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cabin1ARTIE’S LODGE – NEW FOR 2015!!! Artie’s Lodge is an affordable two bedroom cabin located only one mile north of Ortonville. The newly furnished cabin sleeps up to 8 guests (1 king, 4 single bunks, 1 queen futon plus large couch) and has awesome views of the lake from the living room, dining room and deck as it sits only a few feet from the waters edge! Our cabin has everything you could want for next family getaway! Full kitchen, large living room, 50″ flat screen cable TV with home theatre, WIFI, 1.5 bath, laundry, garage, firepit, 2 kayaks, huge deck, dock, boat lift (up to 17 ft boats) and more! Great view of Ortonville and Big Stone City and good fishing right from the dock and a public boat access ramp is only 40 yards away!  Sorry no smoking or pets allowed.  Maximum 8 people in cabin (ages 3 and under not counted).  Add a 16 foot Lund boat with a  new 25hp motor, trolling motor and 2 graphs to your rental for $125 per day!  Click on the lodging tab above for more details and rates!

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Fishing the Midwest TV segment on Big Stone Lake!

The winter portion of this segment was filmed January 12, 2015!

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4 New Ice Castles added to rental fleet!

Artie is excited to announce the addition of 4 new Ice Castle fish houses to the rental fleet bringing the total number of rental houses to 8!  With the growing demand and popularity of Big Stone Lake we expanded our fleet to keep up with the demand.  The new houses consist of 3 more Ice Castle Limited’s which are 8×16 fully loaded 4 person sleepers and a 6.5×14 Ice Castle Special which has 6 holes, 2 bunks and a stove/oven.  We have also hired 3 guides for the winter.  Give us a call asap to get your reservation in the book as we are filling up fast!  (320)839-2480

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Artie’s Bait & Tackle now selling Ice Castle Fish Houses



  ice castlesArtie Arndt, owner of Artie’s Bait & Tackle, announced today that his bait shop is now an Ice Castle Fish Houses dealer.  Artie’s will be stocking a selection of Ice Castle houses at their Ortonville, MN location and, will also be able to custom order houses.


  “We purchased an Ice Castle  for use in our winter guiding service last winter and were very, very impressed with it,” Arndt stated. “Our customers loved the features and comfort it offered and, we loved the quality construction,” he went on.  “Plus, Ice Castles’s growth has been truly remarkable and we wanted to get it on the wave of excitement,” he concluded.


  “Artie’s Bait is located in a great spot, making it an ideal location to sell Ice Castle Fish Houses,” commented Chad Hiepler, of Ice Castle Fish Houses.  “Big Stone Lake has been very popular for the last few ice seasons, bringing a lot of traffic right to Artie’s Bait,” he went on.   “Artie is a fantastic promoter, and his business is expanding, just like we are,” Hiepler concluded.


  Arndt’s shop is located less than a mile from Big Stone Lake, one of the Midwest’s hottest winter perch fisheries.  In addition to offering a full line of tackle and live bait, Arndt hosted over 600 guests in his fish houses la st winter.


  Additionally, Artie’s Bait and Tackle was named Minnesota’s Best Bait Shop by WCCO-TV earlier this spring.  Up-to-the minute Big Stone Lake fishing reports as well as store specials can be found by following Artie’s Bait and Tackle Ortonville on Facebook.


  Ice Castle Fish Houses Manufacturing, based in Montevideo, Minnesota since 1993, is the largest manufacturer of premium portable ice fish houses in the state. Starting business in a small shop, Ice Castle rapidly expanded to becoming the premier manufacturer of quality ice fish houses.  For more information regarding Ice Castle stop by Artie’s Bait & Tackle in Ortonville, MN.


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KSFY-ABC Sioux Falls, SD features Ortonville and Big Stone City LIVE on the NEWS!

On July 10, 2014  KSFY featured Big Stone City and Ortonville, MN on their “Simply South Dakota” segment and did a live news broadcast in Ortonville.  They featured multiple businesses from the area.  Click the link below to see the feature they did on Artie’s Bait & Tackle!


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“Best Bait Shop in Minnesota” CBS-WCCO


Wow, wow, wow! A huge thank you to all who voted us the “Best Bait Shop in Minnesota!” I cannot tell you how much our family has appreciated all the support we have received from all of our customers! I feel the title “Best Bait Shop in Minnesota” does not accurately describe our shop as we are a small shop and I have always said that Christopherson’s in Alexandria has the best selection of products that any fishermen could want. However, I have learned that the bait shop business is so much more than having the right jig or a special minnow. Our bait shop is about the people and customer service. It starts with the awesome staff that I have. I am very fortunate to have two very experienced fishermen and great people like Dave Ohrtman and Jim Rasset on staff to help our customers have a great fishing experience while visiting Big Stone Lake. In addition to these two I want to also acknowledge and thank my wife Krista and my kids Dylan (18), Tanner (16), Joe (9) and Cassie (7). As most of you know, the entire family has a part in running the business. I would also like to thank all of my extended family and friends that have helped us get our business to where it is today. Last but not least, I would like to thank all of our awesome customers! You guys/gals have become like family to us as we see you come to the lake on the weekends or as we chat about the fishing on facebook or as you tell all your lies at the bait shop! Thank you for voting us “Best Bait Shop in Minnesota,” we are honored to receive this award and will do everything in our power to be the best bait shop in Minnesota!

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