Here are the reports for fishing in the region:
There’s not much ice to report, and satellite images Wednesday showed ice cover mostly limited to areas of Muskeg Bay near Warroad, Minn., and Buffalo Bay in Manitoba on the west side of the lake. Large portions of Big Traverse Bay in Minnesota waters remain either open or covered with only a thin layer of ice. Lake of the Woods Tourism on Monday reported Zippel Bay, Bostic Bay and Baudette Bay all had 1 to 3 inches of ice, and foot travel wasn’t recommended; Four-Mile Bay was mostly open, with patches of shoreline ice in spots. The Northwest Angle area has 2 to 4 inches of ice, the report said.
A few of the back bays have 3 to 6 inches of ice in places, while the main lake is open in many areas, Bry’s Guide Service reported Wednesday.
Anglers are venturing out on foot along the south shore, where Rogers’ on Red reports 5 to 5 1/2 inches of ice. Access remains limited to foot travel, and no ATVs or other vehicles are being allowed onto the ice. On the east side of the lake, West Wind Resort in Waskish, Minn., has a travel marked out a half mile from shore to 8 feet of water, where the ice is 5 to 6 inches thick. Resort workers have checked the ice out to about a mile from shore, the report said, and beyond the half-mile point, the ice thins to about 4 inches, and several cracks pose hazards. Foot travel is the recommended mode of access. Cloudy water has hampered fishing success, but clarity is improving, the report said, and walleye action is picking up. This is a large body of water, and conditions vary greatly, so anyone venturing out should check with area resorts or bait shops for the most up-to-date ice reports.
A few people have been walking out on Maple Lake near Mentor, Minn., and catching the occasional walleye near the “rock pile,” according to anecdotal reports from local anglers. That area reportedly had about 4 1/2 inches of ice early in the week but conditions can vary greatly, and anglers should use extreme caution or—better yet—wait for the onset of colder weather and safer ice.
Downhill ski report
• Buena Vista Ski Area near Bemidji: The “Back to BV Bash Weekend” is set for Saturday and Sunday, with skiing and boarding hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and special lift and rental rates. The event includes music on the Sunflake run, a “Rail Jam” at 1 p.m. Sunday and free hot cider 1 to 2 p.m. each day by the outdoor fireplace. There’s a 6- to 18-inch base of snow and 2 inches of new snow as of Tuesday; making snow. Info: bvskiarea.com.
• Frostfire Ski Area near Walhalla, N.D.: Making snow; Yarrow beginner run and Spiderwort and Chicory intermediate runs are open. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Info: frostfireskiarea.com.
— Herald staff report