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Sportsman’s Lodge & Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge – 11/7/2018


Ice Fishing season is just around the corner
It is beginning to look like winter around here. We woke up to a blanket of snow this morning and the forecast is looking cooooold with highs only in the 20’s for the week ahead! We are getting excited!!! This is perfect weather to set the stage for the BIG Freeze.

Water temperature is hovering in the upper thirties right now and is sure to make a big dip after this week. Historically speaking we usually start ice fishing with 8-12 inches of safe ice in early December. Who is ready for some fun? Do you have your reservations in? (

The Bite
A few anglers are still out and about in boats. Anchored in 12′-22′ using a jig and shiner continues to bring in some nice walleyes in the bays and river.

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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report – 10/30/18


Reeling in nice Walleyes
Soft water season is winding down but anglers still having great luck bringing in nice 16”-30” walleyes. Water temp is hovering in the upper 30’s and clarity is improving by the day.  If you are up for one last dash in the boat, come for a visit.  We have lodging and dock slips available.  Fishing this time of year is pretty darn good; just don’t forget to bundle up!

The best technique is to anchor and vertical jig a shiner minnow in areas with a little current. Water depth between 12’-20’ has been a sweet spot lately.  The Rainy River, Lighthouse Gap or just outside the Gap are excellent spots to wet a line.

Check out these pics!

We had lots of fun at the Halloween Party this year. Thanks to everyone who joined us! Join us for our next party, on New Year’s Eve.

Lodging available through Freezing Season
Thanks to everyone who visited us and tuned into our reports this season.  The bar, dining rooms, lodge rooms and pool are closed until December, but we have lodging available in our cabins and villas.   If you are looking for a hunting headquarters or just a place to enjoy some peace and quiet, contact us.  We have great rates starting at only $79* per night! (*plus tax)

Ice fishing season starts in just a little over a month
Sportsman’s has something for everyone. Check it out.
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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report – 10/26/2018


Walleye, it’s what’s for dinner!
Many anglers are finding a great walleye bite. Check out these pictures! Good old Lake of the Wood’s gold, glow and pink/white combo have been hot jig colors.

What’s working
Not too many changes in the approach this week. Anchored and vertical jigging a 3/8 oz.-1/2 oz. jig tipped with a shiner has been working well in 12’-20’ of water. Some of the best fishing spots have been areas where bait is schooled up like deep holes and creek mouths.  We have a few charter trip openings now through Saturday, Oct 27 and some guided outfitter trips in our 20’ boat available for another week or so after. The water temperature continues to fall. We are hovering between 38-40 degrees. It won’t be long and it will be prime time freezing time. We start our ice fishing season when we have 8-12 inches of safe ice usually within the first couple of weeks of December.

It’s Winter Trip Planning Time
Give us a call to make your winter plans! Book and pay in full for your winter trip by Nov 1 and receive DOUBLE Sportsman’s Rewards Points. Rewards certificates can be used for free trips, food, beverages and gift shop items. Not a member yet? Click here to sign up.

Our villas make great hunting and fishing headquarters in November.
Relax and enjoy spacious kitchen and living rooms, multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, cozy fireplaces great views of the Rainy River.  Check us out for a place to go this November. Some resort amenities are not available.

Nightly Rates
1 bedroom $79
2 bedroom $150
3 bedroom $225


1 bedroom $115
2 bedroom $225
3 bedroom $300
4 bedroom $375
5 bedroom $425

Click here to learn more about our villas.  Book your stay by calling us at 800-862-8602 or click here.

Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report – 10/18/18


More sun this week!
Last week we wondered if it was December or October? Wind, snow and rain showed up in our neck of the woods. The good news is the forecast is calling for a lot more sun this week! Woohoo!

Looks like we are going to get a few warm days and then hold on to the cool temps the rest of the week but more sun is great!

Water temp has fallen 7 degrees this week. We are sitting at 40 degrees, a great sweet spot for a good fall bite.

Anglers are reeling in some nice walleyes. Anchored and jigging a jig and a shiner as well as trolling with crankbaits are working well in 12’-25’ in the river, bays and areas with current. Gold, glow and pink have been notable colors.  Guided trips are available for a few more weeks, lodging available through the fall. Come have some fun!

Annual Halloween Party is next weekend
$200 CASH for best costume, entertainment, $2 beer special, FREE Witch’s Brew, $96 lodging special great fall fishing and more. Click here or call 800-862-8602.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge – 10/18/2018


Jig, set, reeeeeeeeeeel
More sun in the forecast this week, yaaaaaaah! Last week was a little crazy. Snow! What???
We are excited about ice fishing season too but snow in early October was a bit of a surprise!

Some nice walleyes are being caught in 13’-26’ in areas where there is current and adjacent to deep water. A jig and a minnow are hot. Big muskie and pike are active. Trolling with jerk baits is working.
Crappies? Yes, they are active 20’-30’ deep holes with structure using a 1/8-1/4 oz. jig and minnow.
Water temp is hovering around 40-41 degrees.

Winter is just around the corner. Do you have your reservations in yet?

Sportsman’s Rainy River Fishing Report – 10/9/18


Nice fish caught this week!
Check out some of the pictures of the week. Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to us.
If you have  photos you would like to share of your recent trip, Text 218-395-0042, Tag us on Facebook, or Click here to Email.  We always love to hear your fishing story.  You just might show up in our next fishing report!

What’s Hot
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

Ice fishing season is just around the corner do you have your reservations in?

Oak Island Fishing Report – 10/9/18


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.

Ice fishing season is just around the corner do you have your reservations in?

Sportsman’s Rainy River Fishing Report – 10/3/18


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