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NW Angle & Oak Island Fishing, Ice & Trail Report 12-30-09

posted on 12/31/2009
12/30/09

Good Fishing!

A consistent bite has been reported since the weather has stabilized with the afternoons favoring the mornings in recent days. The water clarity is really impressive this year. Along with a many nice eater size walleyes a few larger fish have been caught and released too. A 27.5 inch walleye was caught by Brandon Noble and 27.5 walleye was also caught by Ryan Winters this week along with a 39.5 inch northern pike too! The northern pike really started to hit in a few houses when the weather turned clear and cold. The best fishing along with the two large walleyes were caught using a gold jig tipped with a minnow in about 22'-25' of water.

Ice Conditions
The ice depth is currently 12-16”. Slush has been reported when you get off the trail due to the recent snow we got last week.

Trail Conditions
Lake Trails
The lake trails from Sportsman's Lodge to Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge is freshly groomed. The trail from Sportsman's Lodge to Warroad will be groomed tomorrow. The lake froze real flat this year and the trails are in excellent condition. The lake trail from Warroad to Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge is marked but not groomed yet. I understand grooming around the Northwest Angle started today on the lake and land. Ask about our $39 per person per night midweek special at Sportsman's Eagle Ridge!
Land Trails
The land trails around Baudette and Williams are 60% groomed and the groomers continue to be out in full force. The groomed trails are reported to be in excellent condition.
Plowed Road
The plowed road to the island is now open.




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NW Angle & Oak Island Fishing, Ice & Trail Report 12-23-09

posted on 12/31/2009
12/23/09
Sorry for the report delay. Sportsman's Oak Island is starting their ice fishing season Dec 26! We currently have 12 inches of ice and 4-5 inches of snow blanketing the Northwest Angle and Islands area. The guides have been testing and the fish are hungry! 10-20 walleye and sauger combinations caught and or released per person has been the norm. The test spots have been around 20-25 feet of water and the fish have been favoring gold and pink jigs tipped with a chub. It looks like it is going to be a good start for fishing action this season! Get your friends and family together and come enjoy the northland!

Snow & Trail Report
The snowmobile trail from Young's Bay at the Northwest Angle to Oak Island is marked but not groomed. The ice road has not been plowed to Oak Island yet. The snowmobile trail from Sportsman's Rainy River to Sportsman's Oak Island is marked and groomed. The land trails in the Northwest Angle are not groomed yet.





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Lake of the Woods Fishing, Ice & Trail Report 12-30-09

posted on 12/31/2009
12/30/09

The action continues…Kenny Weber pulled a 50 inch, 40lb Sturgeon thru the hole a couple of days ago! WOW! That is quite a fish to pull thru an ice hole! Kenny was fishing for walleyes, but snagged this hungry fella, quite the fight, it was safely released soon after. We seem to get a few of these caught thru the year, another 45 incher was caught 12-11-09 too, interesting. Usually these guys are found in late April and Early May. Check out our Annual Sturgeon Tournament April 30 & May 1 by clicking here. Cash Prizes
Walleyes and saugers…
Lots of saugers are being reported especially in the smaller class, however plenty of nice walleyes and saugers are also being caught to round out a nice limit in a 2-3 day trip. The fish are really schooled up it seems as if you get one bite, it is just the beginning of a steady stream for awhile, then a gap just enough time to enjoy a beverage and snack and tell a fish story and then keep jigging they are back for more. Hot tackle seems to be gold and orange jigs and a 2 inch yellow spoon tipped with a minnow. Jigging has been helping along with setting the hook at the right time.

Ice Conditions

18"-20" on the Lake on the marked trails and 16" on the Four Mile Bay. The lake is mostly covered with 12-15” of new snow that fell last week. The conditions are good. Some slush is reported when you get off the trails and marked roads.

Trail Report
Lake Trails
The lake trails from Sportsman's Lodge to Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge is freshly groomed. The trail from Sportsman's Lodge to Warroad will be groomed tomorrow. The lake froze real flat this year and the trails are in excellent condition. The lake trail from Warroad to Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge is marked but not groomed yet. I understand grooming around the Northwest Angle started today on the lake and land. Ask about our $39 per person per night midweek special at Sportsman's Eagle Ridge!
Land Trails
The land trails around Baudette and Williams are 60% groomed and the groomers continue to be out in full force. The groomed trails are reported to be in excellent condition.



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Lake of the Woods Fishing, Ice & Trail Report 12-28-09

posted on 12/31/2009
12/28/09
Hope everyone had a nice Christmas! We are going to start doing one to two mini reports a week along with our normal full report every Wednesday. I hope you enjoy the reports! If you would like to receive our weekly report to your e-mail inbox be sure to sign up on the link above. We also do many reports on facebook along with special exclusive deals click here to become our friend. Happy New Year to everyone and keep the site feedback coming!

Lots of action!
24 inch walleye just released! Lots of action and it seems as if the fish are really schooling up anglers have been reporting 20-30 min fast paced fishing stints throughout the day. So when the fish starts biting it is time to put the cards away cause they seem to come with friends!
The best depth continues to be a little deeper than normal around 28'-31' and the hot tackle has been a white jig tipped with a chub.

Ice Conditions
18"-20" on the Lake on the marked trails and 15" on the Four Mile Bay. The Rainy River can be traveled by snowmobile, but no vehicles are recommended yet.

Trail Report
The lake trail from Sportsman's Lodge Rainy River to Oak Island will be groomed in the next few days along with the trail from Sportsman's Rainy River to Warroad. We recieved 12"-15" of nice new snow over Christmas and the snowmobiling is awesome! There is nothing better than fresh new powder. The land trails around Baudette are also being groomed right now. The conditions are excellent. The cross country ski trails at Zippel Bay State Park are freshly groomed and in excellent condition. Come out for the Moonlight Ski Wed, Dec 30. Click here for more info.






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Lake of the Woods Fishing, Ice & Trail Report 12-23-09

posted on 12/31/2009
12/23/09

This is what we have been waiting for!

Good ice base, nice temperatures and fantastic fishing, it is here! This past week along with the warmer air heating up so has the fishing. Lots of action, and a nice limit of walleye and sauger to enjoy for Christmas or plenty of catch and release whatever you choose to do have been the common chorus sung at the Sportsman's Lodge this week. One house reported 43 fish in 3 hours this morning for 3 people! We had other groups report 75, even 100 fish caught in a house in one day, now that is fun fishing!

Saugers have been more prevelant than walleyes right now which is odd for this time of year, but makes sense with the DNR reporting that Lake of the Woods has one of the best sauger counts ever this year. Angler's have reported lots of fish being caught, many in the smaller class, but plenty to make a nice limit and even a few trophies too! Three 10lb walleyes were caught this week. So where do you go for good fishing? Sportsman's Lodge of course, the guides have been diligently keeping up with the fish patterns and currently finding the best luck between 25'-30', deeper than normal for this time of year and luring them in with gold and white jigs tipped with a chub. Avoid the hassle and let us do the work, our houses will be warm and ready!

Ice Conditions
We had a real good freeze up this year, nice and smooth, and excellent clarity. We currently have 16 inches of ice on Lake of the Woods and 12 inches on Four Mile Bay (the bay between the Rainy River and the Lake of the Woods in the areas we travel and fish. We have seen a warm up in temperatures from the bitter cold -20 with highs in the twenties during the day and teens at night so we are still making ice! We currently continue to use jeeps with heated enclosed trailers to get out to the fish houses at this time, but it won't be long and the bombardiers and heavier track vehicles will be out, stay tuned!

Snow & Trail Report
As I write this at 5pm Wed, Dec 23 we have 1-2 inches of snow on the lake and 3-5 inches of snow on the land. This is really not much snow and the snowmobile trails are really not that good, however it looks like this is going to change pretty quick in the next few days. The meteorologists are currently reporting that we may get up to 8 inches of snow in the next few days, this could really change things in a hurry. Check out our report after the storm for an update. The snowmobile trail from Sportsman's Lodge on the Rainy River to Sportsman's Lodge on Oak Island has been marked and groomed. The trail from Sportsman's Rainy River to Warroad has been marked but not groomed yet. The groomers are planning to go out this weekend to groom that trail. Many of the land trails in the Lake of the Woods area have been groomed but are in need of more snow for a good ride.


The fish are biting, the snow is falling, come on up to the northland and enjoy winter!





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