Island fish was great to start the year off! The walleyes were snappin’ and we even heard of a few big ones being caught. Gold, pink, yellow, and orange jigs tipped with a minnow all seemed to work very well! Rocky points and shorelines were holding good numbers of fish. The fish are in feed mode so get up here and let’s go fishing!
With walleye opener right there the island walleyes are ramped up and ready to go! Neck down areas and rocky shores are great places to start your hunt. Gold, pink, or chartreuse jigs tipped with a shiner is the way to go. Weather looks like it’s going to be great so get out there and send us pictures! Good luck!
Minnesota walleye opener is May 13.
We are gearing up to open up for the season next weekend. Do you have your reservations in?
Click here for more information about our spring packages.
Interested in working where you play? Or know someone looking for a summer job?
We are still looking for a few more people to join our team for the summer season or beyond.
Room & board included. This is a great job for someone who wants to save some money, not hassle with rent or a grocery bill, meet some great people, do some fishing and enjoy the island life! Click here to learn more about the current available positions and apply today.
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.
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.
The ice is melting! Give us a call to make your spring, summer, fall and next winter’s reservations.
Spring specials available May 12-25. Lodging starting at $60 per person per night and 10% off packages.
800-772-8411 or click here
The lodge is closed during break up but we are still here to take your call. Now is the time to book your spring and summer trip. We will be opening up in May. Check out our spring deals! 800-772-8411.
For trips in April check out our sister resort, Sportsman’s Lodge located on the Rainy River.
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
Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
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.
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.
Based on the weather forecast and changing conditions in the islands we have decided to close Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge and Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge for the season. Thanks for another great season! The office remains open. Give us a contact us to book your summer trip 800-772-8411
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.
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!
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.