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Whats the best resort in Lake of the woods for ice fishing? We always go to Arneson's and always have a great time just looking for something closer to the river. Thanks

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I can't vouch for anyone on the river, the only one on the river I ever stayed at was WigWam and I can't say it was a good experience. 

 

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All depends on what is most important to you.  Some are more expensive but offer better service, nicer accommodations etc.  Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you want to be taken care of?  Do you want to drive out or be taken out to your house in a track rig?  Are you cooking in the cabin or eating in the restaurant?  These all tie into each resort.  What I consider the best is not someone elses opinion but it doesn't mean either of us are wrong.  There are definitely some I wouldn't go to but I am not going to bash on here.

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Wheeler's Point, Ballard's and Sportsman's are my top choices. All three have treated our group very well over the years. We stayed with Wheeler's Point this past weekend and the fishing and service was awesome. The Saturday night meal we ate in their restaurant was very good and we managed to have some fun in their bar too. ;-)  They also have a great fishing cleaning shack.

 

I have some negative opinions on some other resorts but they won't get mentioned on the internet.

 

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When fishing is good, you will get good reports about most resorts.  It is when fishing is poor and the guides have to work harder that separates the good from the bad.

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Morris Point does a very good job, and it's right on the lake, no crossing 4 Mile Bay. Cyrus does a nice job over that way too.

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Wheelers. Had a sleeper there a couple weeks ago. Their shack had a great floor plan and service was excellent. 2 guys. 2 days of fishing. Took home 11 fish.

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    • Wanderer
      I was surprised too.  I’ve assumed anyway the large milky white sack instead of roe was an indicator.  Like when you clean perch the males and females are obvious.  Some of the 15 inch walleyes had some roe in them.
    • Wanderer
      Well I’ve been wasting more time that lately!  Sorry for wasting your time then to read it.     A little agitated this evening?
    • JerkinLips
      I bet a much larger % of fish kept over 26" end up on the table rather than the wall.  I would personally like to see the upper slot changed to 28".   25" male walleye?  I didn't know the males got that large.  Guess I will have to check their gender from now on just for information.   The picture I posted was a picture of a picture developed from a negative 9 years ago.  Reason for the poor photo quality.
    • knoppers
      not much happening on the lake this winter the slush is that bad. only ones out have walked pulling portables. snowmobile is the only travel, and that gets a bit iffy in some areas, no stopping, and plenty of horsepower to get through some areas.
    • leech~~
      So pretty much your time spent typing this was a total waste!  Thanks. 👍
    • smurfy
      so as i understand it a smaller female lays less eggs then that 26 incher with maybe a better hatch rate but the 26 incher may lay MORE eggs with better genetics????🤔 but what do i know..... 
    • Wanderer
      I can’t personally answer that but I’m pretty sure 26-30 inch females do quite a bit of spawning.  The over 26 allowance is for keeping anglers happy about being able to keep a “trophy” at some point, knowing that harvest is likely minimal.   I agree the table fare quality decreases with every inch past about 24.  I prefer the under 20 walleyes for eating but occasionally keep one up to 24.   Over New Years weekend my wife caught a 25 that she wanted to keep.  Her fish, her choice.  It was a little thin and very old looking.  It was a male; a big male IMO.  She thought it was good when we ate it but I thought it was soft and watery.  To each their own on that I guess.   Just my 2 cents.   Nice one you have there in your pic!
    • JerkinLips
      Do female walleyes stop spawning at a certain age/size?  I am wondering if the 26" upper slot limit was picked to allow people to mount a "trophy", or keep a very large walleye for consumption.   I have never had a fish mounted, and would probably consider having a replica made if I catch a walleye over 31".  I have only kept one walleye over 26" (a 28" fish caught in 2013 winter that would not have survived if released), and that fish was not very good to eat.  Maybe it was at the end of its life.
    • Wanderer
      My worst was on Burntside in Ely.  Breaking trail across the lake, overloaded, big deep slush field.  Took half the day for three of us to get out of it.  Water deep enough everyone’s boots were soaked except my tall insulated rubber boots.   Sleds froze up and had to chisel out the tunnels to move again.  One person in the party became ill and didn’t go out the second day.  Thought it was because he got so chilled.  He went to the Dr after the trip and found out he actually had a heart condition.  Could’ve lost him that day.  That’s my big reason I won’t expect anyone to help beyond what they’re comfortable with.  Some friends are still gung ho but others will say no.  I’m fine either way.  I’ve got enough equipment and enough experience now that I’ll figure it out - if I’m willing to.  Yesterday in that wind and alone; not so much.
    • monstermoose78
      Fished Mille Lacs on the gravel in 23-26 feet and we seen a few but no takers. No fish over night or this morning. 
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