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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: Sunny Air Temperature: 41-50 F Water Temp: 31-40 F Clarity: Cloudy

Ice is good in some areas of main lake but bad in areas with moving water / springs. All resort / outfitter access's are closed to vehicles but some are open to four-wheelers. side by sides, and snowmobiles including Morris Point, Long Point, Dales's and Arnesen's, which still has fish houses available as well.  As always, use a resort or outfitter road for safety as they are monitored daily.  Walleye bite has been good with many keepers among smaller fish. Fish are aggressive and having a flasher is helpful.  Jigging spoon tipped with minnow head or tail and a dead stick with a plain hook or small ice jig and minnow are doing good.  Key depth  17-33 ft.  Best colors glow pink/red and gold. Tip up fishing for pike on fire.  Many flags of northern pike in back bays and reefs.

Rainy River spring fishing is ON!  The Rainy River is open all the way to Wheeler's Point. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats. Wheeler's Point will be open in a day or so.  Walleye fishing has been excellent. Many eater walleyes so far with a few monsters. Right now a 1/2 - 3/4 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Pink, orange and gold are hot colors. Many sturgeon being boated as well.  

 

 

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are unstable as current areas are opening up quickly.  Travel with caution. Many resorts using airboats at this point.  Fish houses on LOW can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th.  Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.  

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

Ice continues to be good with 24-27 inches in most areas.  As always, use a resort or outfitter road for safety as they are monitored daily.  Some resorts have pulled houses, some still have houses out.  Some ice roads closed, others still open.  Call ahead.  Bite has been great overall with many keepers among smaller year classes. Fish are very aggressive but electronics are very helpful as some walleyes and saugers are suspended.  Jigging spoon tipped with minnow head or tail and a dead stick with a plain hook or small ice jig and minnow are doing good.  Key depth  20-33 ft.  Best colors glow pink/red. Northern pike are on fire in spawning areas and are very active with fish over 40" caught daily. Some resorts have pulled houses for the year but others are still going strong depending on where on the lake they are stationed. 

 

Game On!  The Rainy River is open from 4-5 miles west of Birchdale. Birchdale landing is open to all boats. Frontier will be soon.  Some anglers pushing boats over the ice on landings more west. Good reports so far of walleye bite. Daily open water progress on Rainy River at http://lakeofthewoodsmn.com/rainy-river/

 

 

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions decent with 18-24 inches of solid ice in non-current areas but current areas are opening up quickly.  Travel with caution. On the Minnesota side, walleye fishing is good in 20-30 feet. Jumbo perch still turning up in buckets.  In Ontario the crappie bite is hot with all this warm weather.  Remember to shift 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 give them a call before you head up as ice conditions change rapidly this time of year. Fish houses can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th.  Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.  

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 21-30 F Water Temp: 31-40 F Clarity: Cloudy

Ice continues to be good with 24-34 inches in most areas.  As always, use a resort or outfitter road for safety as they are monitored.  Bite varies daily but good catch rate most days. Fish are aggressive following lures up and down the water column. Electronics helpful as some walleyes are suspended.  Jigging spoon tipped with minnow head or tail and a dead stick with a plain hook or small ice jig and minnow are doing good.  Key depth  26-33 ft.  Best colors glow pink/red. Northern pike are staging near spawning areas and are very active with fish over 40" caught daily.

 

The Rainy River  is open from Birchdale to the east with shore ice present.  Some  anglers have already started pushing boats over the ice. Warm weather should get the ice moving again this week as it stalled out last week. Daily open water progress on Rainy River at http://lakeofthewoodsmn.com/rainy-river/

 

 

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are still good with 20-24 inches of solid ice in non-current areas. On the Minnesota side, walleye fishing is hot between 20-30 feet. Black and gold have been the hot colors.  Jumbo perch have turned on this past week with many 14 inchers.  In Ontario the crappie bite continues to be hot, typically using small plastics.  Remember to shift 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 give them a call before you head up as ice conditions change rapidly this time of year. Fish houses can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th.  Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.

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