We hope you are all healthy and making the best of the circumstances we all are dealing with during this time. We wanted to take a minute to say hello from the Northland and update you on a few changes that have come up.
This morning, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met via teleconference with the Koochiching County Commissioners. The Koochiching County Board voted unanimously to close the Kooch County owned Rainy River accesses which include the Upper Sioux landing, Frontier landing, Nelson Park landing and Vidas landing with concerns about a large number of anglers coming into the area in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision will be reviewed on April 14th at their next board meeting.
In addition, the Lake of the Woods County Board voted to close all county controlled right away landing that provides access to the Rainy River until further notice. This will be reviewed weekly.
Last night, the Baudette City Council voted to close the two river accesses in Baudette, Peace Park, and Timber Mill Park, until further notice. Basically what this means is all public accesses between Baudette and International Falls are closed at this time. We are hopeful with all efforts being made across the country this will change by soon and we can get back to fishing. We will update you on April 14th or if anything changes prior. If you have a reservation this affects, please contact our front desk staff at 800-862-8602. Our office is currently open from 8am to 4pm 7 days a week.
We appreciate your business over the years and look forward to seeing everyone soon!
Dear Valued Guests,
Thank you for a great winter season. We enjoyed so many good times and good fishing.
Due to the times, we have decided Sunday, March 22 will be our last day of ice fishing and after breakfast,
Monday, March 23 our kitchen will be closed. We will update you as soon as things change.
Cool temps! 20 days of ice fishing left, you still have time!
A decent bite this week. Catching a variety of walleyes, saugers, and few eelpouts. Anglers trying some different things if the bite isn’t hot for them are getting the best results like different lures, jigging speed, dead sticking, on bottom vs a few inches off the bottom, minnow head vs full minnow and using electronics like a Vexilar. The bite continues to be in 29’-34’ out about 45-55 minute ride from the lodge. Hot jigs have been 1/4 oz gold, pink or chartreuse or a plain hook tipped with a minnow. Come have some fun!
If the weather starts to warm up we will be moving our houses to stay away from the slush and to allow a longer season with safe ice. With the bombardiers and groomed trails, we have many areas to fish. Check out the pictures of the week and make plans to come wet a line.
This week depths in 22’-27’ around structure using plain hooks, gold jigs s and small spoons tipped with a minnow has been the best approach for catching walleyes and saugers. An occasional perch, tullibee, perch, pike, and eelpout too. A mix of vertical jigging and dead sticking has been the best approach and electronics help! We have 30-32 inches of ice.
Trails The trails are open. Click the links for the latest reports.
Walleyes, saugers, and a few perch, pike, eelpout and tullibee have been caught this week. Walleyes and saugers predominately but it’s March, which means a greater chance to catch a variety of species. The best bite continues to be 29’-34’ using a combination of dead sticking and jigging. Hot tackle has been plain hooks and jigs/small spoons colored green glo and pink tipped with a minnow.
We are still out about a 45-55 minute ride to the fish houses and have over 3’ of ice. The ice is in good shape and no slush. When the weather starts to warm up we will be moving our houses to stay away from the slush and to allow a longer season with safe ice. With the bombardiers and groomed trails, we have many areas fish. Check out the pictures of the week and make plans to come wet a line.
Glow in the dark is hot! Jigging glow in the dark jigs and small spoons have been hot this week tipped with a minnow. A mix of walleye, saugers, and a few perch and pike are being caught in 22’-30’ of water around structure. We have 30-32 inches of ice and plan to keep fishing through the 22nd here in the islands at this point.
Trails The trails are open. Click the links for the latest reports.
The best bite this week continues to be 29’-34’. A notable more aggressive noon – 2 pm bite has been going on the last few days. A mix of 3/4 sauger, 1/4 walleye, and a few tullibee.Stop sign lures or jigs with glitter, pink/gold or chartreuse/white tipped a minnow has been working. For the best catch rate, a little work can go a long way. It doesn’t hurt to switch up tackle, try one-rod dead sticking and jigging the other, use electronics and test right on bottom vs a few inches off the bottom to grab the attention of the fish as they are swimming by.Ice Conditions and Rally Weekend
We have over 3’ of ice and the snowmobile trails are in good shape. Trails are freshly groomed. The Annual Northwest Angle Edge Riders snowmobile rally is planned for this weekend hosted at our sister resort, Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge on Oak Island at the Northwest Angle 40 miles north of Baudette. This event is always a great time! For more information about the event, click here.Visit us in March for a fun getaway. Click here to learn more
20’-27’ on reefs and edges of reefs using pink, gold, red and white jigs tipped with a minnow has been working well. Anglers have been reeling in a nice bag of walleyes and saugers for supper along with an occasional trophy. We have 30 – 32 inches of ice where we fish and travel. Last chance openings available March 1-4, 15-22 and one 3 bedroom cabin 8-22.
Days are getting longer! Ice fish with us through March. It is a beautiful sunny day today, a nice time to be out on the lake. Unlike many lakes in Minnesota, Lake of the Woods is considered a US/Canada border water lake so our walleye season extends through April 14 and our houses can be out longer. We ice fish through March 31.
This week we have found the best fishing to be in 29’-34’ of water. Anglers have been catching a mix of walleyes and saugers along with a few jumbo perch. We have over 3’ of ice right now where we fish and travel. White, pink and gold jigs have been hot tipped with a minnow using the deadsticking and jigging techniques. Electronics help too!
A what? A muskie!
You just never know what might nibble at your line. One of our guests was fishing for walleye when a 53” muskie took a chomp on his bait! What a surprise that was! In the winter, muskie season is closed and we do not target them but sometimes the fish don’t realize that. This guy got hungry. This huge fish was released and another great fishing story was made.
The best walleye/sauger bite has been in 20’-25’ right now in the current using Buckshots, Glo Shot spoons, purple, gold and pink jigs tipped with a minnow. A mix of vertical jigging and dead sticking has been the best approach. We have 30”-32” of ice now in the areas we fish and travel. We should be good to go through March 22 here in the islands for some goooood ice fishing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ice road is open to vehicles from Young’s Bay to Oak Island. Conditions are good.
We have over 2’ of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now.
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.