Looking for somewhere different to hold your next event? Why not get everyone together in a relaxed atmosphere where creative juices can flow. Get everyone together in one of our traditional conference rooms and then head out on the lake for a break out session. Our boats and ice fish houses hold up to 6 people. Great for one on one planning and team building. Jen our group coordinator will take care of all of the planning. All you need to do is give us a call!
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The biggest day of the year in Minnesota is this weekend (May 10)! Walleye season opens for the summer bright and early Saturday morning, and we can’t wait! Fishermen have reported a strong walleye bite ahead of the season opener, and we expect that to carry into the weekend. Finding walleye hasn’t been difficult, and you certainly don’t have to go far. Most of the largest fish have been reeled in along the Rainy River and in 4-Mile Bay (ice still remains on parts of the lake, but there are plenty of areas to find fish now).
Sturgeon season has now switched over to catch and release from now through May 15. Guests have been boating quality sturgeon at all times of the day and along a majority of the river. However, the best sturgeon have been found lingering in deep crevices. Pack your shiners and crawlers to help land you a monster!
If pike are more your style, you’re in luck, because they’re biting too! Test your fishing skills in either the 4-Mile Bay or Zippel Bay areas. Find a weed bed and drop a line and spoon and get ready! Don’t forget, pike season never closes!
Sturgeon Tournament Recap This year was our best one yet. We started out with a record number of fish boated, and ended with one of the largest daily winners ever. The weather may have been cold, dark and rainy, but spirits were high throughout both days. Here’s a look at the final leaderboard.
For more pictures from the weekend, check out our Facebook page!
Spring Lodging Special
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Prefer to let us find the fish and bring the gear? Our guided outfitter trips are great for spring and fall fishing. Enjoy great river fishing in one of our 18′ or 20′ boats equipped with poles, bait, tackle, experienced guide, assortment of pop and water and fish cleaning. $450 for an all day trip for the boat. Boat holds up to 4 passengers plus the guide.
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Have you checked out our beautiful new villas yet? They are brand new and spacious 1-5 bedroom lodging units great for groups of 1-17. Log furniture, fireplaces, beautiful river views, open floor plans and more. Check them out today and make plans to book your summer vacation at Sportsman’s.
Mom’s & Fishing
Treat mom to a fishing weekend or maybe a relaxing and quiet weekend in a cabin while you go fishing on Walleye Opener and treat her to our delicious Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch. You will love our vast selection of entrees, desserts, mimosas and more.Lodging starts at only $45 per person plus tax based on double occupancy. Walleye Opener is May 10 and Mother’s Day is May 11.
Hungry walleyes have been found in deep rocky areas in 22’-25’. Dead minnow on a 3/8 oz chartreuse and black jig has worked best. Little Oak Island and areas north around Skeet have been good. The evening bite has been the best.
Pike & Musky
Pike and musky have been found in the deep weed beds especially in the late afternoon using a cowgirl
Fall is just around the corner.
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Check out some of the recent pictures of the fun we have been having!
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When you’re fishing for walleyes on Lake of the Woods, sometimes you just never know what you might reel up! Check out this monster sturgeon that 16 year old Steven Lasser from Roseville caught on a gold spinner and a night crawler while targeting walleyes aboard a Minnesota charter fishing boat when staying at Sportsman’s. After over an hour’s struggle he got it in the boat for a picture before releasing it. It was a heck of fight. The sturgeon measured 60 inches long. They were not able to weigh it before releasing it, but according to DNR sizing charts, they figured it weighed in at approximately 67 lbs. What a trip to remember!
Best walleye bite has been found trolling with crank baits this week in 30’-32’ of water in areas around Garden and Knight Islands. Nice 14”-22” and 27”-30” walleyes have been found. Some anglers are also having some luck drifting using hammered gold spinners and crawlers on reefs in 18’-25’ of water.
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Summer rolls on!
Deep rock piles topping out in the 22’ to 24’ range have been holding good numbers of walleyes. Musky and northern fishing has been good as well, the later spring seems to have had an effect on earlier activity but the warmer temperatures and stable weather has made for good fishing. The weed beds are filling rapidly and are holding good numbers of eating size pike and a few big musky, the top end northern seem to be holding over deeper rock structure.
Jig and a minnow or spinner harnesses and crawlers have been good if you’re looking for walleye. Reed runners or spinner baits in the thick weed cover for the toothy critters and deep diving crank baits either cast or trolled over deeper rock structure.
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The season is in full swing! The bite started off last week real active and hot. The last few days have been a little slower but anglers are still getting some nice fish. The guides report a mix of walleyes and saugers being caught Nice sized walleyes 15”-19” along with a few slot fish (19.5”-28”). They report the saugers are active, several nice quality size along with a fair amount of smaller ones that keep you busy. The best time of day has varied. Some of our houses are doing best in the morning and evening and some are finding the most action in the afternoon. We are finding the best action in 19′-25′. Pink and gold jigs or just a plain hook with split shots tipped with a chub has worked well. Jigging is the best technique.
Check out some of the fish pictures from the past few days. We have some openings this weekend if you are looking to make a quick trip before the holiday! Give us a call 800-862-8602 or submit your reservation online here.
|Nice 29 inch walleye caught and
released by Keith Kackman
12-15-2012 Caught on a
blue/sliver jigging spoon
with minnow head.
|Ice Fishing is here!||Jeremy Manguson with his nice walleye!|
|Danny reels in a nice 25 inch walleye!||42 inch sturgeon!|| Scott Erickson with a few from his day.
Scott reported he had aggressive
all day action.
We currently have ten to fourteen inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish at this time on Four Mile Bay and just outside Pine Island. It takes about a half hour to get out to the fish houses from the lodge at this time. The temperature has been holding around the twenties during the day and single digits and teens at night, adding more ice daily. It sounds like we are going to dip below zero later this week for a four day stretch which should really help add some inches. If you are looking to venture out on your own, as far as we know the Adrian’s road access at Four Mile Bay and Morris Point access at Morris Point are still only allowing ATV’s and snowmobiles at this time. Please check with local guides and resorts before venturing out as the entire lake does not freeze equally.
We are getting a light snow right now as a type this but it doesn’t sound like we are supposed to get too much today or within the next week. Current snowfall is around 5-7 inches in the area. The only lake trails open at this time are the ones maintained by local resorts. The land and lake trails maintained by the snowmobile club are not. The club reports the land trails are in need of some more snow. They like to see 12 inches before they start grooming. The lake trail from Baudette to OakIslandwill hopefully be staked this weekend and the trail from Wheeler’s Point to Warroad on Thursday if all goes well and the ice is found to be safe in those areas. For more information click here.
Please note: The Lodge will be closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Happy Holidays Everyone!
New Year’s Party
Live Musical Entertainment by Melody Best Band, exclusive one night only dinner menu with several selections to choose from including prime rib, king crab, steaks, walleye and more (and sandwiches and appetizers in the bar too). Party Favors, Champagne Toast, Dancing and a whole lot of fun is being planned! At this time our lodging is full on New Year’s Eve but we still have openings for ice fishing and lodging on New Year’s Day and dinner reservations in the Riverside Dining Room on New Year’s Eve. Call 800-862-8602 for reservations or join us in the Sandbar anytime, no reservations required. Ring in 2013 with us!
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We are busy getting things ready for the ice fishing season. The main lodge near Baudette is getting a mini face lift. New carpet in all of the hallways, a few cabins and 11 lodge rooms. Our suites are getting re-done. 30 Flat Panel TV’s are being installed in all of the lodge rooms. Some lodge rooms are getting new doors. Fish houses and track vehicles are getting tuned up. We look forward to sharing our new updates with you soon!
The small bays are holding a thin sheet of ice. We are looking for some cold temperatures. Sounds like it should start cooling off in a few days. We typically start our season by Dec 10 with 12 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish.
Winter reservations are coming in quick this year. So if you haven’t made your plans yet, give us a call soon to get the best availability 800-862-8602.
Ran across this picture today. Thought it was a good reminder to all of us with all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays starting. Don’t forget to make some time for yourself!