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johnsebm75
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12/20/14 10:15 AM CST
I go there every late Jan. I stay at Wigwams resort and last year we did good for walleye. We got a 24" 26" and a 28" in the 2 full days we fished there. We got a bunch of keepers also. I have good luck with the color red on LOW. There will be times that there is no action and then both rods are getting hit.

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12/20/14 8:14 AM CST
Returned Tuesday from a 3 day fishing trip. Stayed and fished out of Morris Point. Their icehouses are out and last Saturday they started letting vehicles and wheelhouses out. The ice landscape is something I've never seen before. Evidently they had very high winds when the ice froze which caused the first ice to buckle and sheet on an angle resulting in ice plates sticking up anywhere from a few inches to several feet. This really limits where you can travel. Morris however has done an excellent job with their ice road. It goes out a little over a mile right now. As far as the fishing, typically the bite is hot on this first ice. Not so this year. It was slow. Perhaps it was the weather as it was above freezing and very foggy all the time we were there. Jig fished one line and ran a dead stick in another hole. We would go long periods of time without marking a fish. Those we did mark wouldn't bite or if they did it was very lightly. I actually caught most of my fish on the dead stick. Don't get me wrong, we did manage some fish - enough for a fish fry one night and we did bring a limit of walleyes home. Did not catch a wally over 15". Did catch a 32" northern and a 30" burbot. The highlight though was my buddy had on a huge sturgeon. We managed once, to get its head in the hole, but it filled the whole hole so I couldn't get my hands around it and we didn't have a gaff. Then it straightened out the swivel and was gone. We would have released anyhow, but a picture with that beast would have been great. Our experience was pretty typical from what others at the resort were having. Certainly some groups did better, but others not so. Heading back in January. The fishing will be better!

Jgander555
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12/17/14 11:25 AM CST
Sorry to fill up the message system but I wanted to get some information as it will be my first time fishing lake of the woods. How is the fishing in the first 2 weeks in January? Also how are rattle reels on lake of the woods? Any help will be appreciated.

fishingbud
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12/16/14 11:30 AM CST
I am going up on 12/19 Friday to fish Sat. Sun. and Monday. Anybody need information or want to share info. I do fish on my own and have been going up for about 20+ years now. Just email me at fishingbud45@charter.net

JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
12/15/14 1:38 PM CST
Ice Depth: 15"
50/50 walleye and sauger mix is the common report this week. Some perch, eel pout, and sturgeon showing up as well. From 4 Mile Bay, Lighthouse Gap, and off Pine Island anglers are fishing in 18-26 feet of water. Moving west from Graceton, Zippel Bay, Long Point, and Arnesens. 24-26 feet day bite, heading shallow 17-20 feet for the afternoons and evenings best. Hot colors are gold, bubble gum, and pink tipped with live minnow. Electronics helpful to find suspended fish. Ice conditions range from 14-17 inches of ice. Some ice roads open to full size trucks and fish houses.

On the Rainy River, locals who know ice are catching mornings and evenings. Walleyes most active in 14-17 feet. Use active presentation for best results.

Up at at the NW Angle, there is good ice 15-17". Vehicles are driving out. Good fishing in 18-22 feet. The road from Young's Bay is open to Oak Island and Flag Island. Snowmobile trails are staked from the South Shore to NW Angle with 14-15 inches of ice.


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Think Big
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12/12/14 12:27 PM CST
Thought I'd try posting here than making a bunch of calls. Last minute decision to make a trip. Looking to come up Jan 1-4. Six people. Sleeper house or cabin and daily fish house. Please PM me if you have any openings.

Thanks, Brian

JOE HENRY
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12/8/14 1:25 PM CST
Ice Depth: 15"
Game on this week as resorts are open, fish houses are out and fishing is great. 4 Mile bay has about 14 inches of ice, the lake has 13-16 off Pine Island to the ice houses. Best fishing in 25-28 feet. Lots of action with consistent limits. Anglers weeding through small fish for keepers. Moving west towards Zippel Bay and Long Point there is 14-19 inches. 22-24 feet saugers and walleyes filling limits with larger walleyes in 26 feet. Reports of a great shallow bite in 14 feet after 4 pm evenings. Bright colors, green, pink, or glow working best with live minnow or frozen shiner heads. Some resorts allowing small vehicles on ice.

On the Rainy River, where anglers are fishing there is 10-13 inches of ice. Ice depths vary, know where you are going, use resort trails. Mornings and evenings more active in 14-17 feet. Use active presentation for best results. Glow, gold, and bright colors best with live or frozen shiners.

Up at the NW Angle, 12-14 inches of ice off Young's Bay and Angle Inlet. Up to 10 inches near islands. Many resorts have fish houses out and are catching fish. Use marked resort trails as pressure ridges popped up this week.

Bonus: Lake of the Woods Ice fishing Video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InGKxYoL1U4&list=UUfxrqu2se0Q1yWjbec2Pkrwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InGKxYoL1U4&list=UUfxrqu2se0Q1yWjbec2Pkrw


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12/2/14 6:47 PM CST
I have been reading back through the pages, and looking for some info....I was originally going to come up and fish in a sleeper shack...but after further thought...I would much rather prefer to bring my own gear and enclosed trailer and do my own thing. I was looking for reports from people that don't use guides...and I am sure there are some. We are coming up for new years' long weekend, and will camp in our enclosed trailer. This is my first time to LOTW. Any ideas where to park? Where to head? Where to start? We have snow machines, and portable shacks. Thanks so much for the help in advance.

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12/2/14 5:34 PM CST
Sounds like some big pike being taken in the dark houses. I heard that Roger at Point Spearing out of Bugsy's had some very successful groups.

JOE HENRY
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12/1/14 1:53 PM CST
Ice Depth: 12"
The ice season has officially started! Anglers spent Thanksgiving weekend out filling limits of walleyes and saugers, with some big pike and some jumbo perch in the mix. Depths range from 18-26 feet. Hot colors have been gold, orange, bubble gum, or glow tipped with live minnow on bobber line or a frozen shiner head on jigging spoon. Fish biting light, use smaller presentation. Reports of a strong afternoon bite. A few reports of portables also fishing the Rainy River, 14-18 feet mornings and evenings best.

Ice trails are open and marked out over Pine Island, Morris Point, and Zippel Bay. ATV or snowmobile use only. Some resorts have permanent fish houses out and providing ice transport already. 13-17" average for ice conditions from Lighthouse Gap, 4 mile Bay, Pine Island, and Morris Point. Long Point and Rocky Point area shaping up nicely. Ice conditions vary, safety first. Work through resorts and stay on marked ice trails.

Up at the NW Angle, good ice 10-12" with marginal ice 3-6" in current areas. Trails are being marked this week for ATV, snowmobile, and tracker use. Resort permanent houses by this weekend.

Many resorts are fishing and others will be this week.


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JOE HENRY
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11/24/14 12:12 PM CST
Ice Depth: 5"
The ice is forming nicely and water clarity looks good. Current ice report, 4 Mile Bay, 7-9", Bostic Bay, 11", Zippel Bay, 5-8". On the lake, in front of Pine Island, 8", Zippel, 3-4" and Birch Beach, 3". There are some cracks and areas that need more time. Everything depends upon weather. Some resorts may allow ATV travel after Thanksgiving. Water is looking clear. Some local guides have been catching walleyes. Pike spearing going well. Ice fishing season is shaping up nicely. When it's time, work through resorts and follow marked ice trails.

On the Rainy River, 5" of ice in front of Timber Mill Park, in front of Baudette Bay and airport. Some walleyes being caught in 14-18' of water evenings by locals who know ice. Safety first.

Up at the NW Angle, 7-8" on MN side. 3-5" in current areas. Many cracks as common this time of year. Looking forward to this week of cold weather. There will be ATV / snowmobile traffic after Thanksgiving. Some NW Angle resort fish houses scheduled out Dec.10th.


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JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
11/17/14 1:28 PM CST
Ice Depth: 5"
Ice is forming up at Lake of the Woods. With temps in the single digits, bays, the Rainy River and sections of the lake are freezing up first. The backwater of Bostic Bay has 7 inches and local spearing outfitters have houses out. Water clarity is 3-5' and pike are being speared. With the high winds, the big lake is still open in parts. Ice is forming along shorelines and is out from Pine Island as far as the eye can see. No ice fishing as of yet. As always, keep posted, work through resorts and guides for safety.

The Rainy River has been frozen over in many parts since this past weekend. Areas with current remain open. Ice is forming but no ice anglers yet.

Up at the NW Angle, same story. Ice if forming very nicely and everything is locked up. There has been some local foot traffic on the ice close to shore and things are coming along nicely, but no fishing activity as of yet. Regardless of what part of the lake you head out on, please work through the resorts and guides for safety. When the time comes, ice trails are marked for good reason, stay on them. Frequent ice updates on Lake of the Woods Tourism's Facebook page.


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JOE HENRY
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FISHING REPORT
11/10/14 1:07 PM CST
The ice season is close, with some small bays and inlets beginning to freeze overnight! In the meantime, some hearty anglers are still dressing for the cold and getting their limits of walleyes on the lake and river. Garden and Pine Islands have been producing in 20-25 feet jigging with a frozen shiner. Walleyes are showing up in front of Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point as well.

On the Rainy River, 15-20 feet jigging with a minnow or frozen shiner best between the International Bridge heading north towards the Gap. From Clementson heading east, try 17-21 with a live minnow. Hot colors are orange, green, or gold. Some adjacent rivers and inlets are frozen or have frozen banks. Safety first!

Up at the NW Angle, a few hearty anglers still getting out. The efforts are typically rewarded with good numbers of walleyes, crappies and mixed in pike. Hard core muskie anglers are trolling and on fish. One guide actually caught a big lake trout while trolling for muskies.


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Owtdorsmn
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11/9/14 6:15 PM CST
Freds Beds has been Great for our group the past couple years. He always puts us on fish , and we have never failed to come home with our limits. Nels runs the show. Yes......his name is Nels. (21Cool 230-5590. Tells Nels, Ken sent you, please. Just want him to know I appreciate him always taking great care of us. Wink

He runs out of Morris Point. His dad runs Morris Point Resort, but he is separate from him.

[This post was last edited on 11/9/14 at 6:18 PM]
loves2fish87
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11/8/14 9:00 PM CST
Hey I was wondering if anyone could give me recommendations for resorts to rent a sleeper shack from? past experiences would be nice. Thanks

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