Fishing Report 2.17.2020
On the south end… Some big walleyes caught this week up at Lake of the Woods along with eaters and saugers. Good fishing still happening 16 – 22 miles out on the ice and most reports are good. Ice conditions on LOW remain excellent at around 30 inches where most are fishing. Best colors vary but on sunny days gold has been consistent. On cloudy days, glow pink, green, orange and chartreuse good colors. Don’t be afraid to downsize presentation if fish are not active. Small spoon with a minnow head. A plain hook with a small minnow can be very effective. Electronics helping anglers catch suspended walleyes. Pike are getting more active and anglers reporting good success.
On the Rainy River… The river is frozen over with snowmobile traffic on marked trail. Some reports of local anglers catching a few walleyes in the river but most anglers hitting the lake. Extra caution is always needed on the river, especially with higher current this year. Thin ice around the International Bridge in Baudette. Work through resort or know ice conditions if ice fishing the river as ice thickness varies.
Up at the NW Angle… Ice fishing in full swing up at the Angle. Resorts in 26 – 32′ of water. A mix of walleyes and saugers with some jumbo perch and pike in the mix. The snowmobile trails from south shore to Angle in great shape. Jigging with a bait with rattles has helped to pull in walleyes. Fish houses on the ice through March 31st, walleyes and saugers open through April 14. A complete list of lodging and ice fishing options available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/