Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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4/24/17 @ 2:21 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (5%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sleeting

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Many big sturgeon boated this past week again. Has been a great year for sturgeon so far up and down the river. Fish different holes until you find fish. Use a 3 ounce no roll sinker, a 1-1.5 foot leader, and a circle hook loaded (called a sturgeon rig) with frozen shiners and crawlers for best results. Anchor boat up stream of a deeper hole and pitch sturgeon rig into the hole. Heavy equipment is preferred. Pike fishing is going good right now in shallow bays and on the Rainy River. Best methods so far are using buzz baits or lying a frozen cisco on bottom with a hook and weight(similar to a sturgeon rig but with less weight).

Pike are active in bays. The lake and bays and water starting to warm up and pike are being caught. Pike are open all year up on LOW.

Up at the NW Angle, the ice is gone and it's open water. Remember, walleyes open May 13th, pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN and sturgeon fishing through May 15th and then again July 1st. 


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4/17/17 @ 3:31 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

The spring walleye season closed with a bang as the water cleared up and the fish had the feed bags on with walleyes and saugers of all sizes boated. Now that walleye season is closed until the MN Fishing Opener May 13th, we turn our attention to sturgeon, pike, and sucker fishing. Many big sturgeon boated this past week. Sturgeon fishing has been excellent. Use a 3-4 ounce no roll sinker, a 1-1.5 foot leader, and a circle hook loaded (called a sturgeon rig) with frozen shiners and crawlers for best results. Anchor boat up stream of a deeper hole and pitch sturgeon rig into the hole. Heavy equipment is preferred.

Pike becoming active in bays. Ice just left the lake and most bays and water starting to warm up. Nothing heard yet on suckers running but not far off.

Up at the NW Angle, the ice is gone (in most areas) and it's open water. Remember, walleyes open May 13th, pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN and sturgeon fishing through May 15th and then again July 1st. www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.   

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4/13/17 @ 12:32 PM
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Tim Zwieg
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MOON PHASE (94%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Got up to the River this week, fished Monday & Tuesday.  Stayed in the river, as it clearing up compared to what the lake was looking like.  Today or tomorrow clean water should be hitting the lake, then look out.

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4/10/17 @ 2:07 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (100%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

The lake is open up to one mile outside of Lighthouse and Morris Gap. Water depth hasn't been an issue lately. Walleyes of all sizes with good eaters, small ones and some nice slot fish mixed in. Staying close to the ice pack has been key. That being said anglers need to be aware of moving ice. Safety first.

Rainy River walleye fishing slowed when the Little Fork and Big Fork broke loose and conditions turned muddy but the water is clearing up more and more each day! Timing is key for the spring season. Sturgeon fishing is on fire right now with many 50-70" fish boated. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, Wheeler's Point, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats. Good numbers of walleyes are still in river with more to arrive. Right now a 3/4 - 1 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Bright and gold are hot colors with a rattle working best. Pike will be hot in bays once open water. Reminder to boaters that you are allowed to travel on the Canadian side of the river for navigation, but must follow call in, licensing and other specific Ontario fishing regulations if you desire to fish there.

Up at the NW Angle, more and more open water showing up daily. Air-boats at this point to get around. Waiting now for open water. Walleyes/saugers through April 14th. Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN. 

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4/10/17 @ 12:45 PM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (100%)
Waxing Gibbous

Packerhouse, that stinks!!  I am heading there tonight for two days, hoping for fewer people, and perhaps better results.  Thanks.

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4/7/17 @ 10:06 PM
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Packerhouse
Packerhouse
USER since 1/3/16

MOON PHASE (88%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Fished for five hours.  Saw perhaps one walleye and 5 smaller sturgeon boated.  This was watching over 200 boats with 2-4 people in each boat.  Got the low down on what they were biting on. All BS.  They weren't biting!  Just selling those colors they couldn't sell otherwise.  Save your money.

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4/5/17 @ 1:27 AM
Fishingforlife
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Hello I'm from Wisconsin wanting to come to Minnesota looking for a great Pan fish day. Where would you advise me to fish lakeep area etc.  From the bank. I have a boat won't bring it that far. 

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4/4/17 @ 10:36 AM
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Tim Zwieg
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USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (60%)
Waxing Gibbous

Wow open water to 18-20 feet of water.  That is the earliest I recall ice out on LOW, Joe what is the typical ice out date?

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4/3/17 @ 1:31 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

The ice fishing season has come to an end for our area with the last couple resorts shutting it down because of deteriorating ice. Thank you everyone for making this ice season one for the ages. The lake is open just outside of Lighthouse Gap stretching to the 18-20 ft of water range.

Rainy River spring walleye fishing has been very good! With that being said, it is about timing. Last week, water clarity better than 3', many 100 fish days and monsters. This past weekend, less than a foot and not as many fish, but still respectable. Where else can you still have the chance at boating a 30+" walleye right now? The Rainy River is open all the way into the main lake. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, Wheeler's Point, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats. Walleye fishing so far the best seen in 20 years. The fish are still in river with more to arrive. The river should clear up sometime later this week. Right now a 3/4 - 1 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Bright and gold are hot colors. Many sturgeon being boated as well. Pike will be hot as bays begin opening up.

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are unstable as current areas are opening up quickly. Travel not advised. Many resorts using airboats at this point. Waiting now for open water. Walleyes/saugers through April 14th. Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.   

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3/27/17 @ 2:49 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
19 inches

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Ice is good in some areas of main lake but bad in areas with moving water / springs. All resort / outfitter access's are closed to vehicles but some are open to four-wheelers. side by sides, and snowmobiles including Morris Point, Long Point, Dales's and Arnesen's, which still has fish houses available as well. As always, use a resort or outfitter road for safety as they are monitored daily. Walleye bite has been good with many keepers among smaller fish. Fish are aggressive and having a flasher is helpful. Jigging spoon tipped with minnow head or tail and a dead stick with a plain hook or small ice jig and minnow are doing good. Key depth 17-33 ft. Best colors glow pink/red and gold. Tip up fishing for pike on fire. Many flags of northern pike in back bays and reefs.

Rainy River spring fishing is ON! The Rainy River is open all the way to Wheeler's Point. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats. Wheeler's Point will be open in a day or so. Walleye fishing has been excellent. Many eater walleyes so far with a few monsters. Right now a 1/2 - 3/4 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Pink, orange and gold are hot colors. Many sturgeon being boated as well.

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are unstable as current areas are opening up quickly. Travel with caution. Many resorts using airboats at this point. Fish houses on LOW can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th. Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.  

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