Sportsma’s Lodge January 2013 Newsletter 1-4-2013

Sportsman’s Ice & Snow Report
The Bite!
Happy New Year! Another year is in the books. We are looking forward to 2013. We wish everyone good fishing, good times and good health! Hope you can make it over to our neck of the woods in 2013. The walleyes are waiting! The Bite The fishing has been a real active this week. We are seeing several 7-10 inch saugers, a decent amount of 12-14 inch saugers, fair amount of 12-18 inch walleyes and some real nice 22 inch plus walleyes come through the holes. We have moved several of our houses into deeper waters and that has produced well. We are currently finding the best bite in 27’-30’ just outside of Pine Island. Charmer and stop sign lures have been hot as well as anything that has a red glow. Chubs are the bait of choice. A Vexilar/fish finder always helps your odds. We have a few Vexilars available to rent if you do not have one your own. They are in demand so make sure you call ahead to reserve if you are interested.

Drew Horton’s first walleye through ice! Nice 1st! 12-27-2012 27 inch 8lb caught on a chartreuse jig and slip bobber using a fathead minnow
Check more pictures on our Facebook page here!

Ice Conditions
We are getting more and more ice every day and conditions continue to get better. In the areas we travel and fish we have 10-18 inches at this time. We are using a combination of jeeps and bombardiers to transport guests to the fish houses right now.

Trail Report
We received another 1-2 inches of snow yesterday. I would say we have about 6-8 inches total right now on the ground. The lake trails are scheduled for their first grooming on Friday, Jan 4 including the entire “SUPER LOOP” from Wheeler’s Point to Warroad, Warroad to Oak Island/NW Angle and Oak Island/NW Angle to Wheeler’s Point. Trail riders are encouraged to stay on the trail and watch for ice chunks for the best riding experience. We received some snow over the weekend. The lake has 2-4 inches on it and the land 3-5 at this time. At this time the land trails are not groomed. A little more snow and they should be ready for the year. 

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Ice fishing season is here. Book your winter trip today! 


A Winter Adventure With No Hassle – Just Fun!

Included in Our Minnesota Ice Fishing Trips Adventure:

  • Heated Fishhouse
  • Transportation to and from your fish house
  • Poles
  • Bait
  • Tackle
  • Fish cleaned and delivered right to your room.
  • Available early December – end of March

Forget Vegas! Come to Sportsman’s!

We have lodging, meals, live entertainment, ice fishing excitement, indoor pool, miles of snowmobile trails, nearby ice skating rinks and gambling. Who is going to catch the first, the biggest and the most fish? Visit and find out!

Call us at 866-998-7280 to book your winter trip today or click here for full package and rate information. Hurry, the best dates are booking fast! 


It’s never too early to plan your spring or summer trip!

Spring fishing

The extended walleye season we enjoy on the Canadian border allows for a phenomenon not available for much of the state. The warming weather and increased currents at the beginning of April work to open the Rainy River just as the walleyes are beginning their spring run. The action is fast, and the fish are huge, pulled up one after another.

Spring also brings our annual Sturgeon Tournament! Over $4,800 in cash and prizes are on the table and only a few spots are still open. Click here for more information or to sign up.

If summer is more your style…

Imagine…spending the day bobbing along the waves; just you and five of your favorite friends, soaking up the sun, spending a summer day in style on a charter out of Sportsman’s Lodge on Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods. Nothing can compare to Minnesota fishing, with Walleyes, Saugers, and Lake Sturgeon a plenty!

The best part is that EVERYTHING you need for a great day of fishing is provided for you and you no experience is required!

Call us at 866-998-7280 today to ask about our awesome spring or summer packages!

Planning a business meeting? Wedding? or Banquet in 2013?
Sportsman’s has meeting and banquet space for up to 300. Lodging, Camping, Guided Fishing, Indoor Pool, Area Activities, River Boat Fish Fry and Scenic Cruise (holds up to 38).

Surprise those “special” clients with a unique gift
Show your appreciation to Clients, Partners, Staff Members and Top Employees.

Do something different
Hold your next conference, annual meeting or corporate outing in the outdoors.

Corporate Event Planners
Looking for that perfect team building experience try a day of fun filled fishing action.

Fishing Trips
We will make your next corporate event a huge success that will be remembered and talked about for years.

Let us put together your ultimate corporate outing fishing trip, or tournament. We’ll handle all your booking needs, providing you with a single, trusted source, developing your perfect package. We will be there to ensure everything runs smoothly. Letting you concentrate on the important things – building and growing relationships, and of course having fun, leaving a positive lasting impression.

Contact us today or call 866-998-7280 and let’s talk about your specific needs and help you set up the ultimate corporate fishing trip – one that will be thoroughly enjoyed, remembered, and talked about for years to come.


Sportsman’s Lodge keeps you entertained year round!

Click here for our Live Entertainment schedule.

Don’t forget to pack your swim suit! Indoor pool & hot tub. Come for the fishing and stay for the fun!

Plan to visit Sportsman’s this Winter!

Sportsman’s Lodge Bar & Dining Hours

Dockside Dining Room
Starting Monday, Dec 10 for the rest of the winter season.
Serving breakfast Mon – Sat 6am – 11am Sunday 6am – noon
Enjoy our extensive menu of egg dishes, pancakes, waffles, skillets and more.

Open daily for the season 11am – close, food served 11am-10pm.
Enjoy sandwiches, burgers, appetizers, drinks and more. Watch the big game on one of our 7 flat screen tvs, try your luck at pull tabs, video games and enjoy the live entertainment scheduled throughout the year. Check out the entertainment schedule below.

*Sandbar Specials* 
Sunday – Free Appetizers 5pm – Close
Monday – $3 Can Beer 7pm – 9pm & 1/2 price Appetizers 8pm – 9pm
Wednesday – Fish for your drink price 8pm-10pm
HaPpY HoUrS 
Mon – Sat 5pm-6pm & Sun – Thurs 10pm-11pm
$1 off Rail, Capt’n, Windsor and Domestic Beer Plus daily shot specials and be sure to LIKE us on Facebook for more last minute specials!

Riverside Dining Room 
Open for the season
Daily 5:30pm – 10pm.
Reservations are suggested.

Serving steaks, seafood, chicken, sandwiches and more. Try our famous soup and salad bar and one of our drinks from our extensive wine and drink selection.

Riverside Dining Room Specials 
Friday – Pastabilities ~ Try one of our new pasta entrees each week!
Saturday ~14 oz Prime Rib served with choice of potato and soup and salad bar.

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge Dining & Bar Hours 
Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Based on ice conditions through mid March Open daily for food
7am-9pm Bar 8am – Close

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