Fishing Report 10/1/2012
South Shore

The Bite
A good walleye bite has been found outside of the Lighthouse Gap just near Pine Island, Morris Point Gap and Zippel Bay this week. Anglers have had good luck in 15′-24′ of water using chub and shiner minnows. Gold and bright orange jigs have been the hot tackle. Brenda Pickle joined the 10lb club this weekend. Brenda reeled in a real nice 10lb, 30 inch walleye while fishing with Captain Alan “Flip” Phillippe. Some real nice walleyes, a few northern pike and nice jumbo perch were also found. Check out the pictures! The current water temperature is in the mid 50’s right now. Cool weather is in the forecast so we should see this water temperature rapidly decrease in the week ahead and start heating up the river bite.

NW Angle & Islands

Walleyes, Muskies, Crappies, Pike, take your pick!
If you like to switch it up and fish for many different species, now is the time to get to the island. We have been seeing some nice varieties of fish caught right now. Walleyes have been found in 12′-20′ along structure near west side of Falcon Island, south side and northwest side of Oak Island using minnows and a gold or pink jig. Crappies have been found in deeper depths between 30′-40′ using minnows and bright colored jigs. Pike and muskies have been found deep in the bays using spoons and buck tails. Lots of good fishing going on!
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You’re Invited to Sportsman’s Halloween Party!
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
7pm – 1am 

The annual “Nightmare on Bur Oak Rd” Halloween party at Sportsman’s is always a frightfully good time! Come on out for the party, wear your best costume for a chance to win spooktacular prizes – including $200 cash for the best costume, enter contests and take part in other fun and competitions!

Drink specials all night!
The party starts at 7pm, but you can start early with our food & drink specials beginning at 4pm! Enjoy $2 can beer from 4pm – 7pm, and all night specials including: $3.25 Skittles Vodka, $4 Zombie Bomb, $3 Jello Shooters and $2 Jello Shots!

Spooktacular Prizes!
Judging for the best costume, and $200 cash prize, begins at 10pm with final judging at 11:30pm. We’ll announce the winner at midnight!

Contests! Fun & Competitions!
Partake in favorites like Beer Pong, Pumpkin Toss, Sitcky Situation & Grave Digger Relay!

What would a party be without great entertainment?
The Undertakers will be back this year providing entertainment from 8pm-1am!

$5 Cover Charge – FREE if you arrive before 8pm!

Halloween Stay & Play Packages – Limited supply! Only 50 available!

One Night Package 
$79* per person ($244 value)

Includes one night lodging, cover charge, drink coupons, Party gear, breakfast, dinner, gift shop coupon and a Stay 2 nights get the 3rd night free coupon for our Mardi Gras Party Weekend March ’13.

One Night Package with a day of Charter Fishing
$178* per person

Includes everything from the package above plus an all day trip 8am-5pm, guide, use of poles, bait, tackle and fish cleaning.

Two Night Package
$169* per person ($363 value)

Includes two nights lodging, cover charge for the party,drink coupons for Friday & Saturday, party gear, dinner on Friday & Saturday, lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Saturday & Sunday, gift shop coupon and a Stay 2 nights get the 3rd night free coupon for our Mardi Gras Party Weekend March ’13.

Two Night Package including a full day of Charter Fishing 
$268* per person.

Includes everything in the package above plus an all day trip 8am-5pm, guide, use of poles, bait, tackle and fish cleaning.

Life forms must be 21 years or older to attend. Play it safe and take advantage of one of our Stay & Play packages!

Call 866-998-7280 to book your Halloween Stay & Play Package today or visit! Limited Supply!

*All packages rates are plus applicable state and local tax.


Fall Packages at Sportsman’s Rainy River

Fall lodging starting at just $39 per night, click here!

Now’s your opportunity to book our most popular fall packagewhile the best dates are still available!

3 nights lodging, 2 days charter fishing and 8 meals

Only $424 per person*

That’s three nights in your choice of a lodge room or cabin, two full days of guided walleye charter fishing including the use of poles, bait, tackle and fish cleaning and 8 meals!

We have the best meal plan on the lake. Hands down. 

Dig in to hearty meals and several different selections. Enjoy three dinners choosing from many delicious selections off our Fall Menu – steaks, walleye, sandwiches, you name it!

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before each day of fishing and the day you depart. Indulge in your choice of egg dishes, pancakes, skillets and more.

For lunch bring a group of 6 and choose our shore lunch where the guide will cook up your morning catch along with potatoes, beans, bread and dessert or if want to get the most fishing in you can, we will be happy to prepare a sack lunch for you to enjoy on the water.

Enjoy some excellent fall fishing the Lake of the Woods and Rainy River have to offer along with the backdrop of the fall foliage. Lake of the Woods is great place to get away from it all!

Sportsman’s has a lot to offer including:

Lodge Rooms




Bar with Weekend Entertainment


Indoor Pool

Gift Shop

Dock Rental

Boat Rental

Guided Year Round Fishing Trips

Conference & Group Facilities

Game Room

And, don’t forget, we’re located in some of the best fishing in the world!

Call us a call at 866-998-7280 to book your fall stay now orclick here for complete fall rates.

*Plus tax based on double occupancy

Time to book your winter trip!

Book & pay for your winter trip for dates between Dec. 1 – March 31 in full by Oct. 15 and receive Double Sportsman’s Loyalty Points.

*Double reward points will be given for all services paid for at any of the Sportsman’s Lodge locations upon check out of your reservation.  Excludes tax and gratuity.

Click here for more information!


Bur Oak Villa #426 is now for sale!

Now is the time to own your slice of heaven!


The first villa was built last year and has been an incredible addition to Sportsman’s! These beautiful villas will replace all of the exsisting cabins on our Rainy River property.


Click here for information about owning a Villa at Sportsman’s!

Lake of the Woods Legend, Kit Bickel Celebrates 50 YEARS of Guiding!

What an accomplishment! Sportsman’s is proud to have Kit Beckel, a true veteran guide on our guide roster. Kit has grown up on Lake of the Woods and has enjoyed every bit of it, all 50 years. Kit loves his job and has devoted his life to the resort and fishing industry, and at this point has no plans on changing it! We think this accomplishment is worth cheering about.

Have you fished with legendary guide Kit Beckel over the years? In celebration of his 50 years of guiding, we are putting together a book of stories, pictures and memories to commemorate his years on the lake and would like your help! Please help us bysubmitting to this site. We would love to hear from you!

Please submit your information by Nov 1, 2012 by adding a story, picture and/or video.