Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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1/11/16 @ 3:49 PM
FISHING REPORT
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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1/10/16 @ 5:38 PM
Elite2206
Elite2206
USER since 1/1/16
hey a couple of guys and I are looing to come up to lake of the woods looking for cabin and good ice fish please private message me

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1/5/16 @ 10:30 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (19%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
11 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Ice fishing is in full swing on The Walleye Capital of the World and the fish cleaning shacks are busy! Ice trails marked for ATV, UTV, snowmobiles and other light ice rigs. Snowmobile trails across the lake marked and groomed. Resorts are shuttling guests to fish houses with light ice rigs. On the south shore, most fishing in 22-29'. Gold, glow red, pink, glow white and orange hot colors. A mix of walleyes, sauger and jumbo perch. A few sturgeon being caught by walleye anglers. Numerous limits. One two punch of jigging line and dead stick. Some trophy walleyes in the mix. As always, stay on the marked resort trails.

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 fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, fish houses are out and good fishing reported. There is a staked trail from Young's Bay to Flag Island and to Oak Island. Snowmobile trail to south end of lake is open. Good bite with limits in 22-28'. Jumbo perch and pike in with walleye and sauger mix. Stay posted to Lake of the Woods Tourism or your favorite resort's Facebook/Twitter pages for updates.

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1/3/16 @ 4:27 PM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (36%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
12 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Hey everybody!

Dan Schmidt from Sunset Lodge!

The snowmobile trail was staked from Baudette up to the NW Angle last Wednesday, around the NW Angle today and it will be staked down to Warroad on Wednesday. Lots of snowmobiles running around up here. The trails are in great condition!!

Limits of crappies are being caught up in Ontario, I don't recommend going up into Canada unless you are with a guide as there are still spots with thin ice and slush in the current areas.

We checked about 30 spots from Oak Island over to Young's Bay along the snowmobile trail yesterday and found 12-14 inches. One spot around Murgen's Point was 11. We are hoping the ice road will be plowed out to us sometime this week, he's working his way over right now.

We have our houses on the south of Oak Island and by Little Oak. These areas have been producing fish. We are fishing 22-28 feet in the mud, adjacent to reefs.

Until next week, good fishing! Dan Schmidt 218-223-8211

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12/29/15 @ 10:30 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (81%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
9 inches

AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
It's GAME ON! Ice fishing is in full swing, most fish houses are out and reports are coming back positive. Ice trails marked for ATV/snowmobiles and other resorts are shuttling people to fish houses with light ice rigs. On the south shore, most fishing in 16-23'. As usual, gold and glow colors are hot colors starting out. A mix of walleyes, sauger and jumbo perch. Numerous limits. Some reports of trophy walleyes over 28" in the mix. Ice depths vary, thus, stay on the marked resort trails. Do not venture out on your own unless you have checked the ice. Despite the date, this is still "early ice". Safety first. Work through resorts / resort marked trails for safety.

The Rainy River is iced over in most areas and open in others. Most areas not yet fishable with thin ice. For safety, work through resorts.

Up at the NW Angle, most fish houses are out and good fishing reported thus far. There is a staked trail from Young's Bay to Flag Island and to Oak Island. Stay on staked trail as other areas can be inconsistent ice. Snowmobile/ATV travel only so far. Stay posted to Lake of the Woods Tourism or your favorite resort's Facebook/Twitter pages for updates.

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12/22/15 @ 10:23 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
4 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
The big lake is ice covered and making progress. As we report ice conditions, please know the reports are in the areas resorts and guides are traveling. As we ramp up, please stay on marked trails and don't venture out on your own. Ice can be good on the trail and not good in other spots. Four Mile Bay 5". Bostic Bay, 2-6". Zippel Bay, 7-10". Lake ice adjacent to Pine Island 3-6". Lake ice adjacent to Zippel Bay, 4". Some resorts hoping to allow ATV/snowmobile access possibly later in the week. Some hoping to get houses out with light ice rigs just after Christmas.

The Rainy River is iced over in most areas. Fishing had been good prior to ice up. One resort actually took some boats out of storage to guide a group on the river as there was not sufficient ice earlier in the week. They did very well. We know there are walleyes in the river. Most areas not yet fishable with thin ice.

Up at the NW Angle, a couple resorts have houses out and fishing over the weekend with good success. Mainly walleyes and a few saugers. Not traveling to normal spots until ice thickens. Young's Bay area, 8-10". Trail is marked from Young's Bay to Flag Island, 8-10". Most resorts ramp up after Christmas. Safety first. Work through resorts for safety.

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12/15/15 @ 10:32 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
3 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Cold weather is coming Thursday with single digits on the horizon! The lake and river are still open. Fishing had been excellent on the lake. Anglers no longer fishing the lake by boat as some ice chunks are showing up blocking navigation but the river is still HOT! Good news is there is a pile of fish just off of Pine Island and in other parts of the basin. The bays have 2-5 inches of ice.

On the Rainy River, excellent fishing in open water continues. Some anglers reporting big fish and big numbers. Anchor up with a jig and minnow. Evenings best overall but fish being caught all day.

Up at the NW Angle, ice is 6-8 inches on the inlet, 2-6 inches adjacent Young's Bay. Some resorts will start to fish this Friday, but not their normal spots until ice thickens. It won't be long, but safety first. Work through resorts as they have the best handle on ice conditions.

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12/14/15 @ 12:56 PM
StratocasterDave
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USER since 12/25/13
I just talked to Arnesons. We have reservations for Jan 3rd. I asked her opinion. She felt pretty confident that they will be bringing people out after Christmas.

Tough to tell though. This weather is very depressing!

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12/14/15 @ 12:40 PM
walleye (pro)
walleye (pro)
USER since 3/7/11
Hey, everyone sorry this isn't a report. I was planning on coming up around January 4th. I was wondering how the ice is looking, and I was wondering if anyone thinks I will be able to drive on the lake by then?

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12/7/15 @ 5:02 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (13%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
2 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Part fishing report, part ice report this time of year. The boats fishing are doing very well with good numbers of walleyes in 10-20' of water, Launching at Wheeler's Point and fishing in front of Pine Island. The big water (Big Traverse Bay) is still open. Thin ice on the small bays. Zippel Bay reporting 5-6 inches of ice. Bostic Bay and Baudette Bay all reporting 1-3 inches. The forecast shows colder temps come the weekend.

On the Rainy River, bays are getting locked up with open water on the river. A few anglers on the river with anglers catching nice walleyes evenings. The open water bite has been good this past week.

Up at the NW Angle, ice is 2-5 inches thick. Some air boats running to islands so far. It won't be long, but safety first. When the time comes, work through resorts for safety. Thank you to all who stopped by and said hello at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show. Come on Ice!

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12/1/15 @ 10:24 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (65%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
2 inches

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Part fishing report, part ice report this time of year. Most are waiting to get out on the hard water with very few boats fishing. Thin ice on the bays. Zippel Bay, Bostic Bay and Baudette Bay all reporting 1-3 inches. A few daring pike anglers, but travel on the ice not yet recommended, 4 Mile Bay is partially covered in ice with some open spots. Some ice forming on the basin in the west side of the lake initially but a ways to go.

On the Rainy River, bays are getting locked up with open water on the river. A few boats on river with anglers catching a handful of walleyes and sauger and a sturgeon here and there.

Up at the NW Angle, not many fishing as ice is showing up but still only 2-4 inches. It won't be long, but safety first. Come and say hello at the Lake of the Woods Tourism booth this weekend at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show. Info on resorts and upcoming ice fishing at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com

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11/24/15 @ 8:04 PM
Vex83
Vex83
USER since 3/28/13
I head up to Lake of the Woods with a group of 4 guys every year in early January for a 2 night/ 2 day trip. We usually fish walleyes from a sleeper out of Zippel Bay. This year we are making it a 3 night/ 3 day trip and have heard a lot about the large northern pike that are caught during late ice closer to shore. We usually fish in the 25-30 foot range and haven't ever caught a pike. This year I was considering bringing up a portable to do a little moving around. Does anyone know if pike are typically caught in early January and if so what kind of depths we should target? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to PM me. Thanks

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11/23/15 @ 2:47 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (93%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
Fishing remains good for the few anglers interested in the last remaining open water. Walleyes, saugers and some trophy walleyes are being caught in 14-30' of water in front the Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island on the south end of the lake. Some ice forming in bays but still too thin to venture out on.

On the Rainy River, walleye fishing remains good. With rain, more current this week. More walleyes and larger walleyes are showing up in the river. Good reports at various spots from Wheeler's Point to Frontier Access. The fish prefer jig and minnow still near bottom. Orange, and gold mixed with bright color the ticket tipped with minnow.

Up at the NW Angle, not many fishing as ice is showing up in spots. A thin coat of ice this week in backwater areas. Resorts are ready for ice fishing. Walleye action in 15-26 feet jigging near Oak Island, Rabbit Ears, and Hay Island. On the Ontario side, areas with current adjacent to deep holes best. Muskie fishing going well trolling in 10-20' adjacent rock walls

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11/17/15 @ 11:58 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (34%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Raining

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
Fishing remains good. Walleyes, saugers and some trophy walleyes are being caught in 14-30' of water in front the Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island on the south end of the lake. This school of fish is plentiful and could cause a great bite for early ice. Fishing also good near NW Point, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, and near Twin Islands.

On the Rainy River, walleye fishing has picked up. More walleyes and larger walleyes are showing up in the river. Good reports at various spots from Wheeler's Point to Frontier Access. The fish are sluggish and prefer jig and minnow still near bottom. Orange, and gold mixed with bright color the ticket tipped with minnow. Sturgeon fishing awesome this week with many groups catching 8-10 per day, with fish up to 64". Catch and release only is in effect.

Up at the NW Angle, not many fishing as hunting is stealing the show. Walleye action continues in 15-26 feet jigging near Oak Island, Rabbit Ears, and Hay Island. On the Ontario side, areas with current adjacent to deep holes best. Muskie fishing going well trolling in 10-20' adjacent rock walls.

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11/11/15 @ 10:31 AM
jawjacker
jawjacker
USER since 2/5/15
on the musky, do you hear of what lures and size of some fish caught,thanks

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