Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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8/1/16 @ 1:26 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Strong bite continues both bait fishing and trolling crankbaits. Resorts jig fishing, drifting spinners and downrigging with crankbaits. Schools of fish in the basin in 28-32 feet giving up good numbers of 16-18 inch walleyes. Garden Island and 9-12 miles off of Pine Island are holding fish. Some big headed eyes mixed in as well. Gold, silver and white have been strong. Water temp is 77 degrees.

On the Rainy River, walleyes are being caught jigging and pulling crankbaits.  Trolling this time of year is a great way to locate fish and catch multi-species.  Nice pods of river walleyes available.  Water clarity has improved.  Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30 and sturgeon have been active. 

Up at the NW Angle, Deep water mud is the way to go using spinners and bottom bouncers with crawlers, or trolling crankbaits.  The areas around Four Blocks and around Little Oak have held good fish. Gold, pink and orange are top colors.  On the Ontario walleyes relating to off shore structure and deep mud. Spinners have been the most productive. The water temp is 74 degrees. Many nice sized fish have been boated and everyone has been going home with their limits! The Muskie action was mixed this past week.  Good reports burning bucktails over cabbage and rocks.

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7/26/16 @ 2:11 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Fish are active and there are limits to be had. Resorts are downrigging with crankbaits, jig fishing and drifting spinners. Schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet being targeted by jiggers and crankbaiters continue to heat up. Garden Island and 9-12 miles off of Pine Island are holding fish. Many great fish in the 18" range and some trophies mixed in as well. Gold, silver and white have been strong. 

On the Rainy River, some walleyes are being caught near the mouth of the river and into four mile bay. Water clarity has improved slightly.  Jig and minnow remains best option for catching walleyes with some anglers using a bottom bouncer paired with a stick bait as well. Most anglers fishing the lake.  Great smallmouth bass bite up and down the river.  Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30th and they are active. 

Up at the NW Angle, the mud between Little Oak and Oak Island has been pro and aducing good numbers of saugers and walleyes in depths of 24 to 30 feet. Work the offshore reefs and humps using spinners and bottom bouncers with crawlers, or crankbaits, as the majority of fish have moved off the larger islands onto the mid-lake structure. The southwest side of Oak and the areas around Four Blocks also good producers again. Gold, pink and orange are top color choices. On the Ontario side the walleyes have been out deep in the mud off the rocks in 25-35 feet due to the recent storms and heavy winds. Spinners have been the most productive. The water temp is 70 degrees. Many nice sized fish have been boated and everyone has been going home with their limits! The Muskie action has continued to improve along with pike and smallmouth bass.  

Anglers who plan to take Highway 46 out of Deer River should know that the bridge 3 miles south of Alvwood is closed and a 30 mile detour is the result. Our suggestion is to take Highway 6 North in Deer River to Highway 1 West to Northome.  

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7/25/16 @ 10:38 AM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (64%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Hello everyone! Checking in from Sunset lodge on beautiful Oak Island here in the Northwest Angle. I hope everyone had a fantastic week!

Here on Oak Island, this week the story was days of sun and heat, severe storms, and fishing that was definitely heating up! Our water temperature is at 76 degrees.
 
Stateside, anglers are targeting and finding walleyes down by Little Oak Island. The offshore reefs and humps in 25 to 30 feet have been the best. Drifting with spinners and bottom bouncers dragging night crawlers has been the most productive tactic. Reports of decent catches are also coming in from Garden, Shady, and Four Blocks Islands. Fishing the reefs, points and deep mud in these areas has been productive. 

Up on the Canadian side, Deepwater Bay has been the area of choice for several of our guests in the last week. Walleyes have been the target species, but anglers have been pleasantly surprised with the mixed bag of fish they have been encountering. Walleyes, Saugers, Perch and Crappies have all made it into several boats live wells. Northern Pike have also been hooked in these areas as well, and some have been real hogs! We've had a couple of reports of Pike up near that 40" mark! Poplar Island has been popular here in Deepwater, drifting and trolling spinners and crawlers in 18 to 30 feet has been most productive. Tug Channel has also shown some promise this week, specifically the southern end. Working offshore reefs in 15 to 25 feet with jigs and minnows have been best. As for all of you Musky junkies out there, the fishing for these large predators keeps getting hotter! Anglers are targeting smaller Islands with rocky reefs, shallow weedy shorelines near deep water, and rock reefs out in the open water. All of these areas have been holding fish, and fisherman have definitely been reaping the rewards! Numerous fish have been raised and brought close to the boat, and several have gotten a mouth full of hooks and their photo taken for their troubles! We've had several fish landed right in that 40" to 45" range, and a few larger specimens that have stretched the tape to 50" and above! Wow! So for all of you Musky faithful out there, grab your stick, sharpen your hooks, and dial in your figure "8" cuz the fish are ready to eat!

Until next time, from all of us here at Sunset Lodge, have a fantastic week! Make sure to book a stay with us soon, and we'll see ya on the water!
 
Cale Albers
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7/18/16 @ 10:10 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Hello everyone! Checking in from Sunset Lodge on Oak Island! Hope everyone had a fantastic week. Here in the Angle, we've had some extreme weather come through the area: rain, thunderstorms and high winds definitely made fishing tougher in the early part of the week. Wind gusts as high as 40mph were reported at one time! But in spite of the weather, our guests were able to keep fishing and scratch out some limits of real quality fish!

On the Minnesota side of the lake, the water temps are at around 73 degrees. The North and West side of Little Oak has been producing good numbers of saugers and walleyes in depths of 25 to 30 feet. Work the offshore reefs and humps using spinners and bottom bouncers with crawlers, or a jig and minnow combination, as the majority of fish have moved off the larger islands onto the mid-lake structure. The Southwest side of Oak and the areas around Four Blocks were also good producers this week. Gold, pink and orange are top color choices.

Up in Canada, the Muskie action has been getting hotter! Numerous fish are being sighted and several have found themselves at the end of anglers lines! Reports of fish in the mid 40" range have been steadily coming in, with a few reports of some monsters topping 50" being landed! If you ever get a chance to catch one of these toothy giants, you'll be hooked for life!  As far as walleyes go, the offshore reefs and humps around Bishop Bay, Deepwater Bay, and Massacre Island have been giving up fish in 18-30 feet. Drifting spinners and jigging in these area have been best. Use minnows and nightcrawlers for best results. Again, gold, pink and orange have been best. We've even had some jumbo perch showing up in these spots as well, and they have been big! 
 
Have a great week everyone! Be sure to book a trip and come fish with us at Sunset Lodge!
Cale Albers

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7/11/16 @ 1:47 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Guides and anglers are on good fish.  Lake of the Woods is known for excellent July and August fishing, and so far fish are cooperating nicely. Many resorts are downrigging as pulling crankbaits is on fire right now. Jig fishing and drifting spinners are also both producing lots of fish. Schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet being targeted by jiggers and crankbaiters. Gold and silver have been strong. White baits seem to be hot right now because walleyes are targeting schools of tulibees. A strong bite near pine island has also been reported.

On the Rainy River, few walleyes are being caught near the mouth of the river and into four mile bay. Water clarity has been an issue with all the rain we are getting this year. Jig and minnow remains best option for catching walleyes with some anglers using a bottom bouncer paired with a stick bait. Most anglers fishing the lake.  Great smallmouth bass bite up and down the river.  Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30th.  

Up at the NW Angle, the bug hatch is over and water temp is around 70 degrees.  Little Traverse and adjacent rock piles are hot.  Resorts and guides are finding walleyes jigging and pulling harnesses with gold, pink and orange jigs and blades in 24 to 30 feet of water.  Garden Island also heating up.  Pulling crankbaits also working well. On the Canadian side, besides hot walleye action, musky action remains hot for these toothy monsters.   Shallow rocks seems best with bucktails and topwater baits.  Smallie and pike action strong.  

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7/5/16 @ 7:16 PM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

7.5.16 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report

What a great week we had here in the Northwest Angle! Good weather and fantastic fishing were capped off by a Fourth of July celebration here at Sunset Lodge that ended with a bang!

In Minnesota, boats are finding walleyes around Little Oak Island, Crowduck Island and the south side of Oak Island. Tactics have varied, but jigging with gold, pink and orange jigs in 24 to 30 feet of water around deep water humps, points and rock piles has been turning fish. Crawlers and minnows both seem to be working well. Pulling crankbaits and drifting spinners has been a good tactic to cover water and locate active fish.

On the Canadian side, the story has been that the Musky action has been heating up steadily over the last week or so. As the water temps push into the 70's, these fish have been more active and aggressive, with several reports of large fish being caught and landed, as well as several that have followed lures to the boat on numerous occasions! Casting bucktails and large spinnerbaits, as well as some topwater baits has been best. Work rock reefs and cabbage beds to find these large predators. Fishermen and women are finding walleyes in the areas of Tug Channel, Bishop Bay, Deepwater Bay and Skeet Island. Jigs with minnows and crawlers in 20 to 30 feet of water have been steadily producing fish.

Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend!

Come visit us soon at Sunset Lodge on Oak Island,
Cale Albers

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7/5/16 @ 4:24 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Excellent fishing continued through the holiday weekend. Pulling spinners, jigging, and pulling cranks all worked.  10-19 feet while pulling spinners tipped with a crawler or leech.  Anchoring and jigging with a minnow on reefs in 15-30 feet is also producing some eyes. Schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet being targeted by jiggers and crankbaiters alike. Gold and silver have been strong.

On the Rainy River, some walleyes are being caught near the mouth of the river and into four mile bay. Water clarity has improved from previous weeks. Jig and minnow remains best option for catching walleyes. Most anglers fishing the lake.  Great smallmouth bass fishing up and down the river.  Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30th.  

Up at the NW Angle, resorts and guides are finding walleyes jigging with gold, pink and orange jigs in 24 to 30 feet of water around deep water humps, points and rock piles.  On the MN side, Little Oak, Crowduck and the south side of Oak Island producing nice walleyes.  Pulling spinners or crankbaits also working well. On the Canadian side, musky action continues to improve as water temps reach the 70's.   Target cabbage and rock piles with bucktails and topwater baits.  Smallie and pike action strong.  

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6/27/16 @ 4:30 PM
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Sunset Lodge
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MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

6.27.16 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report

Another interesting week on Oak Island in the Northwest Angle! We had another bug hatch and weather that went from one extreme to the next. But, we did manage to string together a few nice days of warmth and sunshine!

On the Minnesota side of the lake, the south side of Oak Island has been producing walleyes on the reefs and points anywhere from 15 to 20 feet. White and pink jigs have been producers here. Working the shallow flats in 6 to 8 feet with green, gold, and orange spinners has also been giving up some nice eyes'. Other spots worth trying are Little Oak and Garden Island.

On the Canadian side of things, trolling crankbaits in 10-15 feet have been moving fish. Jigging in depths of 25 to 32 feet with gold, pink, green and orange has been solid. Working the rock reefs and deepwater humps in these areas has been best. Bishop Bay, Tug Channel, and Deepwater bay are good bets. Smallmouth fishing has continued to be great, casting shorelines and rocks has been dynamite! Musky fishing has been slowly getting better, casting bucktails and spinnerbaits over rocks and around cabbage has been raising a few fish. Areas to target are Johnston Passage to Fern Island and Monument Bay to Skeet Island. We had fish ranging in size from 36" all the way to 52".  - Cale Albers

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Bishop Bay and Big Narrows in 20-26 foot of water. Up in the narrows, fish the current. Musky's are still mainly in the slop weeds so far. Smallies are in the shallows. – Forrest Huset

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6/27/16 @ 4:18 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F


Fishing continues to be strong.  Despite some summer weather systems moving through this past week, anglers still catching fish.  Pulling spinners working the best.  8-17 feet while pulling spinners tipped with a crawler or leech.  Anchoring and jigging with a minnow on reefs in 14-30 feet is also producing walleyes. Report of schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet. Gold and silver jigs and spinners were best.


On the Rainy River, some walleyes are being caught near the mouth of the river and into four mile bay. Although the rain hasn't helped clarity some fish are still being caught. Jig and minnow remains best option for catching walleyes. Most anglers fishing the lake.  Great smallmouth bass fishing continues.


Up at the NW Angle, resorts and guides are finding walleyes in 18' to 30' targeting areas in the mud near transitional areas. Pulling spinners tipped with a minnow, crawler or leech or 1/4 ounce jigs in pink and gold while tipped with a minnow. Lots of muskies caught and released.   Smallmouth bass and pike prevalent


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6/23/16 @ 8:04 AM
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Sunset Lodge
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MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous
6.20.16 Sunset Lodge Fishing ReportWhat a week we had up at the Angle! The weather has gone from one extreme to the next. A few days of sunshine mixed with days of rain, and some heavy rainfall at that! Aside from the up and down weather conditions, we are still catching fish. Lots of limits being taken and a few larger fish being caught as well. Early in the week the fishing was slower due to a mayfly hatch, but has steadily improved over the last few days. 
 
On the Minnesota side, gold spinners with bottom bouncers and crawlers have been turning fish near Four Blocks, Little Oak, and Crowduck Islands. Work the flats around these areas, as well as the reefs and rock piles in 18 to 26 feet for the best action. Crankbaits have been producing fish in these areas as well. The Flats have been giving up a lot of fish this week as well. Depths from 6 to 10 feet have been best. Orange, gold and pink have been solid colors.
 
On the Ontario side of the lake working the shorelines, points, and shallow reefs have been producing walleyes. Limits of "eater" fish as well as some over the 24" mark have been common. Jigging in depths of 20 to 25 feet with minnows and crawlers have been working best. Areas worth checking out are Deepwater Bay, Tug Channel, Monkey Rocks Reef, and the West side of Falcon Island. Smallmouth bass action has been lights out as well, casting small bucktails and crankbaits along rocky shorelines has been the ticket here. Muskie season started this week as well, and we've had several guests in camp trying their luck in landing one of these toothy critters! Casting baits in shallow bays, as well as rocky points have produced a few fish. Reports of fish ranging in size from 30" all the way to 45" have been slowly coming in. 
 
Cale Albers
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This past week can be summed up as the week of storms and the mayfly hatch. It made fishing a little tougher but we still caught plenty of fish. The water temp is holding steady at that 64-66 degrees depending on where you are on the lake.
 
On the Minnesota side, pulling spinners in the mud was the way to go. 12-16 feet seemed to be the best depth. The Flats bite was strong at the beginning of the week but has slowed down a little bit now. Crowducks in 11-13 feet and Little Oak on the sandbar would be a good choice this upcoming week. Hammered gold was once again the best color.
 
On the Ontario side, we fished all mud this past week. Fish are scattered throughout the mud and pulling spinners seemed to be the best method in 24-28 feet. Jigging anywhere there was current also seemed to be effective. Gold and chartreuse were the best colors this week. Smallmouth are still up in the shallows and you can catch quite a few of them in a day throwing shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits or tube baits. Musky season is now open and there are a few being caught already. Fishing bays is the best choice but there are a few fish on the post spawn rock spots.
 
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