One Sleeper with an amazing group here with us until tomorrow😔 All Sleepers, except Zach’s group, pulled off the lake, all but 1 day house pulled off the lake. Dale & I decided to start our end of season tradition early by setting up a Sleeper to fish, eat, drink, and Sleep in for the next week or two!
Connie (🙂ME) have 2 in the bucket!
Fishing Report received via email to [email protected] from Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau Wed 3/11/2020
On the south end… A great week of March ice fishing. Anglers fishing anywhere from 27 – 33′ of water. Ice conditions on LOW remain excellent with freezing temps keeping ice firm. Work lures on jigging line with a live minnow on an ice jig or plain hook on second line. Some good colors overall, pink / gold, glow, red glow, green glow. Electronics helping to catch suspended walleyes. Pike activity increasing with more big fish caught this week. Tip ups with big baits on quick strike rigs the norm. Fish houses can be left overnight on the ice through March 31st, walleye and sauger season is open through April 14th and pike season never closes.
On the Rainy River… As spring approaches, extra caution needed on the river. Thin ice around the International Bridge in Baudette. We are watching open water line progress from east to west. No open water fishing as of yet. We report open water progress often on Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page.
Up at the NW Angle… A great week of ice fishing reports up at the Angle. A mix of walleyes, saugers, big jumbo perch and pike in the mix. Resorts in 20 – 32′ of water targeting both structure and mud. Glow colors, gold and pink effective. The snowmobile trails groomed and with freezing temps, are still in good shape.
Courtesy of Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Lake of the Woods Tourism
Wed 12/18/2019 4:20 PM
FISHING REPORT 12-18-2019
On the south end… A great walleye and sauger bite continues! Most resorts have fish houses out in 23 – 28 feet of water. Nice mix of walleyes and saugers. Best colors, gold, pink, gold/pink, orange/chartreuse, white. Jig one line and dead stick the other with a live minnow. Good numbers of fish being caught with some trophies mixed in as well as eelpout, perch, tullibees, sturgeon and pike. Very little snow on the ice. Various ice roads are open. What can be driven out varies. Some ice roads up to light SUV’s or ATV / side by sides pulling small houses, others still just ATV / side by sides. Check with your resort / outfitter prior to coming up.
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.
Up at the NW Angle… Most resorts have fish houses out and initial fishing reports for walleyes are very good. Some areas still need time with high current. It’s a must to stick to resort marked trails or know the areas you are traveling. The snowmobile trail from the south end up to the Angle is set to be staked this week.
Received Fishing Report from Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
via email to [email protected] 12/3/2019
No ice fishing as of yet, however, fishing reports are a great update!
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FISHING REPORT 12/2/2019
On the south end… The majority of the big lake is iced over. The forecast looks optimistic with the daily low temps forecasted in the teens and single digits. Resorts are monitoring ice conditions closely. The area was missed by heavy snowfall in this weekend’s snow storm which will help ice creation. Resorts have been out checking ice and in some cases starting to mark trails. No ice fishing by resorts is taking place on the main lake at this time. Spearing is taking place for pike on back bays.
On the Rainy River… Areas of the main channel have open water with edges and bays iced up. There is no traffic on the river at this time while ice is forming. Extra caution is always needed with current and this year the current is stronger than most years.
Up at the NW Angle… Ice is forming nicely. With that being said, there is higher than normal current this year so working through a resort or outfitter is always a good idea as they will keep you away from areas that are suspect. With the many islands in the Angle, there are neck down or shallow areas causing unsafe ice conditions throughout the entire winter. Knowledge of the area is important. No ice fishing as of yet. NW Angle resorts will communicate when ice fishing begins.
Fishing Report via email from the Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau!
sent via email to [email protected] on 11-15-2019
On the south end… Anglers put away the boats and are looking forward to ice fishing. Ice forming on back bays with 4-8″. Ice also on different parts of the big lake with sections of open water. With the cold snap, things are coming along nicely. When the time is right, resorts will communicate when initial ice accesses will be available. That time is not yet, but it won’t be too long!
On the Rainy River… The river is iced over in most areas with a thin layer of ice over a strong current. Some anglers fished last week with decent success and some big walleyes before the freeze up. With increased current this fall, river ice will be suspect. Back bays iced up.
Up at the NW Angle… Ice is forming throughout the Angle. Some reports around the inlet of good ice forming, but no ice travel is recommended. Most bays and some areas throughout islands iced up. NW Angle resorts will communicate when ice fishing begins.
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received via email to [email protected] 11-15-2019
Late getting this report out- My Apologies!
Here is the fishing report from Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau via email to [email protected]
ENJOY! WINTER IS UPON US SOON WE WILL HAVE ICE FISHING REPORTS!!!!
On the south end… Late fall walleye fishing continues for those willing to dress up in warm gear and fish. The south shore of Lake of the Woods continues to hold good numbers of walleyes and saugers. These walleyes will remain through ice up. Anchoring up with a jig with frozen shiner is still the best method. Nice mix of walleyes and saugers for those few out on the water. Some small chunks of ice starting to appear. Small bays and some harbors iced up.
On the Rainy River… The river was good this past week, with numbers of walleyes. Not the numbers of trophy walleyes as the week before. Fish caught in spots with current breaks mainly jigging with minnows or in some cases, plastics. There is still a strong current. 7-16′ a good start depending upon the spot. 3/4 oz to 1 oz jigs the most common with strong current and higher water. Small back bays icing up.
Up at the NW Angle… Walleyes fishing remains good but few anglers on the water. Fish are staged in traditional fall spots. Most looking ahead to ice fishing. Jig and minnow still effective and the go to. Muskie bite has been great all fall.
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Lake of the Woods Tourism
Thu 10/24/2019 1:45 PM
On the south end… A fantastic week of fall walleye fishing. Walleyes in good numbers across the south shore of Lake of the Woods. Most popular depths are 14 – 24′. Anchoring up with a jig with frozen shiner is the ticket. Jig colors in gold, pink, glow, orange or a combo of these colors working well. Strong numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught. Jumbo perch and pike in the mix. Walleyes also being caught around Knight and Bridges islands and structure off of Long Point and Rocky Point.
On the Rainy River… Strong reports this past week and weekend of good numbers of walleyes along with some big walleyes taken. Fish in spots with current breaks from mouth of river to Birchdale. There is still a strong current and fish are congregating in areas with current breaks, often closer to shore, behind points or holes in river. 7-16′ a good start depending upon the spot. Very good reports this week. Have jigs up to 1.5 oz if in the main channel, lighter jigs in slack water. Many personal best walleyes and sturgeon this week.
Up at the NW Angle… Walleyes in traditional fall spots. Neck down areas, points and mouths of bays continue to hold good fish. Jigging continues to be the go to method. Big black crappie and jumbo perch bite happening also. Traditional fall muskie bite continues strong, lots of fish boated.
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Received via email to [email protected] on 10/24/2019