Ice and Fishing Report 2/15/24

We’ve got a dual report to share; an ice update from Captain Jon “Sunshine” Head and a fishing report from Captain Nick Dejno.


“We’re seeing mostly 16-20+” of ice in the areas we are fishing. Our areas of “thinner” ice, where we have been monitoring, are measuring in at 14 1/2”. We lost most of our snow cover during last week’s warmer temperatures. We would highly recommend cleats to people who are concerned about slipping. We have very limited snow in patches that have blown around the lake in recent snowfalls. Everything froze up solid last week with the much cooler temperatures. It’s currently looking very good for the foreseeable future.”

~ Captain Jon


“The colder temperatures have helped our ice sheet immensely. Fishing has been good in the mud and a little tougher close to the reefs. This week, fish are liking the deeper water. We’ve seen guests catching a nice mixed bag with walleye, sauger, perch, and pike. For tackle, I recommend anything glow pink and glow jigs. Also, the hooks that flash a light on the dead stick have been working well. Good luck out there!”

~ Captain Nick

Ice & Fishing Report & photo courtesy of Arnesen’s Rocky Point. Visit their website to book your ice fishing adventure.

Are You Brave Enough to Take the Yeti Plunge?

Yeti Fest 2024

As winter’s grip begins to loosen, Warroad gears up for one last icy hurrah with the annual YetiFest, scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2024.

Start the day off right with yoga and a pint at the Lake of the Woods Brewing Company.

For those craving some adrenaline-pumping action, YetiFest offers a thrilling lineup of activities. Grab a toboggan and race down the hill. Join the fun run around town, soaking in the scenic beauty of Warroad. Don’t forget to make time for street games like Jumbo Jenga, Connect Four, Axe Throwing, Boot Hockey, Corn Hole, Ladder Ball, and Human Candyland.

As you probably know, the pièce de résistance of YetiFest is undoubtedly the legendary Yeti Plunge. Brave souls of all ages gather to take the plunge into the icy waters, all in the name of charity. Whether clad in swimsuits, outrageous costumes, or everyday attire, participants leap into the frigid depths with gusto, cheered on by the spirited crowd on land. It’s a sight to behold and a day not to be missed.

YetiFest isn’t just about adrenaline-fueled thrills; it’s also a celebration of community spirit and generosity. With proceeds benefiting the Warroad Special Olympics, every plunge and every cheer contributes to a worthy cause, ensuring that the warmth of kindness resonates long after the winter chill fades away.

And as the day winds down, don’t miss the chance to shout “Bingo!” with the Warroad Area Women of Today, adding a dash of excitement to the festivities.

To take the plunge you will need to register and pay $25 or $35 for a family of 3. You are required to use a floatation device when you jump.

“All plungers need to attend a meeting on the docks at 2:45 p.m. prior to the Plunge start at 3:00 pm.”

Start Time: 2:45pm CDT
End Time: 4:30pm CDT
Price: $25.00 

Fun Run

This event will be timed. Course will be weather dependent. Check Facebook for course updates. 

For the latest updates, follow their Facebook page.


Springsteel Fishing Derby 2024


It’s a chance to get together with friends and fish for a few hours on the frozen Lake of the Woods in hopes of catching the big fish that will land us a major prize. Unfortunately, this year, Mother Nature has not been our friend. Due to unseasonably warm temperatures, the ice is too thin for us to safely hold the Springsteel Fishing Derby this year.


Although there is no Derby, your ticket is now good for more prizes. No derby means we add the fish prizes to the raffle prizes, giving you more chances of winning a prize. 

Tickets will be available for sale until 9 AM Saturday, February 17 at all gas stations and many businesses in Warroad and until 2 PM at Springsteel Resort.

The drawing for all raffle and fish prizes will be at 3:30 PM on Saturday, February 17. Winners will be posted by 6 pm.

Get your tickets for a chance to win. Winners do not need to be present to win!


Canceling the Derby doesn’t mean the fun is gone. We are still having a party at Springsteel on February 17, 2024. You are invited to come out as we call out the winners. We will be announcing those at 3:30 pm at Springsteel. Then, there is a DJ and Karaoke party from 9 pm -1 am at Springsteel. Tell your friends!