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MN
United States
49° 5' 56.5764" N, 94° 57' 7.5132" W
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Rain Air Temperature: 31-40 F Water Temp: 31-40 F Clarity: Cloudy

Sonar units continue to be an anglers best friend. Still some suspended fish out there. Working every fish hard is key. Some fish are players and some pretenders. A good tullibee and perch bite in some areas amongst walleyes / saugers. The anglers working a spoon and a dead stick with a plain hook and minnow are doing good.  Key depth  29-33 ft in the morning/afternoon and 17-24 before dusk.  Best colors continue to be glow red and gold on jigging spoons tipped with minnow head or tail. Snow pack on the lake is disappearing and ice is still very good.

 

The Rainy River morning and evening bite has been okay. Know the river or use a resort or guide for safety. Warm weather and current will effect areas harsher than others.   The snowmobile trail is staked from Wheeler's Point to Baudette on the river.  Do not deviate from trail unless you are familiar with ice conditions.

 

Up at the NW Angle, fishing has really picked up. The dead stick is producing the most fish with depths under a foot off of the bottom. Lots fish in the slot, as well as some over 28 inches! On the Canadian side, walleyes are being caught in transition zones, with gold and pink and whites being the hot colors. The crappie bite is at 30 ft plus in the mud with Tungsten jigs tipped with plastic. Jigging spoons with a minnow head are also producing fish. Remember to move on to another species after you have your limit of crappies as these fish have a high mortality rate over 25' of water. Work through resorts and stay on ice road. Fish houses can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th.  Resorts and ice fishing reservations at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.   Please remember to "Keep It Clean" and remove trash from ice.

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Electronics are a huge help for walleyes and sauger right now with many fish showing up 10 to 15 feet below the ice. Keep depths have been 29 to 33 feet on the main basin and there has been a few more jumbo perch in the mix. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting best early and late each day in 13 to 20 feet. Move off the structure in 22 to 30 feet during midday hours and crappie action remains strong over 30 feet or more.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 31-40 F Water Temp: 31-40 F Clarity: Cloudy

Sonar units are big right now as a trend of suspended fish has started with walleyes 10-15 feet below the ice. A good bite in the main basin, combo walleyes / saugers. Working every fish is a must! The anglers working a jigging spoon with a rattle and a dead stick are doing better than a jigging rod and a tip up.  Key depth  29-33 ft.  Best colors continue to be glow red, pink and gold on jigging spoons tipped with minnow head or tail. Jumbo perch being caught as well in some areas depending on the day.  

The Rainy River morning and evening bite has been good. Know the river or use a resort or guide for safety.   The snowmobile trail is staked from Wheeler's Point to Baudette on the river.  Do not deviate from trail unless you are familiar with ice conditions.

 

Good fishing up at the NW Angle. Best colors remain glow pink and gold. Flyers, Buckshot Rattle spoons, Rippin Raps, Pink Charmers or flutter spoons tipped with a minnow head or tail . For walleyes on MN side, morning / evening bite remains in 13-20'.  Move off structure in 22-30 feet of water in the afternoon hours. Ontario, walleyes in 25' or deeper. Giant crappies in 30+ feet on small jigs/rattle spoons/plastics/minnows/wax worms. Keep crappies if fishing deeper than 25' as high mortality if released in deep water.  Work through resorts and stay on ice road. Fish houses can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th.  Resorts and ice fishing reservations at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.   Please remember to "Keep It Clean" and remove trash from ice.

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