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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 2/7/2012

The fishing has been excellent for us all year and that continues to hold true. The fish are moving north and we are following them! We are staying on top of the fish, but that means we are moving our houses about every 4-5 days.

We are still seeing a good mix of walleye and sauger in the buckets, with the sauger’s coming in with awesome quality (14-16 inch fish). The hot bait this past week seems to be the Pink Charmer and the Northland Buckshot Rattle in 1/8-1/4 oz. sizes. The best colors in those baits have been pink glow and gold or red glow and black. Make sure you have a good mix of bait, one day chubs are the ticket and the next day shiners will be the trick.

The fish are generally holding tight to the bottom, but don’t forget your flasher, as there are a fair amount of fishing coming in suspended and those suspended fish usually turn out to be nice walleye. We have plenty of ice on the lake and travel is solid as long as you stick close to the roads or have 4wd.

We have plenty of the hard water season left and fishing continues to be really good, so don’t waste any time and book your trip to the best hard water fishery in the world with Sweet’s Fishing.

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Just a friendly FYI that before long, the hard water will be gone and it will be time to chase the walleye’s down in a boat! Sweet’s Fishing offers charter trips for groups up to 6, along with a cabin rental for a place to sleep after a long day catching walleye with Steve Sweet!
10yr old Camryn with a Sweet's Fishing Walleye

Steve Sweet


Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 1/20/2012

Fishing on Lake of the Woods has been outstanding as of late! The fish are coming in waves when they bite. Early morning from 7:00-10:00 and in the afternoon from 3:00-5:30 seems to be the hot bites. We have houses out in 30-33 feet of water and the ice is about 19 inches thick in most areas. We are making ice at a pretty good rate with the low temperatures, but please continue to proceed with caution and make sure to stick to the staked roads. There has been a strong mix of Walleye and Sauger. This past weekend, I had a house catch their limit of walleyes with the smallest one being 17 inches and biggest just a hair over 19 inches!

We are starting to see more and more fish coming in suspended so don’t forget your vexilar, as that is proving to be more and more valuable as the season wears on. Don’t be afraid to downsize your presentation. We have been seeing good success with the following jigs in smaller sizes: JR’s Tackle – Stop Sign & Hot Tamale, Toms Tackle – Pink Charmer, Northland – Buckshot Rattle. Hot colors for the jigs listed above has been anything in pink, gold or glow (red, pink, green). The dead sticks are also producing really well with a plain red hook and a minnow, set your hook anywhere from 6-12 inches off the bottom and it should be automatic!

Fishing is outstanding with everyone coming up catching plenty of fish to eat and taking home their limit. Don’t waste anymore time, get up to the walleye capital of the world for the fishing experience of a lifetime with Sweet’s Fishing!

Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 1/4/2012

Fishing has been stellar on the big pond with Sweet’s Fishing this week! We have been catching consistent limits with a good mix of Walleye and Sauger. Depending on the size of the group people have been pulling up 50-150 fish per day.

The ice is 15+ inches thick where we are fishing and vehicles are being permitted to drive on the lake. We have been fishing around 30 feet of water and continue to follow the fish as they move further into the lake. Hot colors have been anything in glow white/green/pink along with the classic LOW gold. Set lines have also been producing a good amount of fish with a plain hook. Fish seem to be holding tight to the bottom but make sure to have your electronics as this will allow you to see fish all throughout the water column.

Don’t wait any longer, there is a hot bite on the Walleye Capital of the World right now! To book your trip with Sweet’s Fishing, call Steve at 218-368-7323

Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 12/27/2011

Sweet’s Fishing has been on the ice for a couple weeks now and fishing has been great! The ice remains firm at 13 inches thick and making more every day. Fishing is best in water from 24 to 26 feet deep. Pink and white glow jigs are working great with quite a few Walleyes being caught that are in the slot. Deadsticks are picking up a few more fish than jigging.

Check out our photo album for some new pictures, including a 50 inch Sturgeon caught by Brian Bataglia! Call and book your reservation now, as the sleepers and day houses are filling up quick! Look forward to seeing you on the ice at the Walleye Capital of the World. Feel free to call me with any questions/comments!


Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 11/8/2011

Fishing on Lake of the Woods has been great this last month! We had a few really nice days with the temperatures in the 50’s. The water was like glass! The lake has finally cleared up from all the wind we have had in recent weeks. There are still plenty of fish to catch in the lake even though many of them are now in the river chasing the shiners. Down-rigging and jigging has worked the best. We are using Northland Tackle’s 3/8oz Eye-ball jigs. Gold, pink, and chartreuse have been the color of choice.

Northland Tackle 3/8oz Pink Eyeball JigNorthland Tackle 3/8oz Chartreuse Eyeball JigNorthland Tackle 3/8oz Gold Eyeball Jig


This last week we caught some really nice Walleye, a few in the higher 20’s and even one that hit 30 inches! Come enjoy a trip up North before Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing begins! See you on the water!

Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 10/5/2011

Fishing this last week has been great! Just yesterday, a couple of us caught our limits within a couple hours in the evening. We couldn’t even let the jig hit the bottom before they would bite. Not only did we catch our limit, but we had some whoppers in the mix. We caught a 30 incher and a 29 incher! The fish are biting now that the water is clearing up. The best fishing has been by the washout or West of the gap in 24 ft of water and during the mornings or the evenings. The fish aren’t yet to the river but I am still finding them with big and thick shiners in their mouths and bellies. I have been jigging and using brighter colors like pink, orange, white and gold and hooking them with frozen shiners. The season is changing and it is getting beautiful outside. A friend of mine went across the lake yesterday morning and saw a few thousand Bluebills in the middle of the lake. It was a great sight for those who love birds. I imagine that this winter will provide all of us with some great fishing. The saugers we are catching are getting older and fatter! Good luck fishing to everyone this week!