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Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau Fishing Report with Ice condition information 11/29/17

From Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau, Baudette, MN
email 11/30/2017 to dmrservice@hotmail.com
Fishing report and ice condtion update

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Fishing Report For November 29, 2017

The lake locked up with ice but still a few open spots. Some local guides have ventured out finding varying ice conditions. So far, a bit of rough ice near shore but not bad. Water clarity appears good with fish being caught by guides testing. Resorts will be out measuring ice thickness and assessing ice conditions during the week. Safety is #1. The Rainy River has a skim of ice across it with only a few open areas left. Back bays are frozen over with 4 to 8 inches in many areas. Water temperature remains 32.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

On an average year, resort fish houses get out on the main lake around Dec 10th and stay on the ice through March 31st. ATV’s and collapsible fish houses will get out a bit earlier based on when resorts who maintain ice roads feel it is safe. When resorts open ice roads, stay on marked trails and don’t deviate for safety. Walleyes and saugers are staged up nicely along south shore with fish populations favorable.

NW Angle is frozen in most areas with a few areas with current still remaining open. Resorts are checking ice conditions, starting to mark initial trails. Not ready yet. Safety first. Follow daily reports at Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page.
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There we have it folks from our Tourism Bureau in Baudette, MN

Dale and I are checking the lake 2 + times a day and we will keep you posted as the ice condition’s change.  Right now with 2 days of strong winds there is a large area of open water.  This morning we could see white covering the entire lake with the light dusting of snow but know that this was all water last evening and can only be the thinnest layer of ice on that area that was just open last evening.

We will keep you posted. Thank-you so very much for following us on our Webpage or/and our Facebook page!!!

Dale and Connie Peterson

Dale’s Fish House Rental – Lake of the Woods

Dale 320-630-7897

Connie 320-630-6734 – Reservations

Fishing Report 11/8/2017

Fishing report via email to our email dmrservice@hotmail.com from Lake of the Woods Tourism 11/9/17! Enjoy everyone!!!

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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!

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Received 11/9/17 from
Lake of the Woods Tourism ·
PO Box 518 ·
Baudette · Minnesota · 56623

Fishing Report 11/1/2017

Courtesy of Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau sent via email to dmrservice@hotmail.com

Here is the Nov. 1, 2017 Fishing report for Lake of the Woods – Baudette, MN

Fishing Report For November 1, 2017

    

The walleye bite continues strong as a taste of winter weather moved in over the weekend! Hearty fall anglers finding good fish.  On the main lake, anglers sorting through a lot of fish and finding nice keepers mixed in with small. Walleyes are staged in front of Pine Island, Graceton Beach, Zippel Bay, Long Point, and near the gaps in 7-30′. Most anchored up with jig and shiner.  Pink, pink/white and gold colors good starts.  Fish setting up nicely for ice anglers.
Rainy River holding walleyes of all sizes. Frontier and Clementson area holding fish and shiners still along with a few miles up river from Wheeler’s Point.  Schools of shiners coming into river randomly still with walleyes close behind.  Vertical jigging tipped with a shiner while anchored is the go to method but reports of anglers trolling crankbaits with good success east of Baudette.  Smallmouth bass, pike, sturgeon and crappies showing up daily.
Up at the Northwest Angle, Walleyes are biting anywhere from 10 to 30 ft with jigging being the most effective method. Crappies are biting in deep holes of 27’+ with a good amount of perch mixed in.  Fish moving to wintering areas and the feed bag is on.  Lodging, charters and guides are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

 

Fishing Report Oct. 10 2017 posted Oct 16, 2017

Fishing report received by email on Oct. 11, 2017 from the Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau! Enjoy!!
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Fishing Report For October 10, 2017

The walleye bite is on! Walleyes increasing in numbers still along the south shore, Long Point, Zippel Bay, Lighthouse Gap, Four Mile Bay and in river. Anglers picking through small fish to fill live wells with 18-19 inch walleyes. Walleyes have the feed bags on. 18-30 feet holding fish. Anchor up with a jig with a shiner minnow. Pink, pink/white and gold have been the best colors. Reefs holding fish as well.

Rainy River anglers finding more success each day. Shiners still moving in river. Vertical jigging tipped with a shiner is best method. Some anglers trolling crankbaits with success as well. Smallmouth bass, pike and crappies showing up. Good numbers of sturgeon of all sizes being caught with some over 50″ and 60″.

Up at the Northwest Angle, in MN waters, jig and a minnow/shiner will fill your live well. Areas of best success between islands in current areas with depths ranging from 13-26.’ Fish are really hungry and are packing on the pounds before ice season! Canadian walleye fishing is also outstanding. Orange, pink or chartreuse with a minnow/shiner have been effective off of points at depth of 18-26.’ Musky action transitioning from shallow reef tops to deeper waters, trolling cranks or jigging big rubber is common practice now. Many smallmouth have been caught this week with wounds from predatory fish.

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Email to dmrservice@hotmail.com on 10/11/2017 from Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau ~
lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Oct 4th Fishing Report

Fishing report from Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau Oct 5, 2017 via email to dmrservice@hotmail.com
Fishing report Update!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fishing Report For October 4, 2017

Fishing is excellent! Walleyes in good numbers along the south shore, Long Point, Zippel Bay, Lighthouse Gap, Four Mile Bay and in river. Anglers filling livewells. Walleyes are fat, full of shiners. 18-30 feet holding fish. Anchor up with a jig with a shiner minnow. Pink, pink/white and gold have been the best colors. Reefs holding fish as well.

Rainy River anglers finding walleyes feeding heavily chasing shiners. Vertical jigging tipped with a shiner is best method. Some anglers trolling crankbaits with success as well. Smallmouth bass, pike and crappies showing up. Good numbers of sturgeon of all sizes being caught with some over 50″ and 60″.

Up at the Northwest Angle, in MN waters, jigging with pink, white or gold producing big numbers of walleyes daily. Current areas between the islands and off deep holes in 10-24 ft. Ontario crappie fishing is on fire in deeper holes off of protruding points in well known areas. Orange is the hot jig color. Muskies being caught while trolling and by unsuspecting walleye anglers.

Oct 10th Fishing Report from Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau!!

Fishing report received by email on Oct. 11, 2017 from the Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau! Enjoy!!
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Fishing Report For October 10, 2017

The walleye bite is on! Walleyes increasing in numbers still along the south shore, Long Point, Zippel Bay, Lighthouse Gap, Four Mile Bay and in river. Anglers picking through small fish to fill live wells with 18-19 inch walleyes. Walleyes have the feed bags on. 18-30 feet holding fish. Anchor up with a jig with a shiner minnow. Pink, pink/white and gold have been the best colors. Reefs holding fish as well.

Rainy River anglers finding more success each day. Shiners still moving in river. Vertical jigging tipped with a shiner is best method. Some anglers trolling crankbaits with success as well. Smallmouth bass, pike and crappies showing up. Good numbers of sturgeon of all sizes being caught with some over 50″ and 60″.

Up at the Northwest Angle, in MN waters, jig and a minnow/shiner will fill your live well. Areas of best success between islands in current areas with depths ranging from 13-26.’ Fish are really hungry and are packing on the pounds before ice season! Canadian walleye fishing is also outstanding. Orange, pink or chartreuse with a minnow/shiner have been effective off of points at depth of 18-26.’ Musky action transitioning from shallow reef tops to deeper waters, trolling cranks or jigging big rubber is common practice now. Many smallmouth have been caught this week with wounds from predatory fish.

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Email to dmrservice@hotmail.com on 10/11/2017 from Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau ~
lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Oct 4th, 2017 Fishing Report from Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau!!

Fishing report from Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau Oct 5, 2017 via email to dmrservice@hotmail.com
Fishing report Update!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fishing Report For October 4, 2017

Fishing is excellent! Walleyes in good numbers along the south shore, Long Point, Zippel Bay, Lighthouse Gap, Four Mile Bay and in river. Anglers filling livewells. Walleyes are fat, full of shiners. 18-30 feet holding fish. Anchor up with a jig with a shiner minnow. Pink, pink/white and gold have been the best colors. Reefs holding fish as well.

Rainy River anglers finding walleyes feeding heavily chasing shiners. Vertical jigging tipped with a shiner is best method. Some anglers trolling crankbaits with success as well. Smallmouth bass, pike and crappies showing up. Good numbers of sturgeon of all sizes being caught with some over 50″ and 60″.

Up at the Northwest Angle, in MN waters, jigging with pink, white or gold producing big numbers of walleyes daily. Current areas between the islands and off deep holes in 10-24 ft. Ontario crappie fishing is on fire in deeper holes off of protruding points in well known areas. Orange is the hot jig color. Muskies being caught while trolling and by unsuspecting walleye anglers

9/15/2017 - Fishing Report

Received fishing report today via email from Lake of the Woods Tourism bureau!!
Enjoy!!!
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Fishing Report For September 14, 2017

As the water temperature continue to drop the walleyes have in turn put the feed bags on. Lots of shiners have made there way closer to shore and lighthouse gap for the spawn. Walleyes caught have full stomachs! Crankbaits still producing but spinners with crawlers or shiners and jigging with a shiner doing well. Big Traverse Bay continues to hold a good portion of the walleyes but reefs holding hungry fish and shorelines get better and better everyday.

Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with morning/evening still the best. The river walleye fall bite hasn’t quite hit yet but it could turn hot any day. Trolling cranks or pulling spinners producing the best. Smallmouth bass in good numbers along shoreline rock, bridge embankments and feeder streams. Many sturgeon over 50″ and 60″ being boated at all times of the day and night.

Up at the Northwest Angle, in Minnesota waters, bottom bouncing, jigging, or trolling with cranks producing big numbers of walleyes. Current areas between the islands have been hot! The best depths are deeper early and mid day, sliding up to 10’ or less in the evening. Canada has been giving up more and more crappies everyday, some at 16” plus. Jigging with the lightest set up possible has been the most effective method, A few have even been caught on crankbaits, which continue to yield the nicest walleyes of the week with a few occasional muskie. Jigging is also very productive for walleyes on 17-22’ shelves, on break lines with access to deeper water. Our walleyes are feeding on schooled up shiners and fishing is phenomenal.
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Courtesy of Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau 9/14/2017-c-