Minnesota walleye opener is May 13.
We are gearing up to open up for the season next weekend. Do you have your reservations in?
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With air temperatures dropping in the low 30s we all knew the water temperatures were not far behind. Water temperatures dipped all the way to 40 degrees. And with cooling water almost always means fishing slows, especially in the spring time! This does not mean there are not fish to be caught! As far as sturgeon, get in high percentage areas and camp. With the water cooling those big dinos will be lethargic but they will bite if they are there. When targeting pike, if you are casting work those baits as slow as possible. Although it may take some more patience, dead baits under a float or on the bottom may be the better bet. As far as location, creek mouths and any areas of slack water are great areas to target! Good luck and we will see you out there!
Walleye Opener is only 10 days away! Do you have your reservations in?
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The man, the myth, the legend is on the board with his new personal best sturgeon… 59.5″.. It was even tagged.. Great job Blue Olson. Great battle.
Guide Bryan “Beef” Sathre
Check out this nice 39.5 inch pike!
Charter boats are ready for opener!
Take a Mom fishing
Mother’s Day is May 14. Treat mom to some great fishing, relaxation and Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Sportsman’s next weekend. She will love our cozy accommodations, indoor pool, hot tub, beautiful views, excellent fishing and delicious food. Click here for our spring lodging and fishing packages and here to check out our Mother’s Day menu.
11th Annual Sturgeon Tournament is May 5 & 6. The tournament is full this year but everyone is welcome to stop in and check out the action from our docks or in the bar. The tournament takes place right out in front of the lodge over a 1 mile stretch. Annually we see over 100 sturgeon caught over the two day tournament. Stop by for great fishing stories, food, drinks and entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings. The tournament runs from 8:30 to 4pm Friday and 8:30 to 3pm Saturday.
Get on the fish with a Guided Trip
Whether you are looking for sturgeon, pike or walleye we have trips available this spring. Contact us for more information 800-862-8602.
Walleye opener produced an active bite. Anglers found lots of nice walleyes for the pan and to release. Check out the pictures of a few of the big walleyes caught and released. The best bite was found in bays or outside Pine Island in 14’-19’ of water. We expect the upcoming week to be a lot of the same. Water temperature is 53 degrees. Gold 3/8 oz. or chartreuse jigs or a hammered gold spinner and 1 oz. sinker tipped with a chub or shiner minnow has been working well.
|27 inch walleye caught and released by Kenneth Bowman from McAllen, TX
Guided by Captain Dave 5-9-2015
|1st Fish Fry of the season!
Forecast for the Week
|Few more days of Sturgeon Season
Sturgeon catch and release season runs through May 15. The season will close for 6 weeks. The season opens back up July 1-Sept 30 allowing anglers to keep one within size limits. Oct 1-April 23 is catch and release season once again. Lots of nice 30”-70” sturgeon are being found in the Rainy River. Anchor in a deep hole, throw on a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook and 1-2 ounces of weight with a gob of night crawlers and get ready for some action.
Shallow weed beds in bays is the best place to find some nice northern pike right now. Casting a spoon or crank bait will get their attention.
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|Captain Mike 24 inch walleye, released 5-9-2015
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Book a charter. Equipped with an experienced guide, bait, tackle, poles, 27’ Sportcraft with onboard restroom and fish cleaning provided. Take the work and hassle out of fishing and just sit back, relax and reel in the walleyes. Charters hold up to 6 passengers plus the guide. Groups of 1-4 in size are welcome to join another group or purchase our private charter option. Lodging and charter fishing packages starting at only $201* per person. *plus tax and based on double occupancy.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good this past week. Anglers have had plenty of action, a few meals and a limit to go home, so I
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Check out a few of last years catches.
29 inch, 9 lb Walleye
Released by Curt Herwers
Curt caught this on a 1/4 oz chartreuse jig & minnow
Curt releasing his walleye
would say the season is starting out well. The water temperature continues to increase. This past week the surface temperature increased about five degrees now hovering around the upper fifties right now. We are starting to see the walleyes push a little deeper. The best fishing this past week have been in the 23′-26′ range although some anglers have done best fishing deep early in the day and moving shallower as the day warms up. Some current hot spots have been around the Lighthouse Gap, Morris Point and Zippel Bay. The best technique and presentation continues to be anchored and vertical jigging with a gold or orange jig, tipped with a minnow. It looks like it will be in the mid 60’s for the next 3-5 days, full sun for a few days, cloudy Friday and maybe a threat of rain on Saturday and Sunday. The guides are all geared up; give us a call to book your trip today. Don’t have a group of 6 or more? No problem we have affordable rates for you too.
Summer 2011 Outlook
According to the MN DNR we have a strong and moderate year class of walleyes reaching the size of 13-17 inches this year. We also have the same amount of trophy sized walleyes swimming like the past few. The past few years have been exceptional for both good eating and trophy walleye fishing; many guides have been known to say it is some of the best fishing they have seen in years! Lake of the Woods also has one of the largest northern pike populations in Minnesota. We are looking forward to another excellent fishing season. Come fish with us and explore Lake of the Woods this summer.
Keep those boats, rods and anchors clean
Are you transporting your boat from lake to lake this summer? Make sure you spray off your boat and gear before entering a new body of water. Those pesky spiny water fleas are known to follow. These fleas compete for the same food the fish do, so do the right thing and give that boat a spray.
2011 Fishing Seasons & Notable Dates
Walleyes – May 14, 2011-April 15, 2012
Northern Pike – Continuous
Muskie – June 18-Nov 30
Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass – Continuous
Lake Sturgeon – July 1-Sept 30, Oct 1-April 23, 2012
Crappie – Continuous
May 30 – Memorial Day
June 10-12 – MN DNR Take a Kid Fishing Weekend – MN residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16.
June 19 – Father’s Day
July 4 – Baudette’s Annual 4th of July Celebration
Aug 25-28 – Sportsman’s Take a Kid Fishing Weekend
Sept 5 – Labor Day