Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 2-15-2016

On the main basin (Big Traverse Bay).  A cold week with temps getting down to -26.  Ice fishing began starting to heat up a little as weather warmed.  Sunday yielded some nice pales of fish in the cleaning shacks for many anglers. Picking multiple fish out of active schools was key. Patience is a must. Electronics and working every fish key.  Smaller presentations are working better. Decent late afternoon bite starting around 4 p.m. Ice averaging 15-22 inches on the basin. Many resorts have moved over 10 miles out past Pine Island. Fishing in 27-35’. A few houses in the shallower areas (10-20’) producing some nicer fish mornings / evenings.  Overall, mainly saugers with eater and slot walleyes mixed in. Most ice roads are letting out half-ton pickups with 20’ houses or 3/4 ton pick-ups with portable and small houses. Contact your specific resort for more information.

The Rainy River is iced over and being fished mainly by locals who know the ice. A late afternoon/evening bite in about 16’ is producing a few fish. Mainly walleye of all sizes with a few pike and eelpout mixed in. For safety, work through resorts. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, fishing up and down this week on the Minnesota side. Ice is averaging 22” where resorts fish. A mixed bag of fish are being caught. Fishing is best around 30-33’ in the mud. Reefs around 26’ are producing some fish. Pike, jumbo perch, and eelpout mixed in. Good crappies are being caught around the 33’ mark with guides on the Ontario side. Ice fishing through March on LOW.  Resort listings at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging

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