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

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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!


Lodging starting at only $42 per person per night April 1-May 24 & up to 20% off Summer Lodging & Charter Fishing Packages May 12-24 Click here for details!

For spring specials at Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge 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 $450 for the guide and boat for the day.


Dock slips are available for only $10 a night.
Rainy River Boat Access Ramp Directions & Information.

Boat Rental

Rent our 20’ Lund Alaskan dual center console boat. Equipped with a 115 hp motor, 4 swivel seats and a casting seat, Graph/GPS, marine band radio, full windshield, anchor, life jackets and one tank of gas.

Rate is $250 day and $150 half day.

Charter Trips

Charter trips are available starting May 13. 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 12-26.
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 until April 14 and re-opens May 13
- 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, 2017 - April 14, 2017
Limit of 2
Walleye 19 ½" and larger must be immediately released. 

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

Lake of the Woods

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

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

Northern Pike

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

Lake Sturgeon

October 1 - April 23
Catch & release only 

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

May 8 - May 15
Catch & Release Only 

May 16 - June 30

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 at Sportsman's Lodge or by 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
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