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12/6/22 @ 4:18 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Cloudy
WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end... It is ice fishing time!  Some resorts (not all) have pulled out fish houses and it is game on.  Some ice trails are marked and open.  Check weight limits on each ice road as conditions can vary.

Resorts who have fish houses on the ice will typically transport you out to their houses using light ice rigs for convenience and safety.  

As we often say, ice conditions vary greatly on Lake of the Woods.  Some resorts have trails marked across Four Mile Bay out to fishing areas in front of Pine Island on the big lake.  Some resorts are not quite open as the ice where they go out still needs some time to thicken up.  

Watch your favorite resort / outfitter social media pages for up to date info.   Work through resorts and outfitters on the ice, stay on the marked trails for safety, please don't exceed weight limits and drive slowly on the ice.

Anticipation is high.  The early ice bite is normally very good!  

Please remember to Keep It Clean, pick up everything around you and secure your garbage.

On the Rainy River...   The Rainy River is frozen up.  Some locals who know the river have been checking ice and ice fishing with some walleyes and saugers in the mix.  As ice thickens, more areas will become accessible.

Ice conditions vary and on the river there is current, so much like the lake, we encourage visitors to work through a resort or outfitter for safety.  

Up at the NW Angle... Resorts have been monitoring ice conditions and starting to stake trails.  They are not ice fishing yet, but the ice is looking good and some guides scouting for fish give the thumbs up.  Stay in touch with your favorite NW Angle resort for further info.  

Driving through Canada to reach the Angle no longer requires COVID vaccinations or the use of the ArriveCan App (which is optional).  

For those looking to access the Angle while avoiding customs, there are few options.  

1.  When ice conditions allow, the snowmobile trail will be groomed and staked from the south shore up to the Angle.

2.  The Lake of the Woods Passenger service provides round trip bombardier service across the lake.  

3.  Lake Country Air provides air service to both the south end and NW Angle.  


11/29/22 @ 12:46 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end... Ice is forming, but other than some back bays, it isn't ready quite yet.  Mother Nature is on track.  Some resorts are making the prediction of December 10th for day houses being out, give or take, but at this point, this isn't set in stone and time will tell.  There are cold temps in the forecast and things look optimistic. 

Many resorts and outfitters have been checking ice conditions.  When the time is right, resorts and outfitters will slowly and safely begin marking and grooming trails for ice travel.   

Please remember, ice conditions vary greatly in different parts of the lake.  One ice road can have good ice that has been checked and marked while down the shoreline there may be ice not suitable for travel yet.  Work through resorts and outfitters on the ice and stay on the marked trails for safety.

Anticipation is high as the walleye and sauger fishing this fall was good and fish were staged in good numbers along the south shore.  

On the Rainy River...   Much of the Rainy River is frozen up.  Things are progressing but it certainly needs cold weather and some time.

Ice conditions vary and on the river there is current, so much like the lake, we encourage visitors to work through a resort or outfitter for safety.  

Up at the NW Angle... Ice is forming nicely and is right on track for this year's ice fishing season.  There has been no ice fishing yet as resorts are simply monitoring ice conditions at this time, waiting until the ice is thicker before marking trails and getting fish houses out.

Fall fishing was excellent with walleyes in good numbers along with some monster pike being caught.  All indications point to good fishing when the ice is ready as the fish are there.

Driving through Canada to reach the Angle no longer requires COVID vaccinations or the use of the ArriveCan App (which is optional).  

For those looking to access the Angle while avoiding customs, there are few options.  

1.  When ice conditions allow, the snowmobile trail will be groomed and staked from the south shore up to the Angle.

2.  The Lake of the Woods Passenger service provides round trip bombardier service across the lake.  

3.  Lake Country Air provides air service to both the south end and NW Angle.  


11/22/22 @ 11:39 AM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end... The wait for thickening ice is upon us.  This week, cold temps added to ice formation on back bays and on much of the big lake.  The ice still needs time to thicken, but is making progress.  When the time is right, resorts and outfitters will slowly and safely begin marking and grooming trails for ice travel.  


First out on the ice will be pike anglers / spearing in the shallow bays.  From there, things will progress as the ice begins to form on the lake.  Resorts will communicate about ice conditions on the ice roads and trails they are monitoring and grooming. We are not there yet.  

As a general rule, day houses are set by resorts mid December.  Sleeper fish houses get placed when ice thickens further.  Mother Nature combined with ice conditions in that given area of LOW will dictate what weight limits each individual ice outfitter gives the green light to.  Safety first.

Walleyes and saugers are in good numbers for ice anglers when the time comes.  

On the Rainy River...   With colder weather, much of the Rainy River is frozen up with areas of open water scattered throughout.  Things are progressing but it certainly needs cold weather and some time.

Just like the lake, we encourage visitors to work through a resort or outfitter for safety.

Up at the NW Angle... Bays and much of the lake are frozen up throughout the Angle.  Ice is forming nicely and is right on track for this year's ice fishing season.

Throughout the fall, walleyes were in good numbers and all indications point to good fishing when the ice is ready.


11/15/22 @ 9:09 AM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Cloudy
WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end... Most anglers have pulled the plug on open water fishing the basin and have sights set on ice fishing.  

This week, temps plunged creating ice on back bays.  Some reports of a few inches as of mid week last week in some areas.  When they think the time is right, resorts and outfitters will slowly and safely begin marking a trail for ice travel.  

The first anglers out will work through resorts using the marked trails to tip up fish or spear for pike in the shallow bays.  From there, things will progress as the ice begins to form on the lake.  Resorts will communicate what form of travel is allowed.  Initially, foot travel only.  As ice thickens, it goes to ATVs and snowmobiles.  Eventually side by sides and up from there.

Every year is different, but normally day houses will be set up for customers early to mid December.  Sleeper fish houses a couple of weeks after that.  Mother Nature is in charge and areas of the lake freeze differently, hence, it is vital to work through the pros working the ice.

During early ice, most resorts / outfitters will transport you out to heated fish houses for safety and convenience.  Those fishing on their own will pull their collapsible fish houses out staying on marked trails on the ice.  

Walleyes and saugers have been setting up nicely in their late fall spots along the south shore for ice anglers when the time comes.  

On the Rainy River...   With colder weather, some snow, and deer hunting still going on in northern Minnesota, most anglers have pulled the plug on fishing.  A few that ventured out reported some nice fish.  With snowy boat ramps and spots with shoreline ice, anglers need to exercise great caution if they plan on dropping their boat in before the river freezes up.

Up at the NW Angle... Up until bays started freezing, walleye fishing reports were excellent.  Mother Nature has kicked in and ice is beginning to form.  Most have pulled their boats trying to beat the ice up.

Everything is in place for an excellent ice fishing season.

 


11/8/22 @ 1:20 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Cloudy
WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  A great late fall fishing pattern continues.  Nothing fancy, locate fish along the south shore, anchor up and start jigging.  Most are jigging with emerald shiners or fatheads.  

Jigs with the brighter or glow colors and gold is a pretty consistent choice in colors.

Fall walleye fishing on LOW brings a nice mixed bag.  Walleyes, saugers, pike, jumbo perch and an occasional crappie or sturgeon have been caught by walleye anglers.  As a rule, 15 - 25 feet of water has been good.

Fish are setting up nicely for ice fishing, which typically begins in early or mid December and lasts through the month of March.  Mother Nature is in control and it is good to lean on your local resort or outfitter for ice conditions on a given part of the lake.

On the Rainy River...   A very confusing time for those who enjoy both some great walleye fishing and the traditional deer hunting opener.  It is a well known fact, there are typically some huge walleyes in the Rainy River during the deer hunting season and they are normally cooperative.  

Some good reports up and down the river.  Not as many anglers fishing this week, as expected.   

Jigging with frozen shiners has been producing nicely.  Trolling crankbaits has not disappeared and is also still producing good fish.

Boat ramps are open from Wheeler's Point to Baudette east to Birchdale. 

Up at the NW Angle...  For those not in a deer stand, walleye fishing continues to be good.  Jigging with a minnow is putting good numbers of walleyes in the boat.

Traditional structure continues to hold walleyes.  Points, rock islands, sunken islands, and neck down areas are all holding fish.

Big muskies continue to make late fall memories for muskie nuts.  Some of the talented muskie guides and anglers who frequent LOW are getting on some very good fish.  

Things are shaping up for an excellent ice fishing season.  This year and every year, please remember to Keep It Clean.


11/1/22 @ 2:55 PM
FISHING REPORT
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  Anglers are experiencing some great fall fishing.  Some anglers are targeting key fall locations along the south shore over mud and sand, while others are fishing structure.  Most are jigging with emerald shiners or fatheads.  

As a rule, good colors have been gold, orange, chartreuse, pink and glow or a combo of these colors.  Hooking the minnow through the mouth and out the gill and sliding it up to the jig head and hooking it about half way back on the minnow will hook more fish.

One great thing about fall is a mixed bag.  Walleyes, saugers, pike, jumbo perch and an occasional crappie or sturgeon all in the mix.  Strong fishing reports between 15 - 25' of water.  

Rocky Point, Long Point area, Zippel Bay, Morris Point and Lighthouse Gap areas all producing.  Once you find the walleyes, they have normally been cooperative.  Good numbers of fish along the south shore.

Fish are staged nicely for ice fishing.  Mother Nature always dictates, but as a rule, resorts get day houses out around December 10th with spearing for pike on back bays taking place even earlier.  Resorts and outfitters will communicate ice conditions when the time comes.

The combined walleye / sauger limit on Lake of the Woods is a combination of 6 fish, with up to 4 of those fish being able to be walleyes.  All walleyes 19.5" - 28.0" must be released.  One walleye over 28.0" may be kept per day.

On the Rainy River...   A great week of fall walleye fishing.  Good fish were caught up and down the river, but a lot of good reports around Baudette.  

Some big walleyes were caught this week, which is traditional for this time of fall on the river.  

Jigging with frozen shiners has been producing nicely.  Some anglers are still trolling crankbaits which is producing nice fish.   

Boat ramps are open from Wheeler's Point to Baudette east to Birchdale. 

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleye fishing continues to be very consistent.  Jigging with a minnow has been the go to method.  Fish continue to show up in good numbers for anglers fishing both sides of the border.

Traditional structure such as points, rock islands, sunken islands, and neck down areas holding nice walleyes.

Big muskies are being caught and released by fall muskie anglers.  In addition to working key structure, this is the time of the year trolling shoreline structure produces nicely.

Resorts are preparing for the ice fishing season, which based on walleye and sauger populations, is looking positive.


10/24/22 @ 12:21 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Cloudy
WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  A great week of fall fishing.  Schools of walleyes and saugers are set up in various locations along the south shore of Big Traverse Bay.  Some of these fish will be targeted when resorts get fish houses out, normally in early to mid December, Mother Nature dependent of course.  

Anglers are catching a mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, pike, jumbo perch and an occasional crappie or sturgeon.  A good overall depth has been 18 - 25'.  Some fish are roaming the flat mud while others are adjacent to structure.

Anchored up and jigging with fatheads and frozen shiners is working well.  Most anglers will anchor up and vertically jig over the side.  If walleyes are in the area, they are normally moving around enough to find you.  

Long Point area, Zippel Bay, Morris Point and Lighthouse Gap areas still producing fish.

On the Rainy River...   A great week of fall walleye fishing.  Good fish were caught up and down the river.  One day the bite is hot, the next day, just okay.  Who knows why, but the fish are there. 

Traditionally, as we approach the end of October, some really big walleyes are caught.  It might be getting colder and deer hunting is approaching, but seasoned hawg hunters know what this means on the Rainy.  

Jigging with frozen shiners has been producing nicely.  Gold, orange, chartreuse, glow white, pink or a combo of these colors are working well.  Trolling crankbaits is also producing nice fish.  

Sturgeon are active.  Some walleye anglers are taking a bit of their walleye time and fishing dinosaurs. Some sturgeon caught by unsuspecting walleye anglers.  

Boat ramps are open from Wheeler's Point to Baudette east to Birchdale. 

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleye fishing is great.  Jigging with a minnow has been the go to method.  Fish are in good numbers for anglers fishing either side of the border.

This time of year, the mouth of bays can hold schools of shiners, which is a magnet for walleyes and other species.  Points, rock islands, sunken islands, neck down areas, etc. are also holding fish.

Big muskies are cooperating nicely for those pursuing them.  In addition to working key structure, this is the time of the year trolling produces nicely.

Resorts are busy getting fish houses, ice transportation and other winter equipment ready as ice fishing is just around the corner.


10/18/22 @ 9:25 AM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  Walleyes are showing up in various locations along the south shore of Big Traverse Bay.  This is a typical fall pattern and normally these fish will be at many of the same locations for ice fishing in December.  

Anglers report a mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, pike, jumbo perch and an occasional crappie or sturgeon.  Some walleyes are using structure while others are in the basin over mud.  A good overall depth has been 20 - 25'.  When fishing structure, the tops and sides of reefs have been effective.

Anchored up and jigging with fatheads and frozen shiners is working well.  Anchor up and vertically jig over the side.  Give it 30 minutes and adjust to a new spot if there is little activity. 

Long Point area, Zippel Bay, Morris Point and Lighthouse Gap areas producing fish.

On the Rainy River...   A great week of walleye fishing, despite some weather systems moving through.  Good fish were caught regardless of the weather.  The upcoming week looks warm and dry.  

Good walleye reports up and down the river.  Larger fish were caught between Wheeler's Point and the International Bridge in Baudette.  Walleyes are constantly moving and the entire river is holding fish.  Traditionally, some big fish move at the end of October.

Jigging with frozen shiners has been producing nicely.  Gold, orange, chartreuse, glow white, pink or a combo of these colors are working well.

Cooler water temps are getting the sturgeon fired up.  Some big fish were caught again this week.  With colder water, target holes in the river.

Boat ramps are open from Wheeler's Point to Baudette east to Birchdale. 

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleye fishing has been awesome all summer / fall and continues to be very good.  Jigging with a minnow has been the go to method.  

Targeting high probability walleye areas such as points, rock islands, sunken islands, neck down areas, etc. is proving successful for most anglers.

Nice crappies, perch, pike and smallmouth bass are also active and being caught each day.

Muskies are cooperating nicely for those pursuing them.  Working shorelines has been productive.  Dropping water temps is leading to some incredible fall muskie fishing.

Resorts are busy preparing for what is shaping up to be a great ice fishing season.  Book now.

 

10/11/22 @ 8:13 AM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F
AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  Walleyes are being found in various schools along the south shore with some very good fall fishing taking place.  A mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, pike, jumbo perch and an occasional crappie or sturgeon.  

Nice reports from Long Point, to Zippel Bay to Morris Point Gap over to Lighthouse Gap.  

Lots of fish being marked with electronics.  Some schools are more active than others.  The belief is it will continue to get even better with cooling water temps.  Most anglers are finding walleyes that will cooperate.

Anchored up and jigging with fatheads and frozen shiners is the ticket.  Slide the hook of the jig through the mouth of the minnow, out the gills and as far back as possible, putting the hook through the minnow about half way back on the minnow.  This will get you more hook ups with light biting walleyes and saugers.  

Jig colors, try strobe gold (like a disco ball) or plain gold combined with orange, glow white, glow red, pink or chartreuse.  

Charter boats are on good schools of walleyes and will be fishing through October.  

On the Rainy River...   More and more shiners moved in the river this week, as did more walleyes.  Most are finding fish and going through a lot of bait.  If you aren't finding fish, move until you do.  They are around.

Some good reports from Four Mile Bay to Baudette and east to Frontier and Birchdale.  

Jigging with frozen shiners is the most common technique, especially when fishing structure.  Trolling crankbaits upstream in the river is also catching some nice walleyes.  

Cooler water temps are getting the sturgeon active.  Some big fish were caught again this week.  With colder water, target holes in the river.

Boat ramps are open from Wheeler's Point to Baudette east to Birchdale. 

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleye fishing continues to be really good up at the Angle.  Jigging with a minnow or plastic is catching good numbers of fish on both sides of the border.  

Targeting structure has been the ticket for most walleye anglers.  Points, rock islands, sunken islands, neck down areas, etc.  

Big pike continue to be caught by unsuspecting walleye anglers.  

Muskie activity was good again this week.  Casting shorelines has been productive and with cooling water, trolling shorelines will soon be effective.  

As of October 1, 2022, being vaccinated for COVID is no longer required to enter Canada.  In addition, the ArriveCan app is not required, but optional.  Perfect timing for the rest of the fall and the ice fishing season.

 

10/8/22 @ 8:45 AM
FISHING REPORT
ere
USER SINCE 2/22/07

Had a fun week of fishing, caught quite a few slot fish in our group. Biggest were caught between the bridges in Baudette. When conditions allowed, 26 feet of water northwest of the gap. 

Our group has been coming up for years and have had many great times. However, the last few years we've had disappointing stays at the Wigwam. Many of the deficiencies have gone unfixed for several years now. Last year my son and I had rodent droppings in our bed's. They changed our bedding and offered us a drink. This year someone else in our group had the same issue in the same bed. Management was quick to point out that he had failed to check in and pay upfront, something we've never done. He said no problem paid and then asked about the mouse issue they pretty much blew him off. Other things included open exposed outlet boxes in the fish house, open exposed outlet boxes on the piers as well as the outside of our cabin. Kitchen supplies were pretty much non-existent. Our group dumped over $5000, if management continues their poor customer service. I believe that another ownership change is on the horizon. This year our group is unanimous in making a change. It's sad that our initial negative impression at check in prompted us to choose not to eat at the lodge, Adrians pulled in an easy $400-500.oo each night of our stay, they were friendly, happy to serve us, and they did a fantastic job preparing our fish. I get it that businesses are struggling and covid had an impact, but positive customer service is free. Our group moving forward will support the resorts that appreciate our business.

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