Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 2/11/20

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Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River

 2/11/2020

The latest on the Bite
It has been a sporadic bite this week. Runs here and there and some days better than others. Check out our pictures of the week!

We have had the best luck in 27’-32 in various areas anywhere from a 35-55 minute cruise across the pond in one of our giant snowmobiles past Pine Island. Anglers have been reeling in a mix of walleyes and saugers, the saugers more so, which is typical for this time of year. On cloudy days, glo pink, green and chartreuse jigs, and small lures have been popular. On sunny days, gold has been best all tipped with a minnow or minnow head. Some of the lunker walleyes this week have been caught on a plain hook, Royal Gold Digger lure (2 – 27” by the same guy!) and Oklahoma Dill Pickle lure, pink eye glow and minnow.

A mix of dead sticking and jigging have been the best approach.  Electronics help catch rates and zeroing in on the suspended fish. We see suspended fish on a regular basis. We have 30-32 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now. The temp has fallen this week. We won’t complain about that. Cold temps are making ice for March!

Unlike many lakes in the state, we are a border lake so we can have fish houses out through March 31 Mother Nature willing and in most years, she allows. So if you haven’t had a chance to get out this year or want to get out a few more times, you still have time! Give us a jingle and let’s go fishing!

Valentines Day Dinner Specials & Entertainment this Weekend
Bring your sweetie or great friends. Click here for all the details.
Dinner reservations suggested.

Snowmobile Trails
The Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders take care of the trails in our area. Click the links for the most up to date information.

Fishing Packages available through March ~ Spend Spring Break at the Lake
We have openings midweek now through March and weekends available in March.
Kids ages 5-17 stay free with 2 adults in lodge rooms and fish for only $50 per person per day. Come for a few days.

 

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
2/11/2020

Fishing will keep the Doctor Away
At least we think so! 🙂 There is something about getting out, enjoying the awesome scenery, fresh cool air and good conversation with friends in the fish house that always seems to help the body. Pure and simple relaxation, good for the soul.

The best bite for a mix of walleyes and saugers this week has been in 24’-30’ feet on the edge of reefs and on top of the sand.  Jigging a Buckshot lure, gold or pink jig or one of those “noisy” lures have been bringing in some nice fish. Vexilars help too! Deadstick with one rod and jig with another. Be sure that the rod you dead stick with you leave it alone and watch the bobber for the best success.

Ice Conditions
The average depth is 28-32 inches in the areas we fish and travel.

Trail Conditions
The Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders take care of the trails in our area. Click the links for the most up to date information.

Ice Road from Young’s Bay to Oak Island
The road is in good shape, follow the signs and come on out.

It is the sweetest week of them all
If you are in the area, come out for dinner. Or surprise your sweetie by planning a trip for a getaway this winter or upcoming summer.

Winter Openings
We still have some openings for this winter. Give us a call 800-772-8411 or connect with us online.

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 2/5/20

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Sportsman’s Lodge

2/5/2020

The latest bite
Fishing has picked up! 1/4 oz green and orange jigs and spoons have been hot in 26’-32’ of water. As well as glow in the dark and good old gold. A mix of walleye and sauger have been the average catch. Plenty of good eaters, throwbacks and a few lunkers, 20”-30” mixed in. We have 2-3 feet of ice and 6-15 inches of snow in the areas we fish and travel right now.

Our houses are scattered anywhere from a 15-45 minute bombardier ride out. The guides are working hard to get you on the best bite.

Snowmobile Trail Report
The Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders take care of the trails in our area. Click the links for the most up to date information.

Lake of the Woods has an extended season.
Walleye season continues through April 14 here unlike most of the state.
Ice fishing trips are available through late March and Rainy River soft water fishing kicks off in early April.

Treat your sweetie to a midweek February trip to Sportsman’s.
2 nights lodging and 2 days ice fishing packages available starting at only $309* per person! Contact us today to plan your trip 800-862-8602.
*plus tax

 

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

2/5/2020

Island Time
Island life is good! We are loving the longer days.  A mix of walleye, saugers, and some jumbo perch are being reeled in. Red, pink, glow and gold jigs or spoons have been working tipped with a minnow head or full minnow in 26’-30’off the edges of the reefs. The best technique can vary day by day so try some light vertical jigging, hard jigging, and dead sticking and make sure your hooks are sharp.

Ice Conditions
We have over 2’ of ice in the areas we fish and travel.

Snowmobile Trail Report
The Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders take care of the trails in our area. Click the links for the most up to date information.

Ice Road from Young’s Bay to Oak Island
The road is in good shape. Follow the signs and take a ride. It is about 10 miles out.

Spring is just around the corner.
It is never too early to start planning your spring trip! Come visit the islands this spring and get into some hot soft water action. Spring lodging specials May 8-25. Contact us today.

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 1/30/20

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Sportsman’s Lodge 

Another week of stable temps

We have had another week of stable temps this week.

For the most part, it has been highs in the twenties and teens at night, with little or minimal precipitation. Sounds like this same weather will continue for the week ahead. Great time to be out fishing!

The best bite lately has been found in 24-32 feet of water. Glo white has been the color of the week along with a close second, the good old Lake of the Woods gold or even a plain hook. A mix of dead sticking or jigging with a minnow has been the way to go. Anglers have been reeling in a walleye/sauger mix with occasional eelpout. Average walleye size has been 13”-15” with an occasional lunker. Two walleyes over 30” were caught this week! Check out the pics. A few pike have been caught too, one was 35”. Electronic fish finders are recommended such as Marcums or Vexilars. Anglers who use them can’t say enough about how they really help increase their catch rate. We have 2-3 feet of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now and houses spread out past Pine Island anywhere from a 15-minute bombardier ride to an hour. We are covering a lot of areas to stay on the best bite. We continue to have below-average winter snowfall compared to many parts of Minnesota, 6-15 inches of snow on average overall is on the ice.

Snowmobile Trail Report
The Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders take care of the trails in our area. Click the links for more information.

Big Game Party this weekend and Live Entertainment continues through March
Before and after a day on the lake, stop in for food, drinks, pull tabs, games, a dip in the pool and entertainment! We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily 6 am – 10 pm and cocktails until 1 am. Our daily happy hour runs from 3 pm-6 pm. $1 off domestic beer and rails as well as 1/2 price select apps. Nightly specials and Prime Rib on Saturdays in the dining room. This Sunday, our now 14 TV’s will be on to showcase the big game and we have some fun giveaways and specials planned too. 100 Proof will be on stage Friday and Saturday! Lots going on, stop in.

Fishing Trips Available

Get out of the house and come have some fun! You still have time this winter and if soft water is more your style. Now is a good time to get those dates locked in. We have midweek ice fishing trips available now through the end of March and weekend trips available in March. Spring season will kick off early April in the Rainy River. Walleye season is open through April 14 and re-opens May 9. Sturgeon and pike season is hot in April. A couple of nights and days of ice fishing packages start at only $309 per person and April 1 our spring specials start $89-$99 night lodge rooms through May 20. Plus up to 20% off summer lodging and charter packages May 8-20. Check out our packages and give us a call 800-862-8602 or contact us online.
*Plus tax and based on double occupancy.

 

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
NW Angle & Islands

Good Fishing
Guests have been having good luck this week. Walleye, sauger, jumbo perch and a few nice 40”+ pike having been caught. We have had stable weather this week and more to come the week ahead the forecast says. We like that! The best walleye/sauger bite has been in 24’-28’ on firm bottom off the edges of reefs using gold, pink, white and glow jigs. Rippin raps also popular as well as a plain hook with a little weight and a minnow head. Perch have been found a little deeper 28-30 again on hard bottom. Electronics help! We have a few to rent if you want to give one a try.

Ice Road
The ice road is open to vehicles from Young’s Bay to Oak Island. Conditions are great!

Ice Conditions
We have over 2’ of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now. Due to the rainy fall we had, the current is more aggressive than a normal year so if you venture off the beaten path be sure you know where you are going. Ice conditions vary. Always good to take a guide and check ice often.

Snowmobile Trail Report
The Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders take care of the trails in our area. Click the links for more information.

Mark your calendars! We will be hosting the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Snowmobile Rally this year Saturday, Feb 29. This event is always a blast! Make plans to hit the trails. A trail ride is also scheduled for Friday. Click here for all the info.

Fishing trips available through March.
Head to the islands for a winter break!

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 1/23/20

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Sportsman’s Lodge

Fishing Report

We have been enjoying the mild temps the past few days and it sounds like we are going to get more. It is a great time to get out and do some fishing!

The best presentation has been glow green, pink and gold 1/8-1/4 oz. jigs tipped with a minnow or minnow head in 24’-32’ of water. Anglers have been reeling in a mix of eater size and throwback size walleyes, saugers, and occasional eelpout, white fish and a trophy walleye. On average, a few days of fishing is getting anglers a nice limit. We have over 2’ of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now and we received a fresh blanket of snow last weekend. Conditions are good.

Snowmobile Trail Report
Grooming is in progress! For up to date information about the trails check out Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook pages.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
NW Angle & Islands

A mix of Walleyes & Saugers
Anglers reeled in a mix of walleyes and saugers this week along with a few pike. Plain hooks, buck shots, chubby darters as well as 1/8-1/4 oz jigs tipped with either a full or minnow head in 23–30’ of water has been working just few inches off bottom. Gold and pink have been popular colors. Electronic users can’t say enough about how helpful they are in increasing their catch rate.

Ice Road
The ice road is open to vehicles from Young’s Bay to Oak Island. Conditions are good.

Ice Conditions
We have over 2’ of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now.

Snowmobile Trail Report
Grooming is in progress! For up to date information about the trails check out Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook pages.

Mark your calendars! We will be hosting the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Snowmobile Rally this year Saturday, Feb 29. A trail ride is also scheduled for Friday. Click here for all the info. We have a couple cabins left. Give us a call to book 800-772-8411.

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 1/15/20

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Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River Fishing Report
1/15/2020

Fishing Deeper
It has been a sporadic bite this week. The temperature has been fluctuating quite a bit which usually has a hand in it. Anglers have been having the best luck deadsticking using electronics with a buck-shot rattle spoon and rattle stop signs. A little noise and flashy color seem to help. Glo pink and gold jigs or lures are working well tipped with a full or half minnow. Electronics are picking up quite a few fish hugging bottom right now. It never hurts to try some deadsticking, jigging, even a little aggressive jigging to come up with the combination that works for you. We are fishing 25-32 feet of water right now about a 20-30 minute ride out from the lodge. We have 2 feet of ice and about 10 inches of snow. Not a whole lot of snow for this time of year.

Anglers have been reeling in a mix of walleyes, saugers, more saugers than walleye this week, a few eelpouts and a few northern pike. Come wet a line.

Trails
Black stakes mark the trails from the south shore of the lake to Oak Island and NW Angle and south shore to Warroad as well as Wheeler’s Point to Baudette. For more information about the trails and latest on the land trails, check out Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook pages.

You still have time!
Up here in the north woods, the temp is cooler and the season lasts longer we ice fish through late March. Midweek trips available in February and March. Weekend trips available in March. Come have some fun www.sportsmanslodges.com 800-862-8602!

 

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Fishing Report

Afternoons & Gold or Glo
The afternoon bite has been favoring the morning bite this week. Gold, glo, white jigs or buck-shots have been working best. Some nice jumbo perch have been coming up the holes along with the walleye/sauger mix. Most of the perch are being found on the hard bottom. It has been a light bite. Electronics are definitely helping success rates as well as trying some different techniques, deadsticking and jigging. A little flash on your lure or rattle isn’t a bad idea either to get some attention to your lure. The best depth has been 23’-30’ We have 2 feet of ice and 4-10 inches of snow. 

Trail Grooming Progress
 For more information about the trails and latest on the land trails, check out Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook pages.

Ice Road from Young’s Bay to the Lodge
The ice road is open and in good shape. For your safety, stay on the road. Ice conditions vary off of it.

February & March Trips available
www.oakislandlodge.com 800-772-8411

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 1/8/20

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Moving on into January
And just like that, we are in the second month of our ice fishing season.

We currently have 21-23 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel and making more by the minute especially this week. A cold snap has knocked at our door.

Anglers have been finding the best bite in 26-31 feet of water. The past week we have seen more walleyes than saugers and quite a few nice walleye in the slot (19.5”-28” must be released) as well as quite a few eelpouts. Electronics have definitely helped many anglers increase their catch rate. Dead sticking with a #2 single plain hook tipped with a minnow about 6 inches off the bottom or jigging with a buckshot or spoon a few more inches up has worked well. Or start a few inches off the bottom and watch electronics, work your way up.

Trail Conditions
Black stakes mark the trails from the south shore to Oak Island and NW Angle and south shore to Warroad as well as Wheeler’s Point to Baudette. Grooming is in progress. Snowmobile traffic only allowed on the Rainy River right now. We need 4-5 more days of single digits and below to build up that river ice before it is safe. For more information about the trails and latest on the land trails, check out Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook pages.

Plowed Roads
We do not maintain a plowed road ourselves as we supply the transportation for all of our trips to our houses via a groomed trail, but if you are interested in venturing out on your own, there are several roads in the area. Be sure to always check with the outfitter for current conditions before heading out as conditions can change and always be sure to stay on marked trails. The entire lake never freezes equally.

Football, Fishing and Your Sweetie
Pick one trip or take two!
Superbowl Sunday, Feb 2- Join us for the big game and some great fishing for a few days midweek.
Treat your sweetie to a midweek trip in February. Enjoy our cozy accommodations, fun fishing adventures, a dip in the hot tub, a romantic dinner, nightlife and more. Check out our winter packages and come have some fun. And don’t forget we ice fish through March so if you can’t make it in February, we have March options too!

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
1/8/2020

The Bite
The bite has been up and down the past few days, some houses doing better than others depending on the time, day and approach. The best bite has been in 22’-26’. More walleyes are being found on the rocks and more saugers with a few perch in the sand and mud. Pink jigs have been hot as well as gold and glo. Guide Tip ~ Try deadsticking with one pole and jigging the other, it doesn’t hurt to turn on the electronics too if you aren’t getting them to hit. Don’t have a fish finder? We have a few to rent, give us a call to reserve.

Ice Conditions
We currently have 18”-20” of ice in the areas we fish and travel. If you are headed off the trails on your own, be sure to check with a local guide for current ice conditions.

Trail Conditions
The trails from the south shore to Oak Island and NW Angle, south shore to Warroad and Warroad to Oak Island/NW Angle are all marked with black stakes. Grooming is in progress. For more information about the trails and latest on the land trails, check out Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook pages.

Plowed Road
The regular plowed road from Young’s Bay at the Northwest Angle is open. Follow our signs out! It is about a 9-mile trip.

Come have some fun this winter!
Weekend trips are available February and March and midweek trips available now through March. It’s ice fishing time! Click here to learn more about our ice fishing packages.

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 1/2/20

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Happy New Year from the Sportsman’s Lodge Family

We have been having fun over the holidays!

Nice eating size walleyes have been coming through the ice as well as several throwback size saugers, few nice size tullibee, sturgeon and pike this week. Guests have been having the best luck in 18’-28’ using pink, gold, green glo jigs, and lures tipped with a minnow or shiner. Some guests have had luck the best luck using a full minnow and others just a minnow head. Dead sticking one pole and jigging the other is working well. Electronics such as Vexilars help too. We have a few to rent at the lodge if you want to try one out. Be sure to call ahead to reserve, they go fast.

Ice & Snow
We have 18-20 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now. The forecast is calling for single digits and below zero temps next week. We received some snow last week but still just have 0-10 inches on the ice. Not nearly as much as the rest of the state. With cooler temps in the forecast, we should have 2 feet of ice in no time.

Snowmobile Trails
Snowmobile trails are being groomed. The lake trails from Four Mile Bay on the south side of the lake to Oak Island and Graceton Beach (south side of the lake) to Warroad are groomed. Conditions are improving after the recent snowfall but important not to veer off the trail as the ice is quite rough and ice chunks are sticking up off the trail. No travel is advised on the Rainy River yet until conditions in the current areas improve.Check out the Lake of the Woods Drifters and Northwest Angle Edge Riders for more trail reports.

 

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Guide Wack says the action has been good in the islands. A mix of saugers, walleyes and a few pike, perch and muskies have been caught this week. Yes! Muskie! In the islands, we have fantastic muskie fishing in the summer but we usually don’t see too many caught in the winter. A big surprise to a few anglers this week. The best fishing has been in 23’-24’ on the rocks for walleyes and off the rocks for other species. Watermelon color, gold, and glo jigs especially those with some rattle and noise to them have been working the best this week. Some anglers are swearing by just the minnow head instead of the full minnow especially on lures with a treble hook.

Ice & Snow
We have 16-18 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel. 3-10 inches of snow.

Snowmobile Trails
The trail from Four Mile Bay to Oak Island is in decent shape, getting better but it is important to stay on the trail. With not too much snow base yet, there are ice chunks off the trail.Check out the Lake of the Woods Drifters and Northwest Angle Edge Riders for more trail reports.

Ice Road from Young’s Bay to the Lodge
Plowing and maintenance are in progress. It should be ready to go next week. Our signs will be up as soon as it is. For now, please give us a call and we will lead you out.

 

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 12/26/19

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Catching Fish
Mix of walleye and sauger, mostly sauger this week.  A few guests reeled in some real nice sturgeon up through the holes, 49″, 52” and 55″ and a few eelpout too. Glo green and red buckshots tipped with minnows are hot right now in 18′ – 26′ in the mud. Limits are being caught within 1-2 days of fishing.

Ice Conditions
We currently have 17”-20” of ice in the areas we fish and travel and little snow cover.

If you are headed out on your own.
Area roads are open. Here is a recent report from a few open roads near the lodge. Adrian’s out of Four Mile Bay is currently allowing 1/2 tons pulling up to 24′ houses and bigger pickups pulling up to 21′ houses. The road goes out about 3 1/2 miles past Pine Island. Morris Point is allowing up to 1/2 tons with no wheel houses yet but possibly very soon. Please remember to stay on the marked roads and trails, ice conditions vary on the lake.

Snowmobile Trails
Not much change in the trail conditions this week.  We have 0-4” of snow on the trails.  The lake trails are marked between Four Mile Bay to Oak Island and Graceton Beach to Warroad with black stakes.  Sounds like we have a chance for a few more inches of snow coming in on Thursday.  When you head out, watch for several bare ice spots as well as chunk ice sticking up. Grooming will begin as soon as we get more snow. No travel is advised on the Rainy River. Ice is inconsistent and not safe yet due to the current. For more information about the trails check out the Lake of the Woods Drifters and Northwest Angle Edge Riders updates. 

 

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

We open up Thursday, December 26!
The fish houses are ready!  The fish are biting!  Gold, red and orange are hot colored jigs right now.  Right now we have 10-16 inches of ice in the areas we travel.  Apps, pizzas, and cocktails will be available starting at 11 am today and the full dinner menu starting at 5 pm. We will start serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily starting Friday.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Road from Young’s Bay to the Resort
The main ice road from Young’s Bay to the island is not quite ready yet so we will be using an alternative route for now. Guests, please give us a call ahead of time to be led out.

Trail from Four Mile Bay/Sportsman’s Lodge
The lake trails are marked with black stakes from Four Mile Bay near Sportsman’s Baudette location to Oak Island and Young’s Bay at the angle to the lodge.  We don’t have much snow, 0”-6” right now, so if you head out, be sure to watch for bare spots and ice chunks. The Lake of the Woods passengers Service will be running from Sportsman’s Lodge to Oak Island starting December 26.

Happy Holidays from the Sportsman’s Family to yours!

Fish On!

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Check out some fishing pics from recent guests on our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/sportsmanslodges/

Don’t forget to make your New Year’s Eve dinner reservations.
To reserve call: Sportsman’s Lodge 800-862-8602 or Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge 800-772-8411
http://sportsmanslodges.com/new-years-eve

If you are looking for lodging and ice fishing. Sportman’s Oak Island Lodge has a few openings left December 30th, 31st and 1st!
Give us a call 800-772-8411.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge opens up Thursday, December 26!

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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge opens up Thursday, December 26!
The fish houses are ready! Tim and Josh fished for a few hours yesterday afternoon and kept some nice fish for supper and caught a northern too. Gold, red and orange are hot colored jigs right now. Right now we have 10-16 inches of ice in the areas we travel. Apps, pizzas, and cocktails will be available starting at 11 am Thursday and the full dinner menu starting at 5 pm. We will start serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily starting Friday. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Road from Young’s Bay to the Resort
The main ice road from Young’s Bay to the island is not quite ready yet so we will be using an alternative route for now. Guests, please give us a call ahead of time to be led out.

Trail from Four Mile Bay/Sportsman’s Lodge
The lake trails are marked with black stakes from Four Mile Bay near Sportsman’s Baudette location to Oak Island and Young’s Bay at the angle to the lodge. We don’t have much snow, 0”-6” right now, so if you head out, be sure to watch for bare spots and ice chunks. The
Lake of the Woods passengers Service will be running from Sportsman’s Lodge to Oak Island starting December 26.  

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Sportsman’s Family to yours!