Checked the lake ice conditions yesterday. Came across a pressure break going East and West. Was only about 1-2 inches wide and was freezing over. We could see ice as far as Gull Rock and beyond with some areas that were questionable.
Different story this morning. From the pressure break out, about 200 yards North, we are back to open water again. There is strong winds for tomorrow again. We will see how things go.
Took a few steps back today from yesterday! …
We were finding only up to 4 inches of ice yesterday.
We will keep you posted
Today’s lake photo’s! She was pretty much all open water just before dark last night!!
Some of the dark areas we think might be open areas. Try to see if she was open with the gun scope but was to hard to see.
This is why you don’t rush ice fishing – which most everyone know’s! Yes, we are all very anxious and all so pumped to get out and ice fish.
It will happen, we just have to stay safe, there is no other way.
This morning, 7:00 a. m., it was ice just as we saw it last night. This morning the wind picked up by 9:30 a. m. By 11:30 a. m. the lake now has open water. Today, 3:00 pm, we have open water right to our shoreline.
Second chance at smoother ice anyway for part of this area.
It is amazing to watch and learn what the lake goes through as it transitions to winter ice. Pretty cool. I know I’m watching and learning. I’m definitely learning RESPECT!!
Fishing report via email to our email email@example.com from Lake of the Woods Tourism 11/9/17! Enjoy everyone!!!
Fishing Report For November 8, 2017
Some nice walleyes being caught despite very cold temps and opening of MN deer hunting season. Ice is forming on back bays, not on the lake yet. It won’t be long. For the few anglers out, walleyes are staged in 7-30′ across the south shore of the lake. Most anchored up with jig and shiner. Pink, pink/white and gold colors good starts. The walleyes and saugers are setting up nicely for first ice anglers.
Rainy River holding walleyes of all sizes. The late shiner run didn’t happen this year. Late Sep. and early Oct were better. Still some big fish in river with numerous fish over 28 inches being caught along with eaters. Evenings have been best. Water temp at Wheeler’s Point public access at the mouth of the Rainy River was 36.8 degrees Monday morning. It won’t be long!
Up at the Northwest Angle, ice has formed in many areas. Some harbors locked up with ice. Prior to ice up, walleyes were being caught in 10-30 feet in many spots with jig and minnow the most effective. Some hearty anglers trolled for muskies around and through thin ice last week and were rewarded with fish. Resorts have equipment ready for ice fishing which could come early this year!
Received 11/9/17 from
Lake of the Woods Tourism ·
PO Box 518 ·
Baudette · Minnesota · 56623