On the south end... As the season progresses, anglers are following the walleyes, which in their typical winter pattern, are moving further from shore. Walleyes and saugers being caught in 30-33 feet. A mix of different size fish continue to be caught with sorting taking place to find the keepers. Jigging with lures with a rattle or vibration has been effective in both catching and attracting fish. Use a deadstick as your second line. Normally a jig or plain hook with a live minnow under a bobber just off of the bottom will work well. Electronics are helpful to show suspended fish as well as how fish are reacting to your presentation. Some bait shops and resorts will rent units for the day. Popular lure colors in the stained waters, gold, glow colors, and bright colors like pink. Some trophy fish (over 28") and slot fish (19.5 - 28") continue to be caught.
On the Rainy River... Ice fishing on areas of the river continues to produce some nice walleyes with mornings and evenings being best. As ice conditions vary greatly on the river as there is moving water, we encourage guests who don't know the river to work through a resort for safety. The snowmobile trail on the river from Baudette to Wheeler's Point to the NW Angle staked and groomed.
Up at the NW Angle... With the border closure, there are three ways to travel to the NW Angle without crossing the border. 1. NW Angle Guest Ice Road is open! 2. Snowmobile trails across the lake are open. 3. Lake of the Woods Passenger Service (bombardier).
Some nice walleyes and saugers being caught up at the Angle with perch, eelpout, pike and tullibees mixed in. On structure, morning and evenings the best while picking at the fish throughout the day. If fishing deep mud, better daytime bite. Ripping Raps or jigging spoons with a rattle tipped with a piece of minnow head or tail working well. Plain hook with a live minnow on deadstick. Communicate with your favorite NW Angle resort for specifics. A complete list of lodging and ice fishing packages available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging... See MoreSee Less