Catch the Action at
Sportsman's Lodge Rainy River this Spring! 


The extended walleye season we enjoy on the Canadian border allows for a phenomenon not available for much of the state. The warming weather and increased currents at the beginning of April work to open the Rainy River just as the walleyes are beginning their spring run. The action is fast, and the fish are huge, pulled up one after another. Most fishermen prefer jigging with minnows this time of year. Walleye season closes from mid-April to mid-May, giving anglers an opportunity to try their luck with Minnesota's largest fish - the mysteriously prehistoric lake sturgeon and the frisky fighting northern pike. Lake of the Woods is proud to be one of the top ten lakes in Minnesota offering the best catch opportunity for you to catch a trophy sized sturgeon or pike in the whole state. Book your spring trip today!

Fishing Report


Lodging starting at only $43 per person per night April 1-May 22 & up to 20% off Summer Lodging & Charter Fishing Packages May 10-22 Click here for details!

Looking for an island getaway for more more great fishing? Our sister resorts, Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge and Sportsman's Eagle Ridge are great spring destinations too. Open starting mid May for open water season. For spring specials at Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge click here and for Sportsman's Eagle Ridge, click here.

Restaurant & Bar

Before and after a day on the lake, join us in the Dockside Dining Room or Sandbar for delicious food and drinks.

Guided Outfitter Trips

Hook into the action with you and up to 3 more people and one of our professional guides in one of our 18 or 20 foot outfitter boats. Guided Outfitter trips are all day trips from 8am to 5pm and include the guide, bait, use of rods and reels, fish cleaning and soft drinks/water assortment for your enjoyment. Rates are only $500 for the guide and boat for the day.


Dock slips are available for only $14 a night.
Rainy River Boat Access Ramp Directions & Information.


Charter Trips

Charter trips are available starting May 11. Let us package a trip for you to include lodging, fishing and meals. Charter trips can be scheduled for a half day (8am-noon or 1pm-5pm) or all day (8am-5pm). Charter trips include a 27' Sportscraft, space for up to 6 passengers plus a professional guide, onboard restroom, use of poles, bait, tackle, fish cleaning and assortment of soft drinks and water for your enjoyment.

Up to 20% off summer lodging and charter fishing packages May 10-22.
Click here for all of our spring rates and packages.

*All rates plus tax and lodging/package rates based on double occupancy.

Lake of the Woods Minnesota Fishing Seasons and Limits

- Walleye open through April 14 and re-opens May 11
- Pike - continuous - never stops!
- Sturgeon - catch & release until April 23, keep 1 (within size limits) April 24-May 7, catch & release May 8-15


Walleye & Sauger
Rainy River & Four Mile Bay

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

March 1, 2019 - April 14, 2019
Catch & Release

May 11, 2019 - Feb 29, 2020
Limit of 6
Not more than 4 can be walleye; only 1 walleye over 28"; walleye 19 ½" through 28" must be immediately released.

Lake of the Woods

March 1, 2019 - April 14, 2019
Limit of 6 
Not more than 4 can be walleye; only 1 walleye over 28"; walleye 19 ½" through 28" must be immediately released.

May 11, 2019 - February 29, 2020 
Limit of 6
Not more than 4 can be walleye; only 1 walleye over 28"; walleye 19 ½" through 28" must be immediately released.  

Northern Pike

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

Lake Sturgeon

October 1 - April 23
Catch & release only 

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

May 8 - May 15
Catch & Release Only 

May 16 - June 30

This information has been taken from the Minnesota Fishing Regulations information printed by the DNR and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Regulation books are available at the lodge for your convenience or can be viewed online here under the Border Waters section.

Minnesota Fishing licenses are available 24/7 by calling 1-888-MN-LICEN (665-4236) or by purchasing online here.  purchasing online here.

Make plans to get into the spring action today!
Click here to book now or call 800-862-8602

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Three dining venues and live entertainment

Legendary Lake of the Woods

Groups of up to 300
Sportsman's Rainy River     •     Eagle Ridge     •     Oak Island