|April 14, 2020
Hello from Sportsman’s!
We hope this message finds everyone safe and healthy. We just wanted to let you know we are thinking about you and are still here.
Last week we decided to extend our closure to May 4 at this time and awaiting information to move forward. We have also rescheduled our May sturgeon tournament to October 30 & 31. If you had a reservation during this time, our staff is working on contacting you or please contact us when it works for you to make alternative arrangements. Due to the change, we now have some openings for this popular tournament. If you are interested in signing up or learning more, click here or give us a call.
We are welcoming the open water, more by the day. Water has been flowing in front of the lodge for over a week now. At Oak Island we still have an “ice view” but getting softer by the day.
Cool temps! 20 days of ice fishing left, you still have time!
A decent bite this week. Catching a variety of walleyes, saugers, and few eelpouts. Anglers trying some different things if the bite isn’t hot for them are getting the best results like different lures, jigging speed, dead sticking, on bottom vs a few inches off the bottom, minnow head vs full minnow and using electronics like a Vexilar. The bite continues to be in 29’-34’ out about 45-55 minute ride from the lodge. Hot jigs have been 1/4 oz gold, pink or chartreuse or a plain hook tipped with a minnow. Come have some fun!
If the weather starts to warm up we will be moving our houses to stay away from the slush and to allow a longer season with safe ice. With the bombardiers and groomed trails, we have many areas to fish. Check out the pictures of the week and make plans to come wet a line.
23rd Annual End of the Season Mardi Gras Party is March 28
Our end of the season bash is coming up! Visit us for great fishing and a whole lot of fun! Entertainment, beads, free hurricanes, food and drink specials, costume contest win $200 CASH and much more. Click here to check out all of the fun we have planned and book your stay and play package today!
Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
This week depths in 22’-27’ around structure using plain hooks, gold jigs s and small spoons tipped with a minnow has been the best approach for catching walleyes and saugers. An occasional perch, tullibee, perch, pike, and eelpout too. A mix of vertical jigging and dead sticking has been the best approach and electronics help! We have 30-32 inches of ice.
The trails are open. Click the links for the latest reports.
Ice Road from Young’s Bay to Oak Island
The ice road is open. Follow the signs and take a ride. It is about 10 miles out.
Time to book your spring and summer trip.
It is never too early to start planning your spring trip! Come visit the islands this spring and get into some hot soft water action. Spring lodging specials available May 8 -25! Contact us today 800-772-8411.
The latest bite
Fishing has picked up! 1/4 oz green and orange jigs and spoons have been hot in 26’-32’ of water. As well as glow in the dark and good old gold. A mix of walleye and sauger have been the average catch. Plenty of good eaters, throwbacks and a few lunkers, 20”-30” mixed in. We have 2-3 feet of ice and 6-15 inches of snow in the areas we fish and travel right now.
Our houses are scattered anywhere from a 15-45 minute bombardier ride out. The guides are working hard to get you on the best bite.
Lake of the Woods has an extended season.
Walleye season continues through April 14 here unlike most of the state.
Ice fishing trips are available through late March and Rainy River soft water fishing kicks off in early April.
Treat your sweetie to a midweek February trip to Sportsman’s.
2 nights lodging and 2 days ice fishing packages available starting at only $309* per person! Contact us today to plan your trip 800-862-8602.
Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
Island life is good! We are loving the longer days. A mix of walleye, saugers, and some jumbo perch are being reeled in. Red, pink, glow and gold jigs or spoons have been working tipped with a minnow head or full minnow in 26’-30’off the edges of the reefs. The best technique can vary day by day so try some light vertical jigging, hard jigging, and dead sticking and make sure your hooks are sharp.
We have over 2’ of ice in the areas we fish and travel.
Ice Road from Young’s Bay to Oak Island
The road is in good shape. Follow the signs and take a ride. It is about 10 miles out.
Spring is just around the corner.
It is never too early to start planning your spring trip! Come visit the islands this spring and get into some hot soft water action. Spring lodging specials May 8-25. Contact us today.
Ice Report 11-24-2018
Ice Fishing starts at Sportsman’s Friday, Nov 30!
It’s time! The cool fall has been great for ice making. The guides checked ice today and said based on what they found and the forecast ahead, Nov 30 will be our first day of the season for our day houses. Sleepers and Sportsman’s Oak Island will be another week or so after. They found 5”-7” of ice on the bay and 7-10” on the lake and nearly no snow cover in the areas we fish and travel. We should have no problems building a few more inches and starting with a safe 8-12” by Friday, especially with no snow cover. With no snow on the ice yet, which is great for ice making, it is slick so be sure to bring your cleats. As always, if you decide to venture out on your own, be sure to check with local resorts or outfitters before venturing out. Light jeeps, UTV’s, ATV’s only for awhile and keep the speed slow. The entire lake never freezes equally and the river is usually not ready for a few more weeks due to current. We only check and monitor the areas we fish and travel.
Public Ice Roads
We use a private access and do not maintain a public road. For ice road information, we suggest checking with Morris Point or Adrian’s.
Give us a call to make your reservations! 800-862-8602 or click here.
You just never know what is going to nibble at your line when you are fishing for walleyes on Lake of the Woods! 😳 Check out this awesome pike reeled in by Rich McGuire.
43 inch, 22lber caught on a white/pink/yellow jig and a shiner.
Guided by Captain Darryl. Nice catch Rich! Thanks for sharing your picture with us.
Sportsman’s Lodge welcomes the Cabelas National Walleye Tour Championship Event
to Lake of the Woods
Cabela’s National Walleye Tour Ends Season with Championship Event on Lake of the Woods at Baudette, Minnesota, September 5-7
Over 100 percent payback plus significant boat and engine contingencies available
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (August 22, 2018) – Competitive walleye anglers will converge on Lake of the Woods at Baudette, Minnesota, for the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour championship event on September 5-7. The championship will feature some of the country’s best walleye anglers in a pro-am style format and guarantees over 100 percent payback, including three fully rigged Ranger boats.The championship event begins Tuesday, September 4, with tournament registration from 2-4 p.m.at Sportsman’s Lodge (3244 Bur Oak Rd. NW, Baudette, MN 56623) and a mandatory pre-tournament meeting set to start at 5:00 p.m. Pro- and co-angler pairings will be announced at the pre-tournament meeting.Anglers will launch each morning at 7 a.m. from Wheeler’s Point with anglers returning to Sportsman’s Lodge for weigh-ins each day. After the first two days’ action, the field will be cut to the top 10 pro- and co-anglers. Weigh-ins will start at 3:00 p.m. each day.During each day of competition, Triton Boats and Mercury Marine are offering free demo rides in the acclaimed 216 Fishhunter. The demo rides will take off from the boat launch.The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) will also host a “Future Angler” program for children after Thursday’s weigh-in, approximately at 4:30 p.m., featuring an educational seminar and training for youth from top-notch NPAA members. The youth-orientated event will include a free rod/reel combo or “Future Pro” t-shirt for the first 150 children who attend the educational program. Smokey the Bear will also be on hand during this time.Anglers who have fished all three regular season events, in addition to the top points leaders, will qualify for the three-day, entry-fee championship. The championship event is a pro-am style format and guarantees over 100 percent payback, including two fully rigged Ranger boats for first and second place in the pro-angler category and a Ranger VS1682DC with 115 horsepower Mercury 4-stroke, valued at $27,295 for the first-place co-angler.The NWT Angler of the Year Awards is also up for grabs at the championship. The pro- and co-anglers with the most points earned after the championship will be awarded custom rings and paid entry fees for the 2018 season.The NWT would like to thank Lake of the Woods Tourism and the area for their support of this event.The Cabela’s National Walleye Tour includes unmatched television and media coverage, allowing a national audience to watch the action unfold from each event throughout the season. Airing on multiple networks, the NWT will be seen on the Pursuit Channel, CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports Net North, Comcast Chicago SportsNet, WildTV Canada and the World Fishing Network.For more details, anglers are encouraged to call 612-424-0708 or 501-317-7548 or check out the new website at www.nationalwalleyetour.com
. From here, site visitors can register for events, view the contingency programs and TV schedule and learn more about what’s in-store for2018.2018 NWT scheduled events:
Championship – September 5-7 – Lake of the Woods (Baudette, Minn
Lake of the Woods Family Fun
Check out all of the fun the Rappa and Goetz families had
during their annual trip to Sportsman’s this past Memorial Weekend!
Lake of the Woods Satellite Picture Update 5-10-2018
Check out the latest satellite picture from today compared to Mondays!
Big changes happening here the past few days! We have not been across the lake to check it out yet, so please use caution when venturing out. It sure looks like the ice is disappearing quickly.
Opener forecast is looking good! Woohoo! Let’s go fishing!
River Update Coming Soon
What a crazy spring so far. We have gone from two of the warmest spring season’s to now one of the coldest. I guess that is Mother Nature for you, unpredictable. We are going to head out this afternoon and tomorrow morning and snap some pictures of what the river looks like and how far it is open to share with you tomorrow morning. We also will post another update Thursday afternoon too.
Over the weekend, the morning bite on the river was a struggle. Temps dipped down causing some of the accesses to freeze up and then thawing late morning/early afternoon. Some anglers went ice fishing on the lake for morning and headed to the river for the afternoon/evening soft water bite. Still lots of ice on the lake. Although it doesn’t appear to be time to break out the shorts yet, the forecast does look warmer for this week. Warmer temps should help navigating the river and the increase the bite for the last few days of walleye season. Walleye season runs through April 14, re-opening May 12. Spring sturgeon catch and release season runs through April 23 and May 8-15, keep one (within size limits) April 24-May 7. Pike season never ends. If you haven’t experienced reeling in a monster sturgeon or trophy pike, spring is one of the best times to do it. It is a blast! Give us a call, lodging and guided trips are available.
The bite over the weekend was hit and miss. Some of those who did the best were jigging with 3/8 oz or 1/2 oz jigs on the river and small jigs/spoons on the lake in 16′-24′ tipped with a minnow. Sturgeon anglers were using a gob of worms, on 5/0 hook and a few ounces of no roll sinkers in deep holes of the river. Pike anglers using live suckers and big smelt in pre-spawn areas. The current is slow right now. Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow and Thursday.
What a day for Ashton!!!
Some people fish a lifetime hoping to catch one of these monster walleyes. Ashton Nills caught two in one day on March 16, 2018 at Sportsman’s Lodge. A 27 inch and 28.5 inch walleyes. What a day! Awesome angling Ashton and excellent release. Thanks for visiting!