The river is open within 6 miles of the lodge. This is a pic of Timbermill landing in Baudette. A few more feet of shore ice to go and 5 ramps will be open. (Pelland, Birchdale, Frontier and Vidas all open now) We should have water at our docks by tomorrow!! Many more fishing spots opening up by the hour. Come join in the fun!
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Rainy River Update!
Frontier and Vidas landings now open to all boats! The Rainy River is open within 5 miles east of Baudette and open water spots within 3 miles of Baudette. Vidas, Frontier, Birchdale and Pelland landings are all open to all boats. Timbermill should open up in a day or so and Wheeler’s Point next. River has opened up 15 miles since Sunday. 16 miles left until it hits our docks! Won’t be long!
Lots of good fishing reports coming in! Jigging with gold jigs, rainbows or shiners. Tag us in your photos. We would love to share them!
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We are starting to see some shiners in the river! The leaves are changing and the walleyes, saugers, sturgeon, pike and bass are biting. The water temperature has held steady this week at 64 degrees but based on this week’s forecast it looks like it is going to start dipping again. Fall fishing is here!
Where, What, How
Walleyes - The best fishing this week has been jigging using shiners outside of Pine Island 7-9 miles out in 22’-26’ feet of water as well as outside of Graceton Beach and Zippel Bay areas. Gold and pink ¼-1/2 ounce jigs have been working best.
Sturgeon- The sturgeon bite has really picked up in the deep holes of the river and bays where there is current. A 4/0 hook, 2 ounce no roll sinker and a gob of minnows works well. Some anglers also swear by adding a minnow or two.
Pike & Smallmouth Bass- Give a jerk bait a try when fishing for pike in the fall in cabbage weeds adjacent to rock structure. Pike often hang out on the fringe of cabbage weeds. Bass are starting to move deeper. Best approach has been starting at 10’-12’ and work to deeper water off reefs and points using a spinnerbait or a jig and a minnow.
According to the 2017 Farmer’s Almanac winter 2016-2017 predictions for our area and areas from North Dakota to Maine will have below normal temps. Ice fishing season is 75 days away. Now is the best time to make your reservations to get your pick on dates. Click here to check availability now.
The fish are biting, the weather is beautiful, the leaves are changing and the fall specials are hot!
Now is the time to get to the lake! Check out the forecast and a few of the pictures from the week. If you have a picture from a recent stay please share them with us!
Trolling with crank baits has been the most successful approach this week to reel in some walleyes but bait fishing with a gold jig or spinner tipped with a worm has produced some nice fish as well. Depths on the reefs around Garden Island and Bridges in 12’-16’ and 25’-30’ or in the mud outside of Pine Island and Zippel Bay in 25’-30’ have been best. The water is at 69 degrees this morning. The famous aggressive Rainy River fall bite is just a few weeks away! Get your reservations in!
Sturgeon, Pike, Smallmouth Bass
Fall is a great time to reel in these species. Anglers are starting to see the bite pick up in the river and bays. For sturgeon a 4/0 or 5/0 hook, 2 oz. no roll sinker and a gob of minnows is the best approach. Anchored in or near a hole in the river bed or channel is a good spot to find them. To lure in the bass and pike, throwing out top water baits in weedy bays with some rock structure is good approach. There are hundreds of spots along the Rainy River and bays along the south shore to fish these fish. Not sure how to do it or don’t have the equipment? No problem! We have guided trips available via our 18’and 20’ boats, great for groups up to 4 plus the guide. For more information about guided trips click here.
Deep reefs 25’-35’ and points have been working well. Successful anglers have been pulling gold and blue spinners or jigs on the outside and on top of the reefs. Water temperature is 76 degrees.
Early morning and late in the evening have been the best times of day. Top water baits such as the mud puppy have been working well. Guides suggest mixing it up doing a steady-slow and fast/aggressive retrieves. Rocky structures and weedy bays are great spots to find that monster Muskie right now.
Fall is a great time for multi-species action
Walleye, Pike, Musky, Perch, Crappie and Bass all are native to our waters. Mid September once the water starts to cool we start to see the action really get fired up! Trips still available! Give us a call 800-772-8411 or book online here.
Muskies, Pike & Bass
The muskies and pike have been real active. Top water baits, buck tails in bays of 7’-15’ with a fast tapering bottom. Working point to point.
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Sportsman’s South Shore Day Fish Houses are out!
Busy day on the lake today. The guides worked hard and were able to place all the day houses on the ice.
-Up to 8-10 inches in the areas we travel and fish we found today on the south side of the lake and 7-8 inches on the bay. Keep in mind this is in the areas we travel and fish.
If you decide to go out on your own please stay on marked trails and check with local resorts or bait shops before going out. We use a private road. Adrian’s Road and Morris Point’s public roads are open to ATV’s and snowmobiles only at this time. Please check with them for up to date conditions. It is a big lake and all areas DO NOT freeze the same! We are finding the Rainy River and other areas have a lot of current this year and will probably not be safe for quite some time. Stay safe and fish on!
We hope to have the sleeper houses out later this week. Since they are heavier we need a few more inches of ice to be safe. Stay tuned for an Sportsman’s Oak Island Report and open date tomorrow.
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