Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 1/30/20

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Sportsman’s Lodge 

Another week of stable temps

We have had another week of stable temps this week.

For the most part, it has been highs in the twenties and teens at night, with little or minimal precipitation. Sounds like this same weather will continue for the week ahead. Great time to be out fishing!

The best bite lately has been found in 24-32 feet of water. Glo white has been the color of the week along with a close second, the good old Lake of the Woods gold or even a plain hook. A mix of dead sticking or jigging with a minnow has been the way to go. Anglers have been reeling in a walleye/sauger mix with occasional eelpout. Average walleye size has been 13”-15” with an occasional lunker. Two walleyes over 30” were caught this week! Check out the pics. A few pike have been caught too, one was 35”. Electronic fish finders are recommended such as Marcums or Vexilars. Anglers who use them can’t say enough about how they really help increase their catch rate. We have 2-3 feet of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now and houses spread out past Pine Island anywhere from a 15-minute bombardier ride to an hour. We are covering a lot of areas to stay on the best bite. We continue to have below-average winter snowfall compared to many parts of Minnesota, 6-15 inches of snow on average overall is on the ice.

Snowmobile Trail Report
The Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders take care of the trails in our area. Click the links for more information.

Big Game Party this weekend and Live Entertainment continues through March
Before and after a day on the lake, stop in for food, drinks, pull tabs, games, a dip in the pool and entertainment! We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily 6 am – 10 pm and cocktails until 1 am. Our daily happy hour runs from 3 pm-6 pm. $1 off domestic beer and rails as well as 1/2 price select apps. Nightly specials and Prime Rib on Saturdays in the dining room. This Sunday, our now 14 TV’s will be on to showcase the big game and we have some fun giveaways and specials planned too. 100 Proof will be on stage Friday and Saturday! Lots going on, stop in.

Fishing Trips Available

Get out of the house and come have some fun! You still have time this winter and if soft water is more your style. Now is a good time to get those dates locked in. We have midweek ice fishing trips available now through the end of March and weekend trips available in March. Spring season will kick off early April in the Rainy River. Walleye season is open through April 14 and re-opens May 9. Sturgeon and pike season is hot in April. A couple of nights and days of ice fishing packages start at only $309 per person and April 1 our spring specials start $89-$99 night lodge rooms through May 20. Plus up to 20% off summer lodging and charter packages May 8-20. Check out our packages and give us a call 800-862-8602 or contact us online.
*Plus tax and based on double occupancy.

 

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
NW Angle & Islands

Good Fishing
Guests have been having good luck this week. Walleye, sauger, jumbo perch and a few nice 40”+ pike having been caught. We have had stable weather this week and more to come the week ahead the forecast says. We like that! The best walleye/sauger bite has been in 24’-28’ on firm bottom off the edges of reefs using gold, pink, white and glow jigs. Rippin raps also popular as well as a plain hook with a little weight and a minnow head. Perch have been found a little deeper 28-30 again on hard bottom. Electronics help! We have a few to rent if you want to give one a try.

Ice Road
The ice road is open to vehicles from Young’s Bay to Oak Island. Conditions are great!

Ice Conditions
We have over 2’ of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now. Due to the rainy fall we had, the current is more aggressive than a normal year so if you venture off the beaten path be sure you know where you are going. Ice conditions vary. Always good to take a guide and check ice often.

Snowmobile Trail Report
The Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders take care of the trails in our area. Click the links for more information.

Mark your calendars! We will be hosting the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Snowmobile Rally this year Saturday, Feb 29. This event is always a blast! Make plans to hit the trails. A trail ride is also scheduled for Friday. Click here for all the info.

Fishing trips available through March.
Head to the islands for a winter break!

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 1/23/20

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Sportsman’s Lodge

Fishing Report

We have been enjoying the mild temps the past few days and it sounds like we are going to get more. It is a great time to get out and do some fishing!

The best presentation has been glow green, pink and gold 1/8-1/4 oz. jigs tipped with a minnow or minnow head in 24’-32’ of water. Anglers have been reeling in a mix of eater size and throwback size walleyes, saugers, and occasional eelpout, white fish and a trophy walleye. On average, a few days of fishing is getting anglers a nice limit. We have over 2’ of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now and we received a fresh blanket of snow last weekend. Conditions are good.

Snowmobile Trail Report
Grooming is in progress! For up to date information about the trails check out Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook pages.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
NW Angle & Islands

A mix of Walleyes & Saugers
Anglers reeled in a mix of walleyes and saugers this week along with a few pike. Plain hooks, buck shots, chubby darters as well as 1/8-1/4 oz jigs tipped with either a full or minnow head in 23–30’ of water has been working just few inches off bottom. Gold and pink have been popular colors. Electronic users can’t say enough about how helpful they are in increasing their catch rate.

Ice Road
The ice road is open to vehicles from Young’s Bay to Oak Island. Conditions are good.

Ice Conditions
We have over 2’ of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now.

Snowmobile Trail Report
Grooming is in progress! For up to date information about the trails check out Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook pages.

Mark your calendars! We will be hosting the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Snowmobile Rally this year Saturday, Feb 29. A trail ride is also scheduled for Friday. Click here for all the info. We have a couple cabins left. Give us a call to book 800-772-8411.

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 1/15/20

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Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River Fishing Report
1/15/2020

Fishing Deeper
It has been a sporadic bite this week. The temperature has been fluctuating quite a bit which usually has a hand in it. Anglers have been having the best luck deadsticking using electronics with a buck-shot rattle spoon and rattle stop signs. A little noise and flashy color seem to help. Glo pink and gold jigs or lures are working well tipped with a full or half minnow. Electronics are picking up quite a few fish hugging bottom right now. It never hurts to try some deadsticking, jigging, even a little aggressive jigging to come up with the combination that works for you. We are fishing 25-32 feet of water right now about a 20-30 minute ride out from the lodge. We have 2 feet of ice and about 10 inches of snow. Not a whole lot of snow for this time of year.

Anglers have been reeling in a mix of walleyes, saugers, more saugers than walleye this week, a few eelpouts and a few northern pike. Come wet a line.

Trails
Black stakes mark the trails from the south shore of the lake to Oak Island and NW Angle and south shore to Warroad as well as Wheeler’s Point to Baudette. For more information about the trails and latest on the land trails, check out Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook pages.

You still have time!
Up here in the north woods, the temp is cooler and the season lasts longer we ice fish through late March. Midweek trips available in February and March. Weekend trips available in March. Come have some fun www.sportsmanslodges.com 800-862-8602!

 

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Fishing Report

Afternoons & Gold or Glo
The afternoon bite has been favoring the morning bite this week. Gold, glo, white jigs or buck-shots have been working best. Some nice jumbo perch have been coming up the holes along with the walleye/sauger mix. Most of the perch are being found on the hard bottom. It has been a light bite. Electronics are definitely helping success rates as well as trying some different techniques, deadsticking and jigging. A little flash on your lure or rattle isn’t a bad idea either to get some attention to your lure. The best depth has been 23’-30’ We have 2 feet of ice and 4-10 inches of snow. 

Trail Grooming Progress
 For more information about the trails and latest on the land trails, check out Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook pages.

Ice Road from Young’s Bay to the Lodge
The ice road is open and in good shape. For your safety, stay on the road. Ice conditions vary off of it.

February & March Trips available
www.oakislandlodge.com 800-772-8411

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 1/8/20

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Moving on into January
And just like that, we are in the second month of our ice fishing season.

We currently have 21-23 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel and making more by the minute especially this week. A cold snap has knocked at our door.

Anglers have been finding the best bite in 26-31 feet of water. The past week we have seen more walleyes than saugers and quite a few nice walleye in the slot (19.5”-28” must be released) as well as quite a few eelpouts. Electronics have definitely helped many anglers increase their catch rate. Dead sticking with a #2 single plain hook tipped with a minnow about 6 inches off the bottom or jigging with a buckshot or spoon a few more inches up has worked well. Or start a few inches off the bottom and watch electronics, work your way up.

Trail Conditions
Black stakes mark the trails from the south shore to Oak Island and NW Angle and south shore to Warroad as well as Wheeler’s Point to Baudette. Grooming is in progress. Snowmobile traffic only allowed on the Rainy River right now. We need 4-5 more days of single digits and below to build up that river ice before it is safe. For more information about the trails and latest on the land trails, check out Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook pages.

Plowed Roads
We do not maintain a plowed road ourselves as we supply the transportation for all of our trips to our houses via a groomed trail, but if you are interested in venturing out on your own, there are several roads in the area. Be sure to always check with the outfitter for current conditions before heading out as conditions can change and always be sure to stay on marked trails. The entire lake never freezes equally.

Football, Fishing and Your Sweetie
Pick one trip or take two!
Superbowl Sunday, Feb 2- Join us for the big game and some great fishing for a few days midweek.
Treat your sweetie to a midweek trip in February. Enjoy our cozy accommodations, fun fishing adventures, a dip in the hot tub, a romantic dinner, nightlife and more. Check out our winter packages and come have some fun. And don’t forget we ice fish through March so if you can’t make it in February, we have March options too!

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
1/8/2020

The Bite
The bite has been up and down the past few days, some houses doing better than others depending on the time, day and approach. The best bite has been in 22’-26’. More walleyes are being found on the rocks and more saugers with a few perch in the sand and mud. Pink jigs have been hot as well as gold and glo. Guide Tip ~ Try deadsticking with one pole and jigging the other, it doesn’t hurt to turn on the electronics too if you aren’t getting them to hit. Don’t have a fish finder? We have a few to rent, give us a call to reserve.

Ice Conditions
We currently have 18”-20” of ice in the areas we fish and travel. If you are headed off the trails on your own, be sure to check with a local guide for current ice conditions.

Trail Conditions
The trails from the south shore to Oak Island and NW Angle, south shore to Warroad and Warroad to Oak Island/NW Angle are all marked with black stakes. Grooming is in progress. For more information about the trails and latest on the land trails, check out Lake of the Wood’s Drifters and the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook pages.

Plowed Road
The regular plowed road from Young’s Bay at the Northwest Angle is open. Follow our signs out! It is about a 9-mile trip.

Come have some fun this winter!
Weekend trips are available February and March and midweek trips available now through March. It’s ice fishing time! Click here to learn more about our ice fishing packages.

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 1/2/20

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Happy New Year from the Sportsman’s Lodge Family

We have been having fun over the holidays!

Nice eating size walleyes have been coming through the ice as well as several throwback size saugers, few nice size tullibee, sturgeon and pike this week. Guests have been having the best luck in 18’-28’ using pink, gold, green glo jigs, and lures tipped with a minnow or shiner. Some guests have had luck the best luck using a full minnow and others just a minnow head. Dead sticking one pole and jigging the other is working well. Electronics such as Vexilars help too. We have a few to rent at the lodge if you want to try one out. Be sure to call ahead to reserve, they go fast.

Ice & Snow
We have 18-20 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now. The forecast is calling for single digits and below zero temps next week. We received some snow last week but still just have 0-10 inches on the ice. Not nearly as much as the rest of the state. With cooler temps in the forecast, we should have 2 feet of ice in no time.

Snowmobile Trails
Snowmobile trails are being groomed. The lake trails from Four Mile Bay on the south side of the lake to Oak Island and Graceton Beach (south side of the lake) to Warroad are groomed. Conditions are improving after the recent snowfall but important not to veer off the trail as the ice is quite rough and ice chunks are sticking up off the trail. No travel is advised on the Rainy River yet until conditions in the current areas improve.Check out the Lake of the Woods Drifters and Northwest Angle Edge Riders for more trail reports.

 

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Guide Wack says the action has been good in the islands. A mix of saugers, walleyes and a few pike, perch and muskies have been caught this week. Yes! Muskie! In the islands, we have fantastic muskie fishing in the summer but we usually don’t see too many caught in the winter. A big surprise to a few anglers this week. The best fishing has been in 23’-24’ on the rocks for walleyes and off the rocks for other species. Watermelon color, gold, and glo jigs especially those with some rattle and noise to them have been working the best this week. Some anglers are swearing by just the minnow head instead of the full minnow especially on lures with a treble hook.

Ice & Snow
We have 16-18 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel. 3-10 inches of snow.

Snowmobile Trails
The trail from Four Mile Bay to Oak Island is in decent shape, getting better but it is important to stay on the trail. With not too much snow base yet, there are ice chunks off the trail.Check out the Lake of the Woods Drifters and Northwest Angle Edge Riders for more trail reports.

Ice Road from Young’s Bay to the Lodge
Plowing and maintenance are in progress. It should be ready to go next week. Our signs will be up as soon as it is. For now, please give us a call and we will lead you out.

 

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 12/26/19

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Catching Fish
Mix of walleye and sauger, mostly sauger this week.  A few guests reeled in some real nice sturgeon up through the holes, 49″, 52” and 55″ and a few eelpout too. Glo green and red buckshots tipped with minnows are hot right now in 18′ – 26′ in the mud. Limits are being caught within 1-2 days of fishing.

Ice Conditions
We currently have 17”-20” of ice in the areas we fish and travel and little snow cover.

If you are headed out on your own.
Area roads are open. Here is a recent report from a few open roads near the lodge. Adrian’s out of Four Mile Bay is currently allowing 1/2 tons pulling up to 24′ houses and bigger pickups pulling up to 21′ houses. The road goes out about 3 1/2 miles past Pine Island. Morris Point is allowing up to 1/2 tons with no wheel houses yet but possibly very soon. Please remember to stay on the marked roads and trails, ice conditions vary on the lake.

Snowmobile Trails
Not much change in the trail conditions this week.  We have 0-4” of snow on the trails.  The lake trails are marked between Four Mile Bay to Oak Island and Graceton Beach to Warroad with black stakes.  Sounds like we have a chance for a few more inches of snow coming in on Thursday.  When you head out, watch for several bare ice spots as well as chunk ice sticking up. Grooming will begin as soon as we get more snow. No travel is advised on the Rainy River. Ice is inconsistent and not safe yet due to the current. For more information about the trails check out the Lake of the Woods Drifters and Northwest Angle Edge Riders updates. 

 

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

We open up Thursday, December 26!
The fish houses are ready!  The fish are biting!  Gold, red and orange are hot colored jigs right now.  Right now we have 10-16 inches of ice in the areas we travel.  Apps, pizzas, and cocktails will be available starting at 11 am today and the full dinner menu starting at 5 pm. We will start serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily starting Friday.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Road from Young’s Bay to the Resort
The main ice road from Young’s Bay to the island is not quite ready yet so we will be using an alternative route for now. Guests, please give us a call ahead of time to be led out.

Trail from Four Mile Bay/Sportsman’s Lodge
The lake trails are marked with black stakes from Four Mile Bay near Sportsman’s Baudette location to Oak Island and Young’s Bay at the angle to the lodge.  We don’t have much snow, 0”-6” right now, so if you head out, be sure to watch for bare spots and ice chunks. The Lake of the Woods passengers Service will be running from Sportsman’s Lodge to Oak Island starting December 26.

Happy Holidays from the Sportsman’s Family to yours!

Fish On!

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Check out some fishing pics from recent guests on our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/sportsmanslodges/

Don’t forget to make your New Year’s Eve dinner reservations.
To reserve call: Sportsman’s Lodge 800-862-8602 or Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge 800-772-8411
http://sportsmanslodges.com/new-years-eve

If you are looking for lodging and ice fishing. Sportman’s Oak Island Lodge has a few openings left December 30th, 31st and 1st!
Give us a call 800-772-8411.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge opens up Thursday, December 26!

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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge opens up Thursday, December 26!
The fish houses are ready! Tim and Josh fished for a few hours yesterday afternoon and kept some nice fish for supper and caught a northern too. Gold, red and orange are hot colored jigs right now. Right now we have 10-16 inches of ice in the areas we travel. Apps, pizzas, and cocktails will be available starting at 11 am Thursday and the full dinner menu starting at 5 pm. We will start serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily starting Friday. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Road from Young’s Bay to the Resort
The main ice road from Young’s Bay to the island is not quite ready yet so we will be using an alternative route for now. Guests, please give us a call ahead of time to be led out.

Trail from Four Mile Bay/Sportsman’s Lodge
The lake trails are marked with black stakes from Four Mile Bay near Sportsman’s Baudette location to Oak Island and Young’s Bay at the angle to the lodge. We don’t have much snow, 0”-6” right now, so if you head out, be sure to watch for bare spots and ice chunks. The
Lake of the Woods passengers Service will be running from Sportsman’s Lodge to Oak Island starting December 26.  

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Sportsman’s Family to yours!

Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Update – 12/18/19

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12/18/2019

Good start to the season!
Most people are catching their limits in a day, two. There seems to be an even divide between walleyes and saugers, with a mix of whitefish and eel pout. Few pike and sturgeon caught too! Check out these pictures!

Current ice depth is between 15-16 inches in the areas we fish and travel. We have minimal snow, 0-4” on the lake right now and not much more on land. We are making ice! Some of the best fishing has been in 18’-22’ in the mud lately dead sticking and jigging are both working, using charmers, Buck-Shots, gold or other bright colored jigs and minnows or shiners.

If you are headed out on your own.
Area roads are open. Here is a recent report from a few open roads near the lodge.  Morris Point is only allowing ATV’s, snowmobiles and side by sides and announced earlier this week they are opening their road to small vehicles like jeeps and small pickups on Friday, December 20. Adrian’s out of Four Mile Bay is currently allowing small to mid-size vehicles out not pulling any houses. ATV’s, side by sides and snowmobiles can pull out houses up to 18’ long. Have fun and please remember to stay on the marked roads and trails, ice conditions vary on the lake.

Snowmobile Trails
We need more snow! Right now the lake trails have 0”-4” of snow and land trails not too much more. The lake trail from Four Mile Bay to Oak Island is now marked. 10”-14” of ice is reported on this trail right now. Watch for several bare ice spots as well as chunk ice sticking up. Grooming will begin as soon as we get more snow. The trail from Graceton Beach to Warroad is planned to be checked and marked if all goes well Friday, December 20.  If you are out and about, please stay on the marked trail as ice conditions vary off of it.  No travel is advised on the Rainy River. Ice is inconsistent and not safe yet. For more information about the trails check out the Lake of the Woods Drifters and Northwest Angle Edge Riders updates. 

 

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

12/18/2019

We are looking forward to opening December 26!
The guides have been checking ice and getting fish houses ready.   We are looking forward to opening next week.  Right now out at the resort and in the areas we will start fishing we have 10-12 inches of ice.
Road from Young’s Bay to the Resort
Between Young’s Bay to the resort,  ice is building but due to the high water and current in those areas it is taking a little longer to build some good ice,  some spots currently have 3-6” and others 9”+.  The ice road is plowed out to Mergans Point right now. We will be monitoring these conditions and planning an alternative route if we need to for  guests to get out to the island from Young’s Bay for the first week or so after opening. The snowmobile trail from Young’s Bay to the resort is staked with black stakes and open for snowmobile traffic now, 5”-14” of ice reported as of Monday. Snow is minimal 0”-6” so watch for bare spots and ice chunks.

Trail from Four Mile Bay/Sportsman’s Lodge
The lake trail from Sportsman’s Lodge on the south end of the lake to Oak Island is currently marked with black stakes and open for snowmobile travel. 10”-14” of ice is reported.  We could use more snow, so if you head out, be sure to watch for bare spots and ice chunks. The Lake of the Woods passengers Service will be running from Sportsman’s Lodge to Oak Island starting December 26.  For more information about the trails check out the Northwest Angle Edge Riders and Lake of the Woods Drifters updates. 

Sportsman’s Ice Conditions Update – 12/7/19

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We are happy to report that we have gained ice since our last report and we are excited for the below zero temps coming at us tomorrow!
The guides have been checking and monitoring the ice daily.  Today in the areas we travel and will start fishing this season we found anywhere from 7-10 inches on the bay and 4-9 inches on the lake.
We are monitoring some cracks and thinner spots north of us but with the cold blast moving in and no snow insulating the ice, we expect these areas to heal up and build ice pretty quick.  The guides are working on smoothing out the trail and island crossing this weekend. We are optimistic for a Wednesday start date for our day houses if all goes well in the next few days. Stay tuned!
Heading out on your own?
All of our rentals include transportation to and from the fishing house. If you are heading out on your own, we suggest Adrian’s road out of Four Mile Bay. Conditions change and vary on all parts of the lake so be sure to check in with them