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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing, Trail & Ice Report 12-23-2016

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12/23/2016

Fishing continues to be great! Lots of action!
A mix of good eaters and 24”+ walleyes has been caught this week. An early morning and late afternoon bite in 17’-23’ has been best using 3/8 oz. gold jig with a white tip, chubby darters, red frosty spoons and glow buckshot rattle spoons tipped with a minnow or minnow head jigging 6-8 inches off bottom. The ride is just 20 minutes to our fish houses!

29 inch walleye caught and released by Ryan Winter

29 inch walleye caught and released by Ryan Winter

Ice Conditions
12-16 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel with a 3-5 inch snow cover.

Trail Report
The trail from Four Mile Bay (Wheeler’s Point) to Oak Island and from Four Mile Bay to Warroad are both now marked. The trails have 11-14 inches of ice and 3-5 inch snow cover. The trails are marked with black stakes.Trails will start to be maintained using a drag next week and the groomer as soon as we get 24 inches of ice.

Our ice report is for the areas we travel and fish. Our houses are on a private groomed trail. If you are venturing out on your own, we encourage you to check with the outfitter or resort that maintains the road for the most up to date conditions and stay on the road as conditions differ in different areas of the lake.

Public Ice Road
Adrian’s public ice road at the Four Mile Bay access near Wheeler’s Point is currently reporting 13 inches of ice on Four Mile Bay and 10-14 inches on the lake. They are allowing mid-size SUV’s, mini vans and cars. Four wheelers and UTV’s are allowed to pull wheel houses out up to 17’ long. No ½ ton trucks. The road is marked 1.5 miles past Pine Island.

Johnson group making memories

Johnson group making memories

Look what this young angler reeled in!

Look what this young angler reeled in!

New Year’s Eve Party
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Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River Fishing Report – 12/19/2016

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Here we go!
The season has started out great! We have a good ice base and active fishing, what more can a person ask for? We currently have 10-13 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish and making more by the minute.

Several groups enjoyed great fishing over the weekend and with the warmer weather moving in we expect it to get even better this week. Anglers are seeing more walleyes than saugers of varying sizes. An early morning and late afternoon bite in 16’-23’ has been best using small gold or pink jigs and glow buckshot rattle spoons tipped with a minnow or minnow head jigging 6-8 inches off bottom. Dead sticking produced good results as well. The guides suggest to try one rod jigging and one rod dead sticking and see what works best for you. The ride is just 20 minutes to the fish house!

Our ice report is for the areas we travel and fish. Our houses are on a private groomed trail. If you are venturing out on your own, we encourage you to check with the outfitter or resort that maintains the road for the most up to date conditions and stay on the road as conditions differ in different areas of the lake.

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Adrian’s public ice road Four Mile Bay access near Wheeler’s Point
Currently they are reporting 13 inches of ice on Four Mile Bay and 10-14 inches on the lake. They are allowing mid-size SUV’s, mini vans and cars. Four wheelers and UTV’s are allowed to pull wheel houses out up to 17’ long. No ½ ton trucks. The road is marked 1.5 miles past Pine Island.

 

Trail from Wheeler’s Point to Oak Island
The crew plans on checking ice and marking this trail later in the week.

 

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New Year’s Eve Party
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Ice! Ice! Ice! We are making progress! Lake of the Woods

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Ice! Ice! Ice! We are making progress!
Lake of the Woods, MN

12/8/2016

Ice Update
We are making progress! Bobbie’s Bay the bay that is in front of our Sportsman’s Oak Island location on Oak Island near the Northwest Angle of Minnesota iced over yesterday and today we have some ice on Four Mile Bay.   Four Mile Bay is the bay near Wheeler’s Point that we use to access the lake in the winter time.  The channel in the bay still has open water but this is progress and we like progress! The wind is supposed to die down tonight and below zero temperatures are in the forecast for the weekend. No safe is yet, but we like what we see!  We are moving in the right direction. Get your reservations in!

Bobbie's Bay in front of Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge  Lake of the Woods www.oakislandlodge.com 12-8-2016

Bobbie’s Bay in front of Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
Lake of the Woods
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Four Mile Bay Lake of the Woods near Wheeler's Point.   Ice Forming 12-8-2016

Four Mile Bay Lake of the Woods near Wheeler’s Point.
Ice Forming 12-8-2016

 

Lake of the Woods Fishing Report Sportsman’s Lodge 7-29-2016

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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report Sportsman’s Lodge

7-29-2016

Beautiful Weather & Beautiful Walleyes
I just love this time of year. Warm weather, light breeze and lots of walleye action.  We continue to do a mix of bait fishing and trolling with crank baits. We expect to continue this approach through August for sure and probably until mid-September. About mid-September is when we usually see the walleyes start to move.  Mid basin of Big Traverse has been a hot spot in 28’-32’ as well as the northern reefs in 26’-32’. White/silver, Red/white and gold/red have been good lure colors. A spinner, a couple of ounces of weight and tipped with a worm or leech or the same color crank baits have been working the best. A few anglers have also switching spinners on and off with 3/8 ounce gold jig tipped with a minnow and having some luck in the same areas.  The water temperature is currently 77 degrees.

Finding some nice fish!

Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 7-29-2016

Bass? Yes, two nice smallmouth bass right off our dock! You just never know what you might reel in! Lots of good fishing this time of year!

Smallmouth bass off the dock!

Beautiful Weather!

weather forecast Sportsmans Lodge RR  7-29-2016

A nice bunch of 16 – 18 inch walleyes are being taken and make great appetizers with a cool beer on the side in the Sandbar after a day on the lake.

We still have openings in July and August
Give us a call 800-862-8602 or email us for a quote book@slodges.com

Top 5 Reasons to book a charter fishing trip!

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Top 5 Reasons to book a charter fishing trip!

#1 Catch more fish!
#2 No equipment required!
#3 No experience needed!
#4 Your biggest task of the day is reeling in fish and enjoying the day!
#5 Groups of 1+ welcome! Boats hold up to 6 passengers plus the guide. Bring a group of 6 or groups of less, we will get you on a boat with other guests to enjoy a fun filled day!

What are you waiting for? Give us a call 800-862-8602 or email us at book@slodges.com for a free quote or click here for more information.

 

Nate Nygard 30 inch 12.86lb walley.  Guide, Baihly Hontvet

Nate Nygard 30 inch 12.86lb walley. Guide, Baihly Hontvet