Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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4/3/17 @ 1:31 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

The ice fishing season has come to an end for our area with the last couple resorts shutting it down because of deteriorating ice. Thank you everyone for making this ice season one for the ages. The lake is open just outside of Lighthouse Gap stretching to the 18-20 ft of water range.

Rainy River spring walleye fishing has been very good! With that being said, it is about timing. Last week, water clarity better than 3', many 100 fish days and monsters. This past weekend, less than a foot and not as many fish, but still respectable. Where else can you still have the chance at boating a 30+" walleye right now? The Rainy River is open all the way into the main lake. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, Wheeler's Point, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats. Walleye fishing so far the best seen in 20 years. The fish are still in river with more to arrive. The river should clear up sometime later this week. Right now a 3/4 - 1 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Bright and gold are hot colors. Many sturgeon being boated as well. Pike will be hot as bays begin opening up.

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are unstable as current areas are opening up quickly. Travel not advised. Many resorts using airboats at this point. Waiting now for open water. Walleyes/saugers through April 14th. Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.   

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3/27/17 @ 2:49 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
19 inches

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Ice is good in some areas of main lake but bad in areas with moving water / springs. All resort / outfitter access's are closed to vehicles but some are open to four-wheelers. side by sides, and snowmobiles including Morris Point, Long Point, Dales's and Arnesen's, which still has fish houses available as well. As always, use a resort or outfitter road for safety as they are monitored daily. Walleye bite has been good with many keepers among smaller fish. Fish are aggressive and having a flasher is helpful. Jigging spoon tipped with minnow head or tail and a dead stick with a plain hook or small ice jig and minnow are doing good. Key depth 17-33 ft. Best colors glow pink/red and gold. Tip up fishing for pike on fire. Many flags of northern pike in back bays and reefs.

Rainy River spring fishing is ON! The Rainy River is open all the way to Wheeler's Point. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats. Wheeler's Point will be open in a day or so. Walleye fishing has been excellent. Many eater walleyes so far with a few monsters. Right now a 1/2 - 3/4 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Pink, orange and gold are hot colors. Many sturgeon being boated as well.

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are unstable as current areas are opening up quickly. Travel with caution. Many resorts using airboats at this point. Fish houses on LOW can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th. Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.  

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3/21/17 @ 4:28 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (40%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
23 inches

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Ice continues to be good with 24-27 inches in most areas. As always, use a resort or outfitter road for safety as they are monitored daily. Some resorts have pulled houses, some still have houses out. Some ice roads closed, others still open. Call ahead. Bite has been great overall with many keepers among smaller year classes. Fish are very aggressive but electronics are very helpful as some walleyes and saugers are suspended. Jigging spoon tipped with minnow head or tail and a dead stick with a plain hook or small ice jig and minnow are doing good. Key depth 20-33 ft. Best colors glow pink/red. Northern pike are on fire in spawning areas and are very active with fish over 40" caught daily. Some resorts have pulled houses for the year but others are still going strong depending on where on the lake they are stationed.

Game On! The Rainy River is open from 4-5 miles west of Birchdale. Birchdale landing is open to all boats. Frontier will be soon. Some anglers pushing boats over the ice on landings more west. Good reports so far of walleye bite. Daily open water progress on Rainy River at http://lakeofthewoodsmn.com/rainy-river/

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions decent with 18-24 inches of solid ice in non-current areas but current areas are opening up quickly. Travel with caution. On the Minnesota side, walleye fishing is good in 20-30 feet. Jumbo perch still turning up in buckets. In Ontario the crappie bite is hot with all this warm weather. Remember to shift to another species after you have your limit of crappies as these fish have a high mortality rate over 25' of water. Work through resorts and give them a call before you head up as ice conditions change rapidly this time of year. Fish houses can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th. Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.  

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3/13/17 @ 4:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
27 inches

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Ice continues to be good with 24-34 inches in most areas. As always, use a resort or outfitter road for safety as they are monitored. Bite varies daily but good catch rate most days. Fish are aggressive following lures up and down the water column. Electronics helpful as some walleyes are suspended. Jigging spoon tipped with minnow head or tail and a dead stick with a plain hook or small ice jig and minnow are doing good. Key depth 26-33 ft. Best colors glow pink/red. Northern pike are staging near spawning areas and are very active with fish over 40" caught daily.

The Rainy River is open from Birchdale to the east with shore ice present. Some anglers have already started pushing boats over the ice. Warm weather should get the ice moving again this week as it stalled out last week. 

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are still good with 20-24 inches of solid ice in non-current areas. On the Minnesota side, walleye fishing is hot between 20-30 feet. Black and gold have been the hot colors. Jumbo perch have turned on this past week with many 14 inchers. In Ontario the crappie bite continues to be hot, typically using small plastics. Remember to shift to another species after you have your limit of crappies as these fish have a high mortality rate over 25' of water. Work through resorts and give them a call before you head up as ice conditions change rapidly this time of year. Fish houses can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th. Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.

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3/13/17 @ 11:01 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

3.13.17 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report

Hello from the NW Angle!

The snow pack has diminished and snowmobile trails on the the lake are icy. The forecast for this week is great for extending our ice fishing season.

On the Minnesota side, the number of perch have greatly increased with many 14 inchers being caught. Good sized saugers are being seen as well. The dead stick is still productive, rattlers and spoons used as attracting method in the sand or mud off of the rock structure.

Canadian fishing has been consistent, limits of crappies are being caught in 30-33ft with fine plastics that wiggle. Walleyes can be had easily near rock structure in 22-26 feet.

Until next week,

Sunset Lodge Ice Team


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3/7/17 @ 9:21 AM
MichiganTROUT
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USER since 1/5/17

Thanks FishingXtreme! Sounds like we found our guy.

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3/6/17 @ 5:21 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (64%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
25 inches

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Our ice remains 24-30 inches and with single digit nights coming up in the back half of the week. Ice fishing in full swing. A very active bite continues. In some areas, anglers are having to sort through a variety of walleyes / saugers to find keepers. Electronics helpful as some walleyes are suspended. Jigging spoon tipped with minnow head or tail and a dead stick with a plain hook or small ice jig and minnow are doing good. Key depth 29-33 ft. Best colors glow pink/red or chartreuse. Northern pike have started staging near spawning areas and are active.

The Rainy River morning and evening bite has been spotty at times. Know the river or use a resort or guide for safety on ice. The river is open from Birchdale to the east. Shore ice remains and some reports say a few anglers have already started pushing boats over the ice. Reporting open water progress at Rainy River page of website.

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are still good with 20-24 inches of solid ice in non-current areas. On the Minnesota side, walleyes on shallower rock points between 20-24 feet as well as well as in the mud between 28-30 feet. Perch are also being caught. A variety of baits with a variety of colors having success. In Ontario the crappie bite has been hot. Walleyes are are most active on humps with successful colors being blue and white, pink and gold. Remember to move on to another species after you have your limit of crappies as these fish have a high mortality rate over 25' of water. Work through resorts and stay on ice road. Fish houses can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th. Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.  

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3/6/17 @ 4:01 PM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (64%)
Waxing Gibbous

3.6.17 Sunset Lodge Fishing & Ice Report

Hello from the NW Angle!

Mid-week we are expecting temperatures in the teens and a few inches of snow which should help extend the hard water season!

On the Minnesota side, fishing has really picked up. The morning bite is strong up until the noon hour and picks back up again around 4pm. With the longer days, the evening bite is a little more consistent. Black and gold as well as pink and white have continued to produce the most fish. We are fishing more rock piles than in February and are having good luck at depths between 22 and 24 ft.

On the Canadian side, holes between 28 and 30 feet are a solid bet for crappies. Blue and white tungsten with a red mustache worm or wax worm have been very productive. We are seeing a lot more perch in our catch.
 
Still a couple weeks of great fishing left, come join us!
 
Until next week,

Sunset Lodge Ice Team


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3/5/17 @ 4:27 PM
FishinXtreme
FishinXtreme
USER since 1/12/14

MT,

My suggestion would be Dales! All the way. Service is AWESOME! Most places your just a number, places run 40-80 shacks and don't really care as long as they've got your money. Dale himself comes by several times a day to make sure your happy. The shacks are super clean and comfy. Can't say enough about them. http://dalefishinglakeofthewoods.net

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3/5/17 @ 12:20 PM
MichiganTROUT
MichiganTROUT
USER since 1/5/17

No report sorry..

Some buddies and I are looking to rent a sleeper next year for the first time. I was wondering if anyone has a recommendation on who has the best deal, fishing experiences, friendliness etc, everything i have found so far has looked awesome. Just wondering from others and their experience, thanks a lot! PM me if you want.

Tight lines.

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