Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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2/29/16 @ 8:15 PM
FISHING REPORT
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
FISHING REPORT
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
FISHING REPORT
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
FISHING REPORT
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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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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