Sportsman’s Lodges December Newsletter 12-7-2013

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Sportsman’s Lodge December 2013 Newsletter

Ice Conditions & Fishing Report
South Shore Lake of the Woods


The first day of our 2013-2014 starts tomorrow!  We have 11-12 inches of ice  were we travel and fish from the south shore (Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River location) at this time and making more as I type, the thermometer currently reads 5 below and the week ahead looks like we will get a lot of the same!  Our Oak Island property reports 4-8 inches of ice. They plan to open up in 7-10 days or so.

We did get some snow yesterday, about 8-10 inches on the south shore and 5 inches up at Oak Island and the Northwest Angle.  Will this affect the ice? In a sense yes, it will slow the building down a bit, but we do not anticipate it slowing it down very much.  It sounds like we did not get nearly the snow as most of the state.  We measured that we made an inch of ice within the past 36 hours.  Most of the snow has been blowing around the past few days.   There are areas with 3 foot drifts and areas with bare ice. Like always we have a few slush spots and areas of caution, but we do every year. That is normal.  Rest assured we check ice at least a few times daily and safety is always our first priority. If you do plan to venture out on your own, we suggest making sure you know where you are going and staying on marked trails.

We are excited to start another season and look forward to seeing you soon! The pre-season fishing reports are coming in fantastic!!! Lots of walleye action, gold and chartreuse jigs, stop signs and macho minnows tipped with a shiner.  It is going to be another fun year!


For reservations and more information call 800-862-8602 or log on to We still have openings for this weekend.

Forecast Looks Cold!
Highs below zero and single digits for the week ahead, lows well below zero.

**Please keep in mind we only report in the areas we travel and fish. The entire lake does not freeze equally. If you venture out on your own, know where you are going and stay on the marked trail. Safety first!**

Ice Roads
The ice road near Wheeler’s Point/Four Mile Bay access has 10-12 inches of ice and is allowing ATV’s and snowmobiles at this time and through the weekend. 

Winter is Here!
Do You Have Your Reservation in Yet?

Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River location
Call 800-862-8602
Be sure to ask us about our 3 New Villas!

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge or Eagle Ridge locations
Call 800-772-8411

Book online

Holiday Party Planning

Sportsman’s has many options to choose from for any budget for your group.

A few ideas to get you started:

  • Afternoon Christmas cookies & hot cider
  • Appetizers and cocktails served at dinner
    or buffet.
  • Go all out with an elegant 5 course dinner
    and entertainment.
  • Private banquet facilities available for up
    to 300 people. 
  • Weekend getaway including lodging, ice
    fishing, and meals.
  • Or enjoy a full day of ice fishing with a
    hot lunch.

Do something different!
Plan a Holiday Ice Fishing Party!

We can include it all. No worries if someone doesn’t have a fishing pole or has never fished before. We will take care of it all. Full day trip includes fish house, transportation to and from, poles, bait, tackle, the cleaning of your fish, and hot lunch delivered right to your fish house.

Contact Diana for an event quote today by clicking here or call 800-862-8602, ext. 439.

Winter Dining & Bar Specials

The Bar & Riverside Dining Room opens Thursday and the Dockside Dining Room on Friday! Before or after your day of fishing be sure to stop by one of our dining venues for food and entertainment!

Dockside Dining Room serves a wide array of breakfast choices. From pancakes to walleye & eggs. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before a day on the lake.

Riverside Dining Room serving delicious sandwiches, appetizers, dinner entrées including steaks, walleye, pasta and more. You definitely won’t go away hungry!

Weekly Specials

  • Friday: Seafood Special
  • Saturday: Prime Rib Special

The Sandbar is a great place to meet friends, tell your fish stories and enjoy some entertainment. 7 flat screen TVs, pull tabs, pool and arcade games, musical entertainment, and a wide array of liquor, beer & food selections.

Late Night Happy Hour
Sunday through Thursday 9pm-10pm

Daily Specials

  • Monday: $3 tap, Windsor, Captain Morgan drinks from 9pm-11pm
  • Tuesday: $5 Margaritas on the Rocks – All Day 
  • Wednesday: Men’s Night – 1/2 price appitizers from 9pm-10pm; $3 tap and rails and $9 pitchers of tap beer between 10pm-midnight 
  • Friday: Ladies’ Night – All drinks half off from 10pm to midnight
  • Saturday: Shot Specials
  • Sunday: Free apps 5pm until gone

Musical Entertainment!
Cold Shot, Fireline, and Obtaining Euphoria will all be here! Check out our complete schedule.

Christmas Shopping

Sportsman’s Gift Certificates
Always the right size, color
and price. Use at any of the 3 locations. No expiration date.

Purchase online here.

New Year’s Eve Parties

Rainy River
Live entertainment by FIreline, an exclusive one-night-only menu featuring steaks, seafood, pasta and more! Champagne toast, good cheer and lots of fun.

Book your fishing package over New Year’s. For lodging, fishing and dinner reservations contact us today at 800-862-8602. Don’t delay, space is limited.

Celebrate Island Style at Sportsman’s Oak Island
Dinner Specials, Champagne toast, good fishing, great friends and good cheer. Dinner Special features: King Crab Legs and Prime Rib
Click here for more information!

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