Congratulations to James Adrian, winner of the Fish The Famous Waters of Lake of the Woods Sweepstakes. James and 3 guests are headed up at Sunset Lodge in the NW Angle. James said this is a bucket list trip! Congrats James.
FISHING REPORT by Joe Henry
4/14/14 2:41 PM CST
Ice Depth: 20"
Walleye season closes April 14 and opens again May 10th. On the ice, nice walleyes and saugers still the norm this week with a few perch and tulibees. In front of Graceton Beach and towards Morris Point Gap and Lighthouse Gap 16-18 or 20-22. Using Gold or pink tipped with live minnow. Pike are ready to run, try 8-10 near Zippel Bay or Four Mile Bay tipped with live sucker minnow. Use resorts for info before venturing out, snowmobile or ATV traffic only.On the Rainy River. Birchdale and Frontier accesses open to all boats. The river channel is open in front of Vidas landing but still 10' of shore ice. Open water goes just west of Clementson. Sturgeon fishing is open. Catch and release now through April 23, keep season opens April 24th. Info at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/river-fishing.
Up at the NW Angle, walleye fishing this past week was good. The pike bite is also active for those still getting out on the ice. Pike season open all year at LOW and Rainy River. Info on lodging and spring fishing at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.
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The little snowmachine is a 2005 Ski-Doo Elite Sport owned by Harlan Kirkeide of Thief River Falls. Ski-Doo originally made the Elite from 1973-1975 and again from 1978-1983 before introducing a 30 year anniversary Elite Sport built from 2004-2005.
Joe Henry posted on Lake of the Woods, Lake of the Woods County
"Walleye season open until April 14th and the pike season is open all year at LOW and great reports. Lots of hot spots this week filling limits of walleye, sauger, and perch. From Arnesen's, 16 mile, Long Point, and Zippel Bay try 19-22 morning/evening and 31-33' during day. Pink/white, pink/gold, bubble gum, and green/white the hot colors tipped with minnow. Morris Point and the Lighthouse Gap up to the Canadian border line has been producing in 22-26 during day or 15-20' morning/evening. Use gold or pink tipped with minnow. Mornings and evening bite better. No vehicles are on the lake, snowmobiles and ATV's allowed. Pike fishing good in 8-10' near Zippel Bay and Graceton. Try 9-12' moving east towards Bostic Bay, 4 Mile Bay and the Gap. Tip-ups with live sucker minnows or dead herring/ciscoes. Some resorts still pulling out fish houses daily. The Rainy River is open approximately 3 miles East of Birchdale, with open water showing at the Franz Jevne Rapids. Fishing good in shallow pockets 10-12 feet using gold or glow jig tipped with minnow. Up at the NW Angle, good fishing continues. Snowmobiles with snow on ice the best. Good numbers of walleyes, saugers, perch and pike. Crappies being caught just over border. Good fishing is happening. Work through resorts. For resort info, www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging. Check out our Facebook page for daily updates at Lake of the Woods Tourism."
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by Northwest Angle Edge Riders via Facebook: With the warm weather, the trails are getting a little rough but not too bad yet. If it freezes up again we will groom the lake. The land trails were groomed 4/3 and are in good shape. Signs and stakes will b
Scott and Julie Hetteen at the Minnesota Muskie Expo. April 4-6, 2014 at Concordia's Gangelhoff Building.
We want to thank all of our guests from the past summer and ice fishing seasons. We enjoyed having you stay with us and look forward to seeing you again soon! We have cabins and condos that are being reserved through 2015 so call or email us today to book your next vacation with us.
3/31/14 1:15 PM CSTIce Depth: 36"
Permanent houses are off the ice, walleye season still open until April 14 and northern pike open all year. Walleye/sauger limits filling with plenty of eater sized fish this week. Reports good in many depths from 13-17' by Long Point, Zippel Bay, Graceton, and Morris Point; 16-20' off Pine Island; 19-24' in front of Lighthouse Gap. Gold, pink or pink/glow, green/chartreuse are the colors tipped with minnow. Electronics beneficial jigging. Morning/evening bite in the shallower depths. Pike tip-up fishing heating up in 8-10'at Zippel Bay, Bostic Bay, 4 Mile Bay and adjacent to Lighthouse Gap. Some resorts still providing portable day guides. Access points: Adrian's Road is open for vehicles, Morris Point for snowmobiles/ATV, Long Point for snowmobiles/ATV. Call ahead for details.
On the Rainy River, open water is 10 miles East of Birchdale. Best depths 18-20'. Use pink, glow, or chartreuse tipped with live minnow or fathead.
Up at the NW Angle, fishing remains excellent and anglers are still accessing lake with snowmobiles and collapsible houses. Call ahead to resort(s) for details this time of year. For list of resorts, www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.
Lake of the Woods Tourism
"NAMA reminded me today that it might be a good day to check the satellite due to the blue bird skies. He was right.
Here are satellite shots from 2013 vs. 2014. Even with the record cold and thick ice pack, we're definitely ahead of schedule compared to last year.
The gaps are open and the ice looks pretty black. Even though the temps are going to be on the chilly side, wind and rain can do some damage in 10 days. The picture from today should remind everyone that the NW Angle has some pretty significant current. Now's the time to take a mental note on which areas are extra dangerous.