• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Join In - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

     
      You know what we all love...

      The same things you do!!!! Share what you love & enjoy in the outdoors as well as thank those whose posts you 'appreciate.'

      Have Fun!!!

Rick

Lake of the Woods Fishing Reports & Info

Recommended Posts

Rick

icon_rss.gif - Subscribe to this fishing report. smile

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

 

Questions welcome too.

 

Fishing Reports by the TOP Lake of the Woods Fishing Guides, Charter Captains & Resorts are in here - Click Here.

 

Lot's of good info and our best members posting below already. Newer Reports are on pages that follow.

 

Be sure to give back and share your fishing reports here as well smile

 

Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fish-two

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fish-two

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bapperpimp

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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 ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jt313

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

thanx

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jt313

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



  • Similar Content

    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Water temperatures are holding in the low 50's but expect them to continue to drop this week with temperatures in the high 30's and even snow in the forecast.
       
      Both Minnesota and Canadian walleye fishing are on fire with only a jig and shiner or minnow needed. Look for Walleye in areas of current, pinch points between islands or rocky bays. Fish are currently shiner dependent in 17-25 feet.

      Crappies are being found away from the rocks suspended over mud bottoms in 24-28 feet.

      Perch can be found on deeper reefs topping out at 28 feet. 

      Muskie trolling is off to a great start and will only continue to get better as the water temperature reaches into the high 40's. 

      We will be closing down for ice in October 22nd - we hope to see you before then for some late fall fantastic fishing!
       
      Sunset Lodge













    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Lake of the Woods water temps are steadily falling into the mid to low 50’s. This past week cold fronts and strong winds have fish schooling up and feeding heavily.

      In Minnesota, look to rocky bays and adjacent reefs in 15-22ft. of water.  A jig and minnow is all that is needed to catch a limit in a short period of time. Bottle necks between islands in the NW Angle are also worth fishing in the evenings.
       
      In Canada, the fishing has been excellent.  Crappie, walleye and perch are all schooling up and taking a jig and minnow.  With the water temperatures dropping, expect to see the muskie bite increase while trolling. 

      We will be closing October 22nd for ice in! Contact us for availability for your fall fishing trip!

      We hope to see you soon,
      Sunset Lodge







    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the main basin... Very strong walleye fishing continues with the jig bite picking up.  Charters finding limits of eater walleyes with big fish mixed in.  Crankbaits, spinners / crawlers and jigs with frozen shiners in main basin successful. 15-31 feet of water producing good numbers of walleyes across south shore with very good numbers in front of gap. Shiners showing up at mouth of Rainy River as well as up the Rainy River. 
      On the Rainy River... With shiners entering the river, eater walleyes showing up as well.  Anglers reporting success both jigging and pulling crankbaits.  Walleye activity will be increasing as shiner run continues.  
       
      Up at the NW Angle... Strong numbers of walleyes being caught on mud flats and around Garden Island. 15 - 25' is a good start.  Spinners, crankbaits and jigging all producing.  Some nice jumbo perch mixed with walleyes.  Muskie activity picking up as water is cooling.  Next full moon, Sep 24.  Crappie anglers are producing big black slabs.  

    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!
      Minnesota walleye action remains strong with spinners in mud bottomed areas near reefs using both minnows and crawlers. Fish can also be found in shallower water (15ft. or less) around Garden Island. Crankbaits seem to be the most effective at enticing larger fish. 
      Canadian walleye fishing has been fabulous this past week. The jig and minnow bite is on! Multiple boats ran out of bait and had just as much success switching to plastics. Bottom bouncing with crawlers remains effective in soft bottom areas as well.  Crappies continue to school up on deep water points. Hot windows of muskie bites have become shorter but still with good success.  Plenty of fish in the 4ft plus range and even a couple over 50!
      Water temps remain stable between 64-67 degrees. 
      See you soon!
       
      Sunset Lodge


    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      9.4.18 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report
       
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      In Minnesota, walleye fishing remains best with deep trolling minnow baits in 22-27 feet of water.  These same areas will provide action with a spinner and a minnow, however crawlers are still producing fish.  In the coming weeks, jig and minnow fishing will be the go to with fish stacking themselves on points and current areas. 

      Canadian walleye action remains strong on bottom bouncer and spinner rigs with either a crawler or minnow.  Walleye are starting to school tighter making jig and minnow fishing very effective. Fall fishing is starting to heat up and we are seeing crappies schooled up on deep points.

      Surface water temps are currently in the low 70’s throughout the day. 

      We hope to see you soon!
       
      Sunset Lodge
















  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • eyeguy 54
      gotta love the sound of gills biting  
    • leech~~
      Now that I have a Big buddy heater instead of my old sun heater the only thing I get to listen to out in the middle of a quiet lake all day is the soft warm hum of my trusty FL-18! 😅
    • AlwaysFishing23
      I think if we’re to buy one right now I’d go with either the LX7/LX6 or a helix ice unit. I’ve used an LX7 before and definitely it’s a beast the LX6 is pretty much the same just a bit smaller screen and price tag. 
    • eyeguy 54
      would be fun to have a newer one but I probably would spend the money on more jigs or better rods. 
    • AlwaysFishing23
      I’m still using my fl18, it does the job but I’d like something more advanced and newer. 
    • eyeguy 54
      Not sure what is best. Still using my FL18. Very happy still.  
    • Rick
      Which fishfinder is the best for ice fishing in 2018?   Why overall?   What improvements has your favorite made in the past year or two?
    • monstermoose78
    • Rick
      Analysis shows groundwater use is sustainable, but does affect lake  A scientific analysis recently completed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shows that groundwater use in the White Bear Lake area meets the state sustainability standard. The analysis also shows that groundwater use in the area has contributed to lower water levels in White Bear Lake and that multi-year bans on residential irrigation will have a minimal effect on lake levels. A high-level summary is available at mndnr.gov/gwmp/wbl. The DNR also published the findings of the analysis in today’s edition of the White Bear Press. “We’re committed to working with local communities to make sure that the waters in and around White Bear Lake continue to provide their many benefits to the people who live and do business there, now and into the future,” said Barb Naramore, DNR assistant commissioner. “This analysis provides a valuable tool for those efforts.” The DNR conducted this analysis in response to an August 2017 Ramsey County District Court ruling, which directed the DNR to determine whether existing water appropriation permits within 5 miles of White Bear Lake meet the state’s sustainability standard, both individually and cumulatively. That ruling also required the DNR to impose a variety of conditions on existing water permits in the area, including a requirement that communities ban residential irrigation when White Bear Lake is below 923.5 feet in elevation. As part of ongoing efforts to manage water resources in the north and east metro area, the DNR has worked with a consultant to develop a state-of-the-science groundwater flow model. This new tool allows modelers to assess the impacts of various pumping scenarios on lake and aquifer levels over time and distinguish among the relative impacts of groundwater use in different areas. Previous models could not make these kinds of assessments. Using this new model, the DNR evaluated whether permitted pumping within a 5-mile radius of White Bear Lake is sustainable as defined in state law. The analysis confirmed that the state standard would be met even if all currently permitted groundwater users were to pump the maximum amount allowed for multiple years in a row. The state sustainability standard requires: Groundwater use does not jeopardize future groundwater supplies. Groundwater use does not harm the White Bear Lake ecosystem. Groundwater use does not degrade the water quality of White Bear Lake. Groundwater use does not lower water levels beyond the reach of public water supplies or private domestic wells. The DNR used the groundwater model to look at impacts based on four different scenarios: no groundwater use, existing groundwater use, existing groundwater use with a temporary residential irrigation ban, and maximum groundwater use with all permitted users pumping as much as allowed for multiple years in a row. Water levels in White Bear Lake fluctuate naturally. Such fluctuations benefit lake health by promoting the growth of vegetation that provides aquatic habitat and stabilizes shorelines. The model shows that pumping groundwater increases these fluctuations, particularly on the lower end of the lake’s water level range, making the lows lower. While current groundwater use does not violate the sustainability standard, lower water levels, particularly those below 922.0 feet, do disrupt or diminish some recreational uses of the lake. In order to support these recreational uses, the DNR established a protective elevation of 922.0 feet in 2016. With the new model, the DNR is now able to work with the permit holders having the greatest influence on White Bear Lake, to identify potential changes to water use that can help support recreational uses of the lake. Over the next few months, the DNR will meet with area cities, businesses and residents to discuss the analysis and its implications. The agency is working with these local interests to implement a groundwater management plan that ensures continued sustainability. A copy of the technical analysis and other information is available at mndnr.gov/gwmp/wbl. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • eyeguy 54
      @monstermoose78   almost time to plan a get-together.