Lake of the Woods Original Weekly Fishing Report!

The 8th Annual Chili Bowl Fishing Contest was a great success

October 15, 2017 at 3:02 PM

The week started out just about the same as last week with our charters staying on the south shore of Big Traverse Bay. Again, patience is the key as there were many little ones to sort through to get that nice catch of 18-19 inchers. Staying put and waiting it out proved once again to be the best tactic rather than moving around all day. We are still seeing schools on the 22-30 foot depth range. The best presentation is still the Tom’s Tackle gold strobe jigs with a shiner minnow.


The 8th Annual Chili Bowl Fishing Contest was a great success again yesterday with 53 two person angling teams battling it out on the Rainy River. The weather was great for the last Walleye tournament in Minnesota for the year. The honors go to First Place Team ($1000) Dan Hecht and James Wasferet, Second Place Team ($500) Scott Thompson and Chad Thompson, Third Place Team ($500) Tom Stay and Mariah Mollberg, Fourth Place Team ($500) Lucas Bye and Shane Grotte, and Fifth Place Team ($500) Bob Manowski and Craig Jesinski. Seven other lucky teams received their entry fees back in a random drawing. This is a fun end- of- the- season contest for us and we appreciate the professional weigh-in and officiating provided by our good friends who run the Minnesota Tournament Trail events, Mike, Renee, John, and Gayle Holt.


The surface water temp in the river is 50.3 degrees today.   The forecast indicates Highs in the 50’s earlier in the week and reaching the upper 60’s by next weekend. It should get down close to freezing tonight but the low temps will get into the upper 30’s later in the week and even the high 40’s for the weekend. We are looking at a slight chance of showers a couple of days midweek.


Don’t forget to book your winter ice fishing trip! The Winter Rates are published on our website. Be sure to make your reservation early to get your choice of dates and take advantage of this great deal: Book your Sleeper House reservation for a Midweek stay by November 30th and receive 10% off.