I tend to take fishing reports with a grain of salt because too many outlets — by my way of thinking, at least — are guilty of sugarcoating the reports and saying the fish are biting even when the action’s slow.
There are exceptions, though.
Gary Moeller of Ballard’s Resort sent a report this morning with the lowdown on what’s happening in the Pine Island area of Lake of the Woods. I haven’t had a chance to get up there for myself yet, but Moeller says fishing is pretty good. And based on history, when he says fishing is good, I tend to believe him.
Here’s what he had to say about current fishing and ice conditions:
Hello Sportfans… We are off to the races with the winter ice fishing season here on Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods.
What’s the latest and greatest?
Well, we’ve been on the lake for not quite a week now, and the fishing action has been quite good. Lots of saugers…
The guides have our shacks on the west end of Pine, near the Morris Point Gap, and we’re literally just on the other side of the island in 23-27 feet of water.
Now remember… We obviously had a later start to our winter fishing season… So even though it’s now January, we are basically just starting out like it’s early December. Fishing near shore…
The fish houses are in close. We’re basically fishing the south end of the flats. Just getting things going.
What we have found so far is a pretty impressive number of nice sized Lake of the Woods saugers.
This is what the percentage of our folks are telling us here at the lodge. A good bite… Lots of eating size saugers… The occasional walleye mixed in.
Yes. We have seen a couple the past few days. Just check out our Ballard’s Facebook page. Lots of action shots there.
A couple of 28-inchers, and a 29″, a 30″, and also TWO walleyes that measured 31″ and 31.5″ respectively.
Now, keep in mind that we’re putting quite a few anglers on the ice each day. So catching a trophy is more times about getting the LUCKY BITE!
Ice conditions, in the area we are fishing, have not changed much in the past few days. We’re still working with 8″-10″, and using the ATV’s / Small Trailers to transport our folks onto the lake.
Sounds like we might have some frigid weather coming our way later this week. But for now it’s been mostly teens and twenties.
Either way it’s generally the stable weather / barometer that provides the more consistent fishing.
That’s all for now… Congrats to Linda D. for that AWESOME trophy walleye you caught So impressive!
Set the hook…