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Great Weather and a Good Bite

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Sportsman’s Rainy River
6/21/2018

Check out the pictures of the week

Great Weather and a Good Bite
Drifting with hammered gold spinners and worms, leeches or a minnow and some anchored jigging with gold, orange and white jigs tipped with a minnow have been popular tactics this week for walleyes and saugers. Shallow and deep depths have both been working well 11’-16’ and 26’-32’ outside Pine Island, Zippel Bay and northern spots of Big Traverse. We had mayfly hatch about a week ago.  The spinner bite is getting to be more and more favorable. Mix of sizes for the walleye and saugers. Some beautiful 25”+ walleyes as well as nice sizes for a fish fry. Water temperature is currently 71 degrees.

Lots of sun in the forecast.

Come have some fun this summer! The guides are ready to take you out!

100% Walleye Guarantee
It’s back! 9th year in a row.  Fish for two full days on one of our charter boats and we guarantee you will leave with your limit of walleyes or we will pay you $10 per walleye short of your limit.

*Fish eaten during your stay count towards your limit.

4th of July Celebration is just around the corner!

Join in on the fun! The Baudette Chamber of Commerce and local businesses is doing it again! One of the biggest celebrations of the year will be held in Baudette, on July 4.  Lots of fun for the whole family!  Click here to check out all of the events and activities they have planned.

Island Fishing

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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
6/21/2018

Beautiful summer week.  Anglers have found an active walleye bite this week.  Captain Evan and his crew reeled in over 70 fish yesterday.  Anglers have been finding a nice size mix of walleye and saugers.  Jigging with a gold, white, pink or green jig tipped with a minnow along shorelines and structure has been working good.  Some have had good luck spinner fishing with a gold spinner and a leech or crawler in 23’-28’in the sand. We had a mayfly hatch last week and water temperature continues to warm up, currently hovering around the 70 degree mark.  Flag Island flats have been a hot spot.

Pike and bass fishing have been good in the nearby bays just 4-5 miles away from the lodge. Casting for pike and bass with spoons that have a shine to them seem to be doing best. A few muskies have been found but the bite should really to start to snap in a week or two.

Spend the 4th of July with us!
We still have a few openings for the week of the 4th of July.  Jerry will be firing up the smoker and cooking up some of his famous brisket on Saturday, July 7. You won’t want to miss that! Give us a call 800-772-8411 these openings won’t last long.

Lake of the Woods South Shore Fishing & Outdoor Report

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Sportsman’s Lodge
www.sportsmanslodges.com
800-862-8602

6/14/18

Fishing is on fire!!
Beep, beep, beep, beep…..yes that is the sound I hear when I know fishing is on fire! That’s the sound of text message after text message of pics sending to my phone from the guides out on the water yesterday. Great fishing and beautiful weather!

The summer bite is in full swing! Check out the pictures of the week.


Reeling them in….
Anchored and jigging with a jig and a minnow as well as drifting with spinners tipped with a minnow, leech or crawler are all great choices this week. Water temperature has jumped up a few more degrees this week, currently at 67 degrees.  Sandbars and some rock piles have been hot spots. Gold, orange and pink jigs and spinners have been working well in 17’-26’ of water. Lots of slot sized walleyes (19.5-28 inch) as well as plenty for the frying pan are flipping in the boats. Good action! That is the sign of a great summer of fishing ahead of us!

Father’s Day is this Sunday
Looking for a something for dad? How about a gift card or a trip to Sportsman’s Lodge this summer? Two nights lodging and 1 day guided charter fishing no equipment or experience required packages starting at just $251* per person. Click here now to contact us about availability or here to purchase a gift card online today.

*Plus tax and based on double occupancy.

Fish, Eat & Be Merry
Enjoy a meal of your fresh catch during a midday shore lunch is a must! Take a break from all of the action midday and stop on a nearby island where your guide will prepare your morning catch along with all the fixings. There is nothing better than fresh fish and breathtaking scenery. Ask about our “shore lunch” option when you book your guided trip today. OR enjoy a your catch fried up after a day out on the lake in the Sandbar or try it in our Riverside Dining Room five different ways including our Award Winning cheesy garlic, broiled or gently fried lemon pepper, garlic, cajun and of course our very own delicious deep fried breading.

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

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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
Oak Island, MN
800-772-8411
www.oakislandlodge.com

6/14/2018

Hungry Walleyes
This past weekend we had some excellent fishing. The walleyes were hungry.  The best spots have been 6’-26’ along the shorelines of Oak Island, Flag Island and south side of Falcon Island this week. Water temperature is about 66 degrees.  Jigging with a 3/8 oz gold jig tipped with a minnow has been hot!

Bass & Pike
Some good smallmouth bass and pike fishing have been had by anglers as well this week. They have found the best results in less than ten feet of water casting with spinner baits in the nearby islands close to the lodge.

Muskie Fishing opens this weekend
Ontario side on Saturday and Minnesota on Sunday!  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!

Upcoming weather is looking great!

Come have some fun this summer! Click here to start planning your trip today.

Weather is Shaping Up

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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report

6/5/2018

Weather is Shaping Up
This past weekend proved to be a bit of a challenge getting where we wanted to go with the wind and the rain, but the good news is it is shaping up. The forecast is looking better and better as the week rolls on.

Last Minute trips available this week! Give us a call 800-862-8602

A mix of jigging with a minnow or shiner and slow drifting with spinners tipped with a minnow has been working the best. Gold, white and silver have been popular colors.  We are starting to see some anglers try out worms and leeches more this week and having some good luck, 8’-14’ and 18’-26’ have been good depths in the sand.  Water temp has decreased 6 degrees this week, currently sitting at 63.

Check out the pictures of the week.

Share your picture with us
We always love to see your pictures enjoying Lake of the Woods and visiting Sportsman’s.  Share your pictures with us and you might even see yourself in the next fishing report, on our Facebook page or in our brochure! Email, text 218-395-0042 or tag us on Facebook.

Celebrate Dad in June at Sportsman’s
Lodging & Guided Charter Packages starting at only $251*per person, gift cards available too! Purchase yours online or call 800-862-8602.

*Plus tax and based on double occupancy

Better weather and a Better Bite

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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
6/6/2018

Better weather and a Better Bite
Wet and windy weather over the weekend made the walleye bite a challenge, but this week has started off much better.

Depths 17’-26’ during the day and 5’-15’ in the evening continues to be good.  Vertical jigging over rocks, points and shorelines using a jig and minnow is working well.  White, gold and black jigs with a green eye have been targeting some nice fish. Come have some fun!

Nice Pike
Shallow bays have been the best spot to find pike.  Flashy spoons and shad raps have been the hot ticket.

Finding a few Bass
Anglers are having the most success finding the bass casting using mallet spinners and shad raps in shallow bays. Average size has been 15”-18”.

Experience the Northwest Angle and Islands. Join us this summer!
Check out our summer packages.

Summer is here!

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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report
5/30/2018

Summer is here! Summer kicked off this weekend and boy has the fishing been good!  Check out some of the pictures of the week.

Anglers are having the best luck for walleyes in the sand 18’-26’ jigging with a jig and minnow or spinner and an ounce or two sinkers.  A Lake of the Woods standby, gold has been working well.  Worms and leeches are starting to hit too.  Lots of healthy sized walleyes have been nibbling 20”+ as well as plenty for the frying pan. Water level has come up a few inches since opener but still remains low. It was a warm week in the 70’s and 80’s the past week. Water temperature has heated up 8 degrees to 68 right now. Check out the forecast for the week ahead.


Share your picture with us
We always love to see your pictures enjoying Lake of the Woods and visiting Sportsman’s.  Share your pictures with us and you might even see yourself in the next fishing report, on our Facebook page or in our brochure! Email, text 218-395-0042 or tag us on Facebook.

Celebrate Dad in June at Sportsman’s
Lodging & Guided Charter Packages starting at only $251*per person, gift cards available too! Purchase yours online or call 800-862-8602.

*Plus tax and based on double occupancy

A jig and a minnow!

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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
5/30/2018

A jig and a minnow!
Great fishing this week for walleyes in the sand and along rocky points during the day 17’-26’, 5’-15’ in the evening.

A pink or gold jig and minnow has been the hot ticket. Water level is still low but water temp has risen 6 degrees this week sitting around 65-66.

The countdown in on for muskie opener, June 16 for Ontario and June 17 for Minnesota. If you have never been to the Northwest Angle to muskie, fish. It is a must do! Thousands of excellent muskie hot spots are among us. Guides available.

Check out these pictures of Wyatt. Wyatt and his dad went out fishing Monday evening. It didn’t take long and they came back with a nice dinner to share.

Experience the Northwest Angle and Islands. Join us this summer!
Check out our summer packages.

What a Week!

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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report
5/23/2018

It has been an excellent week of fishing on Lake of the Woods. Lots of nice walleyes nibbling at the lines. The guides have been hot on the walleye trail!  Check out these pictures!

 The bite is on.  Walleyes and saugers are being caught anywhere from 18’ to 22’ mainly in the sand.  Anchored up using all jig colors or spinners tipped with a minnow have been producing but pink, gold and white seem to be doing a little better than the rest. Lots of 20 inch plus walleyes have been biting this week along with plenty of good eaters. Water temperature is heating up, up 5 degrees to 62 this week. It looks like we might get a chance of rain Thursday and Friday but otherwise a beautiful Memorial Weekend ahead of us.

Get out and have some fun!  Guided trips are available, summer is here! Give us a call 800-862-8602.

Last Minute Memorial Weekend Packages still available
Lodging starting at $125 per room night and Lodging and Charter Fishing starting at $251 per person per night Ask about our great fishing package discounts for kids! Click here to book now or call 800-862-8602.