Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Fishing Report September 21, 2016

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Large schools of fish
A sure sign of fall is when we start to see fish start group together in large schools. That has certainly been the case this week.  Walleyes are biting using jigs and shiners and spinners and night crawlers in 18’-24’ of water around Deepwater Bay, Massacre Island, south shore of Oak Island and Little Oak Island. Water temperature is 63 degrees.

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One of the 60 fish caught by this group, Saturday and Sunday. 24.75 inch walleye caught and released by Jenny Johnson, east Grand Forks, MN

 

Pike
Pike have been found along weed and reed lines and along shorelines. Areas with submerged trees are especially good spots to try.  Throwing spinnerbaits with a worm or twister tail on the end has worked well.

Bass
Smallmouth Bass are starting to move deeper.  Best approach has been starting at 10’-12’ and work to deeper water off reefs and points using a spinnerbait or a jig and a minnow.

Muskies
Top water baits and large crankbaits around rocks is where anglers are finding the muskies.

Crappies
A few more crappies have been found this week using a small 1/4 ounce jig or smaller tipped with a minnow in areas with structure. The cooler it gets the better the fishing will be!

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We Have Shiners!

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We are starting to see some shiners in the river! The leaves are changing and the walleyes, saugers, sturgeon, pike and bass are biting.  The water temperature has held steady this week at 64 degrees but based on this week’s forecast it looks like it is going to start dipping again.  Fall fishing is here!

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Where, What, How

Walleyes - The best fishing this week has been jigging using shiners outside of Pine Island 7-9 miles out  in 22’-26’ feet of water as well as outside of Graceton Beach and Zippel Bay areas. Gold and pink ¼-1/2  ounce jigs have been working best.

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Nice walleye! Guided by Captain Travis M

 

Sturgeon- The sturgeon bite has really picked up in the deep holes of the river and bays where there is current. A 4/0 hook, 2 ounce no roll sinker and a gob of minnows works well. Some anglers also swear by adding a minnow or two.

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Art Kaunonen from Braham, MN 57 inch sturgeon released. Guided by Captain Mike

 

Pike & Smallmouth Bass- Give a jerk bait a try when fishing for pike in the fall in cabbage weeds adjacent to rock structure.  Pike often hang out on the fringe of cabbage weeds.  Bass are starting to move deeper. Best approach has been starting at 10’-12’ and work to deeper water off reefs and points using a spinnerbait or a jig and a minnow.

Winter Forecast
According to the 2017 Farmer’s Almanac winter 2016-2017 predictions for our area and areas from North Dakota to Maine will have below normal temps.  Ice fishing season is 75 days away.  Now is the best time to make your reservations to get your pick on dates. Click here to check availability now.

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Cooling off!

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Cooling off!
A good walleye bite has been found in 18’-24’ jigging with gold or orange jigs tipped with a chub or shiner minnow.  On top of reefs has been good and areas in Deep Water Bay, south side of Oak Island and Little Oak Island. Water temperature is currently 65 degrees.

Muskies, Pike, Bass
More fish are showing around rocks than weeds this week.  Throwing top water baits and large crankbaits of shiny colors have been working well.

Crappies
A few crappies are being found, the cooler the water gets the better it will get.  Using a small 1/4 ounce jig or smaller tipped with a minnow works well in areas with structure.

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Cooling Off and Catching Fish

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Temperature dipped down to 37 degrees here this morning. Fall is here! Water temperature has dipped 5 degrees this week down to 64. We expect to start seeing some shiners show up in the river within the next week. Once the shiners start to run the walleyes are soon to follow and it makes for some great fall fishing on the Rainy River! Fall soft water fishing is typically really good right until freeze up.

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Good fishing this week!
Check out some of the pics from Captain Travis Madrazo this week! Guided charter (27’ boat holds up to 6 passengers plus guide) and guided outfitter trip (18’-20’ boat holds up to 4 passengers plus guide) are still available through late October. We have some great fall deals going on too! A mix of bait fishing using gold jigs and shiners and trolling with crank baits has been the best approach this week although the guides are starting to remove the downriggers and turning over to only bait fishing. Nice walleyes are being found along shore lines and on the reefs in varying depths along Pine Island, Long Point and Bridges.

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Sturgeon, Bass & Pike
The sturgeon bite has been really picking up this week in the Rainy River and Four Mile bay. A gob of worms on a 4/0 or 5/0 hook and 2 oz. no roll sinker works best. Deep holes in the river where current is found are hot spots for sturgeon. Throwing top water baits for smallmouth bass and northern pike in the bays has been the best approach to lure in these fish. We have a rental boat and guided trips available now through late October.

Ice fishing season is 82 days away!
We offer no equipment required, hassle free ice fishing trips.
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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Fishing Report September 9, 2016

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Fall Fishing has begun!
Anglers are finding some nice walleyes in 20’-25’ pulling gold spinners along the edges of points or on top of reefs this week tipped with a minnow or worm. Areas around the east side of Falcon Island have been good.  Water temperature is currently 68 degrees.

Muskies, Pike, Bass
These fish are starting to move to the rocks but you can still find them in the weeds.  So be sure to check out both of these spots right now.  Throwing top water baits has been the ticket.

Crappies
Fall is one of the best times of the year to reel in these sweet flavored fish on Lake of the Woods. Once the water starts to dip in the next few weeks, we should start to see more of these fish bite.  Using a small 1/4 ounce jig or smaller tipped with a minnow works well in areas with structure.

Not sure where to go?
Take a guide! Sit back relax and reel in the fish.  For more information about our guided trips click here.

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Fall is here!

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The fish are biting, the weather is beautiful, the leaves are changing and the fall specials are hot!
Now is the time to get to the lake! Check out the forecast and a few of the pictures from the week. If you have a picture from a recent stay please share them with us!

Trolling with crank baits has been the most successful approach this week to reel in some walleyes but bait fishing with a gold jig or spinner tipped with a worm has produced some nice fish as well. Depths on the reefs around Garden Island and Bridges in 12’-16’ and 25’-30’ or in the mud outside of Pine Island and Zippel Bay in 25’-30’ have been best. The water is at 69 degrees this morning. The famous aggressive Rainy River fall bite is just a few weeks away! Get your reservations in!

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Syngenta Seeds group reeled in some nice fish this week with Captain Baihly

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A double! Great way to kick off fall fishing! 28.75 inch walleye caught by Marcus Mara from Worthington MN and 24.5 inch walleye caught by Mary Collins from Minneapolis MN. Guided by Captain Mike Marquardt.

 

Sturgeon, Pike, Smallmouth Bass
Fall is a great time to reel in these species. Anglers are starting to see the bite pick up in the river and bays. For sturgeon a 4/0 or 5/0 hook, 2 oz. no roll sinker and a gob of minnows is the best approach. Anchored in or near a hole in the river bed or channel is a good spot to find them. To lure in the bass and pike, throwing out top water baits in weedy bays with some rock structure is good approach. There are hundreds of spots along the Rainy River and bays along the south shore to fish these fish. Not sure how to do it or don’t have the equipment? No problem! We have guided trips available via our 18’and 20’ boats, great for groups up to 4 plus the guide. For more information about guided trips click here.

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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Fishing Report August 31, 2016

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Here Fishy Fishy
Walleyes are biting in 18’-26’ and 11’-14’ around Little Oak and north side of Falcon Island. Jigging with red/white or gold 3/8 ounce jig tipped with a minnow or spinner and 1 ounce sinker tipped with a worm has been the best approach.  Water temperature is starting to cool. Today we are sitting at 70 degrees.

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Muskies….Crappies….Pike…Bass
Casting top water baits for muskies, pike and bass has been working well.  Working point to point in weedy bays with some rock structure is working well. We are starting to see the crappies bite around and on structure in varying depths. Jigging ¼-3/8 oz. jigs tipped with a minnow.

 

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Fall is a great time for fishing!
Check out our fall specials here.

Walleyes Are Biting!

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Lake of the Woods continues to have a great summer season. Walleyes are biting from Long Point to Zippel Bay in 29-32 feet of water. Anchored and jigging with worms or trolling with crank baits have been working well. Hot tackle colors have been silver, white, red and orange.  Around Pine Island in 25-30 feet of water is another hot spot. For those anglers heading to the north end of the lake, Garden Island and Little Oak are still producing nice limits of fish. The current water temperature is down a few more degrees from last week at 71.  The forecast looks great so now’s the perfect time to visit.

49 inch sturgeon caught by Larry Deacon. Guided by Travis M

49 inch sturgeon caught by Larry Deacon. Guided by Travis M

28 inch walleye caught by Molli Burns and guided by Captain Matt

28 inch walleye caught by Molli Burns and guided by Captain Matt

 

 

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Openings still available for this weekend!
If you are looking for a place to relax this weekend, give us a call! Lodging, Camping, Guided Fishing Trips and dock rental available. book@slodges.com or call 800-862-8602

Sturgeon & Bass
The sturgeon are starting to bite. Holes in the river bottom anchored using a 5/0 size hook, 1-2 ounce no roll sinker and a gob of minnows has been working good for sturgeon. The bite should only get stronger as the water starts to cool. Keep one season runs until Sept 30 and Oct 1-April 23 is catch and release season. Guided trips available! The smallmouth bass bite has been good around shallow rocks casting spoons in the river and around reefs.

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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

 

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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.