Category Archives: Weekly South Shore Fishing Report

Chasing down the Walleyes

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Sportsman’s Lodge

8/15/2018

Chasing down the Walleyes
The bite has been good this week. It was a warm week with highs in the 80’s and 90’s. Water temperature is currently 75 degrees. The weather for the week ahead looks great. Highs in the 70’s and 80, light winds and cooling down in the evening.

Anglers have been chasing down the schools of fish in 27’-32’. Drifting using spinners tipped with a minnow or crawler as well as trolling with crank baits have been the most successful techniques. Gold and orange spinners have been good colors and white and bright colors for shad raps. The mud flats have been hot for finding a mix of good eaters and trophy walleyes.  Stay on the move and get out and have some fun! Guides available!

Check out the pictures of the week!  Fall is just around the corner.

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Winner Winner Walleye for Dinner

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Sportsman’s Lodge
8/10/2018

Winner Winner Walleye for Dinner
Check out these pictures of the week!

A good walleye bite has been found on the deep mud and reefs in 27’-35’ this week. Trolling with crank baits and drifting with gold spinners tipped with a crawler or frozen shiner continues to work well. Garden Island and Zippel Bay have been notable places. The forecast is calling for lots of sun this week and not a spec of rain in the forecast.  Toss in the sunscreen.


Water temperature has bounced up to 76 degrees a few times this week but currently sitting at 73. Sturgeon “keep season” is in progress right now through Sept 30. Anchored in or around a deep hole in the river or lake bed with a 4/0 or 5/0 hook, few ounces no roll sinker and a gob of worms tipped with a shiner works well.

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Beautiful Weather & Walleyes – Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report

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Beautiful weather and walleyes
It is an excellent time of year to visit Lake of the Woods, beautiful weather and good fishing. The weather has been great, highs in the 70’s and light winds. Recently the best walleye bite has been found on the deep reefs, 26’-35’. The reefs are producing a nice mix of good eating fish and 22”plus fish. Trolling with crank baits and drifting with gold spinners and a minnow or crawler has been working well. The water temperature has been bouncing between 71 to 75 degrees. Looking for a guide? Summer trips are still available and fall specials start Sept 4. Come relax, fish and enjoy.

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The Bite
The best bite continues to be found using mix of techniques. Slow drifting or trolling with spinners and crawlers in 26’-32’ has been good. Gold and pink have been hot spinner colors. The other technique has been trolling with crank baits in 23’-32’. Water temperature is currently 71.5 degrees. The weather report says the wind is going to calm down after today. Looks like a beautiful week ahead with just a slight change of rain early next week. Come enjoy summer!

No equipment required!
If you jump on a charter, no equipment is required. The guide will take care of the bait, poles, tackle, get you on the fish and clean your fish too. Boats hold up to 6 passengers but we do take groups 1+ too. Call up your friends and give us a call! 2 night/1 day lodging and charter trips starting at just $251* per person. *Plus tax and based on double occupancy.

What a week! Great fishing and a 33 inch WALLEYE!!

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The pictures speak for themselves, check them out. It has been a great week of fishing here on Lake of the Woods. Check out this monster one of our guides, Ethan Peterson reeled in this week. Ethan reeled in this monster while enjoying a day off with his dad and grandpa. “I thought it was a northern at first” Ethan says. Ethan was using a gold and pink spinner and crawler. What a day!

Some of you may remember seeing a picture of Ethan with another big walleye only a few months ago. You are not imagining things, this past winter he caught also caught a 29.5 inch walleye. Who says you can’t catch two monster walleyes in a lifetime!? Ethan has caught 2 in 7 months! Lake of the Woods is an incredible fishery. You just never know what you may catch next. Lots of good fishing going on! Come have some fun! Ethan and the guides are ready to take you out for a great time!

Caught by guide Ethan Peterson, Baudette MN
33-inch walleye caught on a gold and pink spinner and crawler 7/25/2018.

Great Week of Weather!

The Bite
The best bite continues to be found using mix of techniques. Slow drifting or trolling with spinners and crawlers in 26’-32’ has been good. Gold and pink have been hot spinner colors. The other technique has been trolling with crank baits in 23’-32’. Water temperature is currently 71.5 degrees. The weather report says the wind is going to calm down after today. Looks like a beautiful week ahead with just a slight change of rain early next week. Come enjoy summer!

No equipment required!
If you jump on a charter, no equipment is required. The guide will take care of the bait, poles, tackle, get you on the fish and clean your fish too. Boats hold up to 6 passengers but we do take groups 1+ too. Call up your friends and give us a call! 2 night/1 day lodging and charter trips starting at just $251* per person. *Plus tax and based on double occupancy.

A little break from the HOT HOT HOT, weather that is.

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Sportsman’s Lodge
7/18/2018

A little break from the HOT HOT HOT, weather that is.
We love our summers here in Minnesota but sometimes I think most of northerners can agree, temps in the upper 80’s is best in small doses. We have welcomed a cool off in the 70’s the past few days.

The weather may have cooled but the fishing has not! Check out these pics and jump on over and like our Facebook page and check out the latest action of what Captain Eric’s crew is up to this morning!  Captain Eric Best reported by 10am an incredible first drift of the day, 7 slot walleyes (19.5-28 inches), a 29 inch walleye and 3 keepers bait fishing! WOW! Gotta love days like this! Lots of great summer fishing left. You still have time!

Best Approach
Mix of bait fishing with crawlers, crawler harnesses and trolling with crank baits in 18’-32’ of water. Good old Lake of the Wood’s gold has been the hot color for spinners and combination crankbait colors in white/silver and white/red. Water temperature is has bounced up and down in the 70’s lately. We have a current temp of 72 degrees.

No equipment required!
If you jump on a charter, no equipment is required. The guide will take care of the bait, poles, tackle, get you on the fish and clean your fish too. Boats hold up to 6 passengers but we do take groups 1+ too. Call up your friends and give us a call! 2 night/1 day lodging and charter trips starting at just $251* per person. *Plus tax and based on double occupancy.

Great Weather, Great Fishing

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Sportsman’s Lodge
7/13/2018

Great Weather, Great Fishing
A warm weekend with light and variable winds is ahead and a cool down to the mid 70’s the rest of the week.

Looks like it is going to be a great week to get out and do some fishing.  Check out the pictures of the week. Summer charter trips still available.  Contact us 800-862-8602.

The Scoop
Water temperature is bouncing around in the mid 70’s this week.  The best technique to reeling in walleyes has been mixed this week.  Some anglers are doing really well with hammered gold, white/silver and red crawler harness, 1-2 ounces of weight and tipping it with crawler in 16’-28’.  Other anglers are finding that trolling with crank baits is working the best 28’-31’ outside of Zippel Bay, Graceton Beach and the northern reefs in Big Traverse.  Our guides always want to give you the best experience but if you prefer one approach over another we are happy to accommodate. Charter trips include a guide aboard a 27’ Sport Craft boat with onboard restroom, use of poles, bait, tackle, assortment of pop and water and fish cleaning.  Shore lunches and box lunches available too.

Congratulations to the MTT tournament winners! The top bag was 5 fish weighing in over 36 pounds. Minnesota Tournament Trail held a tournament July 6 & 7 on the south shore of Lake of the Woods.  The south shore of Lake of the Woods is host to several tournaments this year. We welcome the Cabela’s Master Walleye Circuit and North American Bass Circuit this weekend. Click here to learn more about these tournaments.

August Family Special
Free Lodging and ½ Price Charter fishing for kids. Load up the family and let’s go fishing. Click here to learn more about this hot deal and start planning your trip.

Lake of the Woods South Shore Fishing & Outdoor Report

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Sportsman’s Lodge

www.sportsmanslodges.com

800-862-8602

7/2/2018

Walleyes and a few surprises
What a fun week! It was a good walleye and sauger bite.  Walleyes continued to hit on spinners tipped with a leech or a crawler harness and worms in the sand in 24-29 feet of water while drifting or trolling.   A few notable colors were gold, pink and white.  Bright or shiny colors are always good go to colors for the stained waters of Lake of the Woods.  Water temperature has bounced up to 73 degrees.

Nice mixes of walleyes and saugers have been reeled in as well as a few surprises. Captain Brent’s crew was targeting walleyes when a feisty 41 inch northern pike grabbed a hold. This fighter gave Jody quite the fight! Check out the monster in the pictures of the week video. Another crew was out fishing for walleyes and reeled in a 50 ½ monster muskie! WOW were they surprised! Check out that monster as well as some of the other catches of the week!

Sturgeon Season opened back up July 1.
Now until Sept 30, anglers can keep 1 per calendar year. After September the season will go to catch and release until late April. During the keep season, fish must be 45″-50″ inclusive or over 75″. Immediately upon reducing a fish to possession, you must validate and attach your sturgeon tag. Sturgeon tags can be purchased online or by phone 24/7 by calling 1-888-MN-LICEN (665-4236) from the Minnesota DNR.  Like in the spring these bottom feeders can be found swimming the bottom holes of the river and bays. A gob of minnows, a few shiners or something for smell hooked onto a 4/0 hook and a no roll sinker is all you need. Anchor up, enjoy the scenery and get ready for a heck of a fight when one takes a chomp. Several 40”-70”+ are caught in the area quite often.

Baudette does it right on the 4th of July ~ Last Minute Lodging Available!
Parade, vendors, games, entertainment, fishing, boating. Lots of events planned. Click here to check out the full schedule and make plans to join us. Lodging and guided fishing trips available.

Send us your photos. We always love seeing your pictures. If you have some pictures to share, send them our way. Email, Text 218-395-0042 or Tag us on Facebook.  You might find your picture in our next fishing report, social media page or brochure!

Lodging & Charter Fishing packages starting at just $251 per person
for 2 nights and 1 day. Come have some fun this summer! Click here.
*plus tax and based on double occupancy

Lake of the Woods South Shore Fishing & Outdoor Report

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Sportsman’s Lodge
www.sportsmanslodges.com
800-862-8602
6/27/2018

Summer Fun in Progress!

Check out the pictures of the week! 

We always love seeing your pictures. If you have some pictures to share, send them our way. Email, Text 218-395-0042 or Tag us on Facebook.  You might find your picture in our next fishing report, social media page or brochure!

Hammered gold, white and orange spinners tipped with a leech has been working good this week in the sand in 24’-29’ of water. Anglers have also been using some worms and minnows too but it seems leeches have started to take the edge. Areas outside of Pine Island, Zippel Bay and several areas in northern Traverse have been good spots. Water temperature is currently 71 degrees.

Baudette does it right on the 4th of July
Parade, vendors, games, entertainment, fishing, boating. Lots of events planned. Click here to check out the full schedule and make plans to join us. Lodging and guided fishing trips available.

Lodging & Charter Fishing packages starting at just $251 per person for 2 nights and 1 day. Come have some fun this summer! Click here
*plus tax and based on double occupancy

Great Weather and a Good Bite

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Sportsman’s Rainy River
6/21/2018

Check out the pictures of the week

Great Weather and a Good Bite
Drifting with hammered gold spinners and worms, leeches or a minnow and some anchored jigging with gold, orange and white jigs tipped with a minnow have been popular tactics this week for walleyes and saugers. Shallow and deep depths have both been working well 11’-16’ and 26’-32’ outside Pine Island, Zippel Bay and northern spots of Big Traverse. We had mayfly hatch about a week ago.  The spinner bite is getting to be more and more favorable. Mix of sizes for the walleye and saugers. Some beautiful 25”+ walleyes as well as nice sizes for a fish fry. Water temperature is currently 71 degrees.

Lots of sun in the forecast.

Come have some fun this summer! The guides are ready to take you out!

100% Walleye Guarantee
It’s back! 9th year in a row.  Fish for two full days on one of our charter boats and we guarantee you will leave with your limit of walleyes or we will pay you $10 per walleye short of your limit.

*Fish eaten during your stay count towards your limit.

4th of July Celebration is just around the corner!

Join in on the fun! The Baudette Chamber of Commerce and local businesses is doing it again! One of the biggest celebrations of the year will be held in Baudette, on July 4.  Lots of fun for the whole family!  Click here to check out all of the events and activities they have planned.

Lake of the Woods South Shore Fishing & Outdoor Report

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Sportsman’s Lodge
www.sportsmanslodges.com
800-862-8602

6/14/18

Fishing is on fire!!
Beep, beep, beep, beep…..yes that is the sound I hear when I know fishing is on fire! That’s the sound of text message after text message of pics sending to my phone from the guides out on the water yesterday. Great fishing and beautiful weather!

The summer bite is in full swing! Check out the pictures of the week.


Reeling them in….
Anchored and jigging with a jig and a minnow as well as drifting with spinners tipped with a minnow, leech or crawler are all great choices this week. Water temperature has jumped up a few more degrees this week, currently at 67 degrees.  Sandbars and some rock piles have been hot spots. Gold, orange and pink jigs and spinners have been working well in 17’-26’ of water. Lots of slot sized walleyes (19.5-28 inch) as well as plenty for the frying pan are flipping in the boats. Good action! That is the sign of a great summer of fishing ahead of us!

Father’s Day is this Sunday
Looking for a something for dad? How about a gift card or a trip to Sportsman’s Lodge this summer? Two nights lodging and 1 day guided charter fishing no equipment or experience required packages starting at just $251* per person. Click here now to contact us about availability or here to purchase a gift card online today.

*Plus tax and based on double occupancy.

Fish, Eat & Be Merry
Enjoy a meal of your fresh catch during a midday shore lunch is a must! Take a break from all of the action midday and stop on a nearby island where your guide will prepare your morning catch along with all the fixings. There is nothing better than fresh fish and breathtaking scenery. Ask about our “shore lunch” option when you book your guided trip today. OR enjoy a your catch fried up after a day out on the lake in the Sandbar or try it in our Riverside Dining Room five different ways including our Award Winning cheesy garlic, broiled or gently fried lemon pepper, garlic, cajun and of course our very own delicious deep fried breading.