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Fishing Report:


 Date: 12/21/16

Lake of the Woods South Shore Ice, Fishing & Trails Report:               December, 2016 by Sportsman's Lodges

Here we go!
The season has started out great! We have a good ice base and active fishing, what more can a person ask for? We currently have 10-13 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish and making more by the minute.

Several groups enjoyed great fishing over the weekend and with the warmer weather moving in we expect it to get even better this week. Anglers are seeing more walleyes than saugers of varying sizes. An early morning and late afternoon bite in 16’-23’ has been best using small gold or pink jigs and glow buckshot rattle spoons tipped with a minnow or minnow head jigging 6-8 inches off bottom. Dead sticking produced good results as well. The guides suggest to try one rod jigging and one rod dead sticking and see what works best for you. The ride is just 20 minutes to the fish house!

Our ice report is for the areas we travel and fish. Our houses are on a private groomed trail. If you are venturing out on your own, we encourage you to check with the outfitter or resort that maintains the road for the most up to date conditions and stay on the road as conditions differ in different areas of the lake.

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Date: 12/21/16

December, 2016

The entire lake is now ice-covered and some limited fishing has begun. Anglers have started walking out “a couple hundred yards” on parts of the south end and off Pine and Stoney points. Early this week, 3 to 5 inches of ice was reported in these areas so there should be some decent fishing options by this weekend.

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Red Lake Report: 12/21/16

It was a relief to be able to use the snowmobile up on Upper Red Lake. With 12, almost 13 inches of ice, it made for easy traveling.

Upper Red Lake is shallow with areas of small underwater humps and islands, and a 3-5 ft break line that follows the shoreline. Our first location was in shallow water in the morning on the edge of a break (7-8.5 ft) but did not have much success. After repositioning ourselves at mid day on a small flat off the edge of a quicker break, we finally struck Red Lake gold. Within the first 5 minutes of fishing at the new location we were on the board and it was game on from there on.

Jigging a 1/4 oz. Buckshot Flutter Spoon tipped with a minnow head was the main bait used, giving off a flashy and active presentation. You can never go wrong with a red and silver/gold colored lure on Upper Red. However, other bright colors like pink and orange work well also.

When marking a fish, I found it best to give small, quick and repetitive actions to the bait. If the bait sat still, the fish wanted nothing to do with it, but as soon as you gave the lure some action, the walleye absolutely hammered it!

Check out our Upper Red Lake Walleye video at:




Date: 12/21/16

Minnesota Fishing Reports:

The ice was shaping up nicely earlier this week. The entire lake is capped with reports of as much as 6 inches in some of the bays and some ATVs being used in some of these areas. With the cold weather expected to continue, look for some parts of the main lake to be accessible by this weekend. Fishing reports have been limited, however, although some northern pike spearers have commented that they’re seeing more walleyes than pike swimming under their dark houses. Reports of catching should roll in by the weekend.

Mille Lacs Lake

Lake of the Woods

Lake Minnetonka Area

Lake Vermilion

Lake Winnibigoshish


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Date: 12/21/16

Wisconsin Fishing Report:                                                                     December, 2016

Smallmouth bass fishing in Chequamegon Bay is still good right now using minnows. A few anglers have been trolling and catching some nice sized browns. People are fishing off the docks and the shoreline and catching some nice browns, rainbows, perch and crappies. A good spot to fish is the old ore dock base. There is still some time to fish the bay from a boat if you haven’t put it away yet. We will keep you posted on ice conditions when the ice starts forming.

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Date: 12/21/16

South Dakota Fishing Report: 

 Ice has formed quite rapidly the past week on area lakes.  Reports of 6" to 8" on many lakes.  Recent guests fished on Waubay Lake using the Buckshot access and they did very well catching near limits of very nice perch.  There are reports of quite a few fishermen using portable on north end of Bitter Lake.  Looks like the winter fishing season is here.  Caution is advised on this early ice.

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