Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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2/5/16 @ 7:22 PM
FISHING REPORT
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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2/2/16 @ 12:10 PM
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gbass02
gbass02
USER since 3/29/14

MOON PHASE (35%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
15 inches

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F
Was up at LOTW off the south shore for three days this passed weekend. We were put in 26 FOW. Had a total of 12 guys, and the fishing was pretty lousy for this lake's standards. We struggled every day. The average take per shack (4 guys) was something like 3 or 4 walleyes / sauger and a couple bonus jumbo perch in the 11" range per day. We went through a resort, and with the fishing being tough, heard a couple guides say a few of the guest were very vocal with their unhappiness. People need to understand this is fishing, not catching, and what you pay doesnt change that.

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2/2/16 @ 11:58 AM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (35%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
16 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Ice fishing has remained steady throughout the weekend with the each day being different. Some days the morning bite was better and others an afternoon bite. 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 25-35’. Some larger walleye being caught in 10 - 15’. Glow orange and pink are hot colors with a 1-2 punch of jigging and dead stick. More walleyes starting to be caught on south shore with saugers. Lots of good eaters.

The Rainy River is iced over and being fished in spots but mainly by locals who know the ice. Decent night bite in 16’ with 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 picking up each and every day. Ice is 23” where resorts like to fish on the Minnesota side and 15” on the Ontario side. Guides are finding mixed 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 snowmobiles and guides on the Ontario side. Resort listings at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging

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2/2/16 @ 10:37 AM
PimplySwede
PimplySwede
USER since 1/6/09
I would check out the reports on the Lake of The Woods thread already created - it's about 7 lines below this one.

Lots of reports and advice.

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2/1/16 @ 8:14 PM
Greek562
Greek562
USER since 1/2/15
Heading up for my first time to fish L.O.W. Out of Zipplebay tomorrow. Bringing my quad and a clam portable. Any general info or tips will be appreciated. Not looking for anyone's honey hole just some friendly advice. Thanks.

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1/25/16 @ 2:34 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
17 inches

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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1/25/16 @ 10:22 AM
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busse3775
busse3775
USER since 1/25/16

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
15 inches

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!

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1/25/16 @ 9:40 AM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

ICE DEPTH
15 inches
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.

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1/25/16 @ 9:24 AM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

ICE DEPTH
16 inches
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!!

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1/23/16 @ 2:30 PM
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reup
reup
USER since 3/17/13

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
10 inches

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.

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1/23/16 @ 9:12 AM
IceRookiePrincess
IceRookiePrincess
USER since 1/23/16
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 @ 12:55 PM
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~skimmer~
~skimmer~
USER since 11/30/06

MOON PHASE (79%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
15 inches

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.

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1/18/16 @ 4:07 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (70%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
14 inches

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 @ 5:54 PM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (4%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
10 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
http://www.sunsetlodgeresort.com/fishing-reports

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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1/11/16 @ 3:49 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (4%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
12 inches

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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