What a week! Lots of great fishing has been enjoyed. The walleye bite has been steady. Lots of nice fish were found and most released. Rattle, glow or whistler jigs and lures worked well tipped with a frozen shiner or chub. Today is the last day of the season until May 9. We are looking forward to May!

26″ walleye released by
our very own Christi Pierce
Mike Toay
28 inch walleye

Walleye season may be closing but that DOES NOT mean there are not lots of other species to fish for! The sturgeon bite is really heating up! Anglers have been very successful this week. Four Mile Bay and right out in front of the lodge have been hot spots. A group that was fishing yesterday even had good luck after dark! Lake of the Woods isn’t usually known for after dark fishing.  The water level is very low, run off and the current is minimal. Current water temperature is 40 degrees in the Rainy River near the lodge and Wheeler’s Point. It is slightly warmer hovering around 47 degrees up river near Birchdale.

Heath Rosenau, 55 inch sturgeon
took over an hour to land
Dan Bruun
nice sturgeon

Catch and release sturgeon season lasts until April 23. Keep one season within size limits runs April 24-May 7 and catch and release again May 8-15 before the season closes for a short time May 16-June 30.  The best approach is using a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook tipped with a gob of night crawlers and this year you only need 1-2 ounces of weight. A no roll weight is best. Stop in our gift shop for your tackle needs.  Anchoring just up the slant of a deep hole of the river bottom works well. Set up your rod, sit back and relax. It can sometimes be boring to start out but when you get a bite, HOLD ON! They will give you a fight!!! It is worth the wait!

Northern Pike
Spring season on the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods is not only known for walleye and sturgeon, but the elusive pike as well!  Zippel Bay, Bostic Creek, Four Mile Bay and most any creek up river that has opened up are great spots. Flashy spoons or dead ciscos floated on with a bobber are great approaches. You will find them in real shallow shorelines this time of year.

View of Four Mile Bay and the lake

Ice Out
Open water is found outside of Pine Island now up to 20’. Forecast is calling for highs in the 50’s and 60’s this week. We should start to see some big changes by the end of the week.

Ice is starting to deteriorate!
Satellite Pic 4-14-2015

Guided Trips Available!
We have 18’-20’ boats available with a guide, poles, tackle and fish cleaning all provided. Take the work out of fishing and let one of our knowledgeable guides do the work so you can sit back, relax and reel in the fish! The boats hold up to 4 passengers plus the guide. $450 for the day.  Book your trip today.

Spring Lodging Special
$40 per person per night midweek, $45 weekends lodge rooms or cabins. $59 in our new villas. Based on double occupancy plus tax now through May 20.  Food and Drinks available too. Click here for our current hours and make your spring trip reservation today 800-862-8602.