Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published December 4, 2017
The wait may be over soon for cold temperatures to create more ice. Varying ice conditions to report currently. Water clarity appears good. Resorts are out measuring ice thickness and assessing ice conditions where they can and will continue to do so all week. Safety is #1. Back bays are frozen over with 4 to 10 inches in many areas. Some pike action in back bays thus far. The Rainy River has a skim of ice across it with only a few open areas left.Water temperature remains 32.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
On an average year, resort fish houses get out on the main lake mid December and stay on the ice through March 31st, but Mother Nature has the final say so. 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 and in the NW Angle. Walleye and sauger populations are strong.
NW Angle is frozen in most areas with some local ATV travel on designated marked trails. Ice shaping up nicely. Resorts are checking ice conditions, marking trails, and gearing up for placing houses very soon. Follow daily reports at Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook page and local resort pages. A complete list of lodging, ice fishing packages and sleeper houses are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.