Lake of the Woods Minnesota

The ice season has officially started! Anglers spent Thanksgiving weekend out filling limits of walleyes and saugers, with some big pike and some jumbo perch in the mix.

Depths range from 18-26 feet. Hot colors have been gold, orange, bubble gum, or glow tipped with live minnow on bobber line or a frozen shiner head on jigging spoon. Fish biting light, use smaller presentation. Reports of a strong afternoon bite. A few reports of portables also fishing the Rainy River, 14-18 feet mornings and evenings best. Ice trails are open and marked out over Pine Island, Morris Point, and Zippel Bay. ATV or snowmobile use only. Some resorts have permanent fish houses out and providing ice transport already. 13-17" average for ice conditions from Lighthouse Gap, 4 mile Bay, Pine Island, and Morris Point. Long Point and Rocky Point area shaping up nicely. Ice conditions vary, safety first. Work through resorts and stay on marked ice trails. Up at the NW Angle, good ice 10-12" with marginal ice 3-6" in current areas. Trails are being marked this week for ATV, snowmobile, and tracker use. Resort permanent houses by this weekend. Many resorts are fishing and others will be this week. Great bite continues. List of resorts at

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