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Safely settled in for the night on one of the humps somewhere out on High Banks road. Marked fish but no takers. Radio was chirping from the other houses though. Didn't put in a lot of study to the spot due to the dark. May be a little deep at 29'. Give it a go tomorrow and move after that if neccessary. Got the portie along to try the top ofthe hump for perch.

Started this as a new topic since I see at one reporter out here now and know a couple more are on the way. Good fishing to all.

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Good luck to you Bryce! Was thinking of heading up there also, but might have to base my decision on how well you do smile

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Bryce. I see kim from high banks posted the deep water bite has not started yet. 15 TO 20FT have been producing. Keep the reports coming as we arrive at high banks sunday afternoon.

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Lines down for over 2 hours now. Quite a few marks but just lookie lews and no bites. Marked fish until just shy of midnight. Other 2 houses have about a half dozen pailers and roughly 2:1 throw back slot fish. Think I need to move to join them at 25' but will fish this depth today to prove it. We are fishing mid-lake structure which generally fishes quite a bit deeper than the first break that High Banks concentrates on. Wind has layed down and temp about 0. Enough snow on the ice for banking but no drifting in our area. Looks like everyone should be able to spread out real well. Getting ready to bake some cookies.

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1 perch, 1 pike, and 1 tullibee. Almost constantly marking fish. Breaking shortly for enchiladas. Whole lake of fishable water and 1 portie thought right between all our wheelhouses was the ticket confused

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Bryce, where are you on the lake? We are in 17' on the outside edge of the large group near Highbanks road. Lots of small perch so far. Hoping for a prime tome bite.

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That must be quite the kitchen you have in your house, baking cookies, making enchiladas grin

I think the fishing will only get better towards sunday/monday, once the warmer weather starts coming back in. Were coming up tomorrow morning planning on Winni but if the reports from Red are good we might be heading another hour north. Good Luck!

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Nothing fast and furious but we did end up with 3 nice eaters. Pretty small sample size to give lure/bait advice but have an intuition towards white right now. Hard call tomorrow to give up a known in search of nirvana. Been 2 years since we were last on winnie. Fish seem fatter now. Good times. Top off the genny and rack up sounds like a good plan.

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Cookies must be in vogue this weekend. Our portie visitor would have been in about 24'. We got moved in on by more wheelhouses than I thought last night after dark. Moved to the other side of the hump this morning. Tacos will be the smell of lunch.

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Correction, we are in 24 feet not 29. Looks busy around us, more wheelhouses appeared suddenly. Wish they would stop messing around and stay on one side of the hump. Now I smell taco's ..............

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how long are you guys up for. I am heading up tomorrow morning until wednesday. We are heading out of the south side. A friend has been up since thursday.

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Near lockjaw conditions for us today. Just pailed a 14"er but only a midday pike other than that. Did spend a few hours on shore this afternoon resupplying and showering leading up to primetime and then lost an hour to supper in another house so maybe missed that magical school in that time. Oh well, there is tomorrow and/or next time. Staring at a flasher screen all day is not my dream fishing trip. We have enough for fish fry at Gosh Dam tomorrow night. #lucky

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Bryce, near identical conditions for us as well. We are pulling out this morning. We'll get 'em next time.

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Another pailer last night after the report. 10 1/2"er this morning so far. Big group of wheelhouses moved off the other end of the hump last evening. Hopefully that improves conditions for us. All my fish have been jigging a hot tomale tipped with just a head. White with a blood worm and gold back. Usually like to throw the minnow body on another treble with the head but no good this weekend. Wifes fish have been on a white/chartrues knock out jig with a bottom hooked shiner.

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    • leech~~
      Have you ever read the history of SPAM! It's very interesting! 🤭
    • leech~~
      Welcome to the forum and thanks for the ice report. I'm sure more reports on other lake will start coming in as more folks brave the ice. 
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end... It is ice fishing time!  Some resorts (not all) have pulled out fish houses and it is game on.  Some ice trails are marked and open.  Check weight limits on each ice road as conditions can vary. Resorts who have fish houses on the ice will typically transport you out to their houses using light ice rigs for convenience and safety.   As we often say, ice conditions vary greatly on Lake of the Woods.  Some resorts have trails marked across Four Mile Bay out to fishing areas in front of Pine Island on the big lake.  Some resorts are not quite open as the ice where they go out still needs some time to thicken up.   Watch your favorite resort / outfitter social media pages for up to date info.   Work through resorts and outfitters on the ice, stay on the marked trails for safety, please don't exceed weight limits and drive slowly on the ice. Anticipation is high.  The early ice bite is normally very good!   Please remember to Keep It Clean, pick up everything around you and secure your garbage. On the Rainy River...   The Rainy River is frozen up.  Some locals who know the river have been checking ice and ice fishing with some walleyes and saugers in the mix.  As ice thickens, more areas will become accessible. Ice conditions vary and on the river there is current, so much like the lake, we encourage visitors to work through a resort or outfitter for safety.   Up at the NW Angle... Resorts have been monitoring ice conditions and starting to stake trails.  They are not ice fishing yet, but the ice is looking good and some guides scouting for fish give the thumbs up.  Stay in touch with your favorite NW Angle resort for further info.   Driving through Canada to reach the Angle no longer requires COVID vaccinations or the use of the ArriveCan App (which is optional).   For those looking to access the Angle while avoiding customs, there are few options.   1.  When ice conditions allow, the snowmobile trail will be groomed and staked from the south shore up to the Angle. 2.  The Lake of the Woods Passenger service provides round trip bombardier service across the lake.   3.  Lake Country Air provides air service to both the south end and NW Angle.    
    • thefishingpublic
      Any update on ice fishing? Was out on Green yesterday and there was about 5" of ice from the launch. Didnt push it too far. Really slow fishing.    Anyone fished Ann lake in the past year? Update? 
    • Coleman
      You're not fishing too far from home I see.  I was going to pop a couple holes on Saturday to check the status, I'm on the other side of the point.  Did you mark any fish on those bumps?  
    • smurfy
      no friggin way i'd let them worthless friggin pelicans do that. i'd make me a life size leech lookin scarecrow!!!!!!!!!!!🤣🤭   just joshing ya leech!!!!!!!!!!🤗 but i seriously wouldnt allow that  to happen!!!!!!!!
    • Mike89
      seem then birds do that too!!!   it is interesting the way they herd the fish and swoop in on them...  
    • smurfy
      yep, like leech said, best asking and going through a resort on the lake. i dont know anyone that would rent out there own personal house to someone else.   google Winnibigoshish resorts you'll get a bunch. i personally like highbanks!!!!!!!
    • leech~~
      Welcome to the forum.  Those are some pretty specific questions that are best answered by the resorts on the lakes that rent houses. Let us know if you find any good deals! 👍
    • gimruis
      I have a story about Elk Lake.  Last spring after ice out, I was crappie fishing out there in one of those shallow back water areas that hold dozens of puny crappies.  I caught over 100 in a couple hours.  I went back a week later, and one of the land owners came down to his dock and told me that a couple days earlier, a flock of pelicans was in there gulping up crappies as fast as they could.  Literally.  He said they would herd them into a corner and then other ones would swoop in with their gaping mouths/beaks and suck em down like a vacuum.  They did this for 2 days straight until there didn't appear to be any crappies left in there.   He said he considered putting a halt to it because they are gluttons and he could tell it was going to make a sizable dent in the crappie population, but he let it go because it was just "part of nature."  Needless to say, when I was back there fishing the second time, I didn't catch a single crappie and I had caught over 100 a week earlier.
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