Getting Ready

Getting Ready For Winter

BORDER VIEW LODGE

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT November 30, 2020

 

Progress on the ice is moving forward.  There is ice on the lake and bay, as of yesterday there is also open water on the lake.  Yesterday we had high North winds and for the overnight we had zero degrees and single digit weather.  If the single digit weather continues this week for overnights, we could be on the lake soon.  The wind may switch to the South and current forecast shows teens for lows this week.  Having the open water seal up is a big factor in safety. We do not intend to go out when there is the possibility of becoming stranded across 100 or more feet of open water.  We will keep monitoring the situation while working on our projects.

 

Covid update; We intend to be operating at full speed this winter and have been planning as many disinfecting processes as possible to avoid major impacts to our normal service.  While on light ice we will be transporting everyone as normal, except we will not be mixing groups in the transportation.  Meals will be To Go for the winter season.  We will also be using paper and plastic products for plates and utensils in the cabins, normal pots and pans will be in cabin for cooking and serving.  We are constantly reviewing our process and policies to ensure we are acting safely for all involved.  We will be disinfecting and sanitize transportation, fish houses and bathrooms on the ice.

 

FISH ON!

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November 1 and we continue on with projects for this winter!

November 1 and we continue on with projects for this winter!

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT November 1, 2020

 

November 1 and we continue on with projects for this winter!  We keep working hard on many things.  New sleeper fish houses and facility for sleepers, repairs to our existing houses and scrubbing and painting, new bathrooms for on the ice.  We are working on new signs for our 3 properties and a map to highlight our locations and make check in and check out easier. Cleaning vehicles and maintenance to trailers as well as finishing parking lot areas and winter access.

 

The forecast for the week ahead is looking to warm up.  Possible highs in the 50’s.  It will give us a last chance to make sure we have everything in place before freezing.

 

Covid update; We intend to be operating at full speed this winter and have been planning and working out as many disinfecting processes as possible to avoid major impacts to our service.  One item that is a major impact, currently we are planning that meals will be To Go for the winter season.  We have a couple of issues when trying to open the bar and restaurant.  We have a hard time keeping to the number of allowable people being inside, once the doors open people keep coming in, even when we try to prevent the number from going to high.  Another is staffing, we need to protect the staff we have as much as possible or we will not be able to remain open.  We are constantly reviewing our process and policies to ensure we are acting safely for all involved.  We are working towards best practice for the winter to disinfect and sanitize transportation, fish houses and bathrooms on the ice.

 

FISH ON!

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The best bite is still just outside the Lighthouse Gap

The best bite is still just outside the Lighthouse Gap

BORDER VIEW LODGE

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT October 25, 2020

 

We are wrapping up another great season!  Thank you, from all of us, to all of you who made it such a great summer!  There are still some hearty Anglers getting in the last bit of fall fishing.  We pulled our charter boats this past week and continue to get ready for winter.  The floater docks at the public access have been pulled and currently there is a rolling temporary dock in. 

 

The forecast for the week ahead looks better than it once did.  There are still different apps and tools showing different possible weather.  The week ahead looks like we may have some overnight teens and also may have 40 as a high on some days.

 

The best bite is still just outside the Lighthouse Gap. Anchored with a jig and Shiner minnow is the best approach.

 

We continue to work on new bathrooms for the lake and new sleeper houses are getting nearer to completion.  Also, the Sleeper Shack is getting closer to being complete.

 

A few helpful reminders for everyone, if you’re feeling sick please do not come.  In Minnesota wearing a mask while you are indoors is required.  If you have been around others who are sick, please quarantine or get tested before going out.  We are currently planning that meals will be To Go for the winter season.  We have a couple of issues when trying to open the bar and restaurant.  One, is we have a hard time keeping to the number of allowable people being inside at one time.  Another is staffing, we need to protect the staff we have as much as possible or we will not be able to remain open.  We are constantly reviewing our process and policies to ensure we are acting safely for all involved.  We are working towards best practice for the winter to disinfect and sanitize transportation, fish houses and bathrooms on the ice.

 

FISH ON!

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The river conditions keep improving

The river conditions keep improving

The river conditions keep improving.  Colder temperatures certainly make a difference.  There is still a strong bite outside the Lighthouse Gap with many small ones, but spending a day sorting through the small ones creates some slot fish and larger Walleye being caught and good 18 inch keeping size Walleye too.

 

We have begun building new bathrooms for the lake and new sleeper houses are getting nearer to completion. 

 

A few helpful reminders for everyone, if you’re feeling sick please do not come.  In Minnesota wearing a mask while you are indoors is required.  The indoor dining is closed, we are doing To Go food only.  You may order by phone or website.  If you have been around others who are sick, please quarantine or get tested before going out.  Also, prepare yourself for things taking a little longer than normal.  Our staff is doing its best, but things take longer with extra cleaning and social distancing.   Also, you need to plan on doing your part by waiting for the fish cleaning house to empty before entering.  Plan that you may not be able to just jump right in and start cleaning your catch.  This is especially true when all of the guides are cleaning fish, typically 5-6 PM every day.

 

This week we will be living with highs into the 40’s and lows in the high teens.

FISH ON!

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The river is improving every day

The river is improving every day

BORDER VIEW LODGE

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT October 11, 2020

 

Wholly cow, time is going by too fast, I forgot to do a fishing report last week!  I have skipped weeks during November and part of the spring when the seasons are in-between, but I have never totally let a week go by without an update.  Sorry.

 

The river is improving every day.  There are Shiner minnows being caught all along the river banks with numbers increasing every day.  There is still a great bite out on the lake just about everywhere, and the school of Walleye outside the Lighthouse Gap is not practicing social distancing.  Anchor and Jig is our regular go to tactic, some Anglers are still preferring trolling with plastic baits, this seems to have become a preferred tactic by some for all of the soft water season.

 

We are still working on many projects.  We have added a new webcam to our website, check it out.  https://borderviewlodge.com/web-cam/ . The Highway 172 road resurfacing and culvert project should be done by Tuesday.  Although, there are no longer any detours.  For Border View Lodge we continue to have guides busy with charter trips and working on other projects.  As you may not know, Guiding on Lake of the Woods both winter and summer requires a number of skills and abilities, along with it are things needing to be done between the seasons.  We will be working on new bathrooms for the ice, new bridges for the ice, new facility for sleeper houses.  We continue to maintain and do some dock repairs before winter.  There is a ton of yard clean up and preparing for winter on each of the buildings.  We are also working on new signs for each of our facilities and a new map to provide convenience while travel in the area.  We have added another cabin into our rental pool at Settlers Point and have changed the name to, The Point by Border View Lodge.  The new Sleeper facility, The Sleepers by Border View Lodge is also going through major remodeling and updates.  We are adding shower houses and a small retail area for our guests doing sleepers or using our road for their wheelhouses.  As soon as we get the map complete and solid information, we will be updating our website.

 

A few helpful reminders for everyone, if you’re feeling sick please do not come.  In Minnesota wearing a mask while you are indoors is required.  The indoor dining is closed, we are doing To Go food only.  You may order by phone or website.  If you have been around others who are sick, please quarantine or get tested before going out.  Also, prepare yourself for things taking a little longer than normal.  Our staff is doing its best, but things take longer with extra cleaning and social distancing.   Also, you need to plan on doing your part by waiting for the fish cleaning house to empty before entering.  Plan that you may not be able to just jump right in and start cleaning your catch.  This is especially true when all of the guides are cleaning fish, typically 5-6 PM every day.

 

This week we will be living with highs into the 50’s and lows in the 20’s.

FISH ON!

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Our catches keep coming!

Our catches keep coming!

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT September 27, 2020

 

Our catches keep coming!  Fall is here, we have had mild temperatures and wind for September.  The leaves are definitely changing.  Fishing has been successful, there have been many great catches every day.  We are seeing large schools of Walleye just outside the Lighthouse Gap.  Many Anglers have been in this area and the catch rate is high, while sorting through the many little ones we are always so grateful to see, a limit of 17-18” Walleye will be gained throughout a day.  There has been wind and many are fishing in the river, while just at the Gap the catch rate is much better.  We expect that to be changing as water temps drop and more minnows come into the river.

 

Many projects are still ongoing but some are wrapping up.  The Central Sewer system is wrapping up and the Highway 172 road resurfacing and culvert project is ongoing.  This week we will be seeing detours close to camp.  For Border View Lodge we are still doing many charters this week and working on projects with a new facility for sleeper houses and adding more sleeper houses and bathrooms for the ice season.  Having the yard recover from the sewer project is still a work in progress. Hopefully soon they will be done with our parking lot and we will not have so much dust blowing around.

 

A few helpful reminders for everyone, if you’re feeling sick please do not come.  In Minnesota wearing a mask while you are indoors is required.  The indoor dining is closed, we are doing To Go food only.  You may order by phone or website.  If you have been around others who are sick, please quarantine or get tested before going out.  Also, prepare yourself for things taking a little longer than normal.  Our staff is doing its best, but things take longer with extra cleaning and social distancing.   Also, you need to plan on doing your part by waiting for the fish cleaning house to empty before entering.  Plan that you may not be able to just jump right in and start cleaning your catch.  This is especially true when all of the guides are cleaning fish, typically 5-6 PM every day.

 

This week we will be living in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.

 

FISH ON!

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The Minnesota Tournament Trail wrapped up another great year!

The Minnesota Tournament Trail wrapped up another great year!

The Minnesota Tournament Trail wrapped up another great year!  It was extremely competitive this year with many big weights caught and released.  The photo and release format brings a different tactic and skill to the contest.  Competitors are focused on big fish and not having to consider the 19” Walleye in their bag.  It was a big week with many big Walleye caught and released. We have continued to cover the big lake and choosing locations based on wind and ability to fish.  Drifting with crawlers is still active but we are moving more towards the anchor and jig.  We are seeing more Shiner minnows in the river each day.

 

A few helpful reminders for everyone, if you’re feeling sick please do not come.  In Minnesota wearing a mask while you are indoors is required.  This includes check in and check out, buying items in the store, on your way to and from dining tables, bathroom or the bar.  If you have been around others who are sick, please quarantine or get tested before going out.  Also, prepare yourself for things taking a little longer than normal.  Our staff is doing its best, but things take longer with extra cleaning and social distancing.   Dinner reservations are more spread out and even though we have more tables we are not able to use them all.  Many have tried to point at the empty tables and say hey, what about that one, but it doesn’t work that way anymore.  Also, you need to plan on doing your part by waiting for the fish cleaning house to empty before entering.  Plan that you may not be able to just jump right in and start cleaning your catch.  This is especially true when all of the guides are cleaning fish, typically 5-6 PM every day.

 

This week appears to be a warm up for the fall.  We have 40’s for lows and 70’s for highs.

 

FISH ON!

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Big lake, Big Walleye, Great Days!

Big lake, Big Walleye, Great Days!

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT September 13, 2020

 

Big lake, Big Walleye, Great Days!  The Walleye Masters spent most of the week on the North side of the lake with a couple of exceptions due to wind.  As we drive through the Lighthouse Gap area you can see the water is muddy and there are schools of Shiner minnows present on our graphs.   A friendly reminder, it is not appropriate to fish in a marked channel like the Lighthouse Gap.  We had a mix of drifting with spinners and crawlers and anchored and jigging.  The anchor and jigging will become more of a staple soon.

 

A few helpful reminders for everyone, if you’re feeling sick please do not come.  In Minnesota wearing a mask while you are indoors is required.  This includes check in and check out, buying items in the store, on your way to and from dining tables, bathroom or the bar.  If you have been around others who are sick, please quarantine or get tested before going out.  Also, prepare yourself for things taking a little longer than normal.  Our staff is doing its best, but things take longer with extra cleaning and social distancing.   Dinner reservations are more spread out and even though we have more tables we are not able to use them all.  Many have tried to point at the empty tables and say hey, what about that one, but it doesn’t work that way anymore.  Also, you need to plan on doing your part by waiting for the fish cleaning house to empty before entering.  Plan that you may not be able to just jump right in and start cleaning your catch.  This is especially true when all of the guides are cleaning fish, typically 5-6 PM every day.

 

This week looks like a repeat.  We have 30’s for lows and we may get to the 70’s for highs.

 

FISH ON!

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Fishing continues to be successful

Fishing continues to be successful

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT September 6, 2020

 

Fall is near, we are seeing the migrating birds flocking up and each day there are more pinhead sized shiner minnows behind the charter boats.  Fishing continues to be successful; our Walleye Master Guides continue to cover the lake fishing many different areas.  We are still drifting with spinners and anticipate that we are a few weeks away from the steady jig bite.  Temperature change will certainly be a factor.  Daylight hours are getting shorter and we are starting to see the trees getting ready to change.

 

A few helpful reminders for everyone, if you’re feeling sick please do not come.  In Minnesota wearing a mask while you are indoors is required.  This includes check in and check out, buying items in the store, on your way to and from dining tables, bathroom or the bar.  If you have been around others who are sick, please quarantine or get tested before going out.  We have had a great season with wonderful memories being made.  Don’t let the end of summer coming near give you a false sense of urgency or place a demand on you to come when you shouldn’t.  Also, prepare yourself for things taking a little longer than normal.  Our staff is doing its best, but things take longer with extra cleaning and social distancing.   Dinner reservations are more spread out and even though we have more tables we are not able to use them all.  Many have tried to point at the empty tables and say hey, what about that one, but it doesn’t work that way anymore.  Also, you need to plan on doing your part by waiting for the fish cleaning house to empty before entering.  Plan that you may not be able to just jump right in and start cleaning your catch.  This is especially true when all of the guides are cleaning fish, typically 5-6 PM every day.

 

Cooling down some more this week!  We have 30’s for lows and 50’s for highs forecasted this week.  Some of the days are warmer, today is the only one to possibly hit the 70’s.

 

FISH ON!

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Our Walleye Master Guides have mostly been drifting spinners

Our Walleye Master Guides have mostly been drifting spinners

More great fishing!  The majority of the work this past week was in Little Traverse Bay.  Our Walleye Master Guides have mostly been drifting spinners and crawlers in 8-23 feet of water.  Each day the depth of the best bite has been changing.  Others have been trolling with plugs.  We are seeing a mix of forage being taken with crayfish and perch currently being staples.  Rock areas are holding many fish.

 

A few helpful reminders for everyone, if you’re feeling sick please do not come.  In Minnesota wearing a mask while you are indoors is required.  This includes check in and check out, buying items in the store, on your way to and from dining tables, bathroom or the bar.  If you have been around others who are sick, please quarantine or get tested before going out.  We have had a great season with wonderful memories being made.  Don’t let the end of summer coming near give you a false sense of urgency or place a demand on you to come when you shouldn’t.  Also, prepare yourself for things taking a little longer than normal.  Our staff is doing its best, but things take longer with extra cleaning and social distancing.   Dinner reservations are more spread out and even though we have more tables we are not able to use them all.  Many have tried to point at the empty tables and say hey, what about that one, but it doesn’t work that way anymore.  Also, you need to plan on doing your part by waiting for the fish cleaning house to empty before entering.  Plan that you may not be able to just jump right in and start cleaning your catch.  This is especially true when all of the guides are cleaning fish, typically 5-6 PM every day.

 

As the Fonz would say, AAAAY, Cool weather coming this week!  More of the sunshine with highs touching 70 and lows at 40’s for the overnights.

 

FISH ON!

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