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Go ahead and post your Lake of the Woods fishing reports and conditions in this thread.

 

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Bigfife

I heard some good reports arount the 12 mile area last weekend, so I'm heading up Wednesday to give it a try. Any other reports from the area? Ice conditions?

Thanks

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fish-two

are you staying in a sleper house or on shore ??

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fish-two

are you staying in a sleeper house or on shore ??

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bapperpimp

Fife, did well in the mud on Friday and did well on 12 Mile Saturday. Lot of people struggled this weekend however on the reef so I don't know if I can really recommend 12 Mile right now. We drilled at least 50 holes on and around 12 Mile Saturday morning and finally found some around noon. Had 0 fish at noon and ended up filling out for 3 guys by the end of the day. No slot fish but some nice 16-17 inch keepers. On Friday, we caught a bunch of saugers/walleyes in the mud. We couldn't keep the little ones off the hook and then once in a while you would get a keeper or two in a row.

I would try the mud first (around 22 fow) or Arnesen's or Tower and then if it doesn't go well, head up to 12 Mile.

If you want more info, let me know. I believe you have my e-mail address, right?

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Bigfife

Thanks for the info Bapper! I misplaced your email. For some reason I can't use the internet up there, but my email still works.

We'll be staying at my Uncle's cabin and be on sleds with portables. I also heard a good report around 12 mile on Saturday and then dead on Sunday. I hope we can find some of those sumo perch too.

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bapperpimp

I saw some monster jumbos but we never got any this past weekend. Good luck and let me know how it goes. I plan on heading back up the first weekend of April.

My e-mail is robert dot nathe at target dot com in case you need it.

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bapperpimp

Fife, how did fishing go. Send me an e-mailand let me know....

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Walleye One

Fished out of Arnesen's Friday and Saturday. They put us on the NW end of 12 mile and the fishing was slow Friday for us but we heard the other side did pretty good. The opposite was true for Saturday, we fished the same house and had action all day and the report on the other side was slow. Fished 27 fow and the biggest fish was a 28 in Northern, 13 in Perch, 17 in Walleye and a 17 in Sauger.

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mrmanners

Walleye One,

How was the bomber ride? Coming up Thursday morning to spend three days in a sleeper house for the first time to Arnesen's. Any colors to start with (I have Gold, Pink and Red ready to go).

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Bigfife

We had a tough day on Thursday, a good day on Friday, and another tough one on Saturday. Most of our fish came in the 24-28 foot range off of the flats. We had a ton of small fish which is good to see. In our few hours on 12 mile we caught a mix of walleyes, sauger, eelpout, tullibee, and perch. The ice is still thick enough that an extension is needed and the snow on top was starting to get wet and slushy.

mrmanners,

All of those colors should work well. Red and gold buckshot rattle spoons are usually my go to lures. Stop sign lures were also working well.

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pdh

Hello, coming up this friday for the weekend in a sleeper, wondering what to expect as usually fish over by Pine. Have heard that monnows not available, that true, and help would be much appreciated.

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bapperpimp

Arnesen's will have plenty of fathead minnows but no shiners. If you want shiners, you need to pick them up on your way up.

You can expect to have solid fishing and great interaction with your guides. If you can swing it, I would highly recommend eating the Prim Rib at the lodge. Its tough to beat.

Bring your pink buckshots and Lindy rattlin flyers. They have produced lately. Don't forget the gold either...

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Walleye One

Mrmanners

The bomber ride on the way out there on Friday was rough but it softened up for the ride home as well as the next day as things started to melt.

It seemed like no lure was hot for more than an hour but red jigging spoons worked well and gem-n-eye type lures with full minnow worked pretty good too.

bapperpimp - you're right about the prime rib - had it on Friday - very good!

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boulderbob

would like reports on springsteel .am going up on tues any help would be much apperated. how deep for northerns any eyes over there,never fished there .live bait or dead ?

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fiskyknut

Access is holding up okay and we got out with p/u today no probs. Some tracks to follow, watch for slush holes. Off trail pretty good getting around.

Less ice today and softer. I have'nt used my extention yet all winter and now it's reaching a good bit easier!

Reliable Walleye bite in 18-20 fow last 3 times out there. Not much for whoppers but good 16-18's with a coupla low slotters and some good Sauger thrown in. Perch infrequent??

Alot of trucks back and forth to the Stip today.

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bapperpimp

Well guys, the last ice fishing trip of the year for my group turned out a success. We ended up fishing the 12 Mile Reef area on Friday and Saturday and found some fish. For the 2 days, we iced 5 slot fish plus a nice 29 incher. In addition, we had 5 northern (biggest only 35 inches), plenty of pout, some big fat perch and a bunch of nice eater walleyes and saugers.

Just wanted to say thanks to the Arnesen's for another spectacular year. Year in and year out, you guys provide great service and great food and great entertainment.

Also, a big thanks to the guides that helped us out this year. Wingnut (Tim) has helped us for a lot of years now and I highly recommend him. Don't get me wrong, the other guides are great too. Most of them have been fishing that area of the lake for a long time.

If anybody is looking for a place to go, Arnesen's is always a great time.

I can't wait to head up during open water season.

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C. Ford

Fished up off the angle for the third weekend in a row and some during the week. Walleyes and saugers have been like money in the bank on alot of the top rubble areas, very small rock piles on the rubble more oe less. Hard to find but oh so good when you do. The JUMBO perch finally showed up in some numbers, they are so sweet, one weekend to go and its an easy to choose the ice. Usually id be on the Rainy now but compared to the lake its poor, fished sturgeon today and was slooowwww.Lots of good ice and the sled rides are great so north we will go, Hope you all are all doing well. BIG FISH DONT LIKE CROWDS

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walleye8u

Thanks for a good year!!! Puten stuff away now and things are good. Fishing is great and looks like we get good ice to the end. People got good fish today. Lots of good size today(21" to 29"). Why do the big ones wait till the end? Thats why they get big! Thanks Again.

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jt313

Is anyone fishing the open water of the river, with any luck

thanx

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fiskyknut

Folks were down there fishing over the weekend, it was pretty much wide open along the shore spots. I sat down there and did some chowing and saw no fish caught in about a half an hour of watching 7 or 8 anglers.

fiskyknut

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Wiskers

The big Pike are running like crazy right now.. Good fishing if you get there before they are all done..They only run for about a week or less then they are all gone.

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fiskyknut

A week or less then they are all gone huh? That is something I did'nt know!

You been up here Pike fishing lately? Musta missed you!

Alot of fish in the ditches yesterday still but not as many as this time last week. Saw a 44 incher cpr'd yesterday but it was slow according to most who were fishing. Sunday afternoon and only 1 boat out there.. Wow!

Sure looking like we will be ice free on opener.

Sturgeon Incursion crowd should be heading south soon not to be seen again till next spring so I'm going Sturgeon fishing this week!! Maybe see you around man.

Be coool Rusty, enjoy the Spring season.

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jt313

thanx for the info on the river, i hope to get there soon

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J_D

Was out yesterday, it was slow but fish are still being caught. We ended up fishing 3 hours with three fish landed, a 27, 36, and a 39. Wind was straight out of the north and that is a cold wind off the lake and it sent us home early. I watched many more fish landed but from the way most people were talking saturday was the day. Heading out again this afternoon, hoping to see one over 40 today.

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