Sounds of the Northwoods
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Fishing Report:


 Date: December 2017

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

Pink, gold and glow in the dark jigs and spoons tipped with a minnow have been hot tickets.  The water clarity is good and the walleyes are hungry. A great bite in shallow 12’-18’right now. The minnow man is happy, the minnows are going quickly! Always a sign of good fishing when you stop by a fish house and the say, the fishing is great, we need more minnows!  We still have openings before Christmas, come wet a line.  The sleeper fish houses are on the move.  Their first day is Thursday. Our Sportsman’s Oak Island lodge will be opening in a week or so.

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Date: December 2017


The main lake has 2 to 7 inches of ice, but it varies throughout the basin. Thin ice was still being found in many areas and there was a pocket of open water from Pine Point to Goose Island earlier this week. Trader’s Bay has 5 to 9 inches of ice and Walker Bay is now ice-covered with a thin layer. Anglers have just started to venture out.

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Date: December 2017

Minnesota Fishing Reports:

The entire lake appeared to be capped Tuesday morning with varying ice depths up to 5 inches reported on the north and west sides of the lake. The south end bays now have 8 to 10 inches of ice, and some ATVs are being used there. Isle Bay is producing big walleyes and big northern pike in 9 to 12 feet. Some walleyes also have been caught on the north-end sand breaks in 12 to 14 feet.

Mille Lacs Lake

Lake of the Woods

Lake Minnetonka Area

Lake Vermilion

Lake Winnibigoshish


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Date: December 2017

Wisconsin Fishing Report:                                                                     

The landings are froze up now so people are looking ahead to getting their ice-fishing gear together. There are no ice fishing reports as of yet, but maybe by next few week. Some of the smaller inland lakes should be ready to go this week, thanks to finally getting some cold weather.

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Date: December 2017

South Dakota Fishing Report: 

Ice fishing really got going this past weekend.  There were lots of people out on Bitter Lake and Waubay Lake and limits of walleye were taken on both lakes.  Early morning and late afternoon and early evening were the best times.  Ten inches of ice were reported on areas that have been frozen for a long time.  There were still numerous open areas on both lakes last week and some still remain.  Extreme caution needs to e taken when fishing.

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