Fishing has been up and down this week. The cold snap we have been experiencing for the past week is moving out. That should help! The forecast is calling for temperatures between the single digits and in the twenties for the next week ahead.
The best presentation has been gold, pink and orange 1/8-1/4 oz. jigs, buckshots, demons, forage minnows tipped with a minnow or just a plain minnow tipped with a minnow head. Jigging 4″-6″ off bottom using a vexilar has been working well in depths between 22′-29′. Mix of walleyes, saugers, a few 23″+ walleyes and tullibees have been coming up the holes. We are having fun!
|Bill Petersen 1-19-2016
30 inch walleye caught and released
plain hook, fat head minnow and a bobber
|Jeremy and Austin McMannes
26.25 inch walleye released
caught on a dead stick
In the areas we fish and travel we are finding on the bay/trail 9-18 inches and 9 inches off the trail. On the lake 13-17 inches. We use a private road.
On the public roads nearby us maintained by local resorts, this is what they are finding and allowing as of this morning.
Adrian’s Road out of Four Mile Bay
13 1/2- 15 1/2 inches of ice on the road. Allowing 1/2 ton pickups but not pulling wheeled houses. Wheeled houses up to 16′ are allowed to be pulled by light vehicles, ATV’s and snowmobiles.
Morris Point road out of Morris Point
Allowing ATV’s and snowmobile only and wheeled houses less than 16′.
The ice is inconsistent this year so it is important to stay on the roads and trails and know where you are going. We suggest checking with the local resort who maintains the road before venturing out. No travel is advised on the Rainy River; it is iced over but varies in ice depth.
Snowmobile Trail Report
The snowmobile trail on the lake from Pine Island to Oak Island is marked and groomed. Another fresh grooming will be done before the weekend. The trail from Pine Island to Warroad is marked and being maintained as best as possible. The crew is checking ice tomorrow to see if heavier equipment can be used yet for grooming. These trails are marked with black stakes.
For land trail updates for the south shore, check with the Lake of the Woods Drifters Club
For the NW Angle and Islands – check with the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Club
We have been seeing some nice fish caught this week. Mainly saugers but a nice mix of walleyes especially 18”+ too. Gold and pink ¼ oz. jigs, glow buckshot rattle spoons and stop sign lures have been working well tipped with a minnow. The best depth has been in 22’-29’. Drop your line down to bottom and jig up 4”-8”, you will find them! Vexilars help too.
Check out some of these fishing stories & pictures
|Jake Steivang, 49 inch sturgeon released
caught on a red hook and minnow
|29 inch walleye caught by
Sam Ingemansen of Bismarck
|Doug Loos, 12 in perch
Dan & Doug caught 60 fish in
3 days walleye, sauger, tullibee,
1 perch, and of course eelpout
We have 10”-14” of ice in the areas we fish and travel right now. It is a slow ice making process this year. Usually by this time we have at least a couple of feet of ice but I guess Mother Nature is in charge so that is the way it goes. The good news is we have enough good safe ice to get out and do some fishing!
More Fishing Tips
The snowmobile trails from Pine Island to Warroad and Pine Island to Oak Island are marked with black stakes. The trails continue to be dragged on a regular basis until there is enough ice for groomers to get out. To get to Pine Island, take Adrian’s road from Four Mile Bay by Wheeler’s Point. The ice conditions do vary off the trail so check ice often if you decide to go off the trail. For land trail conditions contact the Lake of the Woods Drifters Snowmobile Club for the latest conditions.
If you decide to venture on your own
We use a private road but here is the latest information about two of the public roads in the area.
Adrian’s road at Four Mile Bay is reporting 9 ½-10 ½ inches of ice in Four Mile Bay alongside the trail and 11-14 inches on the lake. They are allowing small to mid-size vehicles to drive out but not pulling wheeled houses. Wheel houses up to 16’ can be pulled out using ATV’s or UTV’s. No full size vehicles.
Morris Point road out of Morris Point is reporting 12.5 inches of ice on average. They are allowing ATV’s and snowmobiles and up to 16’ wheeled houses at this time. No trucks.
Rainy River & High Current Areas
The Rainy River and high current areas have much less ice right now and are not advised to travel on. We suggest checking with local resorts or bait shops before going out.
Lodging & Ice Fishing Packages available until March 31!
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The season has started and the fishing has been good! Jigging gold and pink jigs with a minnow have been successful at reeling in some nice 13”-18” walleyes and a few 12”-15” saugers. We have seen some nice northern pike too in the 25”-32” range caught while targeting walleyes. The best depths have been between 21’-28’. Mornings and late afternoons have been best. Depth finders help too! If you would like to give one a try, give us a call to reserve one to rent.
We currently have 8-11 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel.
The ice road from Young’s Bay to Oak Island is in the process of being plowed and marked but only out to Brush Island at this point. Hopefully with the cold snap in the forecast next week we will see the road come out to us soon. To schedule a ride out to the island give us a call 800-772-8411.
Snowmobile Trail Conditions
The trail from Young’s Bay to the lodge has been marked. Many other trails around the Northwest Angle and to Oak Island have been marked as well. Click here for the most current information. The trail across the lake from Pine Island to Oak Island is marked and was groomed Sunday, January 3. 7-12 inches of ice is reported. To get to Pine Island use the Adrian’s road out of Four Mile Bay and once you get to Pine Island follow the black stakes north. Please stay on the trail. Conditions vary off the trail. The crew is checking and hopefully marking the trail from Pine Island to Warroad this week. Stay tuned! For land trail information around the Baudette area click here
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Greetings and Happy New Year from the Sportsman’s Lodge Family
WE ARE ICE FISHING!! This winter has been one of the most unusual winters in recent history and we are proud of our ice guides who have put safety at #1. The guides have spent hours checking ice thickness, flooding low spots, and packing trails to make sure our fisherman have the best experience possible on the big pond.
Fishing has been good-very good since we started fishing a little over a week ago. Many reports of nice eater fish being caught in the 22’-28’ of water range. The big fish are starting to show up with some reports of the higher end slot fish being hooked then released. Jigging with a Buckshot Rattle Spoon or Forage Minnow Spoon in either red glow or gold, have enticed many saugers and walleyes this past week. The most active fish seem to be chasing these jigs up to about a foot off the bottom of the lake. Another presentation, the dead stick or bobber fishing technique has been taking the passive or non-aggressive fish with glow jigs tipped with minnows. Set these lures within 8” of the bottom of the lake and make sure you recharge them to glow bright all the time.
It helps to have electronics with so the use of a depth finder comes in real handy when these schools of fish come through. If you need to a depth finder, we have them available at the lodge to rent.
Currently we have anywhere from 10-12 inches of ice in the areas we travel and fish.
Venturing out on your own?
We highly encourage you to please check with local resorts or bait shops before going out and stay on the marked trails. The lake does not freeze equally. The Rainy River and high current areas are not safe. Safety first! Adrian’s Road out of Four Mile Bay 12 miles north of Baudette off Hwy 172 and Morris Point road 16 miles north of Baudette have 8-11 inches of ice and are open to ATV’s and Snowmobiles only at this time. Hopefully the cold snap forecasted next week will make us some ice so larger vehicles can be used soon.
Snowmobile Trail Conditions
The trail across the lake from Pine Island to Oak Island is marked and was groomed Sunday, January 3. 7-12 inches of ice is reported. To get to Pine Island use the Adrian’s road out of Four Mile Bay and once you get to Pine Island follow the black stakes north. Please stay on the trail. Conditions vary off the trail. The crew is checking and hopefully marking the trail from Pine Island to Warroad this week. Stay tuned! Many trails at the Northwest Angle and to Oak Island have been marked. Click here for the most current information. For land trail information around the Baudette area click here
Lodging & Ice Fishing Packages available starting at only $142 per person!
One night/One day packages available Jan 10, 14 & 20. Two plus night packages starting at $193 per person available late January through March 31. Book your trip today by calling 800-862-8602 or booking online here.
We have started our season! Day houses started Dec 28, Sleeper houses start today and Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge will open tomorrow. Currently we have 8-11 inches of ice on the lake and 7-10 inches of ice on the bay where we travel and fish on the south shore.
If you decide to venture out on your own, please check with the resort that maintains the public trails and roads you are accessing before doing so and stay on the trails. The high current areas and Rainy River are not safe yet. We use a private road and do not travel these areas. Safety first! We are continually packing and flooding areas we travel and fish to build more ice.
Public Roads: Adrian’s is reporting their road at Four Mile Bay access is open to ATV’s and snowmobile at this time. Seven plus inches of ice is on the trail on the bay and more on the lake. There is still very thin ice in places in the bay so stay close to the trail if you go out. Morris Point road at Morris Point is open to ATV’s and snowmobiles at this time. 5-8 inches of ice is reported. Please stay on the trail, conditions varies.
It’s Fishing Time!
The first day of our season many anglers enjoyed an active walleye and sauger bite! Depths between 17’-25’ was best jigging using a gold jig, rattling stop sign lure or plain hook tipped with a minnow just a few inches off bottom. Walleyes and saugers varying from 10-25 inches were caught. Check out these pictures!
|25 inch walleye caught & released
on a gold jig by Mark Britton 12-28-15
|Connor reeled in this nice eater
size walleye on a plain hook
and minnow 12-28-15. Nice fish Connor!
|20.5 inch walleye caught on a
gold jig by Bill Resch 12-29-2015
The lake trail from Pine Island on the south shore to Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge on Oak Island, 40 miles north will be marked today. 5-8 inches of ice is reported and 4-6 inches of snow. Snowmobile traffic allowed only at this time. To access the trail, take Adrian’s road 12 miles north of Baudette off Hwy 172 at Four Mile Bay and travel to Pine Island. From Pine Island follow the black stakes north. We hope to get the trail packed well over the next few days and build more ice for heavier equipment to use soon.
Click here for the latest updates.
Sleeper Fish Houses
Open for the season! Make your reservations today.
The lake has sealed up!
It’s almost time.. These photos are from Saturday, Dec 19 at 11 a.m. Lake of the Woods is locked up and solid ice. Won’t be long till we are rocking at Sportsman’s Lodge.There is very little snow as of now on the ice, ice season on the big pond is fast approaching Last minute prepping and soon we will be ice fishing. As of now we are tentatively looking at day houses Dec 26th and sleeper houses on the 29th.. With Oak Island hopefully be ready on the 26th…. Bombers, fish houses, and guides are ready… Book now at Sportsman’s Lodge. 800-862-8602. Looking forward to an awesome year!