Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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5/18/15 @ 3:13 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (1%)
Waxing Crescent
Lots of limits and trophy walleyes in the mix this week. Plenty of saugers and pike as well. Anglers had success fishing Pine Island and Lighthouse Gap in 15-19 feet or 22-26 feet. Heading west anglers fished the fields over rock west of Zippel Bay or near Gull Rock Reef and the Twin Islands. Best depths 18-22 or 26 feet. Shallower morning and evening. Anchoring with a 3/8 oz jig / minnow or drifting with spinners and minnows productive. Gold, hammered gold, pink, and white were the best colors.

On the Rainy River, mornings and evenings best. Depths of 18-22 feet. Anchoring and jigging effective. Those that drifted also caught some northern pike and smallmouth bass. Gold or green jigs best tipped with minnow or frozen shiner.

Up at the NW Angle, fish were found in 18-20 or 25-30 feet. Island points south of Oak Island and current areas held good numbers. Anchoring with jigs or drifting with spinners produced numbers of walleyes and jumbo perch. Crappies are still deep in 28-32 feet of water in Ontario waters.

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5/11/15 @ 11:57 AM
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Joe Henry
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Last Quarter
Waters were low for the 2015 Minnesota Walleye Opener, but anglers still walked away successful! Limits caught all weekend with a mix of walleyes and saugers and many slot fish thrown back. The limit stays the same at 6 fish, a combo walleyes and saugers with no more than 4 walleyes per day. 19.5"-28" must go back and you can keep one over 28".

Pine Island was a popular spot this weekend. Anglers fished 15-19 feet jigging with a live minnow or frozen shiner. Heading west towards Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point, anchoring up in 17-19 feet over rubble worked well. Hot colors were white, gold, and pink.

Rainy River fishing was very active mornings and evenings. Saugers helped fill limits and a few smallmouth bass were caught and released. Sturgeon were hitting from Clementson to 4 Mile Bay over deep pockets using a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook with 2-3 oz of weight baited with a gob of crawlers and by unsuspecting walleye anglers using a jig and minnow. Catch and release open through May 15th.

Up at the NW Angle, active fishing deep. Limits of nice sized walleyes caught in 25-30 feet while those chasing trophies found larger fish in 15-20 feet. Jigging with a minnow best near Oak and Flag Islands.

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5/4/15 @ 1:50 PM
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Joe Henry
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Waning Gibbous
The Lake of the Woods MN walleye opener is this Saturday, May 9th! Same limit as last year includes a combined limit of 6 walleyes and saugers, with up to 4 of those walleyes. Anglers can keep walleyes under 19.5" and one walleye 28 inches and over per day. Check MN DNR for specifics.

Rainy River sturgeon fishing is still going strong. The keep one season continues through May 7th, then it is catch and release through May 15th. Low water levels are keeping sturgeon in the deeper holes with some current. Use a 2 ounce no roll sinker with a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook with a gob of crawlers bottom fishing near these deeper pockets.

Northern Pike season is open all year. Anglers have had luck casting with spoons and crankbaits in depths of 3-10 feet. Anglers who are bobber fishing are using dead smelt or a cisco for bait with a treble hook with a spinner. Reports of many keeper pike under 30" and a handful of trophies over 40".

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4/30/15 @ 3:57 PM
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I'm looking for a cheap guide service to go with for 4 people. We want to catch whatever we can catch most of and what ever is most fun in the summer

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4/29/15 @ 10:47 AM
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Joe Henry
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Waxing Gibbous
With the sturgeon season this spring so far being catch and release only, the "keep one" season opened this weekend and did not let down anglers. Consistent fishing as anglers caught many "dinosaurs" anchoring up in the mid channel or over deep holes using a 2oz no roll sinker with an 18" lead and a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook with a gob of minnows. Timbermill park in Baudette towards the Lighthouse Gap at the mouth of the river producing best results.

Pike season is open all year. Pike are coming off of the spawn and are hungry. Many methods producing this of year. Hard and fast trolling or casting spoons or shallow diving crankbaits proving successful. Others are using a northern harness tipped with smelt, dead cisco, or herring with a bobber. Very shallow bottom fishing from 1-8 feet. Good fishing continues for sturgeon and pike as anglers await the walleye opener on May 9th.

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4/21/15 @ 1:51 PM
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Joe Henry
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The Rainy River continues to produce good numbers of sturgeon this week. Anglers have had good success at 4 Mile Bay, Wheeler's Point, the International Bridge, and Clementson Rapids. Many boats are spread in between fishing their favorite sturgeon holes as well. A 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook with a gob of crawlers has been best with a 1-3 oz of weight. Fish the edges of deeper holes. Catch and release through April 23rd. Keep one season opens April 24th - May 7th. May 8 - 15, catch and release only.

Pike season is open all year and there are good reports of 40+ inchers coming out of Zippel Bay, Bostic Bay, and 4 Mile bay. Use a treble hook with a spinner blade and a dead cisco under a bobber. Try a couple of feet off of the bottom and actually laying the bait right on the bottom. Walleye season opens again May 9th.

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4/6/15 @ 2:20 PM
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Joe Henry
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Waning Gibbous
The ice season for most is finished up and anglers are focusing on the open water of the Rainy River. Walleye season on this border water is open through April 14th and then again on May 9th. Sturgeon can be caught through May 15th. Pike season is open all year long!

The entire Rainy River is open water all the way to the mouth at Four Mile Bay. Frontier, Birchdale, Vidas, and Timbermill Park accesses are open to all boats. Wheeler's Point access at the mouth of the Rainy River has 10 feet of shore ice left that will be out very soon.

Fishing has been good! Trophy sized walleye showing up along with eaters and numbers of sturgeon actively biting. Boats have been anchoring and vertically jigging with minnows or frozen shiners. Bright colors, gold, pink/white, and chartreuse have been best. Shallower in 12-15 feet best. Good bite near International Bridge in Baudette and current seams.

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3/23/15 @ 2:02 PM
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Joe Henry
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Ice fishing continues for some resorts, others have pulled houses. Rely and work through resorts. Some resorts still transporting customers via ice transport. In addition, here is an ice road report. Conditions can change daily.

Adrians... Road open to ATV's and snowmobiles only. Cyrus... Using Morris Point road. ATV's and snowmobiles only. Morris Point...Ice road in decent shape. No wheel houses. ATV's and snowmobiles only. Zippel Bay Resort...Road closed to vehicles and wheel houses. ATV's and portables only. Babbler's Road... ATV's and snowmobiles only. Long Point Resort...ATV's and collapsibles only, no vehicles. Arnesen's Rocky Point...Moved houses closer, ice good where fishing. Young's Bay Resort (NW Angle)... Ice road closed to vehicles. ATV's and snowmobiles only. Snowmobile trail stakes on lake removed. NW Angle Resorts doing pick ups with ice transportation.

Resorts monitoring ice daily. Safety first. Lake ice in decent shape where resorts are fishing. Check with your resort if questions.

Fishing has improved this week. Mixed reports off of Pine Island with some good fishing coming in from 26 - 28'. Morris Point area reports continued pike action as well as decent walleye bite in 26 - 30'. Morning / evening bite in 14 - 18'. Arnesen's and Long Point reporting better walleye fishing this week as well. Some pike being caught, not in big numbers. Below zero temps may have effected bite.

On the Rainy River... The Nelson Park Landing in Birchdale is open and ice free. We anticipate Frontier access open mid week The river is open 1.8 miles east of Frontier Landing or 6.2 miles west of Birchdale. Bite has been hit and miss with about 20 - 25 walleyes per day, but improving. Fish up to 25 inches so far. Water temp about 34 degrees. Better bite and larger fish as temp warms. Best bite has been shallow with jig and minnow. Safety first, both on water and roadways.

Up at the NW Angle, walleye action continues with mixed in jumbo perch. Resorts still ice fishing. Good morning / evening bite in 20-26' on south end of Oak Island. Picking away at fish during day. Crappie action on the Ontario side continues. Use resort outfitters for safety.

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3/16/15 @ 3:06 PM
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Joe Henry
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Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
36 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Ice fishing continues for some resorts, others have pulled houses. Rely and work through resorts. Some resorts still transporting customers via ice transport. In addition, here is an ice road report. Conditions can change daily. Cooler weather in forecast for this week.

Adrians... Road open Monday to pickups and small 4 wheel drives, no wheel houses. Tue and Wed, road closed to freeze up slop and potholes. Plan now is for road open again Thursday. Stay on marked trail. Cyrus... Using Morris Point road. Pickups and ATV's. No wheel houses. Morris Point...Ice road in decent shape. No wheel houses. Pickups, small 4 wheel drives and ATV's. Zippel Bay Resort...Road closed to vehicles and wheel houses. ATV's and portables only. Babbler's Road... 4 wheel drives trucks only, no wheel houses. Long Point Resort...ATV's and collapsibles only, no vehicles. Arnesen's Rocky Point...Moved houses closer, ice good where fishing. Still ice fishing through week and possibly longer per conditions. Young's Bay Resort (NW Angle)... Ice road closed to vehicles due to muddy / sloppy access point. ATV's and snowmobiles only. Snowmobile trail stakes on lake removed. NW Angle Resorts doing pick ups with ice transportation.

Resorts monitoring ice daily. Safety first. Lake ice in decent shape where resorts are fishing. Lots of resorts still on ice. Bays getting sloppy. Check with your resort if questions.

Fishing has improved this week. Mixed reports off of Pine Island with some good fishing coming in from 20 - 24'. Morris Point area reports continued pike action as well as decent walleye bite in 26 - 28'. Arnesen's and Long Point reporting better walleye fishing this week as well. Some pike activity.

On the Rainy River... The word is have your boats ready. As of today (Monday), open water 5.5 miles east of Birchdale. Open water showing in the middle of river in front of Birchdale. Colder temps this week. Keep posted to LOW Tourism Facebook and fishing reports on website.

Up at the NW Angle, walleye action continues with mixed in jumbo perch. Resorts still ice fishing. Good morning / evening bite in 20-26' on south end of Oak Island. Some fishing still on east side of Little Oak. Picking away at fish during day. Crappie action good on the Ontario side. Pike anglers having success. Use resort outfitters for safety. Daily updates on Facebook at Lake of the Woods Tourism

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3/13/15 @ 7:48 PM
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Sturgeon_General
Sturgeon_General
USER since 4/1/06

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
36 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
We fished the last three days off Rocky Point with fair success.Accommodations at Arnesens' were again fine as usual.We kept 28 sauger/walleye to consume & take home. Tullibees were a nuisance and we did filet a burbot to fry and found it very good. For the most part fishing has been slow....SG Speechless

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