Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Report

Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Report


Walleyes have been active in the Lake of the Woods this winter, with the ice fishing report indicating that the south shore is the best place to find them. Anglers are also reporting a good catch of northern pike and sauger. Other species include crappie, sturgeon, and jumbo perch. The best reports are from Long Point to Zippel Bay and from Morris Point Gap to Lighthouse Gap. Charter boats are also still heading to Lake of the Woods in search of big walleyes.

The ice is thickening nicely and ice anglers are reporting good success. Anglers are casting in water between 12 to 14 feet and using jigging techniques with a long line. If you use glow colors in your presentation, you’ll be able to spot suspended fish under your line.

In addition to structure, walleyes also hang out under the ice. While the fish usually hang out in the deeper water, anglers can find them feeding on flats, humps, and points from 35 to 22 feet. You’ll need to be patient and fish the entire lake, even if you’re not successful. Using an electronic fish finder can be a great tool to pinpoint where the walleyes are hanging out.

Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Report

Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Report

Northern pike

There are a few key times to target northern pike in Lake of the Woods. The first is in late February, when the fish start to move to pre-spawn habitat. During this time, anglers should target shallow areas near the edges of bays and near the spawning area. Other good fishing spots include the Swift Ditch and Rocky Point areas, as well as the entire south shore, including the humps and transitions between rubble and sand.

In addition to points along the shoreline, there are several offshore structures and large islands that you can target. These areas are generally productive throughout the year, but you may find that you need to move around a bit to find the best locations. Once you find a spot that works, you can easily replicate that pattern to catch more pike.

The water temperature has been dropping slowly, but pike have been active in deeper water, especially near spawning areas. If you’re able to find these areas, the best spots for targeting pike include river mouths and large weed beds in four to 10 feet of water.

Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Report

Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Report

Jumbo perch

The ice fishing report for Jumbo Perch on Lake of the Woods is looking good. Most anglers are finding decent catches, although the majority are small and under slot limits. For those looking to maximize their catch, try drilling a lot of holes.

The southern end of the lake is also producing a great catch of walleye. This lake has a thriving population of smaller fish, so it will take a little sorting to pick out keepers. Some anglers are finding slot fish while others are catching trophy walleyes over 28 inches. The best ice fishing is occurring in depths of 26 to 33 feet. Anglers are catching walleyes, saugers, jumbo perch, tullibee, and even the occasional crappie.

Lake Winnie is also a popular lake for walleye. In the Chippewa National Forest, the lake covers more than 9400 acres and is 80 feet deep in some areas. It is also home to the largest charitable ice fishing event in the world.

Anglers can also catch trophy and slot walleye using traditional methods, such as casting and trolling. Anglers are allowed to use two rods during the ice fishing season, and one rod during the open water season. The combined walleye and sauger possession limit is six fish. During the pre-spawn period, anglers can also try bait fishing. Shad raps baited with crawlers or leeches are excellent tactics.

Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Report


Lake of the Woods ice fishing report, March 19, 2019. The ice on the lake is mostly covered by ice, but there are some holes here and there allowing anglers to catch a glimpse of open water. Anglers have been targeting sturgeon near the ice pack edge on the lake and near Lighthouse Gap, where the Rainy River enters the lake. The giant pike are staging around spawning areas, but they will soon start swimming into the shallow muddy areas. Back bays with open water are great locations for finding the giants.

Lake sturgeon are torpedo shaped and have sharp plates in their bodies. Anglers are encouraged to use gloves when handling these fish, as well as to use a wet towel over their catch to calm it down. The fishing seasons for Lake sturgeon are split between catch-and-release and free harvest periods.

The rainy river continues to produce a good number of sturgeon. Anglers are most successful using a 4-ounce weight and a sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers. Anglers have also found good sturgeon action in the Rainy River’s feeder rivers. Meanwhile, walleye fishing has been good on the Northwest Angle, mud flats and areas with moving water. Jigging and spinning tackle have been effective for targeting these fish. Casting at shoreline structures is also effective.

Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Report

Trillium Lake

If you want to experience some of the best fishing in Oregon, Trillium Lake is one of the best spots. This lake is located southwest of Mount Hood, Oregon. It has a depth of seven to sixteen feet, and it is home to Rainbow, Skamania, Brook, and Lake Trout. The lake is stocked, and is a popular place for fishing.

The 60-acre Trillium Lake is accessible by boat and bank. This area also offers a campground with great views of Mount Hood, making it one of the most beautiful places to camp in Oregon. The campground offers vault toilets and drinking water. It also features a large picnic shelter and educational ranger programs.

The abundant wetland in the surrounding area is a great place to spot migrating birds. Bald eagles and ospreys are regular visitors to the area. The campground is a popular summer camping spot along the Oregon coast.

LOTW resorts

The ice fishing at LOTW resorts is superb. The area is largely untouched, and those anglers who venture into the Northwest Angle often find themselves well rewarded. The eastern part of the LOTW also offers fantastic fishing opportunities. The area between the big islands has a lot of fish and relatively little fishing pressure. The eastern portion also features the only winter resort on the entire LOTW, Tamarack Island Wilderness Lodge.

The ice fishing season at Lake of the Woods begins early December and ends early March or April. The length of the season depends on weather conditions and the thickness of the ice. During the early season, most anglers will stay close to shore or in shallow bays. As the ice thickens, there will be more activity throughout the lake.

Walleye are among the most common species caught in Lake of the Woods. They can be line shy, so it is important to have the right bait. Fireball jigs tipped with minnows are excellent tools for landing a big walleye. Trophy northern pike can also be caught here because of the lake’s abundance of food and excellent genetic pool.

Ice fishing equipment

If you are looking for a place to try ice fishing, the Lake of the Woods is the place for you. This frozen body of water is home to many species of fish and great ice fishing opportunities. The southern and western bays are particularly productive, with shallow waters and rich vegetation.

To get started, you should buy a day pass to the area where you plan to fish. Then, bring the appropriate ice fishing equipment, such as a portable icehouse and a heater. You should also bring an ice auger, since you will need extensions at the end of the season.

Another piece of ice fishing equipment is a flasher, which shows you where the fish are and how they’re reacting to your presentation. This device works like a sonar and shows the bottom of the lake in red, while fish are marked with green, yellow, or red lines. Using a flasher will help you find the fish and determine the weight and size of the bait you are using.

You may also need to switch to a different type of fishing line. Braided line is better at holding water, but when ice is present, it becomes harder to reel the fish in. Also, braided line can be sharp and can easily break your line. To avoid this, monofilament line is preferred.

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