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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: Partly Cloudy Air Temperature: 0-10 F Water Temp: 31-40 F Clarity: Cloudy

Ice fishing has heated back up quickly with stable weather. The key depth's remain 24 - 31 ft and glow red, pink and gold.  A one-two punch of jigging with a rattle spoon tipped with a tail or head of a shiner and a deadstick with a plain hook has been most effective. Walleyes and saugers mix. Some big saugers and trophy walleyes being iced. 15-20" of ice on the lake. Some resorts are allowing 3/4 ton trucks with wheel houses. Day by day decisions for each resort.  Work through resorts as their ice roads are monitored. Know where you are going.  As always, safety first.  

The Rainy River has been good for walleyes. More of a morning / evening bite.  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.

 

Up at the Northwest Angle fishing continues strong.  Reports of 16-18 inches of ice in areas traveled by resorts. The ice road from Young's Bay to resorts on Flag Island and Oak Island is open to vehicles.  The snowmobile trail from the south shore to the NW Angle is open and groomed.  Resorts are fishing in 19-28 feet of water with a nice walleye and sauger bite. Best colors include glow pink and gold.  Big crappies being caught in Ontario in 28+'.  Walleyes in Ontario 22'-28'. Work through resorts and stay on ice road.  Resorts and ice fishing reservations at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.  Check out the Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page www.facebook.com/lakeofthewoodsmn for day to day reports.

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Snow Air Temperature: 0-10 F Water Temp: 31-40 F Clarity: Cloudy

On the main lake, Big Traverse Bay...  Ice fishing is in full swing and fishing is good. The key depth's are 24 - 31 ft and glow red, pink and gold are good colors to start with.  Rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head or tail has been the best for the jigging line.  Use a plain hook or an ice jig with a live minnow for the dead stick. Nice mix of walleyes and saugers. 13-19" of ice on the lake. Some resorts are allowing 1/2 ton trucks with wheel houses. Day by day decision for each resort.  Work through resorts as their ice roads are monitored. Know where you are going.  As always, safety first.  

The Rainy River has been good for walleyes. 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.

 

Up at the Northwest Angle fishing reports are excellent.  Reports of 14-16 inches of ice in areas traveled by resorts. The ice road from Young's Bay to resorts on Flag Island and Oak Island is open to vehicles.  The snowmobile trail from the south shore to the NW Angle is open.  Resorts are fishing in 19-28 feet of water with nice walleyes and saugers biting. Big crappies being caught in Ontario in 29-33'.  Walleyes in Ontario 22'-28'. Work through resorts and stay on ice road.  Resorts and ice fishing reservations at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.  Check out the Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page www.facebook.com/lakeofthewoodsmn for day to day reports.

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 11-20 F Water Temp: 31-40 F Clarity: Cloudy

Ice fishing is in full swing and remains excellent. The key depth's are 20 - 25 ft and glow red or pink rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head or tail has been the best for the jigging line.  Use a plain hook or an ice jig with a live minnow for the dead stick. As of right now we are sitting at 14-15" of ice on Four Mile Bay and 12-15" on the lake. Some resorts are allowing trucks without wheel houses. Others not quite yet.  Day by day decision for each resort.  Work through resorts as their ice roads are monitored. Know where you are going.  As always, safety first.  

The Rainy River has been good for walleyes. With the huge shiner run this year, a lot of shiners and walleyes are still in the river. There is good ice in areas but there will be problem areas. Like every year, work through resorts when ice fishing river as current and ice thickness will vary.   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 Northwest Angle walleye reports are excellent.  Reports of 10-15 inches of ice. The ice road from Young's Bay to resorts is open.  The snowmobile trail from the south shore to the NW Angle is open.  Resorts are fishing in 20-24 feet of water with nice walleyes and healthy saugers biting. Work through resorts and stay on ice road.  Resorts and ice fishing reservations at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.  Check out the Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page www.facebook.com/lakeofthewoodsmn for day to day reports.

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