Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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10/17/16 @ 2:31 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

The fall bite is on! Great fishing continues in 15-25 feet of water with a jig and a minnow all along south shore, Pine Island, Long Point, Zippel Bay and up north near Knight and Bridges and NW Point. In many cases, sort through fish to get keepers. Bright colors or gold tipped with a frozen or live shiner. Schools of jumbo perch along south shore mixed in with walleye and saugers. Big pike active in bays.

The Rainy River walleye fishing is going well. Anywhere from Four Mile Bay all the way up to Birchdale eyes are being caught in good numbers. Jig and a shiner doing well as is pulling crankbaits. Pink, gold and glow. 15-25' of water. Mornings / evenings best. Many anglers who find walleyes switching to sturgeon with many caught and released.

Up at the Northwest Angle, walleyes in 18 to 30 feet. Jigging the preferred method. Gold, pink and green tipped with minnows have been hot. Areas to check out are the gap between Oak and Flag Islands and the South side of Oak and Hay Islands. On the Ontario Side, crappie action strong bringing in quite a few nice slabs! Look for deep points off Islands 30 feet or more and places where sunken trees and timber are present. Use electronics to locate schools of fish, then use a jig and minnow or plastic combo to put slabs in the boat. Walleyes have been putting on the feed bags this week! Depths of 15 to 25 feet have been best with a jig and minnow combo being the best producer. Musky anglers pulling large crankbaits with success. 

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10/17/16 @ 7:04 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Foggy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

Hello everyone! Hope you all are well! Checking back in with you from Sunset Lodge on beautiful Oak Island, Lake of the Woods.

Here in the Angle, fall is in full swing as the temps are falling, frost has begun to greet us in the mornings and flights of ducks by the hundreds start to head South for the winter. The fishing and hunting action in the area is at its prime! As water temps cool, the bite gets hotter and hotter! The same goes for local waterfowl action.

In Minnesota waters, the walleyes and saugers have been on fire in the waters around Oak Island! Sturgeon Channel, East to Soldiers Point has been producing lots of quality fish for the live-well, as well as a few slot fish that make for great pictures! Some jumbo perch have also been showing up here as well. Look for depths of 18 to 30 feet, jigging has been the preferred method among anglers here this week. Gold, pink and green tipped with minnows have been lights out combos. Other notable areas are the gap between Oak and Flag Islands, the South side of Oak and Hay Islands have all been giving up good numbers of fish.

In Ontario, crappie action has been picking up this week as anglers have been bringing in quite a few nice slabs! Look for deep points off Islands 30 feet or more and places where sunken trees and timber are present. Use electronics to locate schools of fish, then use a jig and minnow or plastic combo to put slabs in the boat. Walleyes have been putting on the feed bags this week! The West side of Falcon Island has been our best producer this week as several boats reported good numbers of fish and some real quality fish at that! Depths of 15 to 25 feet have been best again with a jig and minnow combo being the best producer. Other top areas this week have been the Johnston Passage/Lily Island area, Big Narrows, Tug Channel and Deepwater Bay. Muskie anglers have been trolling large crankbaits with some success this past week. Several boats have reported hooking and landing multiple fish! Jakes, Depthraiders and Grandmas are top choices for these toothy giants!

Don't forget folks, the waterfowl action in the Northwest Angle is top notch! In fact, hunters have been having success in the area the last few days and putting together a mixed bag of Buffleheads, Bluebills, Goldeneyes, Canvasbacks and a few Mallards and Wigeon as well. As the temps cool even more, ducks by the thousands will begin their annual migration South with their chosen path running right out our front door! It's not too late to get in on some fantastic Fall fishing and waterfowling!

Until next week folks, take care! And make sure join us for your next outdoor adventure! We would love to be your hosts!

Cale Albers

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10/15/16 @ 7:52 PM
FISHING REPORT
Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Fish still biting, but not as good as previous 2 days. Numbers and small fish coming from the lake. Quality fish coming from the river.

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10/14/16 @ 6:22 PM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Fish are still biting on Lake of the Woods. 14' of water seems to be the hot depth.

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10/13/16 @ 8:16 PM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Got out on the lake today, fished 14-16 feet of water. 3 of us caught maybe 30 fish. Mostly jig & minnow. Once we run out of minnows, we fish Northland Rippin Shade. Caught fish on them too.  Had a fish Fry tonight,  great day.

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10/11/16 @ 7:25 AM
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Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

MOON PHASE (75%)
Waxing Gibbous

Nice report Joe, heading to the south shore this week for 4 days, then again next week for 4 days as well.  Can't wait to get there, save some fish for me!!!


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10/10/16 @ 2:35 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (65%)
Waxing Gibbous

Just like that another fall weekend goes by. Walleyes and saugers have the feed bag on! 15-25 feet of water with a jig and a minnow is the ticket. Hot colors are bright colors especially when its cloudy. Fish are being caught across the south shore with a good mix of charter and personal boats enjoying the hot fall fishing. Heading north has yielded many fish as well near Hay Island and NW Point. Schools of jumbo perch are often mixed in with walleyes with reports of a few in the mix to dozens.

The Rainy River is improving as anglers are catching some walleyes at various spots from the mouth up to Frontier Landing. There have been a couple of good runs of shiners so far and current looks good. Some bait dealers are finding nice walleyes in their minnow nets. Fishing continues to improve. The sturgeon are surging with many good reports of sturgeon caught and released.

Up at the Northwest Angle, guides are targeting 15-25 feet on the around Oak Island, Hay Island and various underwater points and holes. Jig and a minnow combo has been best but some are boating fish with spinners or crankbaits as well. On the Ontario Side, water temps are around 52 degrees and anglers are targeting depths of 12-18 feet on reefs and points or 20-35 foot holes in current areas. Most anglers are using jig and a minnow. Falcon Island, Firebag, and McPherson Island have been hot. Jumbo perch are being found in deeper water as well. Anglers are finding slab crappies as well in 30 foot holes. 

Edited on 10/10/16 2:36 PM
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10/9/16 @ 9:24 PM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (55%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

Hello again folks! Checking back in with you from Sunset Lodge on beautiful Oak Island, Lake of the Woods. Hope you all had a great week!

Here in the Northwest Angle, the seasons are changing rapidly as the temps keep on dropping and the leaves keep on falling. The weather has been up and down the last week with days of sunshine and cool comfortable temps to days of wind, rain and downright cold temps. Despite the colder weather, the fishing has been heating up for sure!

On the Ontario side, the water temps are at around 50 to 52 degrees, anglers are finding walleyes in depths of 12 to 18 feet on reefs and points and depths of 20 to 35 foot holes in current areas. Most anglers are using a jig and minnow combo or pulling lindy rigs with a minnow in these locations. Top areas this week have been the West side of Falcon Island, East towards Firebag Island and McPherson Island and Bishop Bay areas have all been producing limits of quality fish. Jumbo perch have been caught in some of these areas where deeper water is present and they have been some real hogs for sure! A nice bonus fish for the fish fry! The crappie bite has been heating up as the water temps cool down some more. Anglers are finding slabs off of deep points in 30 feet and near sunken trees as well. We've had some real nice crappies coming into camp the last few days!

In U.S. waters, windy conditions have made it tough to fish certain areas of the lake, especially the South side of Oak Island. But despite that, boats have been doing well in the channel on the North side of Oak, from Cyclone Island all the way to Soldiers Point. Trolling and downrigging with crankbaits, as well as a jig and minnow combo has worked the best. Target water in the 15 to 25 foot range.

There's only a few weeks left in the open water season here in the Angle folks and the fishing can be the best of the entire year right now. Fall is also a time to get in on some hot waterfowl hunting action that is yet to come, the Northwest Angle is well known for its spectacular duck hunting! Especially divers such as bluebills, ringnecks, buffleheads, canvasbacks, and redheads. Small game opportunities are also present and you can find ruffed grouse, spruce grouse, snowshoe hares and cottontail rabbits on many of the Islands as well as the mainland. The Northwest Angle is home to thousands of acres of state forest land that is open to public hunting and has miles of trails that can be traveled in pursuit of your target quarry. Will your next getaway be a combination fishing/ hunting excursion? A regular cast and blast as some would call it! Whatever your dream outdoor vacation consists of, chances are you can find it here in the Angle.

We would love to be your hosts for your next outdoor vacation! The Northwest Angle is a true sportsman's paradise and there's no other place like it on earth!

Until next week folks, take care and we hope to see you soon here at Sunset Lodge!
Cale Albers

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10/3/16 @ 2:45 PM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (7%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Hello everyone! Checking back in with you from Sunset Lodge on beautiful Oak Island here in the Northwest Angle on world famous Lake of the Woods. Hope you all had a fantastic week!

Here in the Angle, Autumn is in full swing, as the temps are dropping, leaves are changing into their bright fall colors and  the local wildlife is preparing for winter. The weather the last week has been a mix of clouds and sun, rain and high winds along with falling temperatures. Fall fishing can be some of the best and easiest of the season, as the fish start to put on the feed bags in the big push towards winter freeze up.

On the American side of the lake, the water temp is between 60 and 62 degrees and falling as the air temps continue to drop. Anglers have been catching a mix of walleyes and saugers in the waters between Oak and Flag Island. Drifting bottom bouncers with minnows and spinners in depths of 18 to 30 feet has been effective as well as jigging with a minnow and trolling crankbaits. Hot colors are gold, pink and orange. Also, look to the deeper holes and mud areas here on the Minnesota side.

In Ontario waters, fishing has really been heating up despite the falling temps for a variety of species! Walleyes and saugers have been red hot as they begin to stack up in the deep holes and current areas as they prey on baitfish and bulk up for winter. Check the areas of Outer Bay, Bishop Bay, Johnston Passage and Tranquil Channel. Use electronics to locate schools of fish and work a jig and minnow combo to put fish in the boat. Use bottom bouncers with spinners and minnows to cover water and locate scattered fish. Crappie action has been picking up as of late as the water temps continue to dip, look for sharp drop offs into deep water of 30 feet or more and areas of trees and flooded timber. Work a jig with a minnow or plastic to put these jumbo slabs in the box. We've had several fish coming in topping 15 inches! Fall is also a time when the muskie action can be top notch! Most muskie anglers have switched from casting baits to trolling large minnow baits such as Jakes, Grandmas and Believers to locate these active predators. This time of year, these giants are at their largest as they are feeding heavily on suckers and tulibees. Fall is definitely the best time to land a true giant!

With September coming to a close and October on the horizon, time is running out on the open water season. But there's still time to make one last dash to the Angle for some world class fishing and hunting! This last weekend, the Minnesota Waterfowl season kicked off and there have been plenty of ducks around to put a smile on any wingshooters face! Maybe a weekend cast and blast would be a nice way to cap off the fall? We would love to be your hosts for that next outdoor excursion on your calendar.

Until next week folks, take care!
Cale Albers

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10/3/16 @ 2:09 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (7%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

The fall bite is on. Anglers are catching walleyes at many spots along the south shore including Long Point, Zippel Bay, Pine Island and the Lighthouse Gap. Key depths vary based on clarity of water and bait, but a good start is 20-24'. Jig and a minnow or frozen shiner is the go to with pink, chartreuse, and bubble gum the hot colors. Finding clean water is key to improving catch rate. Pulling spinners tipped with a minnow or trolling crankbaits have their place but most anglers finding success jigging.

The river is getting closer to prime time fall fishing as more shiners and walleyes move up river. It is showing improvement but it is not quite there yet. Jig and a minnow is producing some fish as river fishing ramps up. Sturgeon keep season ended September 30 and now we move to the catch and release season.

Up at the Northwest Angle the fish are chowing. Shiners are along points and in bays and the walleyes are right there with them. The areas between Flag Island and Oak Island, Little Oak Island, and Crowduck are holding lots of fish in the 8-15 foot range. On the Ontario side, crappies are electric. Finding deep holes with steep drop offs has been the go to near 30 feet deep. Walleyes are holding in 15-25 feet of water chasing emerald shiners. Jig and a minnow with bright colors and gold. Troll for muskies in 8-15 feet with big swim baits as the beasts are stocking up for winter. 

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