Catching Walleyes & Making Memories
Boy is it nice to see the sun out longer. Days are getting longer and the fish are getting more active. Mix of walleye and sauger has been reeled in this week. Check out some of the catches here and on our Facebook page.
What is working?
Small presentations, gold and pink are working well. Successful anglers have been using anything from a gold ¼ oz. jig to a Northland Tackle Macho Minnow, Buckshot Rattle Spoon and Forage Minnow tipped with a minnow. The best depth has been in deep areas of Big Traverse 26’-35’. Electronics help. Combination of jigging and dead sticking is a good approach to start your day out and see what works best for you. For jigging set your rig 4-6 inches off bottom. The weather forecast is calling for highs in the 20’s and 30’s this week and the possibility of snow showers over the weekend.
Currently we have 15-25 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel. Not all areas of the lake are the same. Check with local resorts and bait shops for the latest conditions.
We travel a groomed private trail to our houses but here is the latest information from a couple of the local ice roads.
Adrian’s Road at Four Mile Bay 12 miles N of Baudette
Allowing ½ ton trucks with wheel houses up to 21’. ¾ ton trucks without wheel houses.
Morris Point Road at Morris Point 15 miles north of Baudette Allowing ½ ton trucks with up to 16’ wheeled houses. Up to 20’ houses may go out on skids. ¾ ton trucks with portables only.
We received an inch of snow this week. We could use more but the lake trails are pretty good. The lake trails from Sportsman’s Lodge to Warroad, Sportsman’s Lodge to Sportsman’s Oak Island lodge at Oak Island and now the trail on the Rainy River from Sportsman’s Lodge to Baudette are being groomed regularly and in decent condition. Follow the black stakes. Take caution at the pressure ridges as they will change when the weather warms up. Trail maps are available at the lodge or at local businesses. For the latest conditions for the land trails click here for the Baudette area or here for the NW Angle and Oak Island area.
Walleye season open until April 14 & Fish Houses until March 31
Here on Lake of the Woods we have an extended season. Walleye season is open until April 14 closing for a short while and re-opening May 14. Fish houses can be out overnight until March 31. Only 43 days left of the season! Lodging & Ice Fishing Packages starting at only $193* per person. (*plus tax and based on double occupancy)
Late Season Special
25% off ice fishing day houses March 20-31 Sportsman’s Rainy River location. Call 800-862-8602 or online here.