Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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1/9/17 @ 1:28 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (90%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
20 inches

AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Ice fishing has heated back up quickly with stable weather. The key depth's remain 24 - 31 ft and glow red, pink and gold. A one-two punch of jigging with a rattle spoon tipped with a tail or head of a shiner and a deadstick with a plain hook has been most effective. Walleyes and saugers mix. Some big saugers and trophy walleyes being iced. 15-20" of ice on the lake. Some resorts are allowing 3/4 ton trucks with wheel houses. Day by day decisions for each resort. Work through resorts as their ice roads are monitored. Know where you are going. As always, safety first.

The Rainy River has been good for walleyes. More of a morning / evening bite. Know the river or use a resort or guide for safety. The snowmobile trail is staked from Wheeler's Point to Baudette on the river. Do not deviate from trail unless you are familiar with ice conditions.

Up at the Northwest Angle fishing continues strong. Reports of 16-18 inches of ice in areas traveled by resorts. The ice road from Young's Bay to resorts on Flag Island and Oak Island is open to vehicles. The snowmobile trail from the south shore to the NW Angle is open and groomed. Resorts are fishing in 19-28 feet of water with a nice walleye and sauger bite. Best colors include glow pink and gold. Big crappies being caught in Ontario in 28+'. Walleyes in Ontario 22'-28'. Work through resorts and stay on ice road. 


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1/9/17 @ 11:58 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (90%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
Below 0° F

Hello everyone! We are back with another fishing report for this week. We've had quite the week of weather here dealing with almost a foot of snow and some very cold temperatures.
 
On the Minnesota side, we are still fishing in 19-27 feet of water. Our houses start at Miller Point and run down to Four Block and Little Oak now, too. Jigging a spoon or anything tipped with a minnow head has still been the best. Deadsticking has worked better than jigging for some groups. Some saugers, perch and tulibees are being caught throughout the day, giving groups some bonus fish on top of the walleyes! Best colors have been gold/red, pink and chartreuse.
 
On the Canadian side, we are still fishing walleyes a little bit deeper in 22-29 feet of water and guys are getting their limits. Crappies have been coming in almost every night and some have been pushing that 16" mark. Best colors being gold and pink.
 
Until next week, stay warm everyone!
Forrest Huset

Sunset Lodge


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1/3/17 @ 3:35 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Snowing

ICE DEPTH
16 inches

AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

On the main lake, Big Traverse Bay... Ice fishing is in full swing and fishing is good. The key depth's are 24 - 31 ft and glow red, pink and gold are good colors to start with. Rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head or tail has been the best for the jigging line. Use a plain hook or an ice jig with a live minnow for the dead stick. Nice mix of walleyes and saugers. 13-19" of ice on the lake. Some resorts are allowing 1/2 ton trucks with wheel houses. Day by day decision for each resort. Work through resorts as their ice roads are monitored. Know where you are going. As always, safety first.

The Rainy River has been good for walleyes. Know the river or use a resort or guide for safety. The snowmobile trail is staked from Wheeler's Point to Baudette on the river. Do not deviate from trail unless you are familiar with ice conditions.

Up at the Northwest Angle fishing reports are excellent. Reports of 14-16 inches of ice in areas traveled by resorts. The ice road from Young's Bay to resorts on Flag Island and Oak Island is open to vehicles. The snowmobile trail from the south shore to the NW Angle is open. Resorts are fishing in 19-28 feet of water with nice walleyes and saugers biting. Big crappies being caught in Ontario in 29-33'. Walleyes in Ontario 22'-28'. Work through resorts and stay on ice road. 

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1/2/17 @ 10:26 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (19%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
11° - 15° F

Hello all from the Northwest Angle!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are fishing in full force up here now and it has been a good first week! We are filling limits of walleyes with some saugers mixed in. Slot fish have not been shy either, and we have had multiple 20-25" fish being caught every day.

On the Minnesota side, we are fishing in 19-25 feet and the best has been anything tipped with a minnow head being jigged most of the time. Of course, you still want to be using that dead stick, as that has produced fish also. Best colors have been gold, pink and chartreuse.

On the Canadian side, we have been fishing walleyes a little bit deeper in 22-28 feet of water and it has been a good bite, too. A few groups even got into some slab crappies in that 28+ feet of water. Best colors being gold and pink.

Hope everyone has a great week and we hope to see you up here at Sunset Lodge this winter!

Forrest Huset

Sunset Lodge

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12/31/16 @ 7:14 AM
GROUPER
GROUPER
USER since 12/6/02

Can someone suggest a safe and well managed ice road to use. I'm 4 weeks out so I'm sure the ice will be plenty safe. I was thinking of using the Zipple Bay road. First time up to Lake of the Woods, any help would be great.

I will be staying near the Cyrus Resort.

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12/27/16 @ 1:22 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
14 inches

AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Ice fishing is in full swing and remains excellent. The key depth's are 20 - 25 ft and glow red or pink rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head or tail has been the best for the jigging line.  Use a plain hook or an ice jig with a live minnow for the dead stick. As of right now we are sitting at 14-15" of ice on Four Mile Bay and 12-15" on the lake. Some resorts are allowing trucks without wheel houses. Others not quite yet.  Day by day decision for each resort.  Work through resorts as their ice roads are monitored. Know where you are going.  As always, safety first.  

The Rainy River has been good for walleyes. With the huge shiner run this year, a lot of shiners and walleyes are still in the river. There is good ice in areas but there will be problem areas. Like every year, work through resorts when ice fishing river as current and ice thickness will vary.   The snowmobile trail is staked from Wheeler's Point to Baudette on the river.  Do not deviate from trail unless you are familiar with ice conditions.

Up at the Northwest Angle walleye reports are excellent.  Reports of 10-15 inches of ice. The ice road from Young's Bay to resorts is open.  The snowmobile trail from the south shore to the NW Angle is open.  Resorts are fishing in 20-24 feet of water with nice walleyes and healthy saugers biting. Work through resorts and stay on ice road.  

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12/19/16 @ 3:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (63%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
12 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Fishing so far is excellent. The key depth's are 20 - 25 ft and glow red or pink rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head or tail has been the best for the jigging line. Use a plain hook or an ice jig with a live minnow. As of right now we are sitting at 9.5-14 inches of ice. Work through resorts and their ice roads as they are tested, flooded and plowed. Know where you are going. As always, safety first.

The Rainy River has been good for walleyes. With the huge shiner run this year, a lot of fish still in the river. There is good ice in areas but there will be problem areas. Like every year, work through resorts when ice fishing river as current and ice thickness will vary. We don't encourage travel on the river unless through a resort or outfitter.

Up at the Northwest Angle the walleyes are on fire. Reports of 9-14 inches of ice. Resorts are fishing in 20 feet of water with a good stream of 17 inch walleyes and healthy saugers biting. Work through resorts who are constantly routing trails on the best ice, around cracks, etc. Stay on resort trails, do not deviate. We are excited, but safety first!. Check out the Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page for day to day reports.

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12/19/16 @ 9:29 AM
twotimes
twotimes
USER since 1/8/13

planning on staying in a sleeper shack 12/27 at Arnesen's what is the ice report for the area?  Anybody heard if any resorts are able to get sleeper shacks out, or speculations of when ice will be permitable?

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12/12/16 @ 3:36 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
5 inches

AIR TEMP
Below 0° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

The main lake is frozen over and making ice. Resorts and guides are out checking ice daily. As of now the ice varies quite a bit. If the forecast remains the same, some resorts hoping fish houses will be on the lake later this week. With sub zero temps in the forecast, ice will grow quickly. Anywhere from 2-6" as of Sunday. Resorts and outfitters will be testing ice conditions, making trails, monitoring ice, etc. Work through resorts and their ice roads as they are tested, flooded and plowed. Know where you are going. As always, safety first.

The Rainy River has iced up. Like every year, work through resorts when ice fishing river as current and ice thickness will vary. We don't encourage travel on the river unless through a resort or outfitter.

Up at the Northwest Angle resorts are checking ice daily. Reports of 2-6 inches as of Sunday. Getting close, resorts and outfitters will be marking trails when it is the right time. A few more days of sub zero temps will help. Work through resorts who are constantly routing trails on the best ice, around cracks, etc. When the time comes, stay on resort trails, do not deviate. We are excited, but safety first! 

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12/8/16 @ 5:57 AM
GROUPER
GROUPER
USER since 12/6/02

Ice update?

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