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MN
United States
49° 5' 56.5764" N, 94° 57' 7.5132" W
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Snow Air Temperature: 0-10 F Water Temp: 11-20 F Clarity: Cloudy 3 fish caught

Ice fishing was up and down this past week with the ever changing weather. Most houses were able to catch enough fish for a fish fry. The key is to really work those fish.  Electronics help.  Fishing each fish hard will put more in the bucket.  A tough day for card players using two dead sticks not paying attention.  Some ice roads are letting half-ton pick-ups pulling 20’ houses on the lake. 3/4 ton pick-ups are being let out with portables. Contact your resort for more specific information. Ice averages 15-19”. Fishing in 26-35’. Some houses in 10-19’ producing a few walleyes in the morning. Lots of saugers with a few slot walleyes mixed in. Glow orange and pink continues to be best. Jigging line should have a jig that makes a noise or rattles tipped with a full minnow or just the head.  Plain hook or small jig on dead stick with a live minnow.

The Rainy River is iced over and being fished in spots but mainly by locals who know the ice. Evening bite in 16’ will producing a few fish. Sturgeon and eelpout mixed in with walleye. For safety, work through resorts.  Safety first.  Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing is steady. Ice is 20-22” where resorts fish on the Minnesota side with about 8" of snow and 16” on the Ontario side. Guides are finding different species all over. Finding walleyes on or near reefs around 26’ and saugers in the mud around 32’. Jumbo perch, monster pike, and a few eelpout in the mix. Large crappies are being caught around the 33’ mark with guides on the Ontario side. Resort listings at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Black Crappie
3Sauger
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Cloudy Air Temperature: 11-20 F Water Temp: 0-10 F Clarity: Clear 3 fish caught

Ice fishing has remained steady throughout the weekend with the each day being different. Some days the morning bite was better and others an afternoon bite. Ice roads are letting half-ton pick-ups pulling 20’ houses on the lake. 3/4 ton pick-ups are being let out with portables. Contact your resort for more specific information. Ice averages 15-19”. Fishing in 25-35’. Some larger walleye being caught in 10 - 15’. Glow orange and pink are hot colors with a 1-2 punch of jigging and dead stick. More walleyes starting to be caught on south shore with saugers. Lots of good eaters.

The Rainy River is iced over and being fished in spots but mainly by locals who know the ice. Decent night bite in 16’ with sturgeon and eelpout mixed in with walleye. For safety, work through resorts.  Safety first.  Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing is picking up each and every day. Ice is 23” where resorts like to fish on the Minnesota side and 15” on the Ontario side. Guides are finding mixed species all over. Finding walleyes on or near reefs around 26’ and saugers in the mud around 32’. Jumbo perch, monster pike, and a few eelpout in the mix. Large crappies are being caught around the 33’ mark with snowmobiles and guides on the Ontario side. Resort listings at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Sauger
3Northern Pike
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 21-30 F Water Temp: 31-40 F Clarity: Cloudy 3 fish caught

As the weather warmed up, so did the ice fishing. Ice roads are allowing half-ton trucks onto the lake when not towing a trailer. Ice averages 14-17”. As always, stay on marked resort trails and talk with your resort about ice conditions in their area. Fishing in 24-34’ seems to be the best. Glow colors remain hot and the two way punch of jigging and dead stick remains the go to plan of attack. Ice electronics are key in catching more fish. Walleyes and saugers caught primarily in late morning with flurries in afternoon.  Lots of nice saugers in the mix throughout the basin.

The Rainy River is iced over and being fished in spots but mainly by locals who know the ice.  For safety, work through resorts.  Safety first.  Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing is hot.  Ice is 22” where resorts are traveling on Minnesota side and 14” on the Ontario side. Limits in 24-28' adjacent or on reefs for walleyes and 30-34' for saugers in the mud. Jumbo perch, pike, and eelpout in the mix. Large crappies (in 30-33') and lake trout (via snowmobile and guide) being caught on Ontario side.  Resort listings at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Sauger
3Lake Trout

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