The wait for the lake to get entirely locked up with ice continues. Good sections of ice with pockets of open water. This time of year, this is common based on direction of wind. Everyone hoping for calm winds and cod weather. It is coming, only Mother Nature knows when. The Rainy River has a skim of ice across it with only a few open areas left. Back bays are frozen over. Water temperature is 32.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
On an average year, resort fish houses get out on the main lake around Dec 10th and stay on the ice through March 31st. ATV’s and collapsible fish houses will get out a bit earlier based on when resorts who maintain ice roads feel it is safe. When resorts open ice roads, stay on marked trails and don’t deviate for safety. Walleyes and saugers are staged up nicely along south shore including Pine Island, Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point. Early ice fishing is looking to be very good once ice is thick enough.
NW Angle is frozen in most areas with a few areas of open water in neck down areas with current. Expectations are high as big schools of walleyes inhabited the area all the way up to freeze up. Resorts are monitoring ice conditions. The tradition of Lake of the Woods ice fishing in on the horizon. A complete list of lodging, ice fishing packages and sleeper houses are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.