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Sportsman’s Lodge South Shore Lake of the Woods Fishing Report 5/3/2017


With air temperatures dropping in the low 30s we all knew the water temperatures were not far behind. Water temperatures dipped all the way to 40 degrees.  And with cooling water almost always means fishing slows, especially in the spring time! This does not mean there are not fish to be caught! As far as sturgeon, get in high percentage areas and camp.  With the water cooling those big dinos will be lethargic but they will bite if they are there.  When targeting pike, if you are casting work those baits as slow as possible.  Although it may take some more patience, dead baits under a float or on the bottom may be the better bet.  As far as location, creek mouths and any areas of slack water are great areas to target! Good luck and we will see you out there!


Walleye Opener is only 10 days away! Do you have your reservations in?
SPRING FISHING SPECIALS ~ Two nights lodging in your choice of a lodge room or cabin and one day charter fishing aboard a 27’ boat with onboard restroom, experienced guide, use of poles, bait, tackle, assortment of pop/water and fish cleaning package starting at only $210 per person. Two Night/Two Day starting at $323 and Three Night/Three Day starting at $369.  Lodging, boat rental and dock slips also available. Click here to learn more and book your stay today 800-862-8602. *plus tax and based on double occupancy

The man, the myth, the legend is on the board with his new personal best sturgeon… 59.5″.. It was even tagged.. Great job Blue Olson. Great battle.
Guide Bryan “Beef” Sathre



Check out this nice 39.5 inch pike!


Charter boats are ready for opener!

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.
11th Annual Sturgeon Tournament is May 5 & 6. The tournament is full this year but everyone is welcome to stop in and check out the action from our docks or in the bar. The tournament takes place right out in front of the lodge over a 1 mile stretch. Annually we see over 100 sturgeon caught over the two day tournament. Stop by for great fishing stories, food, drinks and entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings. The tournament runs from 8:30 to 4pm Friday and 8:30 to 3pm Saturday.

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.

9th Annual Sportsman’s Sturgeon Tournament Day 1 Results


9th Annual Sturgeon Tournament
Sturgeon classic 9

Results for Day 1

The 9th Annual Sportsman’s Lodge two day catch and release sturgeon tournament is underway!  The fishing and the weather was excellent! The weather was a beautiful 68 degrees, sunny and a light breeze.  Over 100 sturgeon in varying sizes were caught and released in the 1.2 mile allowed tournament area right out front of the lodge. Tournament anglers caught many between the 50″-60″ range and under 30″.

One hundred and fifty anglers attended and 50 boats making this for the 7th year in a row a full tournament.  This year was highest cash and prize payout boasting over $6,500. First place each day receives $2,140, second place $915 and third place a custom rod.  Many other prizes are awarded for the largest eelpout, sucker, and bullhead over the two days along with youth and door prizes.

Day one started at 8:30am running until 4:00pm and rounds out with lots of good stories and entertainment in the bar.  Day two starts at 8:30am on Saturday, May 2 running an hour shorter than day one, ending at 3pm.  Day two also includes an awards banquet and musical entertainment. Check out the pictures of the day one winners and many more pictures of all of the fun on our Facebook page here.

Day One 1st Place Winner
Dustin Lunske
61 3/4 inch length, 24 inch girth

Day One 2nd Place Winner
Dusty Nielson
60 inch length, 20 1/4 inch girth

Day One 3rd Place Winner
Jason Albertson
55 1/2 inch length, 21 inch girth

Do you want to hook into a sturgeon?   You still have time!
Sturgeon keep one season runs until May 7.  Catch & release season runs May 8-15.  Guided Trips, Lodging and Dock Slips available.  Book your trip today!


The Walleye Opener is May 9th!

Lodging and guided fishing trips still available. Lodging as low as $45* per person per night. Lodging and charter fishing packages starting at $201* per person.

*plus tax and based on double occupancy through May 20

Call us at 866-998-7280 or book online now for your trip to Sportsman’s for the Walleye Opener!

Sportsman’s Lodge 5th Annual Sturgeon Tournament



The 5th Annual Sportsman’s Lodge sturgeon tournament was a success! Over 155 sturgeon were caught over the two day catch and release event. 50 boats and 128 anglers battled it out for over $4800 in cash and prizes April 29 & 30. The two day event will conclude with an awards banquet tonight and Live Entertainment by Fireline. We only have 15 spots left for 2012! Reserve your spot today 800-862-8602 www.sportsmanslodges.com

The winners:
Day 1
(for pictures see 4/29 report below)
#1 64.5 inch length, 27 inch girth & 73 lbs- Derek Ferestad from Park Rapids, MN $1400 Cash
#2 57.75 inch length, 21 inch girth & 43 lbs– Pat Schrieber from White Bear Lake, MN $600 Cash
#3 56.5 inch length, 18.5 inch girth & 36lbs – Randy Shoen from Hastings, MN Custom Sturgeon Rod handcrafted by Lake of the Woods Guide Ralph Christopherson 

Day 2
#1 60.5 inch length, 21.5 inch girth & 45lbs Randy Shoen from Hastings, MN $1400 Cash

#2 59 inch length, 24 inch girth & 54 lbs Dan Brown from Hudson, WI $600 Cash #3 58.5 inch length, 20.5 inch girth & 43 lbs
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Mark Lyons from Roseville, MN Custom Sturgeon Rod handcrafted by Lake of the Woods Guide Ralph Christopherson pictured behind him is Scott Steinbring from Warroad, MN with a close contender holding his 52 inch caught at the same time. 

Other awards
Bullhead – 13 inch Kevin Weber from East Grand Forks, MN
Eelpout – 17 inch two way tie Steve Stoskopf from Warroad, MN & Gary Rutherford from Pengilly, MN
Sucker – 20.5 inch Hunter Deziel from Grand Forks, ND
Best Boat – Brian Stennes from Grand Forks, ND

The tournament was once again a big success and alot of fun as had. Next year’s tournament is set for May 4 & 5, 2012. To sign up contact Sportsman’s Lodge 800-862-8602. Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to all the participants for making the tournament once again a success!