By Joe Henry
Ice fishing continues for some resorts, others have pulled houses. Rely and work through resorts. Some resorts still transporting customers via ice transport. In addition, here is an ice road report. Conditions can change daily. Cooler weather in forecast for this week.
Adrians… Road open Monday to pickups and small 4 wheel drives, no wheel houses. Tue and Wed, road closed to freeze up slop and potholes. Plan now is for road open again Thursday. Stay on marked trail.
Cyrus… Using Morris Point road. Pickups and ATV’s. No wheel houses.
Morris Point…Ice road in decent shape. No wheel houses. Pickups, small 4 wheel drives and ATV’s.
Zippel Bay Resort…Road closed to vehicles and wheel houses. ATV’s and portables only.
Babbler’s Road… 4 wheel drives trucks only, no wheel houses.
Long Point Resort…ATV’s and collapsibles only, no vehicles.
Arnesen’s Rocky Point…Moved houses closer, ice good where fishing. Still ice fishing through week and possibly longer per conditions.
Young’s Bay Resort (NW Angle)… Ice road closed to vehicles due to muddy / sloppy access point. ATV’s and snowmobiles only. Snowmobile trail stakes on lake removed. NW Angle Resorts doing pick ups with ice transportation.
Resorts monitoring ice daily. Safety first. Lake ice in decent shape where resorts are fishing. Lots of resorts still on ice. Bays getting sloppy. Check with your resort if questions.
Fishing has improved this week. Mixed reports off of Pine Island with some good fishing coming in from 20 – 24′. Morris Point area reports continued pike action as well as decent walleye bite in 26 – 28′. Arnesen’s and Long Point reporting better walleye fishing this week as well. Some pike activity.
On the Rainy River… The word is have your boats ready. As of today (Monday), open water 5.5 miles east of Birchdale. Open water showing in the middle of river in front of Birchdale. Colder temps this week. Keep posted to LOW Tourism Facebook and fishing reports on website.
Up at the NW Angle, walleye action continues with mixed in jumbo perch. Resorts still ice fishing. Good morning / evening bite in 20-26′ on south end of Oak Island. Some fishing still on east side of Little Oak. Picking away at fish during day. Crappie action good on the Ontario side. Pike anglers having success. Use resort outfitters for safety. Daily updates on Facebook at Lake of the Woods Tourism. Lodging and river info atwww.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.