Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County
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21° - 25° F
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On the Rainy River, anglers catching limits 14-17 feet. Glass eyes, pink, hammered gold the hot colors. From the river to the lake, the ice depth averages 22 inches with at least 8 inches of snow coverage in most areas good for snowmobiles.
Up at the NW Angle, 27-29 feet on the south side of Oak Island has been filling limits of walleye, sauger, and perch over the sand. Quality trophy walleye shallower 18-22 over the rocks. Gold and pink the best. Lots of crappie action in Ontario waters 32-34 feet. Light bite so coaxing off bottom best using red gulp on hot pink tungsten jigs. Don't be afraid to hole hop.
MOON PHASE (94%)
Below 0° F
Fishing was pretty slow. Caught more in the morning/early afternoon in 30' with gold, hot pink, and glow. Jig and dead stick. I tried everything I had and that seemed to work the best. Green, purple, white, and orange did nothing. We came home with 10 walleye/sauger and 3 decent perch with 2 walleye being 18”. We also caught three eelpout – those were the biggest fish we caught all weekend, one at 28”. A few were suspended about 3-5' from the bottom, that's where we caught the larger walleye. We’re not ones to keep 12” walleye so we released any that were that and under (which were a lot). Groups were saying they caught their limit and that’s because they were keeping tiny 12” eaters that stretched the width of their bucket. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it to clean the smaller ones but that's just me. Good luck to anyone going up!
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First and foremost, we stayed with Adrian's Resort. Although I can't speak for their shacks, their service is unmatchable. We enjoyed every bit of our stay with them. Corey and his family sure know how to treat you well.
Now to the fishing, we stuck around Knight's shoal for the 3 days that we were on the ice. Walleye/Sauger totals were over 250 between the three of us over the 3 days of fishing. You don't have to believe me, but I am just trying to give a report, as there were people that shared some info to point us in the right direction. Although no one ever gave us spots to fish, or places to start...baits/tactics were shared. Glow red spoons and slip bobbers worked very well for me. Fished the flats directly related to the Knight's shoal. 31-34 fow. Conditions on the ice changed over the weekend...from little to no snow, to 10" over bumpy powder on Saturday morning. Brutal cold temps slowed the bite just a little bit for Saturday, but still stellar none the less. Best fish was 9lbs....with quite a few in the slot. Many many younger year class fish out there to keep you entertained.
On a slightly different note, we did share some terrible interactions with a certain outfitter on the lake. Showed poor sportsmanship, and was all around inconsiderate. I am not going to tell you who it was, but if you spend any time out by Knight's shoal in the near future...you will figure it out real quick. Constantly driving tracked vehicles within 30' of portable shacks at a pretty good clip. No reason to keep circling us....other than a poor attempt to intimidate. I am sure you are thinking that we set up in "their" spread of permanents....however we were there 1.5 days before them. So that was not the case.
If you get the chance to make it up to LOTW this year....you will not regret it! Awsomeone place and awsome people!!!!