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KEN WIGGS
KEN WIGGS
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FISHING REPORT
3/19/13 8:29 AM CST
Ice Depth: 34" Conditions: Snowing Air Temp: 0° - 5° F
WE went up again on Saturday. History tells me that fishing is supposed to get better and better into March. Last year this time the ice was out or at least going out fast. We went to Long Point resort again. Third Saturday in a row.

Why? Because they do an outstanding job of plowing and maintaining their roads. They are unbelievable.

We headed out early to find a good spot near twin islands, unloaded the truck and started drilling. Within a few minutes we were standing in 3-4 inches of water and rising. We had to abandon and head to shallower water by Long point reef.

We set up near the crack and I started cathing nice fish right away. I had 5 nice saugers and one 19 inch walleye within 2 minutes, but the others (within 4 feet) hadn't marked a fish.

Then the fishing stopped for me too. WE caught 2 northerns and 3-4 smaller walleyes throughout the rest of the day.

We moved 4 times~what a workout. Exhausted, we left at 4:30 and headed home. Makes you want to hand up the ice auger for the year.

Good Luck.


Wigwam Fisherman
Wigwam Fisherman
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Joined: 6/29/2009
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FISHING REPORT
3/18/13 4:38 PM CST
Ice Depth: 30" Conditions: Snowing Air Temp: 21° - 25° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Greetings Fishermen!

And the snow keeps falling...and falling. We are currently under a winter storm warning until this evening, and the snow doesn't look like it is letting up any time soon! In case you forgot, because the snow made you forget, SPRING starts tomorrow! Have you seen a robin?

The ice on Lake of the Woods doesn't seem to care that Spring starts tomorrow, as we still have 30"! We are still getting the best bite out on the reefs in 30-34 feet of water near Bridges Island. Gold Disco Balls, Macho Minnows, Chubby Darters, and Buckshots are doing really well. Gold, pink, and glow colors are the go to right now. Today we had 12 people out there and they caught 98 fish!

I have heard a few people have moved in as close as 5 miles off shore, instead of 16 miles out. The fishing has picked up a little bit, but it is still not fast and furious. Fishing deep 30-34, still seems to be the best bet.

We are still catching quite a number of tullibee, and a few eel pouts. Northerns can be caught anywhere, but going closer to shore in shallower water, 4-10 feet, seems to be working pretty well with tip ups.

We are already into the third week in March, and see no near foreseeable end to the ice fishing! Last year, we were already in our boats, catching monster walleye off the river, and even into Four Mile Bay! Enjoy this extended ice!!

Happy Fishing!!

JOE HENRY
JOE HENRY
Joined: 2/8/2012
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FISHING REPORT
3/18/13 10:33 AM CST
Ice Depth: 36"
Good ice and good fishing as we move into the middle of March. Walleyes and saugers are still the prominent fish, but a lot of tulibees, eelpout and more jumbo perch are on the move. Fishing on the reefs was good this past week. Consistently good fishing out along Knight Island and Bridges Island, numbers good on the South Shore, but more timid bites. Suspended fish are reported, the use of electronics have been beneficial. Fish deep in 26-34 feet of water. Smaller jigs and plain hooks with live minnows are still getting the most bites; use pink, glow/red, and gold. Reports of dark blue and purple also doing well on bright days. Best results are to still use a jigging stick and dead stick, but with lighter bites switch it up. Northern pike the best early mornings and late afternoons. Pre-spawn areas adjacent to bays, streams and ample shoreline with fish in the shallows 4-12 feet of water. Live suckers or dead bait on a tip-up with a quick strike rig is the best. Remember, pike season is open all year long! Walleyes open to April 14th. Spring sturgeon fishing is just around the corner!

At the NW Angle, good numbers of walleyes and saugers coming in with jumbo perch and big pike mixed in. Numbers of big walleye the last couple weekends, and eelpout are being caught by the dozens around the Canada spots. Crappie bite is average. Still plenty of open rooms open for the next 2 weeks for that last minute experience! For lodging information anywhere on the lake or river, www.lakeofthewoodsMN.com or 1-800-382-FISH (3474).


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TLguy
TLguy
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Joined: 12/12/2012
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FISHING REPORT
3/17/13 5:00 PM CST
On my way home from LOTW as I type this. As most have already said, fishing was pretty slow. We stayed with sportsman's sleepers and had a good time, the fish just didn't really cooperate. Our shack was out in 30 fow. Between the 3 of us we caught 3 slot fish, two 20s and a 22. Besides that I'd say we kept 11 walleye and sauger ranging from 15-18". Only caught a half dozen <12" fish as well as a few tullibee and one eelpout. There was never a really hot time, most fish came pretty all throughout the day. Pink and gold with a whole minnow seemed to be the ticket for me and we needed to keep changing up our presentation for each new fish that popped up on the vex. 6 lines in the water for the better part of 2 days and we're coming home with 7 fish between us. Disappointed, but that's fishing I guess.

Feathers
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3/14/13 3:47 PM CST
First off most resorts are not "guides". For some reason people mix up the two on LOTW a lot. A guide prefishes and moves constantly to keep you on the best bite. I only know of a few resorts you can rent houses from that I would consider guides and two of them are from the NW Angle. Most of the resorts up there plop there houses down and there they sit until the snow gets too yellow outside to put another group in it.

Secondly the South end has been pretty dead all year. Most of the resorts on the South end I have spoke with say it is one of the worst years they can ever remember. If they tell you otherwise they are likely lieing through their teeth.

Last off the NW Angle has been pretty darn good all year. Up in the angle you are fishing completely different structure and it is almost like fishing a different lake.

I would not judge the lake by one year. The last few years have been good and the years to come should be as well with all the small fish being caught this year. Also, I would not listen to a report from a resort. They are running a business that depends on a good bite or a perception of one. Do you think they are going to go on a forum and tell everyone how bad the fishing is? Read reports from the people up there fishing and make sure to get a location....location, location, location.

It definitely makes a difference which resort you use. Yink if your resort set you up in 17 FOW on a sandbar this time of year they wasted your time and money. I would suggest going to a different establishment on your next trip.

Slugo1964
Slugo1964
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FISHING REPORT
3/14/13 2:34 PM CST
I can't comment on the other guide services out there because I've only gone with one but I can tell you that a couple of weeks ago I was up and went out with Dan and the guys at Flag Island. We caught FISH! Almost all walleyes. Five of us fished 1 1/2 days and caught over 150 fish! Great service Great food Great fishing We did fish hard though. No sitting in a shack! They moved us once.

I'm headed back up tomorrow! 10 hour drive each way, but worth it.

yink777
yink777
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Joined: 2/27/2013
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3/14/13 10:48 AM CST
Ice Depth: 24"
Man...I don't know who to believe anymore. LOTW is a great body of water for walleye but next time I'm thinking about just going early ice and go mobile and forget the sleepers.

deadsticksamurai
deadsticksamurai
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3/13/13 11:12 PM CST
Ice Depth: 16" Conditions: Cloudy
To YINK777

What the hell were you doing on 16-17 ft of water. FAIL! on whoever didn't ask Rich what the heck he was thinking putting houses on that depth and on your part for agreeing and believing you were going to hit some at least decent walleye on 16-17ft of water.. Thats where them baby walleye are. LOL Should of went to NW angle.

Smile

[This post was last edited on 3/13/13 at 11:13 PM]
Razor6483
Razor6483
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Joined: 1/20/2010
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FISHING REPORT
3/13/13 6:59 PM CST
Lol! I was thinking the exact same thing, outdoor addictions! Everybody i've talked to this year has had poor fishing this year. Puke

OutdoorAddictions
OutdoorAddictions
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3/13/13 4:34 PM CST
It is interesting that all the posts by guides say that the fishing is great and wonderful. Catching fish left and right, come on up "We'll take your money". But the true reports by the guys that go there and come back with empty stomachs and empty wallets say differently. Just my 2 cents

TIM ZWIEG
TIM ZWIEG
Joined: 1/10/2012
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FISHING REPORT
3/13/13 12:49 PM CST
Ice Depth: 32" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 16° - 20° F
Fishing Lake of the Woods out of Zippel Bay recently. We had good success cathincg Norherns in 12'-15' of water during the day on tip ups with 6"-8" Sucker Minnows on a Northland Predator rig.

Walleye fising was best deep in 34' of water. We had to hop around on sleds a bit,e ven headed out to Garden Island twice. Best bait wwas a Macho Minnow in Gold with a minnow head. Biggest Walleye was 23"


TIM ZWIEG
TIM ZWIEG
Joined: 1/10/2012
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FISHING REPORT
3/13/13 12:49 PM CST
Ice Depth: 32" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 16° - 20° F
Fishing Lake of the Woods out of Zippel Bay recently. We had good success cathincg Norherns in 12'-15' of water during the day on tip ups with 6"-8" Sucker Minnows on a Northland Predator rig.

Walleye fising was best deep in 34' of water. We had to hop around on sleds a bit,e ven headed out to Garden Island twice. Best bait wwas a Macho Minnow in Gold with a minnow head. Biggest Walleye was 23"


yink777
yink777
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Joined: 2/27/2013
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FISHING REPORT
3/12/13 11:36 AM CST
Ice Depth: 24" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
Just got back from LOTW through Rich's Sleepers. Similar to what Perch4Life posted before, we went to stay at Rich's Sleepers in Warroad. When we got there we've never saw Rich other than him giving us directions from Warroad to the sleeper house on the phone. I'm pretty sure we stayed in the same house as Perch4Life (red 6 man sleeper). Other than that we did meet up with his wife who was pretty nice. The fishing was very slow, but the house we stayed in was pretty clean and comfortable. We were set up on a sandbar about 17 feet.

Friday we caught about 15 small 5 inch walleyes inside our house and a few yards outside I caught about 7 walleyes around 8-9 inches. Also caught a couple small perches.

Saturday I woke up and fish early but it was the same as the day before. We managed to catch 4-5 eater size walleye with the biggest being 15 inches and a 20 inch pike. Fishing was slow so we fished until 3 and got drunk for the remainder of the day. Puke

Sunday we caught the same small walleyes and head out by noon.

Wigwam Fisherman
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Joined: 6/29/2009
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FISHING REPORT
3/11/13 5:46 PM CST
Ice Depth: 28" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 16° - 20° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Greetings Fishermen!

Just think...Last year at this time, it was 70 degrees and ice was fading fast! This year, we're still fishing out at the reefs!

Speaking of the reefs, that is where we are catching them right now! We are pulling out limits of sauger and walleye, and mix a few bonus jumbo perch in there! We're fishing between 28-32 feet of water off of rubble rock. We're having luck using Jiggin' Raps, Lindy Flyers, and JR Stop Signs, in various colors and glow colors.

If you are fishing in the mud, it will probably be spotty and and slow. BUT, if you can fish the first hour and a half, and the last hour and a half in 17-21' in front of the Gap, there is some excellent walleye fishing to be had! Use your Vexilar and find those fish!

We still have room to bring you up to the reefs! Give us a call to book your fishing vacation before we lose the ice!

JOE HENRY
JOE HENRY
Joined: 2/8/2012
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FISHING REPORT
3/11/13 1:30 PM CST
Ice Depth: 36"
Fishing is turning on as we head towards the end of the season. Electronics are lit up and the walleyes are eating. Saugers, walleyes, tulibee, northern pike and a few jumbo perch is the mix on the south end. Resorts are fishing the mud as well as some still fishing the reefs on the north and west end of the lake. South end mud starting to turn on. 26 - 31' have all produced this week. The warm weather, longer days and angle of the sun has been making fish active. Highs in the 30's this week and freezing at night keeps the ice through the end of March. Afternoons are producing the best bite. Anglers are catching on light colors this week; small gold, pink, white, and silver jigs with a live minnow. Actively jig one line and dead stick the other.

Monster pike season is upon us and monster fish are coming in from around the lake. Shallow water adjacent to spawning areas, 4-12' of water. Use a tip-up and a quick strike rig with dead bait or a live sucker. Pike season is open all year long! Walleye closes on April 14, permanent houses must be off on March 31.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing very consistent for all species with a very strong shallow evening bite for walleyes. Snowmobile trails in good shape. Resorts across the lake have March and April openings. For more info or available lodging, www.lakeofthewoodsMN.com or 1-800-382-FISH (3474).


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