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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing, Trail & Ice Report 12-23-2016

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12/23/2016

Fishing continues to be great! Lots of action!
A mix of good eaters and 24”+ walleyes has been caught this week. An early morning and late afternoon bite in 17’-23’ has been best using 3/8 oz. gold jig with a white tip, chubby darters, red frosty spoons and glow buckshot rattle spoons tipped with a minnow or minnow head jigging 6-8 inches off bottom. The ride is just 20 minutes to our fish houses!

29 inch walleye caught and released by Ryan Winter

29 inch walleye caught and released by Ryan Winter

Ice Conditions
12-16 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel with a 3-5 inch snow cover.

Trail Report
The trail from Four Mile Bay (Wheeler’s Point) to Oak Island and from Four Mile Bay to Warroad are both now marked. The trails have 11-14 inches of ice and 3-5 inch snow cover. The trails are marked with black stakes.Trails will start to be maintained using a drag next week and the groomer as soon as we get 24 inches of ice.

Our ice report is for the areas we travel and fish. Our houses are on a private groomed trail. If you are venturing out on your own, we encourage you to check with the outfitter or resort that maintains the road for the most up to date conditions and stay on the road as conditions differ in different areas of the lake.

Public Ice Road
Adrian’s public ice road at the Four Mile Bay access near Wheeler’s Point is currently reporting 13 inches of ice on Four Mile Bay and 10-14 inches on the lake. They are allowing mid-size SUV’s, mini vans and cars. Four wheelers and UTV’s are allowed to pull wheel houses out up to 17’ long. No ½ ton trucks. The road is marked 1.5 miles past Pine Island.

Johnson group making memories

Johnson group making memories

Look what this young angler reeled in!

Look what this young angler reeled in!

New Year’s Eve Party
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Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River Fishing Report – 12/19/2016

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Here we go!
The season has started out great! We have a good ice base and active fishing, what more can a person ask for? We currently have 10-13 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish and making more by the minute.

Several groups enjoyed great fishing over the weekend and with the warmer weather moving in we expect it to get even better this week. Anglers are seeing more walleyes than saugers of varying sizes. An early morning and late afternoon bite in 16’-23’ has been best using small gold or pink jigs and glow buckshot rattle spoons tipped with a minnow or minnow head jigging 6-8 inches off bottom. Dead sticking produced good results as well. The guides suggest to try one rod jigging and one rod dead sticking and see what works best for you. The ride is just 20 minutes to the fish house!

Our ice report is for the areas we travel and fish. Our houses are on a private groomed trail. If you are venturing out on your own, we encourage you to check with the outfitter or resort that maintains the road for the most up to date conditions and stay on the road as conditions differ in different areas of the lake.

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Adrian’s public ice road Four Mile Bay access near Wheeler’s Point
Currently they are reporting 13 inches of ice on Four Mile Bay and 10-14 inches on the lake. They are allowing mid-size SUV’s, mini vans and cars. Four wheelers and UTV’s are allowed to pull wheel houses out up to 17’ long. No ½ ton trucks. The road is marked 1.5 miles past Pine Island.

 

Trail from Wheeler’s Point to Oak Island
The crew plans on checking ice and marking this trail later in the week.

 

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New Year’s Eve Party
Join us for our annual New Year’s Eve Party! Entertainment, food and drink specials, champagne toast, party favors and a whole lot of fun! Make your dinner reservations now 800-862-8602.

 

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We had a great weekend of ice making!

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The guides were out today checking ice. We found 4″-7″ of ice on Four Mile Bay, the bay by Wheeler’s Point that we use to access the lake and 5″-6″ on the lake. Now keep in mind this is where we travel and fish. The entire lake is not treated equally. Conditions are different in different areas. Safety first! We think this is a great start and we will continue to check daily but safety is our #1. As for an exact start date, we can’t make that decision yet but it we can tell you it looks like it will be soon! More to come tomorrow!

Ice! Ice! Ice! We are making progress! Lake of the Woods

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Ice! Ice! Ice! We are making progress!
Lake of the Woods, MN

12/8/2016

Ice Update
We are making progress! Bobbie’s Bay the bay that is in front of our Sportsman’s Oak Island location on Oak Island near the Northwest Angle of Minnesota iced over yesterday and today we have some ice on Four Mile Bay.   Four Mile Bay is the bay near Wheeler’s Point that we use to access the lake in the winter time.  The channel in the bay still has open water but this is progress and we like progress! The wind is supposed to die down tonight and below zero temperatures are in the forecast for the weekend. No safe is yet, but we like what we see!  We are moving in the right direction. Get your reservations in!

Bobbie's Bay in front of Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge  Lake of the Woods www.oakislandlodge.com 12-8-2016

Bobbie’s Bay in front of Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
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Four Mile Bay Lake of the Woods near Wheeler's Point.   Ice Forming 12-8-2016

Four Mile Bay Lake of the Woods near Wheeler’s Point.
Ice Forming 12-8-2016

 

Ice Condition Report 12/7/2016

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Here it comes!
The thermometer is dropping and the landscape is about to change! Ice making is happening now! Stay tuned, we should have lots to report next week!  For now, get your reservations in and put that new line on your favorite rod you have been thinking about doing for the last two months! Lodging and ice fishing openings available through late March.  Get your gang together and make plans!  It’s almost fishing time!

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It’s getting colder!

 

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Make it a New Year’s Eve to remember.
What a better place to ring in the new year than at Sportsman’s Lodges on beautiful Lake of the Woods. Ice fishing, snowmobiling, indoor pool, 3 restaurants, bar with entertainment, game room and more! Sportsman’s Lodge will be featuring many dinner specials, musical entertainment, party favors, champagne and lots of holiday cheer. Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge will be featuring dinner specials, party favors, a midnight wine toast and lots of fun island style. Reservations required. Space is limited. Book your trip today!
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Cold weather is headed in our direction! Woohoo!

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It looks like we should start to make some decent ice starting next week!  Bring it on!  A good week of cold temperatures and light wind is what we need! A lot can happen in a week.  Get your fishing buddies together and make your plans, ice fishing season is coming soon!

Ice fishing season runs longer on Lake of the Woods than most lakes in Minnesota.  It starts in December and we have to pull our houses off by March 31.  Openings available, give us a call Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River/Baudette 800-862-8602, Sportsman’s Sleepers 218-634-1589 and Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge/Eagle Ridge 800-772-8411 or email us by clicking here.


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Sportsman’s Lodges Report

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Ice is Forming in the Bays!
Cool temperatures have moved into our region this week with lows in the teens. The water temperature has taken a dive and we have taken the first step in making ice for the season.  The forecast is calling for lows in the 20’s this week. We will be hoping for it to only continue to cool down more next week and really kick off the freezing.  History tells us it only takes a few weeks to make a good base of ice once Mother Nature decides to cool off.  Stay tuned to our reports. We are excited to get the season off to a start but safety first! We will start pulling houses out once we have 8 inches of good ice.

Young's Bay at the NW Angle

Young’s Bay at the NW Angle

Baudette Bay

Baudette Bay

Our front desk will be closed on Thanksgiving but we will open back up Friday morning.  Give us a call to make your winter reservation at 800-862-8602 or email us anytime!  Many dates are starting to fill up! Happy Thanksgiving from the Sportsman’s family to your family!

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FREE ICE FISHING TRIP!
Who wants a free ice fishing trip? Click here to enter our contest now for a chance to win a day of ice fishing for you and 3 friends! Contest ends soon!

Dipping below freezing

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Let’s cool things down and make some ice!  The forecast is looking more promising. History has told us it doesn’t take long for the weather to change and for ice to build.  Stay tuned to reports here and on our Facebook page and gets your reservations now for the best selection of dates.  Many weekends are filling up fast!

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No Equipment Required!
Ready to go ice fishing but don’t have the equipment? No problem! We supply the fish house warm and ready with your holes drilled. Jig sticks, assortment of jigs and bait is waiting for you. Hungry for lunch? We can deliver that too and clean your fish. So what are you waiting for? Give us a call to book your winter ice fishing trip today 800-862-8602 or contact us online.

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FREE ICE FISHING TRIP!
Who wants a free ice fishing trip? Click here to enter  our contest now for a chance to win a day of ice fishing for you and 3 friends! Contest ends soon!