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7/8/13

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Luke Rankin 29 inch walleye

Summer rolls on!

Nice weather patterns have stuck around the area producing nice warm summer days and hot fishing! The fishing has remained steady and so have the patterns, deep rock structure still seems to hold a majority of the fish and fishing pressure. On overcast or windy days these fish are moving shallow to feed, shallow shorelines or rock piles adjacent to the deep structure. Crayfish and minnows of various sorts abound in the shallow rock and sand and the walleyes look for low light conditions to put the sneak on. We can’t forget about the mud though, nice walleyes still cruise the main basin.

Spinners and crawlers have been really good this past week, hammered gold and pink blades are hot right now but keep changing colors because the fish do. Drifting shallow windswept gravel and sand flats or shallow rock piles are a good option. 3/8 ounce rattle jig in the “wonder bread” color is hot right now, minnow and leeches are good options to start with but you can also use pieces of crawler or gulp as well.

 

7/1/13

Fish flies are on the rise in Lake of The Woods!

Mayflies are hatching out all across the lake leaving blankets of bugs on the water and in your boat. Fishing has not been effected however, the Woods has so many walleyes that it's tough to shut down this bite. The deep rock structure remains the steady pattern for the most part, fish are moving up and down this structure routinely and will often be up shallow on top of the rock when aggressive and will slide off to the deeper edges when not so aggressive.

Pulling crank baits and spinners are a steady go to right now, # 5 and #7 shad raps in assorted colors are a good option to start with. For a more relaxing option you can hold on the tops or the edge of deep structure and vertically jig with a minnow. 3/8 ounce jig, change colors to find the fish’s choice of the day.

Have a blast in Baudette on the 4th of July

Several activities planned including a parade, entertainment, good food, games and a spectacular fireworks display. Bring the whole family and stay 3 nights at Sportsman's Lodge Baudette/Rainy River Location and get the 4th night free! Click here for the complete schedule of events and to make your reservation now.

 

6/24/13

Fishing remains good and mosquitoes remain plenty!

Most of the boat traffic has been headed north to the Garden Island area, the expansive rock structure the area has to offer has been littered with walleyes. Numerous presentations will work now, jigs and pulling spinners are the bread and butter for the guides right now but trolling crank baits will work as well and often times catch the biggest fish. Don't forget about the south basin in the mud, big schools of walleyes still hold here and you can sometimes find "hot spots" in the mud. 

Tie on a 3/8 ounce jig and tip it with a minnow or leech and your set if your going to jig fish. Change color and try jigs with rattle chambers or props, the extra noise and vibration is helpful sometimes. Look for fish "on top" of rock piles and scattered around the bottom of the structure where it starts to meet the mud. Depth of the fish will vary on these reefs, you may find them in 10' to 12' of water on top of a pile or holding part way down the pile in 20' to 24'. In the mud look for fish to be in water over 30' right now.

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Take a trip to Sportsman's Lodge and catch the summer excitement!

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Lots of activities planned for the 4th of July. You won't want to miss it! 

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Cormack 27 inch walleye part of MFM group

     

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New windsock on the river.
Thanks to those responsible

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Ramona Mitchell of Bismark, ND 28 inches.
Capt. Dave (Green spinner w/ minnow)

 

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Even the guide catches one now and then

6/10/13

Nice week of walleyes and weather!

Some rain has found its way back into the area by the end of the week but the last week has beautiful and fishing has been steady. The stable weather pattern has prompted many fish to continue on into early summer patterns. Many walleyes are being found scattered on rock piles and sand and gravel flats. The mud continues to hold fish too, anchoring and jigging.

Jigging with minnows and leeches around rock piles with ¼ to 3/8 ounce jigs. 20 to 25 feet of water has been productive but they change depths rapidly. Pulling #7 shads along gravel and rocky shorelines has still been effective. Pulling bottom bouncers and spinners around the rock reefs is a good option too, and is a good way to find where they are concentrated on a piece of structure. Look to gold and orange to start with for spinners, and “baby bass” for shad raps. Gold and anything glow or with a rattle for jig options.

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Father's Day is June 16.
Fishing Packages and Gift Certificates available. 100% Walleye Guarantee!

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Brian Mason catches this 28 ½” monster
fishing with Captain Troy
  Steve Melcher reels in a 30” with 
Captain Dave on 6/8/13!
     
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Captain Darrel's double

 

6/3/13

Fishing remains steady and so does the rain!

Despite the recent showers in the area anglers have pushed on and continue to catch some nice bags of fish. A few of the days were a little too rough on the big water for most anglers and forced a majority of the field into the rainy river and four mile bay area. The water level in the river is high and clarity is low causing a tuff bite for most. Fishing lake side has remained steady though, the mud in front of pine island still holds fish and “ up north” in the islands has been good.

Pulling spinners and drifting jigs along stretches of sand and gravel shoreline in anywhere from 6 to 14 feet of water has been very effective. Fish are scattered along shorelines scavenging for young of the year baitfish that roam the shallow warm waters. Jigs from 1/8 to 3/8 ounce, depending on drift speed, tipped with a minnow and single hook spinners with a minnow or a double hook and leech are good options. Don’t rule out deeper water, some fish are located on deep rock and in deep mud right now as well, cold front conditions and rain may have driven some fish deeper for a couple of days.

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Zunker group limited with captain Troy and Darrel awesome day of fishing!

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Buzzy with the Zunker group nice 27 incher with Captain Troy Brandon!

5/29/2013

The water is on the rise!

This springs showers have helped raise the water levels in the rainy river and four mile bay area, which has been much needed due to last years dry conditions. Fishing is moving right along as well, walleyes are mostly done spawning and fish are scattering along shorelines and shallow rock reefs not far offshore. Most of the fishing action is taking place lakeside and little pressure on the river due to higher current levels and dirtier water.

Anglers have been successful at many different depths on the lake as of late.

Fish are being caught out in the mud in front of PineIsland anchored in 18’ to 30’ of water using jigs and minnows. Both frozen and live minnows, at times one will out fish another but try them both. Change up your jig colors to find the color they prefer gold and orange are good stand-by colors lately. Also shallow rock just off of shore is holding fish, pulling spinners with crawlers or minnows along the rock will work as well as crank baits.

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Bob Saunders Fargo, ND 29 1/2 inch Walleye caught while fishing with Capt. Flip on May 26.

Bob Saunders Fargo, ND 29 1/2 inch Walleye caught while fishing with Capt. Flip on May 26.

Nathan Olsen. 3 yrs old-18 inches. Capt. Dave.

Nathan Olsen. 3 yrs old-18 inches. Capt. Dave.

5/22/2013

Warm Weather Heats up the Walleye fishing!

The week started off with nice weather and great fishing. Captain Keith Ayers capitalized on the opportunity and caught some nice fish including this 28 inch walleye. Some of our guest enjoyed the great conditions including Bronson, who just turned 13, showing off one of his nice walleyes. Windy cool weather moved into the area by the weekend and made things a little more challenging, but fishing was still good for the conditions given. More eating size fish seems to be the theme later in the week, which would indicate that a lot of males are on the move down river.

Walleyes are still being found up shallow in 12’-16’ of water and some fish being caught in as little as 4’-5’. The water temps are still cool so the shallow warmer water is holding the baitfish and the walleyes. Jigs and minnows are still the preferred presentation, current levels are slowly going down so smaller jigs are being used. 3/8 and 1/2 size jigs in orange and gold worked well this week. Don’t rule out crank baits and spinners up shallow as aggressive walleyes will continue to seek out warm water and food. The river and bay continue to hold a bulk of the fish and fishing pressure, but the lake is receiving new batches of walleyes daily and will soon have a good bite.

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28 inch walleye caught and released by
Captain Keith Ayers on 5/14/13
      Bronson, age 13, nice walleye 5/12/13
 

5/13/2013

Walleye Opener Weekend 2013 Results are in!
Walleye Opener 2013 was a cool and windy one, giving anglers a challenge, but some nice ones were found! Check out this nice 25 inch walleye Kelly Moore caught guided by Captain Alan “Flip” Phillippe!  Sunday, the weather cleared with 5-15 mph winds and sunny. Still a cool 55 degrees but much nicer and boy did Captain Alan “Flip” Phillippe and his crew get into the walleyes! His group caught a 30”, 27”, and a 28” for big walleyes along with 18 other slot fish (19.5”-28”) and lots of good eater size.  What a day! Check out the pictures! It is walleye time!

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Jim Jorissen from Little Canada, MN pictured
with his 28 inch walleye he caught and released 5-12-2013.
Guided by Captain Flip.
James Jorissen from Little Canada, MN pictured with his 27 inch
walleye he caught and released 5-12-2013. James also caught a
30 inch walleye too! Guided by Captain Flip.
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Kelly Moore reeled in a nice 25 inch walleye opening day!
Guided by Captain Flip
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Anglers are finding some nice walleyes in 12’-16’ of water right now along shorelines and areas with some current. The technique of choice has been anchoring and jigging with a 3/8 oz jig tipped with a minnow.  The lake ice is starting to disappear more and more. More hot fishing spots are opening up daily.   Check out the latest satellite picture.

Get in on the spring bite. We have a spring lodging special that runs through May 23. Lodging rates starting at only $39 per person per night.  Don’t miss out on our Memorial Day Special too! Stay 3 nights and get the 4th night FREE! This offer won’t last long. Give us a call today 800-862-8602!



5/9/2013

Walleye Opener is in 2 days!
It is time to start reeling in the walleyes! Over 75 miles of open water is right out our front door. Are you ready for some action?

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Current water temperature has climbed to 45 degrees at our docks, water level is low, and water clarity has improved over the past week with the run off now gone and no precipitation. The current is slow –moderate in speed. The DNR reports the spawn has not occurred yet. We are looking forward to some good fishing this weekend! Guided Outfitter and Charter Trips are still available. Give us a call 800-862-8602. We can accommodate groups of 1 or more.

The summer walleye limit is now in effect on Lake of the Woods is 4 or sauger/walleye combination of 6 no more than 4 walleyes. One walleye over 28 inches may be kept per angler. All walleyes between 19.5 inches and 28 inches must be released.

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 Four Mile Bay & Rainy River are wide open. This is a Picture of the Lighthouse Gap 5-8-2013  Satellite Image of Lake of the Woods 5-8-2013  Morris Point Gap 5-8-2013



Still catching some nice sturgeon
Sturgeon “keep one” season is now closed but catch and release season still continues for another week through May 15. Some huge monsters over 70 inches have been reported this past week.  A 5/0 octopus or circle hook tipped with night crawlers is working well in the deep holes of the river bottom.  Guided Outfitter trips are available 800-862-8602.

The pike bite has been good the past week. This season is continuous on Lake of the Woods and never closes. Zippel Bay, Four Mile Bay and bays up river have been good.

Sportsman’s is your summer fun headquarters. Lodging, Camping, Indoor Pool, Entertainment, Restaurant, Bar, Charter Guide Service, Lake Tours, Conference Center and more! Catch the summer excitement! www.sportsmanslodges.com

 



5/6/2013

Satellite picture from yesterday. Over 75 miles of open water in our area right now! The Rainy River, Four Mile Bay, Zippel Bay, Lighthouse Gap are wide open and more of the lake keeps on opening up more and more each day! Lots of fishable waters for opener! The forecast looks warm! We will post more pictures as the week goes on!

 

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5/4/2013

Day 2 Winners of the 7th Annual Sportsman's Lodge Sturgeon Tournament are:

#1$ 1900 Cash - Hunter Deziel from Grand Forks, ND with a 58 1/2 inch length and 24 inch girth

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#2 $820 Cash - Tommy Riggs from Shevlin, MN with a 56 1/2 inch length and 21 3/4 inch girth

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#3 Custom Rod - Nick Simonson from Marshall, MN 56 inch length and 21 1/2 inch girth

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Thanks to all of the particpants! We look forward to seeing you again next year! May 2 & 3, 2014



5/3/2013

7th Annual Sportsman's Sturgeon Tournament Day 1 Results

It was a cool, 45 degree clear and sunny day for day one of the 7th Annual Sportsman's Lodge Tournament.  It is a full tournament, 50 boats and over 100 people participating. The tournament is a two day catch and release tournament. The three longest sturgeon of each day receive prices. First two receive cash and the third a custom built rod.  Despite the cool spring, the Rainy River in front of Sportsman's Lodge where the tournament is held has plenty of open water. Live Entertainment, food and drinks will close out the day. Day 2 starts at 8:30 am and finishes at 3pm. 6pm is the prime rib dinner banquet where the prizes will be given. Fireline Live Band will then take the stage one more time Saturday night to close out the 7th Annual Sturgeon Tournament.

The sturgeon season is open through May 7 and May 8-15 is catch and release season before closing for about a 6 week period of time. Lots of nice sturgeon have been caught this spring and their is still plenty of time to get in on the action. Give us a call to make a quick trip and reel in one of these monsters! 800-862-8602 

Official Day 1 Results Sportsman's 7th Annual Sturgeon Tournament Prizes awarded to the 3 longest fish of each day.

Thanks to all participants we look forward to another exciting day tomorrow!

#1 $1900 Cash - Jim Benson 61 inch length, 23 inch girth approx 53 lbs

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  #2 $820 Cash - Mark Capouch 60 1/4 inch length, 24 1/2 inch girth approx 56 lbs

 

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#3 Custom Made Rod - Mark Capouch 56 inch length, 21 inch girth approx 41 lbs

 

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5/1/2013

 

It’s PRIME TIME STURGEON TIME!
The sturgeon fishing has been incredible! Several nice sturgeon were boated the past few days especially monster size 50 inch plus! What a blast!  Sturgeon “keep one” season lasts until May 7. You can keep one within 45”-50” inclusive or over 75”. Licenses and sturgeon tags are available at the lodge. May 8-15 get in on one more week of catch and release before the season closes May 16.

 

Anchoring and working deep holes of the river bottom has worked best.  The best tackle to use is a 5/0 or 6/0 octopus or circle hook, a couple of ounces of weight and 2-4 crawlers.

Our 7th Annual Sturgeon tournament is this weekend!  
The tournament is always a good time! Over $4500 in cash and prizes to be given away! Come on out and watch the boats from our docks, hear good fish stories and listen to the live entertainment. At this time, this year’s tournament is full but we are taking names for a waiting list in the event we receive last minute cancellations and we are now taking reservations for next year’s tournament, May 2 & 3 2014.

 Don’t just take it from me, read what other recent guests are saying….

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65" 31.5 girth 115 lbs!!  Great cabins great food and great people!!!  You rock!!!  Especially Jennifer!!! Thank you!!!! We will be back for sure, best fishing weekend of all time!
Don Gregerson

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We had the best success employing a run and gun approach giving each spot a ½ hour before moving. The heads of deep holes seemed to be holding the most fish but keep eyes on the electronics as fish are easily spotted. Our rigs consisted of large Water Gremlin Dipsey Swivel sinkers with 12” leaders tied to 5/0 circle hooks. 4- 6 night crawlers sprayed with Berkley Gulp Minnow spray was our bait of choice. Freshen scent often. When fish hit simply point the rod at them, lift tip, and reel in. Please handle these prehistoric giants with care!
Water Gremlin Pro Staffer Garett Svir

 

Thanks for your support of Wounded Warrior Guide Service! Our stay was great! You guys are AWESOME!
Jake Flaa

 

As usual, we had a great stay at Sportman's plus few nice fish! Can anyone think of a lake that gives you a better chance to catch an so many different kinds of trophies?
Bill & Jyothi

 

Had a great time fishing at Sportsmans Lodge sturgeon fishing at its finest! Great food, great accommodations, great people and of course GREAT fishing
Steven Wintemute
Hooked Magazine


Limits & Seasons

Sturgeon “keep one” season is open through May 7 within size limits of 45”-50” or over 75”. One sturgeon per angler per year.  May 8-15 is catch and release season. May 16-June 30 is closed. July 1-Sept 30 is keep one sturgeon.
Pike season never closes. You can keep 3 only 1 over 40”.  All pike between 30”-40” must be released.
Walleye season opens May 11. Limit of walleye is 4. Walleye/Sauger limit is 6, no more than 4 can be walleye. Only 1 walleye over 28” and all walleye between 19.5”-28” must be released.

Catch the spring action! Lodging as low as $39 midweek and $43 weekend per person plus tax. We have it all! Docking, Restaurant, Bar, Entertainment, Indoor Pool, Guided Trips and more!

Pike

The pike bite is heating up. Anglers have been finding some nice ones in Four Mile Bay the past few days.

 

Let us Guide you to the action!
Guided sturgeon and pike trips are now available. Walleye trips available starting May 11.  Let our professional guides guide you to the action. No equipment or experience required. Click here for more information.


4/26/2013

Wheeler's Point Boat Ramp is open! Warm 60-70 degree weather is in the forecast. It's fishing time!

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Wheeler's Point Public Access is open! View from our docks looking towards
Wheeler's Point this morning.

 

For more pictures from our docks, Like us on Facebook here or click on our fishing report page. Sturgeon Bite

Check out some of the recent action!

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Thanks for visiting Morning Storm Outdoors and Wounded Warrior Guide Service We are catching sturgeon almost as big as humans! Thanks Bill & Jyothi for sharing your picture with us! Fun times! 

 Sturgeon season
Right now through May 7 it is the "keep one" sturgeon season. You can keep one sturgeon between 45"-50" or over 75" with a sturgeon tag and minnesota fishing license. Sturgeon tags are very easy to get. Stop by the lodge and we would be happy to get you one. They are just $5. May 8-15 is catch and release time only. Sturgeon season is closed May 16-June 30. July 1- Sept 30 is keep one season again and Oct 1 - April 23 it is back to catch and release season. Spring is the best time of year and most of the prime spots are just right out our front door. Don't delay, make plans today to get in on this exciting spring season!

The sturgeon are biting! The water level is low, low current and clarity good. Nice sturgeon are being found in deep holes of the river bottom near the lodge, Wheeler's Point, Baudette airport and Clementson area. Anchored with 5/0 hook, 1-2 ounce sinker and a gob of crawlers is working well.    

Pike Season
The trophy pike bite is heating up! The bays are starting to open and the big pike are starting to move in. Spring is one of the best times of the year to get into some aggressive action!  The pike limit is 3, only 1 over 40"; and all pike 30"-40" must be released. Pike season is a continuous season and never closes on Lake of the Woods. Get in on the action!   Anchoring at the mouth of creeks, and bays using a dead sucker or cisco is working well.  

Leave the hard part to us! Guided trips to us!
Guided Outfitter trips available!  Head out with one of our knowledgeable guides watching the fish patterns daily. Boat holds up to 4 passengers plus the guide. All day trips only $400 for the day. Poles, bait and tackle included. Call 800-862-8602 to schedule yours today.


Walleye Opener is just around the corner!
Less than 15 days and walleye fishing will be here again!  Get your reservations in! We expect with the late spring spawn the bite will be good!

Lodging, Restaurant, Bar, Specials, Camping, Indoor Pool ~ We have it all! Sportsman’s is your spring fishing headquarters. Lodging as low as $39 per person per night! Call 800-862-8602 for reservations.



4/25/2013

Wheeler's Point Access is open!

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4/25/2013

More water!! News Flash! The DNR is sending a backhoe down to Wheeler's Point landing this afternoon to clear out the last of the ice. The Wheeler's Point ramp will be open later today!

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View from the Lodge of Wheeler's Point.
Boats are out!
View from our docks up river View of Four Mile Bay - A channel of open water is now running through and appears to go all the way to the Gap






4/22/2013

We have open water in front of our docks!

A channel of open water opened up in front of the lodge yesterday!  We expect it to be wide open by the end of today or tomorrow and Four Mile Bay to be open by the weekend. Bring on the sturgeon and pike fishing! It is prime time!

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View from our docks early morning 4-22-2013 View from Wabanica Church looking down river.
Wabanica is just up river from Sportsman's.


Sturgeon Bite
Check out some of the recent action!

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Nikki Breuer lands a 57 inch sturgeon! Steven Wintemute with Hooked Magazine  
reels in monster sturgeon!
Ryan Knutson with
Hooked Magazine with a nice one!


The sturgeon bite is heating up! Anglers reported reeling in good numbers of sturgeon this past weekend and they expect it to be a real good bite through the season.  Several 30-40 inch sturgeons as well as some monster 50”plus were found.  Areas near Baudette Bay, Baudette Airport and near Wabanica Bay were good. Once the river opens up completely in front of the lodge and Four Mile Bay we expect those areas to be hot as well.  These dinosaurs are usually found in the deepest hole you can find.  Use 2-3 oz sinkers, 5/0 or 6/0 circle or octopus hook and a gob of crawlers.  Anchor above the hold and work it. Test the bottom, mid and upper rim of the hole. It may be quiet at first, but once you hook into one, get ready for a fight!

The water clarity continues to be good, water level low and current slow.  Sturgeon season is catch and release through tomorrow, April 23. April 24-May 7 you can keep one with a sturgeon tag, within 45”-50” or over 75”. These fish are excellent smoked.  Sturgeon tags are available for purchase at the lodge.  May 8 you have another chance for catch and release before the spring season closes May 16. Sturgeon season then remains closed until July 1.

Our 7th Annual Sturgeon Tournament is May 3 & 4. Stay tuned for coverage next week on our Facebook page. To get into next year’s tournament call 800-862-8602 to reserve your space today.

Pike Bite
A few pike have been found in the river. Most of the larger pike are still staging just outside the tributaries. We expect to see them start moving into the bays, river and creek as soon as we see a few days of temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s. Possibly by the weekend!  We suggest anchoring  at the mouth of the river, creek or stream and use dead suckers or frozen ciscos.  Lake of the Woods currently has a very healthy population of trophy size pike right now, so your odds are good!  The limit is 3, only 1 over 40” and all pike between 30”-40” must be released.

Get on the bite!
Guided Outfitter trips available!  Head out with one of our knowledgeable guides watching the fish patterns daily. Boat holds up to 4 passengers plus the guide. All day trips only $400 for the day. Poles, bait and tackle included. Call 800-862-8602 to schedule yours today.

Boat Ramps
The nearest boat ramp to us as of this morning is Timbermill Park Ramp just 1 mile east of Baudette off Hwy 11. We expect Wheeler’s Point Ramp to be open by the weekend. For a map of all river ramps, click  here.

Walleye Opener is just around the corner!
Less than 19 days and walleye fishing will be here again!  Get your reservations in! We expect with the late spring spawn the bite will be good!

Lodging, Restaurant, Bar, Specials, Camping, Indoor Pool ~ We have it all!
Sportsman’s is your spring fishing headquarters.



 4/18/2013

Still cool but the Rainy River continues to open! The weather continues to be cool, but forecast says we getting closer to start a warming trend. Forecast says we could see 40’s by this weekend and 50 by next week. Not exactly 70, but we will take it!  The Rainy River is wide open within 7 miles from us as of this morning and pockets of open water within 5 miles. We are expecting to see open water in front of our docks by late this weekend.  At this time 4 boat ramps to are open.  Franz Jevne, Nelson Park, Frontier, and Vidas.  Timbermill still has some shore ice left as of this morning.   Click here for a map of ramp locations.

Walleye The walleye season has now closed .  Walleye will re-open May 11. Now is the time to make plans for walleye opener! Ask us about our lodging & fishing package spring specials 800-862-8602!

Sturgeon The dinosaurs are moving around! The excitement is building! The lake sturgeon is Minnesota's biggest fish. It can weigh more than an adult human. The Lake sturgeon can generally range from 10 to 50 pounds and 20 to 70 inches long. But sturgeon may grow to more than 300 pounds and 8 feet long.   Lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) are descendants of a prehistoric fish, and look much the same as fossils from the Upper Cretaceous Period 100 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. They can live for 150 years or more.  We usually see several in the 30-70 inch range caught every year many just a hop, skip and a jump from the lodge.  Currently, the best sturgeon bite has been found near Clementson Rapids in the river.  They are being found deepest area, anchor just above the hole.  Dead sticking with a circle hook or octopus style hook size 5/0 or 6/0 works best with 2-3 ounces of weight and 2-3 crawlers for bait.  The current is slow, water level is low and water clarity is good.  Come on out and try your luck! Catch and release season is now through April 23. Keep one (within size limits) April 24-May 7 and then back to catch and release again May 8-15. Sturgeon season is closed May 16-June 30. Spring is hands down one of the best times of year to hook into one of these incredible fish.

Pike The large female pike have been found on the lake right now staging just outside the tributaries. Smaller males have been found in the river at this time.  As soon as the creeks open up and we get a warm stretch we expect to see more females move to the river and shallow creeks. We could possibly start to see that transition next week if the forecast holds true.  Dead or live suckers have been working well.

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4/12/2013

Triple Play
Take your pick. Walleye, sturgeon, pike or try all 3! You can even choose to ice fish or get out in the open water. It is that crazy time of year!

Open Water
As of this morning we have open water reaching the east edge of Baudette. Based on the speed of the river opening the past 10 days we feel there is a very good chance we will have water at our docks within 7-8 days.  Walleye season is open through Sunday. Sturgeon remains open through May 15 and pike season never closes.  Lots of spring fishing excitement to be had!  The best walleye bite has been found in the deeper areas of the river where more current can be found. The current speed is slow, so the more current you can find the better.  Small jigs 3/8 oz or so tipped with a large rainbow have worked well.  The water clarity is very good and run off very minimal. Four boat landings are open at this time all right off Hwy 11 east of Baudette.  Vidas, Frontier, Birchdale and Franz Jevne are open. For a map of their locations, click here.

Ice Fishing
With the below normal temperatures we have been experiencing we really haven’t lost any ice on the main lake. The river is always a different story, but the lake still holds a pretty thick block of 3’ of ice. As far as we know, no accesses are being maintained any longer but anglers have been heading out on Graceton Beach and Four Mile Bay this past week.  As always we encourage anglers to stay safe and  keep an eye on conditions, only use ATV’s or snowmobiles to go out and watch pressure ridges as conditions can change quickly this time of year.  The best bite right now has been just outside of Morris Point and Pine Island as well as in the Gaps in 14’-17’ of water.  A 3/8 oz jig tipped with a chub has worked well.  Several trophy sized pike have been hitting in 8’-12’ of water using live suckers.

Sturgeon fishing is picking up! It is going to get good! Make plans to get in on the bite!
Very nice 40”-65” sturgeon have been reported lately.  We usually see this bite last through mid May so there is still lots of time!  Give us a call to get in on a sturgeon excursion. Guides are available!

For more information about spring fishing click here.  Keep an eye on the river conditions by clicking here.


4/8/2013

Four boat ramps now open!
Four boat ramps are now open anywhere from 8-30 miles east of Baudette as of this morning. Vidas landing the closest one open from Baudette (8 miles). Vidas does have some shore ice, but 16’-20’ boats were being launched there this morning.  Click here to download a map of the area public boat ramps.  Will we see water in Baudette by the end of the week? Stay tuned!

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 Vidas Landing Now Open! Some shore ice remains but
boats are being launched.

 

Fishing Report
River anglers have been having good luck especially between Frontier Landing and Clementson this past weekend. Lots of healthy sized walleyes have been found.  The water clarity remains good and current slow. Our weather remains cool only warming up to thirties and low forties during the day with lows right back into the teens and twenties at night making the run off is very minimal right now.  3/8 oz of weight has been working well. Anglers are also starting to find a few 40”-60” sturgeon too.  The ice anglers continue to find some nice pike inFour Mile Bay & Zippel Bay in 8’-12’ of water using tip ups. We do still have 3’ of ice on most of the lake. Anglers continue to get out on Four Mile Bay and Graceton Beach at this time. Please use caution when going out as conditions can change quickly this time of year.

Last week of Walleyes, but still plenty of fishing open all spring!
Fish for walleyes through April 14 and then get in sturgeon and pike action.  Walleye season re-opens May 11 for the year.  Sturgeon season catch and release season continues to be open through April 23 and then changing to keep 1 (within size limits) April 24-May 7.  May 8-15 catch and release season is open again.  Pike anglers, have no fear! Northern pike season never closes onLake of the Woodsand spring is one of the best times of year to find them! Lake of the Woodsis one of the best, if not the best lake to find a trophy pike right now.  So don’t let the cool temperatures and cabin fever get you down, get into the spring fishing action! We have great deals on lodging! Guided fishing trips, indoor pool, food and drinks available.  Lodging as low as $39 per person per night plus tax. Request your reservation online or give us a call 800-862-8602.


4-4-2013

River Update!
Just drove out east of Baudette this morning to check out the river. We now have open water 5 miles west of Frontier Landing! It is moving closer.


River Boat Ramps:
-Birchdale (26 miles east of Baudette off Hwy 11) is wide open


-Frontier Landing (16 miles east of Baudette off Hwy 11) is plowed and being used but there is still some shore ice at this time.

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-Vidas Landing (8 miles east of Baudette off Hwy 11) is shore to shore ice as far as the eye can see.  The landing is plowed so as soon as the river opens it will be ready to use.  

10 Day Forecast for Baudette, MN

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River Fishing Report
The walleye bite continues to be good. We are starting to see more larger walleyes the past few days.    Water clarity is real good and the current is calm.  Water level is currently normal.  Due to the cool temperatures their has not been much run off yet.

We are open!
Lodging, Food, Drinks, Indoor Pool and more! Lodging as low as $39* per person per night. Give us a call 800-862-8602 or request your stay online here. Check out our spring food & drink specials here! *Rate based on double occupancy and plus tax in the cabins or lodge rooms.


4/2/2013

Where is spring?
Lake of the Woods area continues to be cool. The thermometer read only ten degrees this morning.  The forecast is calling for highs in the 30’s and 40’s and lows in the twenties for the week ahead. So what does this mean for fishing?

Ice Fishing
Due to the cool temperatures we still have lots of ice 30-36 inches and a nice bed of snow on top as well.  Permanent fish houses had to be off the lake as of March 31, but you can still head out on your own for portable and outdoor fishing.  Four Mile Bay and Graceton Beach are both good accesses to us to get out finding some good late season walleyes.  We are no longer taking anglers out ice fishing for the year but do have lodging, food, indoor pool and the bar is open. Ask about our spring lodging special 800-862-8602!  Some nice walleyes have been found lately in 20’-26’ of water outside of Pine Island as well as on the reefs further north near Knight Island and Bridges.  Macho Minnows and Chubby Darters have been working well.  Northern Pike fishing has really heated up in Zippel Bay and Four Mile Bay using large shiners and tip ups.  Many anglers are having luck in shallow 8’-12’ of water.

Open Water fishing on the Rainy River
Despite the cool temperatures the river has been opening up.  The river is currently open about 4 miles west of Frontier right now.  The Birchdale and Frontier landings both have quite a bit of shore ice at this time.  We understand the county will be plowing at Birchdale this week. We will let you know as soon as that gets done.  As for now small boats can be pushed out at this time. The water clarity is great and the current is calm. Anglers have been having good luck, reeling in 40-70 walleyes a day along with a few sturgeon.

Yes! We are open!
Lodging, Restaurant, Bar, Indoor Pool, Guided Outfitter Soft Water Fishing and more! Get in on the spring fishing action and our hot spring lodging rate, only $39* per person per night your choice of a lodge room or cabin. Walleye fishing continues to be open until April 14, closing for less than a month and re-opening May 11.  Northern pike fishing is open year round and the pre-historic sturgeon fishing catch and release season is open now through April 23, keep 1 season (within size limits) April 24-May 7 and then back to another week of catch and release May 8-15.  Spring is one of the best times of year to hook on to one of the largest fish in Lake of the Woods, the lake sturgeon.  We see several caught just minutes away from our dock each year measuring 40-70 inches in length!  You won’t want to miss this!  800-862-8602

*Lodging Rate is based on double occupancy and plus applicable state and local tax.


 

3/26/2013

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Franz Jevne Access 2 miles east of Birchdale (26 miles east of Baudette and 38 miles east of Sportsman's Lodge ) 3-25-2013

Winter Wonderland
Three feet of ice and two feet of snow lay on the lake at this time. It has been a cool March here in the northland!  When will the thaw start? Forecast says starting late this week we will start flirting with 40.  We are ready!  The sun is warming up, the wildlife is starting to move around and April is soon here. There is no holding it back; spring will be here before we know it.

Last week of ice fishing for us
March 28 will be the last day of our ice fishing season.  Houses can still be left out over night on Lake of the Woods until March 31.  At this time it looks like anglers will be able to enjoy ice fishing for another couple of weeks on the lake.  Four Mile Bay Access is still in great shape, but once it does start to get soft the access at Graceton Beach is usually open for another week or so after with good ice.  Check out our spring offerings here.

The River
The Rainy River is pretty sealed up with ice and snow up until about 5 miles east of Birchdale right now.  There are no landings open anywhere west ofIndusto Baudette at this time.  When will it open? Will it open fast?  Some are speculating that you should be able to push a boat out over the ice at Franz Jevne Park two miles east of Birchdale this weekend. We are hearing that based on current conditions at this time, the dam atInternationalFallswill be opened up March 31.  If this happens this should change the ice conditions on the river rapidly.  We then could expect that Birchdale landing (26 miles east of Baudette) and possibly Frontier Landing could be open within a week. 

The Bite
The bite on the ice has continued to be spotty.  Some house doing well one day and then shutting off the next day.  Anglers jigging with bright colored jigs, not shiny in 26’-30’ of water did best.  Some anglers were in the mud and others on the reefs. They did equally well.  Mix of walleyes and saugers were caught.  Many larger walleyes were caught suspended 6’-8’ off of the bottom using a Vexilar device.  The afternoon bite has been favoring the morning bite. Check out some of the pictures of the latest big catches on our Facebook page here.

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River is open 5 miles east of Birchdale (26 miles east of Baudette and 38 miles east of Sportsman's Lodge 3-25-2013

Pike

The northern pike bite has started to pick up in 8’-12’ of water inFour Mile Bay and Zippel Bay.  Successful anglers have been using tip ups and large shiners.

Spring Specials!
Get in on our spring special! Lodging as low as $39 per person plus tax based on double occupancy April 1 – May 23.  The bar will continue to be open daily 10:30am to close and breakfast served Saturdays & Sundays 7am-10:30am and by reservation Mon- Fri by 7pm night prior.  Indoor Pool, Dock Slips, Gas, Boat & Motor Rental, Guided 18’-20’ River Outfitter Trips available! RV Camping is available starting May 1.  Give us a call to get in on the spring bite 800-862-8602!  

Happy Easter Everyone!
Lodging in the cabins will be available this weekend.  The entire lodge and front desk will be closed Easter Sunday.  The bar and restaurants will be closed Saturday, March 30 & Sunday March 31.  We will re-open with our spring hours Monday, April 1. Click here for all of the information and to make reservations for spring open water fishing!


3/14/2013

Ice Fishing Continues
Anglers have been hard at it this week reeling in a 50/50 mix of walleyes and saugers.  The walleyes caught have been real nice size in the 16”-18” and 24”-27”.  We started seeing several suspended fish on Tuesday.  We suggest the best way to catch these walleyes is to use a Vexilar.  It can be worth bringing one or renting one.  Many of these suspended fish seem to be of decent size.  The walleye and sauger bite has been aggressive and the best technique has been jigging.  Puppet minnows and Chubby Darters of any color and gold jigs have been the best tackle. Some of the puppet minnow and chubby darter users have only been using a minnow head or no minnow at all for very good luck.  Gold jig users have been using a full chub minnow.  Along with the walleyes and saugers we have seen several tullibees this week. Fun to catch and release or many enjoy this fish smoked.  The best bite has been in 29’-32’ of water in the afternoons, however the guides are starting to try a few houses in shallower as well as we start transitioning into the spring pattern.

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A member of the Bruck Group
reels in a nice 29 inch  walleye!

Bob Ayers pulls in a nice 27 inch walleye!  The Larson's enjoyed good fishing!

Ice & Snow
We continue to have three feet of ice and 2+ feet of snow. We have not had too much melting yet.  In fact, we had below zero temperatures a few mornings this week.  The forecast for the next 10 days is not calling for very warm conditions just yet, highs in the teens and upper twenties and lows in the single digits and teens.  Winter is still here! We can have our fish houses on the lake over night until March 31. At this point it looks like we will make it until the end. Plan a last minute trip; click here or give us a call 800-862-8602.

Trails
Lake and land trails continue to be groomed once a week by the Snowmobile Clubs and more by local resorts. We still have lots of snow. Come take a ride! Snowmobile maps are available at the front desk for your convenience. 

It’s Party Time!
We are celebrating St Patty’s Day Saturday & Sunday this weekend. Specials, contests, entertainment, and a whole lot of fun!   Next weekend we are hosting our 15th Annual Mardi Gras Party, March 23! This is definitely a party you don’t want to miss! Visit us for fishing and good times! Check out our stay and play packages and plan your ice fishing and good time today!

Spring Open Water Season is just around the corner!
It may be winter now but it won’t be long and the spring open water fishing extravaganza will begin!  We anticipate having open water east of Baudette near Birchdale in a few weeks if not sooner. No worries to all of you ice fishing enthusiasts, Birchdale is 40 miles away from the lodge and we usually need a couple of weeks of 40 plus degree weather and swift current to tear up the ice all of the way to the lodge.  At this rate that will be at least 3 weeks away.  It is a unique time of year around here the end of March and early April. You can choose to ice fish on the lake or take a boat on the river 20-40 miles east.  Walleye season is open until April 14 here on Lake of the Woods and then pike and sturgeon season really starts to heat up through May.  Walleye season re-opens May 11.  We have lodging, guided outfitter 18’-20’ boats, docking, boat rental, food, drinks and more available along with our special lodging rates starting at $39 per person per night available April 1-May 23. Click here for more information and make your reservation today 800-862-8602


3/7/2013

Few more inches of snow
Spring maybe in our sights but, it is definitely still winter here. We received five more inches of snow earlier this week. Forecast for the week ahead looks nice and mild with highs in the 30’s and lows in the teens. Great for some good March ice fishing!   Sounds like it will continue to keep freezing nice at night to keep the ice! We have three feet of ice right now and two to three feet of snow on the ground in the areas we fish and travel.

The best bite has been in 28-31 feet of water in the mud. Constant but not too aggressive jigging has worked well. Small gold and silver jigs or plain hooks tipped with a minnow have been working best since the storm passed though.  Afternoons, especially between 2pm-5pm have been the best bite times. Anglers have been reeling in mainly walleyes and saugers but also seeing a few jumbo perch, tullibees, nice size northern pike and few crappies.

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Dahlmer Strain (left) reels in a nice
28.5 inch walleye! Pictured with
Guide Mike

Rick Sugden from Hallock, MN
reels in a nice 25 inch walleye!
 Check out this nice 24.5 inch walleye
caught by a member of the Mycogen Group

 

Trails
Land and lake trails continue to be groomed. The lake trail especially the one between Wheeler’s Point and Oak Island has been getting heavy traffic. Due to the heavy snow, warmer temperatures and traffic, the groomers and resorts are doing their best at keeping it as smooth as possible.  Most of the other trails on the lake and land trails are in great condition and the weather has been great for enjoyable riding.

Good fishing, Good eats, Cold drinks and Good times
Sportsman’s is hosting a few events in March!  We invite you to join us.   March 16 & 17 we will be featuring St Patty’s Weekend specials, entertainment and contests. March 23 will be our 15th Annual Mardi Gras Party. Always a good time! Click on the links for more information about the events and our Stay & Play Packages. 

Spring Soft Water Fishing
Won’t be much more than a month and we will start turning the page from ice fishing to soft water fishing. The Rainy River walleye, pike and sturgeon fishing has been known to be some of the best in the state for the spring bite. On the Minnesota side of Lake of the Woods, walleye season is open through April 14. Pike season never closes and sturgeon catch and release season is open through April 23, keep 1 within size limits April 24- May 7 and catch and release again May 8 through May 15. Get in on some of our spring specials with lodging as low as $39 per person per night plus tax.  We also offer guided outfitter trips, boat and motor rentals, nightly dock slips and charter fishing trips.  Guided outfitter trips are in 18’-20’ boats holding up to 4 people plus the guide starting early April.  Nightly dock rental are available once we have water at our docks usually by mid April and charter trips starting May 11. For more information about our spring packages click here.




2/28/2013

31 Days Left
The late season ice fishing is now upon us. In accordance with the law and Mother Nature willing of course, we can have our fish houses out on the lake until March 31.  At this time we have 30-36 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish.  We are looking forward to ice fishing right on through the month at this point.  We still have some openings left. Give us a call 800-862-8602 and get in on the action.

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   27 inch Walleye caught by
Bob Ayers from Des Moines, IA

 Chad Doughman reels in a
             nice walleye!
 Member of the Dufek Group
     reels in a nice walleye!

 Latest on the bite
More sun and moderate temperature has begun and is just what we need to rev up the bite!  We have some houses on the reefs and some in the mud right now.  At this time, the bite has been all over the map.  One day the reef houses will do well and the next day the mud houses. We will continue to have houses in all areas as long as the weather makes it possible.  The best depth has been 28-31 in the mud and 25-29 on the reefs. Jigging with gold jig tipped with a chub or stop sign lure has worked best.  Vexilars/Electronics users always seem have a better catch rate.  Anglers have been catching 60% saugers and 40% walleyes.  The bite started to be more aggressive lately.  8am-10am and 2pm-4pm has been some of the best fishing times.  On top of the reefs we have starting seeing a few pike and just off the reefs in the mud a few jumbo perch this week as well.

Ice Conditions & Trails
The weather forecast this week is calling for highs in the 20’s and low 30’s and cooling off at night down to the teens and single digits.  Nice and mild winter weather to enjoy the outdoors, but still cold enough to keep good ice and snow.  We currently have 30-36 inches of ice and 18-28 inches of snow in the areas we fish and travel.  The lake and land trails continue to be groomed.


Good fishing, Good eats, Cold drinks and Good times
Sportsman’s will be hosting a few events in March.  We invite you to join us.   March 16 & 17 we will be featuring St Patty’s Weekend specials, entertainment and contests. March 23 will be our 15th Annual Mardi Gras Party. Always a good time! Click on the links for more information about the events and our Stay & Play Packages. 

Spring Soft Water Fishing
Won’t be much more than a month and we will start turning the page from ice fishing to soft water fishing. The Rainy River walleye, pike and sturgeon fishing has been known to be some of the best in the state for the spring bite. On the Minnesota side of Lake of the Woods, walleye season is open through April 14. Pike season never closes and sturgeon catch and release season is open through April 23, keep 1 within size limits April 24- May 7 and catch and release again May 8 through May 15. Get in on some of our spring specials with lodging as low as $39 per person per night plus tax.  We also offer guided outfitter trips, boat and motor rentals, nightly dock slips and charter fishing trips.  Guided outfitter trips are in 18’-20’ boats holding up to 4 people plus the guide starting early April.  Nightly dock rental are available once we have water at our docks usually by mid April and charter trips starting May 11. For more information about our spring packages click here.




2/21/2013

The Latest….
Fishing in 30’-32’ of water on the reefs and in the mud are doing the best right now. We have a mix of houses 5-9 miles out from the lodge and 20-25 miles out on the lake.  The good old gold jig is a consistent winning piece of tackle as well as the buckshot and blue/white glow jig right now tipped with a minnow head. Six to eight inches off bottom has been best. Guides recommend anglers to start out jigging one pole and dead stick the other to see what works best for you. Every day is a little different. Mix of walleyes and saugers has been caught. Most of the walleyes have been 15-25 inches in length.  The weather in the week ahead looks like it is going to be nice and mild, highs in the twenties. The consistent mild weather pattern should help the bite!

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 Mark Wolters reeled in a nice 29.5 inch,
10lb walleye on a gold Buck Shot!

 Garrett M reeled in a nice 22.5 inch
walleye! 
 
 Stacy Behrens reeled in a nice
27 inch walleye!


We have snow now!
We had a nice base of snow leading up to this week. As of Monday night, we now have 8 more inches!  If you like to play in the snow, now is the time to visit! The trails are in great shape and the groomers are out on a regular basis keeping them nice and smooth.  Lake of the Woods has more than 500 miles of groomed trails with less than 5 miles being ditch trails. We have miles of trails in the woods and on the lake.

Ice Depth
Currently we have 30-36 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish right now. At this point, we are looking forward to ice fishing right up until the end of March!  Give us a call for late season reservations 800-862-8602 or click here to request your stay online.

Mardi Gras Party 2013!
Make plans to get in on some ice fishing and joining us for our end of the season bash, Saturday March 23. It’s Mardi Gras in the north woods! Beads, entertainment, contests, prizes, drink and food specials and as always, a whole heck of a lot of fun! Check out our Stay & Play Packages here. Space is limited, so make your plans today.
Spring into action!
We love ice fishing but we love spring fishing action too! It won’t be long and April will be upon us. Get into some spring sturgeon, walleye and pike action! Lodging rates as low as $39 per person per night! Check out all of the options and our current Spring Special here. 

2/14/2013 

We got it covered!
Early this week we decided it was time to most some shacks north to the reefs to look for more fish and entertain more options.  We now have fish houses scattered from 5-7 miles outside of Pine Island all the way up to 20-25 miles away near Garden Island and Bridges. The ride is a bit longer and we can no longer provide hot lunches due to the distance, but we feel having the capability to find the best bite is worth it. We will continue to serve a delicious and hearty box lunch for our meal plan guests and guests who wish to have us prepare a lunch.  The guides are hard at working to give you the best possible experience as possible.

Some of the best fishing has been found in 24’-28’ of water in the southern houses and 23’-26’ and 28’-32’ in the houses on the reefs. A mix of jigging and dead sticking is suggested. One rod of each, not just one technique is better than the other at this time.  Vexilars/Fish Finders are helpful.  At times anglers are saying it can be a timid bite, so you want to really get the feel for the nibble and set the hook at just the right time. The good old reliable gold jig and minnow or plain hook with a minnow head has been doing best for tackle or as one young fellow had luck with 3 heads.  Best plan is if one isn’t working try something else.   Other notable tackle lately has been the macho minnow #29 and buck shots with a shine or shimmer to them.  The days are getting longer, the sun is shining more and that usually get the fish more active. We can have our fish houses out on the lake until March 31. Give us a call to get in on the late season action!

Check out some of the latest action here and more on Facebook!

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Agatha Phillips reels in a real nice 
27 inch walleye in one of the Sleeper Houses
Jack has the trick! Jack reeled in this nice walleye
along with some other nice ones using
his hot red glow charmer and 3 minnow heads.
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Beth Duncan from Tomah, WI reeled in this nice
29 inch plus walleye and a 26 inch recently (which can
be viewed on our Facebook page)
Way to Go Beth!
Jake Johnson from Melrose, WI pulls
in a nice 23 inch walleye while using
a blue rapala and minnow. Nice one!

Ice Conditions
Currently we have 3 feet of ice in the areas we travel and fish at this time and a few feet or better of snow cover.

Trail Conditions
The trails are in great shape! Nice snow cover and they are being groomed regularly. For more detailed trail conditions go to the Lake of the Woods Drifter’s Snowmobile Club page here or the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Club page here.  Lake of the Woods has over 500 miles of groomed trails. Come enjoy a day outdoors.

Soft Water Fishing is just around the corner, now is the time to get your reservations in.
Check us out online for our spring, summer and fall packages and click here to request your reservation today.

Sweetest Day of the Year is today! Don’t forget to give your honey a squeeze.


 

2/7/2013

Mix of walleyes and saugers this week.
27-31 feet of water using Tom's Tackle Rattle Trap pink and white glow in the dark or glow red or the gold with a red eye Gem n eye have worked well tipped with a minnow. A mix of dead sticking and jigging has worked best, I would suggest doing one of each and seeing what works best for you. The action tends to be sporadic. Time of day tends to be all over the map. What is good one day is different the next. Vexilars/Fish a finders help your odds. The weather forecast this week looks nice and steady. No big highs and lows at this point. That should help the bite. Only a little over seven weeks left of the season and the March bite is usually hot! Give us a call 800-862-8602.

Ice Conditions
We currently have 32-36 inches of ice right now in the areas we travel and fish.

Trails
The land and lake trails continue to be groomed weekly and are in good shape. We received another inch of snow Monday night. The lake trail will be groomed again Friday from Wheeler's Point to Baudette, Baudette to Oak Island, Oak Island to Warroad and Warroad to Wheeler's Point. Few pressure ridges but very passable with snowmobiles, just use caution. Ice chunks still sticking up in the snow off the trail, so it is advised to stay on the trail for the most comfortable and safest riding.

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Lori Uncini 27 inch released walleye Richard Flory from Plymouth, IN with 26 inch walleye
2-5-2013 around 10am on a gold jig head and minnow





1/31/2013

We are down to the mid year mark of the ice fishing season already. Hard to believe in just a little over 60 days we could already be back into boats!  We are now taking reservations for spring, summer and fall. Give us a call and ask us about Sportsman’s soft water fishing options.

 The current bite has been bouncing around just like the weather. We hit close to 30 degrees above last Sunday and now we are supposed to get down to -27 tonight and then back up in the twenties by mid weekend. The same has been happening for the best bite. Some houses will do real well and other not so well and then it will switch back up the next day.  So what is the best approach? Have your arsenal of fishing techniques and tricks ready and be prepared to switch them up if one is not working.  Try jigging and dead sticking. Plain hooks size 1 or 2 work good with a minnow head or full minnow, gold jigs, macho minnow #29 and glow in the dark jigs are working well too, tipped with a chub.  Start out on bottom, if that doesn’t work try about a pop can off bottom. We continue to see a mix of walleyes and saugers. Several of the walleyes are of real nice size, 14-18 inches and 22-30 inches in length. We have houses scattered in 27-31 feet of water right now and the guides are constantly scouting out the best bite locations. Some days the bite can be light, it takes a bit to get a feel for them and the exact time to set the hook, but once you get the knack down you should start pulling in some nice fish. 

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 Ben Bauer from Red Wing, MN
reeled in a nice 26.5 inch Walleye!

 Nicole reels in a nice walleye!   Denny Murray from Byron, MN
 reels in a nice 26" 7lb 10 oz walleye!

Ice
We currently have 28-33 inches of ice right now in the areas we travel and fish. This is a real nice base of ice for mid season.  Those being said, if you plan on venturing out on your own, please use caution. The entire lake does not freeze equally and there are always areas of the lake that are never a good idea to travel on, even mid winter. We advise to always check with local resorts and guides for the latest conditions. 

Trail Report
The lake trail is planned to be groomed Friday or Saturday. As of early this week the land trails were in decent condition.


 

1/23/2013

Cold day in Brrrdette, MN today!
The arctic air is blasting through today, -32 wind chill right now. Sounds like our cold blast will be done after today and we will have above zero temperatures for the next five days. We love the cold for ice making, but it sure will be nice for the bones to warm back up again.

The catching is picking up!
The past few days we have started to see in increase in the number of good eater size walleyes and saugers caught.  More saugers have been in the 10”-14” range and real nice walleyes in the 16-18 inch range.  Prior to the past few days we had been seeing mostly the small walleyes and saugers and slot walleyes (walleyes larger than 19.5 inches) caught in the past few weeks.  The guides have been busy moving houses to keep on the best bite possible.  We have houses out approximately 6-9 miles from shore now. 

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28.25 inch walleye caught by Monte Green
in a Sleeper House.
What a picture! 12 yr old Henry pictured with
his grandfather and his 26 inch walleye.
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Nice 27.5 inch Walleye
caught by 
Brian Larson from
Rice Lake, WI
Ashley reels in a nice 26 inch walleye!

Along with the walleyes and saugers our sleeper house division has reported a few eelpout mostly in the 24” -31”size and white fish in the 14 inch plus size have been reeled in.  The best walleye and sauger bite has been found in varying depths between 26’-31’. Sunny days have been best. Jigs with gold on them or glow in the dark, and stop signs tipped with a minnow head have been working well.  A mixture of jigging and dead sticking has been the best technique.  A recent guest of the Sleeper Division, Flint and his daughter enjoyed a fun trip recently.  Flint’s daughter out fished him and reeled in a real healthy size 24 inch walleye weighing in at 10lbs! That is a heavy 24 inch walleye! The fish was released. We thank them and all anglers abiding by the laws and releasing the slot walleyes.  With everyone’s help we will continue to see a healthy fishery for years to come.  Check out some of the recent pictures here and on our Facebook page. Lots of memories have been already made this winter. Hope you can make it here to start making yours too.

Ice
We currently have 27-32 inches of ice right now in the areas we travel and fish. Looking forward to making more to keep us going right through the end of March! On Lake of the Woods, we can have our houses out until March 31 mother nature willing.  Please keep in mind if you plan to venture out on the lake on your own to check with local guides or resorts first. Stay on the marked trails.  The entire lake does not freeze equally.  We hope will stay safe and enjoy the great outdoors!

Trail Report
Lake Trails – The lake trail around the Minnesota side of the lake from Baudette to Warroad and Warroad to Oak Island and Oak Island to Baudette was groomed Sunday and Monday and will be groomed again Friday.  Land Trails - Most of the land trails have been groomed. For a more detailed report on the land trails for the south side near Baudette click here and for trails at the North West Angle on the northwest side of the lake click here.



1/16/2013

The Bite
Sporadic walleye and sauger bite right now. The best bite has been all over the map. We have houses set up in varying depths between 24’-31’ and continue to shuffle constantly to stay on the bite.  The larger walleyes 20+ inches seem to be attracted to aggressive jigging and the good eaters and less to dead sticking.  Small jigs or plain hooks tipped with a minnow or even just a minnow head has worked best. Scott Heilman reeled in a real nice northern pike. Check out the picture below.  Get out and wet a line today.

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41 inch Northern! What a catch!
Caught by Scott Heilman
28 inch walleye! Caught and released
by Mark Poce from Anoka, MN
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Another nice 27 inch Walleye
caught by
John Fischer from
Golden Valley
26.25 inch walleye
caught by Gary Gentry
in one of the sleeper shacks

Ice Conditions
We have 22-25 inches of ice right now and making ice daily! One degree above zero right now with a -19 wind chill. It’s Winter!! Cool again tomorrow and then a warm day Friday and then we are forecasted to dive below zero again through the weekend and into early next week. 

Trail Conditions
More trails are now groomed since the recent snow fall. Click here for the recent reports.

 


1/9/2013

Reeling in some fish
Anglers are catching quite a few 10-12 inch saugers and 18-24 inch walleyes along with some walleyes in the 14”-18” range.  Fishing has been a little spotty.  Dead sticking has worked best. Swedish pimples, plain hooks, gold jigs, and chubby darters tipped with a chub minnow has been working best.  The guides are shuffling houses constantly to stay on the best action.  The best bite has been in 26’-30’ of water right now.  Vexilar/Fish Finder always seem to help anglers success.  The afternoon bite has
 been favoring over the mornings, especially for the walleye bite.  Check out some of the recent pictures of the big walleye catches.

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29 inch, 16 inch girth walleye, released
Doug & Dan Loos Father /Son Trip
25 inch walleye caught by Chad Foy
Burnsville, MN 1-8-2013 11:30am
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26 inch, 8.5lb Walleye caught by
Randy Mytten, Wabasha, MN
Del Delgadillo on a gold hook.
1-8-2013 also caught 2 - 25 inch that day

Ice Conditions
We currently have 22-25 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel on the lake.  The Rainy River out in front of the lodge has 9 inches of ice and on the trail to town 14 inches.  Sounds like below zero temperatures are coming this weekend and for the week ahead. Subzero temperatures should help the ice building and give us the needed ice to keep on ice fishing until late March.  If you are looking to go out on the ice on your own, please keep in mind the entire lake does not freeze equally. Your best bet to staying safe is to stay on the marked trail and ask local resorts and guides about the latest conditions before venturing out.

Trail Conditions
Weather has been windy yesterday and today so the snow has drifted quite a bit. We received a few more inches of snow yesterday.  We have about a foot of snow altogether right now.
Lake Trails -  The groomers will be out tomorrow to pack everything down again on the super loop: Wheeler’s Point to Baudette, Wheeler’s Point to Warroad, Warroad to Oak Island and Oak Island to Wheeler’s Point.  Riders have reported that the trails are decent.  We could use a little more snow but overall good riding.
Land Trails – For the latest land trail conditions go to the Lake of the Woods Drifter’s Club page here for the southern half of Lake of the Woods.  For the northern area on the Minnesota side of Lake of the Woods near the Northwest Angle, click here for the Northwest Angle Edge Riders information.


 

1/2/2013

Happy New Year!  Another year is in the books.  We are looking forward to 2013. We wish everyone good fishing, good times and good health! Hope you can make it over to our neck of the woods in 2013. The walleyes are waiting!

The Bite
The fishing has been a real active this week. We are seeing several 7-10 inch saugers, a decent amount of 12-14 inch saugers, fair amount of 12-18 inch walleyes and some real nice 22 inch plus walleyes come through the holes. We have moved several of our houses into deeper waters and that has produced well.  We are currently finding the best bite in 27’-30’ just outside of Pine Island. Charmer and stop sign lures have been hot as well as anything that has a red glow.  Chubs are the bait of choice. A Vexilar/fish finder always helps your odds.  We have a few Vexilars available to rent if you do not have one your own. They are in demand so make sure you call ahead to reserve if you are interested. 

Check out some of the nice fish caught recently!  Check more pictures on our Facebook page here!

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12lb, 31 inch Walleye
Chad Sorensen Mankato, MN
caught on a brass hook & minnow
28 inch Walleye
Greg Reed
6 year old Jordyn caught this
27 inch whopper walleye all by
herself!
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 Drew Horton's first walleye
through ice! Nice 1st!
 12-27-2012  27 inch 8lb caught on a
chartreuse jig and
slip bobber using a fathead minnow
 A good day  27.75 inch, 8lb  Walleye
Aaron Hager, Eagle Lake, MN
caught on forage minnow and fathead

Ice Conditions
We are getting more and more ice every day and conditions continue to get better.  In the areas we travel and fish we have 10-18 inches at this time.  We are using a combination of jeeps and bombardiers to transport guests to the fish houses right now.

Trail Report
We received another 1-2 inches of snow today. I would say we have about 6-8 inches total right now on the ground.  The lake trails are scheduled for their first grooming on Friday, Jan 4 including the entire “SUPER LOOP” from Wheeler’s Point to Warroad, Warroad to Oak Island/NW Angle and Oak Island/NW Angle to Wheeler’s Point.  Trail riders are encouraged to stay on the trail and watch for ice chunks for the best riding experience.   We could use a little more snow for optimal riding.  No major ice ridges are causing any problems at this time for snowmobilers, but changes can occur overnight so please always use caution.  The land trails are in need of some more snow. At the time of this report, we had not heard if they have enough snow to groom yet.  For up to the minute information click here for the Lake of the Woods Drifter’s Snowmobile Club report.

Ice Roads
Here is the latest regarding the lake access at Four Mile Bay near Wheeler’s Point maintained by Adrian’s.
As of 1/1/2013
Out on the lake we have measured ice at 16 to 18 inches. In the bay off to the side of the road it is 13 to 14 inches with a lot more on the road. Jan 2 we are allowing 1/2 and 3/4 ton trucks and pulling wheel houses up to 22 feet long. The road is plowed out to 5 miles past Pine Island. We do not recommend going out in the middle of the night because we are not out there to check for cracks on the road. Significant cool downs usually occur at these times which makes the ice shrink and crack on the road.

Here is the latest regarding the lake access at Morris Point maintained by Morris Point.
As of 12/30/2012
We are now allowing 1/2 ton vehicles or smaller. Wheeled houses can be pulled out but nothing over 18 ft.

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12/26/2012

Happy Holidays Everyone!

The Bite
Fishing has picked up the past few days again and anglers have been enjoying some good action.  A mix of walleyes and saugers has been found. Sauger sizes have been a mix of 12-14 inches and less than 12 inches. The morning and evening bite has been best in 21’-23’ and 25’-28’. Stop signs, macho minnows especially the gold/pink ones and chartreuse jigs have done well.  Anglers using Vexilars/Fish Finders seem to do best.  Check out some of the pics of the recent catches.

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30 inch Walleye!
Mike Dubbe
"Best trip of my life!"
24 inch Walleye
Robert Sombke caught on 1/4 oz pink jig
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Our very own, Jenny Hart reels in a
nice walleye 12-23-2012
Jerry reels in a nie walleye!


Ice
Currently in the areas we fish and travel we have 11-15 inches of ice. The recent below zero temperatures have helped, but there are still patchy areas with 8-11 inches that we are not traveling on and watching daily. If you are looking to venture out on your own, we ask that you use caution and stay on the trails.  At this time,Adrian’s Road at Four Mile Bay is only allowing ATV’s, snowmobiles or light vehicles at this point. No full sized vehicles are allowed yet. Morris Point is only allowing ATV’s and snowmobiles. We are gaining more ice all of the time, it shouldn’t be long until it will be safe for full size vehicles. Stay safe and stay tuned for the latest information.

Lake Snowmobile Trails
The snowmobile trail from Wheeler’s Point to Oak Island has been marked. This trail has anywhere from 8”-15” of ice on it. Only snowmobiles are allowed to travel on it at this point. We are not driving bombardiers across the lake yet until conditions change.  The trail from Wheeler’s Point to Warroad has been marked.  The trail from Wheeler’s Point to Baudette has been marked this trail has 6-9 inches of ice.  The trail from Warroad to the Northwest Angle and Oak Island is being marked today.  No trails have been groomed yet until we can gain more ice.  We have 4-6 inches of patchy snow on the lake right now. Be sure to stay on the trail and watch for the rough ice patches. 

Land Snowmobile Trails
The land trails have gained a little more snow however more snow is needed for optimal riding conditions. As soon as we receive a twelve inch snow base, the club will start grooming.


 12/21/2012

Fishing
Fishing the past few days has been spotty.  A cold front has been moving in which could be a factor.  Pink and gold jigs, stop signs and pink tiger eye jigs have been working best tipped with a minnow.  Fish Finders or Vexilar devices have helped the catch rate.  Depths between 19’-25’ has been best.  A mix of walleye and saugers have been caught.

Ice
We currently have 10-14 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish just outside of Pine Island.  Please be advised there are areas with more and some areas with less throughout the lake. If you are planning to venture out on our own, please check with local resorts before doing so.

Lake Trails
The lake trail from Wheeler’s Point to Warroad was marked on Wednesday.  The trail was fairly smooth except for some areas around Rocky Point to the Five Mile.  The trail from Wheeler’s Point to Oak Island was also marked on Wednesday. This trail was also fairly smooth but had some rough areas especially between the Nine Footer and Night Island.  We are in need of a combination of two things, colder temperatures to produce more ice and then snow to smooth it out.  We have been getting colder the past couple of days, below zero at night and the forecast is calling for more below zero temperatures in the next 5 days.  We are hoping that happens!  No measurable precipitation is in the forecast at this point.  The trails are marked with black stakes.  There are some areas of caution so it is advised to stay on the trail and keep the speed at a minimum.  Only snowmobiles advised at this point, no heavier track vehicles.  The guides will be checking ice again this weekend.  They hope they can start grooming sometime next week.

 Ice Road Access
Adrian’s Road at Four Mile Bay –
Adrian’s is reporting 9-11 inches of ice off the trail.  At this point they are only allowing ATV’s & Snowmobiles.  They are hoping the cold weather in the forecast will add some needed inches of ice so they can start allowing wheeled houses and light vehicles after Christmas.  This is all up to Mother Nature of course and has not been decided yet.  They will be checking again in a few days and letting everyone know as soon as something changes.

Morris Point Road at Morris Point Resort-
Morris Point is reporting only ATV’s and snowmobiles allowed on their road at this point.  There are still areas of caution near the crack with only 6 inches of ice.  Stay tuned for more updates in a few days.



12/18/2012

The Latest…….
The season is in full swing!  The bite started off last week real active and hot. The last few days have been a little slower but anglers are still getting some nice fish. The guides report a mix of walleyes and saugers being caught   Nice sized walleyes 15”-19” along with a few slot fish (19.5”-28”). They report the saugers are active, several nice quality size along with a fair amount of smaller ones that keep you busy.  The best time of day has varied.  Some of our houses are doing best in the morning and evening and some are finding the most action in the afternoon.  We are finding the best action in 19'-25'.  Pink and gold jigs or just a plain hook with split shots tipped with a chub has worked well.  Jigging is the best technique.

Check out some of the fish pictures from the past few days.  We have some openings this weekend if you are looking to make a quick trip before the holiday!  Give us a call 800-862-8602 or submit your reservation online here.

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Nice 29 inch walleye caught and
released 
by Keith Kackman
12-15-2012 Caught on a

blue/sliver jigging spoon
with minnow head.
Ice Fishing is here! Jeremy Manguson with his nice walleye!
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 Danny reels in a nice 25 inch walleye!  42 inch sturgeon!  Scott Erickson with a few from his day.
Scott reported he had aggressive
all day action.

Ice Conditions
We currently have ten to fourteen inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish at this time on Four Mile Bay and just outside Pine Island. It takes about a half hour to get out to the fish houses from the lodge at this time.  The temperature has been holding around the twenties during the day and single digits and teens at night, adding more ice daily.  It sounds like we are going to dip below zero later this week for a four day stretch which should really help add some inches.  If you are looking to venture out on your own, as far as we know the Adrian’s road access at Four Mile Bay and Morris Point access at Morris Point are still only allowing ATV’s and snowmobiles at this time. Please check with local guides and resorts before venturing out as the entire lake does not freeze equally.

Snow Conditions
We are getting a light snow right now as a type this but it doesn’t sound like we are supposed to get too much today or within the next week.  Current snowfall is around 5-7 inches in the area. The only lake trails open at this time are the ones maintained by local resorts. The land and lake trails maintained by the snowmobile club are not.  The club reports the land trails are in need of some more snow. They like to see 12 inches before they start grooming.  The lake trail from Baudette to OakIslandwill hopefully be staked this weekend and the trail from Wheeler’s Point to Warroad on Thursday if all goes well and the ice is found to be safe in those areas.  For more information click here

Please note: The Lodge will be closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Happy Holidays Everyone!

New Year’s Party
Live Musical Entertainment by Melody Best Band, exclusive one night only dinner menu with several selections to choose from including prime rib, king crab, steaks, walleye and more (and sandwiches and appetizers in the bar too). Party Favors, Champagne Toast, Dancing and a whole lot of fun is being planned!  At this time our lodging is full on New Year’s Eve but we still have openings for ice fishing and lodging on New Year’s Day and dinner reservations in the Riverside Dining Room on New Year’s Eve.  Call 800-862-8602 for reservations or join us in the Sandbar anytime, no reservations required. Ring in 2013 with us!

 



12/12/12

Fishing Report Day 1 2012
The guides are reporting an active bite to start off the season. Best depth 20'-25', mix walleyes and saugers. Nice good eater sizes. Saugers 13"-14" and walleyes 14"-16". Anglers have also pulled in a few perch and eelpout.  Jigging with gold and pink jigs tipped with a chub minnow is working well. Check out these nice walleyes caught by Bill Winter from Pipestone, MN!

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Ice
We have 10-12 inches of ice in the areas we are traveling onFour Mile Bay& outside of Pine Island near the Canadian Border. Their is still areas of caution we are not traveling on and checking daily so if you choose to go out on your own please use caution, check with local guides before going out and stay on the marked trails. Please also keep in mind this report is only for the areas we travel and the entire lake does not freeze equally. At this time the Adrian's access on Four Mile Bay and Morris Point access at Morris Point is allowing ATV's and snowmobiles only.

 

Snow
We received a little more snow. We currently have 4-6 inches on the ground now.  The land trails have not been groomed yet and could use a little more snow before doing so.  The only lake trails marked at this time is by the resorts.

 

Be safe and make your plans to get out and ice fish today 800-862-8602! 


12/10/2012 

Let the season begin!
The guides are pulling houses today and we plan to start our season on Wednesday, Dec 12!  In the areas we travel and fish we currently have 8-11 inches of ice on Four Mile Bay and 8-10 inches on the lake just outside of Pine Island along the Canadian border. There are areas of caution on the lake with less ice at this time that we are not traveling on and monitoring daily.  If you are going out on your own we strongly urge you to check with the guides and stay on the marked trails. The entire lake does not freeze equally.  At this time the plowed road accesses at Four Mile Bay maintained by Adrian’s and at the road at Morris Point maintained by Morris Point are allowing ATV’s and snowmobiles only.  The air temperature got down to ten below last night and it looks like the week ahead we will be getting lows in the single digits and below zero, great for making more ice!

Snow Conditions
We received some snow over the weekend. The lake has 2-4 inches on it and the land 3-5 at this time. At this time the land trails are not groomed. A little more snow and they should be ready for the year. 

For reservations call 800-862-8602 or click here.


12/6/2012

We like this forecast!

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At this time we are advising no travel on the Rainy River or Lake of the Woods on the south shore or near Oak Island but the forecast looks cold! Safe ice fishing will soon be here! We are in need of cold temperatures to heal up a large crack of open water and make more ice in other areas. We have anywhere from 0‐8 inches in the areas we travel and fish at this time. Check back for our next report on Monday to hear how the weekend ice making went and for the latest information. With no snow cover in the area, so once we get cold and the wind subsides, we should make ice quickly! We hope we can get these cold temperatures and start fishing with 12 inches of safe ice sometime late next week.


*This information is based on the areas we travel and fish. The entire lake is not treated equally so if you are planning to go out on your own, please use caution and check with local outfitters before going out.

 



12/5/2012

Latest Ice Conditions
Another windy day. Unfortunately not ideal for ice making. Forecast says the wind should die down by tomorrow evening and get cold.  We will be looking forward to that change.  At this time we are advising no travel on the lake. The ice has done some shifting therefore opening up some areas of the lake making it unsafe.  Stay tuned for another report tomorrow. 

 



12/4/2012

Ice Conditions
At this time we have 4”-6” of ice on Four Mile Bay.  On the lake just outside of Pine Island the ice has shifted due to high winds which are forecasted to continue through today.  This has created some very unsafe areas.  We are advising no travel on the lake at this time.  You can travel by foot on the Four Mile Bay, but please do so with caution and make sure you check with local guides before doing so.  The spots we check are the areas we travel and the entire area is not treated equally. 

The good news is we have no snow on the lake and we are expecting single digits for 7-10 days starting Wednesday.  If we receive no snow we could easily make an inch or so of ice a night.  At this time our projected start date of the season is Sunday, Dec 9.  We are checking ice daily, so check back tomorrow for the latest information!

Snow Conditions
Most of the snow we had melted over the weekend. We have less than 1 inch at this time. All snowmobile trails are closed at this time.



12/3/2012


ICE ICE BABY
Sounds like we are going to start getting colder tonight. The guides are going out tomorrow to check ice.  Stay tuned for daily ice reports starting tomorrow!



 

11/30/2012

Current Ice Conditions Lake of the Woods Four Mile Bay/Pine Island Area
The guides were out this morning checking ice.  They found that Four Mile Bay (they bay we use to get out onto the lake to fish) had anywhere from 3-6 inches of ice. On the lake just on the north side of Pine Island they ventured a few hundred yards out and found 2-5 inches.  The lesser amounts were found where the snow has drifted.  It is coming along! If you are looking to venture out on the ice on your own, we are only advising foot traffic on Four Mile Bay and Morris Point’s Bay at this time until we get some colder temps. Know where you are going!  Please keep in mind the entire lake and river is not treated equally and we only check the areas that we travel and fish.  Stay safe and get your gear ready! Ice Fishing Season 2012-2013 will start soon!

Weather forecast says we are going to get a warm shot of weather Saturday & Sunday and then cool down again Monday. At this point we still have Dec 8 as a start date in our sights, but will know more next week after we venture out again and see how the weather shakes out. We will be checking ice again Monday or Tuesday so stay tuned for more information then. 

Snow
We received a half inch of snow last night. We currently have 2-4 inches on the ground now.  Snowmobile trails are closed at this time.

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11/26/2012

Good Morning Ice Fishing Fans!
We have the first signs of ice on the lake! Last night we dipped down to -4 with a wind chill of -15.  The week ahead is calling for lows in the single digits and highs in the teens and twenties. We are making ice!  At this point based on what we know we could be out fishing with 12 inches of safe ice by as early as Dec 8. Stay tuned for our next update at the end of the week!  If you are planning on venturing out on your own, we are in no way advising anyone to go out yet. This is our first signs of some decent ice, which is probably merely an inch or less.  This time of year the conditions can change quickly. No sense it rushing it, it will be here before we know it! Stay safe and start polishing off your fishing rods ice time is soon here!


Fire
In the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day some of our vehicles and trailer we use for early ice were lost in a fire. The cause is yet to be determined at this point.  This of course was very disheartening to us but we were thankful no one was hurt. We want all of our guests to know that this WILL NOT delay our ice fishing season. Our phenomenal staff, friends and neighbors have pulled together and we plan to start the year as planned as soon as we have safe ice. 

Check out some of the pictures of the start of the ice formations taken this morning. We hope to get a satellite picture this afternoon of the lake. So be sure to log on to our Facebook page or website later today. 

Front of Lodge Four Mile Bay (place where we
access the lake early in the year)
Four Mile Bay (place where we
access the lake early in the year)
Graceton Beach
A south shore view of Lake of the Woods

11/21/2012 

Ice & Snow Report
The bays continue to hold ice and the water temperature on the lake is hovering in the low 30’s.  We are ready to start making ice!! At this time we have just a skiff of snow.  Today the air temperature is 33 degrees and we are expecting some snow tomorrow and cooler temperatures in the week ahead.  Stay tuned for our next report on Monday, Nov 26 for the latest conditions!

Winter Reservations
Our winter season is filling in fast.  Do you have your reservation in yet? Log on to request your reservation here or give us a call 800-862-8602. The front desk is open 8am-8pm now and 24 hours once the season starts. We will be closed all day Thanksgiving Day.  We look forward to hearing from you. Check out our package offerings and rates here for our Sportsman’s Lodge location on the Rainy River and here for Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge and Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge onOakIsland.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!



11/14/2012

Ice!
We have dipped down into the teens the last couple of evenings and woke up to sheets of ice on the river this morning. Unfortunately that has now broken up and the water is prominent, but none the less it is getting us excited!  Several small bays have been keeping their ice and it won’t be long and we will be enjoying the ice and snow! The upcoming week’s forecast is calling for highs in the thirties and lows in the twenties, pretty typical for this time of year.  We will be looking for a 7-10 day stretch of zero and below to kick start our winter into action. Stay tuned here!

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11-14-2012 Rainy River

Fall projects are in full swing
New carpet in the lobby, hallways and several rooms. New TV’s in all of the lodge rooms. Fish houses and winter equipment getting tuned up.  Carpets are being cleaned. We have a flurry of activity going on. We look forward to showing you are new updates soon!

Click here for more information about our ice fishing trips.  The front desk staff is available to take your calls and emails 8am-8pm now and 24 hours once the season starts. The office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. We look forward to hearing from you.

 



11/8/2012
 

Getting Colder!
The water temperature continues to drop, falling to the upper 30’s now. The bays continue to keep their skim of ice that formed last week. A few iron men and women continue to be out in boats chasing down the walleyes.  The river fishing has been good by Clementson and Frontier this week. Anchored jigging with a gold or glow in the dark jig has been working well.  Some nice walleyes have also been found in the Lighthouse Gap area in 22’-24’ as well as Four Mile Bay in 17’-19’. Our weather forecast is calling for highs in the 20’s and 30’s this week and lows in the teens and 20’s. It is not quite cold enough to start making good ice but it is definitely helping to cool off the water and setting the stage for the process to begin.


When will we start ice fishing?
Our best guess is around the 10th of December, which is typical.  Hopefully sooner! As soon as we get a solid 10 days of zero degrees or less we can make 12 inches of ice. Once we get 12 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish we can safely start the season. Stay tune here for updates! We will be updating our website and sending out email fishing reports often to keep you informed on the ice making progress. We are looking forward to a good winter. The walleye and sauger populations are up and the lake is healthy.  Great fishing and fun times are on the horizon! If you haven’t made your reservation yet, do not delay any longer! We are seeing an increase in early bookings this year and some dates are booking up.



10/31/2012

Happy Halloween Everyone!
Our soft water season is coming to a close. Many bays have a skiff of ice lying over and our boats are now pulled out for the year.  We do still have lodging and dock slips available if you want to make that last trip!  The river bite has been had its ups and downs this week. Current water temperature is now 40 degrees.  Areas around Clementson and Birchdale have been the best spots lately. Anchored and jigging with an orange or gold jig tipped with a shiner has worked best.

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Winter is coming!


Hunter’s Holiday starts Saturday
We are heading into the northlands national holiday week this weekend, deer season! In a matter of few days, bright orange will be the clothing color of choice in our area.  Always a fun family tradition we look forward to.  After deer season we will be busy getting everything ready for the winter season.  Typically we start ice fishing around the 10th of December, Mother Nature willing.  The fishing this past summer was excellent and the lake is healthy, so we are expecting a good winter ahead.  Be sure to stay tuned to this report for ice conditions. We will start updating every few days once we start making some good ice to keep you informed. If you haven’t made your winter reservations yet, now is the time. Many dates are starting to book up.

Ice Fishing
Prefer not to hassle with all of the gear? Sportsman’s day ice fishing trips include it all. Imagine a warm fish house with holes drilled out and waiting for you, transportation to and from the house provided, poles, bait, tackle and fish cleaning. We can also provide you a hot lunch delivered right to your fish house too.  Have your own tackle, sure you are welcome to bring that along, but you don’t have to.  Our houses are always private for your group and we offer half day trips too. Check out our ice fishing trip information here.

From our family to yours, thank you for a great summer season. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to seeing everyone again this winter. Let the ice dancing begin! 


Oct 24, 2012

Plenty of Fish
The river bite has been good. Large amounts of shiners continue to move through and the weather keeps cooling down chasing more walleyes up river. The best bite has been around Wheeler’s Point, in front of the lodge, theBaudetteAirportand Clementson. Anchored using a bright jig tipped with a shiner has been working best. Anglers have had no problem finding a limit of walleyes, several throwbacks including a few slot fish or larger to round out their day.  Walleye anglers have also hooked into a few sturgeons in the river lately as well.  Currently through April 23 you can catch and release sturgeon.  We expect walleye fishing to continue to be real good through final weeks of the soft water fishing season. Sportsman’s will continue to have lodging in the cabins and villas open through freeze up. The bar and dining rooms will be closed after breakfast on Sunday, Oct 28 until early December.  The pool will be closed Oct 28-Nov 12.

Pack your Halloween costume this weekend!
Saturday is our annual Halloween party! If you like to party, you won’t want to miss it! Contests, games, drink specials, entertainment and tons of fun will be had! We have a few more openings available for our Halloween Packages including lodging, drinks, meals; gift shop coupon, party gear and a stay 2 nights get the 3rd night free coupon for our Mardi Gras Weekend March 23, 2013! One night packages start at just $79 and include a $244 worth of value!! Give us a call now to book your Halloween Weekend 800-862-8602 and don’t forget your costume! You could win $200 cash!

Hard water fishing is just around the corner! Many dates are started to book up. Give us a call 800-862-8602!



10/17/2012

The shiners are running and the walleyes are biting!
The fishing in theRainy River just keeps heating up! Large amounts of emerald shiners are running the river and the walleyes are hungry.  Areas in the river right out in front of our docks to Light House Gap, Wilson Creek, 3 miles north of town and near Clementson Rapids have all been good this week. On the lake, Light House Gap and Knight Island are also producing nice walleyes.  The best river bite has been in the early morning and late afternoon. Anchored and jigging with gold, orange or pink jigs tipped with a shiner minnow has been working best.  The current water temperature is 45 degrees at our dock. We are getting a little rain today, sounds like we are supposed to get a half inch today and tomorrow and then sun and blue skies for the weekend. Walleyes in varying sizes are being caught but this week we have started to see larger ones, 19”+ move in.  The fishing is good! Come and see us before the soft water fishing is done for another year!  The river fishing is historically good right through November.

Lodging, Food & Drinks
Lodging is available for just $39 per person plus tax based on double occupancy through Nov 30.  Docks will be open and gas available.  The pool will be open except for Oct 28-Nov 12 for routine maintenance.  The bar serving food and drinks will be open through Oct 27 and then closing until early December. Be sure to pack your Halloween costume in your tackle box next weekend. We are hosting our annual Halloween party Oct 27! $200 cash prize for best costume. Entertainment, drink specials, contests, games and heck of a good time will be had! Check out all of the party info and our Halloween packages here. 

Ice Fishing
The Winter season is booking up. Get your reservations in early! Make your reservations today for Sportsman’s Lodge online by clicking here or call 800-862-8602. Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge & Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge online click here or 800-772-8411.  For all of our winter rates click here for Sportsman’s Lodge or here for Oak Island & Eagle Ridge. Fish populations are in great shape. We are looking forward to another great year!


10/9/2012

It is GO time! The Emerald Shiners are running!
It is like the official start to the first NASCAR race of the year. Excitement has been building, engines have been started, the green flag has been waved and the crowds are roaring.  The minnows are off and the walleyes are following!  Anglers for miles have been waiting for this moment all year.

We are starting to see a real nice number of emerald shiner minnows run the river.  The walleye and pike bite has been real good the past few days in Four Mile Bayand Lighthouse Gap. Walleyes have been after bright colored jigs tipped with a shiner.  We expect the bite on the Rainy River to really start to heat up this week.  The water temperature has now dipped down to 49 degrees and should continue to drop based on the weather forecast ahead.  We received a little rain yesterday and expect a bit more today but then dry for the rest of the week. The temperature forecast is expected to be highs in the forties and lows in the thirties for the week. It is time for the FALL FISHING FRENZY! We still have some openings. Give us a call 800-862-8602 or book online at www.sportsmanslodges.com Do not wait to long! Space and time is limited.

Halloween Party 2012
If you are plan on coming fishing over Oct 26-28, bring your costume! Saturday, Oct 27 we will be hosting our annual Halloween Party. Drink Specials, Contests, Games, $200 Cash for Best Costume, Entertainment and lots of fun! We are also offering Halloween Stay & Play packages which include lodging, meals, party gear, drinks, and more! Check out all of the details here and book your Halloween Fishing Weekend today.


 

10/4/2012

The Bite
A good walleye bite has been found outside of the Lighthouse Gap just near Pine Island, Morris Point Gap and Zippel Bay this week. Anglers have had good luck in 15’-24’ of water using chub and shiner minnows.  Gold and bright orange jigs have been the hot tackle.  Brenda Pickle joined the 10lb club this weekend. Brenda reeled in a real nice 10lb, 30 inch walleye while fishing with Captain Alan “Flip” Phillippe.  Some real nice walleyes, a few northern pike and nice jumbo perch were also found. Check out the pictures on our facebook page here! The current water temperature is in the mid 50’s right now.  Cool weather is in the forecast and starting today.  We should see this water temperature rapidly decrease in the week ahead and start heating up the river bite.

Pack your costume!
Don’t forget to pack your costume in your tackle box. Oct 27 will be Sportsman’s Annual Halloween Party. Always a good time! Costume Contest (WIN $200 Cash!!), drink specials, entertainment, games and more.  Check out our one and two day packages and get in the fun.

 

Lodging open through the Fall
Still lots of time to make your fall trip!  Charter & Outfitter trips are available through late October. Lodging available all year round. Give us a call 800-862-8602.



9/26/2012


Falling into Walleyes

Ahh….the crisp air of fall. What a great time to be in the north woods. Leaves are changing, the scenery is incredible and the walleyes are biting!  We are starting to get a few walleyes in the river. The temperature is dropping.  We are at 54 now.  We are seeing a few shiners but still waiting on the mad dash.  Once the water temperature hits the mid forties that should really help get things going. I would guess 7-10 days and we should start to see some good action.  As for now the walleye bite on the lake the past few days has been fantastic! Nice slot fish and plenty to make a limit.  Areas up by Stony Point, Graceton Beach and Zippel Bay in 21’-26’ of water have been good. Anchored and jigging with gold or gold/hot pink jig tipped with a minnow has been the most successful approach. We have Charter trips & Guided Outfitter Trips available through the end of October.  Dock slips available and fall lodging rates as low as $39 per person per night plus tax too. Give us a call and get enjoy some good soft water fishing before is gone for another year!

Bring the family, Fall Festival is Saturday!
Bring the whole family this weekend. The Lake of the Woods Chamber of Commerce is putting on a Fall Festival in Baudette this weekend. It is going to be lots of fun and their are several free events to enjoy. Music, kids games, contests, area wide rummage sale, farmers market, kid’s inflatables, and more! Be sure to stop by the Sportsman’s booth at 1pm. We will be doing minnow races. We will be doing a free will offering to benefit the Grand Theater. Sportsman’s Lodge will be matching funds up to $250. Lodging available at just $39 per person plus tax and when you have two adults in a lodge room, kids 17 and under stay free! Click here for the schedule of events and info.

Grouse
Hunters are seeing quite a few grouse. We have quite a bit of leaf cover still but hunters are doing well. Click here for online maps of the millions of acres of public hunting land right out our back door.

Time to book your winter trip!
It will be here before we know it! Reserve your winter trip and pay it in full by Oct 15 and receive Double Sportsman’s Rewards Points. Haven’t signed up yet or ready to book? Click here.




 

Sept 19, 2012

Walleyes, Sturgeon & Birds
The cool fall air has blown in this week and the water temperature has ticked down to 60 degrees now.  Some good fishing has been found just outside ofZippelBayin 26’-27’ using spinners or jigs tipped with a shiner or chub minnow. Today the wind and rain kicked up quite fierce forcing anglers to the river. Not all bad, some nice walleyes and a few sturgeons were found. Sturgeon (keep 1) season lasts until Sept 30. You can keep one sturgeon within 45”-50’ or over 75” with a sturgeon tag. Sturgeon tags are available at the lodge. After Sept 30 you can still target these prehistoric monsters but they need to be released.  Anglers are starting to see the walleye bite in the river gain a little more strength. A week or two and we should start to really see the push. Stay tuned! 

Birds
The grouse hunt is starting out good! Hunters report lots of birds have been seen. More than they have seen in years and most of the leaves still need to fall. Come and check out the millions of acres of land right out our backdoor. Reserve your lodging at Sportsman’s Lodge and head out to the state forests. Maps available here.

 

Fishing for a deal?
Lodging is only $39 per person plus tax when you stay now through Nov 30 at our Baudette/Rainy River location. Fishing packages are also on sale starting at just $186 per person for 2 nights lodging and one day guided charter fishing. Good fishing, lodging and camping accommodations, area activities, fall foliage, indoor pool, weekend entertainment, food and more. Make plans for a fall getaway today.




Sept 13, 2012 

Setting the Stage
Good fishing right outside Pine Island and Zippel Bay using minnows or shiners and a hammered gold spinner or controlled depth crank bait fishing in 23'-31' of water right now. Both techniques are working equally well.  60% Saugers & 40% walleyes caught this week. Current water temperature is 63 degrees, down from 69 last week. The wind was fierce the past few days churning the waters up. The forecast looks warm with light wind the next few days and then a cooling trend starting Sunday through the week. The fall fishing frenzy is nearing!!!  The cold front will help cool down the water and start setting the stage for the emerald shiner run and incredibleRainyRiverfall fishing we look forward to every year. The leaves are all colors of the rainbow now and starting to fall. Rumor has it may even freeze tonight. Change is in the air.

Check out some of the recent BIG Fish pictures on our FACEBOOK page now and see what one group caught off the dock! 

Small Game Season starts Saturday
Small game season starts this Saturday. We have thousands of acres of public land to explore right out our backdoor! Click here for more information and map links. 

Fall Lodging Special
Only $39 per person and guided charter fishing packages starting at $186. Click here for all of the details or call 800-862-8602.

Many reasons to escape to Sportsman’s Lodges this Fall!
Incredible Fishing, Relaxing, Fall Foliage, Hunting, CommunityFall Festival Sept 29, Hiking, Get away from it all, indoor pool, entertainment, boating, sight seeing, small town shopping, take your picture with Willie the Walleye, ATV trails, take in a movie at the Grand Theater and more! Click here for more.

 

 



9/5/2012

On our Way to Transition
Highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s today and in the upcoming weeks , the forecast says.  It is starting to feel like fall!  Water temperature is still around 70, but we should start to see that tick down soon.  The late summer fishing spots are still hot and we expect them to be until we see the water temperature really take a dip.  26’-28’ and 32’-34’ of water just outside of Graceton Beach, Morris Point and Long Point along with a few point farther north around Stoney Point and Garden Island.  For the most active bite, controlled depth fishing with crank baits is working the best.  Lots of nice walleye and sauger mix along with 4-8 slot walleyes (19.5”-28”) or larger per boat has been the average day.  Lots of good fall fishing is going on.  Guided trips are available through the end of October. Give us a call to get in on the bite!

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Wyatt age 5 stands proud with his
nice walleye!
Fish for supper! A quick run
out to a fishing hole brought in supper.

 

Fall Package Specials
Up to 15% off packages starts tomorrow. Check out our Fall Rates here. 

3 million acres of Public Hunting Land
Are you looking for a place to hunt? Look no further than our back door. We are surrounded with more than 3 million acres of public hunting land. Grab a GPS or a map and get in on some of the best small game, bear, and white tail deer hunting anywhere.

Ducks Unlimited Banquet is this weekend!
Come for the evening or stay for the weekend. The Lake of the Woods Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held at Sportsman’s Lodge this Saturday, Sept 8. Social hour at 5pmand dinner at 6:30. Several guns and thousands of dollars in merchandise are to be given away. If you are an outdoorsman, you won’t want to miss this event. For more tickets and more information click here.



8/29/2012

 

Summer is still here!
What a summer! Hot weather, hot fishing and it sounds like that is going to continue this week! This week ahead temperatures are forecasted in the 80’s cooling off nicely to the 50’s and 60’s at night. Next week it sounds like we might start to see it dip into more early fall temperatures in the 70’s but still more summer like weather.  The water temperature is currently sitting between 70-74 degrees right now.  Many of the summer haunts continue to hit well. Trolling with crank baits in 30’-32’ of water in the mud nearGardenIsland, Knight and Bridges is good. Bait fishing with minnows and worms using bright colored spinners has been fair, crank baits however have been the preferred method for faster action. Nice walleyes between 14-18 inches along with a nice selection of slot walleyes between 19.5”-28” have been caught recently.  Check out some this week’s big catches! Fall is just around the corner so once the weather starts to cool, be on the look out walleyes moving in shallower and towards the river for the annual phenomenon. The emerald shiner run! Always a great time!

 

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Fate Sparrow reels in a nice 28 inch
walleye. Fate was guided
by Captain Troy
It's a triple! The Johnson Group
guided by Captain Dan

 

Labor Day Special
You still have time to make your last minute holiday trip to Sportsman’s Lodge!  Book a fishing package that includes 3 nights and get one of those nights FREE or lodge with us 3 nights and get one of those nights HALF PRICE! Give us a call now for availability and to reserve your stay 800-862-8602.


Jay Potts with his nice 28.75 inch,
8lb, 4 oz walleye!
Jay was guided by Captain Flip



Fall is just around the corner!
Excellent fall fishing at excellent rates! Guided Charter fishing packages including lodging starting at just $186 per person and lodging packages starting at just $39 per person. Check out our fall offerings here and make your reservations today for a fall getaway. Fall rates start Sept 6 and run through Nov 30. Guided charter fishing packages are available until Oct 31. 

80’s Party is this weekend!
Pull out the stone washed jeans; I know you still have them! It is 80’s Weekend at Sportsman’s Lodge, this weekend! Friday and Saturday we will have contests, drink specials, giveaways, entertainment and of course 80’s music! Make sure you wear your 80’s outfit on Saturday for our “Best 80’s Look” contest at midnight! For the entire details click here.


 

Aug 22, 2012

Big week of Fishing!
It has been an active and excellent week of fishing here on Lake of the Woods. The Fishing Pros were in town fishing for walleyes and taking part in the AIM Pro Tournament held over the past weekend. They had a very successful week!  Sam Anderson was the tournament winner with over a 7lb average per walleye for 14 fish. Sam also on the first day had 7 fish over 29 inches!!  Marianne Huskey won Angler of the Year, first female to ever win this title and Rick Olson caught the largest walleye ever caught during an AIM Tournament. Rick’s walleye measured out at 32.75 inches. Lots of fun and good fishing was had. 

Check out these Tournament pictures, courtesy of AIM PRO and Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau.

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AIM PRO Tournament Champion Sam Anderson Rick Olson and his 32.75 inch Walleye AIM PRO Angler of the Year, Marianne Huskey


The Sportsman’s guides also enjoyed excellent fishing.  Deep areas 30’-33’ around Driftwood Point and South Shore outside of Pine Island, Zippel Bay and Long Point have been good spots.  The most action has been found trolling using controlled depth fishing and crank baits. The weather forecast is calling for 80’s during the day and 50’s in the evening for the upcoming week. It won’t be long and we will see the day time temps start to fall and the fish will start moving back into shallow for the hot fall bite.

Fall Lodging Special
Starting at just $39* per person per night. This special won’t last long! Give us a call to book your stay 800-862-8602. *plus tax

 



Watch the AIM PRO Weigh-Ins here

Aug 15, 2012

 

Large numbers of walleyes have been found.
If you like lots of catching, trolling with shad raps is the way to go right now. 30-32’ of water south of Garden Island and areas around Knight Island have been good. We are enjoying an aggressive bite!  Many 23” plus walleyes have been found.  Check out some of the nice ones caught recently including a 32” walleye caught by Michelle Becker! Way to go Michelle! The guides are hot on the walleye trail. We still have some openings if you are looking to make a trip up.  Our charter trips are available until the end of October.

 

Speaking of October, the evenings are starting to cool, it won’t be long and we will be talking fall fishing. The Emerald Shiner Run, River Fishing and oooh it is going to be a good time! Get your reservations in now and take advantage of our $39 per person fall lodging special.

 

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It’s Tournament Time!
The AIM Pro Tournament hits the water tomorrow onLake of the Woods. The boats leave Wheeler’s Point landing Thursday, Friday & Saturday at7:30am and head back in by3:30pm. The official weigh in is held at 5pm each evening in Baudette at Willie Walleye Park right off of Hwy 11. AIM utilizes CRR (Catch, Record, Release) format and allows seven fish to be weighed each day. With CRR, teams of Pro Anglers and Co-anglers measure each walleye on the official AIM ruler and take a digital photograph, record the length of each walleye on the official scorecard, and then immediately release the live fish. NO fish are brought to the “weigh-in” stage. This offers the potential for HUGE come-backs; therefore ALL Pro-anglers and Co-anglers will fish all three days

 

We hope you can make it, but if you can’t be sure to catch the weigh-ins live at www.aimfishing.com Along with the tournament several other events are planned in the area; boat parade, fish fry, Main Street Market, Kids Fishing Clinic, Party with the Pros at Sportsman’s Lodge on Saturday evening and much more. Click here for the full schedule of events. http://www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com/aimpro.php

 

Fish in your Zubaz!
Why not! Let your mullet grow, catch some fish and join in our 80’s Party Labor Day Weekend. Two nights of fun is planned, Friday Aug 31 & Saturday, Sept 1.  Drink Specials like $2.50PBR’s all weekend, games, Best 80’s Look contest on Saturday night and of course 80’s music. The Sandbar will be featuring the party 9pm-1am. No cover charge.  Give us a call to book your lodging reservations now, 800-862-8602.