Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Fishing Report August 23, 2016

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Walleyes….
We have seen nice eater size walleye between 14”-18” caught lately in 20’-26’ jigging with minnows along points and reefs. The best presentation has been gold or orange 3/8 oz jigs tipped with a minnow. The reefs around Tug Channel, Skeet and French Portage have good fishing holes. Water temperature is 73 degrees.

Muskies…Pike…and Smallmouth Bass
Top water baits like cow girls, jerk baits and mud puppies have been working well. Weedy bays 7’-15’ with some rock structure has been best.

Best Equipment for walleyes?
The guides favor St Croix, Fenwick, Gloomis or 13 Fishing rods combos, medium fast action 6’-7’. They like a 10lb braid line, 3/8 ounce jig or 1-1.5 ounce sinker/spinner combination.

Fall is just around the corner
Fall foliage, hunting seasons, and excellent walleye, crappie fishing will soon be upon us too. Make your reservations now and fall into walleyes with our great fall rates!

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Walleyes and a Muskie!

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A good bite this week and a surprise! A group was down rigging with crankbaits this week in the mud targeting walleyes and reeled in to their surprise a 41 inch muskie! The northern islands are known for excellent muskie fishing but this was an unusual area to find this guy. What a fun experience!

41 inch Muskie caught by Mike Westerberg while targetting walleyes. Guided by Captain Mike

41 inch Muskie caught by Mike Westerberg while targetting walleyes. Guided by Captain Mike

 

Water temperature is starting to cool. We are down a few more degrees this week to 72 degrees. Trolling with crank baits in 11’-18’ in the mud and along the northern reefs has been good. Drifting with spinners or anchored and jigging tipped with a minnow or worm has been fair too in 24’-32’ of water. Go to spots have been outside Zippel Bay, Lighthouse Gap and Little Oak Island. Gold, orange and silver have been the hot colors. August & fall lodging and guided trips still available!

 

22.5 inch walleye caight by Josh Westerberg. Guided by Captain Mike

22.5 inch walleye caight by Josh Westerberg. Guided by Captain Mike

 

21 inch walleye caught by Mike Westerberg. Guided by Captain Mike

21 inch walleye caught by Mike Westerberg. Guided by Captain Mike

 

Welch Group Guided by Captain Mike

Welch Group Guided by Captain Mike

 

Rainy River
The fall river bite is only a few weeks away. Small mouth bass and a few sturgeons have been hitting lately. Walleyes and a stronger sturgeon bite are just around the corner. Sturgeon “keep” season is now open until Sept 30. We have guided outfitter trips available great for river fishing. Give us a call 800-862-8602.

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Fall is around the corner
We are roughly 4 weeks out from the legendary “Emerald Shiner Run” which normally occurs in late September on the Rainy River and Four Mile Bay. This event normally brings in thousands of walleyes to the Rainy River as they chase the shiners upstream. Get your reservations in now and take advantage of lodging starting at only $40 per person lodging. Up to 20% off summer lodging and charter fishing packages too! Good fishing, good food, guided outfitter trips, guided charter trips, dock slips, boat rental, indoor pool, hot tub and entertainment await you.

Minnesota Fall Hunting Seasons announced
Beltrami State Forest is just out our back door with over 67,000 acres of land along with one million acres of Lake of the Woods to explore. Come enjoy some great hunting for bear, small game, goose, grouse, waterfowl, whitetail deer, fox and much more. This is a hunter’s paradise.

Walleye Bite

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Deep reefs 25’-35’ and points have been working well. Successful anglers have been pulling gold and blue spinners or jigs on the outside and on top of the reefs. Water temperature is 76 degrees.

Muskies
Early morning and late in the evening have been the best times of day. Top water baits such as the mud puppy have been working well. Guides suggest mixing it up doing a steady-slow and fast/aggressive retrieves. Rocky structures and weedy bays are great spots to find that monster Muskie right now.

Fall is a great time for multi-species action
Walleye, Pike, Musky, Perch, Crappie and Bass all are native to our waters. Mid September once the water starts to cool we start to see the action really get fired up! Trips still available! Give us a call 800-772-8411 or book online here.

Muskies, Pike & Bass
The muskies and pike have been real active. Top water baits, buck tails in bays of 7’-15’ with a fast tapering bottom. Working point to point.

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Dog Days of Summer are producing a hot walleye bite!

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Northern reefs anywhere from 10’-14’ and 24’-28’ along with areas in the main basin 28’-32’ are hot! hot! hot! Trolling with crank baits has been showing the most action but bait fishing with a minnow and a worm is getting a few too. A mix of 14”-22” walleyes along with a few smaller and a few larger has been the average lately. Anglers have also been reeling in an occasional smallmouth bass, perch and northern pike too. Water temperature is currently 75 degrees. We are starting to see a few leaves change. It won’t be long and fall will be here.

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August trips still available & Fall specials start Sept 6

Live Band this weekend!
Dark Horse entertains this Friday, Aug 19 and Saturday Aug 20, 9pm-1am

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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Fishing Report August 10, 2016

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Structure & Mud
Areas with structure or mud have been hot spots this week. Little Oak Island and the southwest side of Falcon Island have been good in 25’-28’ and 17’-22’ of water using a 3/8 ounce gold, red or pink jig tipped with a minnow or leech. Water temperature is currently a warm 76 degrees.

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Muskies, Pike & Bass
The muskies and pike have been real active. Top water baits, buck tails in bays of 7’-15’ with a fast tapering bottom. Working point to point.

Warm Water Walleyes

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Lake of the Woods is at its peak temperature for the year right now. The temperature is between 74-78 degrees. Where is the best place to find the walleyes? Deep! Depths between 28-32 feet have been best. Anchored jigging and pulling spinners tipped with a leech or minnow has been producing some eyes and saugers but the most action has been using the controlled depth approach pulling crank baits. Red, gold, white and silver have been hot colors. Anglers are reporting several healthy sized walleyes and saugers. Some anglers have also been finding some nice perch, crappies and smallmouth bass fishing in the river using jigs and buck tails. Lots of fishing opportunities going on!

 Stefanich Group with Captain Ralph
 Stefanich Group with Captain Ralph
 Stefanich Group with Captain Ralph August 2016
 Stefanich Group with Captain Ralph. August 2016
 Logan and some nice perch!
 Logan and some nice perch!
 Crappies right off the dock
 Crappies right off the dock
 Bryan “Beef” Sathre found some nice smallies this week
 Bryan “Beef” Sathre found some nice smallies this week

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Fall Fishing is just around the corner
A few more weeks and we will start to see fall creep in. Fall fishing is phenomenal on Lake of the Woods, walleyes, saugers, sturgeon, bass, crappies, pike, perch and muskies abound. Boat rentals, dock slips and guided trips available through late October. Click here to learn more.

Hot Summer Walleye Fishing

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Anglers are reeling in some nice walleyes in 20’-30’ of water jigging on the reefs with a 3/8 ounce blue or gold jig tipped with a minnow or leech and using gold or blue spinners with a few ounce sinker tipped with a minnow or a worm on the edge of the reefs. Areas around the east and northern side of Falcon and Massacre Islands have been hot spots. The water temperature is 78 degrees.

 

Muskies & Pike
Top water spinners and jerk baits have been working the best in bays of 7’-15’ with a fast tapering bottom. Working point to point is a good method to find the sweet spot!

Fall Rates start September 15.
Great walleye, muskie, pike, crappie and bass fishing, incredible scenery and great rates! Click here for more information.

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August is a great month to bring kids!

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The weather is great, the fishing is great and no equipment is required. Any month is a good month to bring young anglers but August is one of the best. With a mix of bait fishing and trolling with crank bait methods working, anglers get a chance to have a pole in their hand and/or just reel in the fish using the trolling for crank baits method using down riggers. No equipment or experience is required. The charter holds up to 6 passengers plus the guide. It has an onboard restroom, fully equipped with poles, bait, tackle, assortment of water and pop, the guide will clean and deliver your fish to your room, box lunch or a shore lunch option available or bring your own. We will also fry up some of your fresh fish in the bar for free if you would like. For more information or a quote click here.

What a catch, Logan! 27 inch walleye! released

What a catch, Logan! 27 inch walleye! released

 

The Scoop
Fishing has been great! Anglers are reporting lots of nice walleyes between 16”-25”. Gold or pink spinners, 1-2 ounces of weight tipped with a leech or minnow has been working well for bait fishing in 24’-30’ outside of Zippel Bay. Trolling with crankbaits near Garden Island in 26’-32’ and in the northern reefs using white and silver has been good as well. The water temperature is currently a warm 77 degrees.

Don’t take it from me; hear the latest fishing report from these junior guides!


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Fishing Report NW Angle & Oak Island Lake of the Woods 7-29-2016

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Fishing Report NW Angle & Oak Island Lake of the Woods 7-29-2016

Good action this week.
For walleyes, Little Oak Island has been a hot spot lately 18″-23″water with chartreuse, blue or black jigs tipped with a minnow. Night crawlers on a good ol’ worm harness have also been the hot lure. Water temperature is 75 degrees.

Muskie and northern fishing is heating up!
This week reports five 38-42″ northerns and eight 45″-52″ muskies have been lured to the surface by a group. Top water crank baits and spinners have all been working casting in a weedy bed. Don’t delay book your trip now before the summer passes you by 800-772- 8411.

Fall rates start September 15