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Lake of the Woods Fishing, Ice & Trail Report 12-30-09

posted on 12/31/2009

The action continues…Kenny Weber pulled a 50 inch, 40lb Sturgeon thru the hole a couple of days ago! WOW! That is quite a fish to pull thru an ice hole! Kenny was fishing for walleyes, but snagged this hungry fella, quite the fight, it was safely released soon after. We seem to get a few of these caught thru the year, another 45 incher was caught 12-11-09 too, interesting. Usually these guys are found in late April and Early May. Check out our Annual Sturgeon Tournament April 30 & May 1 by clicking here. Cash Prizes
Walleyes and saugers…
Lots of saugers are being reported especially in the smaller class, however plenty of nice walleyes and saugers are also being caught to round out a nice limit in a 2-3 day trip. The fish are really schooled up it seems as if you get one bite, it is just the beginning of a steady stream for awhile, then a gap just enough time to enjoy a beverage and snack and tell a fish story and then keep jigging they are back for more. Hot tackle seems to be gold and orange jigs and a 2 inch yellow spoon tipped with a minnow. Jigging has been helping along with setting the hook at the right time.

Ice Conditions

18"-20" on the Lake on the marked trails and 16" on the Four Mile Bay. The lake is mostly covered with 12-15” of new snow that fell last week. The conditions are good. Some slush is reported when you get off the trails and marked roads.

Trail Report
Lake Trails
The lake trails from Sportsman's Lodge to Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge is freshly groomed. The trail from Sportsman's Lodge to Warroad will be groomed tomorrow. The lake froze real flat this year and the trails are in excellent condition. The lake trail from Warroad to Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge is marked but not groomed yet. I understand grooming around the Northwest Angle started today on the lake and land. Ask about our $39 per person per night midweek special at Sportsman's Eagle Ridge!
Land Trails
The land trails around Baudette and Williams are 60% groomed and the groomers continue to be out in full force. The groomed trails are reported to be in excellent condition.

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