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Top 5 Reasons to book a charter fishing trip!


Top 5 Reasons to book a charter fishing trip!

#1 Catch more fish!
#2 No equipment required!
#3 No experience needed!
#4 Your biggest task of the day is reeling in fish and enjoying the day!
#5 Groups of 1+ welcome! Boats hold up to 6 passengers plus the guide. Bring a group of 6 or groups of less, we will get you on a boat with other guests to enjoy a fun filled day!

What are you waiting for? Give us a call 800-862-8602 or email us at [email protected] for a free quote or click here for more information.


Nate Nygard 30 inch 12.86lb walley.  Guide, Baihly Hontvet

Nate Nygard 30 inch 12.86lb walley. Guide, Baihly Hontvet

New Lodging option at Sportsman’s Lodge


Check out our new lodging option at Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River location. Great for family reunions, company groups and more.

Brand new villas are now available featuring awesome views, one, two, three, four and five bedroom per unit, gas fireplaces, full kitchens, king suites, efficient heat and air conditioning, log furnishings, flat screen tvs, wifi and outdoor patios.

Located on the Rainy River just a stones throw away from legendary Lake of the Woods. Lake of the Woods is the sixth largest lake in the nation. Walleye, Sauger, Northern Pike and Lake Sturgeon fishing is exceptional here. You will also enjoy the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities. Check out our website for more information and package options. www.sportsmanslodges.com

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Sportsman’s Lodge South Shore Fishing Report


Sportsman’s Lodge South Shore Fishing Report

1/15/2014 Afternoon bite has been best lately. We saw a dip in the fishing success over last weekend but now that the weather has evened out, the bite is getting better by the day.  The best fishing has been in 24-30 feet of water. Lots of suspended fish are being found and tend to be the slot and larger sized walleyes.  Bring or rent a vexilar to have the most success at catching these walleyes.  Mid-season is upon us and that usually means more saugers.  We are seeing a nice amount along with slot walleyes.  Check out all of the big fish on our Facebook page.  The best tackle has been pink stop signs and glow jigs.  Some anglers are swearing by the minnow head and others the full minnow.Ice Conditions: Currently we have 28-30 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel.

Trail Conditions:
The lake and land trails continue to be groomed 1-2 times a week. Get out and enjoy the trails today!  For more information about specific trails click here. Fish House Rentals available until March 31! The weather stays cooler in the northland and remember, the state law allows us to have our houses on the lake until March 31. Give us a call to book your winter getaway 800-862-8602! Like us on Facebook to view more big fish pictures.

27.5 inch walleye

27.5 inch walleye caught and released by Zach on a gold jig
24 inch walleye
24 inch walleye caught by a member of the Mike Scheel group in one of our sleeper shacks. (released)
25 and 24 inch walleye
Joe Hannan reeled in and released a nice 25 and 24 inch walleye. Joe is pictured here with the 25.

Sweet Summertime ~ Lake of the Woods, MN



Aaaahhhh! The warmth of summer is finally upon us. The sparkling waters of the lake are dancing with delight today. Hope you can come visit us soon!

We have lots of activity going on at the lodge today.  The painters just finished painting the entire outside of the lodge.  It looks great with a fresh coat of new paint. We also added a brick accent along the dockside and roadside of the lodge along the lodge rooms. Fishing has been great! Lots of nice walleyes are being found this week. The guides are hot on the walleye trail. Check out more information in our fishing report section.

Our entertainment line-up is in full swing in the Sandbar.  Thunderfoot is entertaining now followed by musical entertainment, mostly live bands every weekend through September. The bands play 9pm-1am.  We also have pull tabs, daily drink and food specials and a great view of the Rainy River to watch the boats come in.  Guests have been enjoying the pool and hot tub this week too. The pool depth ranges from 3 feet to 9 feet. Lots of room to swim and relax. The gals in the gift shop just stocked some more souvenirs and clothing this morning. Stop on by for a hot piece of tackle, a walleye whistle, sunglasses, souvenirs and our new summer wear.

When you are in the area, be sure to check out Willie the Walleye, our two ton walleye statue along Hwy 11 in the middle of Baudette. Also enjoy in Baudette, souvenir shops, county museum, the views from the Baudette Bay, the weekly Saturday Farmer’s Market, a movie at the Grand Theater, a coffee at the Smiling Moon coffee shop and Timbermill Park.  Venture east six miles along Hwy 11 and check out the Clementson Rapids and then venture north on Hwy 172 12 miles and 5 miles west on County Rd 8 to Zippel Bay State Park.  Zippel Bay Park has a vast swimming beach and nature trails to enjoy.  Our area also has an 18 hole golf course, thousands of acres of water for boating, fishing and relaxing and much more. Check out all the fun things to do at Lake of the Woods here.

Fall is in the air


The nights are getting cooler and the days are getting longer here in the north woods of Minnesota.

The nights are getting cooler and the days are getting longer here in the north woods of Minnesota. You can definately tell Fall will soon be here. We have once again had another incredible year of fishing on Lake of the Woods. It is great to have such a healthy lake to enjoy.  Area bear hunters have been busy getting their spots ready, bear season opens up tomorrow.  It won’t be long and the early goose, grouse and duck season will be here as well.  The annual Lake of the Woods Duck’s Unlimited Banquet is scheduled for Sept 10 here at Sportsman’s Lodge. Tickets are limited so give us a call asap if your interested in attending. Over $8000 in hunting merchandise and guns will be given away. This event is always a good time and has relatively small attendance in comparison to many big city events so your odds of winning are pretty good.
Our fall rates start Sept 6. Lodge for just $39* per person per night through Nov 30. Fall is a great time for some good walleye, sturgeon and pike fishing at Sportsman’s Lodge and walleye, pike, muskie, bass and crappie at Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge. No boat? No problem! We have guides and boat rentals available. Relaxing in a boat in a quiet atmosphere surrounded by beautiful fall colors. AAhhhhh. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Have a great day everyone! Hope to see you soon!

*Rate is for Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River location and is based on double occupancy plus tax.