Nice fish caught this week!
Check out some of the pictures of the week. Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to us.
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Anchored and jigging gold or any glow 3/8 or ½ oz. jig tipped with a shiner has been successful approach to bring in some nice walleyes. In the river, break lines and holes have been the best areas. Anchor on or adjacent to these areas. Outside of the gap anglers are finding nice results as well using the same method in 12’-26’. Shallow bite producing better in morning and evenings. Water temperature dipped 3 more degrees this week, sitting at 48. We got some wind and rain this week. Forecast says the wind is going to settle down in a few days and more sun expected next week although not much past upper 40’s. This should only help the river bite! Lodging, Bar, Food, dock slips, guided trips available through late October. Come have some fun!
It’s Party Time! Throw your costume in your tackle box and join us Saturday, Oct 27 for a great time! $200 cash awarded for best costume, FREE Witch’s Brew, $2 Beer Specials and more great food and drink specials, entertainment and a whole lot of fun. Lodging starting at only $48* per person per night. Click here to learn more and book your lodging today. *plus tax and based on double occupancy
Crisp Fall Air
Jig and a shiner or chub in areas where bait gathers especially in current areas are hot spots 13’-26’. Soldier’s point, Deep Water Bay and small islands just south of Oak have been good. Gold and pink are hot colors to try. Water temp is hovering in the upper 40’s. We are looking forward to more sun next week. An afternoon of fall fishing is hard to beat, great scenery, warm sun and walleyes in the boat.
Crappie bite has been really heating up in 20’-38’ holes with structure.
Trolling using spinner jerk baits around points and areas with current have been working best.
Anglers are reporting lots of active muskies.
Check out what a great weekend the Ratajczyk’s had with Captain Brent!
The Ratajczyk’s write: “Wanted to say what a great guide Brent was this past weekend. Three of us got slot fish and had a memorable time at Sportsman with Brent as our guide. Wanted to send you the pics as we are all so excited to come back next fall again!”
Pink and pink/gold were hot colors for them!
The Bite is on!
Anglers are having some great luck anchored, jigging with shiners and chubs in varied depths between 12’-28’ in the main basin of Lake of the Woods, bays and the Rainy River. Lots of nice walleyes and saugers are being boated. Gold, pink and white are all notable colors working well. Some anglers having good luck trolling with plugs too. The shiners are moving and the water temperature continues to dip. We are down to 51 degrees right now.
For more information about the water temperature and statistics, click here for USGS data. The guides are ready to take you out! Guided trips available through late October.
Hook into a Monster Catch and release sturgeon fishing started October 1 and runs through April 23.
Good Fishing & Party Time
Sportsman’s Annual Halloween Party is Saturday, Oct 27
Rustle up a costume; come for some good fishing and a fun party! $200 cash awarded for best costume, FREE Witch’s Brew, $2 Beer Specials and more great food and drink specials, entertainment and a whole lot of fun. Lodging starting at only $48* per person per night. Click here to learn more and book your lodging today. *plus tax and based on double occupancy
Good Fall Fishing
Temps continue to drop and nice walleyes are being reeled in. Jig and a shiner or chub around deep holes and current areas have been hot spots in 14’-26’. Gold, pink and glo are good jig colors. The crappie bite has been good in 20’-30’ holes with structure.
The fall pike and muskie bite is on!
Some veteran anglers swear fall is one of the best times to get into excellent muskie fishing. With 14,552 islands to explore their plenty of great fishing spots to be found. Rocky points and cabbage weed bays trolling with crankbaits or casting with jerkbaits are good areas this time of year. Not sure where to go? Take a guide. Guides and lodging is available for a few more weeks. Give us a call 800-772-8411.
Water temperature is down 14 degrees this week What a difference a week makes. The water temperature plummeted from 68 degrees to a cool 54 this morning.
The walleyes are really moving now. Anglers are seeing more and more walleyes move in shallower and in bays and the river daily. Anchored and jigging with a gold, glow in the dark or orange jig tipped with a shiner in 25’-29’ feet of water has been working well along the shorelines to find a mess of walleyes. Trolling with crank baits in the main basin also continues to bring in some nice fish too. Sturgeon fishing is hot. Check out this 68 incher caught by Andy!
Sturgeon – What a monster! Nice catch Andy 68 inch sturgeon guided by Captain Dan.
This is the last weekend for the “keep one” sturgeon season until April. Catch and release season starts Oct 1 and runs through April 23. A 4/0 hook, 2 ounce no roll sinker and a gob of minnows works well in deep holes. These monsters are a blast to catch. Come hook into a lunker.
Walleye – Great Day!
Time to start thinking winter reservations!
For the best dates and accommodations, book your winter trip now! 800-862-8602 or online here.
Walleyes are biting this week in varying depths between 16’-28’ of water using brightly colored jigs tipped with a minnow on the outsides of points. Soldier’s Point, Massacre Island and Deep Water Bay have all produced some nice walleyes. Water temperature is currently 55 degrees. A few hours in the boat is bringing in a nice meal. We have openings available now through mid-October and for the winter season. Give us a call 800-772-8411.
Muskies & Northern Pike
September and October are phenomenal months for some incredible muskie and pike fishing. Trolling using spinner jerk baits around points and areas with current are great spots as well as casting around rocks.
Crappies are biting
A good crappie bite going on right now in areas with structure. Jigging a pink or gold jig tipped with a minnow does the trick in 20’-30’ of water.
Winter is just around the corner, time to get your reservations in!
It won’t be long and the bombardiers will be running the ice, the fish houses will be placed and we will be reeling in walleyes through the ice. Now is the best time to get your reservations in for the best options of dates and accommodations. Reserve online here or give us a call. Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River 800-862-8602, Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge & Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge 800-772-8411 and Sportsman’s Sleeper House Division 218-634-1589.
The shiners are running now!!
Check out our Facebook page for the crazy bubbling shiners video. They are active and the jig bite is picking up! It’s that time of year. The weather is cooling off; it’s time for fall fishing. The water temperature jumped up the past week but now has dropped 4 degrees again in just the past 2 days, currently sitting at 66. Based on the weather forecast for the week I would expect this to dramatically fall this week.
Its Transition Time
Anglers are reeling in some nice walleyes using a variety of methods. If you are not getting into some good fishing, change it up. Drifting with spinners and worms or minnow as well as trolling with crankbaits in 28’-32’ in the basin and jigging with a minnow in 17’-26’ outside of bays have all been producing some nice walleyes. Gold and pink have been hot jig and spinner colors. Silver, white and red have been popular crankbaits. Some huge sturgeon are being reeled in in the deep holes of the bays and river bottom using a 4/0 hook, few ounce no roll sinker, gob of crawlers and topped with a shiner.
More fishing……Pike & Smallmouth Bass- Give a jerk baits 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. 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.
The temperature is falling Jigs, Crankbaits & Spinners…..it is a mixed bag of techniques right now, the season is changing. The weather is cooling off and the water temperature is moving down the old thermometer.
Current water temperature is 64 degrees and falling daily. The crappie bite is picking up jigging with a minnow in 25’-30’ around structure. A variety of methods are working for walleyes. Mud flats 17’-26’ and 23’-29’ around reefs. We should see the shallow bite start picking up soon. Gold, bright yellow and pink have been hot tackle colors. Muskies are hot after the top water baits in the weedy bays.
Leaves are Changing and Walleyes are Biting
It has been a great bite this week. If you have never experienced fall fishing on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River it is a must do! There is lot of action, great scenery and endless fishing spots to explore. The bite this week has been the best in the main basin of Big Traverse in 30’-34’ using crankbaits and drifting with spinners and a crawler. Current water temp is 66 degrees. The shiners are showing up in the river though so you can definitely tell we are at the start of transitioning into fall patterns. It won’t be long and the walleyes will start to move in shallower making shorelines, bays and the river a hot bed for a good jig and a minnow bite.
Sturgeon, Pike, Smallmouth Bass
Fall is a great time to reel in not only walleyes but multi-species as well. The sturgeon fishing in the river is incredible. We see so many 50”+ get caught it is crazy. To gear up for sturgeon a 4/0 or 5/0 hook, 1-3 oz. no roll sinker and a gob of minnows is a good 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.
Cabela’s National Walleye Tour Championship Wrap Up
Thank you Cabela’s, anglers, sponsors and guests for visiting us on Lake of the Wood’s for the 2018 Championship Tournament this week. What a blast! We certainly enjoyed having you and look forward to having you visit again soon.
Congratulations Max Wilson 2018 Pro Champion, Scott Matthson 2018 2018 Co Champion, Brett King 2018 Pro Angler of the Year and Terry Hora 2018 Co Angler of the Year! Lots of great fishing went on during this 3 day tournament. The winning 3 day bag total was 45.83lbs. Over $280,000 was given away in cash and prizes. To learn more about the tournament and results click here.