The ice is coming along and we happily dodged the snowstorm over the holiday weekend! The guides went out and did the first ice check of the year yesterday. We have made some progress! They found anywhere from 5-9 inches on Four Mile Bay and 1-6 inches on the lake in the areas we fish and travel. Gregg is heading up in a plane on Wednesday to check things out from the sky. At this point, we are looking at the middle of next week for a possible start date with our day houses but we will continue to monitor conditions.
Once we get going, sleepers will start a week or so after and our Oak Island location just after Christmas. If you have a reservation that needs to get rescheduled we will be reaching out to you within the next 24 hours or please give us a call anytime. We are looking forward to kicking off ice fishing season 2019-2020 soon! Stay tuned!
Bring on the cold! We have a thin layer of ice in many areas of the lake and bays right now and open water spots too.
The stage is set and we are just waiting on some colder temps. It shouldn’t take too long to start making some good ice once cold temps set in.
Right now we have our sights set on Dec 4-8 for an approximate season start date for our day houses at the main lodge near Baudette with Sleepers a week or so later and our Oak Island locations just after Christmas. At this time we do not advise any travel as the ice is still thin & varies greatly. As soon as we are comfortable with the ice, we will get our guides out there & be checking the ice closely. Stay tuned and get your reservations in! Weekends are booking up.
Gregg took a plane ride today to check out the lake and see how the ice was forming up today. We are certainly ahead of schedule this year but not sealed up yet. Cracks and holes still open at this point.
Lake View – Big Island on the right and Garden Island straight out in distance.
A view of Oak Island
Lake View – Big Island on Left
If the wind doesn’t kick up too much and temps stay cool, we should start to see some sizable ice build soon!
We will keep you posted. Stay tuned and stay safe!
Ice Update ~ Making progress! A little more ice has formed in 4 mile bay the past few days. The river water has definitely cooled and some shore ice has already formed on some areas of the lake. Once we get calm winds and low temps, we should start seeing the first layer of ice start to form. Due to the wet fall, we do have a stronger than normal current in the river, gap and 4 mile bay right now.
We will need to give Mother Nature some extra time to work on the bay we use to access the lake but with temps like we have been having, ice fishing season could come early this year! Stay tuned and stay safe, it will be here soon. Good luck to all the hunters! 🦌 and THANK YOU VETERANS for protecting our freedom!! We salute you! Without you, we know life would be very different. Thank you for your service!!
We are starting to see some ice form. Stay tuned for updates!
It has been a cool week so far, the change of the season is in the air. Yesterday we already had ice on some of the small bays!
Ice is starting to form!
If this keeps up it could be an early start again to ice fishing season. Last year we started on November 30 with plenty of safe ice for our rigs and fish houses.
Soft Water Fishing A few anglers are still out in boats chasing down the walleyes this week. The water remains high and current strong so a 1 oz jig has been key. Gold, pink or orange tipped with a chub or shiner has been hot just near the resort, Wheeler’s Point, Four Mile Bay, and the Lighthouse Gap in varying depths of 8’-22’ of water. Our boats are all put away and crews are busy working on fall projects and getting the fish houses ready but if you are looking to get in one last trip, we do have lodging available through the fall if you would like to bring your own boat.
Check out what this Father and Son reeled in! Lots of fun with Captain Ralph
Water temps have dropped to the mid 40’s in the past week, which has helped keep the fish hungry! Guides have reported having the most success in 17 to 27 feet of water, fishing the mud and sand. They are fishing from Zippel Bay to Babe Island using half ounce jigs (gold/pink/white), tipped with frozen shiners. Quite a few big fish have been caught and released this past weekend including 26”, 27”, 27 ½”, and 29” walleyes. The guests are even catching perch, sturgeon and a few eel pout. Fishing in the river continues to be a challenge with the high water. Our guides suggest spending at least half the day on the water to catch your limit of fish. Pro Tip of the week – Thump the bottom with your jig and stir it up!
Our Annual Halloween Party is this Saturday! Come for the fishing and stay for the party! Saturday, Oct 26 we will kick off our the festivities with 1/2 price select apps and $1 off domestic beers from 3pm-6pm. Then enjoy FREE witch’s brew from 7pm-8pm, entertainment starts at 9 along with more great specials throughout the night and don’t forget your costume! We will be giving away $200 cash for the best one! Book your lodging now $96 lodge rooms!! (Per night, plus tax and based on 2 adults)
Thanks, everyone for a great season! We had so much fun catching up with so many of you and meeting new friends. We look forward to seeing you this winter! Fall projects and cleaning are in full swing. Give us a call to make your winter reservations 800-772-8411 or click here to book on line.
The weather is shaping up for this upcoming weekend! A good bite out by Bridges Island at about 29 feet of water in the sand. Using pink, green, gold or blue 3/8 oz jigs tipped with frozen shiners (or even worms) has been successful. One guide reported catching a few 12” – 15” perch out by the islands and even a few eelpouts by the Gap. Water clarity in the lake is about 2 feet with the water temp around 50 degrees. Most guests are venturing out to Four Mile Bay, the Gap and just past Pine Island to fish, as the river continues to have a strong current and is a bit murky. The water level is high! Pro Tip of the week – You can’t catch fish if your line isn’t wet!
Our Annual Halloween Party is Oct 26! Come for the fishing and stay for the party! Saturday, Oct 26 we will kick off our the festivities with 1/2 price select apps and $1 off domestic beers from 3pm-6pm. Then enjoy FREE witch’s brew from 7pm-8pm, entertainment starts at 9 along with more great specials throughout the night and don’t forget your costume! We will be giving away $200 cash for the best one! Book your lodging now $96 lodge rooms!! (Per night, plus tax and based on 2 adults)
Last weekend until December We have some openings available for our last fall weekend, this weekend. Give us a call if you would like to get in one last trip before ice fishing.
Water temp continues to be in the lower 50’s and upper 40’s. We are looking for the sunshine this weekend! A jig and minnow along shorelines, gaps, and areas with current have been a good approach for catching walleye. Crappies are hungry 20’-25’ in areas with structure with a small jig and minnow. Muskies continue to be active too in rocky weedy bays using spinnerbaits. We have some monster pike, nice looking jumbo perch and smallmouth bass nibbling too. The lodge will close after this weekend and re-open December 26. The office will continue to be open through the fall so you can make your winter and next summer reservations.
Fishing continues to be hot, even as the weather fluctuates. The water temp has dropped to about 51 degrees, which has helped make the fish hungry! Guests and guides continue to jig with minnows and shiners. Any bright colored jig has been successful, such as gold, pink and orange. Water level is up and current is moving quick so heavier jigs of an ounce in size are best if you are planning on fishing in the river or bays. This time of year, the fish can be found in a wide range of depths, from 18 ft to 28 ft of water. There are a variety fishing spots that have been producing many walleyes, such as Four Mile Bay, 2 miles past Pine Island, Zippel Bay, Graceton Beach and even up by Knight and Bridges Islands. Pro tip of the week – bring enough bait for those hungry fish or take a guide!
Come for the fishing and stay for the party! Saturday, Oct 26 we will kick off our the festivities with 1/2 price select apps and $1 off domestic beers from 3pm-6pm. Then enjoy FREE witch’s brew from 7pm-8pm, entertainment starts at 9 along with more great specials throughout the night and don’t forget your costume! We will be giving away $200 cash for the best one! Book your lodging now $96 lodge rooms!! (Per night, plus tax and based on 2 adults)
There’s still time to get in some end of season fishing before we make the switch to winter. Fall is always some of the best fishing of the year, come see why for yourself!
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It has been a good bite this week. Water temps are in the lower 50’s and upper 40’s. Jig and minnow has been the hot approach to landing a nice stringer of walleyes. Gold, pink, orange and glow in the dark have been good colors. Points and shorelines in 12’-25’ have been good spots. Crappie fishing continues to be hot and we don’t expect that to slow anytime soon. Usually the cooler it gets, the better it gets. 20’-32’ holes with structure using a jig and minnow works well. Muskies also active. Try some trolling in bays with a mix of rocks and weeds casting using heavy duty rods and reels with line up to 100 lb test, topwater baits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Lake of the Woods is home to thousands of bays and an abundantmuskie population.Few More Weeks of Fall Fishing
Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge has openings now through Oct 20. Give us a jingle for one last soft water trip!
Don’t let the weather fool you – fishing has been awesome! Many groups are only spending a few hours on the water and coming in with their limits of walleyes and saugers. The best walleye fishing has been between 20-30 ft of water, not too far out from Pine Island in the mud. Jigs tipped with shiners or minnows have been the preferred method this past week as the water temp hovers around 54 degrees. Pro Tip of the week – if the water is muddy, use a brighter colored jig!
Lodging and Charter Fishing packages starting at $207 per person for 2 nights and a day or if you prefer to bring your own boat, we have great lodging deals starting at only $86 for a lodge room midweek and $92 weekends for up to 2 adults and 4 kids. Charter packages available through late October and fall lodging specials available throughout November. Come have some fun this fall!
*Plus tax, packages based on double occupancy and kids rates ages 17 and under.
Bring your costume Our annual Halloween party is on Saturday, Oct 26. Always a great time! It pays to dress up, $200 cash will be awarded for best costume, awesome drink specials $2 beer and more, 1/2 price select apps 3pm-6pm, entertainment and more!
Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
Falling Temps Water temp is hovering in the lower 50’s, dropping quickly this week. Jig and a shiner or chub minnow in areas where bait gathers especially in current areas have been good walleye spots, 12’-25’. Soldier’s point, Deep Water Bay and small islands just south of Oak have been good. Gold, pink and glow in the dark are hot colors to try. We have lodging and guided trips available at Oak Island through Oct 20.
Crappies Crappie fishing has been on fire! 20’-32’ holes with structure using a 1/16-3/8 ounce jig, size depending on the current and a minnow.
Muskies Trolling using spinner jerk baits around points and areas with current have been working best. Fall is a great time of year to find an aggressive muskie bite.