Category Archives: Weekly South Shore Fishing Report

Fishing and Ice Update 12-6-2018

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Fishing and Ice Update 12-6-2018

The walleye and sauger bite continues to be good. 16’-23’ of water has been hot just a few miles out from shore. We have 9-13 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel at this time. Lots of good ice in the area within a few miles from shore at this time but as always if you are venturing out on your own, stay on marked trails. It is a big lake and not all areas freeze equally.

The ice continues to increase around Oak Island and the Northwest Angle but the trail has not been marked from the south shore to Oak Island yet. We need to build more ice before conditions are favorable across this 40 mile stretch. We will be checking ice again next week. No travel advised past marked trails. When Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge opens for the season, guests can access Oak Island via marked trails from Young’s Bay at the Northwest Angle to Oak Island until favorable ice conditions are available and the trail from the south shore to the island is marked and safe.  Minimal snow on the land trails at this time. No grooming has begun yet. Not sure where to go? Book a guided trip. Lodging and ice fishing packages available starting at only $229* per person. Give us call 800-862-8602. It’s fishing time!

*plus tax and based on double occupancy

Sportsman’s Ice Conditions and Fishing Report – 12/4/18

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Sportsman’s Lodge
12/4/2018

The season has started off well!! Check out these pictures!!!

It has been an active bite! Hot tackle has been white glow, green glow, pink and gold colored 3/8 oz. jigs and small spoons in 16’-23’ of water. A mix of jigging about 4-6 inches off bottom and dead sticking have been working well. A variety of good eater walleye and saugers, throwbacks and some nice 25”+ walleyes have been coming through the holes. No equipment, no problem! Our day trips include the ready to go warm fish house, transportation to and from the fish house, use of jig sticks, jigs, bait and fish cleaning. Openings available!

Ice Conditions
9”-13” of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now. We have a cold forecast ahead, making more ice by the minute!

We use light jeeps with heated enclosed trailers this time of year. Once we have more ice we will start using our heavier equipment such as our oversized enclosed snowmobiles, we call bombardiers.

Plowed Roads
Our trips all include transportation to and from the fish house. If you are looking to venture out on your own, we strongly encourage you to use a marked road or trail from an outfitter or resort and stay on the marked roads and trails. The entire lake never freezes equally. We do not maintain a public road, but there are several in the area. Adrian’s out of Four Mile Bay and Morris Point’s out of Morris Point are both good roads to use near the lodge. At this time they are allowing ATV’s, Snowmobiles and Side by Sides. Stay safe, and have fun!

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*Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River location, excludes sleepers.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
12/4/2018

We are making ice in the islands! We will be open for the season December 12!
Currently we have 6”-12” of ice and making more by the minute. We feel by December 12 we should
have a solid 12”+ in the areas we fish and travel. Let the season begin!

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25% off Ice Fishing ~ Dec 12-23, 2018. Book your trip today 800-772-8411! www.oakislandlodge.com

Sportsman’s Ice Conditions Update – 11/30/18

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Sportsman’s Lodge
11/30/18

Today is the day!! Ice fishing has begun at Sportsman’s!
We have 8-12 inches of ice in the area we fish and travel, 5’-6’ of water clarity and while pre-fishing yesterday the guides found an active bite with a mix of walleye, saugers including this monster 52 inch surprise sturgeon caught by Guide Eric Best!!! You never know what you might catch on Lake of the Woods! We received a 3-4 inches of snow yesterday. That is about all we have total in the area right now. Lots of bare ice on the lake, be sure to bring ice cleats! It’s a little slick. The guides are ready to take you out. Give us a call 800-862-8602 openings are available!

Our sister resort, Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge on Oak Island up at the Northwest Angle is opening December 12 for the season. Currently 5-12 inches of ice reported where they fish and travel. Make your reservations now 800-772-8411. The trail across the lake from Four Mile Bay to Oak Island based on favorable ice conditions is scheduled to be marked Dec 5. 25% off Ice Fishing at Oak Island Dec 12-23! Make your reservations now 800-772-8411.

Sportsman’s Sleepers
No sleepers out yet. But the forecast is looking favorable. We are looking at Dec 13 to start. It won’t be long!

Plowed Ice Roads
Adrian’s Road at Four Mile Bay and Morris Point’s roads at Morris Point is open to ATV’s, Side by Sides and snowmobiles. Be sure to stay on marked trails and ask about local conditions before heading out. The entire lake never freezes equally. No travel is advised on the Rainy River. Stay safe and have fun!

Hot Deal!!! Nov 30-Dec 5
Ice Fishing Special

*Plus tax and based on double occupancy.

Call to book 800-862-8602 www.sportsmanslodges.com

Sportsman’s Ice Conditions Update – 11/28/2018

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Sportsman’s Lodge
11/28/2018

8-11 inches of ice! The houses are out! Let’s go fishing!

I think this is the earliest date we have ever started our season. It has been a bitter cold November. We
currently have 8-11 inches of ice as of today on the bay and lake in the areas we fish and travel. Other
than a little bit of rough shore ice the ice is looking pretty smooth this year. Our first day of ice fishing is
just a couple days away Friday, November 30! We have day houses out now. No sleepers yet. The
forecast continues to look ideal for ice making! We don’t have much snow yet so be sure to bring your
ice cleats. Let the fun begin! Openings houses and lodging available give us a call 800-862-8602 and be
sure to ask about our hot deals Nov 30-Dec 5!

Fishing Tips
Gold and pink 3/8 oz. jigs, buckshots, stop signs, charmers and flash bangs are always good go to tackle
to start the year with in shallow under 20’ of water. No equipment? No problem! Our day houses are
equipped with jig sticks, jigs and we clean your fish for you too. We even supply the transportation to
and from the house and can bring you a lunch too!

Plowed Roads
Adrian’s Road out of Four Mile Bay and Morris Point’s road just a few miles away from the lodge are
now open for ATV’s, Snowmobiles and Side by Sides. Keep safe, please stay on marked trails and keep
speed slow. No travel is advised on the Rainy River.

25% off Ice Fishing and $99 Lodge Rooms Nov 30-Dec 5! One of the best deals of the year!
Contact us now 800-862-8602.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
11/28/2018

We are making ice by minute!
Currently in the islands where we fish and travel we have anywhere from 5”-12” of ice right now. Rumor
has it the mail man is making his first trek to us by snowmobile today. We are checking ice daily and working on getting the equipment ready. Check back for update, we plan to get our season kicked off
soon! For winter reservations contact us by calling 800-772-8411 or clicking here.

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Season Starts Friday!

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Ice Report 11-24-2018

Ice Fishing starts at Sportsman’s Friday, Nov 30!
It’s time! The cool fall has been great for ice making. The guides checked ice today and said based on what they found and the forecast ahead, Nov 30 will be our first day of the season for our day houses.  Sleepers and Sportsman’s Oak Island will be another week or so after. They found 5”-7” of ice on the bay and 7-10” on the lake and nearly no snow cover in the areas we fish and travel. We should have no problems building a few more inches and starting with a safe 8-12” by Friday, especially with no snow cover. With no snow on the ice yet, which is great for ice making, it is slick so be sure to bring your cleats. As always, if you decide to venture out on your own, be sure to check with local resorts or outfitters before venturing out. Light jeeps, UTV’s, ATV’s only for awhile and keep the speed slow. The entire lake never freezes equally and the river is usually not ready for a few more weeks due to current. We only check and monitor the areas we fish and travel.

Public Ice Roads
We use a private access and do not maintain a public road. For ice road information, we suggest checking with Morris Point or Adrian’s.

Openings available!
Give us a call to make your reservations! 800-862-8602 or click here.

 

Sportsman’s Ice Conditions Update – 11/19/18

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Sportsman’s Lodge
11-19-2018

It’s Freezing Season!

We have made progress this weekend. Many areas of the lake and river that opened up last week now have a sheet of fresh ice on it. A cool weekend with light winds made for perfect ice making weather.  Woohoo! Bring on the cold temps!
It is not safe yet! This is just the first thin layer and open water pockets still remain but if weather like this keeps up, we will be building good ice in no time. We are hoping Mother Nature will hand us some light winds and cold temps this week to continue to build a good base.  Stay tuned for more updates.  An early December start date could very well be in our sights. We start our season once we have 8-12 inches of safe ice in the areas we fish and travel. Do you have you winter reservations in yet? 
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Dec 20-23, 2018
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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
11-19-2018
 
More ice!
We now have a frozen sheet of ice on the bay in front of the lodge and ice on the most of the lake, bays and channels.  A few open water pockets here and there but looking good!
We are crossing our fingers the wind stays light and temperatures cold so we can begin the ice building!
Ice fishing season is just around the corner!  Stay tuned here for more updates.

Check out our winter packages and come have some fun this winter.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Sportsman’s Ice Conditions Update – 11/13/18

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We made a thin layer of ice on the lake as far as we can see from the shore and in front of the lodge last night on the river. Still some pockets of open water but we made some ice. Will it stay? Looks like the wind is going to kick up tomorrow and a few days of highs in the 30’s but then the weatherman is saying back to cold and low winds after that again. Stay tuned! Winter is rolling in.

Sportsman’s Ice Conditions Update – 11/12/18

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Ice In The Bays

The weather has been a cold this week here in the north land. Several mornings we have woken up to the single digits. Many of the small bays are iced over and some of the larger ones have formed some decent shore ice already along the south shore of Lake of the Woods and up at the Northwest Angle by Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge. If this keeps up, ice fishing season will start early this year! We still have water on the river and main lake at this point. It is pretty windy today so we don’t anticipate too much happening until that calms down but it is does looking promising! The water temp is hovering just above freezing right now so once the wind calms down and if the temperatures stay cold we should start making some decent ice! Stay tuned here for more updates coming soon!

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Sportsman’s Lodge & Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge – 11/7/2018

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Ice Fishing season is just around the corner
It is beginning to look like winter around here. We woke up to a blanket of snow this morning and the forecast is looking cooooold with highs only in the 20’s for the week ahead! We are getting excited!!! This is perfect weather to set the stage for the BIG Freeze.

Water temperature is hovering in the upper thirties right now and is sure to make a big dip after this week. Historically speaking we usually start ice fishing with 8-12 inches of safe ice in early December. Who is ready for some fun? Do you have your reservations in? (http://sportsmanslodges.com/rainyriver/fishing/)

The Bite
A few anglers are still out and about in boats. Anchored in 12′-22′ using a jig and shiner continues to bring in some nice walleyes in the bays and river.

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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report – 10/30/18

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Reeling in nice Walleyes
Soft water season is winding down but anglers still having great luck bringing in nice 16”-30” walleyes. Water temp is hovering in the upper 30’s and clarity is improving by the day.  If you are up for one last dash in the boat, come for a visit.  We have lodging and dock slips available.  Fishing this time of year is pretty darn good; just don’t forget to bundle up!

The best technique is to anchor and vertical jig a shiner minnow in areas with a little current. Water depth between 12’-20’ has been a sweet spot lately.  The Rainy River, Lighthouse Gap or just outside the Gap are excellent spots to wet a line.

Check out these pics!

We had lots of fun at the Halloween Party this year. Thanks to everyone who joined us! Join us for our next party, on New Year’s Eve.

Lodging available through Freezing Season
Thanks to everyone who visited us and tuned into our reports this season.  The bar, dining rooms, lodge rooms and pool are closed until December, but we have lodging available in our cabins and villas.   If you are looking for a hunting headquarters or just a place to enjoy some peace and quiet, contact us.  We have great rates starting at only $79* per night! (*plus tax)

Ice fishing season starts in just a little over a month
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