Ice is good in some areas of main lake but bad in areas with moving water / springs. All resort / outfitter access’s are closed to vehicles but some are open to four-wheelers. side by sides, and snowmobiles including Morris Point, Long Point, Dales’s and Arnesen’s, which still has fish houses available as well. As always, use a resort or outfitter road for safety as they are monitored daily. Walleye bite has been good with many keepers among smaller fish. Fish are aggressive and having a flasher is helpful. Jigging spoon tipped with minnow head or tail and a dead stick with a plain hook or small ice jig and minnow are doing good. Key depth 17-33 ft. Best colors glow pink/red and gold. Tip up fishing for pike on fire. Many flags of northern pike in back bays and reefs.
Rainy River spring fishing is ON! The Rainy River is open all the way to Wheeler’s Point. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats. Wheeler’s Point will be open in a day or so. Walleye fishing has been excellent. Many eater walleyes so far with a few monsters. Right now a 1/2 – 3/4 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Pink, orange and gold are hot colors. Many sturgeon being boated as well. Daily open water progress on Rainy River at http://lakeofthewoodsmn.com/rainy-river/
Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are unstable as current areas are opening up quickly. Travel with caution. Many resorts using airboats at this point. Fish houses on LOW can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th. Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN. Resorts and resort fishing guides at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging. Please remember to “Keep It Clean” and remove trash from ice and access points.