Lake of the Woods South Shore Fishing & Outdoor Report

Sportsman’s Lodge

Baudette, MN



Emerald Shiner Run Update

The shiners are in the river, but the walleyes continue to remain in the Lighthouse Gap and lake. Water temperatures are in the 40’s which is optimal for the shiners and usually the walleyes but for some reason they are hanging in the lake still. Maybe it’s the slow current? Maybe it’s the forage in the lake? In any case it looks like the fishing will continue to only get better as the next few weeks move on. 

The Bite

The bite has finally moved south but just not to the river yet. When you find a good school of frisky walleyes it seems as if the action is fast, the sizes good eaters fourteen to nineteen inches. The large walleyes are still be anticipated, it may be November. The best fishing has been in the late afternoon in twenty-three to twenty-seven feet of water just outside of the Lighthouse Gap, Zippel Bay and even as far north as Hay Island. The bait of choice has been frozen shiners. We recommend Log Cabin Bait just a half mile down the road from us as a great place to purchase your shiners.  The tackle of choice has been 3/8 oz jigs in colors of good old gold, pink and orange.


The weather has been holding consistent lately which is always good for fishing. The highs have been in the 40’s and 50’s and lows in the 30’s and 40’s. This looks like it will hold thru the weekend too. We haven’t seen a whole lot of precipitation lately and it doesn’t look like we will until next week. Increased precipitation will speed up the current which may push more shiners and walleyes to the river. So stay tuned.

Sharp Tailed Grouse Season = Excellent!

Excellent is the word for grouse hunting this year. A limit in a day or two has not been hard to come by. The leaves are falling, the air is cool and the birds are out. Come and explore the Beltrami Island State Forest right out of our back door! Over 66,000 acres to explore!

Waterfowl & Late Goose Season in full swing!

Lots of geese and ducks are being seen. Call Eric from Quack Addicts Hunting Guides to book your trip today. 218-395-0030.

Fall Hunting Dates to Remember

Small Game – Rabbits, Squirrels 9/19/09-2/28/2010

Sharp tailed Grouse Season 9/19-11/30/09

Duck & Late Goose Season opens 10/3/09

Deer Hunt Archery Season 9/19-12/31/09

Deer Hunt Firearm Opener 11/7/09

Deer Hunt Muzzleloader 11/28-12/13/09

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