The Rainy River ice has melted and the Wheeler’s Point access is open!

The Rainy River ice has melted and the Wheeler’s Point access is open!  It seems like it’s too early yet, but here it is!  We’ve been seeing lots of early morning activity at the access lately. We’re hearing reports of lots of BIG Walleye being caught and released.  It looks like angers are either anchored and jigging or drifting.  The Sturgeon bite is on also, so we look forward to a great spring season. The water level in the river is low so far.

This week’s forecast calls for 64 degrees tomorrow with winds up to 30 MPH and dropping to the high twenties/ low thirties for a couple of days and then climbing back up into the fifties and sixties with sunny to partly cloudy skies toward the weekend.

We have a lot of projects, big and small, going on this spring.  The three- bedroom river cabins are getting a facelift with new kitchens and flooring. Lots of furniture is being replaced throughout the resort. We’re doing lots of outdoor work at The Point including tearing down the old green shed for safety reasons and the carport on #2 to make space for a nice outdoor living area. We will also be tearing down the back porch on #1 and will replace it with an outdoor grilling and gathering space. The lodge deck will be outfitted with colorful sun sails so our guests can drink and dine in shady bliss.  The new charter boat is here for a total of 10 boats and they are all patiently waiting to be splashed for Walleye Opener May 15th.

We have the following job openings for individuals who are looking for employment:

Front Desk

Housekeepers

Cooks

Maintenance

We will have housing available soon for employees who relocate to our area, so if it’s always been your dream to move to Lake of the Woods, call us and talk to us about opportunities to live and work in paradise!

We hope to see everybody this spring and summer!

Stay happy and healthy!

FISH ON!

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The Rainy River has opened up past Baudette and should be opening up in front of us today or tomorrow

The Rainy River has opened up past Baudette and should be opening up in front of us today or tomorrow

The Rainy River has opened up past Baudette and should be opening up in front of us today or tomorrow. Our restaurant and bar will be open starting this Friday, March 26 with a limited menu until opener. Forecast shows low-40s into the mid-50s for highs the next week or so, with a small chance of rain/snow mix this weekend. We continue to work on various projects around the property, spring cleaning, repairs and such.

Looking forward to seeing everyone for the Sturgeon season and Walleye opener!

Stay happy and healthy!

FISH ON!

1-800-PRO FISH

We’ve got all of our houses off the ice and put away until winter comes again

We’ve got all of our houses off the ice and put away until winter comes again

Well, we’ve got all of our houses off the ice and put away until winter comes again.  It was a great season although it seems like it flew by us faster than ever this year. We’re looking forward to the spring walleye season which ends April 14. We’ll keep a close eye on the progress of the Rainy River and keep you posted, as of yesterday the report was boats were in the water at Franz Jevne. 

We plan to open up the bar and grill April 1st with a full menu including pizza, burgers, sandwiches and heartier selections like steaks, fried chicken, and more! We will of course open earlier if the River opens quicker! The restrictions have loosened up a bit more for restaurant seating so hopefully we can keep that moving in the right direction and get back to “normal” soon. Of course we will continue to be diligent about wearing our masks, social distancing and sanitizing processes.

Coming up for the summer charter season we’re excited to tell you we have a brand new boat arriving later this week. We have our usual seasonal transitions and clean up going full force and can’t wait to see everybody again! 

Stay happy and healthy!

FISH ON!

1-800-PRO FISH

The weather is the big topic of discussion, which it normally always is for Anglers

The weather is the big topic of discussion, which it normally always is for Anglers

The weather is the big topic of discussion, which it normally always is for Anglers.  We start this week with some warmer weather which will be causing us to strongly monitor the ice conditions.  If we really knew how much the forecast would come true, we could know more.

We continue to get a bite with a mix of gold and glow colors, continually working a loud presentation in the water column makes a difference.  We have houses from 5-14 miles from Pine Island.

The forecast is showing from teens overnight to highs in the 50’s and sunshine.  The sooner we have the cold temps overnight the better.

COVID-19 update: We continue to follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines to do our part in preventing the spread. We are providing disposable tableware for our cabin guests to use during their stays with us.  Our fish houses, outhouses, and transportation are sanitized daily. We don’t have any idea when we will be able to return to normal but we sure hope it’s soon.  Until then, we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to keep our staff and guests safe and healthy.

FISH ON!

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The deep cold weather from the previous weeks made the water column temperature drop significantly from the top of the lake all the way to the bottom

The deep cold weather from the previous weeks made the water column temperature drop significantly from the top of the lake all the way to the bottom

The deep cold weather from the previous weeks made the water column temperature drop significantly from the top of the lake all the way to the bottom.  Then there was a major warm up last week which changed the ice conditions of the area we had been fishing.  So, what happened when we warmed up to a 70–80-degree temperature change after a long cold spell?  The ice shifted, heaved, cracked and moved.  So, we get out the bridges and change locations.  Currently we are spread out across 6 miles of good ice and have schools traveling through.

The snow and ice cover on the lake are seeming to make an effect by creating less light and oxygen in the water.  We are seeing the bite is now becoming more of an aggressive reaction, instead of feeding bite.  The schools are moving around slowly and Anglers are seeing a lot of traffic on their electronics.  Fish can go without feeding for a long period of time and current conditions are making it more of a challenge to get them to bite.  Mastering the art of making them bite is the key to success.  Many times, smaller presentations work better in this environment.

Captain BJ says gold has been a really good color, plain yellow hooks, and jigs with a reflective eye seem to be working well.  The larger Walleyes have been coming from 8-10 feet off the bottom, indicating that is the warmest part of the water column.  Active jigging is best, change hooks often when it seems as if the Walleye won’t take your current bait.

It looks like the Weathervane will spin again this week with winds starting from the North then coming from the South midweek and back from the North by the end of the week.  We show temperatures from -9 and up to the 40’s.   Are we in for a roller coaster, or is it just the forecasting?  We will see.

COVID-19 update: We continue to follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines to do our part in preventing the spread. We are providing disposable tableware for our cabin guests to use during their stays with us.  Our fish houses, outhouses, and transportation are sanitized daily. We don’t have any idea when we will be able to return to normal but we sure hope it’s soon.  Until then, we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to keep our staff and guests safe and healthy.

FISH ON!

1-800-PRO FISH

We continue to be across the lake beyond the 20-mile mark

We continue to be across the lake beyond the 20-mile mark

We continue to be across the lake beyond the 20-mile mark.  35 feet of water and mud bottom has been the trend although we are thinking of making some adjustments to find a different bottom.  The weather this week may make the decision as it currently shows strong wind and possible rain on Tuesday with 39 degrees.

Captain Scott says a color hook on a dead stick works great with it being a foot off the bottom.  Then, using a Slab Rap with the UV colors and a minnow head is good for working the water column.

The forecast is showing a warm up.  We have had about 3 weeks of overnight lows in the -20 or colder so being above zero is feeling warm. We are hoping for more stable weather to keep the barometer in check.  We are sitting with enough ice and snow to get us all the way through March if the weather decides to hold.

COVID-19 update: We continue to follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines to do our part in preventing the spread. We are providing disposable tableware for our cabin guests to use during their stays with us.  Our fish houses, outhouses, and transportation are sanitized daily. We don’t have any idea when we will be able to return to normal but we sure hope it’s soon.  Until then, we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to keep our staff and guests safe and healthy.

FISH ON!

1-800-PRO FISH

We are within sight of Garden Island as we continue northward

We are within sight of Garden Island as we continue northward

We are within sight of Garden Island as we continue northward. This last week has seen some good fishing with plenty of trophy walleye being caught. Our crew is working hard to keep on top of the holes freezing and the vehicles up and running. We are hitting -55 degrees tonight for Valentine’s Day before we start to see some warmer temperatures, with the low getting above 0 degrees by next weekend.

Captain Mike says glow and gold colors continue to be the best bet but pink and white glow are doing well too.  Some anglers are reporting that glow stick inserts and plain hooks are the hot item to have.

COVID-19 update: We continue to follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines to do our part in preventing the spread. We are providing disposable tableware for our cabin guests to use during their stays with us.  Our fish houses, outhouses, and transportation are sanitized daily. We don’t have any idea when we will be able to return to normal but we sure hope it’s soon.  Until then, we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to keep our staff and guests safe and healthy.

FISH ON!

1-800-PRO FISH

We continue to head north and are currently at approximately the 15-mile mark past Pine Island on to Big Traverse Bay in 32-35 feet of water.

We continue to head north and are currently at approximately the 15-mile mark past Pine Island on to Big Traverse Bay in 32-35 feet of water.

We continue to head north and are currently at approximately the 15-mile mark past Pine Island on to Big Traverse Bay in 32-35 feet of water.  Fishing continues to be steady despite the temperature swings we’ve had this week. It was snowing and blowing the last couple of days so our crew is out there doing cleanup today. We are still sorting through a mix of big and little fish with lots of slot fish being released. 


Captain Mike says glow and gold colors continue to be the best bet but pink and white glow are doing well too.  Some anglers are reporting that glow stick inserts and plain hooks are the hot item to have.

The temperature is currently -17 degrees and the forecast is saying clear to partly cloudy skies with high temps in the single digits below zero and overnight lows in the -20 range.

COVID-19 update: We continue to follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines to do our part in preventing the spread. We are providing disposable tableware for our cabin guests to use during their stays with us.  Our fish houses, outhouses, and transportation are sanitized daily. We don’t have any idea when we will be able to return to normal but we sure hope it’s soon.  Until then, we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to keep our staff and guests safe and healthy.

FISH ON!

1-800-PRO FISH

We are about at the 15-mile mark from Pine Island on to Big Traverse Bay

We are out past the 15-mile mark from Pine Island on to Big Traverse Bay

We are out past the 15-mile mark from Pine Island on to Big Traverse Bay. Fishing continues to be excellent, even with the wild swings in temperature. We continue to catch a mix of little ones and big ones. Take home fish are 14-18” for Walleye and the normal 12” and up for Sauger. Great to see the younger generations catch the big ones, creating great memories!

As usual, use glow red and gold colors while having a lively minnow on a plain hook on one rig and something active jigging with noise through the bottom 6-8 feet of the water column is a best tactic.  Clam, glow Rattlin’ Blade Spoon are working well.  Electronics are definitely helping to show large suspended fish and schools of Tullibee cruising through. 

This week we warm up a bit before dipping back down into the negatives with some wind come the weekend. Minor snow accumulation with a slight chance for more throughout the week.

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.

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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We are out past the 12-mile mark from Pine Island on to Big Traverse Bay.

We are out past the 12-mile mark from Pine Island on to Big Traverse Bay.

We are out past the 12-mile mark from Pine Island on to Big Traverse Bay.  Fishing continues to be excellent.   We continue to catch a mix of little ones and big ones.  Take home fish are 14-18” for Walleye and the normal 12 and up for Sauger.


As usual, use glow red and gold colors while having a lively minnow on a plain hook on one rig and something active jigging with noise through the bottom 6-8 feet of the water column is a best tactic.  Clam, glow Rattlin’ Blade Spoon are working well.  Electronics are definitely helping to show large suspended fish and schools of Tullibee cruising through. 

This week shows some below zero temps to start off at -20 and then into the 20’s towards the weekend.

 

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.

 

Meals will be To Go for the winter season.  Given the current restrictions placed on the bar/restaurants in this phase of reopening Minnesota, although welcome, is still not sufficient enough to properly service our customers. Therefore, we will continue operations as take out only. We look forward to the day when we can return to normal operations.

 

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!

1-800-PRO FISH