Lake of The Woods MN Fishing Report

River Bend Resort’s Lake of The Woods MN ice fishing report February 2, 2023. We have moved our fleet of icehouses keeping our guest on top of the larger schools of fish. Currently we are located approximately 6.5 miles offshore in front of Pine Island hugging the Canadian border. 

Sitting on 24+” of ice over 30 – 32 feet of water many slot fish are being landed and keepers are being cleaned. The trophy fish have been plentiful this season with no real signs of slowing down.

Fish currently are being found through the entire water column. The technique still in play is the one-two punch of a jigging rod combined with a dead stick. The presentation should change as the fish wish. So don’t be afraid to shake it up.

Moving to smaller rip raps and rattle spoons on the jigging rod tipped with a full or part of a minnow 6” to a foot off the mud bottom is enticing the bite. Colors remain pink, red, hammered gold with a new twist of green and even an off white called “wonder bread”. Keep in mind with the stained water of Lake of The Woods, most fish are attracted by the noise. We like to say that you are “calling them in”. 

On the dead stick, a colored hook with a live minnow is bringing many fish topside. Depth of the dead stick is varying depending upon the angler. Most are leaving the rig 2 to 4 feet off the bottom, while others are following their electronics and setting the presentation further up the water column where they are seeing suspended markers. 

It is being reported that the use of a glow stick attached just above the hook and minnow will have the most finicky trophy walleye make a strike. As far as that goes, the smaller crappie glow lures/jigs have also continued to produce not only many fish but slot fish and the nice trip topper trophies as well.

The most successful anglers are depending on the electronics to tell them where to and how to present. Working every fish that appears on the radar has resulted in full buckets leading to full limits being brought in daily. There is still a mixed bag catch happening as well. 

Included in the daily catch are walleye, sauger, crappie, northern pike, tullibee, and jumbo perch. The occasional white fish and eelpout are rounding out the catch. 

Big Sales Event – River Bend Resort is offering the following Sales:

#1) A very generous mid-week sale. 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. 

#2) Sleeper sale on our sleeper ice houses 1 – 4. Fishing is on fire right now. What a better way to experience Lake of The Woods ice fishing while saving some money! As low as $93.50 per person per day.

#3) Mid – Week Cabin ONLY rentals available!! For the DIY’rs we provide the lodging and point you in the right direction … you do the rest. We will even clean your fish for you!

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. We are a simple phone call or “click” 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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