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JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
2/15/16 2:35 PM CST
Ice Depth: 18" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 26° - 30° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
On the main basin (Big Traverse Bay). A cold week with temps getting down to -26. Ice fishing began starting to heat up a little as weather warmed. Sunday yielded some nice pales of fish in the cleaning shacks for many anglers. Picking multiple fish out of active schools was key. Patience is a must. Electronics and working every fish key. Smaller presentations are working better. Decent late afternoon bite starting around 4 p.m. Ice averaging 15-22 inches on the basin. Many resorts have moved over 10 miles out past Pine Island. Fishing in 27-35’. A few houses in the shallower areas (10-20’) producing some nicer fish mornings / evenings. Overall, mainly saugers with eater and slot walleyes mixed in. Most ice roads are letting out half-ton pickups with 20’ houses or 3/4 ton pick-ups with portable and small houses. Contact your specific resort for more information.

The Rainy River is iced over and being fished mainly by locals who know the ice. A late afternoon/evening bite in about 16’ is producing a few fish. Mainly walleye of all sizes with a few pike and eelpout mixed in. For safety, work through resorts. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing up and down this week on the Minnesota side. Ice is averaging 22” where resorts fish. A mixed bag of fish are being caught. Fishing is best around 30-33’ in the mud. Reefs around 26’ are producing some fish. Pike, jumbo perch, and eelpout mixed in. Good crappies are being caught around the 33’ mark with guides on the Ontario side. Ice fishing through March on LOW.


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2/9/16 12:38 PM CST
Some friends and I are looking to come up the weekend of 3/5 and were wondering where would be a good place to get hooked up with a sleeper fish house? We have 4 guys and will be looking for a 2 night stay.

Any help would be great.

JOE HENRY
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2/8/16 2:38 PM CST
Ice Depth: 17" Conditions: Snowing Air Temp: 0° - 5° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Ice fishing was up and down this past week with the ever changing weather. Most houses were able to catch enough fish for a fish fry. The key is to really work those fish. Electronics help. Fishing each fish hard will put more in the bucket. A tough day for card players using two dead sticks not paying attention. Some ice roads are letting half-ton pick-ups pulling 20’ houses on the lake. 3/4 ton pick-ups are being let out with portables. Contact your resort for more specific information. Ice averages 15-19”. Fishing in 26-35’. Some houses in 10-19’ producing a few walleyes in the morning. Lots of saugers with a few slot walleyes mixed in. Glow orange and pink continues to be best. Jigging line should have a jig that makes a noise or rattles tipped with a full minnow or just the head. Plain hook or small jig on dead stick with a live minnow.

The Rainy River is iced over and being fished in spots but mainly by locals who know the ice. Evening bite in 16’ will producing a few fish. Sturgeon and eelpout mixed in with walleye. For safety, work through resorts. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing is steady. Ice is 20-22” where resorts fish on the Minnesota side with about 8" of snow and 16” on the Ontario side. Guides are finding different species all over. Finding walleyes on or near reefs around 26’ and saugers in the mud around 32’. Jumbo perch, monster pike, and a few eelpout in the mix. Large crappies are being caught around the 33’ mark with guides on the Ontario side.


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TIM ZWIEG
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FISHING REPORT
2/8/16 10:06 AM CST
Ice Depth: 21" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 11° - 15° F
Ended the weekend n LOW. It was awesome trip with a few buddies. Between us for the weekend, we caught over 100 fish. We have had better days, and worse days. We brought home enough fish for each of us to have a nice meal when we get home.

We fished 28-30 FOW, overall the rattle reels did better than jigging. I think we were able to jig them in, but once they showed up, they wanted the rattle reels. The best color seems to be red glow or gold, typical LOW colors.

TIM ZWIEG
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2/5/16 6:21 PM CST
Ice Depth: 19" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 16° - 20° F
Hit the big pond last night. Today's bite way better than when I was here 2 weeks ago. Between 5 of us, we must have caught 60 fish, and that is while we played cards all day between 10-3. Biggest fish runs 22". Bite didn't matter rattle reels, or jig sticks.

JOE HENRY
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1/25/16 1:34 PM CST
Ice Depth: 17" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 21° - 25° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
As the weather warmed up, so did the ice fishing. Ice roads are allowing half-ton trucks onto the lake when not towing a trailer. Ice averages 14-17”. As always, stay on marked resort trails and talk with your resort about ice conditions in their area. Fishing in 24-34’ seems to be the best. Glow colors remain hot and the two way punch of jigging and dead stick remains the go to plan of attack. Ice electronics are key in catching more fish. Walleyes and saugers caught primarily in late morning with flurries in afternoon. Lots of nice saugers in the mix throughout the basin.

The Rainy River is iced over and being fished in spots but mainly by locals who know the ice. For safety, work through resorts. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing is hot. Ice is 22” where resorts are traveling on Minnesota side and 14” on the Ontario side. Limits in 24-28' adjacent or on reefs for walleyes and 30-34' for saugers in the mud. Jumbo perch, pike, and eelpout in the mix. Large crappies (in 30-33') and lake trout (via snowmobile and guide) being caught on Ontario side.


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FISHING REPORT
1/25/16 9:22 AM CST
Ice Depth: 15" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 16° - 20° F
Another Lake of the woods trip in the books! It was a great trip overall with a lot of sauger and some walleyes mixed in!

Day 1: Arrived and got settled into our sleeper and got fishing at 8:00am. Started marking fishing not to long after and put quite a few saugers top side in short time. The fishing was pretty consistent till 2:00pm when it really slowed down and the fish became finicky. Tried going to smaller presentations and slowing the bait down but it was still a tough bite in the afternoon. Caught around 50 fish for the day and kept enough for a tasty fish fry in the sleeper for supper!

Day 2: Started fishing around 8am again and it took awhile to start marking the fish. Picked up a nice 21" walleye that we snapped a picture of quick and released back. The saugers started becoming more aggressive about an hour later with several walleye mixed in. The fishing slowed in the afternoon noon again so we took the Ranger and scouted several spots in shallower water. Set up for an afternoon bite in 18 fow without much luck. Caught 35 fish on the day with an 8 pound eel pout!Again kept enough for a great fish fry for supper.

Day 3 (Morning Only): Fired up the Vexilars at 7:30am and started putting fish topside a little after 8:00am. Kept 6 fish for the morning and packed up at 10:30am. Another successful and fun trip to the Walleye capital of the world!

TIM ZWIEG
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1/25/16 8:40 AM CST
Ice Depth: 15"
Back out on the lake Saturday. Fishing was a little better than yesterday. Still got a lot of little fish. Occasionally picked one up on the rattle reel, but most of the fish we picked up we would see on the locator, slowly oh so slowly lift your jig with a minnow head. If you could get them to follow, up at about 3' off the bottom the would take it, no fast jigging, just slow quivers, But hey what does that mean, our fishing was not that spectacular. Saturday we kept 7 fish, almost twice what we did yesterday. Still pretty darn slow for 4 guys.

TIM ZWIEG
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1/25/16 8:23 AM CST
Ice Depth: 16"
Went out Friday out of Zipple Bay. Fishing was tough, we fished 26' FOW. Caught lots of little fish as in under 10". Red Glow was the ticket if you wanted small fish, everything came off jigging rods, nothing off Rattle Reels, and jigging was very slow. Ended the day with 4 small keepers, wow that was tough for 4 guys!!

reup
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1/23/16 1:29 PM CST
Ice Depth: 10" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 0° - 5° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Princess...Last week at the southern basin out of Arnesen's glow was by far the best color.

IceRookiePrincess
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1/23/16 8:12 AM CST
New ice fisherlady here.Going next weekend to nw angle. What color is best to catch walleye and perch on those waters? Have a new pole and havent had too much luck finding the big guys since starting ice fishing 2 yrs ago... Big Smile

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1/19/16 11:54 AM CST
Ice Depth: 15" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: Below 0° F
On day 2 of a four day camp out in a sleeper house out of sportsman's lodge. Four guys in a 6 man house is just what the Dr. ordered this week. Just enough action to keep us interested with walleys and sauger (favoring the saugers) in the range of 8 to 18 inches. Still waiting on that slot fish!

So far this morning, we have caught 4 fingerling walleye and an eelpout.

JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
1/18/16 3:06 PM CST
Ice Depth: 14" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: Below 0° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Ice fishing remained steady throughout the weekend here on The Walleye Capital of the World. Ice roads are allowing midsize vehicles or 16' wheel houses pulled by UTV's on to the lake. There is 11-15” of ice on average with a few reports of 18-20” but with patches of 8” ice. As always, stay on marked resort trails. Best fishing in 24-34’ with smaller presentations. Lures with rattles or a plain hook and glow colors best. Walleyes and saugers with a few monsters mixed in. Best bite continues to be between 9 am and noon.

The Rainy River is iced over but not safe overall. For safety, work through resorts. Some locals out on ice but they know exact conditions. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, good fishing continues. Snowmobile trails to south end of lake and to Kenora are open. Ice roads to island resorts marked and open. Resorts are finding fish. Steady bite with limits in 23-29' for walleyes and 30-34' for saugers. Jumbo perch, pike, and eelpout in with walleye and sauger mix. Slab crappies being caught on Ontario side.


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1/11/16 4:54 PM CST
Ice Depth: 10" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 16° - 20° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
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Fishing started okay this week. The 12 inches of ice we now have down by Little Oak enabled us to get more of our houses down there; we are also fishing Rabbit Ears & Miller Point. We're fishing a little deeper than last week at about 24-29 feet. The dead stick wasn't as effective as the guys (and gals) that were jiggin' steady. The more they jigged, the more they caught.

We had groups with limits of crappies from Canada. There is 6 inches up at Deep Water Bay but Tug Channel is full of slush. I still wouldn't recommend going up to Outer Bay. I'll have a better report next week.

The lake froze pretty flat this year (which is really unusual) and sure makes for some great snowmobiling. All the snowmobile trails are now marked! The NW Angle Edge Riders recently reported having 5 inches under heavy snow on their packed trails and 7 inches on Black Trail - the Rainy River/Oak Island transit. Get out and help pack the snowmobile trails down if you can.

The ice road from Young's Bay isn't plowed to us yet but we're hoping it is this week.

Until next week, good fishing! Dan Schmidt


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JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
1/11/16 2:49 PM CST
Ice Depth: 12" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: Below 0° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Ice fishing remains good during cold snap of -24! Some ice roads allowing midsize and smaller vehicles out on the ice. As always, stay on the marked resort trails. On the south shore, most fishing in 24-31'. Gold, glow red, pink, glow white and orange hot colors. Some anglers downsizing presentation for success. A mix of walleyes and saugers with a few burbot (eelpout) and sturgeon. Many limits with a few trophies. The current cold snap will continue to build ice with 9-14 inches of ice reported where resorts are traveling.

The Rainy River is iced over in most areas but not safe overall. For safety, work through resorts. Some locals out on ice but they know exact conditions. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, good fishing reported. Snowmobile trails to south end of lake are open. Resorts are on fish. Good bite with limits in 20-27'. Jumbo perch, pike, and eelpout in with walleye and sauger mix. Some crappies being caught on Ontario side.


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