Lake of the Woods South Shore & Oak Island Fishing Report – 7/10/19


Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report

Match the Hatch!

The mayflies hatched a few weeks ago but we are starting to see less and less now. The hatch seemed more abundant on the north side of the lake than around by us. Pro tip of the Week – Match the Hatch! Change up your tackle colors to match the color of the fly, gold and orange.

The guides have been splitting their time this past week between jigging and drifting with spinners. Jigging with with a frozen shiner or leech has been bringing in the slot fish in the mud at 29’-34’ range. Drifting with gold/pink/orange spinners tipped with crawlers has produced nice eating size fish in the 12’-16’ range in the sand or on the sand bars.

Water surface temp is hanging around the 74 degrees mark. If you haven’t had a chance to get out fishing yet this summer, give us a call 800-862-8602. Fishing has been great and trips are still available!

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

 Great Fishing ~ Walleyes
Over the holiday week we had incredible weather and an excellent bite. We saw lots of families out fishing and enjoying the lake. A slow troll jigging using gold, orange and green jigs tipped with a chub or shiner along rock reefs in 17’-25’ has been good as well as drifting with spinners the same colors as the jigs tipped with a night crawler along and on top of rock reefs has produced some nice walleyes. Water temperature is hovering in the mid 70’s now.

Muskies & Pike
Shallow weedy bays have been best although we do notice they are on the move to the points.  Rock piles and cabbage have been good spots. Casting buck tails and jerk baits has been working best during the day and top water baits in the evening.

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Lake of the Woods South Shore & Oak Island Fishing Report – 7/3/19


Sportsman’s Lodge South End Fishing Report

Hot, Hot, Hot!

The water surface temp took a big jump up to 74 degrees this week. Fishing is still hot in the deep mud 30’-34’with gold/orange or gold/chartreuse jigs tipped with a fathead or frozen shiner. Guests are reporting quite a bit of slot fish with the keeper fish in the 15 to 18 inch range. Pro tip of the week – Put your jig in the mud!

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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Water is Warming Up
The best approach has been using 3/8 oz. gold jigs tipped with a minnow or gold and pink spinners and a few ounce sinker tipped with a night crawler or leech in 20’-30’ of water on the reefs.  Anglers are also find a few pulling crankbaits in shallow bays as well. The current water temperature has increased to the lower 70’s now. More warm weather in the forecast.

Muskies & Northern Pike
Shallow weedy bays using small baits are working well using a slow retrieval method.

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Lake of the Woods South Shore & Oak Island Fishing Report – 6/25/19


Sportsman’s Lodge South End Fishing Report

Changing Bait Is The Key!

Our guides are still having success jigging in the mud, about 30-34 feet of water. The key has been changing up the bait. Walleyes have been biting on orange/gold, purple, pink/white/gold rattle jigs tipped with either a leech or a frozen shiner. If one isn’t working, try the other. It can make a difference!  The water temp has warmed up to about 64 degrees and many slot fish are being caught. Pro tip of the week – Fish are staying tight to the bottom so raise your jig up about a foot.

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Oak Island Fishing Report

Moving Deeper
The fish have been on the move to deeper water this week. 24’-28’ has been best on the edge of the rock reefs. A 3/8 oz orange or gold jig tipped with a minnow or gold spinner, 1-2 ounce sinker and a crawler have been hot tickets for a walleye and sager bite. Water temperature is ticking up. Sitting around 64-66 degrees right now. Warm week ahead and 4th of July is just around the corner. We have openings, give us a call and come have some fun. 800-772-8411

Pike, Muskie, Bass
Pike and Bass have been found in shallow rocky bays in 7’-15’, crankbaits working well.  Muskies have been hitting on large plugs and buck tails in shallow bays. Come get into the multi-species action.

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Lake of the Woods South Shore & Oak Island Fishing Report – 6/19/19


Sportsman’s Lodge 
Lake of the Woods South End Fishing Report

Set The Hook!

Changing it up a bit has been the key to success this past week.  The water temp is hovering about 60 degrees and the guides have been switching between jigging with frozen shiners and drifting with spinners, using leaches or night crawlers as bait.  Hot colors have been hammered gold spinners and gold/orange jigs.  Many guests have reported catching slot fish in 26 – 33 feet of water.  Pro tip of the week – Make a good hook set!

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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge 
Northwest Angle & Oak Island Fishing Report

Lots of nice fish
Crawlers and minnows have been working this week. An orange or gold 3/8 oz jig tipped with a minnow or a gold spinner with a crawler in 18′-22′ on sandbars and coarse rock bottoms is bringing in some nice walleyes and saugers. Weather for the week is looking good in the 70’s and mainly light wind. Water temp is slowly increasing. Sitting in the low 60’s right now. This week should really warm it up.

Muskie season has begun. Tom one of our cooks has already reeled in a some nice 39″+.  Check out the picture in video above.

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Lake of the Woods South Shore & Oak Island Fishing Report – 6/13/19


Lake of the Woods South Shore Fishing & Outdoor Report
Sportsman’s Lodge


Warm Weather, Hot Fishing!

The nice temps this past week sure helped coax the walleyes to bite!  Our guides have been alternating between jigging with frozen shiners and drifting with spinners tipped with night crawlers.  Many 15”-16” walleyes have been found in 23’ of water were the water temp is hovering around 61 degrees.  Guide Dan reminds guests this week to wine and dine the fish (let them nibble and then set the hook)!  Pro tip of the week – Be sure to dress for the weather!

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NW Angle & Oak Island Lake of the Woods Fishing & Outdoor Report

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
Oak Island, MN


Great Bite Continues!
The walleyes have been hungry. The best spots have been 16’-25’ using a jig and a minnow or drifting with spinners and a crawler. Sand and rocky points have been the best spots.  Water temperature is about 60 degrees.

Bass & Pike
Some good smallmouth bass and pike fishing have been had by anglers as well this week. They have found the best results casting with spinner baits in shallow less than 15’

Muskie Fishing opens this weekend
Ontario and Minnesota opens Saturday!  We have thousands of bays to explore and hunt for this fighter. The guides are getting excited to start the hunt, give us a call and book in your trip, mid July thru October is the best time of the year!

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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report

Lake of the Woods South Shore & Rainy River Fishing Report


It’s Heating Up!
Fishing has been crazy this past week! As the air and water temperature warms up, the walleyes have started moving out to 26-28 feet water. Water temps are ranging from 56 to 62 degrees and the forecast looks great this week! Our guides have been successful in the rocks, mud, and sand using 3/8 oz. jigs. The walleyes have been biting on gold jigs tipped with a shiner. Many guests are catching fish that are 17” to 19” along with many walleyes 27” or bigger! Pro tip of the week – make sure you are setting your hook, practice makes perfect! Guided trips available, come have some fun this summer.

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Lake of the Woods Oak Island & the Northwest Angle Fishing Report
Great Walleye Bite
Depths 18’-20’ in the mud jigging a jig and minnow has been hot. Gold and orange have been good jig colors. Captain Steve and his crew boated over 100 fish along with some nice slot fish this week. Lots of sun in the forecast. Water temp currently 57 degrees.
Nice Pike
Casting out flashy spoons and shad raps have been the hot ticket 6’-20’.Smallmouth Bass
Anglers are having the most success finding the bass casting using mallet spinners and shad raps deep 20’-30’.Muskie season opens June 15.

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Lake of the Woods South Shore & Rainy River Fishing Report 5/30/2019


Cool Last Weekend but Warmer Weather is here!
Another cool weekend over the Memorial holiday but it was hot fishing! Fish are moving out into the deeper water (25-26 feet was great) as the water temp has warmed up to 53 degrees. Most anglers found success using frozen shiners with a variety of jig colors, including pink/gold, orange/gold and even blue/white/pink. A variety of walleye sizes were caught this past week again with many fish between 15” to 17” and 25” to 28”. Pro tip of the week – when you are in the mud, make sure you find the bottom and raise your jig up about a foot. The weather forecast looks fantastic for this week – perfect for a day on the lake!

Lake of the Woods Oak Island & the Northwest Angle
Fishing Report

It was a cool weekend
It was a cool weekend but it looks like the forecast is finally looking warmer this week. The cool weather sure hasn’t kept the walleyes from biting. It has been an active bite and deeper than normal. 22′-26′ along rocky points and in the sand were good this week using a jig and a minnow. Water temp is 51 degrees. Anchored or a slow troll has been working the best. Lots of nice walleyes biting at the hooks. Pike and bass anglers have also had good luck. casting shad raps in shallow weed beds is the best approach.

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Rainy River & Oak Island Fishing Report – 5/21/19


Sportsman’s Lodge South End Fishing Report

What a Weekend!

The weather was a bit cool and breezy this past weekend but the anglers sure enjoyed the great fishing!

Guides found that the fish were active in a large depth range, from 18’ to 28’ of water, fishing in rocks, mud and sand with success.  It proved to be no problem to catch a limit and the big walleyes were hungry too using a chartreuse/gold or pink/gold jig with a shiner or chub.  The average water temp is 49 degrees in the river and 46 degrees up north by Garden Island right now.  Moving your rod to get some nice jig action is the key to success.  Pro tip from one of our guests – make sure you get your jig and minnow in the water before you catch a bird!  (It does happen.)

Check out some of the pictures of the week!

Meyers Group enjoyed an incredible Sportsman’s Adventure!
What a trip!  5 Nights, 4 Days of Incredible Fishing and 2 Sportsman’s locations, made for an absolutely epic adventure!  The 4 person group reeled in and released well over 400 walleyes including over 50 19.5”-29” walleyes with Captain Baihly Hontvet this past week all while enjoying beautiful Lake of the Woods scenery and wildlife.   The weather and the walleye bite aligned making this an awesome adventure for this crew.  Of course not every experience is quite as epic like this, some nice limits, throwbacks and a few 19”+ is a pretty common and great experience,  fishing is fishing, but another reminder when you hit it just right, it can be absolutely amazing.  Lake of the Wood’s, one awesome fishery.

Meyers Group enjoyed an incredible Sportsman’s Adventure!

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Oak Island Fishing Report

Weather and fishing is heating up!
The water is warming up and the bite is getting more active by the day.  A limit of walleyes and plenty of throw backs in a day has not been hard to come by.  18’-20’ along shorelines and points have been producing some good fishing using gold, pink or glow in the dark jig with a minnow. Current water temp is in the mid to upper 40’s.  The Minnesota and Ontario side are now both open for walleye season.  Pike, bass, crappie and perch season are also open and Muskie season opens mid-June. We have openings now through October for the summer season. Come have some fun!

More from the Meyers Group

Rainy River & Oak Island Fishing Report – 5/15/19


Sportsman’s Lodge

Walleye Opener was a success!  
Saturday brought a nice high temperature of 67 degrees.  While it was a little breezy, that did not stop the fish from biting!  Patience was the key to the fish this weekend. Anglers did well in a range of depths between 15-23ft of water, favoring the deeper depths and mostly in the mud.  There were many fish caught between 21” – 30” with a good amount of eating fish that were 14” – 19”. The walleyes loved gold/white and pink/gold rattle jigs tipped with fatheads, rainbows and shiners.  Water temps still hanging around the mid 40’s.

Check out some of our pictures from this weekend and come have some fun!


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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Opening Week Success!
Check out this double caught by Father and Son, Bill and Ryan Winter!

A jig and a minnow along shoreline and up to 22’ feet of water has been hot.  Gold, red and pink have been hot colors. More bays are now open for pike and bass fishing and the Ontario side of the lake opens for walleye season on Saturday.  Come wet a line, the walleyes are waiting! Ask about our May specials.

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Sportsman’s Lodge hosts 13th Annual Sturgeon Tournament


Baudette, MN – The Sportsman’s Lodge Annual Sturgeon Tournament had a full field of 60 boats and 179 anglers that battled it out over two days on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 for over $10,000 in cash and prizes. The 13th annual catch and release tournament was headquartered at the beautiful Sportsman’s Lodge and the fishing area was focused on 1.2 mile area right in front of the lodge on the Rainy River

Day one, the participants were rewarded with a beautiful calm morning.  As the day progressed the weather turned a little more challenging as the clouds and rain moved in.  The anglers stuck it out and finished day one with plenty of smiles.  Day two started out with more Lake of The Woods sunshine and as the day went on the wind picked up and mother nature made the conditions a little tougher on the anglers.  In true fishing tournament action the anglers braved the conditions and finished the day strong.

Tournament coordinator Bryan “Beef” Sathre said “Over 75 sturgeon were caught and released with two of those fish being previously tagged by DNR fisheries.” Tournament participants paid a $90 entry fee per person which included an incredible prime rib dinner as part of the tournament fee. The top two sturgeon of each day were awarded large cash prizes to match their big catch, with third place each day receiving a custom built fishing rod built by Sportsman’s guide, Ralph Christofferson. In addition, many more prizes were awarded for the biggest Sucker, Eel

Pout, under 18 years old, and biggest sturgeon caught by a female.

In 2018 for the first time in the history of the tournament, the participants that were involved in

the Sturgeon Tournament raised over $2,500 for the Lake of the Woods Take a Kid Fishing Program (TAKF).  This year the Sturgeon Tournament and the generous participants raised over $4,000 for the TAKF event.  Along, with the money raised, Two lifetime fishing licenses were donated for the upcoming TAKF event for two lucky youth. “We are very deeply appreciative

of the support the participants put forth to raise this money for such a great local program,” Gregg Hennum, Owner of Sportsman’s Lodge said. Lake of the Woods TAKF board members Ralph Christofferson, Jaime LaValla, Reed McFarlane and Diana Hennum were on hand to accept the donation. “This is amazing,” he said.

One the highlights from this past weekend was created by an 11 year girl who was fishing in the tournament with her dad.  Earlier in the banquet on Saturday night, some prize drawings were held and an adult angler won a cool little princess rod in a mystery prize game. He gave it to this young girl and made her night.. As the night was winding down and the banquet was almost over, she approached the podium. The little girl mentioned to the emcee, she wanted to donate the rod back and to have it auctioned off so the money could go to TAKF and help other kids to be able to fish. The announcement of what this young angler just did, it was received with all the anglers in the room applauding her decision.  The $19.99 rod was auctioned off for over $400 and the Lake Of The Woods TAKF benefited from this unselfish decision.

Sportsman’s Lodge would like to thank the participants, tournament coordinator and emcee extraordinaire Bryan “Beef” Sathre from Fathead Guide Service, guides, staff, and the gracious sponsors, Northwood’s Bait and Tackle, Log Cabin Bait, CLAM, Mission Tackle, Jim Joy from Sysco Foods, S.S. Bait Co, Striker, NLFX, Reeds Sporting Goods, LaValley Industries, Evinrude, Otter Outdoors, Rapala, Lake of the Woods Brewery, 13 Fishing and Northland Fishing Tackle. “Without all the help we couldn’t have made this such a huge success,” Sathre said. “Thank you to everyone who attended, It was a blast and we can’t wait for next year.” Next year’s tournament is scheduled for May 1 & 2, 2020. At this time the tournament is already sold out for next year but anyone interested in joining is always encouraged to join the waiting list by contacting Sportsman’s Lodge at 800-862-8602 or online at If you can’t make it to the tournament, there is plenty of opportunities to get into the sturgeon action. Be sure to check out Sportsman’s Lodge.


Day 1

First Place:       66 inch and 28 inch girth Gary Kullhem $2,345
Second Place:  63.5 inch and 24 inch girth Brian Stennes $1,005 cash
Third Place:      60⅞ inch and 24 inch girth Mark Sage custom built Rod

Day 2

First Place: 60 ¾ inch and 22 ½ inch girth Jake Willborg $2,345
Second Place: 60 ½ inch and 27 inch girth Brian Stennes $1,005 cash
Third Place: 60 ½ inch and 23 inch girth Jake Willborg custom built Rod