Multiple limits still being caught daily, with plenty of trophy walleyes in the mix. Fish and fish houses shifted a bit deeper this week. Morning bite 7-10 am and afternoons later than 2 pm still producing the most action. Pick your favorite jig, glow jigs have been hot! Tip hooks with a live shiner or minnow in 22-30 feet of water. Use a dead stick 6″ off bottom and an active jigging spoon tipped with minnow head in the other. Electronics helpful in finding those few suspended fish.
Roads are plowed and mid sized vehicles are out! Up to 16″ of ice on the lake allows for midsize vehicles and small pickups to drive on plowed roads. Use resorts as your guides and stay on marked trails as cold weather has caused a few cracks and pressure ridges. Wheeled houses allowed out of some resort accesses. To be safe, check with the specific resort you plan on using for up to date info. Their first concern is safety. They are also careful not to break up a good solid road by allowing pick ups, etc too early.
The snowmobile trail is open on the Rainy River. Parts of the river have up to 12″ of ice. Heavy bites in 17-21 feet of water, using 3/8 oz light colored jigs like glow, pink, and white tipped with minnow.
Up at the NW Angle, fishing is awesome, with resorts now open for the season! 19-24 feet is the best bite, using pink or gold. Many reports of trophy walleyes along with a very active crappie and perch bite. Up to 15″ of ice with marked snowmobile trails.
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A great video featuring The Lake of the Woods Outdoorsman on a great bite, mainly sauger with some walleyes mixed in.
Lake of the Woods Outdoorsman December 2013
An awesome walleye fishing video from north of Garden Island with James Holst and Cal Svihel of In-Depth Outdoors . Awesome action and great techniques.
Sunset Walleye on Lake of the Woods – In-Depth Outdoors TV Season 8, Episode 5
Curt Quesnell of North Country Outdoor Radio showing how it’s done from a fish house on Lake of the Woods.
NCOR 12 22 First Ice Fishing Trip of the Season
“The Igloo” Bar on the Ice to
be Out this Week!
Catch your limit or catch a cold one at The Igloo, bar on the ice! Drive right out to the Igloo from Zippel Bay Resort and never miss the action on or off the ice! Heated comfort, flat screen TV, pre-drilled hole to fish, hot food, and cold drinks are all available when you stop in.
Heated port-a-potties are available just outside the building. A nightly bonfire is lit for a little extra warmth. Snowmobile trails are marked to the Igloo from the Rainy River, NW Angle, and Warroad.
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Ice fishing is in full swing and the fish are biting. If your favorite resort is full the dates you have available, don’t fret, there are options.
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Simply enter in what part of the lake or river you want to stay, how many people and dates. Your request is emailed to all the lodging facilities in the geographic region you choose. Resorts will respond back to your email with availability.
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Lake of the Woods has literally hundreds of miles of beautiful groomed and staked trails. Check out our website for trail maps in LOW!
Decide what part of the lake you want to stay, lodge room or cabin and make your plan! Let us know if we can assist. Call us at (218) 634-1174 or email at [email protected].
With Great Bite
, Fish Frys in Full Gear
A tradition up at Lake of the Woods are the fish frys. Come up and experience world class fishing “just like the good old days” and celebrate after with a great meal of fresh walleyes and sauger.
Some groups use the fish cleaning houses at the resort they are staying at to clean their catch. Others let the guides do the cleaning.
As far as the fish fry, cook your own in your cabin or have a resort cook them for you. Many resorts will cook up your fresh catch with all the sides we have come to love with a fish fry. Click Here for info on Resorts at Lake of the Woods.
Resorts Offering Reasonable Rates
The area offers some very reasonable lodging to fit your budget. Click Here for a complete list of resorts and hotels.