Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County

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11/14/17 @ 2:28 PM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (13%)
Waning Crescent

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

The wait for ice fishing has begun. The lake has ice stretching as far as the eye can see from the south shore. The Rainy River has a skim of ice across it with only a few open areas left. All back bays are frozen over. A slight warm up is coming this week and weekend but colder nights will help create ice. Water temperature is 33.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Spearing for monster northern pike will begin Nov. 15th on Bostic Bay with 6" of ice where they will be spearing. On an average year, resort fish houses get out on the main lake around Dec 10th and stay on the ice through March 31st. ATV's and collapsible fish houses will get out a bit earlier based on when resorts who maintain ice roads feel it is safe. Use marked trails when ice roads open and don't deviate. Walleyes and saugers are staged up nicely along south shore including Pine Island, Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point. Early ice fishing is looking to be very good and it is coming soon.


NW Angle is frozen in many areas and still some open water in neck down areas with current. Some locals who know the area well using snowmobiles for transportation to and from islands. Expectations are high as big schools of walleyes inhabited the area all the way up to freeze up.


Resorts have equipment ready and are staging fish houses which could come early this year! 

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11/13/17 @ 10:02 PM
JDelgadoA93
JDelgadoA93
USER since 10/20/17
After graduation, I plan on doing some ice fishing on Lake of the woods this winter for the first time! any recommendations on where I could start? Again, I've never been there and want to try new lakes. 

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11/6/17 @ 12:04 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Some nice walleyes being caught despite very cold temps and opening of MN deer hunting season.  Ice is forming on back bays, not on the lake yet.  It won't be long.  For the few anglers out, walleyes are staged in 7-30' across the south shore of the lake. Most anchored up with jig and shiner.  Pink, pink/white and gold colors good starts.  The walleyes and saugers are setting up nicely for first ice anglers.

Rainy River holding walleyes of all sizes. The late shiner run didn't happen this year.  Late Sep. and early Oct were better.  Still some big fish in river with numerous fish over 28 inches being caught along with eaters.  Evenings have been best.  Water temp at Wheeler's Point public access at the mouth of the Rainy River was 36.8 degrees Monday morning.  It won't be long!

Up at the Northwest Angle, ice has formed in many areas.  Some harbors locked up with ice.  Prior to ice up, walleyes were being caught in 10-30 feet in many spots with jig and minnow the most effective.  Some hearty anglers trolled for muskies around and through thin ice last week and were rewarded with fish.   Resorts have equipment ready for ice fishing which could come early this year!

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10/30/17 @ 11:40 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (76%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sleeting

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

The walleye bite continues strong as a taste of winter weather moved in over the weekend! Hearty fall anglers finding good fish. On the main lake, anglers sorting through a lot of fish and finding nice keepers mixed in with small. Walleyes are staged in front of Pine Island, Graceton Beach, Zippel Bay, Long Point, and near the gaps in 7-30'. Most anchored up with jig and shiner. Pink, pink/white and gold colors good starts. Fish setting up nicely for ice anglers.

Rainy River holding walleyes of all sizes. Frontier and ClementsonAccessOnRainyRiver area holding fish and shiners still along with a few miles up river from Wheeler's Point. Schools of shiners coming into river randomly still with walleyes close behind. Vertical jigging tipped with a shiner while anchored is the go to method but reports of anglers trolling crankbaits with good success east of Baudette. Smallmouth bass, pike, sturgeon and crappies showing up daily.

Up at the Northwest Angle, Walleyes are biting anywhere from 10 to 30 ft with jigging being the most effective method. Crappies are biting in deep holes of 27'+ with a good amount of perch mixed in. Fish moving to wintering areas and the feed bag is on. 

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10/23/17 @ 8:54 AM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (14%)
Waxing Crescent

Hello from the NW Angle!

Water temps are hovering around 48 degrees and fall fishing is phenomenal! Walleyes are biting anywhere from 14 to 30ft with jigging being the most effective method. Crappies are continuing to bite around sunken trees and deep holes with a good amount of perch mixed in. Anglers have had success trolling for large pike and muskies with jigging also bringing some to the boat.

We are getting fish houses ready for the 2017-18 ice fishing season and are very excited for hard water!

We recommending checking availability for winter ASAP!

Sunset Lodge


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10/19/17 @ 10:29 AM
FISHING REPORT
Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

The walleye bite remains strong!  Report is very similar to last weeks. Walleyes are staged in front of Pine Island, Graceton Beach and Zippel Bay in 18-30'.  Anglers sorting through a few small fish for every keeper.  Most anchored up with jig and shiner.  Pink, pink/white and gold have been the best colors. Reefs holding fish as well.


Rainy River anglers finding success up and down the river.  Schools of shiners coming into river randomly right now.  When they do, the walleyes are close behind.  Some days excellent, some days catching fish but not a slam dunk based on whether shiners are moving through.  Vertical jigging tipped with a shiner while anchored is the go to method. Some anglers trolling crankbaits with success as well.  Smallmouth bass, pike and crappies showing up. 



Up at the Northwest Angle, in MN waters walleyes are crushing jig and shiners. Orange and chartreuse were the hot colors this week. Big pike being caught trolling minnow baits.  In Ontario waters, minnow/shiner have been effective off of points at depth of 18-26' while anchored or trolling.  In addition to walleyes, crappies on fire and jumbo perch active!  Some muskies being caught trolling.  

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10/16/17 @ 8:03 AM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waning Crescent

Hello from the NW Angle!

Water temperatures are slowly falling, with surface temps in the high 40's early in the day and ending in the low 50's in the afternoon.

Here in Minnesota, fishing has been great. A jig and minnow set up is the top producer with fish showing preference for orange or chartreuse. Big pike have been caught on the jig and trolling minnow baits.

Canadian fishing is consistently putting more crappies and perch in the well. These pan fish will take shiners and sometimes favor them to a fathead or plastic. Fish are HUNGRY and are well fed, a lot of thick fish with full stomachs. 24-32ft has been the favored depth within the last week.

With water temps falling and the new moon looming, expect to see more large predator fish this week!

Sunset Lodge


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10/16/17 @ 8:00 AM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waning Crescent

Hello from the NW Angle! 

Water temperatures are slowly falling, with surface temps in the high 40's early in the day and ending in the low 50's in the afternoon.

Here in Minnesota, fishing has been great. A jig and minnow set up is the top producer with fish showing preference for orange or chartreuse. Big pike have been caught on the jig and trolling minnow baits.

Canadian fishing is consistently putting more crappies and perch in the well. These pan fish will take shiners and sometimes favor them to a fathead or plastic. Fish are HUNGRY and are well fed, a lot of thick fish with full stomachs. 24-32ft has been the favored depth within the last week.  

With water temps falling and the new moon looming, expect to see more large predator fish this week!

Sunset Lodge

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10/9/17 @ 6:28 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waning Gibbous

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

10.9.17 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report

Hello from the NW Angle!

Water temps are still hovering in the mid 50’s.

Jig and a minnow/shiner will fill your live well in Minnesota. Areas of best success, have been between island or high currents spots with depths ranging from 13-16’ or 22-26.’ Fish are really hungry and are packing on the pounds before ice season!

Canadian walleye fishing is also outstanding. Orange, pink or chartreuse with a minnow/shiner have been effective off of points at depth of 18-26.’ We have also experienced a lot of perch this week, limits of crappies when targeted, the occasional pike and muskies on the jig.

Musky action on shallow reef tops has slowed as fish are moving out to deeper waters, trolling cranks or jigging big rubber is common practice now. Many small mouth have been seen this week with wounds from predatory fish.

Less than two weeks left of open water fishing at Sunset Lodge, we have some availability remaining before we close down for the season on October 22!

We hope to see you soon,

Sunset Lodge


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10/2/17 @ 7:36 AM
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Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER since 4/2/14

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waxing Gibbous

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

Hello from the NW Angle!

The water temps are dropping and the fishing is really heating up. Surface temperatures are starting in the low 50’s and reaching mid 50’s by afternoon.

Walleye fishing in Minnesota has been phenomenal. The best fishing is happening close to the resort on a jig and minnow. We have had non-guided boats setting fish counts of over 100! Current areas between islands and near holes are HOT with good numbers of slot fish and perch to be had.

Canadian fishing is excellent as well. Really nice limits of crappies, perch and walleye this week. Crappie location can be simplified by a guide or try known spots with classic structure, orange jig and minnow has been the top producer.

Nice muskies have been boated while trolling and while jigging for walleye.

We plan to close for the season on October 21st.

We hope to see you soon!

Sunset Lodge


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