Fishing Report 12/22/2020

Fishing Report from Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Fishing Report


On the south end…  Some excellent Ice fishing this week.  Resorts have fish houses out and good numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught.  Most ice fishing taking place between 20 – 27′.  Using the one-two punch of jigging one line and deadsticking with a live minnow for the second line.  Jigging spoons with a minnow head or tail effective for jigging line.  Colors, gold, glow, glow red, pink.  Some jumbo perch, big pike and eelpout keeping things interesting.  An angler caught an eelpout just over 17 lbs this week.  The MN State record, also caught on LOW was 19.67 lbs.  Eelpout or burbot are great eating.

On the Rainy River…   Ice fishing is taking place on the river mainly by locals.  The majority of ice fishing is done on the main lake during the ice fishing season where there isn’t current.  Some nice walleyes are being caught in various spots of the river.  Ice conditions vary greatly, work through a resort for safety.  No snowmobile trail yet, stay tuned.

Up at the NW Angle…  With the border closure, NW Angle Resorts and Community have pulled together and will have a guest ice road across the lake up to the Angle so anglers can drive to resorts.  The NW Angle Guest Ice Road will begin when ice conditions allow, most likely early January.  The snowmobile trail will be staked soon across the lake, stay tuned.  Another option, North Country Air is flying anglers to the Angle.  More info on Facebook at Northwest Angle Guest Ice Road 2020.

Ice fishing has started up at the Angle with excellent reports.  A mix of walleyes, sauger and jumbo perch.  Great morning – evening bite in 15-19′ of water.  Afternoons, 22-26′ have been best.  Communicate with your favorite NW Angle resort for specifics and safety.


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We are out on the ice!

We got a start on fishing! Lake conditions still have a ways to go! Open areas now a thin layer of ice 1-2” and we have 11 – 11.5” – Day House’s and 2 Sleepers set up with 7 more Sleepers to go! Fishing up and down – Terry fished in our small 2 man – 23 caught- kept 2, 12 lb burbot and a slot walleye in the mix- small one’s morning – afternoon bite – they turn on around 3:30. Ice not safe enough to open access – keep watching temps- bring on the cold!!

Our deepest apologies to the guests that reservations were cancelled due to the unsafe ice conditions.  Early ice fishing is a time we love but only works if the cold temps are with us!!  There is an area of ice that continues to be unsafe but this too will be thick enough for safe ice fishing conditions.

Nice Fish Jerome!!

Jerome and Brad Thank you so much for joining us again this winter! Nice Fish Jerome!!




Monday 12/15/20

Starting the Big Move into the new office! Lightening worked on today, apparel cabinets moving in tomorrow! Vending machines arrive tomorrow! Internet etc installation this coming weekend! Pictures tomorrow!

Winter Lake Access Update

Winter Lake Access remains closed due to areas of unsafe ice conditions.

We did have the area that was open water freeze over in the last 48 hours and would be at 1-2 inches of ice

Until this area is stronger our winter lake access is closed due to unsafe ice conditions.

Our winter lake access information line is 218-442-6661 updated every morning.  This number is available for information from 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.