Lake of The Woods Ice Fishing Report

River Bend Resort Lake of The Woods ice fishing report March 3, 2022. Lake of The Woods ice fishing packages are on sale beginning on March 6th, 2022.

Late Ice Special!!! All Mid-week Resort packages are 20% off listed pricing. All Weekend Resort packages are 15% off listed pricing. Lodging ONLY now available!

As the rest of the ice belt begins to say farewell to ice fishing, Lake of The Woods is just getting started! Well, sort of. True we have been on the ice since early December and the fishing has remained great through the entire season. The month of March is known for some of the best action of the year. And of course, we remine one of very few destinations in the lower 48 that possesses this extended season for ice fishing.

Fish houses are allowed to remain out on the ice of Lake of The Woods until March 31st.  This provides us with an extended ice fishing season here up north. In fact, all other lakes will otherwise and for the most part be finished for the year. The month of March has affectionately become known as “Late Ice” to anglers across the land. 

Experinced ice anglers are filled with excitement as late ice approaches. For they have come to know it as some of the best and most productive ice fishing of the year. It is during this time that, naturally, our days become sunnier and of course longer.

This signals to the walleye and sauger the time to spawn is near. And with that, the feed bags get put on. The bite will become more aggressive and constant. Afterall, if they intend to propagate the species, they will need their strength and stamina.

All this combined make for some of the best probabilities of not only landing lots of fish but hanging a true trophy walleye on the wall. Currently our anglers are enjoying a mixed bag catch. Walleye, many sauger, a few crappies, jumbo perch, tullibee, and now some beautiful northern pike are all making their way into the creel. 

Rig your jigging set up with rattle baits and don’t be afraid to be aggressive with the presentation. Attracting fish is key here, as well as nailing down a reactionary strike. Understanding that Lake of The Woods is stained water, keep to the colors known to work. Gold, hammer gold, any glow colors (red is best – but green is too), orange, and orange/brown, silver/blue. 

For your dead stick, a simple hook and live minnow will do the trick. Use a strike indicator or a bobber if you notice that the fish bite is light. Also, jig it every so often. Sometimes just lifting it will induce a nice walleye to strike.

With both setups, keep an eye on your electronics and trust what you are seeing. Most of the year the larger fish have come from higher up in the water column. Guide tip: set the dead stick up high and jig on the bottom. Make some noise in the mud. Pound it a few times and enjoy the reaction you’ll get. 

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 and weekend sale on our Lake of The Woods Ice Fishing Packages at the Resort. When you book a mid-week ice package you will receive 20% off posted rates. When you book a weekend ice package you will receive 15% off posted rates. We also are now offering lodging only at the Resort.  

Book your ice fishing trip now! Don’t wait! River Bend Resort can set you up easily with just one call. 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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