The tributaries started opening up last night. It will take a few days for it to run through the river and clear up water and debris. On a good note, Four Mile Bay is opening up quickly so we should have open water to the lake in a couple of days allowing for more areas of cleaner water to fish. The sturgeon bite usually isn’t affected by the darker water so that is always an option too.
Sportsman’s Rainy River
The river is open in front of the lodge and all public boat landings on the river are open.Over 40 miles of fishable water is now open from Wheeler’s Point to Birchdale and beyond. Four Mile Bay is still pretty locked up today but it won’t be long before it starts breaking up.
Fishing has been great! Anglers have been reeling in nice walleyes and sturgeon this week along with a few suckers and saugers too. Best depths for walleyes have been 16′-22′ holding tight to rocks. Trolling slowly into current jigging a 1/2 oz. gold, pink or bright jig tipped with a live fathead or shiner. Some are doing well trolling with crankbaits too.For sturgeon, a heavy rod and tackle that can withstand a fish of 100lbs, #4 or #5 circle hook, no roll sinker and a gob of worms anchored in or near a hole in the river are producing.
More bays should start opening up this week. Water clarity remains good and water temp is 37 degrees.
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Walleye catch and release season remains open through April 14. For more information about sturgeon and pike, limits. season dates and more, click here.
Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
Lots of melting going on but still mostly ice in the islands right now. We expect to see more water this week. It is a good time to make plans for summer. We have some great spring deals May 10-25. Check us out and give us a call 800-772-8411.
Bro reeled in a beauty!
4-3-2019 3/8 oz. Thumper Jigs & Whistler UV Watermelon (color)
Check out his video with some great tips: https://youtu.be/VnIuA-1tzuI
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Guided Trips Available
The guides are ready to take you out! Check out Baihly’s new boat.
It’s River Fishing Time!!!
Birchdale Landing is open for boats and as of late yesterday afternoon when we checked, the Rainy River was open within 1.5 miles from Frontier Landing. I would guess Frontier landing will open today or tomorrow. Birchdale is located 32 miles east of Baudette/44 miles east of the lodge and Frontier landing is located 17 miles east of Baudette/29 miles east of the lodge. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more updates over the weekend!
Not sure where to go? Click here for a Rainy River boat ramp map.
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Rainy River Update 3/27/2019
The river has opened up a couple more miles the past couple of days despite the cool temps. It is now open within 1/4 mile of Birchdale /Nelson Park Landing when we checked yesterday afternoon. At Birchdale there are a few open water spots but for the most part, pretty locked up still at this point. Today is supposed to be high in the upper 40’s and possibly a few rain showers which will certainly help the thaw. Stay tuned for another update Thursday afternoon!
For an area boat landing map and more spring fishing info. Click here
Ask us about our great spring lodging rates and our Mardi Gras Party is Saturday!
March 22, 2019
Goodbye winter, Wednesday, March 20 was the last day of our ice fishing season. The winter season has come to an end and signs of spring are showing up. Thanks to everyone who visited and tuned in to our reports this winter. We appreciate your patronage.
From one season to the next, the popular Rainy River fishing is next on tap in our neck of the woods. We are already starting to see signs of spring show up. The current in the river and the warm spring sun is already starting to change up the landscape. Yesterday we took a drive east of Baudette to check on the river status. We found the river was open 39 miles east of Baudette, and about 12 miles east of Birchdale Landing. It had opened up about 2 miles within 24 hours. Open water holes were spotted 30 miles east of Baudette at Franz Jevne Park (3 miles east of Birchdale Landing).
We are forecasted to get lots of sun this weekend. If the warm weather keeps up, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see Birchdale landing open up in a week. For information about spring fishing at Sportsman’s, boat landing map and more, click here. Stay tuned for updates!
Unlike many Minnesota lakes, walleye season remains open through April 14, re-opening May 11, pike season never closes and sturgeon season catch and release is going on now through April 23, keep season April 24-May 7 and catch and release again May 8-15 before closing for about 6 weeks. Spring is a fun time to reel in the monsters! Guided trips available, check us out.
Our spring special, lodging starting at only $43 per person per night is now available through May 22 and up to 20% off summer lodging and charter packages May 10-May 22. The bar and dockside dining room remain open through the spring. Come for a visit. For our current hours click here. End of the Winter Bash is next weekend!
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