Open water is 3 miles west of Clementson and within a little over 3 miles of Baudette today. Boats are now being launched at Vidas, Frontier, and Birchdale landings. Next up is Timbermill, then Wheeler’s Point. The parking lot at Timbermill is plowed out.
15 more miles to go and we will have water at our docks. Mother Nature is throwing us some sleet and snow yesterday and today. Hope to see the sun by Friday. Lodging is available and our restaurant and bar will be open this weekend. Book your trip www.sportsmanslodges.com 800-862-8602
Birchdale Landing is open! **County came out and plowed the landing but an ice shelf still remains. It is deeper on the east side of the landing than west as of late afternoon. Could all be gone within a few hours or could take a little longer. Small boats are being pushed out. Open water is 4 miles to the east of Frontier Landing this afternoon and lots of black ice within 2 miles. Won’t be long! The parking lots are nice and plowed at Birchdale, Frontier, and Vidas Landings, ready to go.
Hello from the Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge! We are starting to see some more open water out in front of the lodge. Still quite a bit of ice on the main lake yet but it is softening up.
We are looking forward to seeing you this summer. At this time, we plan to open for the season May 8 for the MN walleye opener May 9. Your health and safety are important to us. We will be using enhanced cleaning protocols and safety standards to help keep everyone safe. Please watch our website for more information about those coming soon. As of right now, the Canadian border is closed until May 20, so until then you can get to us by boat across the lake. A passenger service with a follow boat option is available too. For more information and reservations, please contact us at 800-772-8411 or via email here https://sportsmanslodges.com/contact/
We hope you are all healthy and making the best of the circumstances we all are dealing with during this time. We wanted to take a minute to say hello from the Northland and update you on a few changes that have come up.
This morning, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners met via teleconference with the Koochiching County Commissioners. The Koochiching County Board voted unanimously to close the Kooch County owned Rainy River accesses which include the Upper Sioux landing, Frontier landing, Nelson Park landing and Vidas landing with concerns about a large number of anglers coming into the area in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision will be reviewed on April 14th at their next board meeting.
In addition, the Lake of the Woods County Board voted to close all county controlled right away landing that provides access to the Rainy River until further notice. This will be reviewed weekly.
Last night, the Baudette City Council voted to close the two river accesses in Baudette, Peace Park, and Timber Mill Park, until further notice. Basically what this means is all public accesses between Baudette and International Falls are closed at this time. We are hopeful with all efforts being made across the country this will change by soon and we can get back to fishing. We will update you on April 14th or if anything changes prior. If you have a reservation this affects, please contact our front desk staff at 800-862-8602. Our office is currently open from 8am to 4pm 7 days a week.
We appreciate your business over the years and look forward to seeing everyone soon!
The nice temps this past week sure helped coax the walleyes to bite! Our guides have been alternating between jigging with frozen shiners and drifting with spinners tipped with night crawlers. Many 15”-16” walleyes have been found in 23’ of water were the water temp is hovering around 61 degrees. Guide Dan reminds guests this week to wine and dine the fish (let them nibble and then set the hook)! Pro tip of the week – Be sure to dress for the weather!
Father’s Day is this Sunday
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NW Angle & Oak Island Lake of the Woods Fishing & Outdoor Report
Great Bite Continues! The walleyes have been hungry. The best spots have been 16’-25’ using a jig and a minnow or drifting with spinners and a crawler. Sand and rocky points have been the best spots. Water temperature is about 60 degrees.
Bass & Pike
Some good smallmouth bass and pike fishing have been had by anglers as well this week. They have found the best results casting with spinner baits in shallow less than 15’
Muskie Fishing opens this weekend
Ontario and Minnesota opens Saturday! We have thousands of bays to explore and hunt for this fighter. The guides are getting excited to start the hunt, give us a call and book in your trip, mid July thru October is the best time of the year!
Come have some fun this summer! Click here to start planning your trip today.