Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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5/23/16 @ 9:10 PM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

The beautiful weather this past week has helped to warm up the water to 60 degrees and the fishing is getting even better! On the Minnesota side, most people are still jigging on points but have found some fish starting to move out to reefs near Oak Island, Little Oak Island and the south east side of Hay Island by Northwest Point. 1/4 ounce and 3/8 ounce jigs and minnows with gold and pink, yellow, gold and black with a yellow eye being the most productive colors and sizes. Some people are starting to pull some spinners and bottom bouncers with hammered gold and hammered gold with pink being the most productive. We are still working that 18-26 feet of water depth during the morning and day and moving up to as shallow as 8 feet for the last 45 minutes of the evening. 

In Canada, people are having great success jigging with 1/4 ounce and 3/8 ounce jigs with gold, black with the yellow eye and gold being the best sizes and colors. We are finding that rock points are producing great numbers of fish with the larger fish being right on the rocks and the 14-20 inch fish being at the transition line from rocks to sand and mud. 

The prime depths have been a little deeper in Canada with 24-28 feet being the most productive. 

By Jeremy Glessing

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5/17/16 @ 11:36 AM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (85%)
Waxing Gibbous

Great start to the Minnesota fishing opener! Went out for a couple hours this evening and picked up our limits with some nice 14-17 inch eaters and some nice bonus picture fish. We didn't have to go far from the resort and marked fish every ware we stopped. We were fishing points in 20-27 feet of water with gold and pink 1/4 ounce jigs tipped with a minnow.  Come on up to see us and stay for the great spring fishing. 

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4/25/16 @ 2:07 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Raining

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
Anglers had to deal with lots of rain and colder weather this weekend up on Lake of the Woods. Pike fishing was decent with some reports of big fish in the bays. Big pike over 40" are traditional in Four Mile Bay, Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay which have open water. Using a large bobber with a frozen cisco just off or on bottom worked best as the fish are somewhat lethargic still. Most of the lake is still ice covered.

On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing dropped off slightly from the previous week due to rain and cold but anglers still pulled a pile of dinosaurs from the depths. The most popular sturgeon rig is a 3-5 ounce no roll sinker, 18" lead and 5/0 circle hook loaded with crawlers, frozen shiners, or frozen ciscos. Find a deeper hole in the river and still fish on the bottom. Good numbers of sturgeon being boated up and down the river. Please take good care of these prehistoric fish by not grabbing gills and supporting weight horizontally vs vertically. For the spring, the keep season is April 24 - May 7. Catch and release again May 8 - 15.

Up at the NW angle, resorts and guides are gearing up for open water season. Areas of open water exists amongst lots of dark ice.

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4/11/16 @ 3:13 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (24%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Walleye fishing improving as we inch closer to the end of the walleye season on April 14th. Being aggressive was not working as well as a slow presentation in the cold 37° water. Some trophy walleyes caught along with keepers under 19.5" as well. Bright colored jigs worked best along with UV colors. Shiners, chubs, and plastics all worked this weekend. River accesses are accessible by all boats.

Sturgeon fishing remained strong this past week and weekend. Use a 3-5 ounce no roll sinker and a sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers. Please take good care of these prehistoric fish. Sturgeon catch and release open through April 23. Keep season April 24 - May 7. C/R again May 8 - 15.

Up at the NW angle, resorts and guides are gearing up for open water season.

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3/14/16 @ 4:01 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (39%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
14 inches

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
On the south end of the lake, most resorts have pulled fish houses off of the ice for the year. Anglers on the ice this past weekend reported good fishing for pike and walleyes. Open water fishing on the river has started out excellent with good numbers of fish and many trophies. The Rainy River is open to the Birchdale access and large boats can access the river at this landing. Some resorts have been taking customers out river fishing in boats with excellent results. Earlier in the week, anglers were pushing boats off the shore ice, again with great fishing. Safety first. Help others. Be patient at landings. Take care in releasing walleyes. Updated river info at http://lakeofthewoodsmn.com/rainy-river-fishing/ Some ice fishing still happening at the NW Angle through resorts and outfitters. This is a day by day call as how long ice fishing will last. ATV's, UTV's, and snowmobiles only. As always, call ahead to your resort. Safety first. Resorts are checking ice daily and reporting 16+ inches of ice down to areas of less ice and open water in typical trouble spots. Snow has melted off of the lake. Daytime, 24-28'. Fishing has been hot in the late afternoon and evening. Jigging with jigging raps or rattle spoons is working best along with glow colors. On the Ontario side crappie fishing remains good. Use a guide as areas of sketchy ice. For day to day reports, watch Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook, Twitter and fishing reports

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3/7/16 @ 4:04 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (3%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
16 inches

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
On the main basin, fish are being caught in 18-34' of water. Some nice saugers of all sizes up to 17" being reported. Reports of a decent morning evening bite in 15-20'. Glow white or red and gold hot colors. Overall some anglers limiting out, others able to catch enough fish for a fish fry. Fish are finicky, must jig and work for them. Some big pike showing up at Morris Point, Zippel Bay, Swift Ditch, etc. Work through resorts and guides this time of year for safety.

The Rainy River is iced over and being fishing by locals who know the ice. The river to the east is just showing signs of opening up. Open water spring fishing is coming fast. We will keep you updated on open water progress in reports and on Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing has been good with a morning evening shallow bite in 12-18'. Fishing in the mud and sand in 22-24 feet. Gold, pink & red working best. resorts finding crappies steady. When catching crappies from deeper than 30', keep them as they have a hard time surviving release. When you have your fish, stop fishing crappies as mortality rates can be high in deep water. Small jigs or spoons tipped with minnow head or tail is working great. Ice fishing through March (depending upon weather), walleyes open to April 14. Spring open water reports on the Rainy River just around the corner

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3/4/16 @ 7:47 PM
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Sturgeon_General
Sturgeon_General
USER since 4/1/06

MOON PHASE (23%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
18 inches

AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Fished off of Rocky Point (Arnesen's)Feb 29-Mar 2 and it was very slow.Guides were great but it's been tough going. We caught 5,6 and 14 sauger/eyes for the three days and there were 3 of us, moving three times and trying just about everything.Our Vexlar man had the toughest luck.The pressure ridge 4 miles out wasn't the problem. Was not our year...SG Sad

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2/29/16 @ 8:15 PM
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vman
vman
USER since 6/16/01

MOON PHASE (62%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
18 inches

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F
was up Feb 26th through the 28th at Arnesens in a sleeper fishing 25 fow. Fishing to say the least was very very tough! 6 on Friday ,

6 Saturday and 7 Sunday morning. We only threw back 3. They are limited by the crack that opened up but the service is still top notch. I talked to friends while we were up there who were fishing off Long Point and off Pine Island somewhere not sure how far out and they did about as good as we did.The friends off Pine Island were there 4 days got 22 sauger/eyes and 1 northern. 90% of the fish we did catch came on a stop sign with the bloodline design on it. Just barely twitch it an inch or 2 off bottom seem to work the best. Only a couple typical raps most was you could just feel weight when you went to twitch the spoon. Didn't seem to want anything to do with rattle spoons at all and dead sticks were just that dead.

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2/29/16 @ 4:58 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (62%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
18 inches

AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
On the main basin, the report is consistent. Fish are being graphed all day but need some coaxing to bite. Sunday showed improvement for many houses compared to earlier in the week. Downsizing with small spoons or plain hooks working better than bulky presentations. Rattle bait on jigging line pulls fish in and triggers a strike to that line or dead stick line. Overall most anglers able to catch enough fish for a fish fry. A few houses really got them. Ice averages 16-22 inches. Fishing in anywhere from 19-35’ of water. Saugers and tulibees made up the majority of the catch with some walleyes, pike, and perch being caught as well. Ice roads are letting out most trucks but contact your resort for exact information.

The Rainy River is iced over and being fishing by locals who know the ice. The river continues to produce a few fish. A few sturgeon are being caught along with walleyes, pike, and eelpout. For safety, work through resorts. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing has begun to pick up, especially before 9 am and after 4 pm. Fishing in the mud and sand in 22-24 feet. Off of Little Oak fishing on the transition of rock to hard bottom in 27-32 feet and when that isn’t working fishing in 18 feet on the rocks. Gold, pink & white working best. On the Ontario side slush is limiting bomber travel. Resorts finding crappies steady. May be considered the best year yet. Drilling lots of holes will improve your chances, stay mobile. Small jigs tipped with minnow head or tail is working great. Ice fishing through March (depending upon weather), walleyes open to April 14. Spring open water reports on the Rainy River just around the corner.

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2/22/16 @ 5:04 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Snowing

ICE DEPTH
18 inches

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Rain and light snow made ice roads a little messy this weekend but it didn’t stop anglers from putting some fish in the bucket. Ice fishing was up and down this week a lot of fish on the electronics, but tough to get bites. Continually changing bait and presentation is important. Rattle bait on jigging rod and plain hook with minnow on dead stick best. Patience is needed as the fish follow jigs up and down half a dozen times before biting or disappearing. Ice averages 15-22 inches. Prime fishing in 7-10 miles off of Pine Island. Fishing in 27-35’. Mainly saugers with a walleyes mixed in. Some 16+” saugers being caught along with a few slot walleyes. Pike, tulibee, and perch mixed in as well. Ice roads are letting out most trucks but contact your resort for exact information.

The Rainy River is iced over and being fishing by locals who know the ice. Fishing the river has produced a few fish but is overall unpredictable. Walleyes, pike, and ellpout in the mix in the 16-18’ range. For safety, work through resorts. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing was hot then cold again this week on the Minnesota side. 22” of ice is the average. Many species are being caught. Fishing around 30-33’ in the mud. Reefs around 26’ are producing fish too. Pike, jumbo perch, and eelpout mixed in. Solid numbers of crappies are being caught around the 33’ mark with guides on the Ontario side. Ice fishing through March (depending upon weather), walleyes open to April 14.

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2/15/16 @ 3:35 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
18 inches

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 @ 1:38 PM
CharleyM
CharleyM
MEMBER since 12/27/12
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.

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2/8/16 @ 3:39 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Snowing

ICE DEPTH
17 inches

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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2/8/16 @ 11:06 AM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
21 inches

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.

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2/5/16 @ 7:22 PM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
19 inches

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.

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