On the south end... The big lake is ice covered with scattered areas of open water. We have a nice start to making ice so when colder weather hits, things will get locked up fairly quickly. Mother Nature gave us a cold blast to get things started but with milder temps this week, things are on hold. There is some spearing taking place for pike this week on back bays such as Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay. Resorts have spear houses available. Regardless of where you fish, work through a resort for safety.
On the Rainy River... Most areas of the river are covered with a thin layer of ice with some areas of open water. There is no traffic on the river at this time while ice is forming. Extra caution is always needed with current and this year the current is stronger than most years. Back bays of the river are also iced up.
Up at the NW Angle... Ice is forming nicely throughout the Angle. Locals have been out monitoring ice conditions and progress is being made, but no ice travel is recommended yet. NW Angle resorts will communicate when ice fishing begins.