Category Archives: Weekly South Shore Fishing Report

Ice Update from Sportsman’s Lodge – 11/30/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River

Ice Update
We hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!

Cold weather last week produced more ice views in our area.

A few inches now lay on many bays and as far as the eye can see on the lake.

Ice as far as the eye can see from Morris Point.

No doubt there is open water and pockets here and there but definitely a good start! We will be heading out to do some ice check later today to see how things are coming along. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information later today. Bring on the calm winds and cold temps and stay tuned for more reports to come. We look forward to seeing you soon! Give us a call to secure your spot this winter at 800-862-8602.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Hello, from Oak Island! Ice is progressing here. As far as we know there are a few inches of ice from the island all the way to Young Bay now. Nothing substantial to start venturing out all the way to the island yet, but it is coming along.

Few airboats are moving around. Stay tuned and give us a call to get your reservations booked at 800-772-8411.

Ice Update from Sportsman’s Lodge – 11/23/21

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Happy Thanksgiving!

More signs of ice showing up. A skim here and there on the river and ice chunks floating on the big lake. Ice has started to form on small bays, shorelines, and around docks too. Calm winds and cold temps is what we are looking for to make some measurable ice.

No safe ice yet, but usually December 10-15 is normal to kick off our season at Sportsman’s Rainy River with our day houses. A week or so later in our sleepers and December 26 at our island locations. We start our season once we have 8-12 inches of safe ice in the areas we fish and travel. The walleyes bite tends to be very active in the early season with just a jig and a minnow. 

The Lake from the South Shore
Ice starting to form along the shoreline and around the docks at Oak Island. 

We are looking forward to a fun year. Stay tuned for more updates and give us a call to get your reservations in. Ask about our midweek discounts!

Update from Sportsman’s Lodge – 11/17/21

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Cool Temps

We received some snow over the weekend. Looks like winter around here!  We went from warm 60 degree temps the week before to 20’s this week.

Some of the small bays have started to freeze over and the long term forecast continue to look cool.  We usually start our season in early to mid December as soon as we have 8-12 inches of safe ice.  We will continue to keep you updated. 

Small bays are showing signs of ice.
Snow on the ground at Oak Island. Water is cooling down.

Stay tuned and contact us to get your reservations in online or by calling Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River at 800-862-8602 and Sportsman’s Oak Island and Eagle Ridge at 800-772-8411.

 We look forward to seeing you soon!

Update from Sportsman’s Lodge – 11/11/21

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Hello from the Sportsman’s Crew!
Water is getting cooler and the forecast continues to look more like winter all of the time. 

The water temp on Tuesday was just under 40 in the afternoon.

Sounds like our first winter storm is rolling in this week. The staff is busy working on fall projects and taking some time for R & R before ice fishing begins.  We look forward to seeing all of you soon.  Give us a call at 800-862-8602 to get in your winter reservations, ice fishing season is just a month away, and stay tuned for ice reports to start soon.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 10/26/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report

That’s a Wrap on the 2021 Charter Season
Our charter fishing season has come to an end. Thank you for another great season! We sure had fun seeing so many of you again and taking you out on the water. We continue to have dock slips and lodging available if you are interested in splashing your boat in one last time. The jig bite has been strong this week just outside of the Lighthouse Gap, bays, and some areas on the river.  The current water temperature is in the upper 40’s but we did have some small bays freeze over for a while on Sunday night!!

Gold, pink, white and lime green 3/8 oz jigs tipped with a shiner or chub have been the go-to method in 13’-27’.

Check out these pictures with a great family that visited us recently. They had a fun time and caught quite the mix of different species of fish with Captain Brent.

The bar and restaurant are open late afternoon Thursday through Sunday this week and our end of the season Annual Halloween Party is on October 30.  Get in some fishing and stay for the party! Our annual parties are always a great time. Entertainment, food and drink specials, $200 CASH for best costume, and more. Check out all of the info and our fall hours here at www.mysportsmans.com After Sunday morning breakfast we will be closing up the dining, bar and pool until ice fishing season.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Our Oak Island locations are now closed for a brief “ice-making” pause. Contact us today to make your winter and next summer reservations by clicking here or calling 800-772-8411.

Thank you for another great season! We look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 10/20/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge Fishing Report

Jig Bite
The weather is getting cooler, the water temp is 52 degrees this morning.

Anglers have been catching walleyes and saugers on 3/8-1/2 oz jigs tipped with a chub or shiner. Gold, pink, and glow in the dark have been good colors. Areas with current in the river and outside of the Lighthouse Gap have been hot spots in various depths between 14’-25’. Check out the pictures of the week from recent guests!

For sturgeon, holes in the river and bay are the place to be using a 5/0 circle hook, 3-5 ounce roll sinker, and a gob of minnows with a shiner or two. Areas with a little current along a hole are a good spot to try too. Sturgeon are catch and release now through April 23.

Fall Openings Available
Lodging is open year-round here at Sportsman’s, boat slips until ice starts to form. We close up our dining, bar, and pool for a short time late October through early December. Our charter trips are available until late October and Ice Fishing starts in early December. We still have some openings for a fall trip especially midweek and the last weekend in October through November. Give us a call at 800-862-8602.

The Annual Halloween Party is on October 30
Get in some fishing and stay for the party! Our annual parties are always a great time. Entertainment, food and drink specials, $200 CASH for best costume, and more.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Our Oak Island locations are now closed for a brief “ice-making” pause. Contact us today to make your winter and next summer reservations by clicking here or calling 800-772-8411.

Thank you for another great season! We look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 10/14/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge

Catching Nice Walleyes

Check out the pictures of the week! The Schultz group had a great time catching some nice fish with Captain Brent and check out the pics from a group of Baseball Buddies who caught a 30 inch walleye! Nice fish guys! Thanks for coming!

A 3/8-1/2 oz jig and shiner or chub has been working well. Some anglers still catching some on spinners and a minnow. Water temp is slowly moving down, currently in the lower 50’s. Fishing has been good outside of the gap and getting better in the river. Notable depths have been 17’-21’ and 24’-27’ lately. Gold has been the hot color.

For sturgeon, holes in the river and bay are the place to be using a 5/0 circle hook, 3-5 ounce roll sinker, and a gob of minnows with a shiner or two. Areas with a little current along a hole are a good spot to try too. Sturgeon are catch and release now through April 23.

Fall Openings Available
Lodging is open year-round here at Sportsman’s, boat slips until ice starts to form. We close up our dining, bar, and pool for a short time late October through early December. Our charter trips are available until late October and Ice Fishing starts in early December. We still have some openings for a fall trip especially midweek and the last weekend in October through November. Give us a call at 800-862-8602.

The Annual Halloween Party is on October 30
Get in some fishing and stay for the party! Our annual parties are always a great time. Entertainment, food and drink specials, $200 CASH for best costume, and more.

Looking for a seasonal RV Spot for next summer?
Check out Bur Oak Campground just a short walk from the lodge. Ask about their fall preview specials and come check it out this fall.

Sportsman’s Oak Island

Last weekend until December here in the Islands.

A jig and minnow along shorelines, gaps, and areas with current have been good walleye spots. Water temp is in the lower 50’s. Crappies are hungry 24’-30’ in areas with structure with a small jig and minnow. Muskies are active in rocky weedy bays using spinnerbaits. We have some monster pike, jumbo perch, and smallmouth bass too. The lodge will close after this weekend and re-open on December 26. The office will continue to be open through the fall so you can make your winter and next summer reservations. Thank you for another great season!

Ice fishing season is not too far away. Click here to check out all of our winter options.

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 10/5/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River

What a catch!

Check out the pics from the Vikings Electric group who visited this past weekend. A whopper of a walleye, a 33 incher was caught by Bill Champion and several slots and eaters were caught by the group. Bill’s guide was Captain Joe. The 33” was released as well as all of the slot fish (19.5”-28”).

33″ Walleye!

The walleyes have been hitting on gold, pink and white colors this week. Anchored and jigging with a minnow and drifting with spinners using the same colors. 14’-17’ and 25’-28’ have been good depths outside of Pine Island, Zippel Bay, and Graceton Beach areas. The river bite has been getting better by the day. Water temp is now in the mid 50’s. Mornings and evenings have been cool and afternoons warming up to 60’s and 70’s.

Fall Openings Available
Lodging is open year-round here at Sportsman’s, boat slips until ice starts to form. We close up our dining, bar, and pool for a short time late October through early December. Our charter trips are available until late October and Ice Fishing starts in early December. We still have some openings for a fall trip. Give us a call at 800-862-8602.

The Annual Halloween Party is on October 30
Get in some fishing and stay for the party! Our annual parties are always a great time. Entertainment, food and drink specials, $200 CASH for best costume, and more.

Looking for a seasonal RV Spot for next summer?
Check out Bur Oak Campground just a short walk from the lodge. Ask about their fall preview specials and come check it out this fall.

Oak Island

Walleyes are Hungry

A good bite continues along shorelines and points for walleyes and saugers using gold, pink, glow and orange 3/8 oz jigs tipped with a minnow in various depths from 12’-16’ and 22’-26’. Plenty for a fish fry, a few slots, and throwbacks have been the norm this week.

Get to us by Boat or Air
Click here for all the info when planning your next trip.

Our fall season runs through October 17
Give us a call to make a last-minute trip. We are also taking reservations for winter and next spring, summer and fall. 800-772-8411

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 9/30/21

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Sportsman’s Lodge

The Bite

Walleyes are slowly moving into the river. The water temp is warmer than average, 58 degrees currently. Normally it is in the 40’s. The lake bite has been great especially on the rocks and areas with current. Anchored and jigging with a shiner or chub minnow or drifting with spinners tipped with a minnow has been working well. Gold, pink, and glow in the dark have been good colors in 17’-24’ and some having luck in deeper waters around 27’-29’.

A mix of walleyes, saugers, and a few perch have been biting. If you are after sturgeon, fall fishing is a great time to hook into them. Bays and the river are the best places to find sturgeon in deep holes using a 4/0 or 5/0 hook, a few ounces no roll sinker, and for bait, a gob of worms, and even a shiner in the mix.

Fall Season
Lodging is open year-round here at Sportsman’s, boat slips until ice no longer allows. We close up our dining, bar, and pool for a short time late October through early December. Our charter trips are available until late October and ice fishing starts in early December. We still have some openings for a fall trip. Give us a call at 800-862-8602.

The Annual Halloween Party is on October 30
Get in some fishing and stay for the party! Our annual parties are always a great time. Entertainment, food and drink specials, $200 CASH for best costume and more.

Looking for a seasonal RV Spot for next summer?
Check out Bur Oak Campground just a short walk from the lodge. Ask about their fall preview specials and come check it out this fall.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge & Eagle Ridge

Walleyes & Crappies

It has been a good jig bite for walleyes and crappies in the islands. 3/8 oz gold, pink, and glow in the dark for walleyes and smaller 1/16-1/4 oz gold, green and orange jigs for crappies. Walleyes 18-27’ mix of structure and sand, crappies, areas with structure 25’-30’.

Don’t count out the muskie, pike, bass, and perch.

Fall is an excellent time to get into some good fishing for a variety of species in the islands here at the Northwest Angle. Rocky points in cabbage bays are hot spots using crank and jerk baits for muskie and pike. Cranks for pike and for perch, a jig and a minnow in 8’-15’. 

Get to us by Boat or Air
Click here for all the info when planning your next trip.

Our fall season runs through October 17
Give us a call to make a last-minute trip. We are also taking reservations for winter and next spring, summer and fall. 800-772-8411

Sportsman’s Fishing Report – 9/21/21

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Sportsman’s Rainy River

Fall Jig Bite is Starting.
Anglers are starting to do some jigging and the fall colors are incredible right now. Shiners are showing up more by the day and the water temperature is in the lower 60’s. The air temp has been bouncing up and down lately. Looks like the forecast is calling for warm temps for the next few days and then cool off for the weekend.

Best depths have been 14’-17; and 22’-30’. As we transition into cooler weather, a mix of jigging with a 3/8 oz jig tipped with a minnow, drifting with spinners tipped with a crawler or minnow, and trolling with crankbaits are good techniques to try. A variety of walleyes and sauger sizes are being caught.

Sturgeon season runs through Sept 30 and then switches to catch and release starting October 1 through April 23. Nice sturgeon have been caught recently in the river. Anchored in a hole or around a hole where their is some current using a 4/0 or 5/0 hook, a few ounces no roll sinker, and a gob of worms is a good approach.

Fall Lodging starting at only $95 a night plus tax for 2 people now through October. Don’t miss our Annual Halloween Party on October 30. $200 CASH for best costume, entertainment, specials, and lots of fun. Give us a call at 800-862-8602.

Oak Island

The Mornings are Cool
A pattern of 40’s in the morning has begun. The leaves are changing, it is an awesome site right now fishing amongst the fall scenery. Water temp has been bouncing around in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s. Orange and gold jigs tipped with a minnow or spinners with crawlers have been working to get the attention of the walleyes and saugers along reefs and shorelines. The best depth has been 13-24’ and 27’-30’. The crappie bite has been good jigging with a gold or bright colored 1/16-1/4 oz jig and a minnow in 25’-32’ around structure. Muskies mania! Trolling and casting shiny crankbaits baits have been hot.

Fall Openings
We have some openings available here and there from Sunday, Sept 26 through October 17. Give us a call at 800-772-8411.

Border Crossing Information
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If you prefer not to drive up to the Northwest Angle, you can get to us by Boat or Plane
Lake of the Woods Passenger Service and Lake Country Air Service to the Northwest Angle and Islands. These routes stay in the U.S. the entire time with no border crossing required. To schedule a trip, go to www.lowpassenger.com or www.beaverairtours.com The area has an abundance of fishing and sightseeing spots on the Minnesota side to enjoy if you choose not to venture to the Canadian side.