Hugging close to bottom
Walleyes and saugers are holding tight to the bottom of the lake right now. For optimal results the guides suggest when dead sticking or bobber fishing, set you bait 4-6″ off the bottom of the lake. If you’re jigging, make sure you hit the bottom of the lake often. Afternoons have been best lately in depths between 22’-30’. We are seeing mostly saugers, some nice walleyes especially 22”+ and a few pike, tullibee, sturgeon and eelpout on occasion. The guides have been working hard to keep the houses moved to the best fishingareas possible. Gold, pink and glow jigs or lures have been the most popular tipped with a minnow. Be sure to continue to charge up your glow jigs often. The ride out to the houses right now is between 15-40 minutes.

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Joe Russell from Columbus OH
1st time fisherman reels in & releases a nice 25″ walleye while enjoying a stay in one of our sleeper houses.
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Getchell Group enjoyed a fun trip recently
Sportsman’s Sleepers

Fish Locators/Vexilars…gotta have one
We see it every day, these devices really increase the odds of a successful catch in the winter on Lake of the Woods, most days 2-1. If you don’t have one, no problem we have them to rent if you want to give one a try. Be sure to reserve ahead of time if you would like to rent one, they go fast.

Half way mark of the season is here.
Wow! Where does the time go? Only two months left of the season and we will be back in the boats. Don’t forget about our exceptional ice out walleye and sturgeon fishing we have in April. Lodging starting at only $40* per person! Walleye fishing is open on Lake of the Woods until April 14, reopening this year May 14. Sturgeon season is catch and release now through April 23. Keep one season April 24-May 7 and catch and release again May 8-15. Back to ice fishing, February and March bring more sunshine and that usually gets the fishactive. We are looking forward to the last 8 weeks of the season. Lake of the Woods ice shacks have to be off the ice March 31. Fish on!
*plus tax and based on double occupancy

Ice Conditions
Currently we have 11-19 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish right now. We travel on a private road. If you are looking to go out on your own, here is the latest information for the public roads:

Adrian’s Road out of Four Mile Bay 12 miles north of Baudette off Hwy 172
1/2 ton trucks pulling up to 21 ft. wheel houses allowed out. 3/4 ton trucks can drive out not pulling wheel houses. The road still goes out about 6 1/2 miles past Pine Island, Our road is marked with orange plastic highway construction markers. There is 15 to 18 inches of ice in the lake around where our road goes. I have heard some reports of less ice in other areas and to the east and west of the road.
Road out of Morris Point 15 miles north of Baudette
Half ton pickups with 16 ft. or smaller wheeled houses are being allowed.

Trail Report
Lake Trails: Trails are marked to Oak Island from Pine Island and Pine Island to Warroad. Trails continue to be groomed or maintained as best as possible. The ice is not as thick as a normal year so the heavy grooming equipment cannot be used yet. We have received an inch of fresh snow this week, 6-8 inches more would be ideal for good riding. To get to Pine Island travel Adrian’s road from Four Mile Bay to Pine Island and follow the black stakes. For the latest on the land trails, click here for the Baudette area and here for the Northwest Angle and Oak Island area.

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