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.
We are building ice!
We are finding 5-8” in most areas we fish and travel but still waiting on a few areas to heal up. We have a great start and the forecast looks favorable. Check back soon for updates!
Weather is Shaping Up This past weekend proved to be a bit of a challenge getting where we wanted to go with the wind and the rain, but the good news is it is shaping up. The forecast is looking better and better as the week rolls on.
A mix of jigging with a minnow or shiner and slow drifting with spinners tipped with a minnow has been working the best. Gold, white and silver have been popular colors. We are starting to see some anglers try out worms and leeches more this week and having some good luck, 8’-14’ and 18’-26’ have been good depths in the sand. Water temp has decreased 6 degrees this week, currently sitting at 63.
Check out the pictures of the week.
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Gold, yellow & pink, yellow, white/pink & gold, glow in the dark and pink jigs tipped with a minnow have all been working well. Best depths have been in 16’-28’ of water. A mix of dead sticking and jigging is the best approach. Electronics help most anglers catch rates. We are seeing a mix of walleyes and saugers come through the holes. With the changing weather don’t be afraid to change up your approach for the best results. Ride out to the fish houses is about 20 minutes right now.
Currently we have 13-18 inches of ice and more in some areas where we fish and travel right now. It has been a cool week here; we are building more ice by the minute! Our ice fishing trips all include transportation to and from the fish house; we do not maintain a plowed road. If you venture out on your own, Adrian’s Resort and Morris Point Resort have public ice roads near us. Check with them for the latest conditions. Be sure to stay on marked roads and trails. The lake froze pretty rough this year and the entire lake never freezes equally so use caution and check local conditions before going out. Be safe and let’s have some fun this winter!
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The lake trail from Wheeler’s Point to Oak Island is marked and is being traveled on. 15-17 inches of ice is reported on the trail. Grooming will hopefully start tomorrow from Wheeler’s Point to Oak Island and from Wheeler’s Point to Warroad next week based on conditions. Due to how the lake froze this year, there are lots of ice chunks sticking up. Crews have been working to make the trail itself smoother but off the trail it is very rough. The trail also has lots of turns in it right now so we encourage you to use caution and stay on the trail. The land trails are being groomed and are shaping up. For more information about the trails click here or contact: Lake of the Woods Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders.
Fishing continues to be great up here on LOW. More rain this week has dropped the temperatures into the high 50s and the fall surge is on. The shiners have started to make that classic fall push up the river as we are seeing more and more shiners in the traps and along the banks every day. We are seeing more and more walleyes caught in the gap and in the river as of this last week. The best spot for numbers of walleyes is still is out in front of the gap and pine island. 27’-30’ seems to be that magic depth. Anchoring with a jig and shiner is the way to go right now. The classic gold, pink, and chartreuse colors all are producing but it is day to day so if one color isn’t working don’t be afraid to try other colors. Four mile bay is also kicking out some nice fish. 17’-20’ has been holding good number of walleyes and saugers.
Pike and sturgeon are getting very active too. Big pike are pushing up following the shiners and the little fish that follow the shiners as well. Flashy slower moving baits will do really good at getting these toothy predators to bite. Big sturgeon are on the move as well, looking to pack on pounds. Outside of the major holes in the river is a good spot to start to look for them.
It is looking like another amazing shiner run this year which should mean a great river bite and that will only continue to get better through September and into October. Get up and let’s go fishing!
Sportsman’s Annual Halloween Party is Saturday, Oct 28!
Throw your costume in your tackle box and join us for a great time. $200 cash awarded for best costume, lots of drink specials, entertainment and a whole lot of fun. Click here to learn more and book your lodging today.
As summer rolls on, so does the great fishing. Excellent numbers of walleyes are being caught all over the lake. Drifting or trolling spinners has been producing the best numbers of walleyes. Hammered gold and orange spinners in the 8’-20’ have been the ticket in the last few days. Crawlers and leeches are both catching fish at equal rates. Speed has been the key, slow and steady! Just enough to keep those spinners moving has been good as the water has been dirtier than usual. With the water clearing up the walleyes should get back to being aggressive.
Reeling in some nice fish this summer!
A good jig bite still is going on. 30’-32’ out in the mud still is kicking out good schools of walleyes. The rocks reefs have been starting hold fish all up and down Long Point as well! 22’-26’ on these rocks is your best depth to start. Pink jigs tipped with a frozen shiner or a leech about a foot off the bottom is the best way to go.
Check out what some of the kids from the Annual Lake of the Woods Take a Kid Fishing event reeled in! Teach a kid to fish, a sport they will enjoy for a lifetime!
Crankbaits are starting to heat up along Pine Island. 6’-12’ in the morning and evenings has been very good. Trolling 2-3 mph all along Pine Island and in front of the gap. If you are bored one evening, get out and do some trolling! We will see you out there! Good Luck!
4th of July Celebration is next week
Join us for fishing, relaxing, beach time, entertainment, fireworks and more next week. We still have some openings available and Baudette is planning lots of 4th of July fun! Check it out and contact us today.