Joe Henry of Lake of the Woods Tourism sent out an ice update for the big lake late this morning.
Here’s his report:
“The ice is forming nicely and water clarity looks good. Current ice report, Four-Mile Bay, 7-9 inches; Bostic Bay, 11 inches; Zippel Bay, 5-8 inches. On the lake, there’s 8 inches of ice in front of Pine Island, 3 to 4 inches off Zippel Bay and 3 inches near Birch Beach.
“There are some cracks and areas that need more time,” Henry said. “Everything depends upon weather. Some resorts may allow ATV travel after Thanksgiving. Water is looking clear. Some local guides have been catching walleyes. Pike spearing going well. Ice fishing season is shaping up nicely. When it’s time, work through resorts and follow marked ice trails.”
Farther north, Henry says there will be ATV and snowmobile traffic after Thanksgiving up at the Northwest Angle, where there’s 7 to 8 inches of ice in Minnesota waters and 3 to 5 inches in current areas.
“Many cracks as common this time of year,” Henry said. “Looking forward to this week of cold weather.”
Some resorts at the Angle will be setting out rental houses Dec. 10, Henry said.
On the Rainy River, Henry says there’s 5 inches of ice in front of Timber Mill Park in Baudette, Minn., in front of Baudette Bay and at the airport. Some walleyes being caught in 14 to 18 of water of water in the evenings by locals who know the ice, Henry said — safety first.
Given Lake of the Woods’ popularity as a winter fishing destination, lodging will be at a premium when ice fishing hits full swing. For more information on lodging availability, click here.