Muskie fishing is heating up and walleyes are on the move

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Walleyes are on the move this week to the reefs. Anglers have been finding the best schools in 20’-30’ of water on the reefs using a 3/8 ounce gold and orange jigs and a minnow. Pulling gold spinners and bottom bouncers in the same depth outside of the reefs using crawlers or leeches has been working too. Areas around Big Narrows, Little Oak and east side of Falcon Island have all been producing lots of nice walleyes.

Kuechle Group guided by Captain Mike Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge

Kuechle Group guided by Captain Mike Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Muskie
We are starting to hear of more muskies being seen. Lots of picture snapping has been going on and stories to tell. Several measuring 40+ inches have been found lately. Top water and small baits have been the best in shallow weedy bays.

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Fishing, Fireworks & Lake Time

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It’s that time of year when it is time to sit back, take in some lake time and reel in the walleyes. The forecast is looking much better too! It has been a little windy and rainy here lately. The Baudette area is also gearing up for their 4th of July celebration. If you haven’t made plans yet, come for a visit. Lots of events are planned for the whole family.

Fresh Walleye YUM!
Nothing beats fresh walleye! Enjoy a shore lunch midday on a nearby island where your guide will fry up your morning catch over an open flame and serve it with all the fixings. Another great option is enjoying some of your fresh catch in the bar as an appetizer. We will do the cooking and the dishes!

Jay Swanson from Argyle MN 27 inch walleye released. Guided by Captain Dave McDougall

Jay Swanson from Argyle MN 27 inch walleye released. Guided by Captain Dave McDougall

 

 

Olson Group guided by Captain Darryl

Olson Group guided by Captain Darryl

So what is hot and what’s not?
The best fishing has been in the northern reefs of Big Traverse using gold, pink or white/silver spinners, a 2-3 ounce sinker and a night crawler or leech. A mix of approaches including anchored and jigging as well as drifting or trolling depending on the wind speed for the day have both been successful. A combination of shallow and deep depths 12’-16’ outside of Pine Island and Zippel Bay and 26’-30’ further north near Garden Island, Little Oak and Bridges. The water temperature has been between 66-70 degrees this week. The best advice I can give you is? Get here now!

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4th of July Celebration is Monday
Are you ready? We are! Enjoy fishing, lodging, camping, musical entertainment, full service bar, game room, indoor pool and 3 dining venues at the lodge. The Baudette/Lake of the Woods Chamber of Commerce and area businesses have a lot of fun planned, parade, vendors, fireworks, 5k and entertainment to name a few. We have some construction we are working around in town right now but still lots of room for all of the events. Click here for the full schedule of events. Lodging and fishing still available! Give us a call 800-862-8602.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Fishing Report June 22, 2016

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Walleye Bite
Not too many changes this week. Anglers using jigs tipped with a chub minnow are having luck along shorelines in 8’-14’ and 26’-28’ of water. Gold jigs or spinners tipped with a minnow or worm is the best approach. Water temperature is holding steady at 66 degrees.

Pike & Smallmouth Bass
Northern pike and bass have been found in shallow weedy bays. We have thousands of bays just waiting for you. Successful anglers are using small spinners and spoons.

Muskie season is open!
Some success was had this week with several nice follows and a few nice ones reeled in. South facing shallow bays with a soft bottom in 4’-10’ of water using a buck tail are good spots this time of year. Buck tails are a great early season lure to start with. Interested in learning more about the best technique? Ask about our guided trips. Our experienced knowledgeable guides are available to teach you more about the sport and the Lake of the Woods area. Trips available through October.

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66 years of fishing Lake of the Woods!

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Check out one of our long time guests, Fran 90 years young. Fran has been coming to Lake of the Woods since 1950 and to Sportsman’s since it was built in 1971. Her first trip was on her honeymoon. Fran doesn’t miss her annual fishing trip with guide Tony Beckel and she still has the touch to real in the walleyes. We can’t wait to see you again next year. Nice catch Fran!

The bite on Lake of the Woods continues to be good despite a few storms that passed through last week. The current water temperature is 66.5 degrees. Drifting with a spinner and 2-3 ounce sinker in 18-26 feet of water around Garden Island and Graceton Beach has been good. Plenty of 17-19 inch walleyes are being caught along with some larger walleye. Worms are being favored but leeches and minnows are not a bad idea to bring along too depending on the day. Guided trips available. Enjoy your summer and wet a line today.

Rob Close from Ellsworth WI reeled in a nice 23 inch walleye released. Guided by Captain Cam

Rob Close from Ellsworth WI reeled in a nice 23 inch walleye released. Guided by Captain Cam

Fran Wittfoth from Holland, MN 27 inch 8.5 lb walleye released Captain Tony Beckel

Fran Wittfoth from Holland, MN 27 inch 8.5 lb walleye released Captain Tony Beckel


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4th of July Celebration
Walleyes, Fireworks, Parade, Entertainment and Summer Fun!
Click here to read all about the activities planned.

Deep during the day, shallow in the evening

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Walleyes are biting in 20’-25’ during the day and in shallow 7’-12’ in the evenings this week. Gold, white/red and pink spinners along with a 1-2 ounce sinker tipped with a minnow or night crawler has been working best. Jigging with a ¼-3/8 ounce jig tipped with a minnow or night crawler in 18’-25’ has been hit or miss but definitely a good alternative to try if you are not successful with the spinner. Water temperature is currently 66 degrees.

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Pike
Northern pike on the smaller size 15”-25” have been reeled in this week and found in shallow weedy bays. We expect to see bigger ones moving in within the next few weeks. Successful anglers are using small spinners and spoons.

Bass
Shallow weedy bays right along with pike using small spinners and spoons is best.

Muskie season opens this Saturday!
South facing shallow bays with a soft bottom in 4’-10’ of water should be ideal. Buck tails are a great early season lure to start with. Interested in learning more about the best technique? Ask about our guided trips. Our experienced knowledgeable guides are available to teach you more about the sport and the Lake of the Woods area. Trips available through October.
Summer Trips Available. Lodging and guided trips available through October.

Don’t forget about dad!

If you are still looking for something to get dad, we have gift cards available and it is not too late to book a fishing trip for this summer.

First walleye caught was a 30 inch 12.86 lb. walleye

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What a catch! Most anglers fish a lifetime and never hook a 30 incher. That was not the case for Nate Nygard guided by Captain Baihly Hontvet this past week.

Nate had never caught a walleye before and boy was he surprised when the first one that grabbed his bait was a 30 INCHER!! What a catch! It even got better; the next day he also caught a 24 inch walleye! Needless to say he is hooked and can’t wait to come back. We have seen some really great fishing so far this summer we can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store. Check out Nate and his catch!

Nate Nygard 30 inch 12.86lb walley.  Guide, Baihly Hontvet

Nate Nygard 30 inch 12.86lb walley. Guide, Baihly Hontvet

 The Scoop
Best fishing has been in 14’-28’ this week on the northern reefs and outside of Pine Island and Zippel Bay. Drifting using 3/8 oz. gold or pink/silver jigs tipped with a minnow or gold, orange or red/white/silver spinners, 2-3 ounce sinker and a leech or night crawler. The current water temperature is 67 degrees.
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Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s!
Don’t forget about dad! We have gift cards and lodging/fishing packages available starting at just $247 per person all month long. Click here to order your gift card or here to book your reservation. Sportsman’s Lodge 800-862-8602 Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge & Eagle Ridge 800-772-8411.

4th of July Celebration
Join us and the Lake of the Woods area for another fun Independence Day Celebration. Vendors, parade, games, entertainment, fishing, relaxing, boating and much more! Click here.

Lodging, camping, charter fishing, boat rental and docking available.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Fishing Report June 8, 2016

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We are known for walleyes, muskies, crappies and pike but check out what the Thillman Frasco Group and Guide Eric Grundahl reeled in!   They headed out on a ninety minute cruise, enjoyed beautiful scenery and excellent trout fishing.

Walleyes are hot!
Depths of 16-22 feet of water during the day and in shallow 8-12 feet in the evening have been hot spots along rocky points and mud jigging with shiny jigs and a minnow. Pulling plugs in the evening along shorelines has also been good.  Guide tip: Work the points and shorelines. If you aren’t finding them try a different depth.

Trophy Pike
Lots of huge pike swim in the waters of Lake of the Woods.  Rocky points in 2-10 feet of water and weedy shallow bays are great spots to find these fish this time of year.  Spinners, spoons and plugs are working well.  The smaller the tackle the better is the best approach.

Smallmouth Bass
Rock points and shallow weedy bays in 2’-20’ are the best spots to find bass.  Spinners, spoons and plugs are the best approach. A sweet spot is a rock pile in front of a weedy area. If you can cast over the rock pile and get into those weeds you should find some good action.

Muskie season opens June 18.
The spawn is almost over and the season opens up soon!

It looks like summer!  Current water temperature is 61 degrees.

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Summer Trips Available
Lodging and guided trips available through October.