On the south end... Fishing reports remain strong. Nice mix of walleyes and saugers with some big fish as well. Watch for suspended fish coming through, often nice walleyes. An occasional cold front can slow things a bit but most still catch fish. Most resorts have fish houses out in 26- 30 feet of water. Best colors, white, gold, pink, gold/pink, chartreuse and glow. Some days the jigging line catches more, other days the deadstick with a live minnow 6" - a foot off the bottom does better. Lots of sturgeon being caught this year, many more than normal. Various ice roads are open, many allowing 1/2 ton trucks with smaller wheel houses. Check ahead as ice road limits vary.
On the Rainy River... The river is frozen over but little traffic with higher than usual current. Extra caution is always needed on the river, most sticking to lake so far. No snowmobile trail on Rainy River as of yet with thin ice areas due to current.
Up at the NW Angle... Resorts have fish houses out and initial fishing reports for walleyes continue to be good. Some areas of ice still need time with high current. It's a must to check with resort before hitting the ice. Stay on marked trails or know the areas you are traveling. The snowmobile trail from the south end up to the Angle are staked and open. Caution near Minnesota Point as there are cracks, etc. Check NW Angle Edge Riders or Lake of the Woods Drifters snowmobile club page for up to date info.