Category Archives: Weekly South Shore Fishing Report

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

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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.

Weather is Shaping Up

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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report

6/5/2018

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.

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

Summer is here!

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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report
5/30/2018

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!

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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report
5/23/2018

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.

Last Minute Memorial Weekend Packages still available
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!

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Sportsman’s Lodge
5/15/18

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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Nightly lodging starting at $43 per person and up to 20% off summer packages through May 23. Two nights lodging in a lodge room or cabin and 1 day charter fishing aboard a 27’ boat, guide, use of fishing poles, bait, tackle and fish cleaning only $207 per person. Click here to learn more and come have some fun!   *plus tax and based on double occupancy

Memorial Weekend openings still available.
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