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Brian_Ney

Lake of the Woods Fishing Reports By Adrian's Resort

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Brian_Ney

Yesterday I went out to check the ice and droped the back of the snowmobile in on a snow patch so I did not check any more.

Today I went out in the bay and most of the the ice was 5 inches but under alot of the snow patches it was still only 2 inches and I am sure there is prabably less under some of them.

It looked like alot of the thin patches fell in last night and refroze. It is a little early yet. I will check it again on friday and let you know and give you a lake report.

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fiskyknut

Hey thanks Brian, glad to see you back again this year keeping us informed on the ice conditions over around Pine Island area. Everyone is stir crazy chewing at the bit to get after the Walters so let us know as soon as it's good to go !!

For those that don't know Brian is one of the owners at Adrains resort and is the man when it comes to staking Adrians trail and getting us out there so his info is right from the horses mouth eh.

Thanks again Brian, you, Cory and crew be safe and have a great winter season.

See ya soon.. Norm

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dangnear

Thanks Brian

Looking forward to to the info you give on the ice reports smile

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Mike Walerak

I'm just curious as to what the water clarity was like when the ice started forming? I know a couple weeks ago the clarity was down a little and the people I spoke to said as long as the North winds stayed away there would be good clarity for ice season. What are your thoughts on the clarity?

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curt quesnell

Mike, Things were fairly churned up just before the freeze. There is really no way to know, until someone can get out and drill some holes, what things will be under the ice. It is a good question though and we will find out before too long.

The odds of that grey ooze we had a few years ago are slim, I would suggest we dont get all shook up about it.

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Brian_Ney

Today I had 6 to 7 inches in the bay with several snow patches with only 3 inches under them. I did find one snow patch with only 1 1/2 inches of ice. It is still a little unsafe to mark a trail for the public. Out in the lake past the rough ice there was 6 to 7 inches with not much snow at all but there was a 4 foot wide crack about 2 hundred yards off the beach. Be patient we will get there. I will let you know on any changes.

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bturck

Brian thanks for your reports and updates. Greatly appreciated by all of us who use your access. It willl happen, colder temps again next week. Stay safe

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Brian_Ney

Yesterday the wind moved the ice around on the main lake. There was some open water out over Pine Island. Today I went out to the main lake to see what happened. Out in front where we cross the island the ice looked good. The slabs of ice came together and overlaped. There was a little over 7 inches out in the lake. Over to the west by the pines there was still some open spots. The warm weather melted the snow patches in the bay witch is a good thing for making consistant ice. The bay had 3 to 7 inches but the 3 inch ice should make more fairly quick. We will keep checking it and let you know. The test will be to see if the lake holds for the south wind tommorow.

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jjohnson5150

Thanks for the update Brian. Appreciate it. Hope to get a small vehicle pass for your road dec 13, but I know it's going to be a close call.

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2000kid

thank you for the update!

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ThndrDkl

Brian,

Thanks for the update. a south wind right now could really tear that ice up pretty quick.

Do you own/operate any sleeper houses out on the lake? I'm trying to set up a trip this winter looking for a nice 4-6 person sleeper house.

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jerkbait

Sounds like the south wind is supposed to be ripping pretty good today too. Not good! frowneek

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Brian_Ney

Well it happened the ice out on the main lake broke loose and is heading north. The open water went all the way along pine island and up the west shore. Looking at the forecast I do not know if it will be coming back. We will probably have to wait for new ice. Sorry for the bad news. I will keep you up to date after the wind quits blowing.

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Ballyhoo

On Ballard's FB page it says that some fishermen off of Graceton beach got stranded and had to be rescued after the wind pushed the ice sheet to the north.

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bturck

Mother Nature, its either a love or hate relationship. Hopefully colder weather forecast is going to solve the problem.

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Roger bostic bay

Ijust hope people pay attn to this report its not safe yet guys its the 5th of dec be patient

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curt quesnell

Thanks Brian. Even bad news like this is very important.

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LOWFisherman

Thanks Brian. Even bad news like this is very important.

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2000kid

with the cold weather coming it should help heel mother nature wounds the next coming week!! thank agian for all your help brian! looks like the east end took more beating than the west end of the lake know that it usually take longer for west of long point to freeze

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NAMASafetyDirector

For those of you who are new to the site or new to LOW, Brian is THE resource for the most up to date safe and reliable information your going to find on what's happening on the conditions. Good Job Brian and thank you. For those of you who don't know Brian, stop in at Adrian's and buy him a beverage sometime, he's one of the hardest working guys up here and spends every day working to make your visit is the best it can be whether it's plowing Adrian's road, moving houses, and helping run the resort and more often than not helping someone else out! Thanks Brian!....JIMMER

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Brian_Ney

Yesterday the ice moved back in to pine island and piled up some 8 inch ice. Today we cut thru some of the rough ice to make a path on the lake side of pine island. The ice past that looked good for about 2 miles then I had some spots with 3 inches of ice. There is still open water down by the pines and scatered around the lake. If the lake does not move for a couple of days we may start fishing but we will have to wait and see. In the bay today the thin spots had 4 3/4 inches and no trail marked yet. I will keep checking it and let you know.

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Boar

Thanks brian really appreciate your eforts in this!

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Brian_Ney

We marked the trail across the bay today. The bay has 6 1/2 to 9 inches of ice. Lots of resorts pulled houses out to the lake today. We will be taking a few out tomorrow. The main lake had 9 to 10 inches where people are fishing. If you decide to go out be carefull there is still open water scattered around the lake and many other spots without safe enough ice for travel. If anyone trys to tell you something different do not believe them. I will let you know when I have an update

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vman11

Good news Brian! Temps near zero nearly all week looks to definately help the cause.

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1960

How much snow did you measure?

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IceHole17

I'm heading up to Adrian's Resort over New Year's weekend with a group of buddies. This our group's first year making this trip and we have all heard great things about Adrian's....and we're all pretty anxious to get up there.

I wanted to start a thread of other groups that are staying/fishing out of Adrian's so we can get some fishing reports going. Sounds like these guys really try to put you on the fish so I would like to know how everyone is doing out there.

All reports are appreciated.....happy fishing....keep your stick on the ice

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BuckSutherland

Its not just adrians. It is Wigwam, Riverbend, Wheelers point, sportsmans, and more. They all fish around the same general area. You go across the bay and pine island out onto the main lake. I would watch reports from some of the other resorts around wheelers point too. Its just a big bowl that you are fishing and the fish move around. Its not like they have top secret spots. Weather will affect you more than anything.

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Walleyehooker

Yes there will be 100s of houses out off of Adrians road by then. I try to figure out what depth has been good and try to find some fresh ice to fish. Helps to be mobile as the fish arent always under your house every day.

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IceHole17

Thanks for the tips boys. But, that stuff I already know. I'm wondering about daily fishing reports of people fishing in the area of those houses. I want to see how the bite is going to fluctuate in the next 2 weeks before we get up there.

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2000kid

Use a guide service!

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