Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 1-18-16

Ice fishing remained steady throughout the weekend here on The Walleye Capital of the World. Ice roads are allowing midsize vehicles or 16′ wheel houses pulled by UTV’s on to the lake. There is 11-15” of ice on average with a few reports of 18-20” but with patches of 8” ice. As always, stay on marked resort trails. Best fishing in 24-34’ with smaller presentations. Lures with rattles or a plain hook and glow colors best. Walleyes and saugers with a few monsters mixed in. Best bite continues to be between 9 am and noon.

The Rainy River is iced over but not safe overall.  For safety, work through resorts.  Some locals out on ice but they know exact conditions.  Safety first.  Most anglers fishing the lake.

Up at the NW Angle, good fishing continues.  Snowmobile trails to south end of lake and to Kenora are open.  Ice roads to island resorts marked and open. Resorts are finding fish.  Steady bite with limits in 23-29′ for walleyes and 30-34′ for saugers. Jumbo perch, pike, and eelpout in with walleye and sauger mix. Slab crappies being caught on Ontario side.  Resort listings at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

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