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:

12/3/2018
Lake of the Woods, Lake Of The Woods County
On the main basin... Ice fishing is in full swing and the bite so far is incredible. Big numbers of walleyes and saugers in 17 - 24' of water. Resorts have marked trails for ATV, UTV, and snowmobiles. Resort fish houses are on the ice. Reports excellent across south shore from Pine Island area west to Zippel Bay. Ice ranges from 9-12" where resorts are fishing. There are some cracks in areas not being fished. Please use resort marked trails, don't go off on your own and exercise safety precautions as ice thickness varies.

On the Rainy River... The Rainy River and Four Mile Bay are frozen over. Currently, higher than normal current makes river ice more dangerous. Reports of pike coming from Baudette Bay and other bays.

Up at the NW Angle... The NW Angle is locked with ice. Higher than normal current. As always, neck down and other areas with current are iffy. Some resorts have begun ice fishing with success. Work through resorts and stay on staked resort ice trails when ice fishing begins. Safety first.
11/26/2018
Lake of the Woods, Lake Of The Woods County

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.