Sportsman’s Lodge

Fishing, Ice & Trail Report

Lake of the Woods South Shore Area



Fishing away

Fishing has been spotty this week. We have houses in a wide variety of depths and areas between 26-33 feet. Each day it varies which houses do better than others. So what are the best tips for a successful day?  Use a vexilar!  Watch for the suspended fish. Jig one rod 4-6 inches off bottom consistently; if you see some suspended fish, reel up do a little jig dancing to grab their attention.  We are seeing quite a few fish at varied depths.  With the other rod, dead stick it. See what works best for you for that day  Smaller presentations gold, pink or glo jigs or lures are working better than large (1/16-1/4 oz.) tipped with a minnow. Something with a little noise or flash are doing well, buckshot rattle spoons, macho minnows and gumball jigs to name a few.  If a full minnow isn’t working, try a minnow head.  If you aren’t getting the action, try something different.  We are seeing mainly saugers, some nice walleyes 22”+, few northern pike and eelpout this week. Check out some of the latest catches.  Hungry for more tips? Check out our Facebook page. It looks like we are in for some beautiful weather this weekend highs in the twenties and light wind.

Caught on a small pink jig with a whole minnow Dwane Funk 25.5 inch walleye. Sportsmans Sleepers Erik Bangasser 25 inch Walleye caught on a small gold swedish pimple with a whole minnow in 34 feet. Released Jeff Isaacs 26 inch walleye released. Sportsmans Sleepers Nice catch Maggie! 21 inch walleye released

Ice Conditions

Currently we have 13-22 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel.   We travel a private groomed trail. If you are looking to go out on your own, here are the latest conditions from a few of the local ice roads:

Adrian’s Road – Four Mile Bay, 12 miles north of Baudette 15-18 inches of ice, less in some areas off the road. Allowing ½ ton trucks pulling up to 21’ wheeled houses. Morris Point Road – Morris Point, 15 miles north of Baudette Allowing ½ ton trucks with up to 16’ wheeled houses. Up to 20’ houses may go out on skids.  ¾ ton trucks with portables only.


Trail Conditions The lake trails from Sportsman’s Lodge to Warroad and Sportsman’s Lodge to Sportsman’s Oak Island lodge at Oak island are being groomed and in decent condition. We could use some more snow but lake conditions are decent.  The trail was recently marked right from the Sportsman’s Lodge. Follow the black stakes.  Trail maps are available at the lodge or at local businesses.  For the latest conditions for the land trails click here for the Baudette area or here for the NW Angle and Oak Island area.



Availability this weekend!

We have a few openings for a one bedroom cabin Saturday night and a two bedroom villa for Friday and Saturday night. Fish houses are also available.  Give us a call!  800-862-8602


Big Game Party this weekend!
Free Apps 5pm-6pm, 12 Big Screen TV’s, food and drink specials! Join us!