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Opener is right around the corner!


Temperatures are up and the fishing is heating up too!  With water temps scratching 50 degrees, pike are in full swing and aggressive.  Casting spoons and spinnerbaits in the tributaries and at any shallow weeds that may be beginning to grow is the best and most efficient way to target them.  Sturgeon have begun to spawn and are stacking up in rapids and fast flowing shallow water. Best areas to target these monsters is to concentrate on deep holes adjacent to these spawning areas.

Walleye Opener
With the walleye season beginning this weekend, great places to begin the season is just outside the Lighthouse Gap, the north side of Pine Island and Four Mile Bay.  A jig tipped with a shiner is always the best bet to kick the season off.  As far as colors to start with, chartreuse, pink and gold are great choices!



Sturgeon fishing has been hot! 3 days left of the season until July. Get into the action!







Unreal! Two hours into these gals sturgeon careers they haul in a 68″ monster!


Take a Mom fishing
Mother’s Day is May 14.  Treat mom to some great fishing, relaxation and Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Sportsman’s next weekend.  She will love our cozy accommodations, indoor pool, hot tub, beautiful views, excellent fishing and delicious food.  Click here for our spring lodging and fishing packages and here to check out our Mother’s Day menu.

Get on the fish with a Guided Trip
Whether you are looking for sturgeon, pike or walleye we have trips available this spring. Contact us for more information 800-862-8602.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Fishing Report September 9, 2016


Fall Fishing has begun!
Anglers are finding some nice walleyes in 20’-25’ pulling gold spinners along the edges of points or on top of reefs this week tipped with a minnow or worm. Areas around the east side of Falcon Island have been good.  Water temperature is currently 68 degrees.

Muskies, Pike, Bass
These fish are starting to move to the rocks but you can still find them in the weeds.  So be sure to check out both of these spots right now.  Throwing top water baits has been the ticket.

Fall is one of the best times of the year to reel in these sweet flavored fish on Lake of the Woods. Once the water starts to dip in the next few weeks, we should start to see more of these fish bite.  Using a small 1/4 ounce jig or smaller tipped with a minnow works well in areas with structure.

Not sure where to go?
Take a guide! Sit back relax and reel in the fish.  For more information about our guided trips click here.




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

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Oak Island Minnesota


The Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge is Surrounded by Water, Wildlife and is Located Right in the Heart of The Walleye Capital of the World.

Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge

38 miles from the Main Lodge, Sportsman’s Lodge near Baudette, MN  is the secluded Oak Island Lodge. It’s on the same island as our Eagle Ridge Lodge. It’s not uncommon to see bear, moose or a whitetail deer swimming when you’re out fishing. If you like nature, you’re going to love our Oak Island lodge.

This undisturbed remote island is a place where nature thrives. It’s filled with bald eagles, deer, bear and the fishing is undoubtedly world class. In this part of the Lake of the Woods, there is abundant population of Walleye, Sauger, Northerns, Muskies, Smallmouth Bass, Perch, and big Slab Crappies. Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources has determined this to be a World-Class Fishery.

“From the Oak Island Lodge and Eagle Ridge Lodge, we fish more in Canadian waters and catch a greater variation of species than we do from the Main Lodge. We catch a lot of the big Muskies that can get over 60-inches. This lodge has the feel of a fly in lodge, it is tucked away in nature, it’s amazing,” said Sportsman’s Lodges, Co-Owner, Gregg Hennum.

The perfect day starts and ends here . . . wake up to a big breakfast and then head off for world class freshwater fishing. Whether you’re fishing for big Muskie or hauling in Walleye, you’re gonna catch fish! 

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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