Ice Starting to Form

Part fishing report, part ice report this time of year.  Most are waiting to get out on the hard water with very few boats fishing.  Thin ice on the bays.  Zippel Bay, Bostic Bay and Baudette Bay all reporting 1-3 inches.  A few daring pike anglers, but travel on the ice not yet recommended,  4 Mile Bay is partially covered in ice with some open spots.  Some ice forming on the basin in the west side of the lake initially but a ways to go.

On the Rainy River, bays are getting locked up with open water on the river.  A few boats on river with anglers catching a handful of walleyes and sauger and a sturgeon here and there.

Up at the NW Angle, not many fishing as ice is showing up but still only 2-4 inches. It won’t be long, but safety first. Come and say hello at the Lake of the Woods Tourism booth this weekend at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show.  Info on resorts and upcoming ice fishing at

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