Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County
MOON PHASE (75%)
Ice trails are open and marked out over Pine Island, Morris Point, and Zippel Bay. ATV or snowmobile use only. Some resorts have permanent fish houses out and providing ice transport already. 13-17" average for ice conditions from Lighthouse Gap, 4 mile Bay, Pine Island, and Morris Point. Long Point and Rocky Point area shaping up nicely. Ice conditions vary, safety first. Work through resorts and stay on marked ice trails.
Up at the NW Angle, good ice 10-12" with marginal ice 3-6" in current areas. Trails are being marked this week for ATV, snowmobile, and tracker use. Resort permanent houses by this weekend.
Many resorts are fishing and others will be this week.
MOON PHASE (6%)
On the Rainy River, 5" of ice in front of Timber Mill Park, in front of Baudette Bay and airport. Some walleyes being caught in 14-18' of water evenings by locals who know ice. Safety first.
Up at the NW Angle, 7-8" on MN side. 3-5" in current areas. Many cracks as common this time of year. Looking forward to this week of cold weather. There will be ATV / snowmobile traffic after Thanksgiving. Some NW Angle resort fish houses scheduled out Dec.10th.
MOON PHASE (22%)
The Rainy River has been frozen over in many parts since this past weekend. Areas with current remain open. Ice is forming but no ice anglers yet.
Up at the NW Angle, same story. Ice if forming very nicely and everything is locked up. There has been some local foot traffic on the ice close to shore and things are coming along nicely, but no fishing activity as of yet. Regardless of what part of the lake you head out on, please work through the resorts and guides for safety. When the time comes, ice trails are marked for good reason, stay on them. Frequent ice updates on Lake of the Woods Tourism's Facebook page.
MOON PHASE (84%)
On the Rainy River, 15-20 feet jigging with a minnow or frozen shiner best between the International Bridge heading north towards the Gap. From Clementson heading east, try 17-21 with a live minnow. Hot colors are orange, green, or gold. Some adjacent rivers and inlets are frozen or have frozen banks. Safety first!
Up at the NW Angle, a few hearty anglers still getting out. The efforts are typically rewarded with good numbers of walleyes, crappies and mixed in pike. Hard core muskie anglers are trolling and on fish. One guide actually caught a big lake trout while trolling for muskies.
He runs out of Morris Point. His dad runs Morris Point Resort, but he is separate from him.
MOON PHASE (87%)
Fishing on the Rainy River still producing in multiple areas. Best method has been anchoring and jigging over deeper holes, or moving downstream slowly so jig is still vertical in 10 - 15'. Glow or orange jigs with live or frozen shiners the best. Good reports in front of Wabanica Bay, just off the docks of Clementson and west of Frontier landing.
Fishing up at the NW Angle still productive. Strong walleyes, crappies and pike reports in neck down areas with current and island points. Muskie anglers are having success trolling and casting.
MOON PHASE (16%)
River fishing is HOT, HOT, HOT. Limits of walleye and sauger caught daily between the International Bridge heading towards Lighhouse Gap with many good reports in front of the airport and Wabanica creek. 16-18 feet the best depth, on windier days up to 20 feet. Timbermill heading east towards Clementson having lots of reports of trophy sized walleye evenings with some eaters in the mix. Jigging with frozen or live shiner the best technique using gold, pink/white, or orange/glow colors.
Fishing up at the NW Angle continues strong. No change in pattern, fall spots, neck down areas and adjacent to points. Strong walleyes, crappies and pike. Muskie anglers are having success trolling and casting.