Fishing License, Seasons & Limit Information

During the winter season our fish house rentals are in Minnesota out of all 3 Sportsman's locations. In the spring, summer and fall we fish a mix of Minnesota and Ontario out of our Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge & Sportsman's Eagle Ridge locations and Minnesota exclusively out of our Sportsmans Lodge Rainy River location. Lake of the Woods is a huge lake boasting nearly one million acres and encompassing thousands of great fishing opportunities waiting for you!

Minnesota fishing licenses are available online here or by calling 888-665-4236. Ontario is available online here or call 1-800-288-1155.  Ontario also requires you to have an outdoors card along with your fishing license. Cards are not required with 1-day licenses. Click here to purchase online. Proper identification is required to go into Canada and back to the United States. See the Ontario information below for more information.

Minnesota Seasons & Limits

          Daily and possession limits are the same unless otherwise noted. This information has been taken from the Minnesota Fishing Regulations information printed by the DNR. This information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Regulation books are available at the lodge for your convenience or can be viewed online here.

Walleye & Sauger

Dec 1, 2016-April 14, 2017 
Limit of 8 
Not more than 4 can be walleye; only 1 walleye over 28"; walleye 19 ½" through 28" must be immediately released.

May 13, 2017-Nov 30, 2017
Limit of 6 
Not more than 4 can be walleye; only 1 walleye over 28"; walleye 19 ½" through 28" must be immediately released. 

Four Mile Bay & Rainy River 
(Four Mile Bay is the SE bay of Lake of the Woods near Wheeler's Point) 

March 1, 2017-April 14, 2017 
Limit of 2 Walleye 19 ½" and larger must be immediately released. 

May 14, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Limit of 6 
Not more than 4 can be walleye; only 1 walleye over 28"; walleye 19 ½" through 28" must be immediately released. 

Northern Pike 
Limit 3 
Only 1 over 40"; all northern pike from 30" through 40" must be immediately released.

Lake Sturgeon 
October 1 - April 23 
Catch & release only

April 24 - May 7
One per calendar year. Fish must be 45"-50" inclusive or over 75". Immediately upon reducing a fish to possession, you must validate and attach your sturgeon tag. Harvested sturgeon must be registered within 48 hours.

May 8 - May 15 
Catch & Release Only

May 16 - June 30 
Closed

July 1 – September 30 
1 per calendar year. Fish must be 45"-50" inclusive or over 75". Immediately upon reducing a fish to possession, you must validate and attach your sturgeon tag. Harvested sturgeon must be registered within 48 hours.

October 1 - April 23 
Catch & release only

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass
Limit 6
Continuous season

Muskellunge
Mid June through November 30
1 minimum size 50"

Crappie
Limit 10
Continuous season

Perch
20 daily, 40 in possession
Continuous season 

Ontario Zone 5 Seasons & Limits

This information has been taken from the Minnesota Fishing Regulations information printed by the Government of Ontario. This information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Regulation books can be viewed online here. We fish in zone 5. Remember that most catch and possession limits and some size limits are different for a holder of a Sport Fishing Licence than for a holder of a Conservation Fishing Licence. S - refers to limits under a Sport Fishing Licence Tag. For example: S – 4 = catch and possession limit of four.  C - refers to limits under a Conservation Fishing Licence Tag. For example: C – 2 = catch and possession limit of two.

Please also note along with your Ontario fishing license, an Outdoors Card is required for non-canadian residents.  For Non-Canadian Residents, a complete and valid licence to fish consists of an Outdoors Card or a Temporary Outdoors Card accompanied by a valid fishing licence tag for non-Canadian residents. This is either carried as a separate document from the Outdoors Card or printed on the back of the card when the licence and Outdoors Card are purchased or renewed at the same time. Note: Outdoors Cards are not required with 1-day licences. For more information about the Outdoors Card call 800-387-7011 or click here.

To purchase an Ontario fishing license click here.
To purchase an Ontario Outdoors card click here.  

U. S. citizens and permanent residents crossing into Canada to travel to the Northwest Angle or fishing in Canada.
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must carry proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, or a Certificate of Indian Status along with photo identification. If you are a U.S. permanent resident, ensure you carry proof of your status such as a U.S. Permanent Resident Card. For more information click here.

Walleye & Sauger or any combination
Jan. 1 to Apr. 14 & 3rd Sat. in May to Dec. 31 
S - 4; not more than 1 greater than 46 cm (18.1 in.) 
C - 2; not more than 1 greater than 46 cm (18.1 in.)    

Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass or any combination
Open all year
S-4; Must be less than 35 cm (13.8) from Jan 1 – June 30
C-2; Must be less than 35 cm (13.8 in) from Jan. 1 – June 30

Northern Pike
Open all year
S - 4; none greater than 75 cm (29.5 in.) 
C - 2; none greater than 75 cm (29.5 in.)          

Muskellunge 
3rd Sat. in June to Dec. 15
S-1; must be greater than 102 cm (40 in.)
C-0

Yellow Perch
Open all year
S – 50
C – 25

Crappie
Open all year
S-10
C-5

Click here to request more information about fishing at Sportsman's Lodges or call Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge or Sportsman's Eagle Ridge at (800) 772-8411 or Sportsman's Lodge Rainy River at (800) 862-8602.

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