Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort, Lake of the Woods NW Angle 1-22-18
Over the past week we’ve had a warm up with a big swing in temps. This has made some rough areas on the lake, also because of this many ruts have developed on well used trails so traveling with caution is a must. Overall fishing has stayed pretty consistent, the crappie bite has been a little finicky in Ontario and in Mn we have been seeing a lot of nice fish caught, many 20 plus inches and several 27-30 inch coming up top side. We’ve got 26-30” of ice and have been hearing some mixed reports of extensions being needed depending on your auger. The ice road out to us is still in good condition.
Stateside, we are fishing 23-28 feet deep off of points, shoals, reefs and mud in between points. We have still been seeing some dead stick action with a plain red hook and flashers are still key for producing numbers. Jigging has been best with lindy rattling flyers, ripping raps, jigging raps, and slender spoons. Gold, red and pink on sunny days with purple, red, silver and blue being best on cloudy days. We are also catching many saugers and perch as a bonus.
Over on the Canadian side, we are fishing crappies in 30-35 feet and Walleyes in 24-30 feet. Flashers/electronics & patience have been key. For the crappies using a slower presentation and coaxing them into biting is a must. We are fishing near the bottom and getting them to chase up. Tungsten jigs with a plastic and wax worm have been most successful and for color; gold, red, pink, white that glow have been best for both species. We are finding crappies in deep holes over mud near points, reeds and steep drop offs.
We’re finding walleyes near rock reefs, bars, shoals, points and humps as well as saddles between structure. Both jigging and dead sticks are producing. Lindy flyers, Northland buckshots, Rapala jigging raps and ripping raps have been best tipped with a minnow head or tail.
If fishing on your own, as always, we advise talking with local guides and resorts before heading out for safe travel routes and trail conditions.
Until next week, good luck fishing!
Guides Jeremy Glessing, Cale Albers, Ray King, Logan Reid and Matt Hendry
Flag Island Resort