Ice fishing on the lake heated up this week. Reefs to the west produced some nice fish as did areas adjacent to the south shore. Shallows overall producing nicely for the morning / evening bite. Fish deeper in the afternoon. Rippin Raps hot this week along with plain hook and live minnow. Some ice roads open to trucks some only atv/sleds, and some closed. Call ahead and work through a resort / outfitter who is monitoring their road. Big pike being caught in pre-spawn areas and on top of reefs. Live suckers, big smelt, or hot dogs have been producing best. Pike bait must be through authorized bait dealer to prevent VHS. Auger extensions still needed.
Rainy River spring fishing in full swing. Birchdale and Frontier landings are open to all boats with the open water line moving west more every day. Nice walleyes being caught despite chilly temps over weekend. Safety first. Follow the open water line here https://lakeofthewoodsmn.com/rainy-river/ or on the Lake of the Woods Tourism Facebook Page.
The NW Angle walleye bite will continue to be good until the end of the season, April 14. Walleyes and saugers in traditional areas in 15-20 feet during morning/evening and 21-25 feet during the day. Pike in shallow bays. Make sure to get your new fishing license. A complete list of lodging, fishing packages and guides for spring fishing are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.