Sounds of the Northwoods
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Fishing Report:


 Date: February 2018

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

The bite has started to pick up in the islands this week. Guests have been getting some nice fish with the good old jig stick, pink, glow or gold jig tipped with a minnow head or full minnow in 26’-29’. Vexilars are certainly helping too.  Change it up! The best technique can vary day by day. Try some light vertical jigging, hard jigging and dead sticking and make sure your hooks are sharp! That favorite jig may have brought you previous luck, but it may also have dulled, so always a good thing to double check. The days are getting longer, come enjoy some winter fun with us!

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Date: February 2018


Walleye action has been pretty slow with just a few fish being caught after sunset on the east shore of Walker Bay in 18 to 25 feet. The Sand Point area is producing a few perch and an occasional walleye in 8 to 12 feet, while tullibee action has picked up off Stoney Point over 30 to 40 feet.

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Date: February 2018

Minnesota Fishing Reports:

A few walleyes are being caught in the big bays on Lake Minnetonka over 25 to 35 feet during the evening hours. Pike are hitting sucker minnows along the 15-foot weedlines of most lakes and crappie action is sporadic with some bigger fish being caught in 15 to 20 feet on Minnetonka or Lake Independence in 28 to 33 feet. Hit the 8- to 15-foot weeds on Medicine Lake for sunfish.

Mille Lacs Lake

Lake of the Woods

Lake Minnetonka Area

Lake Vermilion

Lake Winnibigoshish


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Date: February 2018

Wisconsin Fishing Report:                                                                     

The Chequamegon Bay area, in general, has 12-plus inches of ice, but be sure and check your way with the ice bar. Machine travel has been the norm. Fishing has remained steady with a mix of browns, splake and whitefish being caught off the Washburn side. Reports of perch, walleyes, brown trout and northerns are being caught on the Ashland side of the bay. The fishing pressure has been pretty high and with a lot of pressure in one area the fish tend to scatter. Beware of pressure cracks. Conditions can change around pressure cracks. Anglers are fishing as far as Bayfield, but only in the shallows and they’re using extreme caution.

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Date: February 2018

South Dakota Fishing Report: 

The ice is about 30 inches.  Fishing has been good for panfish, pike, and walleye.  The panfish bite has been good with several limits.  The pike fishing has been excellent with lots of 3-6 lb. fish, and the walleye bite has been a little slower with some good action in the early morning or evening hours.  Knowing the local lakes has been an asset for finding a good bite.  Many people have been saying the action has been slow

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