Lake of the Woods Fishing Report, December 24, 2018

On the main basin… Great week of ice fishing.  Fish continue to slide a bit deeper with most anglers focused in 25-31′ of water.  During the morning and evenings, shallow water bite in 13-18′.  Some walleyes being caught at night this past week.  Electronics very helpful, some fish suspended.  Resorts have marked trails for ATV, UTV, snowmobiles with anticipation of some resorts opening ice roads after Christmas.  Gold and glow red continue to be hot colors.  Ice ranges from 12-16″ where resorts are fishing.  Snowmobile trails on lake staked from south shore up to NW angle.  Please stay on marked trails, don’t go off on your own and exercise safety precautions as ice conditions vary.

On the Rainy River…  Stretches of the river and bay ice unsafe with heavier than normal current and still some open water.  Some walleye action in Four Mile Bay early and late in day.  Reports of pike still coming from bays.

Up at the NW Angle… Ice road is open from Young’s Bay to Flag Island, no further as of yet.  Other areas still need more time / ice before vehicle traffic is allowed.  Snowmobile trails from south shore across lake to Angle are marked and are open.  Stay on trail for safety!  As always, neck down and other areas with current are iffy. Excellent fishing with good numbers of walleyes being caught.  Good crappie reports from Ontario side.  Work through resorts and stay on staked resort ice trails.  Safety first.  A complete list of lodging and ice fishing packages available at

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