PROSTAFF PROFILE:
Joe Henry

Joe Henry
HOMETOWN:
St. Cloud, MN

Joe has a BS degree in Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN as well as an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH. From an outdoors perspective, Joe Henry is a licensed charter captain, holding an active OUPV Great Lakes license from the U.S. Coast Guard. Joe is also a tournament angler, fishing a variety of circuits throughout the Midwest including the MTT and formerly, the PWT.

Henry has been enjoying and taking advantage of the many natural wonders of the Lake of the Woods area throughout his life. Joe enjoys a variety of hunting including waterfowl, deer and grouse hunting as well as fishing. "There is something so special about the Lake of the Woods area. The fishing is world class; both ice fishing and open water."

Recent Fishing Reports:

11/12/2018
Lake of the Woods, Lake Of The Woods County

On the main basin... For those fishing the lake, fishing has been good. Most bays and harbors locked up with ice this past week, which has put a halt to the open water fishing. At last report, there are good numbers of walleyes and saugers staged in traditional early ice locations across Pine Island and the entire south shore. With fish location, numbers and fall success, LOW is primed for good early ice fishing.


On the Rainy River... The Rainy River is still loaded with walleyes. Some anglers made it out this week but single digits locked up any water not moving and it is pretty much done. Anglers that got out had big numbers of walleyes to reward them, similar to previous week. 


Up at the NW Angle... Ice is formed in back bays, harbors, on the angle inlet, from Young's Bay to Flag Island and across most of Flag Island flats. Larger stretches of water or current areas still open. Ice fishing will be here soon, but not yet. Stay on staked resort ice trails when ice fishing begins. Safety first. 


11/5/2018
Lake of the Woods, Lake Of The Woods County

Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report

On the main basin... For those fishing the lake, fishing has been good. Mixed schools of fish from 10-25' along the south shore. Activity around both Lighthouse and Morris Point Gaps and along Pine Island. Most anchored up and jigging with frozen shiners with good success. Gold, pink and chartreuse working well.

On the Rainy River... The Rainy River is loaded with walleyes. Anglers having success in key spots up and down river. Jig and minnow (shiners, rainbows) continue to be the go-to method. Gold, glow, pink and chartreuse for jigs. Anchoring up most effective. Jig over side or flip out and work to boat in low current. In main channel, good amount of current, 1-ounce jigs may be the ticket. On edge of current and eddy areas, 3/8-ounce. Strong reports in 8-15'. Many trophy walleyes being caught along with eaters. When found, anglers reporting big numbers of walleyes. Move around until you find fish.

Up at the NW Angle... Fall fishing continues to be excellent. Walleyes are in early ice up areas. Limits of walleyes being caught in 12 - 25'. Jigging still producing best. Muskie trollers catching big fish. 

10/23/2018
Lake of the Woods, Lake Of The Woods County

On the main basin... Many strong reports from the lake.  Mixed schools of fish from 14-28' along south shore from Lighthouse Gap to Rocky Point.  Most anchored up and jigging with frozen shiners.  Gold or gold mixed with other colors working well.   The key is finding the fish.  Once found, fish tend to cooperate nicely.  

On the Rainy River... Strong walleye activity continues.  Jig and frozen shiners continue to be the go-to method with some anglers also trolling crankbaits.  Gold, orange and yellow for jigs.  As waves of walleyes move through, reports change daily up and down river.  Be mobile, move around if a spot isn't producing.  A lot of good reports in 8-14'.  Some big walleyes caught over the weekend. Sturgeon continue to have the feed bag on.  The sturgeon catch and release season goes through April 23, 2019.    

Up at the NW Angle... Fishing continues to be really really good.  Limits of walleyes being caught in 14 - 25'.  Jigging still producing.  Look for areas of current in neck down areas and outside of bays.  Fall crappie bite in on.  Muskie trollers still boating and releasing good numbers of fish.  The best fall fishing is yet to come, but only for the hearty!  Dress warm and hang on.  

10/16/2018
Lake of the Woods, Lake Of The Woods County

On the main basin... As water temps approach mid 40's, walleye anglers reporting strong fall bite. Good fish caught despite a lot of precipitation this past week. Clear weather in the forecast. Walleyes staging at various south shore locations in 20-29'. Jig and frozen shiner the ticket. Anchor up and jig with gold, glow red, or gold/orange. Fish are very active.


On the Rainy River... Strong walleye activity continues. Jig and frozen shiners continue to be go to method with some anglers also trolling crankbaits. Shiner run has slowed for the moment but good numbers of walleyes in the river. Sturgeon have the feed bag on. The sturgeon catch and release season goes through April 23, 2019. The bite is on!  


Up at the NW Angle... Fishing continues to be excellent. Limits of walleyes being caught in 14 - 25'. Jigging still producing. Look for areas of current in neck down areas and outside of bays. Fall crappie bite continues strong. Big pike making their presence felt, like it or not! Muskie trollers boating and releasing good numbers of fish. The best fall fishing is yet to come!