Fishing Report courtesy of Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau emailed to [email protected]
here at Dale’s On Lake of the Woods!!
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On the south end… Most of the lake is still ice covered with the exception of large areas adjacent to inflowing water such as the Lighthouse Gap (Rainy River) and Morris Point Gap (Bostic Creek) areas. Open water is expanding daily. Anglers are allowed a limit of walleyes and saugers on the lake, but catch and release only on Four Mile Bay and the Rainy River through April 14.
Open water is becoming available in many of the back bays around the lake where pike spawn. The pike season is open year round on LOW and the Rainy River. 3 fish per day, 30-40 inches must be released, one over 40″ allowed.
On the Rainy River… River fishing started out strong, slowed down with cold weather and the Big Fork and Little Fork Rivers spilling mud into the Rainy River and now is picking up again. The water is clearing and water temps are on the rise.
A 3/8 – 1/2 ounce jig is working nicely tipped with a minnow or a plastic. Bright plastics and frozen shiners working best on jigs. Walleyes caught in various depths down to 35 feet.
Some anglers trolling crankbaits with success to cover water. Walleye season is catch and release only on Rainy River and Four Mile Bay through April 14th.
Sturgeon fishing continues to be good with good numbers of sturgeon being caught. Sturgeon aren’t as affected by dirty water as they feed by scent. Sturgeon catch and release season through 4/23/21. Keep season 4/24/21 – 5/7/21, (45-50″, or over 75″) Catch and release 5/8/21 – 5/15/21. Closed 5/16/21 – 6/30/21.
With lower current, a 3 ounce no-roll sinker combined with a sturgeon rig (18″ snell of 60 lb test with a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook) with a glob of crawlers, frozen emerald shiners or both is the ticket. Local bait shops have rigs and bait available.
Up at the NW Angle… Various areas are starting to open up. Looking ahead to open water, there are various ways to travel to the NW Angle this summer without crossing the border. If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option. There is also the Lake of the Woods Passenger Service (charter boat shuttle to Angle). And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.
Final week/weekend 3.18.21 on the ice.
”I stopped by, here is Andy M.’s 38. See you Saturday”
42.5” Todd P. from your Brad M. group- released
Bruce & Julie staying in the Sleeper fishing shallow and out on their wheeler!
A message from a group of guys who pulled out their wheel houses with their wheelers/side by sides and came off the ice to a campsite when Dale asked due to the ice deteriorating so fast over the weekend!! By Sunday it was time to close the winter lake access!!
“Dale and Connie,
Our fishing party are extremely satisfied with what you do and how you do it up there on lake of the woods. We were able to use your amazing bathroom that comes equipped with a shower and noticed your top of the line fish cleaning building. Much appreciated the no-nonsense way about your business and most importantly we caught some fish. See you next time.
We had 7 people and caught 22 walleyes and 4 sauger. We threw back at least 6 over 20″ and 40 under 13″.”
Our Son, Justin, his young ones and a couple Buddies from Ely catching the final 3 days!
Nice text message from one of our winter camping guests saying farewell until next ice season!! Thank you Nathan!
NATHAN: “Thank you for the fun winter, see you next fall😊”
Here all the way from Michigan
3/14/21 – 3/18/21
We had the unfortunate task of canceling Orlan’s fishing trip with us due to ice conditions
Orlan and the guys are pretty mobile with their own snow equipment. When they come fishing with us as they love the Sleeper fishing along with going out on their own chasing after the Big Northern. So, Orlan and the guys, move out and about all day on their snow equipment.
Dale offered the guys to come fish out of a Sleeper in shallow water. Couldn’t say what the bite would be in that location but the offer is there. So the sleeper moved on this side of the cracks for safety purposes and Orlan and the guy’s hit the highway to Dale’s On Lake of the Woods!!
Dale’s On Lake of the Woods
We were happy to have James and Ryan join us here at our Resort. They were looking for a place to camp and out to catch the Northern’s in this great body of water. Catch they did. Just a couple of pictures of the fun time they had here on Lake of the Woods. Thank you guys for coming to stay with us-we enjoyed your company!! Dale and Connie
February Fishing Fun and a little March throwing in!!
MN Fishing license expires today!
Just a note to all you will need a new MN fishing license after today!!
Fishing report for today, 2/23/21:
Fishing a little better today, a tough bite out here. Moving couple sleepers houses this week. Sunny days and fluctuating temps.
Winter Access Open to ATV, UTV, Snowmobiles, and Track Machines ONLY – No Trucks – No Cars
If you can pull your fish house your ATV, UTV, Snowmobile, or track machine – you are able to access the lake through our winter lake access.
Just a few of our February Guests
Thank you so much for joining us!
As a small, family-owned business, Dale’s on Lake of the Woods strives to provide our guests with relaxing, enjoyable fishing experiences. It is a privilege to share the natural beauty of Northern Minnesota lake life with others all year round.
Over the years, we worked hard to continue the tradition of providing plowed lake access for ice fishing in addition to our primary winter business of sleeper and day house ice fishing rentals. This year, however, we have come to the difficult decision to end this service. We will strengthen our focus on our Sleeper, Dayhouse’s, camping and storage services. We feel these services are appreciated by many and give us great pleasure to provide these services.
This change in our service offerings is effective immediately. Winter lake access at Dale’s on Lake of the Woods is now available to ATV’s, UTV’s, snowmobiles, and track machines only.
As a business, Dale’s on Lake of the Woods has also decided to step back from Facebook as a communication method with our customers. Regular updates will continue to be posted on our website, and we are exploring other customer communication avenues. Our contact information remains the same, and we can be reached in multiple ways as listed below.
Our Facebook page will remain active for 30 days. We will continue to monitor and read customer feedback during this time. After this period, please be aware will delete our Facebook page.
We wish everyone the best of luck and please contact us directly should you have any questions or if you would like to make a reservation. Thank you!
Winter access information line: 218-442-6661