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Weekly Oak Island Fishing Report

The ice is moving on out!

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The ice is moving on out. We can now get from the Northwest Angle/Young’s Bay to the island. The main lake still has ice but it is melting fast. Click here or give us a call 800-772-8411 to book you summer stay.

Check out our spring deals here.

For summer packages click here.

Fishing Dates to Remember

Minnesota Fishing Dates…..

Walleye opens May 13

Northern Pike open all year

Muskie opens June 17 thru Nov 30.

Bass, Crappie & Perch open all year.

Ontario Fishing Dates…..

Walleye season opens May 20

Muskie opens June 17

Northern Pike, Bass, Crappie & Perch open all year

Get your reservations in early for the upcoming summer season, prime dates are filling up.

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Sportsman’s Specials

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Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River 

$99 Lodge Rooms & 20% off Cabins & Villas

Now through March 31

 Lodging starting at only $42 per person per night

April 1- May 24

 Up to 20% off Summer lodging & charter fishing packages

May 12-24

 Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge 

 May 12-25 

Lodging starting at only $60 per person per night

& 10% off packages

 *All specials valid in 2017. Rates are plus tax and based on double occupancy.

Sportsman’s Lodge Oak Island Fishing Report – 3/21/2017

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Our ice fishing season has ended  for the year but we are already gearing up for spring.  Our spring specials start in early May and run through May 25 including lodging starting at $60 per person per night and 10% off summer packages.  If you are looking to get into a boat in April be sure to check out our sister resort, Sportsman’s Lodge. The Rainy River is opening up and the walleye, pike and sturgeon bite is on fire! For reservations for Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge and Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge click here or call 800-772-8411. For Sportsman’s Lodge click here or call 800-862-8602.

Sportsman’s Lodge Oak Island Fishing, Trail & Ice Report 3/9/2017

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The latest…..
Crazy weather week with wind, a few warm days and now subzero temps. I guess that is the way Mother Nature works sometimes. We currently are still maintaining 24-26 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel. Not much snow cover on the ice right now so be sure to bring along your cleats or traction shoes.   It has been a decent morning and late afternoon bite this week. The bite has mainly been nice eater size walleyes along with a few 22”+ walleyes, few pike, perch and some little ones to keep you paying attention. J  A 35 inch northern was caught by a guest earlier this week. Plain hooks with a split shot using a whole or half minnow has been working well. Some days have been a finicky bite. Lots of fish showing up on the electronics.   Guides suggest using a mix of dead sticking and jigging techniques, changing up bait techniques and lures for best results. Electronics have worked well to entice the suspended fish. If you are planning on venturing out on your own, we strongly suggest checking with local resorts and guides before going out and stay on the marked routes.  Conditions change this time of year and the entire lake never freezes equally.

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Ice Road Conditions from Young’s Bay to the Island
The ice road from Young’s Bay is open but we suggest calling out for the latest conditions and information before venturing out 800-772-8411. Due to the lack of snow and changing conditions our signs are no longer standing up along the road and some routes have changed.  Give us a call!

Trail Report
Minimal snow cover on the ice right now.

At Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge & Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge we plan to be open through March 19 for the winter season and then re-open early May for the summer season. Sportsman’s Lodge on the south side of the lake near Baudette will be open through the spring. Walleye season runs until April 14 and excellent pike and sturgeon fishing can be had during April on the Rainy River and south shore. For reservations at Sportsman’s Lodge click here or call 800-862-8602. To make your last minute ice fishing and summer reservations for Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge and Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge click here or call anytime 800-772-8411. Our office is open year round.

The Fishing Scoop

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The guides on the island report a nice mix of walleyes and saugers and good catch rates lately but it has been a light bite so jigging with plain hooks with a split shot or gold jigs tipped with a chub or shiner minnow have been working the best. Work the jig and watch the electronics. Anglers are seeing fish in all depths. We are currently seeing the best results along some structure in depths between  20’-28’ of water.

3Hot lunch delivered to you
We may be on an island, but we don’t believe in “roughing it”. Ask how you can enjoy a hot lunch prepared and brought right to your fish house midday when you join us for your next fishing trip.

The fun hasn’t stopped, it has really just begun! March is usually one of the best times for ice fishing! Warm weather, lots of sun and walleyes! Come on up! We are open until mid/late-March.

Ice Condition Report

We currently have 24-26 inches of ice, plenty of ice for lots of winter fun.

Trail Report
We don’t have a lot of snow in the area but groomers are out and the trail from Baudette to Oak is good. For more information on the NW Angle & Islands area click here. For the Baudette area click here. The NW Angle club will be hosting their annual Snowmobile Rally March 4 in the NW Angle area. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

Ice Road

The ice road is open. Take the 9 mile drive out from Young’s Bay to the lodge. Signs are posted.

Good bite yesterday!

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The bite yesterday was great, but overall spotty this week. Nice buckets of fish came in with a variety of walleyes and saugers.  Best depth has been in 23-31 feet of water. Gold and pink jigs, rattle spoons and macho minnows have been working well tipped with a minnow.  Mix of jigging and dead sticking is the best approach. Electronics users tend to do the best.

Ice Conditions
We have lost snow but not much ice if any. Weather is cooling off starting tomorrow. Back to ice making!

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Trail Report
We have lost most of our snow so the trails are rough. Groomers will start again as soon as we get another shot of snow.

Ice Road from Young’s Bay to the Island
The ice road is in good shape. The landing is pretty muddy so trucks only. Cars will probably not make it out. Cooler weather is coming back tomorrow!

Check out these nice walleyes!

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The afternoons have been favoring the mornings this week. Gold and pink jigs and spoons have been working well tipped with a minnow. Anglers have been having good luck in 23’-29’ on and off the reefs. It has been a 60% walleye/40% sauger bite. If you are looking to increase your catch rate we highly recommend using a fish flasher. They really help you pin point at what depth the fish are at. If you don’t have one, call us ahead of time to reserve one to rent.

23 inch walleye caught by the Prudhomme Group Sportsmans Oak Island Lodge

23 inch walleye caught by the Prudhomme Group Sportsmans Oak Island Lodge

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Kevin Coye 23.5 inch walleye caught on a gold jig and minnow Sportsmans Oak Island Lodge


Ice Conditions
Currently we have 20-24 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel. We run a groomed  trail to our houses. Forecasted highs this week are a little warmer than we like to see this time of year but with the lows below freezing we should only lose some snow.  I am sure Mother Nature will be blowing in some subzero temps again soon.

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Trail Report
Area lake and land trails are being groomed weekly. For more information on the NW Angle & Islands area click here. For the Baudette area click here. The NW Angle club will be hosting their annual Snowmobile Rally March 4 in the NW Angle area. Check out their Facebook page for more information.


Ice Road

The ice road is open. Take the 9 mile drive out from Young’s Bay to the lodge. Signs are posted.