Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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5/21/18 @ 4:02 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Great fishing continues with good numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught from Rocky Point, Long Point, Zippel Bay, Pine Island, Knight Island and in the basin! A jig and a frozen shiner is the ticket while anchored up in 15-23 feet during the day. Some fish are sliding up into 10-13 feet for a evening bite. Lots of big girls over 28" being caught. Water on the lake and river is still low, rain last week is helping to raise water levels.

Rainy River was pretty quiet this week with only a morning bite. Some big females making their way out to lake but a good population stays in the River year round. Jig and a frozen shiner being bounced off bottom. Sturgeon fishing closed May 16- June 30. Sturgeon keep season opens again July 1 - Sep 30.

Up at the NW Angle... Good numbers of walleyes are being found in the shallows from 5-10 feet and slightly deeper in 17-23 feet. Walleyes were spawning on the lake this past week as water is colder than river. 


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5/14/18 @ 4:20 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

The MN Fishing Opener was a success with strong numbers of walleyes and saugers caught. A jig and a frozen shiner was the ticket while anchored up. Lots of fish stacked in shallows. Lots of big girls mixed in with keeper walleyes and saugers. Anywhere from 10-20 feet holding fish. Water on the lake and river is about 2 feet low, pay attention if cruising shallows.

Rainy River was on fire this weekend. Reports of 100 fish days. Anglers who remained mobile and searched for the fish were rewarded. Lots of big females caught. Jig and a frozen shiner being bounced off bottom working well. Sturgeon fishing closed May 16- June 30. Keep season opens again July 1 - Sep 30.

Up at the NW Angle... Much like the south shore, anglers using a jig and a minnow along shore lines were catching walleyes of all sizes. The angle area is ice free. Some boats have already navigated from the south shore to NW Angle.

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5/8/18 @ 10:32 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (44%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

On the home stretch to Minnesota Fishing Opener May 12th. Ice continues to break up, float around and melt on the lake. Much like 2014 with a late ice off walleyes were stacked in shallows and Rainy River/Four Mile Bay. Most anglers on opener will be bouncing a jig and frozen shiner off bottom. Pike season is on fire right now. Pike tournament last weekend yielded 34 pike over 40 inches for 2 days. A big smelt laid on bottom, trolling crankbaits and buzz baits are all options to catch this big girls.

Rainy River is looking to be the go to spot for Minnesota Fishing opener as walleyes of all sizes will be looking to feast after spawning late. Sturgeon fishing catch and release May 8 - 15. Water clarity should be in good shape come opener.

Up at the NW Angle... Ice is disappearing and is clear around the Angle Inlet area for a few miles. Look for more open water to open up each day with warmer temperatures early in the week and rain in the forecast. Much like the south shore anglers will be using a jig and a minnow along shore lines.

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4/30/18 @ 3:38 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Starting with lake... ice continues to melt in a big way. Travel on the lake is very unsafe at this time. Pike season is open all year as border waters. Big pike are close to coming into bays for boat anglers. A big smelt laid on bottom, trolling crankbaits and buzz baits are all options to catch this big girls. Minnows of all kinds must be authorized through bait dealers.

Rainy River sturgeon fishing... The keep season lasts through May 7. Catch and release May 8 - 15. Anglers who remain mobile fared better again this past week as the Little and Big Fork Rivers opened up. Water clarity already clearing and will be cleared up by opener. Luckily sturgeon feed by smell in dirty water. Many big 60+ inch fish caught along with many smaller sturgeon. Finding deeper holes and laying a sturgeon rig (18" leader of 60 lb test with a 5/0 circle hook) with a crawler/shiner mix and a 3-5 ounce no roll sinker is the ticket. All Rainy River Landings (including Wheeler's Point) are open to all boats. Most landings in bays open as well. Predictions are the Rainy River will be full of walleyes for the MN Fishing Opener May 12.

Up at the NW Angle... As ice disappears, anglers will target pike by boat. We are very close to prime time for pike. Ice deteriorating very quickly as there is more current amongst islands.

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4/27/18 @ 4:24 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (94%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Starting with lake... ice took a beating by Mother Nature this weekend. Large cracks on the lake with thin and soft ice near shore. Lots of ice on the lake once out. Safety first. Ice roads closed, travel at your own risk. Big pike are being caught in pre-spawn areas and shallow bays. Live suckers, big smelt, or hot dogs working. Minnows of all kinds must be authorized through bait dealers. Auger extensions still needed.

Rainy River sturgeon fishing... anglers who stayed mobile to search out good holes fared better. Many 60+ inch fish caught. Finding deeper holes and laying a sturgeon rig (18" leader of 60 lb test with a 5/0 circle hook) with a crawler/shiner mix and a 4-5 ounce no roll sinker is the ticket. All Rainy River Landings (including Wheeler's Point) are now open to all boats. Landings in bays away from current will take a little longer.

Around the lake, pike being caught through the ice in back bays and areas adjacent to spawning areas. As ice is off of bays, anglers will target them by boat. If venturing on ice, have a partner, take precautions and have necessary safety gear. Ice deteriorating very quickly. 

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4/20/18 @ 4:00 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (26%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

The walleye/sauger season closed April 14th with a bang. Strong numbers of big walleyes caught on the Rainy River this past week. Rainy River setting up very nicely for MN Fishing Opener May 12th as big fish should still be there. Some big fish also caught through the ice adjacent to Pine Island. Reports of larg cracks opening on the lake. Safety first. Ice roads closed to vehicles and are travel at your own risk. Big pike being caught in pre-spawn areas and shallow bays. Live suckers, big smelt, or hot dogs working. Minnows and other legal fish used for bait must be authorized through bait dealers. Auger extensions still needed.

Rainy River sturgeon fishing is hot right now. Many big fish being caught this past week. Finding deeper holes and laying a sturgeon rig (18" leader of 60 lb test with a 5/0 circle hook) with a crawler/shiner mix and a 4-5 ounce no roll sinker is the ticket.

Around the lake, pike being caught in back bays and areas adjacent to spawning areas. Again, safety #1. If venturing on ice, have a partner, take precautions and have necessary safety gear.

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3/27/18 @ 4:26 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (82%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
36 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Just like that we are in the final week of fish houses on the ice as last day is March 31. Walleye season will remain open through April 14. Some anglers on the ice, others on the river in a boat! Some ice roads in good shape while others are deteriorating, call ahead to the access you plan to use. Ice fishing for walleyes similar to last week as some filling buckets and others working for dinner. Some big females being caught. Anglers not having to go out very far to find fish. 18-24 feet of water. Some resorts have pulled off while some still going strong. Good numbers of big pike being caught in shallower water with live suckers, big smelt, or hot dogs. Bait must be through authorized bait dealer. Auger extensions still needed.

Rainy River spring fishing has begun. Birchdale is open to all boats with the open water line moving west more every day. Initial reports are good. Safety first. Follow the open water line here on Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook Page.

The NW Angle fishing continues to be very good heading into the last stretch. Walleyes and saugers in 17-19 feet during morning/evening and 21-25 feet during the day. Pike in shallow bays. Make sure to get your new fishing license.  

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3/22/18 @ 4:19 PM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (29%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
36 inches

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Fishing reports all over the board this week. Some anglers filling the bucket, while others getting just enough for dinner. Lots of little fish to sort through with a lot of small fish in the system. Some trophy eyes showing up again this week. Electronics very helpful. Resorts are out in 24-33' and continue to make final pushes shallow. Glow pink spoons with some gold working best. Many big pike being caught in shallower water. Live suckers the best, but hard to get. Auger extensions still needed. Fish houses on ice through March 31st, walleyes open through April 14, pike open all year.

Rainy River still pushing out some big walleyes in the morning/evening with an occasional sturgeon. Open water 7.5 miles east of Birchdale, Possibility that smaller boats will push over ice near Franz Jevne this weekend, only time will tell.

The NW Angle fishing continues to be solid. Walleyes and saugers in traditional areas with some pike in shallower. 17-19 feet during low light times and 21-25 feet during the day. Pink, white and gold spoons tipped with a shiner/chub head or tail. Crappies still being caught in good numbers. 

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3/19/18 @ 3:54 PM
CominToGetchya
CominToGetchya
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Fished Lake of the Woods two weeks ago for the first time.


Fishing heated up right before we had to leave!

Was very fun. Looking forward to coming back.


I am wondering if there is a dam where people fish the spawn in the spring and when the shiners run in the fall?

Looking forward to coming back.


Tight Lines!

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3/12/18 @ 4:10 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (21%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
36 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

As we roll through March fishing has heated up. Electronics helpful. Some fish are aggressive and others must be enticed. Most resorts are out in 24-33' and continue to push shallower. Glow spoons working. Smaller presentations working well tipped with a shiner or chub head/tail. Pike fishing on fire with many 35-43 inch fish iced. Auger extension needed if fishing on your own with 4+ feet of ice in most areas. Snowmobilers stay on marked trail, big ice chunks off of trail. Fish houses allowed to be left on lake LOW through March 31st, walleyes open through April 14, pike open all year.

Rainy River pushing out some bigger walleyes in the morning/evening with an occasional sturgeon. Morning, evening bite most effective. Lots of ice but spring river walleye anglers looking for that to change by end of month.

The NW Angle fishing continues to be good. Walleyes, saugers and pike doing very well. 17-19 feet will produce late in the day with 21-25 feet being most productive away from structure during mid day. Pink, white and gold have been most productive all around. Glow or UV have also had success during cloudy conditions if charged often. Crappies being caught in holes of 25 feet or deeper. Catch your crappies and move on. Snowmobile trails on and around the lake are marked and groomed.

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