It is amazing to say, sliced ham and Miller Lite are hard to get, say it isn’t so Bob Uecker!

It is amazing to say, sliced ham and Miller Lite are hard to get, say it isn’t so Bob Uecker!

BORDER VIEW LODGE

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT July 5, 2020

 

The Walleye Master Guides have been working fishing grounds on the North side of the lake.  This past week has been either on the East side or West side of Garden Island.  Great success continues.  There were many fresh meals of Walleye and limits of take-home fish with a great number of trophy size Walleye caught and released.  The restaurant has been busy and it has been difficult having some items regularly in stock.   It is amazing to say, sliced ham and Miller Lite are hard to get, say it isn’t so Bob Uecker!

 

The anchor and jig bite has been slowing down this past week.  There has been a lot of drifting with spinners and live bait.  Same usual colors, hammered gold, chartreuse, glow red.

 

Big news this past week for the lodge, we purchased a new building!  We are working on some remodeling and planning to have a new facility for sleeper house business up and running for the coming winter.  We plan to add shower houses and more, so hold tight, more news will be coming.  The new decks on the river cabins are complete.  The landscaping and driveways are still being worked on.  There is a lot of mud, we are trying to keep carpet rolls for walkways.  There are boot brushes at all the cabins and on the docks.  Coming soon, new floating dock with gangway.  We will have an 8’ wide and 48’ long floating dock section for boarding our charters.

 

This week looks to be staying with the 30-degree temperature changes.  Typically, it brings evening storms as the sun goes down and we cool off for the night.  High’s in the upper 80’ and lows into the upper 50’s this week.

 

FISH ON!

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Here comes the 4th of July!

Here comes the 4th of July!

BORDER VIEW LODGE

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT June 28, 2020

 

Here comes the 4th of July!  There will be fireworks in Baudette on Saturday night.  They are planning to have more of the high-flying spectacles so people can see them from further away, or have them be less obstructed if you are close by and trying to social distance.  There are expectations of people being parked in their cars on the city streets to watch the show.

 

There are a number of fish right outside the Lighthouse Gap in 8 FOW.  There has been a mix of size with trophy Walleye and some great eaters really close by.   The majority of the fishing our Walleye Master Guides have been doing is around the Garden Island area.  Depending on the wind changing from West Bar to East Bar.  The jig bite is slowing down and the majority of fish being caught are while drifting or trolling with spinners and leeches or crawlers.

 

We are working towards finishing the new decks project as well as having some seed down in the new yard.  We are still waiting on the parking lots to be completed.  We have many more projects in the hopper and will be passing on our improvements as we go.

 

No temperatures predicted to be below 60 this week, we currently see a high of 88 degrees forecasted.  We will keep plenty of ice water on the boats.

 

FISH ON!

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Another great week of memories!

Another great week of memories!

BORDER VIEW LODGE

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT June 22, 2020

 

Another great week of memories!  Check out Norb and Darlene with their anniversary double slots.  It was a great week with many big Walleye stories!

 

31 feet of water, or 31 FOW for the anglers who love their social media and texts.  There has been a great school of Walleye 5 miles out from the Lighthouse Gap.  When the South wind becomes too excessive you can move in towards the Gap and fish another school.  At times, schools of different sizes are cruising through, but throughout a day there are some great catches being made.

 

We have also worked the North end of the lake when the winds allow and are still having great success there too.  Glow red or fire tiger spinner blades have been producing with leeches or crawlers.  Glow red or gold jigs are keeping their promises as well.     

 

50’s to upper 70’s is the forecast this week.  Perfect weather for a good sweatshirt in the morning and shorts and tee shirt in the afternoon.  As always on Lake of the Woods, bring your rain gear!

 

FISH ON!

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Minnows, leeches, night crawlers oh my!

Minnows, leeches, night crawlers oh my!

BORDER VIEW LODGE

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT June 14, 2020

Minnows, leeches, night crawlers oh my!  Great fishing continues with multiple presentations still creating success.  In addition to the frozen or live baits some are using plastics and having success.  Life is good at Lake of the Woods!

The Walleye Master Guides continue to work the lake from South to North.  Each day brings a different wind, which potentially causes for picking a different location or presentation.  Throughout the day success has been excellent with many perfect size fish for having a fresh Walleye dinner while you are here and amazing bags for take home.  This past week also brought a great number of catch and release of the trophy size Walleye we love to do battle with.   

Again, anchored and jigging remains strong, tipping the hook with a frozen shiner.  Some have been drifting with leeches and had great success as well.  Water temps are warming up.

The forecast is showing 60-80 degrees for the week.  Sounds excellent for the construction crew to be working on fixing up the landscaping and parking lots this week.  It seems they were rained out last week.

FISH ON!

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Our Walleye Master Guides have been going at it hard this past week!

Our Walleye Master Guides have been going at it hard this past week

Great action continues!  Our Walleye Master Guides have been going at it hard this past week.  It is awesome to have the Guides doing what they do best!  It is also awesome to have some portion of normal dining service going again!

 

Currently Walleyes are spread all across the lake.  Fishing location of the day is mostly determined by wind and weather.  Yesterday, despite the 30 mph winds from the South, fishing off of Pine Island was excellent.  From last week our Charters were spread around the lake from fishing close by to way up North.

 

Anchored and jigging remains strong, tipping the hook with a frozen shiner.  Some have been drifting with leeches and had great success as well.  Water temps are warming up.

 

With having an unusually dry spring and needing to have so much landscape work done after the new sewers were put in, believe it or not, the landscaping work is starting today and it is raining and we have rain forecasted for most of the week.  Murphy?

 

FISH ON!

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Fishing action remains hot!

Fishing action remains hot!

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT May 24, 2020

 

Fishing action remains hot!  Many Anglers are working different locations and depths as well as different baits and tactics.

 

There are many Walleye just off of Pine Island and around the Lighthouse Gap.  All the way along the south shore there are currently large numbers of Walleye.  Some Anglers are trolling shallow waters with plugs, others are anchored and jigging while further out.  There has also been some drifting going on.  It’s a great time to come up and apply your own preferred method.  Other Anglers have been boating as far as Knight and Bridges Island, those venturing further out are having success and it also may help to thin the crowds of boats along Pine Island.

 

We are continuing some projects around the facility.  The dining room ceiling is getting some new color and lights.  We have rearranged the booths and tables as well.  The 3-bedroom riverside cabins are getting new decks and benches.  In response to Covid compliance we have plenty of space for 48 people to dine outside on the deck.  We now have touchless menus and food ordering and the waitstaff is excited to be serving and seeing the so many great people we see every summer.  Also, ready for the summer is soft serve ice cream treats!  And, without question, the guides are ready to get back on the lake and tracking the Walleye trends.

 

There isn’t much change in the forecast for this week.  We may have a little rain later this afternoon, which is needed, as long as it knows when to stop.   The waves today were under 1 foot, tomorrow they are forecasted to be about 1 foot and then going back down to under a foot again on Tuesday.  The temperature forecast shows our low for the week is 49 and a high of 78.

 

FISH ON!

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There has been some great fishing success and great weather this past week!

There has been some great fishing success and great weather this past week!

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT May 17, 2020

 

There has been some great fishing success and great weather this past week!  70 degrees and sunny for yesterday and today.  Being here and enjoying the outdoors is safe, if you do things safely.  You will do the same things to stay safe here as you do at your home.  Stay safe, and go fishing!

 

Anchored and jigging is the go-to, which is nothing new for Lake of the Woods this time of year.  Morning and evening bites from 16 to 20 feet of water have been consistent while the midday bite has been starting at the 24-foot mark.  There have been some spectacular catches and many big Walleye returned to the lake after battle.

 

Most Anglers are staying close by, although a few have ventured to the Knight and Bridges Island areas.  We are still unable to have our Charter boats insured with the current Law from the Governor.  We are really struggling with the idea that 3 people can be safe on a 16-foot boat, but not a 27 foot one that is 10 feet wide.  Our Guides are ready, and we will be ready to go, as soon as we are allowed.

 

As far as virus safety goes, there are too many things we are doing to mention them all here.  We continue to provide as many services as possible by continuing new cleaning and process regimens.  We are doing many things to keep our work environments and cabin spaces clean and disinfected.  We continue to provide all towels and linens with washing of all items before each rental.  All dishes, pans, utensils etc. are sanitized before each rental.  Guests are not required to wear face masks, but need to follow the 6-foot social distancing on the property and docks, and no more than one group at a time in the fish cleaning house.   There is bleach provided in the fish cleaning house, so in addition to us cleaning it more often, each group should be spraying down and rinsing their area after use.

 

The waves today were under 1 foot, tomorrow they are forecasted to be about 1 foot and Tuesday 1 .5 foot.  The temperature forecast shows our low for the week is 48 and a high of 78.  Whew, that’s like summer!  The buds are starting to pop.

 

FISH ON!

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It will be known as the Great Opening Weekend that almost wasn’t

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Great Opening Weekend!

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT May 10, 2020

It will be known as the Great Opening Weekend that almost wasn’t.  With all the planning and organization, many extra phone calls, uncertainty, anxiety, and so many things which made trips considered to be on again and off again while having years of tradition at stake, it’s great to say we did it!  Opening weekend was a great success!

We did not get the snow like central Minnesota saw.  It became a little breezy Saturday afternoon and put most Anglers in the river.  The morning reports were great and the action slowed into the afternoon as the boats came back into the river.  That tells us that the spawn is over.  

The forecast shows we will have some low 20’s overnight this week, but also shows some days having highs in the 60’s.

FISH ON!

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We have been open for cabin rental for over a week now

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We have been open for cabin rental for over a week now

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May 3 2020

We have been open for cabin rental for over a week now.  Sturgeon fishing has been going great.  We have fine-tuned some new check in and check out processes along with many other changes.  We have been using new chemicals and processes to clean cabins, picnic tables, door knobs, cabin keys and many other items we use every day.  This past weekend we started off with online food ordering and are working out a number of challenges to streamline those processes.  We are operating with business as usual, okay, not normal kind of usual, but back at offering practically everything we have in the past.  For now, food orders are all prepared to go and can be picked up at the lodge or delivered to the cabins.  Our menu will be changing on Friday the 8th for opening weekend.  We now have online ordering for food right on our website, you can check that out now.  Checking in and out of cabins is all done via phone and paid on credit card at arrival.   

 

Most of the ice is gone, there may be some pieces floating around on the lake yet, but nothing of significant size.  We are still working through the central sewer project from last November and are yet to have landscaping done.  We hope it will be done soon, thankfully this spring has been dry so far.

 

The forecast shows a bit cooler this week with highs up to 50’s and Saturday and Sunday are supposed to have plentiful sunshine.

 

FISH ON!

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Great News!

Great News

Great news, we are getting back towards normal, we have a long way to go, but a start is a start.  Of course, our new normal is different.  Our team is still doing full housekeeping services with extra sanitizing procedures in place.  All bedding and kitchen implements are sanitized before each arrival.  We are stocking the cabins with extra towels, toilet paper and trash bags so you should have plenty for your entire stay.  We ask that you place your trash and dirty towels outside the cabins and we will collect it daily.  It is suggested that you bring your own sanitizer wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves and personal protection gear with you to make your stay more comfortable.  The fish cleaning house is open to one group at a time.  It is up to everyone to maintain the social distancing activities.  The docks will be a spot to really watch this, as the docks are 4 feet wide.  Currently we are taking to go food orders for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We expect there will be changes to our services as we go forward towards Walleye opener.

 

Sturgeon fishing on Friday saw some excellent action with many large Sturgeon being caught.  Saturday changed up with more smaller fish being caught.  So far, the Sturgeon fishing has been doing great.

 

The forecast is looking great with highs up to 60’s.

 

FISH ON!

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