Category Archives: Weekly South Shore Fishing Report

Cooling down again!

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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
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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!

Ice Update South Shore Lake of the Woods & Rainy River

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It was a chilly one last night! -10 below when I checked the thermometer this morning. We have first signs of some decent ice starting to form on the lake today. Pockets of water still showing on the lake, bays and river in front of the lodge, but we are making ice! Calm winds and cold days is what we need to make some good headway. No safe ice yet, but it won’t be long if this keeps up. Stay safe and stay tuned!

Four Mile Bay near Wheelers Point 11-10-2017. We are making ice! Not safe yet but the ice is taking shape.

Four Mile Bay near Wheelers Point 11-10-2017. We are making ice! Not safe yet but the ice is taking shape.

View from Wheeler's Point Boat Landing and view up the Rainy River in front of the lodge. Some pockets of water yet but we are making ice!

View from Wheeler’s Point Boat Landing and view up the Rainy River in front of the lodge. Some pockets of water yet but we are making ice!

View of the south shore Lake of the Woods Morris Point 11-10-2017. Ice is forming. Still some open water in the distance.

View of the south shore Lake of the Woods Morris Point 11-10-2017. Ice is forming. Still some open water in the distance.

Snow, ice….is ice fishing going to start early this year?

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11/6/2017

Snow, ice….is ice fishing going to start early this year?
It has been a cool and snowy weekend here at Lake of the Woods.  Cool temps have made the water temperature plummet and ice to start to form in bays.  Saturday, 8-12 inches of snow fell, sure looks like December around here!  Not enough ice had formed prior to getting the snow so no problems there.  A few anglers are still out in boats and blaze orange is the color of choice for clothes around here this week.  Hunters are out and about.  Check back often for ice updates! If this keeps up, it could be an early start to the ice fishing season!

Current Bite
Fishing continues to be good. Anchored up, jigging using shiners in the Rainy River and Four Mile Bay/Light House Gap has produced some nice walleyes in 6’-26’ water.  The DNR reports that the fish population looks good.   We are looking forward to a good ice fishing season.  The early season walleye bite usually starts out aggressive. Times to make winter reservations, weekends are starting to fill up!

Four Mile Bay 11-6-2017 Lake of the Woods, MN

Four Mile Bay 11-6-2017 Lake of the Woods, MN

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Winter Road River MN

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Wheeler's Point Landing 11-5-2017

Wheeler’s Point Landing 11-5-2017

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Sportsman’s Lodge 11-5-2017

 

8-12 Inches of Snow Baudette, MN 11-4-2017

8-12 Inches of Snow Baudette, MN 11-4-2017

Forecast 11-6-2017

It’s starting to look like winter here!

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It has been a cool week and it doesn’t look like that is going to change. We have a few inches of snow on the ground and some ice starting to form on the small bays too. Will it be an early ice season this year? Could be!  Bring on the freezing season!

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One Last Splash
If you are looking to make it out in the boat one more time, the fish are biting! The best bite has been outside of Pine Island and Graceton Beach in a wide range of depths 6’-28’ as well as points in the River near Wheeler’s Point, 4 Mile Bay, Baudette Airport area and Clementson. Deep holes and creek beds are good places to fish using a jig and a shiner minnow. Anchor up and start jigging. Gold, orange and glow in the dark colors have all been good lately.  Our guides have hung up their hats for the season but lodging and docking is available.  We have great fall rates starting at $42 per person per night and weekly cabin rentals starting at $518 per week through November. *Plus tax. Per person rate based on double occupancy. Limited amenities available at the lodge. Contact us today!

Looking for some peace and quiet or thousands of acres of public hunting land?

November is a great month to relax in the cabin, do some hunting, gather with friends and even get in a few last days of soft water fishing. If you are looking to get away, check us out. Lodging is available in our cabins and villas through freezing season. Weekly rates start at only $518 per week plus tax. Lodge amenities are limited but the relaxing possibilities abound. Contact us 800-862-8602 or click here.

Ice Fishing is just a month away!

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It’s starting to look like winter here!

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It has been a cool week and it doesn’t look like that is going to change. We have a few inches of snow on the ground and some ice starting to form on the small bays too. Will it be an early ice season this year? Could be!  Bring on the freezing season!

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One Last Splash
If you are looking to make it out in the boat one more time, the fish are biting! The best bite has been outside of Pine Island and Graceton Beach in a wide range of depths 6’-28’ as well as points in the River near Wheeler’s Point, 4 Mile Bay, Baudette Airport area and Clementson. Deep holes and creek beds are good places to fish using a jig and a shiner minnow. Anchor up and start jigging. Gold, orange and glow in the dark colors have all been good lately.  Our guides have hung up their hats for the season but lodging and docking is available.  We have great fall rates starting at $42 per person per night and weekly cabin rentals starting at $518 per week through November. *Plus tax. Per person rate based on double occupancy. Limited amenities available at the lodge. Contact us today!

Looking for some peace and quiet or thousands of acres of public hunting land?
November is a great month to relax in the cabin, do some hunting, gather with friends and even get in a few last days of soft water fishing. If you are looking to get away, check us out. Lodging is available in our cabins and villas through freezing season. Weekly rates start at only $518 per week plus tax. Lodge amenities are limited but the relaxing possibilities abound. Contact us 800-862-8602 or click here.

Ice Fishing is just a month away!

Fall Fishing is on Fire

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Walleyes are piling into the river and are putting on the feed bags. Orange, yellow, gold and pink have all been great jig colors in the river. 16’-20’ has been the best depth. The best areas to look are areas where bait is going to school up. Deep holes and creek mouths are good areas to look for when looking for places to fish. Anchor up and jig vertical. 1/2 to 3/4 ounce jigs have been the usual weight this year.

On the lake, out in front of the gap has been very good. 10’-22’ has been holding good numbers of quality fish. The typical jig and a shiner method is the best way to go. Gold, orange, pink, and yellow are all good colors. Also the fish have been holding to the rock piles up and down Long Point. Anchor just adjacent to these structures and vertical jig. There isn’t much time before the water turns harder so get up here and get out on the water! Good luck!

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Got some snow last night!
A sure sign winter is just around the corner. We received a few inches of snow last night. December will be here before we know it. Give us a call to make your winter plans! Book and pay in full for your winter trip by Nov 1 and receive DOUBLE Sportsman’s Rewards Points. Rewards certificates can be used for free trips, food, beverages and gift shop items.

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Looking for some peace and quiet or thousands of acres of public hunting land?

November is a great month to relax in the cabin, do some hunting, gather with friends and even get in a few last days of soft water fishing. If you are looking to get away, check us out. Lodging is available in our cabins and villas through freezing season. Weekly rates start at only $518 per week plus tax. Lodge amenities are limited but the relaxing possibilities abound. Contact us 800-862-8602 or click here.

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Still Snappin’

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The walleyes are going crazy right now.  With the shiner run in full swing walleye are pushing into the shores, the gap, and the river!  Outside the gap, anywhere from 20’-29’ is hot.  Jig tipped with a shiner is your best way to target them.  Anchor and jig vertically seems to put more fish in the cooler than drifting and jigging.  Good colors are gold, pink, orange, chartreuse and white are all good colors.

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In the river the fish are going very well too.  Walleyes and saugers are pushing farther up river chasing the shiners and they are putting on the feed bags.  Good areas to target in the river are four mile bay and deep holes in the river.  The edges of these deep holes are good areas to set up and jig in about 18’-23’.

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You still have time to make a fall trip!
Guided trips available through the end of October and lodging available anytime. Up to 20% off summer lodging & charter fishing packages and lodging starting at only $42* per person per night.  Click here to plan your winter trip and contact us today!
*plus tax and based on double occupancy.

Sportsman’s Annual Halloween Party is next Saturday night, Oct 28!

Always a great time! $200 Cash for best costume, great drink specials including $2 can beer and more, entertainment, FREE Witches Brew and so much more. Click here to check out all of the fun we have planned and book your stay and play getaway today.

Ice Fishing is just around the corner. Do you have your reservations in yet?

The Race Is On

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Shiner run is in full swing.  Traps and nets are filling up every night and the walleyes are right on their tail!  The river is getting better and better every day.   Outside the gap is still dynamite.  Great reports coming anywhere from 16’-30’.  Pink, white, gold and chartreuse are all working.  Obviously since the shiner run is so strong right now, tipping jigs with a shiner is going to be your best bet.  Anchoring and staying vertical seems to a better way to target these walleyes other than drifting and moving.  Water temperature is currently 53 degrees and dropping nearly a degree a day.

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In the river, break lines and holes are the best areas to look for schools of fish.  Anchor on or adjacent to these areas.  Jig and shiner again is the best way to get these fish to bite!  Four mile bay is very good as well.  12’-20’ is the best depth.  Trolling plugs in the river has been good as well.  Troll just fast enough to get keep those plugs moving.

The guides are ready to take you out! Guided trips available through late October.

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Sportsman’s Annual Halloween Party is Saturday, Oct 28!
Throw your costume in your tackle box and join us for a great time. $200 cash awarded for best costume, lots of drink specials, entertainment and a whole lot of fun. Click here to learn more and book your lodging today.

Ice Fishing season is just around the corner! Do you have your reservations in yet?

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Fishing is still slammin’!

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A great jigging bite is going on the big lake. Anywhere from 16′-30′ has been producing great numbers of walleyes, saugers, and even some perch. Pink, gold, chartreuse, and orange tipped with a shiner have all been working great. If you aren’t on fish, move! One day fish are in 21′ and the next they are in 30’! There are fish out there, you just have to find them!

In the river and in four mile bay fish are in full chase of the shiners. All the traditional spots are holding fish and more are showing up every day! Trolling plugs in the river has been generating some great fish! Gold and pink seem to be the best river colors!

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Sportsman’s Annual Halloween Party is Saturday, Oct 28!
Throw your costume in your tackle box and join us for a great time. $200 cash awarded for best costume, lots of drink specials, entertainment and a whole lot of fun. Click here to learn more and book your lodging today.

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Ice Fishing season is just around the corner! Do you have your reservations in yet?

Cold Temps with a Hot Bite

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Fishing continues to be great up here on LOW.  More rain this week has dropped the temperatures into the high 50s and the fall surge is on.  The shiners have started to make that classic fall push up the river as we are seeing more and more shiners in the traps and along the banks every day.  We are seeing more and more walleyes caught in the gap and in the river as of this last week.  The best spot for numbers of walleyes is still is out in front of the gap and pine island.  27’-30’ seems to be that magic depth.  Anchoring with a jig and shiner is the way to go right now.  The classic gold, pink, and chartreuse colors all are producing but it is day to day so if one color isn’t working don’t be afraid to try other colors.  Four mile bay is also kicking out some nice fish.  17’-20’ has been holding good number of walleyes and saugers.

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Pike and sturgeon are getting very active too.  Big pike are pushing up following the shiners and the little fish that follow the shiners as well.  Flashy slower moving baits will do really good at getting these toothy predators to bite.   Big sturgeon are on the move as well, looking to pack on pounds.  Outside of the major holes in the river is a good spot to start to look for them.

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It is looking like another amazing shiner run this year which should mean a great river bite and that will only continue to get better through September and into October.  Get up and let’s go fishing!

Sportsman’s Annual Halloween Party is Saturday, Oct 28!
Throw your costume in your tackle box and join us for a great time. $200 cash awarded for best costume, lots of drink specials, entertainment and a whole lot of fun. Click here to learn more and book your lodging today.

Ice Fishing season is just around the corner! Do you have your reservations in yet?

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