Fishing Report 11.30.2022
On the south end… Ice is forming, but other than some back bays, it isn’t ready quite yet. Mother Nature is on track. Some resorts are making the prediction of December 10th for day houses being out, give or take, but at this point, this isn’t set in stone and time will tell. There are cold temps in the forecast and things look optimistic.
Many resorts and outfitters have been checking ice conditions. When the time is right, resorts and outfitters will slowly and safely begin marking and grooming trails for ice travel.
Please remember, ice conditions vary greatly in different parts of the lake. One ice road can have good ice that has been checked and marked while down the shoreline there may be ice not suitable for travel yet. Work through resorts and outfitters on the ice and stay on the marked trails for safety.
Anticipation is high as the walleye and sauger fishing this fall was good and fish were staged in good numbers along the south shore.
On the Rainy River… Much of the Rainy River is frozen up. Things are progressing but it certainly needs cold weather and some time.
Ice conditions vary and on the river there is current, so much like the lake, we encourage visitors to work through a resort or outfitter for safety.
Up at the NW Angle… Ice is forming nicely and is right on track for this year’s ice fishing season. There has been no ice fishing yet as resorts are simply monitoring ice conditions at this time, waiting until the ice is thicker before marking trails and getting fish houses out.
Fall fishing was excellent with walleyes in good numbers along with some monster pike being caught. All indications point to good fishing when the ice is ready as the fish are there.
Driving through Canada to reach the Angle no longer requires COVID vaccinations or the use of the ArriveCan App (which is optional).
For those looking to access the Angle while avoiding customs, there are few options.
1. When ice conditions allow, the snowmobile trail will be groomed and staked from the south shore up to the Angle.
2. The Lake of the Woods Passenger service provides round trip bombardier service across the lake.
3. Lake Country Air provides air service to both the south end and NW Angle.
A complete list of lodging, fish house rentals and sleeper fish house rentals at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/