Lake of The Woods Fishing Report

Lake of The Woods, MN: The fishing has been phenomenal this past week. More than once anglers reported having over 100 fish a day take the bait. That big school of fish that was reported hanging along the south shoreline towards the end of the open water season is still there. Thus, the fleets of ice houses are not but a mile to a mile and half offshore. Across the southern end of the lake, as far as you can see from any point, the resorts have their icehouse fleet out and set up. 

We would like to stress safety first during this first ice. Yes, the bite and catch are exciting, but let’s all be smart about it. The condition of the ice will continue to vary greatly for a little while longer. We recommend working with or through a resort and make sure to stay on the marked roads. Any deviation could spell disaster. As a rule of thumb, snowmobiles, ATVs, and side by sides are being allowed out so far. Fishing through a resort you will be transported out to your fish house to ensure safety. It will not be until just after Christmas that ½ ton vehicles will be allowed out. 

Once safely out on the ice and comfortably set up in a nice and heated icehouse, you will be impressed with a mix bag catch. Walleye, sauger, pike, eelpout and perch will be in the mix. Maybe even a sturgeon will give you a show. You will be fishing a very consistent 10 – 12 inches of ice over anywhere from 8 to 23 feet of water. And naturally with the winter system that is upon us today, these depths and thicknesses will begin to change in the days and weeks to come.

The tried-and-true jigging and deadstick combination has been the ticket. Most effective color … Gold. Any brightly colored jig head like yellow, red, or orange will also work. Jigging spoons are being reported as landing some fish as well. On the active jigging rigs, use frozen shiners as a tip. On the deadstick use a live minnow. Let the live minnow do the work for you. As always, trust your electronics as the fish can come in from all over the water column. Right now, about a foot above the bottom is the sweet spot. 

We are currently running a New Year’s Rock’n Special on our 2/2 and 3/2 packages December 31st – Jan 2nd. Now is the time to book your ice fishing trip! River Bend Resort can set you up easily with just one call to our booking agents. We offer a variety of ice fishing packages that will suit any level of ice fishing experience and will fit any budget. You can find our offerings as well as pricing by clicking this link

Until next week … Keep a Tight Line! Bugs & Fishes ≤º))~{

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