Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 9/21/21

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Sportsman’s Rainy River

Fall Jig Bite is Starting.
Anglers are starting to do some jigging and the fall colors are incredible right now. Shiners are showing up more by the day and the water temperature is in the lower 60’s. The air temp has been bouncing up and down lately. Looks like the forecast is calling for warm temps for the next few days and then cool off for the weekend.

Best depths have been 14’-17; and 22’-30’. As we transition into cooler weather, a mix of jigging with a 3/8 oz jig tipped with a minnow, drifting with spinners tipped with a crawler or minnow, and trolling with crankbaits are good techniques to try. A variety of walleyes and sauger sizes are being caught.

Sturgeon season runs through Sept 30 and then switches to catch and release starting October 1 through April 23. Nice sturgeon have been caught recently in the river. Anchored in a hole or around a hole where their is some current using a 4/0 or 5/0 hook, a few ounces no roll sinker, and a gob of worms is a good approach.

Fall Lodging starting at only $95 a night plus tax for 2 people now through October. Don’t miss our Annual Halloween Party on October 30. $200 CASH for best costume, entertainment, specials, and lots of fun. Give us a call at 800-862-8602.

Oak Island

The Mornings are Cool
A pattern of 40’s in the morning has begun. The leaves are changing, it is an awesome site right now fishing amongst the fall scenery. Water temp has been bouncing around in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s. Orange and gold jigs tipped with a minnow or spinners with crawlers have been working to get the attention of the walleyes and saugers along reefs and shorelines. The best depth has been 13-24’ and 27’-30’. The crappie bite has been good jigging with a gold or bright colored 1/16-1/4 oz jig and a minnow in 25’-32’ around structure. Muskies mania! Trolling and casting shiny crankbaits baits have been hot.

Fall Openings
We have some openings available here and there from Sunday, Sept 26 through October 17. Give us a call at 800-772-8411.

Border Crossing Information
Click here for more information and many answers to FAQs.

If you prefer not to drive up to the Northwest Angle, you can get to us by Boat or Plane
Lake of the Woods Passenger Service and Lake Country Air Service to the Northwest Angle and Islands. These routes stay in the U.S. the entire time with no border crossing required. To schedule a trip, go to www.lowpassenger.com or www.beaverairtours.com The area has an abundance of fishing and sightseeing spots on the Minnesota side to enjoy if you choose not to venture to the Canadian side.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 9/13/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge

Beautiful Fall Weather
Looks like it is going to be a nice week to be out and enjoy the great outdoors. Leaves are changing and the fishing has been good. The forecast is calling for highs in the 60’s few 70’s and cooling off in the evenings with lows in the 40’s and 50’s.

The spinner and crankbait bite continues, but it won’t be long before the jig bite starts firing up. The first signs of shiners have been seen this week in the river. For now, drifting with a gold, silver, pink, orange or any bright colored spinner that can catch the eye of the walleye tipped with a crawler or minnow is a good technique to try or trolling with crankbaits in depths of 13’-18 and 24’-32’ reefs and mud. Water temp is bouncing around in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s.

Fall Specials
Contact us to book your fall trip at 800-862-8602 or by clicking here. Lodging starting at $95 per night for 2 adults and lodging/charter packages starting at only $232 per person. *plus tax and based on double occupancy

Annual Halloween Party is set for Saturday, October 30.
Make plans to attend this fun annual event! $200 Cash for best costume, lots of drink and food specials, lodging special, entertainment, and a whole lot of fun.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Muskies
Guests have been reeling in some really nice 35”+ muskies recently. Weedy bays with rocks are good places to try in the fall. Double blade spinners and topwater baits using the figure eight method can really lure them in.

Walleye Bite
The weather is cooling and fall patterns are starting. Jigging 3/8 oz gold, pink, yellow or orange jig tipped with a minnow on the Minnesota side and Gulp minnows on the Canadian. (No live bait allowed in Canada right now.) Points and 12’-17’, as well as 25’-30’, have been good depths. Some anglers doing well drifting with spinners in Little Traverse tipped with a minnow or crawler. The Water temp is in the upper 50’s.

Crappies
Crappies are hitting on small jigs with a minnow on structure 15’-30’.

October Specials
Check out our packages
and give us a call at 800-772-8411 or contact us online here for availability.

Border Crossing Information
Click here for more information and many answers to FAQs.

Other Ways to get to the Angle
Lake of the Woods Passenger Service and Lake Country Air Service to the Northwest Angle and Islands. These routes stay in the U.S. the entire time with no border crossing required. To schedule, a trip go to www.lowpassenger.com or www.beaverairtours.com The area has an abundance of fishing and sightseeing spots on the Minnesota side to enjoy if you choose not to venture to the Canadian side.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 9/1/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge

Happy Labor Day Weekend

From the Sportsman’s family to your family we hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend! Good luck fishing and thank you for another great summer. We are looking forward to the fall season ahead. If you didn’t get a chance to join us this summer or are thinking another trip would be just what you need, give us a call. We have fall openings available and some great discounted rates too!

The Bite

Drifting or trolling with a hammered gold, silver, orange, or yellow spinner tipped with a crawler or minnow continues to work well for walleyes and saugers. Many anglers are also having lots of success trolling with crankbaits.  The weather can dictate which spot you can get to  for the day but overall the bite has been good. Depths of 11’-17’ and 26’-34’ in the mud, sand, and reefs have been producing some nice walleye and saugers.

Get ready for the jig bite coming up next.
As the water cools and walleyes start moving in shallower the jig bite heats up on Lake of the Woods. Jigging popular LOW colors gold, pink, orange, and glow in the dark tipped with a chub or a shiner is definitely an approach you are going to want to try.

Sturgeon anyone?
Sturgeon fishing in the river and bays in the late summer through fall and spring can produce some monster fish.  Fish so big, many are larger than a human, measuring 60”+. Anchored along and in holes using a heavy rod, 18″ snell made of 60 lb line or leader attached to a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook, 2-5 ounces of weight and gob of worms is a great method. Sturgeon “keep” season is running now through Sept 30. 1 per calendar year can be kept. Fish must be 45″-50″ inclusive or over 75″. The fall and winter catch and release season kicks off October 1 and runs through early Spring, April 23.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge & Eagle Ridge

Comfortable Temps
Highs in the 60’s and 70’s this week. Jigging with a 3/8 oz jig and minnow on the Minnesota side and using Berkley power bait minnows, Northland impulse smelt and good old Gulp minnows on the Canadian side in 29’-33’ seems to be working the best.

Muskies
Bucktails along weed beds in sandy bays are catching the eye of these feisty fish this time of year.

October Specials
Check out our packages 
and give us a call at 800-772-8411 or contact us online here for availability.

Border Crossing Information
Click here for more information and many answers to FAQs.

Bait in Canada
Something new has come up with the border opening. No live or dead bait is allowed to cross the border at this time. Artificial only.

Other Ways to get to the Angle
Lake of the Woods Passenger Service and Lake Country Air Service to the Northwest Angle and Islands. These routes stay in the U.S. the entire time with no border crossing required. To schedule, a trip go to www.lowpassenger.com or www.beaverairtours.com The area has an abundance of fishing and sightseeing spots on the Minnesota side to enjoy if you choose not to venture to the Canadian side.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 8/26/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge

Summer Methods Continue but the Weather is Changing
Spinners and crankbaits continue to be the go-to method but the cool mornings in the 50’s are definitely a sign that fall is around the corner.

Trolling or slow drifting in the deep mud 28’-34’ and around and on reefs with spinners tipped with a crawler or minnow or trolling with crankbaits is the suggested method for a few more weeks. As we move into mid to late September and the weather starts to cool, sharpen your jigs. Jigs tipped with chubs or shiners is the go-to method for the fall run. A variety of walleye and sauger sizes continue to nibble at the hook this week. Check out the pictures of the week.

Hey Gals, Grab your Girlfriends for Fall Midweek Getaway
Stay midweek (Sun – Thurs) and enjoy 2 nights in a lodge room, a fun full day of charter fishing for walleye and sauger aboard a 27′ boat with a guide, use of poles, bait and tackle, an assortment of pop and water, and fish cleaning all provided, 5 meals, 2 drink tokens and a souvenir gift pack valued up to $25! Only $317 per person, a $348 value! Make plans to visit us by clicking here or giving us a call at 800-862-8602. *plus tax and based on double occupancy

Lodging Available Labor Day Weekend
Lodging starting at just $109 a night in our lodge rooms for 2 adults and 4 kids plus tax.

Contact us today at 800-862-8602.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Not too many changes this week
Rock reefs and points 18’-27’ drifting or slow trolling using gold, orange, and white spinners tipped with minnow or crawler is a good option. Some anglers are doing best using 3/8 oz. jigs tipped with a minnow and others are pulling crankbaits in the deep mud 28’-34’. Give one method a try or try them all.

Muskies and Pike
Weedy bays with structure using topwater and jerk baits are luring in the muskie and pike.

October Specials
Check out our packages
and give us a call at 800-772-8411 or contact us online here for availability.

Border Crossing Update
Going pretty well so far. Click here for more information and many answers to FAQs.

Bait in Canada
Something new has come up with the border opening. No live or dead bait is allowed to cross the border at this time. Artificial only.

Other Ways to get to the Angle
Lake of the Woods Passenger Service and Lake Country Air Service to the Northwest Angle and Islands. These routes stay in the U.S. the entire time with no border crossing required. To schedule, a trip go to www.lowpassenger.com or www.beaverairtours.comThe area has an abundance of fishing and sightseeing spots on the Minnesota side to enjoy if you choose not to venture to the Canadian side.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 8/20/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge

End of the 90’s?
Looks like we might get a break from the heat starting tomorrow.

70’s sound good to me! A good walleye and sauger bite continues. A wide mix of eaters size, throwbacks, and nice trophies are being reeled in. Pulling spinners with a minnow or crawler and pulling crankbaits on a slow drift or troll continue to be the go-to methods in the deep mud 27’-34’ and around and on top of reefs in various depths. Gold, glow, and anything shiny is popular tackle colors.

Fall is just around the corner
Lodging starting at only $95* per night in lodge rooms and lodging/charter packages starting at only $232* per person Sept 7-late October. Check out our packages and make plans to visit us 800-862-8602. *plus tax and based on 2 adults

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Spinners, Cranks and & Jigs
Rock reefs and points 19’-27’ using gold 3/8 oz. jigs tipped with a minnow or a spinner with a nightcrawler have been successful methods for reeling in the walleyes. Pulling crankbaits in the deep mud is also producing some nice fish 28’-34’.

Muskies and Pike
Working point to point in weedy bays with structure using topwater and jerk baits are luring in the muskie and pike.

Fall is just around the corner
Give us a call at 800-772-8411 or contact us online here for availability.

Border Crossing Update
Going pretty well so far. Click here for more information and many answers to FAQs.
Also, COVID PCR Test machines have arrived at the angle. We are expecting them to be running soon.


Bait in Canada

Something new has come up with the border opening. No live or dead bait is allowed to cross the border at this time. Artificial only.

Other Ways to get to the Angle
Lake of the Woods Passenger Service and Lake Country Air Service to the Northwest Angle and Islands. These routes stay in the U.S. the entire time with no border crossing required. To schedule, a trip go to www.lowpassenger.com or www.beaverairtours.com The area has an abundance of fishing and sightseeing spots on the Minnesota side to enjoy if you choose not to venture to the Canadian side.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 8/11/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River

Catching Some Nice Fish

Late summer techniques continue to work the best. Drifting or trolling with spinners tipped with a minnow or crawler and trolling with crankbaits. Orange, silver, hammered gold and white continue to do well for colors in the deep mud 28’-34’ and 18’-30’ off and around reefs. Lots of variety of sizes of walleyes are being caught from throwbacks to good eaters to slot fish and beyond. The protected slot on Lake of the Woods is 19.5”-28” for walleyes. All of the fish caught in those sizes must be immediately released and only one over 28” may be kept per angler. Along with the walleyes, anglers also are reeling in several saugers to fill their day.

Get your Labor Day Weekend Reservations In
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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

The Border is open!
Anglers have started to now drive up to the angle and get to us by the 9 mile boat ride. Fishing is also open on the Canadian side. Click here for the latest information and requirements.

Anglers are finding the walleye and saugers using crankbaits, jigs, and spinners. Trolling or drifting with jigs and spinners and trolling is the way to go with crankbaits. Jigs and spinners are being tipped with minnows or worms. 17’-23’ for jigging and spinners and 30’-34’ for crankbaits have been best in the mud and rocky areas. You can’t go wrong with gold, silver, and orange right now.

Pike, Bass & Muskies
Weedy bays and rock points are the places to go. Bucktails for pike and bass and jerk baits for muskies.

For more ways to get to the island….
Check out Lake of the Woods Passenger Service & Lake Country Air Service.

Catch a great deal in October
The walleye, muskie, bass, sauger, perch, crappie, and pike bite can be absolutely phenomenal and we have some great fall discounts too.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 8/4/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge

Rolling into August
A good bite has been going on this week for walleye and sauger.

Drifting or trolling with spinners tipped with a crawler or minnow and trolling with crankbaits in the mud 28’-34’ and 17’-23’ off the south shore. Silver, pink, hammered gold, white and red have all been good colors.

Get your Labor Day Weekend Reservations In
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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Warm Weather Continues On
Another warm week is ahead of us this week. Water temperature is sitting in the mid-’70s. Drop a line with a spinner, ounce or two of weight, and a minnow in 17’ – 23’ in the rubble rock and mud to find the walleyes and saugers. There is a lot of baitfish getting out offshore so look for those clouds of baitfish on your electronics. Pull spinners through these areas and you should find some fish.

Walleyes, Saugers, Muskie, Pike, Crappie, Perch, and Bass have been the catch of the day. Lots of species in the islands to go after. Check out some of the variety in the pictures of the week. You can find the pike, bass, and muskie in the weedy bays and rock points. Go deep for the best bass fishing. Spinnerbaits spoons and bucktails work well for pike and bass. Muskies are hot after topwater and jerk baits. Good luck fishing!

Canadian Border Opens to American Travelers August 9
Progress is being made. Travelers must have a negative PCR COVID test less than 72 hours old and be fully vaccinated. At this time, we believe fishing in Canadian waters may not be allowed until a later date but traveling to the Northwest Angle to get to us will be. Please keep in mind, we do not have any COVID tests available at the Northwest Angle or Island. For more information about the current guidelines click here.

For more ways to get to the island….
Check out Lake of the Woods Passenger Service & Lake Country Air Service.

Catch a great deal in October
The walleye, muskie, bass, sauger, perch, crappie, and pike bite can be absolutely phenomenal and we have some great fall discounts too.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 7/30/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge

Up & Down
The MN walleyes must be wondering if they swam too far and aren’t in MN anymore with all of this heat. Uffda!

The action has been up and down this week. Some days are better than others but still getting some good action overall. Drifting with using spinners and worms and a bit of trolling with crankbaits have been the go-to methods. Variety of depths 16’- 21’ and deeper 27’-33’ in the mud and reefs. Gold, pink, silver, and red have been good colors.

Get your Labor Day Weekend Reservations In!
www.sportsmanslodges.com

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge & Eagle Ridge

Muskies!
Late July through October is an excellent time to wrestle with a muskie here in the islands. Check out the nice one Bryan caught this week in the video. Bucktails, topwater baits and jerk baits all are good choices, take your pick and do some trolling around the rocky points and weedy bays.

Walleye/Sauger Bite
17’-19’ and 28’-33’ have been good using jigs, spinners/worms, and crankbaits drifting or slow troll. Gold, bright green, and red/white have been popular colors. The Water temp is in the mid-’70s.

Great fall deals in October
The walleye, muskie, bass, sauger, perch, crappie, and pike bite can be absolutely phenomenal and we have some great fall discounts too.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 7/21/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River

Walleyes & Saugers
A mix of trolling or drifting with spinners and a little bit of trolling with crankbaits have been the way to find the walleyes and saugers this week. Varied depths 17’-34’ in mud and areas with structure using gold, pink, silver, and yellow tackle. Crawlers and leeches have been tipping the spinners. The Water temp is mid 70’s. The days with a little wind always help the bite. We had a shot of rain Monday, not much but it was nice to see it come down and a little bit cooler temps the last few days.

The bite has picked a bit. A monster sturgeon was caught this week on a charter boat too. You never know what you might reel in on Lake of the Woods!

Join us this Fall
Right after Labor Day through late October. Lodging starting at just $95 per night for 2 and lodging/charter packages starting at $232 per person.
*plus tax and based on double occupancy.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Great News!
The Canadian government announced this week, they are opening up the border on August 9 to vaccinated Americans. Although we know there are bugs to be worked out in this process we are excited to see things moving in the right direction so guests have another way to get to the island. As for now at this time, a vaccination card and a negative molecular covid test result (done within 72 hours of arrival) must be brought along to pass through. We will continue to communicate information as we know more.

As far as the bite. 19’-21’ and 27’-34’ has been a good bite this week using jigs, spinners, and crankbaits. Jigs are working well with minnows and spinners with crawlers or minnows. Gold, silver, red, and bright orange are the favored colors. The Water temp is about 76 degrees.

Muskies & Northern Pike
Hundreds of bays to explore. Check out the 47 1/4 incher caught in the video. Trolling deep bays and rocky points as well as weedy bays with bucktails, topwater and jerk baits are good bets.

October in the islands is excellent for all species.
The walleye, muskie, bass, sauger, perch, crappie, and pike bite can be absolutely phenomenal and we have some great fall discounts too.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 7/14/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge South End Fishing Report

Playing in the Mud
Drifting with spinners tipped with a crawler or minnow in the deep mud 28’-34’ as well as trolling with crankbaits have been getting fish. The weather has been hot and the forecast continues to show 80’s+.

The water temp is in the mid-’70s. Orange, yellow, gold, and red/white have been good colors for the tackle. A mix of slot+ size walleyes along with the eaters and throwbacks have been the catch of the day.

Summer Deals
$109 Lodge Rooms and kids 17 and under stay free with 2 adults in lodge rooms too all summer long! Give us a call to book your stay. The poo and restaurants are open and we have entertainment in the Sandbar on weekends.
*Plus tax and based on double occupancy.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Variety – Sand, Mud & Rocks
Try one or try them all. 10’-19’ in the sand, 30’-33’ in the mud, and 24’-29’ on the edge of rock reefs have been the go-to spots using jigs, spinners, or crankbaits. Jigs tipped with minnow and spinners with worms or minnows. Red, gold, pink, and white have been good colors. Water temp is in the mid to upper 70’s.

Muskies & Northern Pike
Shallow weedy bays using crankbaits and bucktails are good spots.

Eagle Ridge Opening
July 14-23 Relax in our beautiful and spacious two-story 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath vacation home with full kitchen, living room, deck, dock, and just a short boat ride away from phenomenal fishing. $90 per person per night/$450 minimum or $2,595 for the week plus tax. Our 3 Bedroom Cedar vacation home is also available a few days next week and late August. Give us a call at 800-772-8411.