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Fishing Report:


 Date: May 2018

Lake of the Woods South Shore Ice, Fishing & Trails Report:               by Sportsman's Lodges

We are warming up!
Slow but sure, the ice is melting. The Rainy River is completely open and there is open water just past the gap right now on the lake. We received a little shot of rain early this week but could use a good rain to soften more ice up, nonetheless there are over 40 miles of fishable river and bays right now and more warm weather in the forecast.  Current river temp is 47 degrees, the water level is low, not much debris but it is dirty, clearing more by the day. It should be cleared up nicely by walleye opener. Luckily, the sturgeon feed by smell in the dirty water so it doesn’t have much of effect on the sturgeon fishing going on now.  The current is average speed. For more information about the river or if you like to keep tabs on it. This data is measured right off our dock.

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Date: May 2018 


Heavy rains on Sunday and Monday night started to take their toll on the ice, but the shorelines were only open about 6 to 10 feet on Tuesday morning. The ice in Walker Bay is black, and with the rain, there was quite a bit of water on top of it. Ice conditions on the main lake looked pretty solid early this week. Some small bays and small lakes are expected to be open by this weekend.

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Date: May 2018 

Minnesota Fishing Reports:

Well our team of fishing guides are amped up for the open water season. This year our fishing guides will cover every corner of Central Minnesota from Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, Cass Lake, Brainerd Lakes Area, Woman Lake, Hackensack, Longville, Winnibigoshish, and in between.  We are busily prepping gear, getting our new boats in the water, and filling up our guide calendars with trips.  As we are getting closer here is quick write up on current conditions a some little pieces of advice as Opener nears.

We are approaching that time of year where everyone sets out in search of that fish that makes us come back each and every year the second weekend of May. 2018 is setting up to be another banner year on Leech Lake, Cass Lake, Mille Lacs, Woman, Winnibigoshish, Brainerd Lakes, and the surrounding area lakes.  With us just being a few days away just a few quick reminders. Next week we will give you a few more tidbits and a current lake report. Right now most lakes are still covered but with the recent warm temps and wind combined with some rain it is sure looking like we will have Open Water.

Mille Lacs Lake

Lake of the Woods

Lake Minnetonka Area

Lake Vermilion

Lake Winnibigoshish


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Date: May 2018 

Wisconsin Fishing Report:                                                                     

There was still ice on Chequamegon Bay. However, it can deteriorate quickly with the warm temps in the forecast. Right now, fishing in front of the Sioux River, Onion River and Bodins is not recommended. Everything is snow covered and the ice is broken up. Use caution at all times. Inland lakes are still carrying a lot of ice, but areas with current have opened up.

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Date: May 2018

South Dakota Fishing Report: 

Smaller sloughs under 10 acres are opening up.  Midsize lakes have water on the edges and deteriorating fast.  Big lakes are pretty solid yet, still seeing some ice fishing on them, however it's not recommended.  They are pretty honeycombed so be cautious.  It's possible the smaller lakes will be boatable by next weekend, but not Waubay or Bitter.  Fishermen have been shore fishing the culvert areas.

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