Lake of the Woods Fishing Report December 18, 2017
Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published December 18, 2017
Ice fishing continues to be very, very good. The morning bite has been great for walleyes and then the bite turns to more saugers with some walleyes mixed in for the afternoon. Varying ice conditions all over the lake so please go through a resort and stay on the marked ice roads as they are checked daily. Water clarity is good. Auger extension could be necessary in spots. Ice conditions vary right now so please call ahead to the resort you plan on going out of to check ice report and what type of vehicles are being let out if you are bringing your own gear. If using resort and they transport you, no worries as they will have you covered. Walleyes and saugers are loving pink and gold jigs tipped with a shiner. Sorting through smaller fish with nice keepers mixed in. Quite a few big fish coming up the holes as well.
On the Rainy River, ice stretches from shore to shore and some locals are out who know the river well but ice varies greatly, currents change thus overall unsafe for consistent travel and fishing at this time. Safety First.
NW Angle fishing is excellent and has good ice where resorts are traveling and ice fishing. Thin ice spots in the typical current and neck down areas to be avoided. Snowmobile trail from Wheeler's Point to Oak Island is marked and open. Lots of ice chunks around, stay on trail, don't speed. Resorts are checking ice conditions daily, marking trails, and placing houses. 12-18" of ice where resorts are fishing. A complete list of lodging, ice fishing packages and sleeper houses are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.