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Fishing, Outdoor & Area Information Report for June 24, 2009

posted on 06/25/2009
Lake of the Woods South Shore Fishing, Outdoor & Area Information Report
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Great Weather! Great Fishing!
Eighty degrees,light breeze, beautiful island scenery and lots of walleyes!! Good times! Another great week!

We started to see more hammered gold spinners then jigs leave the tackle shop this week and the bait is starting to change up as well, we are seeing more colors in the bait boxes from just the faithful old minnow to a mix of choices including crawlers and leeches. This week marks a start of a transition on the Lake of the Woods. This year it will be a slower transition than normal due to the lengthy cool weather we experienced this spring, but just like everything change is always the constant. The bait, the drifting technique and the move toward the rock bottoms and structure are all common changes that will take place in the upcoming weeks. We will continue to see plenty of good eater size fish between 14”-20”, but most likely around mid July the trophy walleyes will really start to be known. Trophy walleye season is in July and August, so if you’re looking for some BIG excitement be sure to plan your trip for those two months. Statistics show that of all the Minnesota lakes, you have a 1 in 10 chance to catch a 10lb plus walleye during the months of July & August on Lake of the Woods!

The best way to reel in a nice limit right now is to drift in the mud flats around 28’-33’ of water just outside the Lighthouse Gap approximately 15 miles from the Sportsman’s Lodge or on the South Shore areas of Lake of the Woods including Graceton Beach and Zippel Bay. The rock reefs will also be an attraction in some good fishing in the weeks to come as the water really starts to warm up.

Leave the hassles to us!
Sportsman’s Lodge offers no hassle, no equipment required fishing trips! We include the boat, experienced guide, poles, bait, tackle and clean you fish, we will even pack you a lunch or cook up a traditional island fish fry too! Come for the fun and not the work!

4th of July Celebration
Come enjoy a good small town old fashion 4th of July this summer at Sportsman’s Lodge! Sportsman’s is just 12 miles north of Baudette, MN and boy does Baudette know how to celebrate Independence Day! Carnival, Parade, River Cruises, Spectacular fireworks display (best in 200 miles), kids games, entertainment, street dance and much more. Come celebrate at the lake! Go to sportsmanslodges.com for more info.

Family Fun in the north woods
Boating, fishing, indoor pool, live entertainment, river boat cruises, beach, golf, casino, museum, movie theater, state park, playground, festivals, and more. We have something for everyone! Check out our top 25 things to do this summer at Sportsman’s Lodges at www.sportsmanslodges.com

Railroad Daze
Rainy River just a short hop over the bridge to Canada from Baudette, MN (12 miles S of Sportsman’s Lodge) is hosting their annual Railroad Daze Celebration July 10-12.
Picnics, Scavenger Hunt, Auction, Slow Pitch Tournament, Dance, Flea Market, Classic Car Show, Magic Show, Monster Bingo and much more! Check out www.railraoddaze.ca for more info! Sportsman’s has rooms and cabins available for lodging needs!

Lake of the Woods NW Angle & Oak Island Fishing, Outdoor & Area Information Report
Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge



Plenty of walleyes hanging around waiting for you! Anglers are starting to move a little further out into more structure in the recent days, but their has been no changes in the fishing, that remains solid! 15’-22 of water just 4-5 miles out into the islands of the Northwest Angle have produced the best walleye catch rate this past week.

The hammered gold spinner with a minnow is still the bait of choice; however crawlers and leeches will soon be an item to have in the bait box soon. Many walleyes in the good eater size range of 14’-19” have been caught lately. Muskie season officially opened this past weekend, but normally the best Muskie season will be starting mid July right thru October. However we have heard lots of reports of some hungry Muskies following walleye presentations in the past week, so who knows now may be the time!

Annual Blueberry Festival & Chili Cook Off
Aug 7 & 8, 2009

Oak Island to host the Relay for Life, “Island Style”
The American Cancer Society, directed by Patti Swanson is planning an “island style” Relay for Life Aug 8. Luminaries are being sold for $10 in honor of a survivor or in memory of someone that was close to you that fought the battle with cancer. Instead of the traditional relay for life walk or run, many island teams are pulling together to raise money for this event and will unite to light luminaries and put them at the end of each team’s dock the evening of Aug 8. It will truly be a sight! Every dollar raised is a step closer to finding the cure! To donate, go to www.relayforlife.org/kittsonmn and click on “donate” then search by team with keyword “Oak Island”. Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge’s team this year is the Bobbie’s Bay Bobber’s. Aerial photos will be taken and posted on the Sportsman’s website shortly after the event.

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