I realize Lake of the woods is definitely more of a day bite but am going up second week of March and will be sleeping in my pop up. Was thinking of fishing during the day in the 30 ft range where most others are and then moving up shallower on structure in hope of picking up a few overnight? Also could care less about number of fish, mainly looking for bigger mature fish as I don’t keep fish most of the time anyways. This will be my first time there so any help appreciated.
On the south end... A great week of ice fishing with lots of fish frys. Good fishing reports, most fishing in 27 - 33' of water. Ice conditions on LOW remain excellent at around 30 inches where most are fishing. Use combo of jigging line and deadstick. Try spoons or lipless crankbaits with rattles to pull fish in. Pink hook with a minnow on deadstick effective this week. Some good colors overall, gold, glow, pink, green, orange and chartreuse. Don't be afraid to downsize presentation on a tough bite day. Small spoon with a minnow head, wax worm or euro larvae can catch extra fish. Electronics will catch more fish. Some nice walleyes showing up suspended. Pike fishing continues to heat up. Tip ups and big baits on quick strike rigs the ticket.
On the Rainy River... Local anglers catching some walleyes in the river. Most anglers fishing the lake. Extra caution is always needed on the river, especially with higher current this year. Thin ice around the International Bridge in Baudette. Work through resort or know ice conditions if ice fishing the river as ice thickness varies.
Up at the NW Angle... Ice fishing reports good up at the Angle. Resorts in 26 - 32' of water. A mix of walleyes and saugers with big jumbo perch and pike in the mix. The snowmobile trails both across the lake and in the woods are in great shape. Jigging with a bait with rattles has helped to pull in walleyes. Fish houses on the ice through March 31st, walleyes and saugers open through April 14.
Can I cut the quick connect from the vexilar charger and then cut alligator clips off my lithium charger and switch them with no problems? I know there would be no issue with the alligators on the vex charger. Curious about the lithium with quick connect. The new 20 has the quick connect.
On a lake near Sugar. Got on to some great sunfish they were deeper than I thought 22 feet deep suspended at 14 feet. Nonstop for 2 hours a black tungsten jig worked best I did try plastics for a bit for building up confidence but the fish showed otherwise quickly. Went back to 3 euro worms 4 was to many . Then I got a 10.5 bluegill my first one and wouldn't you know it my phone was about 2 blocks away. So I let her go not going to keep a fish out of water to get a glory picture. Oh well next time. Get out while you can the lakes were good with the warm up but who knows in a couple of weeks. That was on Friday. Drilled a few holes for an older gentleman that just wanted to fish A while I was glad to help out enjoyed chatting with him. Then went out today almost the same thing but unfortunately near a community spot and within 2 hours everyone was out there and a dog peed on my fish house was not happy threw snow on the house cleaned when i got home I left soon after very rude people unfortunately and the fishing died right away oh well.
Having fished this lake from shore in the summer and my daughter also and did real well, I can't figure why ice fishing is so bad. 2 full days and nothing! 3" perch galore. Moved around and had my camera. Didn't see any life forms whatsoever!!!!! Never coming back. Hardly a soul on the lake on a 43 degree.Sat.??? What?????👎👎👎
Heading to the Virginia Mn area Ice fishing in a few weeks. I've fished the Duluth area most of my life but finally spreading out a bit.
Not hoping to get anyones "spot".
How are ice conditions? Anywhere to stay away from safety wise?
Any dead lakes that would be a waste of my time on a limited trip?
I know this is fishing Minnesota but tried something new. Was very interesting and learned a lot quickly. ice conditions restricted where we could get to but we had 5 bites 2 fish. was fun fighting them big steelhead.
Dropped through first layer to second layer of ice and got stuck were driving out from burntside lodge on plowed road have moved road some no problems good solid road buddy came from up by lake of the woods last weekend one ton dually pulling his ice castle went out from the lodge road caught 5 lakers on friday not sure how they did on Saturday
Hardest part is getting onto most lakes not driving around. if you can make it 75 yards onto a lake your golden. Saturday morning will be cold you'll be good. Saturday coming off you might have fun. Sunday might be soupy.
Something that made me cuckle today and figured Id share. I was out today and went and looked at a smaller lake relatives speared or use to spear. There was about 38 spearing setups in a 200-300 yard circle. And get this, 90% of those holes were setup with the same type of portable house. This lake is about 400 acres. It use to have a great population of nice panfish and a healthy pike population. Now that these relatives have speared this lake the last 5 years the panfish are all tiny and theres only small pike left. And now those relitives complain that "there is no nice spearable pike left" and the panfishing is poor. Well all be darn who would think after years of spearing the same lake and taking multiple large pike (over 28") each time out the fishing would be horrible. Go figure! I'm all for spearing and do it my self and think its a great pass time. What i DONT enjoy is when people take and take from a fishery and never look back to see the path of destruction there creating. This really is the most disappointing thing about spearing for me :(.