The latest from Sportsman’s Lodge……
I saw a Facebook post today that said Mother Nature has gone bipolar. I believe that is correct! It has been quite the week. A few days of warm weather, a few days of gusts of wind up to 48 mph and now back to winter weather, below zero temps.  What a week! The good news is we still have 27-30 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel and there is some good ice fishing going on.  The guides check ice daily and we plan to keep fishing in our day houses until Mother Nature decides she is ready to warm up. Our sleepers last day will be Monday, March 13.. The ice has minimal snow cover right now so we suggest bringing ice cleats or traction shoes with you when you visit.

Ice Conditions
We have 27-30 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish. We do not maintain a public road.   If you are looking to venture out on your own we strongly encourage you to check with local resorts or outfitters for current conditions and information on what they are allowing out on their road before going out.  We suggest, Adrian’s Resort 218-634-1985 who maintains a road that goes out on Four Mile Bay.  Always stay on marked roads or trails. The entire lake never freezes equally even in the coldest of winters.  Stay safe and call ahead!


The Bite
The best bite has been found in 27’-33’ 6-10 miles out of Pine Island. Chubs and shiner minnows on a glow pink or gold jig or plain hook with a few split shots has been working well. We supply the chubs with our fish house rentals; local bait shops have shiners if you are interested in trying a few.  Lots of suspended walleyes in varying depths showing up so electronics really help.  Saugers are hugging closer to bottom.  Try jigging and dead sticking for the best results to see what works for you.  A few eelpouts, perch and pike have also been biting.  36 Days of walleye season left on Lake of the Woods!

Trail Report
Minimal snow cover on the ice right now.



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Spring River fishing is just around the corner!
Walleye season continues on Lake of the Woods until April 14, reopening May 13 and lake sturgeon and northern pike fishing heats up in April and May.  Guided trips available, lodging starting at $42 per person per night and up to 20% off summer lodging and charter fishing trips available.  Get your reservations in now.  Click here for more information and make plans to reel in some monster fish!