Fishing Report 2.8.2021

On the south end…  A good week of fishing up on Lake of the Woods.  Cold weather is welcomed as the fish houses are warm!  Remember, ice fishing is open through March.  A nice variety of walleyes and saugers being caught in 29-33 feet.  Use a jigging line in one hole and a deadstick with a live minnow in the other.  Keep the jigging line moving to attract fish.  Try gold, glow white, glow red and pink.  Lures that glow or with a glow stick effective in the stained water.

Fish range in size.  A typical day will usually include small fish, eaters, some slots (19.5 – 28″ to be released) and even a big walleye over 28″ on occasion.  The limit of walleyes and saugers on LOW is a combined limit of 6 fish, with up to 4 of the 6 being walleyes.  Walleyes 19.5 – 28″ must be released.  One fish over 28″ allowed per day.  Anglers also catching jumbo perch, pike, eelpout, tullibees and every once in a while, a crappie or sturgeon.

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.

On the Rainy River…   Morning and evening bite still the best on the river.  The snowmobile trail on the river from Baudette to Wheeler’s Point to the NW Angle staked and groomed.  Use caution and work through a resort, outfitter or gain info from a bait shop as there is current and areas not fit for travel on the river.

Up at the NW Angle…  With the border closure, there are four ways to travel to the NW Angle without crossing the border.  1.  NW Angle Guest Ice Road from south shore up to the Angle.  2.  Snowmobile trails across the lake.  3.  Lake of the Woods Passenger Service (bombardier).  4.  Lake Country Air flying service.

A good week of walleye fishing mixed with perch, eelpout, pike and tullibees.  Walleyes are following their typical pattern, sliding off of structure into that 26 – 30′ of water.  As a rule, structure morning / evening and deep mud or rocks during the day.  Ripping Raps or jigging spoons with a rattle tipped with a piece of minnow head or tail working well.  Plain hook or a glow jig 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

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