a fair amount of slot fish being released.

Canada is still pumping out the crappies, the magic number seems to be right around 30 ft., Deep water Bay has seen a lot of action for both the walleye and crappie bite.

Have a great week!
Sunset Lodge Ice Team

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