Lake of The Woods Ice Fishing Report

River Bend Resort Lake of The Woods ice fishing report February 24, 2022.

Photo Caption: Roger Queck shows off a dandy walleye he caught using a gold tear jig 1 – 2 foot off the bottom in approximately 30 foot of water. Roger was part of the Lance Queck bachelor party that fished with us last weekend.

Lake of The Woods ice fishing packages are available for any size group to fit any budget. Current midweek discounts on our advertised rates are available. Weekly discounts and specials now throughout the end of the season. Keep checking our Facebook page for updates. 

As we head into the last month of ice season, fishing has been steady. Good numbers are being caught and released. Daily limits are being put on the ice and the bite is taking an upward swing.

The days are getting longer signaling to the fish that they soon will be spawning. Thus, the increase in feeding activity. Also, the reason many larger fish are being caught with more regularity.  

The mixed bag catch remains. As the anglers continue to pick through the sauger and walleye, they are finding jumbo perch, pike, eelpout, crappie, and tullibee also on the hook. This makes for some very exciting action out on the ice. You never know what you will bring up from her depths. 

Speaking of depths, our icehouse fleet is sitting over the fish eight and a half miles out in front of Pine Island in 30 feet of water on over forty inches of ice. 

Rattle spoons, Rippin Raps, and brightly colored jigs are attracting fish with a more aggressive presentation as of late. Still just off the bottom – six inches up to two feet is where you will see most of the action. Also, where most of the smaller fish are as well. However, the bring home eater/fish fry bounty will also be at that depth. 

Anglers have also found that working the dead stick is producing more bites. Just a few weeks ago the direction was “No Touchy!”. Meaning leave that dead stick alone and let the minnow do all the work for you. That has changed and anglers are seeing that putting a little action on the dead stick is producing bites. 

With both presentations keep this in mind… this time of year the bite can be light. Use a rod with a sensitive time pr a strike indicator (a bobber even) will increase your odds of setting the hook.

Not to be contrary, just be ready as the light bite will soon give way to a more aggressive attack to feeding. As I indicated above, they will be heading into spawn within the next month. And they are programed to feed to do so. 

Also, continue to trust your electronics. It is Lake of The Woods historic fact that 90% of the fish you will catch will come from off the bottom. However, most all the larger trophy walleye have come from cruising depths 19 feet all the way up to 15 feet below the ice. So, while you are catching a healthy number of fish in 30 feet of water, watch for those blips up high… and then adjust. 

Colors remain brightly polished gold, hammered gold, silver, pink, glow colors, dirty bombs that blink red, and wonder bread. 

Ice fishing will continue through the month of March. All houses must be off the ice March 31, 2022. Walleye and sauger season will remain open until the 14th of April. There is plenty of great and safe ice and a bounty of fish yet to be caught. 

River Bend Resort is offering a very generous mid-week sale on our Lake of The Woods Ice Fishing Packages. When you book a mid-week ice package (Sunday – Thursday) at either the Walleye Inn or River Bend Resort, you will receive 10% off fishing only packages and 15% off all-inclusive packages. 

Book your ice fishing trip now! Don’t wait! 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.

In addition, we do offer online booking for those who wish to do so. Please keep in mind that if you should experience any difficulty with our online system, we are a simple phone call away from getting you set up and fishing with us on beautiful Lake of The Woods. 

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


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