We’ve have some challenging wind the past week, but when it slows down, fishing has been good. Our charter boats are seeing nice eaters and some trophy fish come in the boats. We’re drifting and trolling with spinners and crawlers, with some jigging on the reefs. Don’t be afraid to move around and change up presentation. Fishing will get better each day as we’re at the end of a fish fly hatch. Best of luck out there!
June fishing has been above average around Rocky Point. Jigging with frozen shiners or minnows is still working well. We’re starting to move into spinner action with crawlers. Gold is a good choice for tackle, with any neon accents. We’re fishing at the reefs in 28-33′ of water and also seeing nice action near Willow Creek and Lambertson’s in 4-10′ of water. Guests are catching a mixed bag of sauger and walleye, with quality keepers, as well as some very nice slot fish. Move around, change up your presentation, and you’ll most likely go home with dinner and some extra. Best of luck!
Here’s your latest fishing report from Captain Tim “Wingnut” Hill on beautiful Lake of the Woods:
The start of open water fishing around Rocky Point has picked up in the past week. Water temperatures are on the rise. The weather has been insanely nice and the fish are becoming more active. Jigging on the drop offs on reefs and rocky points are doing well with lots of bigger walleye being released every day.
The shoreline bite is picking up as well. We are anywhere from 8′ to 16′ of water with spinners or cranks. Baits of choice are live minnows, leeches and sometimes frozen shiners.
In the past few days, my groups have released at least one walleye over 28 inches, the biggest being 30 1/2″. Best of luck!
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Ice Fishing Season Extended at Rocky Point. We are extending our ice fishing season and Late Ice Special until April 7th! Enjoy 20% off fishing packages, day fishing, and cabin rental. Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 1st, for fishing and at the bar/restaurant. Call us at 218-442-7215 to book your last ice fishing trip of the season!
Here’s your latest report from Rocky Point guide Brett Janicke on Lake of the Woods:
There’s plenty of ice in our area and we will be fishing until the end of the month! We’re actively chasing the fish, as they are moving around a lot. Guests are seeing nice action in the flats at 25-27 feet. Pike fishing has been producing big numbers and quality sizes the past week. Guests are reporting a mixed bite with walleye and sauger; the key is to change your setup and try different colors throughout the day. Extensions are still needed for augers.
Pictured is Kamren Janicke showing just how big of an auger is needed to get through the ice!
February fishing has been quite unpredictable and we’ve had ups and downs as it relates to the bite. This seems to be the same conversation many are having on our side of the lake. But, as the weather stabilizes, we are seeing late mornings and early afternoon hours picking up. The hot colors are gold, hot pink and green. Electronic are extremely helpful. One tip from our guides is to stay close to the bottom, working your lure as much as possible. If your finder marks something up higher, lift the line up to check it out, as a few nicer walleye have been caught near 10 ft. Our houses are seeing the most success at 24-32 ft. Pictured is Hugh West with a 25″ walleye he caught and released 2/27.
*** Just a friendly reminder that fishing licenses expire February 28th — don’t forget to renew them for the 2018-19 season.
We are fishing at all the major reefs, with the exception of Archie’s. The ice is extremely rough, making it difficult to run our equipment there. Guests have reported a mixed bite with morning being slightly better. Electronics are extremely useful right now. Dead sticks weren’t particularly active this week, and many groups said the key is to actively jig. Hot colors have been gold, red and anything glow. We are mostly fishing between 27-30′ of water. The Eberspacher group said the big fish were belly to the bottom for them. Emily Eberspacher out-fished her dad with her favorite black lure and said the key for her was to keep her Buck Shot Rattle about two feet from the bottom, actively jigging. The Price group caught a nice mixed bag in their sleeper house stay over the weekend — photos below. Best of luck out there!
Overall fishing has been very good around the Rocky Point area. We are fishing at 12 Mile Reef, Gull Rock Reef, Twin Islands, Clarence’s Reef and the mud flats. The mud flats have been especially productive the past week. We are fishing in 28-30′ of water. Fish size has been consistent from 15-18″ with lots of favorable saugers in the walleye catch. Slot fish have also been abundant for our guests. The Mlynar group from Eden Prairie each caught a 25” walleye during their visit, as well as lots of keepers. They said it was their best year for big fish in the 11 years fishing at Rocky Point. Our tackle shop is selling mostly gold, red and pink. Best of luck out there!