The bite yesterday was great, but overall spotty this week. Nice buckets of fish came in with a variety of walleyes and saugers. Best depth has been in 23-31 feet of water. Gold and pink jigs, rattle spoons and macho minnows have been working well tipped with a minnow. Mix of jigging and dead sticking is the best approach. Electronics users tend to do the best.
We have lost snow but not much ice if any. Weather is cooling off starting tomorrow. Back to ice making!
We have lost most of our snow so the trails are rough. Groomers will start again as soon as we get another shot of snow.
Ice Road from Young’s Bay to the Island
The ice road is in good shape. The landing is pretty muddy so trucks only. Cars will probably not make it out. Cooler weather is coming back tomorrow!
It looks like the brief winter warm up is finally going to end after today and boy are we excited! Enough of the warm weather, what was Mother Nature thinking we still have a month of ice fishing left! LOL!
Currently we have 23-27 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish. We have made some changes to where we are accessing the lake and have been playing in some sloppy conditions the past few days but other than that we are still fishing, checking ice often keeping safety #1 and looking at the forecast we plan to keep fishing until late March.
If you are looking to venture out on your own we can’t stress enough to please work through resorts and outfitters. Check conditions before going out and stay on the trail. The conditions are not the same over the entire lake and now with very little snow left on the lake many people may think they can go anywhere. That is not the case. That is not the case even in the coldest of winters and the winters when we have 4’ of ice. On a good note once we start to cool down we should build ice quicker without the snow. So stay safe and come join us for some great late season fishing!
Gold and pink spoons jigging or dead sticking with a plain hook tipped with a minnow has been working the best in 26-32’. Overall some anglers doing better than others depending on the day, hour, weather, depth, approach and mother nature. Electronics users seem to do better than those without. Still seeing some suspended fish in various depths from a foot off bottom to 15 feet. Bite has been mainly made up of walleyes and saugers for the pan or throwback with an occasional slot walleye (19.5”-28”) or larger. Best tip is to try some different techniques and talk with your guide for the best approach for the day. March usually considered an active month for fishing. Come visit us!
Check out what some of the guests have been reeling in this week!
Due to the warm weather we recently been having most of our snow has melted. Trails are marked and groomers will fire back up as soon we get another shot of snow!
The afternoons have been favoring the mornings this week. Gold and pink jigs and spoons have been working well tipped with a minnow. Anglers have been having good luck in 23’-29’ on and off the reefs. It has been a 60% walleye/40% sauger bite. If you are looking to increase your catch rate we highly recommend using a fish flasher. They really help you pin point at what depth the fish are at. If you don’t have one, call us ahead of time to reserve one to rent.
23 inch walleye caught by the Prudhomme Group Sportsmans Oak Island Lodge
Kevin Coye 23.5 inch walleye caught on a gold jig and minnow Sportsmans Oak Island Lodge
Ice Conditions Currently we have 20-24 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel. We run a groomed trail to our houses. Forecasted highs this week are a little warmer than we like to see this time of year but with the lows below freezing we should only lose some snow. I am sure Mother Nature will be blowing in some subzero temps again soon.
Walleye and sauger bite has been good! Houses are staggered off a nice quiet groomed trail about a 30 minute ride out on Big Traverse Bay. Anglers are reeling in a variety of sizes using gold, pink and orange macho minnows, plain hooks, buck shots, spoons and jigs. Tackle is tipped with a minnow or minnow head in 24’-33’ of water. Lots of suspended fish are being seen on electronics so if you have one, we encourage you to bring it along or call ahead to rent. We consistently see the catch rate of anglers who use them increase significantly.
Guests are reeling in some nice fish this week!
Ice Conditions Currently we have 23-27 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel. We run a groomed trail to our houses. It looks like we are going to warm up during the day this week. Lows are still below freezing so we shouldn’t see any ice loss just some snow. If you are looking to venture out on your own, Adrian’s road at Wheeler’s Point is recommended.
Glow jigs, plain hooks tipped with a minnow and Vexilars, Marcums or whatever fish flasher flavor you like are the hot tips this week. Anglers using these tactics in 23’-33’ of water along with a mix of jigging and dead sticking realized an increase in their catch rate. Many reports of nice walleyes and saugers being found all over the water column 4-6 inches, 2’, sometimes 8’-10’ off bottom. If you don’t have a flasher and would like to give one a try, we have a few for rent. They do go fast so it is a good idea to call ahead to reserve. Travel time to the fish houses is about 30 minutes. The guides are moving houses daily to stay on the best bite. What are you waiting for? Come get your fish on. Ice fishing trips available through late March!
Look what the Swenson Group reeled in!
Ice Conditions We have 22”-25” of ice in the areas we travel and fish right now.
We gained 3-4 inches of snow this week and below zero temps the past few days. It looks like we are going to warm up tomorrow. Buck shots, flutter spoons, plain hooks and pink, gold and glow in the dark jigs have been good this week tipped with a minnow. Vexilar users are almost doubling their catch rate. 23’-29’ of water around structure has been the best place to find some nice walleyes and saugers.
42 inch northern pike caught by Jim Kusilek on a medium action St Croix rod 8lb test and swedish pimple Sportsmans Oak Island Lodge
Nice 19 inch walleye caught by Chad Young Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
13 inch perch caught by Chad Young Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
Currently we have 21-24 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel.
Krueger party 2017 from Boulder, WI Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
Krueger Party from Boulder, WI 2017 nice pike! Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
If you want to reel in some fish like the Krueger’s, give us a call! We ice fish until late March. Pink, gold and glow in the dark jigs, buckshots and charmers have been working well tipped with a minnow. Jig with one pole and dead stick with the other. Be sure to bring or rent a vexilar for even better results. Mix of walleyes and saugers has been coming through the holes this week in 22’-29’ feet of water on and around structure.
Currently we have 20-22 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel.
The best success reeling in some nice fish this week has been a combination of dead sticking and jigging using plain hooks, the good old Lake of the Wood’s favorite the gold jig and small spoons with some shine to them to really catch the eye of the fish, tipped with a minnow. Typical this time of year, it has been a strong sauger bite 13”-17”, along with some nice walleyes 14”-30”, few perch, eelpout and sturgeon. The afternoon bite has been favoring the morning. Vexilars really help the catch rate. Be sure to bring one along or call ahead to rent. If something isn’t working try a new lure, try jigging, really smacking the bottom instead dead sticking, utilize a vexilar or ask the guides for tips, they are always happy to help. Just a small change can really bring in great results! Varied depths between 22’-32’ have been good outside of Pine Island. The guides are working hard moving houses to stay on the best bite and get you the best experience possible. Currently the ride out to the fish houses is about 25-30 minutes.
Eric reeled in a nice 27 inch walleye
Look at these fish!
Currently we have 20-24 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish. The thermometer is dipping below zero this week. Great weather for making ice to keep you fishing until March 31!
Trail Report Area lake and land trails are being groomed weekly. For more information click here for the Baudette area or here for the NW Angle & Islands.
Ice Fishing trips available through the end of March
On Lake of the Woods we can have our fish houses out until March 31. Packages still available starting at $191* per person. We have midweek stays open in February and weekend and midweek stays open in March. Book your trip today! *plus tax and based on double occupancy
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Set the hook!
24-28 feet of water jigging with a gold jig, small silver spoon or buckshot tipped with a minnow has been successful this week. Mostly walleyes, several saugers, few perch and northern pike have been caught. Mix of dead sticking and jigging is the best approach. Vexilars really help the catch rate as some schools of fish are being found suspended 2-8 feet off bottom. Get into the action. We have fish house rentals available until late March. Give us a call 800-772-8411 or reserve online.
Caught 1-24-2017 by Eric Loverude 23 inch walleye. Eric was using a slender green glow red tiger gold spoon.
Currently we have 20 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel. The lake got pretty sloppy last week after the 4-5 day stretch of warm temps but that has hardened up now and we did not lose any ice. Forecast looks cool and we are back to ice making weather.
Nice base of snow on the trails right now, groomers are out, come take a ride. The area lake and land trails are being groomed weekly. For more information on the NW Angle & Islands area click here. For the Baudette area click here
The ice road is open. Take the 9 mile drive out from Young’s Bay to the lodge. Signs are posted.