Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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12/2/14 @ 5:47 PM
Hookin Jaw
Hookin Jaw
USER since 5/1/03
I have been reading back through the pages, and looking for some info....I was originally going to come up and fish in a sleeper shack...but after further thought...I would much rather prefer to bring my own gear and enclosed trailer and do my own thing. I was looking for reports from people that don't use guides...and I am sure there are some. We are coming up for new years' long weekend, and will camp in our enclosed trailer. This is my first time to LOTW. Any ideas where to park? Where to head? Where to start? We have snow machines, and portable shacks. Thanks so much for the help in advance.

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12/2/14 @ 4:34 PM
prairielkscot
prairielkscot
USER since 12/21/11
Sounds like some big pike being taken in the dark houses. I heard that Roger at Point Spearing out of Bugsy's had some very successful groups.

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12/1/14 @ 12:54 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (75%)
Waxing Gibbous

ICE DEPTH
12 inches
The ice season has officially started! Anglers spent Thanksgiving weekend out filling limits of walleyes and saugers, with some big pike and some jumbo perch in the mix. Depths range from 18-26 feet. Hot colors have been gold, orange, bubble gum, or glow tipped with live minnow on bobber line or a frozen shiner head on jigging spoon. Fish biting light, use smaller presentation. Reports of a strong afternoon bite. A few reports of portables also fishing the Rainy River, 14-18 feet mornings and evenings best.

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.

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11/24/14 @ 11:13 AM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (6%)
Waxing Crescent

ICE DEPTH
5 inches
The ice is forming nicely and water clarity looks good. Current ice report, 4 Mile Bay, 7-9", Bostic Bay, 11", Zippel Bay, 5-8". On the lake, in front of Pine Island, 8", Zippel, 3-4" and Birch Beach, 3". There are some cracks and areas that need more time. Everything depends upon weather. Some resorts may allow ATV travel after Thanksgiving. Water is looking clear. Some local guides have been catching walleyes. Pike spearing going well. Ice fishing season is shaping up nicely. When it's time, work through resorts and follow marked ice trails.

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.

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11/17/14 @ 12:29 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (22%)
Waning Crescent

ICE DEPTH
5 inches
Ice is forming up at Lake of the Woods. With temps in the single digits, bays, the Rainy River and sections of the lake are freezing up first. The backwater of Bostic Bay has 7 inches and local spearing outfitters have houses out. Water clarity is 3-5' and pike are being speared. With the high winds, the big lake is still open in parts. Ice is forming along shorelines and is out from Pine Island as far as the eye can see. No ice fishing as of yet. As always, keep posted, work through resorts and guides for safety.

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.

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11/10/14 @ 12:07 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (84%)
Waning Gibbous
The ice season is close, with some small bays and inlets beginning to freeze overnight! In the meantime, some hearty anglers are still dressing for the cold and getting their limits of walleyes on the lake and river. Garden and Pine Islands have been producing in 20-25 feet jigging with a frozen shiner. Walleyes are showing up in front of Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point as well.

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.

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11/9/14 @ 5:15 PM
Owtdorsmn
Owtdorsmn
MEMBER since 2/12/02
Freds Beds has been Great for our group the past couple years. He always puts us on fish , and we have never failed to come home with our limits. Nels runs the show. Yes......his name is Nels. (21Cool 230-5590. Tells Nels, Ken sent you, please. Just want him to know I appreciate him always taking great care of us. Wink

He runs out of Morris Point. His dad runs Morris Point Resort, but he is separate from him.

Edited on 11/9/14 5:18 PM
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11/8/14 @ 8:01 PM
loves2fish87
loves2fish87
USER since 3/1/10
Hey I was wondering if anyone could give me recommendations for resorts to rent a sleeper shack from? past experiences would be nice. Thanks

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11/3/14 @ 2:25 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (87%)
Waxing Gibbous
Slow and steady presentation fills the limits this week as the walleyes are gearing up for the cold weather months. On the lake, best reports around 25 feet. Gold jigs the best tipped with frozen or live shiner. In front of Pine Island from Lighthouse gap to Morris Point gap the most active. Fish also going on Zippel Bay reef, Long Point and in front of Rocky Point.

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.

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10/27/14 @ 12:57 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (16%)
Waxing Crescent
Walleye and pike action is strong. Good reports from both the Lighthouse and Morris Gap, Zippel Bay by the rock, Garden Island and Hay Island all around 18-22 feet. Northern Pike active in Zippel Bay, Bostic Creek and in front of Rocky Point.

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.

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