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Rainy River & Oak Island Fishing Report – 4/18/19


Rainy River Fishing Report


Get out the sturgeon & pike rods
It’s that time of year.  While the walleye season closes for a few weeks, it’s time to get into those river bed holes and bays and get on the hunt for the sturgeon and pike. More tributaries and bays have been opening up this week.  The lake has started to open up just outside of Pine Island and the river is open all the way to the lake. The river is pretty dirty right now due to the tributaries letting loose but the sturgeon are active. Sturgeon are bottom feeders and rely more on smell vs sight to feed so the water clarity doesn’t affect them as much as the walleye and saugers. What’s the best approach to reel in one of these prehistoric fish? Check out this video for some great tips and come join us this spring!

Mike Knoop reeled in a awesome 61 inch sturgeon while jigging for walleye last week. Nice catch Mike!

Four Mile Bay is open now and several other bays shortly behind. The warm weather forecasted for the week ahead should really help open more areas up. Dead baits, spinnerbaits, spoons or crankbaits are all going to be good options to start with.

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Oak Island Fishing Report

Ice Melt
We are starting to see some open water around points and areas with current. The bay in front of the lodge is still all ice but it won’t be long with the warm temps in the forecast.  We are looking forward to the open water and spring fishing! If you haven’t made your spring, summer or fall reservations yet, give us a call 800-772-8411 and be sure to ask about our spring deals going on May 10 through May 25!

Rainy River Update 4/10/2019


The tributaries started opening up last night. It will take a few days for it to run through the river and clear up water and debris. On a good note, Four Mile Bay is opening up quickly so we should have open water to the lake in a couple of days allowing for more areas of cleaner water to fish.  The sturgeon bite usually isn’t affected by the darker water so that is always an option too.

Rainy River Update and Fishing Report – 4/9/19


Sportsman’s Rainy River

The river is open in front of the lodge and all public boat landings on the river are open.Over 40 miles of fishable water is now open from Wheeler’s Point to Birchdale and beyond. Four Mile Bay is still pretty locked up today but it won’t be long before it starts breaking up.

Fishing has been great! Anglers have been reeling in nice walleyes and sturgeon this week along with a few suckers and saugers too. Best depths for walleyes have been 16′-22′ holding tight to rocks. Trolling slowly into current jigging a 1/2 oz. gold, pink or bright jig tipped with a live fathead or shiner. Some are doing well trolling with crankbaits too.For sturgeon, a heavy rod and tackle that can withstand a fish of 100lbs, #4 or #5 circle hook, no roll sinker and a gob of worms anchored in or near a hole in the river are producing.

More bays should start opening up this week. Water clarity remains good and water temp is 37 degrees.

Spring Specials & Guided Trips Available

Lodging starting at only $43 per person per night through May 22.
Give us a call 800-862-8602 or contact us online.

*plus tax and based on double occupancy

Walleye catch and release season remains open through April 14For more information about sturgeon and pike, limits. season dates and more, click here. 

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Lots of melting going on but still mostly ice in the islands right now. We expect to see more water this week.  It is a good time to make plans for summer. We have some great spring deals May 10-25. Check us out and give us a call 800-772-8411.

Rainy River Update – 4/5/19

The river is now open to Baudette! Birchdale, Frontier and Vidas Landings are all open and it is looking like Timbermill on the east edge of Baudette is not far behind.

Walleye and sturgeon fishing has been good! Walleye season runs through April 14, re-opening May 11. Pike season never closes and sturgeon catch and release runs through April 23, keep one season April 24-May 7 and catch and release again May 8-15 and re-opens in July.

Rainy River Update – 4/2/2019

Rainy River Update!
The Rainy River is now open 7 miles east of Baudette and open spots within 5. This is 19 miles from the lodge.  Birchdale landing (32 miles east of Baudette) and Frontier landing (17 miles east of Baudette) are open. Vidas landing (8 miles east of Baudette) has water flowing by but still some shore ice left on the landing. Next landing to open will be Timbermill Park just on the east edge of Baudette.
Hopefully, with the warmer temps coming in in a few days we will have 4 landings open by Saturday and open water at the lodge within a week.
Several groups did very good fishing over the weekend. Lots of good action of all size walleyes and some nice sturgeon too.  Water clarity is about a foot.

Looking for info? Click here for Seasons, Limits, Boat Ramp Map 

Guided Trips Available
The guides are ready to take you out! Check out Baihly’s new boat.

He is ready to rock. Baihly will be taking trips from the south shore to the islands all spring, summer, and fall in his new Skeeter and the charter boat. For info on spring walleye, sturgeon and pike and walleye charter trips click here. For island fishing, muskie, pike, walleye, bass and crappie click here. 

Rainy River Update – 3/29/19


It’s River Fishing Time!!!

Birchdale Landing is open!

Birchdale Landing is open for boats and as of late yesterday afternoon when we checked, the Rainy River was open within 1.5 miles from Frontier Landing. I would guess Frontier landing will open today or tomorrow.  Birchdale is located 32 miles east of Baudette/44 miles east of the lodge and Frontier landing is located 17 miles east of Baudette/29 miles east of the lodge. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more updates over the weekend!

Not sure where to go?  Click here for a Rainy River boat ramp map.

We are open!

Lodging starting at only $43* per person per night through May 22 and guided trips available too. The Bar and Dockside Dining Room are open too. 1/2 Price select apps and $1 off domestic beer and rails daily 3pm-6pm. Click here for hours  (*plus tax and based on double occupancy)
Mardi Gras Party this weekend!
Costume contest, win $100 CASH, free hurricanes 8pm-9pm, live band, great drink specials and lots of fun!

Rainy River Update – 3/27/19


Rainy River Update 3/27/2019

The river has opened up a couple more miles the past couple of days despite the cool temps. It is now open within 1/4 mile of Birchdale /Nelson Park Landing when we checked yesterday afternoon. At Birchdale there are a few open water spots but for the most part, pretty locked up still at this point. Today is supposed to be high in the upper 40’s and possibly a few rain showers which will certainly help the thaw. Stay tuned for another update Thursday afternoon!

For an area boat landing map and more spring fishing info. Click here

Ask us about our great spring lodging rates and our Mardi Gras Party is Saturday!

Rainy River Update – 3/24/2019

Rainy River Update 
We have made great progress! The river is opening quick! The river has an open water channel now within a couple miles from Birchdale Landing. It has opened up 10-11 miles since Thursday. 😀☀👍
Another day of warm temps and a few more after to get the shore ice pushed away should be all we need until this landing opens is our best guess at this point. We are also seeing lots of bare ice spots between Birchdale and Frontier so this should break up fairly quickly this week too. We will be out checking again Tuesday afternoon. Stay tuned for updates! It’s almost time! 🎣☀😊
Lodging Specials and Mardi Gras Party! 🎉
Give us a call to book your lodging and guided trips. Now through May 22, Lodging special starting at only $43* per person per night and our Annual Mardi Gras Party is this weekend! Saturday, March 30! Come have some fun!
*plus tax and based on double occupancy

Winter Season Ends & River Update

The Latest from Sportsman’s Lodge
March 22, 2019

Goodbye winter, Wednesday, March 20 was the last day of our ice fishing season. The winter season has come to an end and signs of spring are showing up. Thanks to everyone who visited and tuned in to our reports this winter. We appreciate your patronage.

From one season to the next, the popular Rainy River fishing is next on tap in our neck of the woods.  We are already starting to see signs of spring show up. The current in the river and the warm spring sun is already starting to change up the landscape.  Yesterday we took a drive east of Baudette to check on the river status. We found the river was open 39 miles east of Baudette, and about 12 miles east of Birchdale Landing. It had opened up about 2 miles within 24 hours.  Open water holes were spotted 30 miles east of Baudette at Franz Jevne Park (3 miles east of Birchdale Landing).

We are forecasted to get lots of sun this weekend. If the warm weather keeps up, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see Birchdale landing open up in a week. For information about spring fishing at Sportsman’s, boat landing map and more, click here. Stay tuned for updates!

Walleye season remains open on Lake of the Woods.
Unlike many Minnesota lakes, walleye season remains open through April 14, re-opening May 11, pike season never closes and sturgeon season catch and release is going on now through April 23, keep season April 24-May 7 and catch and release again May 8-15 before closing for about 6 weeks. Spring is a fun time to reel in the monsters!  Guided trips available, check us out. 
Spring Specials have started, we are open!
Our spring special, lodging starting at only $43 per person per night is now available through May 22 and up to 20% off summer lodging and charter packages May 10-May 22. The bar and dockside dining room remain open through the spring. Come for a visit. For our current hours click here. End of the Winter Bash is next weekend! 
Join us! Mardi Gras Sportsman’s Style!
Live Band, Costume contest ($100 cash!!), Free Hurricane 7pm-8pm, Specials, Lots and lots of beads, Lodging Special and a whole lot of fun. Check it out.