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Fall Fishing is on Fire

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Walleyes are piling into the river and are putting on the feed bags. Orange, yellow, gold and pink have all been great jig colors in the river. 16’-20’ has been the best depth. The best areas to look are areas where bait is going to school up. Deep holes and creek mouths are good areas to look for when looking for places to fish. Anchor up and jig vertical. 1/2 to 3/4 ounce jigs have been the usual weight this year.

On the lake, out in front of the gap has been very good. 10’-22’ has been holding good numbers of quality fish. The typical jig and a shiner method is the best way to go. Gold, orange, pink, and yellow are all good colors. Also the fish have been holding to the rock piles up and down Long Point. Anchor just adjacent to these structures and vertical jig. There isn’t much time before the water turns harder so get up here and get out on the water! Good luck!

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Got some snow last night!
A sure sign winter is just around the corner. We received a few inches of snow last night. December will be here before we know it. 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.

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Looking for some peace and quiet or thousands of acres of public hunting land?

November is a great month to relax in the cabin, do some hunting, gather with friends and even get in a few last days of soft water fishing. If you are looking to get away, check us out. Lodging is available in our cabins and villas through freezing season. Weekly rates start at only $518 per week plus tax. Lodge amenities are limited but the relaxing possibilities abound. Contact us 800-862-8602 or click here.

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We are now closed until December

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Our Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge and Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge locations are now closed until December. Thank you for a great season!  It was so nice to see so many of you and be a part of your vacation memories.  We look forward to seeing you again this winter!

For winter reservations and information, click on the link or call us at 800-772-8411.

If you are still interested in a fall trip, check out our sister location, Sportsman’s Lodge.
The fall bite has been great!

Still Snappin’

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The walleyes are going crazy right now.  With the shiner run in full swing walleye are pushing into the shores, the gap, and the river!  Outside the gap, anywhere from 20’-29’ is hot.  Jig tipped with a shiner is your best way to target them.  Anchor and jig vertically seems to put more fish in the cooler than drifting and jigging.  Good colors are gold, pink, orange, chartreuse and white are all good colors.

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In the river the fish are going very well too.  Walleyes and saugers are pushing farther up river chasing the shiners and they are putting on the feed bags.  Good areas to target in the river are four mile bay and deep holes in the river.  The edges of these deep holes are good areas to set up and jig in about 18’-23’.

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You still have time to make a fall trip!
Guided trips available through the end of October and lodging available anytime. Up to 20% off summer lodging & charter fishing packages and lodging starting at only $42* per person per night.  Click here to plan your winter trip and contact us today!
*plus tax and based on double occupancy.

Sportsman’s Annual Halloween Party is next Saturday night, Oct 28!

Always a great time! $200 Cash for best costume, great drink specials including $2 can beer and more, entertainment, FREE Witches Brew and so much more. Click here to check out all of the fun we have planned and book your stay and play getaway today.

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

The temps keep dropping but the fishing continues to be hot in the islands

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Try a jig and shiner around areas where bait gathers, such as current areas and deep holes will hold a lot of fish this time of year.  15’-22’ is a great depth to start looking.  Crappies and perch will also be hanging in these areas as well.  Get out there and good luck!

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Ice Fishing season is just around the corner! Do you have your reservations in yet?

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The Race Is On

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Shiner run is in full swing.  Traps and nets are filling up every night and the walleyes are right on their tail!  The river is getting better and better every day.   Outside the gap is still dynamite.  Great reports coming anywhere from 16’-30’.  Pink, white, gold and chartreuse are all working.  Obviously since the shiner run is so strong right now, tipping jigs with a shiner is going to be your best bet.  Anchoring and staying vertical seems to a better way to target these walleyes other than drifting and moving.  Water temperature is currently 53 degrees and dropping nearly a degree a day.

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In the river, break lines and holes are the best areas to look for schools of fish.  Anchor on or adjacent to these areas.  Jig and shiner again is the best way to get these fish to bite!  Four mile bay is very good as well.  12’-20’ is the best depth.  Trolling plugs in the river has been good as well.  Troll just fast enough to get keep those plugs moving.

The guides are ready to take you out! Guided trips available through late October.

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Sportsman’s Annual Halloween Party is Saturday, Oct 28!
Throw your costume in your tackle box and join us for a great time. $200 cash awarded for best costume, lots of drink specials, entertainment and a whole lot of fun. Click here to learn more and book your lodging today.

Ice Fishing season is just around the corner! Do you have your reservations in yet?

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Fall fishing is in full swing!

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Walleyes, perch, crappies and Muskie are all going great! Walleyes are schooled up anywhere there is bait. Saddles, deep holes, current areas, and large structures are all good. Crappies and perch will also be on these structures. These guys will be more school in small areas so if you catch one there is probably more there!

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Fishing is still slammin’!

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A great jigging bite is going on the big lake. Anywhere from 16′-30′ has been producing great numbers of walleyes, saugers, and even some perch. Pink, gold, chartreuse, and orange tipped with a shiner have all been working great. If you aren’t on fish, move! One day fish are in 21′ and the next they are in 30’! There are fish out there, you just have to find them!

In the river and in four mile bay fish are in full chase of the shiners. All the traditional spots are holding fish and more are showing up every day! Trolling plugs in the river has been generating some great fish! Gold and pink seem to be the best river colors!

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Sportsman’s Annual Halloween Party is Saturday, Oct 28!
Throw your costume in your tackle box and join us for a great time. $200 cash awarded for best costume, lots of drink specials, entertainment and a whole lot of fun. Click here to learn more and book your lodging today.

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Ice Fishing season is just around the corner! Do you have your reservations in yet?

Walleyes & Crappies are hungry

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Island fishing is still hot even if the temps are not.  Great numbers of walleyes and crappies are coming in every day.  The walleyes are getting to those classic fall areas that hold bait.  Saddles between islands that have some current are great areas this time of year.  Also big rock points with deep holes adjacent are good for both walleyes are crappies.  Keep moving until you find fish because almost always this time of year they are schooled up and hungry!!

Check out this whopper!
31 inch walleye reeled in by Jerry Hennings. Nice catch Jerry!

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Cold Temps with a Hot Bite

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Fishing continues to be great up here on LOW.  More rain this week has dropped the temperatures into the high 50s and the fall surge is on.  The shiners have started to make that classic fall push up the river as we are seeing more and more shiners in the traps and along the banks every day.  We are seeing more and more walleyes caught in the gap and in the river as of this last week.  The best spot for numbers of walleyes is still is out in front of the gap and pine island.  27’-30’ seems to be that magic depth.  Anchoring with a jig and shiner is the way to go right now.  The classic gold, pink, and chartreuse colors all are producing but it is day to day so if one color isn’t working don’t be afraid to try other colors.  Four mile bay is also kicking out some nice fish.  17’-20’ has been holding good number of walleyes and saugers.

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Pike and sturgeon are getting very active too.  Big pike are pushing up following the shiners and the little fish that follow the shiners as well.  Flashy slower moving baits will do really good at getting these toothy predators to bite.   Big sturgeon are on the move as well, looking to pack on pounds.  Outside of the major holes in the river is a good spot to start to look for them.

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It is looking like another amazing shiner run this year which should mean a great river bite and that will only continue to get better through September and into October.  Get up and let’s go fishing!

Sportsman’s Annual Halloween Party is Saturday, Oct 28!
Throw your costume in your tackle box and join us for a great time. $200 cash awarded for best costume, lots of drink specials, entertainment and a whole lot of fun. Click here to learn more and book your lodging today.

Ice Fishing season is just around the corner! Do you have your reservations in yet?

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Fish are hitting the fall patterns hard now

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Walleyes are setting up on shorelines and the deep holes.  Fish are packing on pounds and need to eat and eat a lot.  Look for bait and the fish will be there.  Rocks and break lines are going to be good spots to start looking.  Jigging tipped with a shiner is the best way to target walleyes.  Bright colors like chartreuse, orange, and white are good colors.  Crappies and perch are moving to these areas as well! So get out there and good luck!

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