Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, NW Angle 3/12/18
As we are nearing the end of the season, fishing is starting to heat up. The lake is rough in some areas with a lot of snow pack on the lake, scratchers on snowmobiles are a necessity. The dam in Kenora has been opened creating faster current in some areas as well as daily changing ice conditions. We are seeing a few new cracks opening so please use caution as the ice is starting to move. Check in with local resorts and guides for safe travel routes before heading out.
On the Minnesota side we are seeing a lot of walleye and sauger starting to move towards their spawning grounds and near reefs around large land masses. We are fishing the depth range of 20-26 feet during the day and 14-19 for the evening bite. We are fishing reefs, shoals and areas with current around Little Oak, Lake Trails, Garden and Oak Island. Gold has been the hot color on sunny days, glow lures on cloudy days in red, white, pink or green. Lind Rattling flyers, Northland Glo Shots, ripping raps and jigging raps or a plain glow hooks or a gem-n-eye on a dead stick. Jigging has been the best tactic for producing fish.
Over in Ontario, the walleyes have been active and aggressively hitting baits on the reefs. The morning and evening bite has been best for Walleye in the depths of 20-30 feet. We are finding the Walleyes near reefs, rocks and rubble as well as points, saddles and inside turns. Jigging spoons of a wide variety have been catching walleyes tipped with a minnow head or tail in gold, glow pink, green and orange. We are fishing in 30-35’ deep holes over mud for Crappie and Perch. The Crappies have been a bit more fussy so presentation is key with the best bite in the morning and daytime hours. We are still using tungsten, small jigging spoons and plastics tipped with a waxworm or minnow head. Hot colors include pink, white, red and green. We are seeing Pike in 12- 18 feet active on rock reefs.
Until next week, good luck fishing! Guides, Jeremy, Cale, Ray, Matt and Logan
Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, NW Angle 3/5/18
On the Minnesota side the walleye, sauger and pike bite has been good with some perch in the mix relating to sand bars. We have seen the day bite in 18-26 feet and the 16-22 foot range for the evening bite- the evening bite has been better especially in areas with current. Most days we are seeing saugers found at the bottom of the break lines. Garden Island seems to be putting out some better numbers with a mix of smaller and keeper fish and areas with rocks have been producing quality fish during the day. The tactic of choice has been a plain red or white glow hook on a dead stick accompanied with a jigging rig.
Over in Ontario, the crappies are being caught in deep holes in 30-35 feet off of points. The pressure is high on local fishing spots so patience has been key as the crappies are quite picky. The tackle of choice has been tungsten jigs, lindy toads, 13 Fishing Dudes and Doug jigs all tipped with a plastic and a wax worm or frozen shiner head. Top color choices include pink, white, red, purple and green. This time of year we are looking for suspended fish- a few feet off the bottom, the walleyes have been aggressive attacking a variety of baits. We are fishing walleye in 20-30 feet on reefs and rocks. Some hot tackle options for walleyes include; Northland Glo-Shots, Lindy Flyers and 13 Fishing flash bangs. Good color options include gold, glow red and glow pink. The high amounts of snow and ice have depleted oxygen levels in the lake causing the fish suspend off the bottom.
The ice road out to the resort is in good condition and is marked with signs to direct travelers out to us. We have a good 36+ inches of ice in most places and are using extensions on augers. There is a lot of snow on the lake and we are still advising no wheeled travel off of the ice road. In order to travel on snowmobile trails you must have a vehicle/machine that has ski’s on the front and tracks on the back- in other words if the machine was not manufactured with tracks/skis on it, it is illegal to be on the snowmobile trail and could be fined. Please be aware that there are many areas that are froze over but have very thin ice on them and are not safe for travel due to current- these areas especially include the sturgeon channel and around blaze, falcon, center and cyclone island in Ontario, in Minnesota areas especially between Oak and Flag. We’ve got some warmer weather coming this week which should improve fishing as well as cause more snow to melt creating areas of slush on the lake.
If traveling on your own please check with local guides and resorts before heading out as this time of year can bring rapid changes in ice conditions, the damn in Kenora has been opened creating more areas of current.
Until next week, good luck fishing! Guides Jeremy Glessing, Cale Albers, Matt Hendry and Logan Reid
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