Category Archives: Weekly South Shore Fishing Report

Great Weather and a Good Bite


Sportsman’s Rainy River

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!

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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


Sportsman’s Lodge


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.

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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.

Weather is Shaping Up


Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report


Weather is Shaping Up
This past weekend proved to be a bit of a challenge getting where we wanted to go with the wind and the rain, but the good news is it is shaping up. The forecast is looking better and better as the week rolls on.

Last Minute trips available this week! Give us a call 800-862-8602

A mix of jigging with a minnow or shiner and slow drifting with spinners tipped with a minnow has been working the best. Gold, white and silver have been popular colors.  We are starting to see some anglers try out worms and leeches more this week and having some good luck, 8’-14’ and 18’-26’ have been good depths in the sand.  Water temp has decreased 6 degrees this week, currently sitting at 63.

Check out the pictures of the week.

Share your picture with us
We always love to see your pictures enjoying Lake of the Woods and visiting Sportsman’s.  Share your pictures with us and you might even see yourself in the next fishing report, on our Facebook page or in our brochure! Email, text 218-395-0042 or tag us on Facebook.

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Summer is here!


Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report

Summer is here! Summer kicked off this weekend and boy has the fishing been good!  Check out some of the pictures of the week.

Anglers are having the best luck for walleyes in the sand 18’-26’ jigging with a jig and minnow or spinner and an ounce or two sinkers.  A Lake of the Woods standby, gold has been working well.  Worms and leeches are starting to hit too.  Lots of healthy sized walleyes have been nibbling 20”+ as well as plenty for the frying pan. Water level has come up a few inches since opener but still remains low. It was a warm week in the 70’s and 80’s the past week. Water temperature has heated up 8 degrees to 68 right now. Check out the forecast for the week ahead.

Share your picture with us
We always love to see your pictures enjoying Lake of the Woods and visiting Sportsman’s.  Share your pictures with us and you might even see yourself in the next fishing report, on our Facebook page or in our brochure! Email, text 218-395-0042 or tag us on Facebook.

Celebrate Dad in June at Sportsman’s
Lodging & Guided Charter Packages starting at only $251*per person, gift cards available too! Purchase yours online or call 800-862-8602.

*Plus tax and based on double occupancy

What a Week!


Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report

It has been an excellent week of fishing on Lake of the Woods. Lots of nice walleyes nibbling at the lines. The guides have been hot on the walleye trail!  Check out these pictures!

 The bite is on.  Walleyes and saugers are being caught anywhere from 18’ to 22’ mainly in the sand.  Anchored up using all jig colors or spinners tipped with a minnow have been producing but pink, gold and white seem to be doing a little better than the rest. Lots of 20 inch plus walleyes have been biting this week along with plenty of good eaters. Water temperature is heating up, up 5 degrees to 62 this week. It looks like we might get a chance of rain Thursday and Friday but otherwise a beautiful Memorial Weekend ahead of us.

Get out and have some fun!  Guided trips are available, summer is here! Give us a call 800-862-8602.

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Lodging starting at $125 per room night and Lodging and Charter Fishing starting at $251 per person per night Ask about our great fishing package discounts for kids! Click here to book now or call 800-862-8602.

Opener Weekend!


Sportsman’s Lodge

Opener Weekend
What a fun weekend! I think we had some of the best weather we have ever had for opener and great fishing!  Check out some of the highlights of the weekend. Captain Wes and Darryl were hot on the walleyes and sturgeon this weekend.

Walleyes and saugers hugged in close in the river, bays and shallows this weekend. A jig and chub or shiner minnow worked well.  A variety of sizes were reeled in, good eaters, babies and some big girls too. Slow jigging gold, pink and orange were hot choices in 12’-20’ water.  Gumballs, RZ Jigs and fire balls were popular. Some anglers not only enjoyed fishing for walleyes but also had some great luck sturgeon fishing the last weekend of the spring season.  Several 50+ inch sturgeon were caught during the last weekend of the spring season. Some of the best sturgeon fishing was  in the river and bays using a gob of worms on a 4/0 or 5/0 hook and a few ounces no roll sinker. Sturgeon season re-opens July 1. The water temperature has been rising, current temperature is 56 degrees. The water level is a few feet low.  Chance of some rain later this week should start bringing that up. Temps are forecasted in the 60’s and 70’s for the week.  Let’s go fishing; the guides are ready to take you out!

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Lake of the Woods Satellite Picture Update 5-10-2018


Lake of the Woods Satellite Picture Update 5-10-2018

Check out the latest satellite picture from today compared to Mondays!
Big changes happening here the past few days! We have not been across the lake to check it out yet, so please use caution when venturing out. It sure looks like the ice is disappearing quickly.
Opener forecast is looking good!  Woohoo! Let’s go fishing!

Sportsman’s 2018 Sturgeon Tournament Raised over $2,000 for Lake of the Woods -TAKF

Baudette, MN – The Sportsman’s Lodge Annual Sturgeon Tournament had a full field of 60 boats and 169 anglers that battled it out over two days on Friday May 4 and Saturday May 5 for over $9,000 in cash and prizes. The 12th annual catch and release tournament was headquartered at the beautiful Sportsman’s Lodge and the fishing area was focused on 1.2 mile area right in front of the lodge on the Rainy River. Tournament Emcee Bryan “Beef” Sathre said “Over 150 sturgeon were caught and released with five of those fish being previously tagged by DNR fisheries.”
Tournament participants paid a $90 entry fee per person which included an incredible prime rib dinner as part of the tournament fee. The top two sturgeon of each day were awarded large cash prizes to match their big catch, with third place each day receiving a custom built fishing rod built by Sportsman’s guide, Ralph Christofferson. In addition, many more prizes were awarded for the biggest Bullhead, Sucker, Eel Pout, under 18 years old, and biggest sturgeon caught by a female.
For the first time in the history of this tournament, at the banquet, the participants helped raise funds for the Lake of the Woods Take a Kid Fishing Program (TAKF). Through this the participants had the chance to win prizes from generous sponsorships from local businesses and fishing industry providers.
The tournament raised $2,610 for the TAKF event. “We are very deeply appreciative of the support the participants put forth to raise this money for such a great local program,” Gregg Hennum, Owner of Sportsman’s Lodge said. Lake of the Woods TAKF board member Ralph Christofferson, was on hand to accept the donation. “This is amazing, thank you,” he said.
Sportsman’s Lodge would like to thank the participants, tournament coordinator and emcee extraordinaire Bryan “Beef” Sathre from Fathead Guide Service, guides, staff, and the gracious sponsors, Northwood’s Bait and Tackle, Log Cabin Bait, CLAM, Mission Tackle, Jim Joy from Sysco Foods, Restaurant 71, S.S. Bait Co, Striker Ice, and Northland Fishing Tackle. “Without all the help we couldn’t have made this such a huge success,” Sathre said. “Thank you to everyone who attended, It was a blast and we can’t wait for next year.”
Next year’s tournament is scheduled for May 3 & 4, 2019. At this time the tournament is already sold out for next year but anyone interested in joining is always encouraged to join the waiting list by contacting Sportsman’s Lodge at 800-862-8602 or online at
Day 1 winner Jake Waldo
Day 1

First Place: Jake Waldo 63.5″ 22″ girth Bovey
Second Place: Tony Klaers 59″ 22.5″ girth Bemidji
Third Place: Marshall Hopp 57″ 19.75″ girth Valley City, ND
Day 2 Winner Tony Klaers
Day 2

First Place: Tony Klaers 63″ 26.75″ girth Bemidji
Second Place: Mark Sage 63″ 20.5″ girth Thompson, ND
Third Place: Ben Simonson 62 1/8″ 23.5″ girth Valley City, ND

It’s Walleye Time!!



4 Days until walleye opener. Let’s go fishing!!
With the cool spring and late spawn, walleyes should be stacked up in the shallows, bays and river. The fishing should be fantastic!  The Rainy River is open, many bays and outside Pine Island/Lighthouse Gap up to a few miles right now has open water and we expect the lake to open up more in the next few days.  Lots of fishable areas open for opener.

Remaining ice is looking more gray every day!

We are getting some rain today (forecasting ¼ inch) and winds gusting up to 20 mph. The rest of the week looks dry but gusts up to 20mph tomorrow too. This should do some well needed damage to the ice.  Opener forecast is looking good, calling for highs in the mid 60’s, partly cloudy and light and variable wind.  Water level is low and clarity this weekend was about a foot in the river. Water temperature today is 54 degrees and current is slower than average.

Rigging Up
A jig and a shiner or chub are a good choice for Saturday. Do a little bouncing off bottom in shallow waters, river and bays.  Start off your weekend early with pike and sturgeon fishing. Pike season is open all year on Lake of the Woods and sturgeon season catch and release is open now through May 15.  Pike are hitting on jigs with a smelt sitting on the bottom or crankbaits in the shallow bays.  Sturgeon are being found in the deep holes of the river and bays using a 4/0 or 5/0 hook, 2-4 ounce no roll sinker, gob of worms and a little something for smell like a shiner or two. Lots of fishing opportunities abound.

2018 Sturgeon Tournament was a hit!
We enjoyed another fun tournament this past weekend. Like our Facebook page and check out all of the highlights on our page.

1st place winners of day 1 and day 2 taking home $2,280 each. Jake Waldo from Bovey 63.5 inch and 22 inch girth and Tony Klaers

Walleye Opener – Few rooms and guided spots left!
Two nights lodging and 1 day charter fishing (all equipment included) packages starting at only $207 per person. Give us a call, space is limited. 800-862-8602.