Cold weather is headed in our direction! Woohoo!


It looks like we should start to make some decent ice starting next week!  Bring it on!  A good week of cold temperatures and light wind is what we need! A lot can happen in a week.  Get your fishing buddies together and make your plans, ice fishing season is coming soon!

Ice fishing season runs longer on Lake of the Woods than most lakes in Minnesota.  It starts in December and we have to pull our houses off by March 31.  Openings available, give us a call Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River/Baudette 800-862-8602, Sportsman’s Sleepers 218-634-1589 and Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge/Eagle Ridge 800-772-8411 or email us by clicking here.


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Sportsman’s Lodges Report


Ice is Forming in the Bays!
Cool temperatures have moved into our region this week with lows in the teens. The water temperature has taken a dive and we have taken the first step in making ice for the season.  The forecast is calling for lows in the 20’s this week. We will be hoping for it to only continue to cool down more next week and really kick off the freezing.  History tells us it only takes a few weeks to make a good base of ice once Mother Nature decides to cool off.  Stay tuned to our reports. We are excited to get the season off to a start but safety first! We will start pulling houses out once we have 8 inches of good ice.

Young's Bay at the NW Angle

Young’s Bay at the NW Angle

Baudette Bay

Baudette Bay

Our front desk will be closed on Thanksgiving but we will open back up Friday morning.  Give us a call to make your winter reservation at 800-862-8602 or email us anytime!  Many dates are starting to fill up! Happy Thanksgiving from the Sportsman’s family to your family!


25% off Ice Fishing Special at Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River location!
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Dipping below freezing


Let’s cool things down and make some ice!  The forecast is looking more promising. History has told us it doesn’t take long for the weather to change and for ice to build.  Stay tuned to reports here and on our Facebook page and gets your reservations now for the best selection of dates.  Many weekends are filling up fast!


No Equipment Required!
Ready to go ice fishing but don’t have the equipment? No problem! We supply the fish house warm and ready with your holes drilled. Jig sticks, assortment of jigs and bait is waiting for you. Hungry for lunch? We can deliver that too and clean your fish. So what are you waiting for? Give us a call to book your winter ice fishing trip today 800-862-8602 or contact us online.


Who wants a free ice fishing trip? Click here to enter  our contest now for a chance to win a day of ice fishing for you and 3 friends! Contest ends soon!

Walleyes are biting and the weather if finally starting to cool again. We are ready to freeze up the lake!


A strong walleye bite in the river has been going on this week. A jig and a shiner minnow around Wheeler’s Point, front of the lodge, Baudette Airport and Clementson have all produced nice walleyes. If you still have the itch and a boat to throw in, come on up! Lodging is available starting at only $40* per person per night! *plus tax and based on double occupancy

Check out this picture and this fun video from a recent catch a young angler got this week. So much fun!


Nice fall walleye! 26 inch caught and released by Marc Jaffe

Ice Fishing will be here before we know it!
A good 10 days of lows in the single digits is all we need to make 8-10 inches of ice and start our season. We are looking forward to ice fishing season 2016-2017 to kick off in early December. Now is the time to get your reservations in! Click here

Looking for a gift idea or place to hold your holiday party?
Gift cards available and we have lots of options for your holiday get together. Try something different this year like a day of ice fishing, a weekend getaway or a cocktail party at Sportsman’s Lodge. Click here to learn more about all of our holiday options and here to purchase gift cards online.

Few Weeks Left of Soft Water Fishing


Walleyes, pike and sturgeon bite is hot. Guided trips, boat slips and lodging available for one last blast.
Water temperature has dipped to 46 degrees and we are setting the stage for the big freeze!  Fishing has been great. Walleye action in the Rainy River in varying depths 12’-26’ using a 3/8-1 oz. orange, pink or glow in the dark jig and a shiner minnow is good. Many points have been good, Wheeler’s Point, Anchor Bay and Clementson.  Just outside the gaps and bays Lighthouse Gap, Morris Point and Zippel Bay in 14’-18’ using the same tackle and bait has been very good too.  The sturgeon bite is on fire. Deep pockets of the river using 4/0 hook, 1-2 oz. no roll sinker and a gob of worms is the ticket.  The pike has been hitting on dead bait in the bays.


All the way from Madrid Spain to Lake of the Woods to catch his first walleye! Nice catch Luis




Ice fishing season is only 35 days away!
Check out our full service trips and 25% off special. Now is the best time to make your winter reservations. Planning a holiday party this year? We have lots of options!
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The shiners keep coming


The bite is on! Shiners keep moving in the river and the walleyes are following.  Water temperature is down 6 more degrees this week sitting at 47 degrees now.  Vertical jigging 3/8 oz-1oz gold, glow in the dark and bright colored jigs tipped with a shiner is working well.  Areas outside of Pine Island, Four Mile Bay, and many points in the Rainy River from Wheeler’s Point to Clementson have been good.  Once you find the school of walleyes, it’s game on!  Morning and evening has been the best time. We have guided trips available in our 18’-20’ outfitter boats for a few more weeks, great for a group up to 4 people and charters available for groups up to 6 per boat through the weekend. Dock slips and boat rentals available too.


Check out some of the latest catches and the shiners!



28.5 inch walleye Berdan Group Guided by Travis Madrazo


Guide Travis Madrazo 27.75 inch walleye released


Shiners in the Rainy River. Picture courtesy of Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau


Fall Walleye

Sturgeon & Pike are popping too!
The fall transition has got the fish moving and aggressive.  Pike are in good supply in the river and bays in cabbage weeds adjacent to rock structure. Jerk, spinner baits or dead bait out in 10’-12’ and working deeper have been the best approach.  Lake sturgeon are roaming in the deep pockets of the river and bays where there is current. A 4/0 hook, 2 oz. no roll sinker and a gob of worms topped off with a minnow or two is working well. Right now lake sturgeon is catch and release through April 23. Pike limit is 3.  Only 1 over 40″; all northern pike from 30″ through 40″ must be immediately released.

Ice Fishing Season is soon here. Do you have your reservations in?
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The bite is on in the Rainy River!


The best action for nice 15+ inch walleye is around Wheeler’s Point, Wabanica Church, and Clementson as well as areas on the lake just outside Pine Island and around the Morris Point Washout area. Water temperature is 51 degrees. The best depth is approximately 13-18 feet, but fish are being caught anywhere from 12 – 24 feet of water. Jigging with a 1 oz. jig tipped with a shiner minnow using colors gold, pink, white and glow in the dark. Guides available!


Pike a plenty!
Check out these whoppers caught by a group this week guided by Captain Travis Madrazo. Crankbait and large dead bait is working well.


Aggressive Sturgeon action
24 Sturgeon in two days including a double, 41 inch and 55 inch! That was the report from a group that was here and fished with Captain Travis Madrazo this week. Deep pockets in the river are holding the sturgeon. (This group also caught 42 walleyes and 26 northerns!   ) Fall fishing is hot! Book your guided fall trip today! 800-862-8602

Dock Cam
Our dock cam is back up and working! Check it out!

Winter Specials
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Openings available this weekend! Kids 17 and under stay free!
Kids 17 and under stay free with 2 adults in lodge rooms. Indoor pool, live entertainment, restaurant, game room and incredible fishing! Escape to the lake! 800-862-8602


Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Fishing Report October 12, 2016


Reeling in fish
The bite in the islands this week has been great! Lots of nice walleyes, saugers, crappies, pike, bass and muskies have been reeled in.  Jigging with a minnow in 10’-15’ and 22’-26’ has been good for walleyes and saugers around shore lines.  Soldier’s Point and McPherson Island have been notable hot spots.  Crappies have been found in 24’-30’ using smaller jigs with a minnow in areas with structure but we have also seen plenty caught were the walleyes are targeted too.  Bass, pike and muskie fishing has been best trolling using spinner or jerk baits around points and areas with current.  Casting around rocks has been successful too.


Few days left
Just a few more days left of our fall season. Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge and Eagle Ridge’s season is winding down. The last day for lodging reservations is Saturday, Oct 15 and the restaurant and bar’s last day will be Oct 16. Thanks for another great season!  We are taking reservations for winter and next summer. We look forward to starting our winter season mid-December. Book your stay today for an ice fishing adventure!  Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River location remains open year round so if you are looking for a great place to visit after this weekend and get into more fall fishing action, give them a call 800-862-8602 or click here.


Here they come! River fishing is heating up!


We have seen a real big change this week in the movement of the walleye schools.  We are seeing more walleyes in shallower, in Four Mile Bay, Lighthouse Gap and the Rainy River.  The shiners are pushing through and the walleyes are chasing!  Anglers have found a really hot bite this past week in 16’-24’ using bright colored 3/8 oz-1/2 oz. jigs tipped with a shiner minnow.   Many boats reported a very aggressive bite and anglers have been enjoying hours of catch and release action or a limit in just a few hours. The water temperature has dropped 7 degrees this week, currently at 53 degrees.




One of the nice fall walleyes caught recently. 23 inch walleye caught and released by Joy

One of the nice fall walleyes caught recently. 23 inch walleye caught and released by Joy


More than just walleyes
A good northern pike, smallmouth bass, lake sturgeon and perch bite have also been a hot topic this week.  Pike and bass are in good supply in the river and bays in cabbage weeds adjacent to rock structure. Jerk or spinner baits or a jig and a minnow starting out in 10’-12’ and working deeper have been the best approach.  Lake sturgeon are roaming in the deep pockets of the river and bays where there is current. A 4/0 hook, 2 oz. no roll sinker and a gob of worms topped off with a minnow or two is working well. Right now lake sturgeon is catch and release through April 23.  Mixed into where the walleyes have been found, a large amount of sweet jumbo perch have as well. Lots of fishing action! We have lodging and docking available through freeze up and guided trips and boat rentals available through October.


Crappies! A few of our guides went out the other day and brought in a nice bunch!


Halloween Party is Oct 29!
Throw your costume in the tackle box and join us for our annual Halloween party 7pm-1am. $200 Cash prize for best costume, free witch’s brew 7pm-8pm, $3 shots, $2 can beer, entertainment and much more! Lodging specials starting at $45 per person per night! Click here
*plus tax and based on double occupancy

Ice fishing season is less than 2 months away!
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