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Is anyone looking forward to this as much as I am?


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Winter Ice Fishing on Lake of the Woods

I know it's still aways off, but I'm getting antsy...

Happy Fishing and God Bless!

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If I aint bear hunting I'm ice fishing. Good luck this winter with your new bussiness, winter rates seem very reasonable, might have to give ya a call for a day trip. Good luck.

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As hot as it's been lately, I've been looking foward to a weekend on LOW when the water's hard!!!

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To much great fishing and nice weather comeing up to be thinking about ice yet. However I just booked some rooms for an ice trip the other day. Will be up at LOW in 2 weeks hopeing the crank bite is on fire by then.

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I won't be there until march (God willing). 2011 was my 1st ever time up there, and was planning on going this past march but the weather cancelled the trip frown It's pretty much my favorite place to go ice fishing.

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We had 42* the other morning. Another 10* cooler and the water will be doing it's thing! I can't wait!!!

Summer is just one of thoe seasons we have to deal with while we wait for Winter to come.

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Twisted your words are like butter, so smooth an flowing. I think thats a great title for a song, "Summer is just one of those season" it a hit!

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We had 42* the other morning. Another 10* cooler and the water will be doing it's thing! I can't wait!!!

Summer is just one of thoe seasons we have to deal with while we wait for Winter to come.

Great minds think alike! Perfectly said.

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AND bypassing the fall jig bite?? Last October was the best fishing I've ever had!!

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I'm an equal opportunity fisherman. I love the opener just because it brings the sense of a new season. The spring jig bite is good. I really love catching the aggressive eyes off the reefs while dragging crawler harnesses in July and Aug. The fall jig bite is awesome. The early ice fishing I really like. The spring reef bite is a lot of fun also. Then there is the spring river bite.

Then we are right back to the opener.

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Did we get any new toys to enjoy the hard water this season? Flashers, GPS's, ice houses?

These cool mornings make me want to drag out the old house & give it a tune-up!

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Walleye Inn 2 got new fish hole covers put in yesterday, we will have two Walleye Inns patroling zippel bay area this year hope the snow depth is same as last year was nice movomg around!! lots of boat fishing still.

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Did we get any new toys for the upcoming hard water season?

Flashers, GPS's, ice houses?

These cool mornings have me on the edge of my seat!

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I have fished LOW in March for Pike but just bought myself a new wheel house. Planning to bring it up a few times this year and was wondering what the earlliest people can get a 8 X 16 wheel house on the big pond? I know weather can be funny, so I am just looking for an estamate.

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depends on what you are going to pull it with. If it is a 3/4 ton pickup then it will be Christmas or after. If you have a lighter vehicle or a 4 wheeler then you can get it out sooner.

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I think it's ok.

I've been jealous of this kind of junk for many years.

It only got down to 50 this morning in the north country.

Dammit, the lake is never going to freeze at this rate.

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39F in Baudette on Saturday. With things being a little dry, we maybe into winter and real nice ice early.

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39F in Baudette on Saturday. With things being a little dry, we maybe into winter and real nice ice early.

I really, really hope so.

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It seems to me, with an AC unit that large on top, you could probably set it on the lake now, flip the switch on the AC unit, and make your own ice!

You'd have a nice little island of ice to float around on, strap on a motor mount and away you go! Ice-fishing/houseboat! Drift sock, trolling motor, lead core on the ole' ice rods dragging cranks out in the mud flats!?! The possibilities are endless!

Nice fish-house dude! I'm "coveting" your junk already. blush

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I gathered up every air conditioner I could find and put them to good use. I lined them up along the shore of LOW with the cold air blowing out across the water. I'm thinking that we should have a path to drive on in about a week. grin

We're gonna get this cat skun yet!

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    • SkunkedAgain
      Luckily we don't have large open areas of ice that break away, such as on Red Lake.   Stay safe and warm.
    • JerkinLips
      Earlier this morning it looked like Vermilion froze over last night but now I see open water on the Hibbing Point webcam.  The strong winds must have opened the lake back up.  Tonight the temps drop to single digits and the wind dies down by 5am so it will freeze over tonight.  Expecting 1-2" of snow on Friday with high winds so hopefully the snow will blow off the new ice.  Saturday-Thursday looks very cold with no more snow, so the main lake should get a solid freeze.  Some are ice fishing in Stuntz Bay already, and some braver than I may walk out from McKinley Park this weekend.  I'm going to wait until the end of next week to venture out, although it will be very cold.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end... Ice is forming, but other than some back bays, it isn't ready quite yet.  Mother Nature is on track.  Some resorts are making the prediction of December 10th for day houses being out, give or take, but at this point, this isn't set in stone and time will tell.  There are cold temps in the forecast and things look optimistic.  Many resorts and outfitters have been checking ice conditions.  When the time is right, resorts and outfitters will slowly and safely begin marking and grooming trails for ice travel.    Please remember, ice conditions vary greatly in different parts of the lake.  One ice road can have good ice that has been checked and marked while down the shoreline there may be ice not suitable for travel yet.  Work through resorts and outfitters on the ice and stay on the marked trails for safety. Anticipation is high as the walleye and sauger fishing this fall was good and fish were staged in good numbers along the south shore.   On the Rainy River...   Much of the Rainy River is frozen up.  Things are progressing but it certainly needs cold weather and some time. 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... Ice is forming nicely and is right on track for this year's ice fishing season.  There has been no ice fishing yet as resorts are simply monitoring ice conditions at this time, waiting until the ice is thicker before marking trails and getting fish houses out. Fall fishing was excellent with walleyes in good numbers along with some monster pike being caught.  All indications point to good fishing when the ice is ready as the fish are there. 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.    
    • Wanderer
    • leech~~
      Was just going to post this!  
    • Wanderer
      At least they can all say they were there early!  
    • SkunkedAgain
      I'm still hoping for a sunny warm-up to melt all of the existing snow off of the existing ice, and then an arctic blast. After that, I'm hoping for a giant walleye to hop out of the lake and filet itself before skinny dipping in some batter and then relaxing in a hot pan of oil in my kitchen.
    • gimruis
      I'm planning to go later this week.  There's fresh snow coming tomorrow too.
    • gimruis
      I would highly recommend not doodling around out there at night time either.  When those cracks form, the piece breaks off from the main sheet or the land and you are then caught "adrift" with no way back.   The bite is not as good as it normally is from what I have read either.  We're so used to hearing that "its on fire" for the early ice bite but that doesn't appear to be the case.
    • leech~~
      Well, a new report for today talked about cracks opening up and ice piling up!  Better check the night before you head up.  😕
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