On the south end… Ice is thickening and making progress. With safety in mind, resorts have been out checking ice thickness, ice conditions, cracks, and in some cases starting to mark trails. Each resort fishes a different part of the lake with varying ice conditions and will make the decision when ice fishing can begin. Some areas have decent ice, other areas still need more time. As some ice fishing will begin this week for some resorts and not for others, it is important to check with each resort as to when they will start fishing, what is allowed on their ice trail (ATV’s, snowmobiles, etc) and if they have fish houses to rent or only a marked trail in which you would bring your own ice transportation, collapsible fish house, etc. Resorts and outfitters monitor ice conditions throughout the season daily. Please stay on their marked trails when it is time. Trails are marked for good reasons, please stay on them for safety.
On the Rainy River… The river is covered with ice. Most ice fishing is done on the main lake during the ice fishing season where there isn’t current. There can be some good ice fishing on the Rainy, but with current in the river, work through a resort for safety. Some locals have been ice fishing certain areas where ice conditions allow. No snowmobile trail yet.
Up at the NW Angle… With the border closure, NW Angle Resorts and Community have pulled together and will have a guest ice road up to the Angle so anglers can access resorts while staying in the U.S. and not crossing the border. The NW Angle Guest Ice Road ice access on the south end will be at Springsteel Resort. Anticipated start, January. More info on Facebook at Northwest Angle Guest Ice Road.
The Angle is iced over and resorts are monitoring ice thickness. Initial fishing reports by resort guides checking have been good. It’s not ready yet, but the ice is coming along nicely.