Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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12/29/15 @ 9:30 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (81%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
9 inches

AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
It's GAME ON! Ice fishing is in full swing, most fish houses are out and reports are coming back positive. Ice trails marked for ATV/snowmobiles and other resorts are shuttling people to fish houses with light ice rigs. On the south shore, most fishing in 16-23'. As usual, gold and glow colors are hot colors starting out. A mix of walleyes, sauger and jumbo perch. Numerous limits. Some reports of trophy walleyes over 28" in the mix. Ice depths vary, thus, stay on the marked resort trails. Do not venture out on your own unless you have checked the ice. Despite the date, this is still "early ice". Safety first. Work through resorts / resort marked trails for safety.

The Rainy River is iced over in most areas and open in others. Most areas not yet fishable with thin ice. For safety, work through resorts.

Up at the NW Angle, most fish houses are out and good fishing reported thus far. There is a staked trail from Young's Bay to Flag Island and to Oak Island. Stay on staked trail as other areas can be inconsistent ice. Snowmobile/ATV travel only so far. Stay posted to Lake of the Woods Tourism or your favorite resort's Facebook/Twitter pages for updates.

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12/22/15 @ 9:23 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
4 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
The big lake is ice covered and making progress. As we report ice conditions, please know the reports are in the areas resorts and guides are traveling. As we ramp up, please stay on marked trails and don't venture out on your own. Ice can be good on the trail and not good in other spots. Four Mile Bay 5". Bostic Bay, 2-6". Zippel Bay, 7-10". Lake ice adjacent to Pine Island 3-6". Lake ice adjacent to Zippel Bay, 4". Some resorts hoping to allow ATV/snowmobile access possibly later in the week. Some hoping to get houses out with light ice rigs just after Christmas.

The Rainy River is iced over in most areas. Fishing had been good prior to ice up. One resort actually took some boats out of storage to guide a group on the river as there was not sufficient ice earlier in the week. They did very well. We know there are walleyes in the river. Most areas not yet fishable with thin ice.

Up at the NW Angle, a couple resorts have houses out and fishing over the weekend with good success. Mainly walleyes and a few saugers. Not traveling to normal spots until ice thickens. Young's Bay area, 8-10". Trail is marked from Young's Bay to Flag Island, 8-10". Most resorts ramp up after Christmas. Safety first. Work through resorts for safety.

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12/15/15 @ 9:32 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
3 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Cold weather is coming Thursday with single digits on the horizon! The lake and river are still open. Fishing had been excellent on the lake. Anglers no longer fishing the lake by boat as some ice chunks are showing up blocking navigation but the river is still HOT! Good news is there is a pile of fish just off of Pine Island and in other parts of the basin. The bays have 2-5 inches of ice.

On the Rainy River, excellent fishing in open water continues. Some anglers reporting big fish and big numbers. Anchor up with a jig and minnow. Evenings best overall but fish being caught all day.

Up at the NW Angle, ice is 6-8 inches on the inlet, 2-6 inches adjacent Young's Bay. Some resorts will start to fish this Friday, but not their normal spots until ice thickens. It won't be long, but safety first. Work through resorts as they have the best handle on ice conditions.

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12/14/15 @ 11:56 AM
StratocasterDave
StratocasterDave
USER since 12/25/13
I just talked to Arnesons. We have reservations for Jan 3rd. I asked her opinion. She felt pretty confident that they will be bringing people out after Christmas.

Tough to tell though. This weather is very depressing!

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12/14/15 @ 11:40 AM
walleye (pro)
walleye (pro)
USER since 3/7/11
Hey, everyone sorry this isn't a report. I was planning on coming up around January 4th. I was wondering how the ice is looking, and I was wondering if anyone thinks I will be able to drive on the lake by then?

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12/7/15 @ 4:02 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (13%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
2 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Part fishing report, part ice report this time of year. The boats fishing are doing very well with good numbers of walleyes in 10-20' of water, Launching at Wheeler's Point and fishing in front of Pine Island. The big water (Big Traverse Bay) is still open. Thin ice on the small bays. Zippel Bay reporting 5-6 inches of ice. Bostic Bay and Baudette Bay all reporting 1-3 inches. The forecast shows colder temps come the weekend.

On the Rainy River, bays are getting locked up with open water on the river. A few anglers on the river with anglers catching nice walleyes evenings. The open water bite has been good this past week.

Up at the NW Angle, ice is 2-5 inches thick. Some air boats running to islands so far. It won't be long, but safety first. When the time comes, work through resorts for safety. Thank you to all who stopped by and said hello at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show. Come on Ice!

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12/1/15 @ 9:24 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (65%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
2 inches

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
Part fishing report, part ice report this time of year. Most are waiting to get out on the hard water with very few boats fishing. Thin ice on the bays. Zippel Bay, Bostic Bay and Baudette Bay all reporting 1-3 inches. A few daring pike anglers, but travel on the ice not yet recommended, 4 Mile Bay is partially covered in ice with some open spots. Some ice forming on the basin in the west side of the lake initially but a ways to go.

On the Rainy River, bays are getting locked up with open water on the river. A few boats on river with anglers catching a handful of walleyes and sauger and a sturgeon here and there.

Up at the NW Angle, not many fishing as ice is showing up but still only 2-4 inches. It won't be long, but safety first. Come and say hello at the Lake of the Woods Tourism booth this weekend at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show. Info on resorts and upcoming ice fishing at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com

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11/24/15 @ 7:04 PM
Vex83
Vex83
USER since 3/28/13
I head up to Lake of the Woods with a group of 4 guys every year in early January for a 2 night/ 2 day trip. We usually fish walleyes from a sleeper out of Zippel Bay. This year we are making it a 3 night/ 3 day trip and have heard a lot about the large northern pike that are caught during late ice closer to shore. We usually fish in the 25-30 foot range and haven't ever caught a pike. This year I was considering bringing up a portable to do a little moving around. Does anyone know if pike are typically caught in early January and if so what kind of depths we should target? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to PM me. Thanks

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11/23/15 @ 1:47 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (93%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
Fishing remains good for the few anglers interested in the last remaining open water. Walleyes, saugers and some trophy walleyes are being caught in 14-30' of water in front the Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island on the south end of the lake. Some ice forming in bays but still too thin to venture out on.

On the Rainy River, walleye fishing remains good. With rain, more current this week. More walleyes and larger walleyes are showing up in the river. Good reports at various spots from Wheeler's Point to Frontier Access. The fish prefer jig and minnow still near bottom. Orange, and gold mixed with bright color the ticket tipped with minnow.

Up at the NW Angle, not many fishing as ice is showing up in spots. A thin coat of ice this week in backwater areas. Resorts are ready for ice fishing. Walleye action in 15-26 feet jigging near Oak Island, Rabbit Ears, and Hay Island. On the Ontario side, areas with current adjacent to deep holes best. Muskie fishing going well trolling in 10-20' adjacent rock walls

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11/17/15 @ 10:58 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (34%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Raining

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
Fishing remains good. Walleyes, saugers and some trophy walleyes are being caught in 14-30' of water in front the Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island on the south end of the lake. This school of fish is plentiful and could cause a great bite for early ice. Fishing also good near NW Point, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, and near Twin Islands.

On the Rainy River, walleye fishing has picked up. More walleyes and larger walleyes are showing up in the river. Good reports at various spots from Wheeler's Point to Frontier Access. The fish are sluggish and prefer jig and minnow still near bottom. Orange, and gold mixed with bright color the ticket tipped with minnow. Sturgeon fishing awesome this week with many groups catching 8-10 per day, with fish up to 64". Catch and release only is in effect.

Up at the NW Angle, not many fishing as hunting is stealing the show. Walleye action continues in 15-26 feet jigging near Oak Island, Rabbit Ears, and Hay Island. On the Ontario side, areas with current adjacent to deep holes best. Muskie fishing going well trolling in 10-20' adjacent rock walls.

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