Lake of the Woods Northwest Angle & Islands Fishing & Outdoor Report

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Oak Island, MN



Steady fishing….

Guide Ron & Phil report the fishing in the islands has been steady, but spotty. The fish really seem to be holding to certain spots near reefs. We have seen some nice limits of keeper walleyes including some larger sized fish between 20”-23” too this week. In the clear cold weather the fish were moving and all houses did well, once the cloudy weather moved in it seems to be the shallower 22’-25’ houses are doing better. The best time of the day, it really hasn’t seemed to matter lately. Anglers are averaging 5-8 walleye/sauger mix per day and the best tackle has been gold, pink and white, and chartreuse jigs tipped with a chub minnow.


Ice Conditions

Plenty of ice…thirty inches of ice is the common depth around the places we fish and travel right now. If you venture on your own, be sure to stay on the trails or roads and talk with a guide to stay away from bad ice areas.

Trail Conditions
Lake Trails

The trails are in perfect condition! The new snow we got a few weeks ago along with cold temperatures and a good grooming have really packed the snow down nice. Our groomer is out grooming the trail from Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River to Warroad today and will be grooming from Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River to Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge tomorrow.  It sounds like the weather is going to be in the twenties and teens over the weekend, great for sledding!

Land Trails

Just like the lake trails, we have a real nice snow base coupled with cool temperatures that have the trails in great shape.

Plowed road to island

The road is open and in great shape.

5th Annual Snowmobile Rally coming soon!

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge’s annual snowmobile rally is just around the snow bank! Polar splash, fun run, radar run, games, food and drink specials, live entertainment and much more. Join us March 12 & 13, 2010. Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge is nearly full, but we still have some availability at Sportsman’s Rainy River Lodge stay there and ride up for the day to enjoy the fun. Check out our website for details