Monday, May 9, 2016

Upcoming Walleye Opener

With the walleye opener for MN just around the corner, many big changes have been happening at Flag Island Resort. As of January the resort is now under the ownership and management of Chuck and Andrea Haggenmiller. The resort is now a family owned and operated resort. Flag Island Resort is proud to announce the return of guide Dan Schmidt and cook Ki Ok back to the Flag Island team.

Walleye opener is set for this coming Saturday, May 14th and for Ontario the following Saturday, May 21st. We are anticipating a great opener for both Minnesota and Canadian waters. The water temps have been around the 40's and the water level is at a pretty normal level, no worries for issues that go along with high or low waters. The fish have just been stacked on the graphs!

The Northern Pike are hungry as well! The Pike season is open year round up here on Lake of the Woods. Spring is a great time to be trolling or casting into the shallows to catch that big monster you have been waiting for. As for colors, blue and white spoons have shown great success but, you really cannot go wrong with anything with a little white.

Monday, February 18, 2013

2/18/2013 Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Report

Come join us for a great time on the hard water. Fish are in their typical mid winter pattern and are being caught on a variety of lures. With the warmer weather came some big bites. One thing we really enjoy at Flag Island is seeing that familiar face. Thank you all for making that return trip to visit with us. Without you we could not share these moments! 

NRC Roseau visited Flag Island Resort for a great meal and an awesome Snowcat ride.

Wild life pursuit TV visited Flag Island for an ice fishing adventure. Crappies and walleye were everything but camera shy! Lots of fish between 20 and 26-inches.

Jeff and his wife did a number on the Crappies this week!

Getting warm out and the fish are heating up too. Check out our Lake of the Woods resort on Flag Island!

Monday, February 4, 2013

2/04/2013 Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Report

You can never have a bad day on Lake of the Woods. The big fish have been keeping us busy all winter. Walleye, Crappie, Whitefish, the Northwest Angle provides you with a variety of species for a fishing trip you will never forget. Our resort on Lake of the Woods offers you an opportunity for the catch of a lifetime!

She caught Walleye like this one after the other!

Douglas pulled a nice Smallmouth through the ice. What a fight!

Scott Hutchinson's group did well ice fishing for Whitefish, Crappie, and Walleye - even at 20 below!

They went  Crappie fishing and caught Crappie...

...and a monster, 28-inch Walleye. Caught on 2 pound test line!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bonus Lake of the Woods Lake Trout

Hello Lake of the Woods Fishing Report followers! We wanted to share a few photos with you - one being a bonus Lake Trout! Lake Trout are quite rare in the Northwest Angle. They begin to roam when the waters cool and are a pleasant surprise to all when targeting other species such as Crappie and Walleye. The ice has been nice and so have the fish! Good luck out there!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Proven Producers for Lake of the Woods Muskies

The perfect hunter lurks in the murky waters of Lake of the Woods. How quick can they swim? How hard do they fight? Bone chilling strikes, rabid head shakes, and sky rocketing aerobatics. Submission is out of the question for some. Others slide into the net like they've been there and fought the fight once before. Once you locate these fish, putting them in the boat can certainly become quite the challenge. Prepare yourself with a heavy arsenal to tackle the King of freshwater.

Brian Malack did his homework this year and consistently boated big
Lake of the Woods Muskies in June, July, August, and September.

Lake of the Woods Muskie Lures

We put together a short list of proven Muskie Lures to help you put more and bigger fish in the boat during this years highly anticipated Lake of the Woods Muskie trip in the Northwest Angle.


Mepps Aglia
Mepps Musky Killer
Musky Mayhem Tackle Double Showgirl
Musky Mayhem Tackle Double Cowgirl


Bucher ShallowRaider


7" and 9" Suick

Soft Plastic

Regular and Magnum Bulldawg


Bucher TopRaider
Short and sweet. Stick to the basics on Lake of the Woods for a successful Muskie trip you will never forget. It's time for that 50-incher! Good luck.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing

Hello there! What a great week to be ice fishing in the Northwest Angle. The action has picked up for both Crappie and Walleye and the weather has been fantastic. The bigger Walleye are starting to show themselves more and more everyday with consistent Crappie action to boot. Nothing more fun than pulling nice fish through the ice in comfort! Lake of the Woods is by far one of your best bets for "up-north," trophy Crappie. Come chase the elusive Slab with us! This week, we will be paid a visit by Midwest Outdoors to chase what LOTW has to offer.

Thanks for visiting! Enjoy your time on the water. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 218-223-8011 or visit our resort on Lake of the Woods homepage at

Friday, January 4, 2013

A new year of ice fishing on Lake of the Woods!

Hey there Lake of the Woods Fishing Report readers and Flag Islanders! What a year 2012 was. We are bringing in the new year with the shacks on the ice in the Northwest Angle!

The 2013 ice fishing season has begun. Whether you enjoy targeting single species of fish or are a multi-species type of guy or gal - the fish are always biting somewhere. One just can not beat a good time on the ice with family and friends.

What to expect on your Lake of the Woods ice fishing journey?
Flag Island Resort manager and veteran fishing guide Dan Schmidt has spent hundreds of thousands of hours on the ice - literally. If you know him, you know his work ethic. With that being said, he is pretty dialed in as to what is going on under the cold stuff and is always out to discover and learn more with every trip. You can expect a safe, fun, and educated fishing outing on the big pond we call our home away from home, Dan and his lovely girlfriend Ki's front yard.

Where are the fish in the Northwest Angle? We will share!
Is there such a thing as a secret honey hole anymore? Of course there is! Fortunately, Lake of the Woods is full of them.

We are having current success fishing for Crappie in 22 to 34 feet of water in and around the deep basins and larger, east facing bays.

Big Walleye are being caught in 20 to 32 feet of water over a mud bottom.

Pike along with Whitefish are being targeted in Shoal Lake in 50 to 60 feet of water around rock reefs with florescent colors being the best, most consistent producer for all species.

As basic as it gets, live bait provides you with a great search option before experimenting with the various assortment of artificial's available.We are catching the majority of our fish on jigging spoons and frosties tipped with a minnow. Although we enjoy taking the extra steps necessary in our presentation to produce quality results and find out what works and what does not - its tough to stray from the old standbys.

We hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday season. Thank you for visiting our fishing report blog. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our resort on lake of the woods at for contact information. In between fishing reports, we will do our best to provide you with short articles that include tackle and ways to help you have a more successful fishing trip in the Northwest Angle.