Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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1/22/18 @ 4:23 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
26 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

South Shore.  A good bite was reported for last week with the warmer temperatures in 24-32'. In addition to traditional daytime bite, some anglers getting into some good fish after dark on structure which is not typical. Morning evening bite in 15-17' for walleyes continues to be good.  Resorts and outfitters keeping ice roads in good shape as warm weather moving around ice. One two punch of jigging line and dead stick effective as is the use of electronics to mark fish. Jigging spoons in gold, glow, glow red and pink UV.  Small rippin raps in bright and gold colors. Auger extension could be necessary in spots where ice is layered.  Snowmobilers stay on marked trail, big ice chunks off of trail.




Rainy River pushing out some nice walleyes with an occasional sturgeon through the ice.  Fish houses along the snowmobile trail from Wheeler's Point to Baudette Bay.  Morning, evening bite most effective.




The NW Angle has good ice conditions where resorts have ice roads / trails and fishing has remained hot. Good walleyes in 18-28' with saugers and perch in deeper water. Set dead stick a bit higher than jigging line.  Resorts guiding for crappies on the Ontario side of lake, best bite in 30' or deeper, morning best. Crappie mortality rate high when releasing in 25' or deeper thus move on to walleyes or another species when you have your fish.  Snowmobile trails on and around the lake are marked and groomed.  

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1/22/18 @ 1:15 PM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent

1.22.18 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report

Hello from the NW Angle!

Minnesota walleye fishing has been consistent between 18-21 feet. The most effective method is on the dead stick set slightly above the jigging rod. 25-28 feet is also filling buckets with a good walleye and sauger mix, even the occasional jumbo perch. Slender and Tundra spoons have been bringing fish to the house. We have also seen numerous northern pike this week with the largest being over 42.”

Canadian walleye fishing remain excellent, especially along points and reefs. Crappie action has been hit or miss. The bite has been better in the morning with anglers limiting out in the first few hours. Fishing deeper than 28 feet is important to get good action.

Until next week,

Sunset Lodge


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1/16/18 @ 2:57 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
24 inches

AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

A nice bite continues with anglers catching all sizes of walleyes and saugers.  Most of the action on the south shore is in 24-30' of water.  Daytime bite continues thanks to stained waters of LOW.  There has been a good morning evening bite in 15-17' as well.  Resorts and outfitters keeping ice roads in good shape. One two punch of jigging line and dead stick (hook/jig with live minnow under bobber) effective as is the use of electronics to mark fish. Jigging spoons in gold, glow, glow red and pink uv.  Small rippin raps also good. If not fishing in a resort fish house, auger extension could be necessary in spots where ice is layered.  Snowmobilers stay on marked trail, big ice chunks off of trail.


Rainy River pushing out some nice walleyes with an occasional sturgeon through the ice.  Fish houses along the snowmobile trail from Wheeler's Point to Baudette Bay.  Morning, evening bite most effective.



The NW Angle also has good ice conditions where resorts have ice roads / trails and fishing has remained great. Ice road goes to Flag and Oak Island from Young's Bay. Good walleyes in 22-28' with saugers and perch in water deeper than 26'. Combo of jigging spoons and dead sticks with a jig and minnow effective.  Resorts are guiding anglers to slab crappies on the Ontario side of lake. Preserve the resource, catch your crappies, move on to walleyes or another species as mortality rate is high for released crappies in 25' or deeper.  Snowmobile trails on and around the lake are marked and groomed.  

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1/15/18 @ 11:04 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waning Crescent

Hello from the NW Angle!

The bite remains consistent on the Minnesota side where we are fishing between 26 and 28 feet, yielding good walleye, sauger and jumbo perch. The dead stick will provide action early and throughout the day. Shallower depths are worth fishing early and late for quality walleye, a majority of which are in the slot.

Up in Canada, big crappies are filling buckets via minnows, plastics and rip’n raps as well as, very light setups in 28-32 feet. Walleye fishing is outstanding near structure, either points or reefs. jig’n raps, buck shots or spoons have been productive.

See you soon!

Sunset Lodge

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1/9/18 @ 7:48 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (42%)
Waning Crescent

Hello from Sunset Lodge!

We have had another strong week of Walleye and Sauger fishing up in the Northwest Angle with fish being caught all throughout the day! Fish in the 24-30” class were common with pails full of Walleye over 16” coming in as well. The best approach methods have varied through out the day, from a dead stick to an actively jigged buckshot or rip’n rap. Glow red, gold and any UV colors are preferred just off structure at the bottom of the break lines between 24 and 30ft. Many football sized giant perch were seen this week, too.

On the Ontario side, Walleye have been active all day long. Certain reefs have been giving up fish consistently to anything that is actively presented. Crappie fishing has been best early and late in the day with 14” fish common in 28’ or deeper.

See you soon!

Sunset Lodge

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1/8/18 @ 4:26 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
20 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

The arctic temperatures have moved on for now. Fishing is good and fish cleaning houses are busy! Ice roads permitting trucks and sleepers. Walleyes continue to spread out and resorts and guides are making the push to deeper water. Dead sticks still hot in most areas with saugers but walleyes are preferring jigging. Spoons or lures with a rattles always a good bet in gold, glow, and pink. The bite for walleyes continues to be very good in 15-18 feet during morning and evening while 25-31 is better for midday saugers and walleyes. If not fishing in a resort fish house, auger extension could be necessary in spots where ice is layered.

The NW Angle also has good ice conditions where resorts have ice roads / trails and fishing has remained great. Ice depth around the 20-26 inches in places where resorts are fishing. Good walleyes in 22-28' with saugers and perch in water deeper than 26'. Jigging spoons working well in the mornings/evenings while dead sticks with a jig and minnow taking over in the afternoons. Resorts are guiding anglers to slab crappies in 30' holes on the Ontario side of lake. When done catching your crappies, move on to walleyes or another species as mortality rate is high for released crappies in 25' or deeper. Snowmobile trails across the lake are marked and groomed. A complete list of lodging, ice fishing packages and sleeper houses are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

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1/2/18 @ 1:06 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
18 inches

AIR TEMP
Below 0° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Sub zero temps making great ice. In the Pine Island, Bostic Bay, and Morris Point area there is an average of 18 inches of ice and are letting out most all vehicles and houses. In other areas, ice thickness varies more so it is good to call ahead. Most resorts update Facebook pages as info changes. Overall for the south shore fish have spread out as is traditional this time of year yet with all the cold temperatures anglers are still managing to pick through different sized fish to find limits of keeper walleyes and saugers. The cold temperatures have made dead sticks the go to fishing tactic. Smaller presentations are working when compared to larger spoons. Gold, glow, and pink are good colors to start with. The bite is good in 15-18 feet during morning and evening while 24-30 feet is producing more in the afternoons.  If not fishing in a resort fish house, auger extension could be necessary in spots where ice is layered. 



The Rainy River is ice covered with a few local fish houses here and there, but overall, with current of the river, we suggest working through resorts for safety.  The majority of the resorts fish the lake.  


The NW Angle has good ice conditions where resorts have ice roads / trails and fishing has remained good. Reports of ice depth around the 18-24 inch mark in places where resorts are fishing. Good walleyes in 22-28' with saugers and perch in water deeper than 26'. Jigging spoons working well in the mornings while dead sticks with a jig and minnow taking over in the afternoons.  Resorts are guiding anglers to 14"+ crappies on the Ontario side of lake. Snowmobile trail from Wheeler's Point on south shore to NW Angle is marked.  

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1/2/18 @ 10:19 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

1.2.18 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report

Happy New Year from the NW Angle!

On the Minnesota side, we are fishing walleyes in 22-28 feet. Success has been had on slender spoons, Rip’n raps and rattle baits near structure and break lines. Saugers and Perch have been more consistent in water deeper than 26’ using the same baits. This past week with the cold weather dead sticks were producing in the afternoon. We have houses placed in typical spots for the season; from the north side of Oak all the way to Shady with ice depth as thick as 2 feet. Stay to marked trails as there is a small amount of rough ice. Our biggest walleye of the week was pushing 30” with many more in the slot.

Crappies coming out of Canada are huge as usual, with many at or above 14 inches being caught out of 30 feet of water. Walleye and Perch can still be had off of any rock point using UV rip’n raps or a dead minnow.

We hope to see you soon!

Sunset Lodge

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12/30/17 @ 8:55 PM
vman
vman
USER since 6/16/01

Can anyone tell me how the road is off Long Point? Never gone off there before mostly Adrians road so wondering if they plow out spots for wheel houses? 14ft. Coming up in 2 weeks.

Thanks

Edited on 12/30/17 8:56 PM
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12/26/17 @ 2:20 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

Ice fishing continues to be very good. On the south shore fishing Big Traverse Bay, nice mix of walleyes and saugers in 20 - 28'. Varying ice conditions all over the lake so please go through a resort and use the ice roads as they are checked daily and groomed for smoother travel. Some ice roads allowing 1/2 ton trucks. Most resorts update Facebook pages for current info or call ahead. Water clarity is good. Some days jigging line is hot, some days dead stick with a plain hook / minnow. Gold, glow, and pink are good colors. Try a rattle if fish not reacting. Auger extension could be necessary in spots where ice is layered.

The Rainy River is ice covered with a few local fish houses here and there, but overall, with current of the river, we suggest working through resorts for safety. The majority of the resorts fish the lake.

The NW Angle has good ice conditions where resorts have ice roads / trails and fishing has started out excellent. Walleyes in 22-26' with mixed in saugers, pike and perch. Resorts are guiding anglers to big crappie on the Ontario side of lake. Snowmobile trail from Wheeler's Point on south shore to NW Angle is marked. 

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