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Fall is here!


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!


Syngenta Seeds group reeled in some nice fish this week with Captain Baihly


A double! Great way to kick off fall fishing! 28.75 inch walleye caught by Marcus Mara from Worthington MN and 24.5 inch walleye caught by Mary Collins from Minneapolis MN. Guided by Captain Mike Marquardt.


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.




Walleye Bite


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.



Great family summer getaway idea on beautiful Lake of the Woods


Great family summer getaway idea
on beautiful Lake of the Woods

These villas are great for a small group or a large family or group of friends.

You will love these luxury accommodations!

These villas feature:

  • Beautiful Log Furnishings
  • One, Two, Three, Four & Five Bedrooms
  • Great for groups of 1-17 per unit
  • Duplex Units
  • Full Kitchens with stove, side by side fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher
  • King Suites
  • Spa Showers (One Bedrooms)
  • Awesome Views
  • Efficient heating and air conditioning
  • One bathroom per every two bedrooms
  • Wifi
  • Outdoor Patio

Available Year Round

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Click here to reserve your villa today, call us at (866) 533-8998!


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Sportsman’s South Shore Day Fish Houses are out!


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.

Get away from it all at Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge


Get away from it all at Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge

Relax on beautiful Oak Island on Lake of the Woods just 9 miles from the Northwest Angle of Minnesota. Look out your window and yes you can see Canada, you are that close.  This beautiful lake home is set in a pristine area but still has the comforts of home to keep you connected and just a stone throw away from Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge for guided fishing, dining, gas and bait.

Learn more about Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge by clicking here.

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Lake of the Woods is a great place to ride your ATV’s


Lake of the Woods is a great place to ride your ATV’s

ATV Riding Lake of the Woods

Miles and miles of trails await you in the Beltrami Island State forest just a hop, skip and a jump 20 miles away from Sportsman’s Lodge. A mix of trails and forest roads make the cruising perfect. Book in your lodging at Sportsman’s, load up your wheelers and take a few days to cruise.  Add an extra day for incredible walleye fishing too.  Check out the ATV maps for more information.

Save this Date! Sept 19 is the Annual Roseau/Lake of the Woods Sportsman’s Club Fun Run!

ATV Fun Run Lake of the Woods

Check out one of our “board rooms”.


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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Lake of the Woods South Shore Fishing Report


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

Starting at only $40 per person per night through May 22 at Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River location. Give us a call to book your trip 800-862-8602 or request online.

*plus tax based on double occupancy.

Guided Fishing

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.

Our New Villas are great for summer vacations!

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.