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Weekly Oak Island Fishing Report

Happy New Year!


Gold is hot! Gold jigs and spoons tipped with a minnow is the hot ticket this week.  We are seeing some nice walleyes, several 20”+ and a few saugers, perch and pike.  The best depths have been between 20’-24’. Mornings and late afternoons have been best. Electronics help too! If you would like to give one a try, give us a call to reserve one to rent. We have openings available through late March, more options during the week than weekends. Give us a call for winter fun 800-772-8411.

13 inch perch caught by Carment Sportsmans Oak Island Lodge My lucky lure was a pink and gold Demon

Ice Conditions
Currently we have 18-20 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel.  If you venture out on your own, be sure to stay on marked trails and roads. The ice is rough this year! Lots of ice chunks sticking up.


Ice Road
The ice road from Young’s Bay to the resort is plowed and it good shape! Come on out!

Snowmobile Trail Conditions
Lake trails are all marked from Wheeler’s Point to Warroad, Warroad to Oak Island and the Northwest Angle, and Oak Island all the way to Baudette. Up in the islands we have a about a foot snow on the lake and land trails. The south shore currently has several spots of bare ice and anywhere from 0”-8” of snow.  The lake froze pretty rough this year so we strongly encourage you to stay on the trails, go slow and use caution. Lots of ice chunks sticking up off the trails. Grooming is in progress.  For more information about the trails click here or contact: Lake of the Woods Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders.


We are off and running!


The season has started and anglers are reeling in some nice fish!  Gold and pink have been hot jig choices tipped with a minnow. Electronics help! Find bottom, give your rod a crank up about 4-6 inches and do some jigging.  One rod dead sticking with a bobber is not a bad idea either. Best depth has been between 16’-26’. The guides are ready to take you out! Contact us to book your winter trip 800-772-8411.


Ice Conditions
Currently we have 13-17 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel. Weather is below zero this week so we are making more ice quickly! If you decide to venture out on your own, we urge you to check with local resorts or guides before doing so as the ice never freezes equally in all areas of the lake and conditions change.

Ice Road
The ice road is plowed out to the lodge now. A nice wide lane out to the north side of the island and one pass so far in from the north side to the lodge.   We expect the road to widen all the way to the lodge today or tomorrow.

Trail Conditions
The lake trail from Wheeler’s Point to Oak Island is marked and is being traveled on.  15-17 inches of ice is reported on the trail.  Grooming will hopefully start tomorrow from Wheeler’s Point to Oak Island and from Wheeler’s Point to Warroad next week based on conditions. Due to how the lake froze this year, there are lots of ice chunks sticking up. Crews have been working to make the trail itself smoother but off the trail it is very rough. The trail also has lots of turns in it right now so we encourage you to use caution and stay on the trail. The land trails are being groomed and are shaping up. For more information about the trails click here or contact: Lake of the Woods Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders.

We have 8-14 inches of ice!


We have 8-14 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel. The staff is gearing up and we will be open Dec 26th for the season!  If you haven’t made plans to visit us this winter, give us a call 800-862-8602 or click here to email us.


Bite Forecast
We expect it to be pretty good! Usually early season is good and the bite on the south end has been great! Gold and pink jigs tipped with a minnow are always good bets to start out with and don’t forget or rent electronics. They seem to really help catch rates.  We have a few available, always good to call ahead to reserve, they go fast.  Let’s go fishing!

Snowmobile Trails
Snowmobile trail across the lake from Four Mile Bay to Oak Island has been marked however no grooming yet.   There are a lot of chunks of ice this year sticking up so crews are busy working on smoothing that out and making sure the trail is safe.  We also need a few more inches of ice and snow before it will be safe to groom. We have anywhere from a few inches of snow to 2-3’ drifts on the lake along with a few bare spots, land trails have 5-12 inches of snow.  If you do venture out, be sure to stay on the trails as ice conditions vary. Land trails are in good shape and are being groomed.  For more information about the trails click here or contact: Lake of the Woods Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders.

Gaining some ice….

It's almost time to start ice fishing! Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge

It’s almost time to start ice fishing! Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

The ice is coming along, we are not quite ready for too much travel but it won’t be long, 5-8 inches of ice is reported in most areas we travel right now. Another week and we should be able to get the supplies out to the island. We plan on starting our season soon! Give us a call 800-772-8411 or click here to reserve your stay.


Ice is coming along in the islands!


We are finding anywhere from 5-7 inches of ice in most areas, some a little less and some with a few more. All in all it is coming along well. We have anywhere from 1 to 6 inches of snow on the ice and ground.  The forecast looks good! We plan to start our season in a few weeks. Give us a call 800-772-8411 or email us to make your winter reservations. Trips available December through March.

Hey Ice Fishing Fans!


ice update

The weather forecast looks great and we expect to start our ice fishing season soon. We are unable to get out on the lake right now to check the ice due to wind conditions and poor visibility. It sounds like the wind is going to settle down tonight and we should be able to get out tomorrow to see how things are coming along. We will post a report tomorrow as soon as we can! Stay tuned! We have trips available December through March. Make plans to join us for some winter fun today.


11/27 Ice Report – Oak Island

We have made some progress but based on the forecast for the week ahead, the progress will probably slow up. 3-7 inches of ice between Young’s Bay and Oak Island has been found but some bad areas yet. Not safe for traveling or fishing yet.
It is still early and we need to let Mother Nature do some more work before we venture out and start the season. Stay tuned for updates and get your reservations in. An average winter season runs mid December through late March in the islands.

Ice Update 11/22/2017


Morning feel like temp was 1 degree this morning with a real temp of 10  degrees with light wind. We are making ice! Right now we have a layer of  mostly ice on the lake, bays and the river along with a few open water  spots. The good news is the high winds yesterday didn’t move the ice as far  as we can tell. Once we can get the open water closed up and a few more inches of ice we will venture out to do some more checking. Depending on what the weather does in the next few days, we hope to get out Monday and update you with another report then. At this point Dec 1 is still a possible start date at our Rainy River location for our day houses and shortly after for our sleepers and island locations. Stay tuned!

Four Mile Bay just near Wheeler's Point

Four Mile Bay just near Wheeler’s Point

The Lake View

The Lake View

From the Sportsman’s family to yours, we hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Cooling down again!

This morning we are at 18 degrees with a feel like temperature of 7. We made some progress at the beginning of last week, then had a few warmer days but we are back to cooling down again.  Several bays are frozen over, shore ice and some sheets of ice have formed on the main lake. Water temperature is just a hair above 33 degrees, ready to freeze!   Based on the forecast and Mother Nature willing, at this point we are taking reservations to start ice fishing in our day houses at our Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River location DECEMBER 1
When we have 8-12 inches of safe ice and can get the houses and trail ready we will be off and running.  Once we start, the sleeper houses and our Oak Island locations usually start about a week or so after. We are doing our ice dance! Ice fishing season will be here before we know it.
View from Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge 11-15-2017

View from Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge 11-15-2017

Get your reservations in and stay tuned for updates!