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  1. 2.9.21 Sunset Lodge Fishing & Ice Report! We are finding quality walleye and sauger in 20-24 ft, with the best method being to acctract them in with a rattle bait such as a rippin rap or buckshot. Our houses with the best numbers have been ones in 28 ft. or deeper. When no fish are being marked, it is important to aggressively rip baits 3-4 feet, then slow the action as fish appear on screen. The attitude of a walleye can change from house to house, where one shack has all the action on a deadstick, the next house can get most bites by jigging. Angles who reasses th
  2. Walleye fishing is excellent but walleye catching can be challenging with atmospheric pressure rising and falling. Our best houses during unstable times have been away from the break lines in softer bottomed areas. A true deadstick with light tackle will out preform most presentations under these conditions. Currentley we have stable, high pressure forecasted though the weekend and action is really heating up! Rappala Rip’n Raps, Flutter spoons and Perch talkers in pink and white, green, chartreause and gold have been providing best results. Houses are currentley being brought back
  3. 12.16.20 Sunset Lodge Fishing & Ice Report! The Walleye bite has been incredible during early morning and late afternoon in 15-19 feet of water. We have had multiple groups limit out by 8:30am. Mid-Morning we slide out to 22-26 feet for a better chance at sauger, jumbo perch and some giant northern pike. When the Walleye have the feed bag on, any bait offered will be taken. Times of less action require a slower, more subtle presentation. We are still using lighter vehicles to transport guests to fish houses which are currently sitting on 12- 15 inches but expect to have
  4. 12.8.20 Sunset Lodge Fishing & Ice Update - Northwest Angle of Lake of the Woods Hello from Sunset Lodge on Oak Island! We got ice! Lower than normal current levels have led to better than average, more consistent early ice conditions in the Northwest Angle. Wind and warm temps have kept the main lake south of Garden Island open until just recently. As usual, ice conditions are always changing and there remain many areas that are still unsafe for travel. With the cold weather and little snow in the forecast we are likely to see improved and more stabl
  5. 12.8.20 Sunset Lodge Fishing & Ice Update - Northwest Angle of Lake of the Woods

     

    Hello from Sunset Lodge on Oak Island!
     

    We got ice!
     

    Lower than normal current levels have led to better than average, more consistent early ice conditions in the Northwest Angle. Wind and warm temps have kept the main lake south of Garden Island open until just recently.
     

    As usual, ice conditions are always changing and there remain many areas that are still unsafe for travel. With the cold weather and little snow in the forecast we are likely to see improved and more stable ice thickness across the lake.
     

    Our fish houses are resting on 8-11 inches of ice and are within a 10 minute ride of the resort.
     

    Fishing pressure is low and catching is excellent! We have a very strong morning and evening bite with good action in between. Active fish are smashing rattle baits and most fish will accept a jig and a minnow.

     

    Traffic is low and conditions are ideal for an early ice getaway, we are accepting fly-in reservations starting Monday the 14th! Our runway is marked and is currently sitting on 11 inches of ice. If you don’t have your own plane, we are partnered with Lake Country Air, they are currently flying to us from multiple Northern Minnesota locations

     

    Beaver Air Tours: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverAirTours

     

    Snowmobile traffic across Lake of the Woods is not advised at this time. We will keep you updated or you can check the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook page for more up to date trail conditions. https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestAngleEdgeRiders


    Go here for the Northwest Angle Guest Ice Road - 2020 updates. As soon as the ice road is open. we'll send an email with a link to purchase your ice road pass and you'll be all set! https://www.facebook.com/nwaiceroad


    If you haven't booked your winter ice fishing trip left we have some availability remaining! You can now Book Now online or fill out our Check Availability form. www.minnesotafishingresorts.com 

    As you can imagine, our phone stays pretty busy. If you get our voicemail, please leave a message or contact us via email. Ice & fishing updates will be posted on our Sunset Lodge Facebook page so please check there before calling for updates.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon!

     

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  6. 7.6.20 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report Minnesota Lake of the Woods Walleye action continues in less than 10’ casting Rapala’s, floating leeches or pulling crawlers in rocks and sand bays. Walleye are also showing back up on classic structure including points and main lake reefs. Trolling deep diving Rapala’s has been producing very large pike and slot walleye in 12 to 18 ft. of water. Lake of the Woods Musky opener was successful in shallow, weeded areas. With one over 50” boated and the rare 49.5” as well as many mid 40” fish. With water temps increasing into t
  7. Happy New Year from all of us here at Sunset Lodge! You can now follow the signs on the ice road right to our front door. Drive the center of the road as ice is thinner on the edges. We continue to fish shallower (16-20’) houses early and late in the day with good success. Shacks at the bottom of the break are producing a more consistent bite through out the day. It has been a great two weeks for big fish with many Walleyes over 26”, a couple of 29” and a massive 31”. Rippin Raps and Buckshot are being used to attract active fish to the houses. Gold is a staple up here on a sunny day, glow r
  8. Up in the Northwest Angle we are throwing back the 16s to keep the 18s! We have our houses in 16-24 feet, mostly on the bottom of the break. Twilight bites are fast and furious with some aggressive jigging. The ice road is not quite to us, currently ends on the North end of Flag island where we have a staked snowmobile trail and groomed runway straight to us. Happy Holidays!!
  9. Hello from Sunset Lodge! Water temps in the Northwest Angle are varying between 55 degrees and 59 in shallower areas. In Minnesota, the bite has been very good. Big fish have been caught trolling crank baits in less than 15 feet of water. Keeper size walleye are being found in 18-22 feet with orange and parakeet jigs and a minnow being the most preferred combo. We saw multiple fish over 28 inches this week! The fish in Canada have been smacking pink and white, and parakeet jigs tipped with a shiner or minnow in 22-26 feet of water. Aggressiveness has picked up with the rising t
  10. Up here in the Northwest Angle lines are tight and fish are biting! Water temps are warmer in the shallows at 50-52 degrees to upper 40’s in the main lake. Recent weather was not great but the fishing was. Some of the best action has been within a few miles of the lodge. Walleyes have been found anywhere from 3 to 30ft. 22-30ft with a jig and minnow is best during daylight hours. Multiple trophy walleye were caught this week including a couple 28’s and one 31 inch. The bite off of the dock late evening is really heating up and will produce limits. Come up soon to take advantag
  11. We're still OPEN & fishing up at the NW Angle! Fishing on the Minnesota side continues to be best early morning and from sundown to dusk. Work deeper edges of the break line in the morning and afternoon, moving up to the flats and points for an evening flurry. With low pressure coming for the weekend expect fishing to be excellent. On the Ontario side, Crappie action was really good this past weekend in 30+ feet of water. Lots of fish over 14." Lake conditions have drastically improved as water making slush has receded below the ice or has frozen over in
  12. Hello from the NW Angle! Areas of slush on trails in Minnesota are refreezing overnight and are still in good condition if well-traveled. Walleye action is getting better every day, with mornings and late evening being best. Rippin’ raps and buckshots are enticing violent strikes; 18-22 ft of water is key. Big northern pike are hitting jiggin’ spoons and tip ups with large baits. Anglers venturing into Canada continue to find schooled Crappies and big walleye deeper into 30+ feet. A slow presentation is most effective for catching crappies. Until next week, Sunset Lodge
  13. Hello from the NW Angle! Minnesota snowmobile trail conditions are in good shape. The Baudette trail is great north of Knight Island. Walleye action heats up in periods of stable weather. The best catching is happening in 21-25ft, with the most productive method being a dead-stick beside an actively jigged rattle bait such as a buckshot or rippin’ rap. Glow white/pink is out producing other colors. The late ice bite can be phenomenal on Lake of the Woods, ice permitting we will have houses out through the end of the month! Canadian fishing is recommended via snowmobile
  14. Hello from the NW Angle! Fishing is really starting to pick up, which usually means Spring is on the way! Fishing on the Minnesota side has been best at first and last light, which can make for long days on the ice this time of year. The Sauger bite has really picked up with a lot good sized eaters coming out of 21-25 ft. The most effective colors for both Walleye and Sauger have been Chartreuse, White, any Glow/lighted/UV (specifically red) and hammered gold. When fishing at depths less than 20 feet, keep an active presentation. Northerns tend to be most active in the early aftern
  15. Hello from the NW Angle! Minnesota Walleye can be found in 19-23ft early and late in the day. Rattle baits will call these actively feeding fish to the hole. Midday action is best adjacent to the break line at 25-29ft. These fish are preferring a more subtle presentation such as a minnow and plain hook or a spoon with a whole minnow on a dead-stick. It remains important to constantly re-charge glow baits to keep them productive in the deeper water. In Canada, walleye and crappie fishing is good in typical spots. Travel can become difficult in slushy areas, solo tra
  16. Hello from the NW Angle! Walleye and Sauger fishing on the Minnesota side has been a much more active bite than the previous few weeks. We are fishing anywhere from 21 to 28 ft. on Jiggin’ raps, Rippin’ raps and Buckshot with glow green and glow red being the most productive colors. Make sure to have an active presentation to get them off of the bottom. Dead stick method is still producing during mid-day however, it is helpful to have a jigging line in as well to lure them into the immediate vicinity. Crappie fishing is holding steady east of Oak Island on the Canadi
  17. Hello from the NW Angle! Minnesota walleye are being caught at a variety of depths with 24-27’ being the most consistent. Glow red with gold has been a hot combo this week. Rattle baits continue to draw active fish to our houses. Sauger activity has been very strong, providing Anglers the opportunity for full limits before new regulations take effect on March 1st. New limit regulations give a combination of six walleye/sauger with no more than 4 walleye. The slot of 19.5”-28 must be immediately release with one walleye over 28’ to be allowed in possession. Canadian crappies are still
  18. Hello from the NW Angle! On the Minnesota side, we are finding Perch, Walleye and Sauger, with 23-25 ft in the gravel being the most succesful. A lot of fish pulled from these areas were found to be preying on crawfish and spitting them up upon surfacing. Pink and white has been the top producing color combo once again. It is equally important to keep charging your glow lures. During periods of extreme cold the Dead-stick was most effective. Very nice Saugers are still being caught out of 28-29 ft. The best action has been early and late in the day. Canada has been providing mixed
  19. Hi from the NW Angle! In Minnesota, Sauger action remains strong. Houses in 26-29ft continue to produce throughout recent cold snap. The Walleye harvest was good during the last period of stable weather. Recently the dead-stick has out produced jigging, however rattle baits are still effective. Canadian crappie fishing was good last week with multiple groups limiting out while fishing holes 30-34 ft. Stay warm! Sunset Lodge
  20. 1.21.19 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report, NW Angle of LOW, Hello from the NW Angle! We are making ice up here at Sunset Lodge and with fresh snow coming the trails should be in great shape. In Minnesota, we are seeing really nice saugers mixed in with walleye in 26-29ft. Rippin raps and rattle baits are calling fish to the house during slower portions of the day. Pink and white remains the favored color combo. Work these baits aggresively as they will attract fish, mellow out as fish appear on electronics, then finesse them with a more subtle presentation to seal the deal. Crapp
  21. Hello from the NW Angle! Fishing remains consistently strong on the Minnesota side this week. Many species are quick to bite leaving anglers with a very mixed bag at the end of the day. We saw multiple 40+ inch Northern, many Perch, even a Lake Trout among an already strong Walleye bite. 22-24 ft on gravel bottom surrounded by mud has been our best spots. Be sure to charge up any Glow tackle in use, with the increasing snow cover, glow or lighted lures have been hot. Pink/white and gold are also very effective on sunny days. The Canadian bite just keeps getting better! Crappies can b
  22. 1.8.19 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report Hello from the NW Angle! Fishing on the Minnesota side has remained strong for the first couple of weeks of ice fishing season. We are seeing a lot of Walleye in the slot being caught off of structure as well of plenty of keepers (Sauger and Walleye) deeper out in the mud. Currently our houses are between 17 and 24ft, hot colors have been pink and white, hammered gold and anything that glows. Ice is developing quickly on the big lake with up to two feet in some places despite the mild temperatures we are experiencing. On the North t
  23. Hello from the NW Angle! Water temperatures are holding in the low 50's but expect them to continue to drop this week with temperatures in the high 30's and even snow in the forecast. Both Minnesota and Canadian walleye fishing are on fire with only a jig and shiner or minnow needed. Look for Walleye in areas of current, pinch points between islands or rocky bays. Fish are currently shiner dependent in 17-25 feet. Crappies are being found away from the rocks suspended over mud bottoms in 24-28 feet. Perch can be found on deeper reefs topping out at 28 feet. Muskie tr
  24. Hello from the NW Angle! Lake of the Woods water temps are steadily falling into the mid to low 50’s. This past week cold fronts and strong winds have fish schooling up and feeding heavily. In Minnesota, look to rocky bays and adjacent reefs in 15-22ft. of water. A jig and minnow is all that is needed to catch a limit in a short period of time. Bottle necks between islands in the NW Angle are also worth fishing in the evenings. In Canada, the fishing has been excellent. Crappie, walleye and perch are all schooling up and taking a jig and minnow. With the water temperatures d
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