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!
We are building ice!
We are finding 5-8” in most areas we fish and travel but still waiting on a few areas to heal up. We have a great start and the forecast looks favorable. Check back soon for updates!
For reservations contact us at 800-772-8411 or click here.
Our sister resort, Sportsman’s Lodge on the south shore will begin their season Friday, Nov 30.
For their ice report, click here.
Minnesota walleye opener is May 13.
We are gearing up to open up for the season next weekend. Do you have your reservations in?
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Interested in working where you play? Or know someone looking for a summer job?
We are still looking for a few more people to join our team for the summer season or beyond.
Room & board included. This is a great job for someone who wants to save some money, not hassle with rent or a grocery bill, meet some great people, do some fishing and enjoy the island life! Click here to learn more about the current available positions and apply today.
We gained 3-4 inches of snow this week and below zero temps the past few days. It looks like we are going to warm up tomorrow. Buck shots, flutter spoons, plain hooks and pink, gold and glow in the dark jigs have been good this week tipped with a minnow. Vexilar users are almost doubling their catch rate. 23’-29’ of water around structure has been the best place to find some nice walleyes and saugers.
42 inch northern pike caught by Jim Kusilek on a medium action St Croix rod 8lb test and swedish pimple Sportsmans Oak Island Lodge
Nice 19 inch walleye caught by Chad Young Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
13 inch perch caught by Chad Young Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
Currently we have 21-24 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel.
The area lake and land trails are being groomed weekly. For more information on the NW Angle & Islands area click here. For the Baudette area click here. The NW Angle club will be hosting their annual Snowmobile Rally March 4 in the NW Angle area. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
The ice road is open. Take the 9 mile drive out from Young’s Bay to the lodge. Signs are posted.
Jig & a Minnow
A 3/8 oz. gold or chartreuse jig and a minnow head have been working well in 17’-26’ of water this week. A mix of walleyes and saugers are coming up the ice holes. Many anglers enjoy bringing along or renting a fish finder and find they have more success with it. If you would like to try one out, give us a call to reserve one.
We received about 12 inches of snow Monday and in the early morning hours of Tuesday. We now have plenty of snow for riding the trails and banking the fish houses J! Trails are marked with black stakes from Baudette to our door step. They are also marked around the Northwest Angle with wooden stakes. The trails are now being maintained as best as possible and will be groomed as soon as we get a few more inches of ice. Get out and take a ride today!
The ice road from Young’s Bay/Northwest Angle to our door step is open. Drive on out!
It looks like we should start to make some decent ice starting next week! Bring it on! A good week of cold temperatures and light wind is what we need! A lot can happen in a week. Get your fishing buddies together and make your plans, ice fishing season is coming soon!
Ice fishing season runs longer on Lake of the Woods than most lakes in Minnesota. It starts in December and we have to pull our houses off by March 31. Openings available, give us a call Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River/Baudette 800-862-8602, Sportsman’s Sleepers 218-634-1589 and Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge/Eagle Ridge 800-772-8411 or email us by clicking here.
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Jigging for walleyes
Anglers continue to fish in close to Oak Island and the surrounding islands mainly on the Minnesota side. Jigging with an orange or green ¼ ounce jig tipped with a chub minnow in 20’-25’ of water seems to be bringing in the best results. Water temperature is hovering around 60 degrees. The catch has been mainly 13”-17” walleyes and a few saugers in the mix.
The muskies are getting frisky!
A couple of anglers were out casting for northern pike this past week and a few muskies took a nibble. Muskie season opens June 18, and it sounds like they are hungry! Give us a call and we will set you up with a professional guide that knows all of the best bait, tricks, tips and places to go.
School is out! Fishing time!
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Lodging and guided trips available through October.
Great walleye bite!
Some nice 14”-16” walleyes are being found around points and shorelines in 14’-24’ of water. Water temperature is 60 degrees. Jigging with gold or orange jigs tipped with a minnow has been the most successful. Summer is here! Time to get out fishing, the guides are ready! Anglers have found a few bass and pike as well. Pitching dead ciscos with a bobber on a quick strike rig on bottom or just 6 inches off bottom is working well to lure in these fish in shallow weedy bays.
Right off the dock! 5 year old Stellie with Grandpa Jerry at Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge!
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Lodging, boat rental and guides available! Escape to the lake!!
NW Angle & Oak Island Lake of the Woods Fishing Report Walleye Opener 2016
Walleye opener is this weekend!
The docks are getting hooked up and the last minute spring projects are being completed. We are ready to start fishing!
We are looking forward to another great season. The walleyes are going to be found in shallow this weekend around points and shorelines around Oak Island, Little Oak Island and Flag Island drifting in 8’-20’ of water using jigs or spinners and a minnow. Water temperature is currently 53 degrees. Lodging, guided trips and boat rentals available! Give us a call 800-772-8411 or online here.
Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge
Getting the docks ready!
Spring projects are in full swing and we are taking reservations for summer. We are eager to get the spring projects done and start our summer season in May. We offer some great spring deals in May. Click here for more information and make plans to visit us this summer.
A reminder to guests visiting us this year. U. S. citizens and permanent residents crossing into Canada to travel to the Northwest Angle or fishing in Canada. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must carry proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, or a Certificate of Indian Status along with photo identification. If you are a U.S. permanent resident, ensure you carry proof of your status such as a U.S. Permanent Resident Card. For more information click here.
The warm summer breeze, the evening campfire, the views of the northern lights and days of catching fish are soon here. Time to book your spring, summer and fall trip! www.oakislandlodge.com 800-772-8411.