Fishing Report 3.17.2020
Ice fishing is still happening on Lake of the Woods. Some resorts / hotels / outfitters are open and have adjusted their business model to adhere to the new rules with COVID – 19. Additional cleaning and disinfecting is in place. Fish house rentals, lodging, ice roads and take out or delivered meals are available by some resorts. Contact resorts directly or look at their Facebook pages for helpful info.
On the south end… Some great March ice fishing continues. Anglers fishing anywhere from 27 – 33′ of water. Ice conditions on LOW remain excellent with freezing temps keeping ice firm. Some good colors overall, pink / gold, glow, red glow, green glow. Work lures on jigging line with a live minnow on an ice jig or plain hook on second line. Electronics a big plus. Try mixing it up with small lures, swim baits, rattle baits. Keep baits active for best results. Pike fishing very good this week with many fish over 40 inches. Tip ups with big baits on quick strike rigs the norm. Fish houses can be left overnight on the ice through March 31st, walleye and sauger season is open through April 14th and pike season never closes.
On the Rainy River… As spring approaches, extra caution needed on the river. Thin ice around the International Bridge in Baudette. We are watching open water line progress from east to west. No open water fishing as of yet due to colder temps.
Up at the NW Angle… A good week of ice fishing reports up at the Angle. A mix of nice walleyes, big jumbo perch and pike in the mix. Resorts in 20 – 32′ of water targeting both structure and mud. Glow colors, gold and pink effective. Plain hook on the deadstick. The snowmobile trails groomed and are still in good shape. A complete list of lodging and ice fishing options available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/