Fishing Reports ~ Lake of the Woods
Provided by Pete and Terri
ICE FISHING REPORTS
December 8, 2013: Happy Birthday
Merlin Johnson!!! The fish are still biting. Guess
they don't care how cold it gets with temp of 30 below this morning,
burrrrr. Yesterday Tim's group went onto the ice around 11am,
fishing til dark. They came in with 19 walleye/saugers and released
the following: Tim 24 1/2" & 27 1/2" walleyes, Andy released a
27 3/4" walleye and Scott released a 23 1/2" walleye. Way to go
guys!! Today they fished til noon and had another good day
keeping 19 saugers, 9 walleyes and 1 perch.They had some really nice
fish! Travis and Oliver were also along and caught lots of keeper
fish. Jerry & Vicki did well yesterday again, with Jerry
releasing six walleyes measuring 21", 22", 23" and 24". Vicki
released 24" and 25" walleyes. Way to go you two!! They caught lots
of fish and took home their limits. Sam & Chris went out around
3pm today catching 32 fish and keeping 10 with the largest measuring
15". Good colors this weekend were white & green Gemini, white
& pink Gemini and white & pink rock'n'rolls. Gold was also
great and red glow ants plus anything with red glow. We
have 6 fish houses on the lake and the rest are going out
tomorrow. Will be taking the sleeper houses out soon. Will
check the ice thickness tomorrow. Still have some portable groups in
camp and some are fishing pike today since they already have all
their walleyes and saugers. Lots of happy fishermen and women in
camp this weekend!
December 7, 2013: Happy
50th Birthday to my brother Tim!!! The
morning started out with a
bang! Fish were biting fantastic right away! Dr. Stone and
Jerry are already back in with their limits of 8 fish by
11am, plus Ben released a 27 1/2" walleye. Way to go Ben!! They
had a great time. All other houses are slamming fish also. Yesterday was slower
with our group of 8 keeping 21 walleyes/saugers with some nice
18" plus they released a 21" and 23". They caught
lots of small fish. Jesse & Travis are in portables. They kept two
16" and two 14" plus released a 21" walleye and lots of small
fish 12" or smaller. They took home their limits. Jerry & Vicki are
using portables and had better fishing today. Jerry released two 24",
26" walleyes plus he released 20 or so fish under
15" and 6 pike. He kept 4 walleyes measuring 18-19"
and one 12" sauger. Vicki released two 22", 21" and 23" walleyes and an
8 lb pike. She also released 15 walleyes from 5" to under
16". She kept one 16" walleye. They are in the washout fishing shallow. We
started using the Geo-Trackers with the carts today. No more
wheelers!! Very cold this morning with temp of 20 below. No wind yet
December 6, 2013: The
ice fishing season is on and we have houses on the lake. The guys
took out two houses this morning and put 8 guys out
fishing in 19 feet of water. 9 good inches of ice out there.
Vicki & Jerry are here using their portables and fishing the
"washout". Jerry says there is only 5 inches of ice and after
drilling the holes the water came up and flooded the ice, then froze
over so he had a hard time getting their portables out at
the end of the night. They got setup late but did catch some fish,
with Vicki catching 10", 13" and 21" walleyes in 18 feet of water
(all released. Jerry setup in 15 1/2" feet and caught 12", 14" and
16" walleyes. He kept just the 16" fish. 13 below this morning,
not much for wind.
UPDATE: TOOK ALL DAY
PLOWING AND SHOVELING PLUS PLOWING OFF THE BAY, TRYING TO MAKE
A TRAIL OUT TO THE LAKE. DIDN'T GET THE FISH HOUSES ON THE LAKE
TODAY BUT WILL BE ATTEMPTING IT IN THE EARLY MORNING. WINDY
TODAY AND VERY COLD. TEMP DROPPING ALL DAY.
December 5, 2013: Lots
of snow form the big storm, must have gotten around a foot of snow
here in the past few days. The snow has stopped now and the winds
are picking up. The guys are going out to the lake to see if we can
get some houses out today. The crossing was cleared
off. Right now we are shoveling and plowing out the resort.
Will give a report when they have checked the ice for thickness and
December 1, 2013: Dan
went out on his sled today and fished on the lake in 20 feet of
water. He fished for 2 hours and caught his limit of both walleyes
and saugers out of Morris Point Resort. The resorts are working
on getting the crossing cleared off tomorrow. Will probably start
putting fish houses onto the lake mid week as long as everything
goes smooth. Get ready to ice fish!!
November 28, 2013: HAPPY
THANKSGIVING!! Pete and Steve checked the ice today,
starting in our bay. There is a good 5-6 inches on the bay all
the way out to the crossing. They walked over the crossing onto the
lake over a bunch of shoved up ice around 5-6 feet tall. Ice
measures 4 1/2" all the way out to 20 feet of water or so, then
thins out. We are also pleased to announce our two new employees
this winter; Chris Larson and Ronny Olson.
November 24, 2013:
Lake is frozen over as far as you can see out from Morris
Point Resort. Cold temps this weekend with below zero temps a few
nights. The Rainy River is also froze over. Will check it later this
week. Getting ready for ice fishing!
Karl Oman holding 27 1/2"
walleye - released
Pete holding 42" pike -
Mike's (right) 28" walleye -
Joel with a nice
Nick with his 25" walleye -
Sharon Barber with a nice
Kathy Hill with 20 1/2" walleye
The Hedin family after a day on
the charter boat
Pete getting ready to clean the
"catch of the day"!
Pete & Sam (right) with
Sam's 28" walleye (released)
Wendy with her 27" walleye
Ali's 24" walleye
Dawson, Charlie, Sam &
Julia (Julia's walleye-released)
walleye (released) with Grandpa Greg &
7 yr old
Eain's First walleye caught
Eain with his
27" walleye (released)
Fishbaugher with nice walleye
34" northern pike (released)
30 1/2" walleye (kept)
one of 2 walleyes he caught with both of them measuring 28
ICE FISHING RESERVATIONS. PLEASE SEND IN YOUR DEPOSITS FOR YOUR WINTER
November 17, 2013:
Steve and Nick had super walleye fishing yesterday out of
Lighthouse Gap in 24' of water. It was a sunny day with no wind and
Steve said they caught at least 75 fish by noon, sorting out the
small ones and keeping nice ones. The clouds moved in around 2pm and
the bite stopped. They came in with limits of saugers and walleyes.
Scott and his group didn't do as well. They fished near Steve and
Nick for awhile but they just weren't getting into them so they
headed to Long Point area and fished near the red buoy. They got
some but not as good as yesterday when they did pretty good, getting
some keepers and putting back a 25" walleye. Steve also hunted for
deer but no luck. Only 2 deer taken out of our camp this season.
Don't have anymore hunters checking in and just waiting for ice. Our
bay is now slushy/ice with the warmer temps we are having. We have
snow covered ground but just barely.
November 13, 2013:
Steve, Pete & Terri went fishing out of the river.
Can't launch a boat out of our place as we have ice on the bay all
the way out. We put the boat in at Wheeler's Point, headed toward
the lake but couldn't get on the lake. Too much ice jammed in the
gap from the river thawing out. We fished in 18 ft of water in Four
MIle Bay just off the river and got into the walleyes just before
dark. Terri caught a small pike and then Pete caught a small pike.
Then the walleyes started biting with Pete landing a nice 19 1/4"
followed by Steve with another one the same size! We caught a couple
more and one nice sauger and it was near dark so we headed in. By
the way, the docks are out at the public access.
November 11, 2013: Greg McNevin
shot a 8 pt buck yesterday. Real nice one!! Mike in Cabin #1 also
got a spike buck, a big bodied deer with small horns. Steve saw a
huge buck this morning but too far away. Yesterday Steve, Greg,
Travis, Aaron & Troy went walleye fishing out of Light house Gap
but it was slow. They caught some small walleyes and came
in with 2 keeper walleyes. They fished from 10am til dark. Cold
today with high around 16 degrees and some scattered snow on the
ground. The bay is froze over tight.
October 27, 2013:
Temps are much cooler this past week but still some fishing
going on. Brian, Troy, Chris, Eric & Aaron tried many spots this
weekend, going to the river, Lighthouse Gap, Morris Gap and in front
of Pine Island. They did best at the latter spot and kept 15 fish on
Friday plus another 8 for Saturday, which was a much slower day;
mostly saugers caught. They also caught an eelpout. Denny &
Francine grouse hunted, getting one and missing one and they also
tried fishing from shore on the river at Manitou Rapids, but no
bites. Terri & Pete fished the evening bite at Morris Gap
Saturday but only caught a few small fish and missed lots of
bites. The water was pretty dirty. No wind and pretty nice for 47
degrees. Georgeous sunset tonight. We are fall cleaining the cabins
and waiting for the deer season opener. Pete took the big boat out
of the water and put it away for the year. What a bummer! Goodbye
October 22, 2013:
Brian, Chad & Dave got out fishing today and did very
well, getting lots of bites and bringing in 15 nice keepers. Cold
today with high of 36 but no wind.
October 21, 2013
8pm: The guys tried fishing this afternoon but too cold and
too rough. They toughed it out for an hour but no bites so they came
October 21, 2013:
Woke up this morning to a couple of inches of wet snow on
the ground and temp of 28 degrees. Only one cabin in camp and they
plan on fishing the afternoon. Will let you know how they do.
October 20, 2013:
Happy Birthday to our nephew Matt!! Was a pretty good
weekend of fishing all in all. All groups battled the wind and cold
rain sprinkles on Thursday with 5-7 foot waves on the lake. Some did
fish the lake but most were on the river that day. Friday was a
nicer day with light winds but the bite slowed down quite a bit.
Saturday was slow in the morning and picked up in the afternoon out
of Lighthouse Gap. Hardly any wind and sunny. Connor, Todd, Adam
& Stevie had excellent fishing. They caught 75 fish Thursday on
the river and Connor and Stevie both had sturgeons on. Friday
on the lake they caught 117 fish and another 109 for Saturday.
Connor released a 20 1/2", Todd released 21 1/2" and 23 1/2"
walleyes and Adam released a 21 1/4" and 24". Way to go guys! They
also caught 10 perch with the largest measuring 12 1/2-13". Chad,
Brian and Seth also did well getting their limits and Chad getting
one perch. He also released a 25 1/2" walleye, Brian released two
22" walleyes and Seth had 18" and 19" walleyes. Cory, Lloyd, Tyler
and Austin caught lots of fish but mostly small fish. They took home
limits. Cory released an 8 lb pike, Tyler released a 24" walleye and
they also put back a couple of 20 1/2". Austin cuaght a sturgeon.
Jason, Ralph, Dominic & Kayla had a great time catching lots of
fish, eating meals twice and taking home limits of nice fat fish (I
saw their catch). Jason, Ralph and Kayla all released 20" walleyes
plus Kayla also put back a 21" walleye. Way to go!! Pete, Terri,
Charlie, Sam and 9 yr old Dawson kept 3 walleyes caught at Morris
Gap on Friday. The bite was very slow, mostly catching small fish.
Saturday they had better luck at Lighthouse Gap in 23 feet of water.
Charlie had on a big pike he lost at the boat and Pete caught a 42"
pike that barely fit into the net! Dawson learned how to bait
his own hook, set the jig on bottom and caught
his limit on his own today. He had a fun day and said the
best park was seeing the big northern. They brought in 15 keepers
including some nice 16-19" walleyes. Sunday morning was rain plus
sleet and everyone headed for home.
October 17, 2013:
Jack & Buck grouse hunted and got a few plus they
fished. They ate fish twice and took home limits. Buck caught a nice
18" sauger. Jim's gropup spent a week fishing the river and the
lake. They did well getting their limits and released a 20" walleye.
Gary & Karl had good fishing at Clementson on the river. Karl
caught and released a 27 1/2" walleye. See photo above. Way to go
October 15, 2013:
The wind and rain
slowed fishing this weekend for some. It was windy Friday and on thru
the weekend but some still managed to get fish. Brian took out Kevin
and Hose' Friday evening and they caught their limits of walleyes
in just 45 minutes at the Morris Gap area jigging with shiners. They
also caught a nice 25" walleye they let go. Hose' called
his grandparents to tell them about the awesome bite and they headed up
here on Sunday to fish Monday. Brian took them out and they
caught their limits in 45 minute again! Super bite
on right now! The shiners are running and walleyes
are stacked up out front this fall. Brian took out Greg, Travis and Matt for the
evening Sunday, getting their limits of nice fat walleyes. It rained most of the
day here on Tuesday but then cleared up late evening and sunny skies
for Wednesday and high in 50's. Youth hunt starts Oct 17th. Pete & Terri
just returned from pheasant hunting in North Dakota for 4 days. Lots
of birds this year where we hunted. Jiggs did really well and
had a great time. Pete got his limit and had lots of fun! It
was hard to leave even though the weather was cold and rainy there.
October 9, 2013:
Awesome fishing tonight!! Brian, Terri & Pete went out
at 4pm and fished just til dark. The bite was on in 20 feet of water
immediately, just out of the Morris Gap. About the same amount of
boats out there tonight again. We caught fish after fish and got
some really nice ones. Brian released a 27" walleye. Way to go
Brian!! Terri released a 20". We came in with 9 really nice walleyes
and 6 nice saugers. It was warm today with high near 65 or so and no
wind. Beautiful sunset tonight again!! Supposed to be another great
October 8, 2013:
Roger Redpath just fished two days by himself and did very
well, catching tons of fish. He said for every 25 fish he caught he
put one in the box after sorting and keeping all 18-19"
walleyes. He went through 7 bags of shiners today by himself! He put
back a 21" walleye. Pete, Terri, Matt & Brian fished the Morris
Gap this evening and caught lots of small fish and also nice eaters.
We kept 11 walleyes/saugers. No big fish caught. Around a dozen
boats out fishing this evening and seeing the nets going out
everywhere. Georgeous weather this week. No wind on the lake and
September 30, 2013: Pete
did a charter today taking out David & Cheryl with Brian coming
along. Was a little windy in the morning but not too bad when they
left the dock. Forecast prediccted 45 MPH winds arriving around
11am. They headed to Zippel to get out of the west winds and did
catch some fish but it got rough and kept getting rougher with the
waves growing. They had a hard time feeling the bite it was so
choppy. They did bring in 7 walleyes and Pete lost a big walleye
near the boat. They were back to the dock by 11:30 and it took 3 of
us to get the boat into the dock as it was already gusting near 40
MPH. We lost quite a few shingles off the cabins today.
2013: Pete and Rod went spruce grouse hunting today
and did well with the dogs (Jiggs & Lucy) doing a great job.
They came back with their limits after just a couple of hours
of walking with the dogs.
September 18, 2013: Pete
and Terri went on a charter with Mike & Christina today. We bait
fished out of Lighthouse Gap and did pretty good, along with lots of
other boats. Christina caught the first walleye measuring 23". Way
to go Christina!! Terri followed with a 22" and then we started
getting into some keepers and some small fish. Terri released a 26"
walleye and Mike caught and released a beauty 27 1/2" walleye! Way
to go Mike!! Pete also put back a slot fish. We jigged with
frozen shiners and went through alot of bait. Around 1:30 we put the
riggers down and caught more but was a slower bite with that method.
We did put 3 or 4 more nice walleyes in the box and some
saugers, coming in with 20 keepers. We were
told fishing yesterday was a super day. Today it was
cloudy with a lighter wind, as yestserday they had sunshine but high
winds. Looks like the walleyes are moving in closer and saw lots of
groups of shiners on the graph. The leaves are starting to
Septmeber 16, 2013: We
have retuned from our trip out west elk hunting and trout
fishing. This year Pete's sister Diana and her 26 yr old son Matt
flew to the Jackson Hole Airport where we picked them up. Matt &
Pete hunted in the rain and fog, saw some elk but never got a chance
to shoot one. Terri & Diana spent their time fishing several
differeent streams for trout. The girls caught lots of fish this
year and it was Diana's first time fishing trout. She caught a
beautiful 20" cut throat for her first fish. It went right to the
taxidermy, of course! They caught lots of cut throats and also each
caught a brook trout for the first time. Alex (who just got married
to Sam (Pete's guide) took the girls fishing on the wheeler to the
creeks behind the ranch (Sleeping Indian Outfitters). We all caught
lots of fish and Alex was fly fishing. We had a blast! No elk but
lots of fish this year. We had a great time and sent Diana and Matt
back home on Saturday by plane and Pete and I headed home by
September 4, 2013:
Georgeous weather all week. Steve, Bruce & Eric fished
for 3 days and did really well downrigging. They ate fish while
staying and took home their limits. They said they didn't get any
slot walleyes but caught lots of nice keepers. Our friend Bob
Zimmerman stopped by the other day with a nice gift for the resort.
He hand carved and painted an eagle sculpture! What a
nice guy! Chedck out the phot above. Zimm did it!!
September 2, 2013:
Steve, Bruce & Eric downrigged today and came in with
12 keepers. No slots caught. Everyone else in camp headed home.
September 1, 2013: Windy
with big waves on the lake. No one going fishing today. Raining off
and on all day and high around 60 degrees.
August 31, 2013: Very
nice day with hardly any wind and sunny. Pete did a charter
taking out Mike, Joel, Jay, Nick, Ben, Don & Greg. They had a
really good morning getting into the fish and putting back some nice
slots also. Joel caught the first 2-3 walleyes in the
slots. Mike released a 28" walleye and Nick released a 25". Ben also
put back a 20" and they had a few more slots. Way to go guys!! They
came in with 30 keepers and had a great day. Kevin, Jose and Mark
fished around Pine Island in the evenings and morning and did well
getting around 20 fish. Their largest meausred 16" and they had
12-14" fish.They had a good time. We had another storm roll through
tonight around 8pm with high winds and some small hail. We have
gotten close to 5 inches of rain in the past 8 days.
August 24, 2013:
Brad & Billy used a small boat and trolled for a few days.
They released some slot walleyes including 23's, 24's and Brad got a
26". They also had a couple of big pike and one that went thru the
net. Shane, Dave, Chris, Ben, Dave & Joe downrigged and did
good. Todd & Scot downrigged and did well limiting and eating
fish. They kept all nice 18-19" walleyes and had 16" saugers. They
released lots of slots in the 20-25" range including a 23", 24"
and 25 1/2". Aaron, AJ, Tom, Olivia, Alana and Cameron went on the
charter with Pete. It was windy and rough and they came back in at
10:30 as a couple of the kids were feeling sick. They had already
released 2 slots and put 4 in the box. They left the dock 1/2
hour later with one less person on board and fished the
remainder of the day, keeping around 20 fish. Shannon & Destiny
and the smaller kids; Kaylee, Autumn and Hunter all went to the
beach swimming and they also went shopping in town. Everyone had a
great time. We had a severe storm last night with high winds, and
lots of rain, getting 1 3/4". Lots of branches down this
August 21, 2013: A fun
charter trip today with Pete, Terri, Robyn, Sue, Sharon, Rolland,
Jim & Kathy heading out for a day of fishing . We headed across
the lake before the wind picked up and fished off the northeast side
of Garden Island, drifting with jigs. We had a couple of bites but
was slow so Pete moved up to the west of Little Oak. We tied on
spinner rigs and starting gettting into fish with Sharon catching
the first walleye which was a nice 19" for the box. The wind was
picking up and then dying down so we had to troll slowly with our
spinner rigs. Then we got into some action. Kathy Hill caught the
largest walleye of the day measuring 20 1/2". Way to go Kathy. We
fished til 1pm or so and then headed up to Sunset Lodge on Oak
Island for some lunch. We had a wonderful meal and then went for a
ride around the island. On the way back everyone was content with
the fish in the box and we decided to head for the south shores as
it was past 3pm. We came to the docks with 15 walleyes, 2 saugers.
Rolland caught 2 sucker fish today and Pete said we would have to
start calling him the "sucker king"! We had a really fun
day. Brian's charter got a late start today but they did
well finding fish off of Little Oak and they came in with 18
keepers. Beautiful weather here the past month and hotter temps on
the way. Blueberry picking is pretty much done, just a few good ones
August 18, 2013: Brian
took out John, Brittany, Ben & Jessie fishing. They had
high winds with big waves and tough fishing. They got a few and also
lost a big one by the boat.
August 11, 2013: Craig,
Donna, Justin, Andrea, Justin, Callie, Brendan & Abby spent the
weekend fishing and going to the beach. They downrigged off of Long
Point and did well despite the wind. Andrea got sick from the waves
and came in early but the others stayed fishing. They caught 37
fish and kept 19 on Friday. Saturday they had hardly
any wind and slower fishing. They caught 21; kept 14. Craig and
Justin had a double with Justin releasing a 24" walleye and Carig
released a 25 1/2" walleye. 7 yr old Abby caught and released a 26
1/2" walleye and Craig got his biggest walleye in his life; getting
a 28" that he put back. Way to go Craig, Justin & Abby!! They
had a great time. Brian ran a charter taking out a group of 6 and
doing great. They caught lots of fish, limiting out plus putting
back some big walleyes. We are having beautiful weather with highs
in the 70's and lots of sunshine. Pete & Terri went blueberry
picking today and came home with 2 1/2 gallons.
August 5, 2013: Another
beautiful day on the lake. Rain last night but clearing off this
morning and no wind. Pete, Terri, Tim & April headed out at
9am to try some downrigging but never even got to their destination
as they were detoured by a distrees call on a boat being broke down
5 mile out. We found the people drifting and hooked up a tow rope to
haul them in. We decided to try downrigging while towing them and
were able to put out 3 lines with them behind us. The two in tow
also put down a couple of riggers and fished. We caught 8-10 fish,
keeping 5 of them; 1 nice walleye and 4 saugers. The boat in tow
kept 3-4 plus released a 24" walleye.
August 4, 2013: Pete ran
a charter today again taking out Ross, Neil, Reed, Jeff, Matt &
Mike. They wanted to do some downrigging as they had never tried it.
They had a great day, caught lots of fish and Neil said they "had a
wonderful time". They released some slot fish as follows: Neil 27",
Ross 22", Reed 23 1/2", Jeff 26", Matt 20" and Mike's largest fish
was 19". Good job guys! Scot, Todd, Ross & Andrew fished
the weekend having a blast. They downrigged and did very well
releasing lots of walleyes in the 20-24" range plus they also put
back two 25", three 26" plus 29" and 30" walleyes! Way to go
guys!! Steve Sweet ran a charter for us taking out Neil, Ross, Reed,
Jeff, Matt & Mike yesterday. They bait fished up near the
islands and had a good day despite the high winds. They said they
enjoyed their day with Steve and came into shore with their limits
of walleyes. They had a big fish fry tonight. Pete ran a charter
taking out (for their 2nd day) Beth, Todd, Keith, Lori, Nancy &
Scott. They fished two days with Pete and had great fishing bringing
in their limits of fish the first day out and eating fish that
night. Beth took the lead with the largest walleye measuring 26".
They also got 5-6 more slot fish they put back They had a great
August 3, 2013: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
PETE!!! Mark, Bob, Barrett & Adrian spent a couple of
days on the lake downrigging. They had excellent fishing bringing in
their limits plus putting back a few hogs. Mark released 28" and 29"
walleyes and they had a 25" also. Way to go guys!! Rose &
Larry are here for their honeymoon. They have had windy days and
tough fishing. Rose released 21" and 23 3/4" walleyes and they kept
a few saugers. Way to go Rose!! Terri, Tim & April went
blueberry picking today and filled their pails. Still lots of
berries and still about 25% of the green ones left to ripen. Should
be around for another week or more!
July 30, 2013: Jamie
& Terry spent a few days on the lake after waiting for the wind
to die down this weekend. Jamie had a 'hayday" catching lots of big
walleyes. They downrigged near the 9 footer and did really well
getting their limits. Terry released a 23" walleye and Jamie
released 26", two 27", 28" and 31 1/2" walleyes. Wow!! Way to
July 29, 2013: Great day
on the water today with light winds, lots of sunshine and perfect
temps. My brother Charlie, his wife Wendy and their 4 kids, Ali,
Sam, Julia & Dawson are here for a few days of fun. We went out
on the boat today starting out bait fishing in the middle of the
lake in 32 feet of water. Ali caught the first fish which was a 20"
walleye. Sam caught the second walleye measuring 22". No other bites
so we headed out to join the pack way out past Long Point where
everyone was downrigging. We set the riggers and started getting
fish pretty quick. Lots of big walleyes caught today and lots of
fish on the graph everywhere up there. Sam caught the largest fish
of the day with his 28" walleye that he released. Way to go Sam!
endy took second with her 27 " walleye. Way to go Wendy!! Ali
followed behind with a 24" walleye plus a 22". The group also caught
lots of 22" and 21" and 20" walleyes that we put back. We also put
back lots of small fish., keeping 18 for eating. We had a really fun
time! Everyone out there was catching fish. Yesterday we went
out late afternoon and tried downrigging. Sam caught the
biggest measuring 24" and Ali caught a 21" walleye. We kept 10 to
bring in. Saturday was too windy for fishing so everyone in camp
went blueberry picking. Lots of berries now, the most we have seen
in years and they are aplenty. Also picked June berries and
raspberries. Jared's group fished Sunday and had a slow day keeping
only one walleye. Today they had better luck going out deeper and
bringing in a few more fish. Jamie and his fishing partner did well
on Sunday afternoon but no numbers from them yet. Dan Lindquist
caught and released a 39 1/2" pike this weekend. Way to go Dan!!
Steve's group was here a few days but had bad weather for fishing.
High winds and rain. They golfed but didn't really get to fish much
July 21, 2013: Less wind
today and sunny skies. Mike, Galen, Jim, Jay & David went out
for a second day of charter fishing with Pete. They bait fished for
most of the day but weren't getting lots of keepers so they switched
over to downrigging for the afternoon and got some more nice
walleyes, getting the 12 fish they needed to take home limits. Tracy
& Perry bait fished along Long Point and said they ended up
getting their walleyes at Lemm's Reef. They came in with 8 saugers
and 4 walleyes. Blueberry picking has begun and there are lots this
year. Raspberries are also ready. Looking forward to nice temps this
upcoming week. Lots of empty cabins ready for you to enjoy!
July 20, 2013: Pete did
a charter taking out Mike, David, Jim, Jay & Galen. They
downrigged today and did very well around Garden Island and west of
there. They brought in 12 really fat 18-19" walleyes and
some smaller ones. They caught their limits. David released a 22"
walleye, Jay released 22" and 24" walleyes and Jim took the lead
with the largest walleye measuring 24 1/2". Way to go guys!! They
also had a couple of 21".
July 13, 2013: Perfect
day on the lake with light winds, lots of sun and lots of fish to
catch! Pete, Terri, Sherry, Merlin, Crystal, Scott, Sharon &
Rolland headed out in the fog onto the lake. We were still able
to see far enough to travel at a good speed. It was a perfect day.
We pulled up along Knight and Bridges
Islands trying spinner rigs and jigs. No bites so we
headed up to the south end of Garden Island and did a few drifts
there, getting some fish. Terri released a 21" walleye and Sharon
released a 20 1/2" walleye. We put a few in the box. Then we
headed north of Garden and fished off of Little Oak and also around
a few other islands. We did really well with frozen shiners and
jigs, putting quite a few in the box. We then headed to Sunset Lodge
on Oak Island for some lunch. After lunch we went back to our good
fishing spot and put some more in the box, coming back to the resort
with 34 keepers. Terri also put back a pike around 28" and we threw
back lots of little fish also. We saw baby pelicans being fed by
their mothers on one of the rock islands. They didn't have their
wing feathers completely yet and were all fluffy with white
down. First time we ever saw them. Brain, Tim, Gene, Gary
& Lamar went along today in another boat and they had a
great day coming in around 9pm with their limits of walleye and
saugers. Gene caught a wall mounter walleye measuring 29 1/2". Way
to go Gene! He was quite proud of that fish and is off to the
June 11, 2013: Dave,
Mike, Mark & Jim headed out with Pete for another day on the
water. They worked hard for the 8 fish they needed, leaving the dock
at 7am and taking all day to get them. They fished along Long Point
and then Lemm's Rock where they landed at least 10 slot fish, all
nice big ones. No keepers there so they had to move and
searched all day, catching some really nice keepers just before
the end of the charter. They said they had a great day and really
had a fun time fishing with Pete. They figure they must have caught
around 15-20 slots.
2013: Dave, Mike,
Mark & Jim (all brothers) spent their second day on the lake
with Pete having a wonderful day with just perfect weather. They
started out at Zippel Bay bait fishing and getting two slot walleyes
they released. They moved north along Sandy Shores towards Long
Point, got a few saugers and another slot fish. Then they traveled
around the end of Long Point past Twin Islands and fished that area,
then went north off of Long Point and tried a few rock reefs where
they caught big walleyes. They figured they caught around 15 big
walleyes today with the largest measuring 29" caught by Mike! Way to
go Mike! They really had fun drifting and said that leeches worked
best today while crawlers worked best the day before. Then
headed south back where they caught sauger and got into more saugers
plus the keeper walleyes. They kept 8 saugers and 6
walleyes. Yesterday they had a good day but endured rough waters and
rainy skies. They tried out front first but no luck, so headed
across the lake towards Garden Island and ended up north of Little
Oak, getting into some nice walleyes there. They came back to the
dock with their limits of walleyes but no saugers. Big waves with
northwest winds, 4-5 footers. Wild strawberries are in the woods and
quite a few are getting picked. Still some Lady slippers around too!
July 6, 2013:
The Johnson/Bock Family Reunion went well this year with
everyone catching fish and having a great time! Lots of nice 15-16"
saugers were caught and they also put back some slot fish. Delbert,
Shirley, Teresa, Kedrick, LouAnn, Todd, Scot, Tanya, Pat, Kevin,
Kristina, Ester, Diane and Raelynn all caught fish. LouAnn took the
lead with the biggest walleye at 27". Way to go LouAnn!! Shirley
came in second with a 26" walleye and two 25" walleyes! Way to go
Shirley!! Teresa released a 24", Raelynn 22" and two 24"
walleyes, Delbert 24" and 25" walleyes plus a 32"
pike, Ester 25" walleye. Diane caught a 19" smallmouth bass.
Cool! The group had a couple of fish frys and took home some fish
also. Ruth was here with Pete and I for a week and we did some
fishing. Ruth and Pete both caught 13" smallies. We pulled
shadraps shallow in the morning and came back with 8 keepers.
July 4th, 2013:
Happy 4th of July!! Went uptown for the fireworks and
street dance tonight. They put on the best show so far this year for
fireworks! Lots of big boomers that shook the ground and the
floating raft on the bay went on for at least 3 minutes with lots of
pretty colors. The guys in charge really did a super job! Yesterday
Pete, Terri, Ruth, Sherry, Merlin, Carrie & Sara boarded
Pete's boat and then Brian took on board Crystal, Scott, Eain,
Jesse, Jenny. We all planned to head up to Oak Island for the day.
Brain had boat trouble right away and we waited a few miles out on
the lake for him to get it going, throw our lines out jigging. Terri
caught a 20" walleye on a shiner. We missed a few bites. It was a
pretty slow bite and hardly no wind. Very hot out there today! We
headed up towards Knight Island after finding out Brian's boat was
out of commission. By then it was after noon and too late to head to
the islands. We bait fished most of the day but it was slow. Then
headed south towards Pine Island, passing by the other group who had
boarded a boat out of the Elk Horn. We pulled plugs in front of Pine
and got a few more, coming in with 8 keepers. The other group headed
to Garden Island and stayed out til 7-8pm. They did well getting a
bunch of walleyes and having a good time anyway.
July 1, 2013:
Todd, Patrick, Scot & Tonya had a great day of fishing
starting out with bait fishing and then switching over to
downrigging up around Garden Island. They did well using tiger,
black/silver and wonderbread raps. They brought in limits of both
walleyes and saugers for all and Scot released a 26" walleye. Way to
go Scot!! Pete ran charter boat taking out the Nielsen family for
two am half day charters. Jeff, Nick, Wade, Madelyn, Stacy, Karen,
Tom, and Zachary had a great time with the first day out being
better. They kept a total of 34 fish for the two trips with the
first day being better. No slot fish caught the first trip out but
the second day Wade released a 23" walleye and Pete released a 22"
walleye. It was much tougher today. No wind and very hot.
June 29, 2013:
Steve, Kenny & Mike went out with Pete for a day of
fishing. Pretty windy today with northwest winds so they headed over
to Zippel Bay. They got a few fish but it slowed up so they tried
several spots on the lake and ended up at Little Oak, getting some
really nice fish up there yesterday. Today the the winds were a bit
lighter and they fished several spots again, ending up back at
Little Oak, but the fish weren't there. They fished Knight
Island and then back to Lighthouse Gap and along Pine island. They
mostly bait fished plus had Brian and Chad along today. They came in
with their limits plus put back over 10 slot fish today with Kenny
catching the largest walleye measuring 26 inches. Frozen shiners are
working best and some leeches are getting them also. Not much
for crawler action the past few days. Also got 4 nice pike today.
The guys ate fish and also took home limits. They had nice sunny
weather and looks like it will be hot and sunny all this
June 25, 2013:
Pete, Jim, Jessie, Karen & Dale went out on the charter
boat. It was very hot with a high of 90 degrees and hardly any wind
so fishing was tougher. They bait fished the first half of the day
and then pulled shad raps the latter part. Jessie caught 8 slot
fish from 20" up to 23" and no keepers. They caught most of their
fish trolling coming in to the dock at 5pm with 12 keepers. No one
else in camp til the weekend. Ladyslippers are in bloom and still
getting some fresh asparagus!
June 22, 2013:
More fishing reports from Traylen and Kelly's group.
Traylen caught 3 walleyes on Thursday and Paula released a 30" pike
plus she caught a small mouth bass and a 23" walleye she put back.
Way to go Paula!! Friday Kelly caught a 16.5" walleye and Paula
caught a pike measuring 28.5". Way to go girls. Fred, Kent &
Dave tried the 9 footer today and only got one fish caught by Fred
which was a 24:" walleye. They headed to Zippel Bay area and did
good til the wind died down. Gold/pink, gold/chartreuse and plain
gold worked well for them. They caught lots of fish during their
week stay and had a good time.
June 21, 2013:
Still great fishing on the south shore and also some other
areas of the lake. Pete, Terri, Greg, Sharon and 7 yr old Eain went
out this afternoon fishing from 2pm til just before 5pm. We pulled
shadraps in shallow water out front of Morris Gap and did well
getting 16 keepers and putting back 5-6 slot fish and some small
ones. Eain caught his first walleye and then many more plus he
caught a nice pike. He had a fun day! Sharon caught the first 4-5
fish of the day with a clear holographic with rattles. She caught
two walleyes around 21-22". The group also caught 5-6 pike and Terri
caught a 16" smallmouth bass. We came into camp for a big fish fry
with all the cabins hosted by Fred's cabin. It was a great feast.
Fred, Kent & Dave have been here all week and are having a great
time catching lots of fish. Traylen, Kelly, Paula and Dale are also
here for the week and enjoying their stay. They have caught their
limits and have been eating fish too. Tuesday Paul caught a 19"
walleye and Traylen caught 4 eater walleyes, 1 small pike and 2
little walleyes plus a nice jumbo perch. Dale caught 4 walleyes and
a 24" pike. On Wednesday Paula caught one walleye just a hair over
19.5 inches that she released. Kelly kept 18" and 19" walleyes and
Traylen caught a 36" pike. Traylen also caught and released a 30"
walleye, Kelly caught a 34" pike she released! Way to go you two!!
Kent released a 30 1/2" pike and they have been catching lots of 16"
walleyes to eat. They have released two 23" and also a 24"
June 19, 2013:
Pete ran a charter taking out Chuck, Randy, Brian, Brady
and Don. They all came from different cities to spend a few days
fishing. Yesterday they went out for the afternoon jigging and got
some fish. Today they fished a full day, jigging and gettin mostly
too big or too small fish. The wind died down and it was a slow
bite. Then they tried trolling in the later afternoon with shads and
started catching some keepers. They released 7 slot fish and came in
with 16 keepers. They had a hard time getting keepers as most fish
caught today were too big or too small. Brian ran a charter taking
out Roxy and Larry for a full day. They bait fished and trolled with
spinners. Roxy caught fish on every technique they tried. They
released one slot fish and came in with their limits of walleyes and
saugers. They had fun!
June 15, 2013:
Pete ran a charter taking out customers from Wheelers Point
Resort along with 8 other boats. They headed up to Little Oak Island
and fished using bait doing really well with all the boats
getting nice fish and limiting out.
June 14, 2013:
Has been a beautiful week here with temps in 70's mostly
and just a few rain showers in the evening. Everyone is
catching lots of fish including pike, walleye, saugers, smallmouth
bass and even a muskie! Gary, Darlene, Arnie, Jan, Monica, Taylor,
Devin, 6 yr old Braysen, Mike, Joereg, Michelle, Rhonda &
Tristan spent a week fishing and having a blast. Taylor & Devin
have been fishing under the bridge right near the resort and
getting some.Taylor caught a 31" pike today and he also got a
24" walleye yesterday under the bridge. While on the lake they have
released lots of slot fish as follows: Arnie 36" pike, Jan 34" pike
which is her largest fish ever in her life, Taylor 24" muskie,
Rhonda 36 1/2" pike, Monica 34" pike & 21" walleye, Devin 24"
walleye, Mike 25 1/2" walleye plus Arnie topped Mike and ended
up getting a 26" walleye to win the family contest! Way to go
Arnie!! They also put back more smaller slot fish. They
mostly caught their fish using shadraps and rapalas in shallow
water. They did use frozen shiners and got some also. 6 yr old
Braysen caught a little pike off the dock and was very proud of that
fish! Randy, Jack & Dave spent 3 days on the lake mostly up near
Knight Island. Thursday was a great day with the 3 of them getting
their limits of 16-19 1/2" walleyes in 2 1/2 hours using frozen
shiners! Randy released a 24 3/4" and Jack released a 24" walleye.
Good job guys!! They also released 9 other slot fish and 4 nice pike in the
27-28" range. They had a great time and also got a good sunburn!
Bring your sunscreen and your mosquito spray. The mosquitoes are
terrible right now.
2013: Happy Birthday Jack Kipka!! Bruce, Eric &
Steve had very good fishing getting their limits of nice walleyes
and releasing two 24" walleyes. They caught very few
saugers. Kurt, Mike, Larry, Bill, Ben & Seth spent a
few days fishiong . They said spinenr rigs worked best for
them. They have very good fishing getting their limits. Grandson Ben
released a 25" walleye and Grandson Seth released a 22" walleye. Way
to go boys!! Randy, Jack & David fished near Garden Island
and said they got five 14-16" walleyes on shiners and the rest of
their fish measured 16-19". David released a 21" and Randy released
21" and 22" walleyes. Brian ran a charter trip taking out Harold and
his 4 boys Eddy, James, Dave & Thomas. James got a nice 18"
walleye, Eddy released a 21" and Harold released a 22 1/2" walleye.
They also put back 8-9 small fish and missed quite a few bites. They
brought in 20 keepers after fishing Lighthouse Gap, then on to
Zippel, Long Point and back to Light house Gap and Pine Island,
which was best.
June 9, 2013:
Pete had a couple of days of charters this weekend taking
out Mike, Ed, Art, Lonny, Mike & Brian. Their first day out
they caught lots of small walleyes & saugers and used up
all of their bait, coming in with 18 keepers. Today they had better
luck getting more nice fish and also catching more small fish. They
anchored and jigged using live fatheads, frozen shiners, leeches and
crawlers with all working, but the shiners were best. It was rainy
for the afternoon but they kept fishing. The wind died down around
3pm so they trolled in 7 ft of water and got into some bigger fish.
Ed released the biggest walleye measuring 25". Way to go Ed!! Art
caught the biggest fish of the weekend with a 32" pike. He also put
back 21" and 23 1/2" walleyes and kept four walleyes measuring
16-19". Way to go Art!! Lonny put back 20" and 24" walleyes and the
group also put back a couple of 22" walleyes. Way to go! Lonny says
they caught all the fish on the right side of the boat! They kept 29
today after eating their fish yesterday. Eain, Brice & Eli went
out this afternooon for 3-4 hours and came back in the rain with 12
keepers. We have other groups here fishing but no reports from them
yet. Still finding asparagus and some mushrooms. We are supposed to
have some nice weather this week so come on up!!
June 7, 2013:
John is here with his son Jake and they have been hammering
the walleyes for 3 days. He says they "killed em" on Wednesday
catching around 200 fish including 9 slot fish with one at 25". Jake
caught a beauty 27" walleye on a pink/white 3/8 ounce jig tipped
with a frozen shiner. Way to go Jake!! I couldn't get his picture to
post but will try again. They anchored in 15 feet of water and
fished the same depth each day. They went through 21 dozen shiners
the first day! Thursday they caught 80 fish including a 24" walleye
and a jumbo perch. Mark & Ronnie went with Red out of
Zippel Bay and tried that area but it was slow so they headed down
to Morris Gap and Pine Island area and got into the fish. Mark
released a 36" pike plus they caught 24" and two 26" walleyes. They
had a great week of fishing and really had a fun time!
June 3, 2013:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEGAN FISCHBACH!!! Mark & Ronnie went
out on their own fishing out front trolling with shadraps and did
well. They came in with some fish around 3pm, had a fish fry and
went back out for more. Yesterday Pete ran a charter taking out
Mark, Ronnie & Brian. They bait fished and caught their limits
plus put back lots of slots. Pete released a 27" walleye and they
also put back 22", 23" and 24" walleyes. They used live
mninnows, frozen shiners, and when they ran out of that they used
their leeches and crawlers and caught some more. Still a little slow
for catching them on crawlers. Came in with some saugers also.
Merlin, Sherry, Carrie & Jake had a good afternoon
coming back to shore with 19 keepers, all their walleyes and a
few saugers. They used frozen shiners and anchored. Still finding
asparagus and Matt found over 100 morels!
May 29, 2013:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DIANA FISCHBACH, EAIN JOHNSON AND GREG JOHNSON!!
Crystal, Ella, Eain, Jesse, Austin & Jenny just got in
from fishing. They did well bringing in around 20 keepers with some
nice ones in there. Eain also caught a pike.
May 27, 2013:
Good bite back on after the weekend. Deb, John & Mona
are having a great fishing trip, catching lots of nice eater fish
and taking home some nice 18-19" keepers. John caught a beautiful 30
1/2" walleye this evening just before dark. He is getting the fish
mounted. Way to go John!! Craig, Donna, Steve, Wanda, Steve &
Deb all had a good weekend with today being super great for getiting
some walleyes. They struggled on Saturday and Sunday but today they
got into them jigging with frozen shiners. Gary & Bill are also
doing well with Bill saying today was their best day out. They had
some nice 18-19" walleyes and also put back a couple of slot fish.
Brian & Harry fished the evening bringin in 8 walleyes and 1
sauger. Brian released 23" and 24" walleyes. They said it was a
beautiful evening out there.
May 26, 2013:
Pete ran a half day charter today taking out Ruth, Brian,
Kevin & Jose'. They had a good morning with Jose' releasing a
20" walleye and Ruth released a 20 1/2" plus Pete released a couple
of slot fish. They came in with 10 keepers; all nice ones. Mandy,
Wade, Ryan & Sarah had slow fishing but did get some fish today.
They had 4 keepers at 13-14" and a 17" walleye. Mandy released 22"
and 20 1/2" walleyes she caught on a flourescent green with orange
& black eyes. Way to go Mandy!! Glen & Janet had an
excellent weekend getting into the fish on Saturday and Sunday. They
caught 32 yesterday, 48 today and 10 fish on Monday morning. They
released ten walleyes in the 20-25" range plus 25 1/4" and 27 1/2"
walleyes. They used jigs with minnows and said any color worked for
them. Way to go you two!! Steve, Cheri & Phil had a great
weekend also eating fish and limiting plus Steve released 23"
walleye and a 49" sturgeon. Cheri released a 26" walleye and 40"
pike. Phil released 23" and 24" walleyes plus a 39" sturgeon. They
really had a blast.
May 25, 2013:
Pete, Ruth, Terri & Brian went out for a couple of
hours. Ruth caught a 30" sturgeon - her first one. She had fun
fighting that! We alos put back 20" and 20 1/2" walleyes and kept 2
walleyes. We also threw back some small ones. We went morel hunting
and found 25 mushrooms plus we also found enough asparagus for
dinner. Man was that good!!
May 24, 2013:
Rain finally stopped and the wind out of the northeast is
finally letting up a little. Was a tough week for our people with
the high waves and colder temps. The Bonneville's did really well
yesterday with the group getting their limits of both walleyes and
saugers plus putting back lots of slot fish. Some measurements were
22", 23", 24" and 25 1/2". Way to go!! They said they found
clean water at 25 feet of water and got some out there. They also
fished Lighthouse Gap in 18 feet down to 11 feet and did well there.
They jigged with live and/or frozen shiners. Mark, Bob, John kept 18
nice 17-18" keepers and released one. They stayed a
week and only had 3 days of fishing but did good. Gary,
Deb & Mona have been getting their limits easily while anchored
in 14 feet of water out of Morris Gap. Sue, Bill, Ray and Harlen had
slower fishing but they did get their limits to take home. Ron &
Alexia headed home today after a week stay. They had slower fishing
but ate fish and took some home. Sue, Hattie & Eddy were here
during the bad weather also and had 9 keepers. They released
a 20" walleye. A few people have been finding some morels the
past couple days. Will have to get out and look for some. Pete just
got done rebuilding the motor in his charter boat and will be
putting that in the water tomorrow to take a test run.
May 20, 2013:
Windy and rainy all day long. No one fishing today. Waves
too big. We have gotten 3 inches so far. Lake is rising and should
be back to a normal level soon with all the run off from this rain.
Waiting for the mushrooms to start up as soon as it warms up a
little. Hoping the blueberries will be good this year also since we
didn't have hardly any last year with the drought. Clear skies for
Wed and on to the end of the week. Waiting for Gary & Bill to
show up and Deb & Mona!
May 19, 2013:
Rainy day most of today. Mark and Bob went for a boat ride
but didn't fish.
2013: Phenomenal fishing this past 3 days with everyone
catching keepers and putting back slot fish at every size! Tim &
George had a great time saying they caught most of their fish at
8-11 feet of water. They jigged and also pulled shap raps in 3-6
feet of water. They released 3-4 walleyes measuring 26" plus they
put back 25's, 24's and 22's. Rick, Kent, Rich, Matt and Spalding
had a great weekend saying it is the best fishing they have
ever experienced in the 15 years they have been coming to the lake.
Rick Dahl released a 30" walleye! Way to go Rick!! They also
put back 27 1/2", four 25", four 26" and a 28". Ritchie released a
28" sturgeon. Spalding released 20", 25" and two 26" walleyes. They
are taking home all nice 17-19" keepers. Way to go guys!!
Yesterday the fishing was so good they cancelled their steak dinner
til tomorrow so they could fish more. Mike, Gary & Gene also did
excellent. Gary told me they were "crushin the fish"! They
caught all sizes and said the best technique was pulling #5 shads in
6 feet of water just out front. Gary said they released many slot
fish from 28" on down! Mike caught a nice 27 1/2" walleye in Bostic
and they fished Zippel getting a 29" pike and 5-6 more walleyes. Ron
and Alexia showed up on Friday and went out for a few hours. They
came in with 2 walleyes at 17" and 18" and also a limit of
pike. Today they caught lots of 17" walleyes and their biggest
measured 18". They brought in 5 walleyes and one pike. Brian ran a
half day taking out Greg, Nick and Paul. They fished in the rain
but got 6 nice keepers. They were soaking wet when they got
back to the docks.
May 16, 2013:
Tim & George did well today with Tim landing a 26"
walleye plus they got some keepers. Mike, Gary & Gene did well
yesterday. Gary caught a beauty 28" walleye right away and he also
got a 25" I believe, They were in 12' of water and weren't getting
any eating size fish so they moved in 6 feet of water and began
getting nice 17" and up keepers. They came in right at dark. Brian
ran a half day morning charter taking out Greg, Paul and Nick.
Greg's sons flew in to Mpls airport; one from DC and the other from
Utah. This is their first walleye fishing trip. They had fun on the
boat with Nick hooking into a big sturgeon that just kept
taking the line off his reel til he could see the spool. Just before
he ran out of line the fish spit the hook so they never saw it. Paul
released a 23" walleye and they came in with 6 nice keepers from the
Morris Gap area. For the afternoon they headed down to Zippel
State Park and fished off the pier. Greg caught two nice pike around
24" or so and he also caught a nice 27" walleye! Way to go Greg! He
said he was surprised to catch such a big walleye while casting out
with frozen smelt. Today was sunny, light wind and high of 70
degrees. We are waiting for the morels to start popping up; should
May 15, 2013:
Weather has turned georgeous here with light winds and
highs in the 70's this week! Fish are still biting. The strong south
winds we had earlier this week pushed all the ice across the lake to
the north. We now have open water as far as we can see with
May 13, 2013:
Cory, Randy, Terry & Collin spent the weekend pulling
in lots of walleyes. They ate fish and took home fish saying
Saturday was cold and Sunday much better. Collin caught lots of fish
this weekend. They put back 15-20 walleyes measuring over 22". Randy
released two 28 1/2" walleyes and Cory also released a 28 1/2"
walleye. Way to go guys!! They said orange jigs and also gold were
good colors plus a glitter jig. They had a great time.
May 12, 2013:
Fish still biting and much warmer today with a lighter
wind. Greg, Travis, Josh and Rich went home with their limtis. They
said they caught 14 big walleyes this weekend. White, gold and pink
were the hot colors for jigs. Brian, Terri & Pete went out for a
couple of hours from 430 pm til 6pm. Brian caught a keeper sauger
and Pete got a nice keeper walleye at about 18". Terri didn't get
any bites. All boats around us were catching fish but seemed to be a
little slower bite today. Everyone is going home with their
May 11, 2013:
Just enough room for everyone to fish in the Morris Gap
this weekend. Ice is out in Four Mile Bay, Lighthouse
Gap, Morris Gap, Zippel. Cold this morning with a low of 25
degrees and very windy out of the northwest. Frost on the roofs.
Lots of people fishing and the bite was pretty good this weekend.
Greg, Josh, Travis & Rich fished the weekend and had a great
time. Their first trip out they caught several slot fish with Greg
catching 9 walleyes; all too big to keep! They said they had lots of
22" fish and up to 26". They came in with a dozen keepers and
had a fish fry. This evening they went shallower in 6 ft of
water on the southwest end of Pine Island getting into the
keepers and limiting. Live minnows and frozen shiners are being used
mostly. Cory's group is also fishing and came in with 10-12
keepers by this early afternoon. They were headed back out for
more in the evening.
May 8, 2013:
Finally getting some warmer weather up here the past few
days with highs in the upper 70's. Today is a bit cooler out with
high in the 60's and a northwest wind. Is a little chilly with that
big chunk of ice still out there on the lake. The Rainy River had
been busy with the sturgeon season which just ended. Our bay
has open water all the way out to Four Mile Bay and you can get
out to the "washout" according to Tom from Randall's Resort. I just
spoke with him and he said he took a boat out to 19 feet of water on
the lake yesterday but there is still ice in front of Pine Island
and most of the lake. Pete and I went looking for spawning nothern
pike and saw a few heading up the ditch a couple of nights ago.
on left, big tuna center and 70 lb tuna to right of Pete.That's the
Mississippi River in the background.
We had a fun spring vacation this year taking
our camper down to the panhandle area of northern Florida and
staying at Santa Rosa Beach for 3 days. The weather got colder with
rain coming for several days so we headed west into Mississippi and
stayed at a state park that was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina
in 2005. We wanted to see what the area looked like since we
had stayed there just prior to the hurricane. The park was open and
the guys told us it took 5 years to get the park cleaned up and
reopen. It sits right on the ocean near Waveland and Pass Christian.
You can tell they had a hurricane. Some have rebuilt totally while
some have not at all with the only thing left being the
cement steps for the front entry. Some homes still are in need of
some repairs. The next day we experienced 70 MPH winds off the ocean
with rain. The waves were slapping across the highway and made
travel difficult for a couple of hours til it died down. We
stayed there a few days and then headed into Louisiana as we were
only 45 miles from New Orleans and our friends Shaffer & Tami
were staying there. Some of you must remember Shaffer who worked the
ice for 3-4 years. We visited the French Quarters a couple of times
and rode the ferry boat across the Mississippi. That was fun! Then
we camped south of New Orleans at the end of the highway where the
Mississippi River empties into the ocean. The 4 of
us booked a charter for tuna fishing and had a blast! Captain
Josh took us out of the river to the ocean and went 50 miles out
where we fished around oil rigs in over 6,000 feet of water. Terri
got a bite, had it on awhile and lost the fish. Then Pete caught a
small bonita and he also caught a barracuda. No more bites so we
moved in shallower (650 ft) to another oil rig. Pete caught a
yellow-fin tuna around 70 pounds. Then we moved to another rig where
a couple of other boats were already fishing. We started getting
amberjacks right away with Terri catching one around 70 lbs. Shaffer
caught one around 60 lbs and Tami caught one at around 50 lbs. While
Terri was battling her amberjack a tuna surfaced near the boat,
eating the dead bait our first mate was throwing overboard. The
captain baited a hook, threw it to the fish and he took the bait -
FISH ON!! Shaffer took the pole and fought the fish for about 15-20
minutes, then said his arms were numb and handed it off to Pete.
Pete fought the fish for another 30 minutes or so and finally got it
to the boat. It weighed in at 130 pounds!! What an exciting day! We
brought in 3 amberjack and 2 yellow fin tuna to the docks and had
the big chore of cleaning and packaging them all. We couldn't fit
all the meat into our two coolers so we asked Josh if he knew anyone
who would want some fresh fish. He told us he knew of some families
in the area that would appreciate the fish and said he would get it
to them. It was a long and fun day of fishing. They leave the dock
at 6am and bring you back to the docks around 6pm. Was late getting
back to the campgrounds so we had tuna the following night on the
grill and man, is it ever good. We started to head north towards
home the next day but took our time as our family told us they were
getting another foot of snow and to stay on vacation. We
stopped in Missouri on the Elk River and spent 3 nights there before
heading back. We also did a tuna BBQ when we returned back to
MN and invited some friends and family over. Everyone enjoyed the
meal. The next day I made tuna sandwiches out of the leftovers with
mayo and pickles and it is the best tuna fish sandwich you have ever
Neil with 26"
with 25" walleye - released
holding 27" walleye - released
26" walleye - released
Rennaker with 24" walleye - released
23" walleye - released
26" walleye caught on 2 lb line (released)
22" walleye (released)
Fischbach (our nephew) with catch of the day!
Ed holding 27
1/4" walleye (released)
23" walleye (released)
23" walleye (released)
9 yr old
Meghan with 25" walleye caught in sleeper house (released)
Eliason holding 25" walleye (released)
March 17, 2013:
Barb & Gary fished a half day this morning and ended up
with 3 nice fish. They also fished all day Saturday and the
afternoon on Friday. They didn't get any keepers on Friday afternoon
but had a jumbo perch. Saturday they caught more fish using pink
glow hooks and said a "dead stick" worked best for catching. They
were 3 fish short of their limits and had mostly saugers that all
measured over the width of a 5 gallon bucket. Wes, Dan, John &
Buddy had slow fishing keeping a total of 8. Buddy caught the
biggest measuring 17" and he was the only one not using electronics.
Jimmy, Craig, Chick & Brett used portables and had poor
fishing but did get some keepers. Ross, Bob, Larry, Jim,
Louie, Mark plus a few more used their portables and fished out of
Adrians keeping 26 fish with 17 1/2" walleye the largest. They tried
out of Long Point on Saturday and only caught 3 fish. Walter,
Mike, Jason and Glenn fished 3 days in our houses. They had a pretty
good time ending up with 38 keepers and 2 tullibees. Jason released
a 23" walleye and Glenn released a very fat 25" walleye and they
also caught a 26" pout. They had a good time. Dennis, Mike &
Randy were in a sleeper house and had a great time. They ate 2 meals
of tullibees and took home 57 more. They also had 12 keeper saugers
and one walleye at 16". Dennis released a 31" pike. Way to go guys!
Ray, Brad & Butch were in a sleeper house and had slow fishing
but still had a good time saying the fishing was optional. They
kept 16 saugers in the 12-15" range and one tullibee. Paul, Mike,
Scott, Andrew & Bruce fished on their own and did very well out
of Adrian's road just past the bridge and to the left. They ate 2
meals while here and took home their limits of nice 14-15" saugers
plus caught a bunch of tullibees. They said their first day was best
and they used gold small hooks. Jason, Gary & Jerry fished
during the past week in our houses and had some slow fishing but
they did get to take home some fish and Jerry caught a beauty 23.75"
walleye he released. Way to go Jerry!! See photo above. We are
now closed for the ice fishing season and will be back with reports
on the May walleye opener. We want to thank all our customers for a
great winter season!
March 10, 2013:
Ron & Chris are here all the way from Rockford, IL,
staying in a sleeper house over the weekened. They had a slow
weekend, catching 32 fish and ending up with 9 keepers. Ron
caught his biggest walleye ever this morning, landing a beautiful
27" walleye! Way to go Ron!! It made the trip for him. They also had
3 tullibees. Corey & Wayde fished 2 /1/2 days in our houses and
had slow fishing keeping 9. Tim, Brock, Chris, Jim, Mark, & Tony
did well using portables with sleds, fishing out of Wheelers and
Adrian's Roads. They were just a few fish shy of limits for 3 of the
guys and the other 3 kept their limits. They put back 4 walleyes
around 20". Brock released a 23 1/2" walleye, Chris released a
20", Jim released a 21". They also caught 2 small pike in the bay
the first afternoon they arrived. Brant, Jeff & Eric used
their pickup and traveled out of Adrians Road and found another
private plowed road that led towards Garden Island and they got
within a few miles of it. They kept 10 on Friday and another 10
Saturday and they caught some tullibees. They tried shallow water in
front of Pine Island yesterday evening but only kept 1 walleye and 1
sauger. Still have more groups in camp that leave tomorrow so won't
get a report from them til then.
March 7, 2013:
Jack & Ray fished using a portable house, moving around
and fishing various areas of the lake. Babler's Road produced the
most fish for them. Also tried Adrian 's Road about 3 miles out and the Cyrus road,
about 5.4 miles out. They ate fish while here but only got about 10
keepers. Paul, Todd, Brian, Jose, Mark, Bob, Jake & Justin
fished two days in our houses. They kept a total of 25 and put back
lots of little guys. Todd released a 23 1/2" walleye and Jake
released a 25" walleye. Way to go guys!! Brian lost his pole down
the hole while he was assisting with another bite and had his back
turned. His buddy video taped the bite on Brian's rod and the
rod going down the hole. They didnt get the rod back. It is hard to
get around with wheel houses - too much snow on the lake so you have
to say on the plowed areas. Sleds are the way to get where you want
to go now.
March 3, 2013:
Some big fish caught this weekend with Sherry Johnson
catching a beautiful 29" walleye on a green jig. She landed the big
fish all by herself. She was fishing with her daughter Carrie and
her two grandsons, Nick & Jake. She kept the walleye to get it
mounted. Way to go Sherry!! They fished the afternoon and caught
lots of little fish and kept two saugers. Samantha, Will, Dave
& Brett caught 23 fish on Saturday and another 49 today. They
threw most of them back and kept only 6 with the largest at 16".
They had a couple of tullibees. Wayne and Chris brought up their
sons, Owen & Will; both 9 yrs old. They fished out of Adrian's
road on Thursday afternoon and ended up with 3 keepers.
Friday & Saturday they fished in our day houses and caught
75 fish; kept 4 on Friday and 1 on Saturday. Wayne released a 25"
walleye. Way to go Wayne!! Pretty slow for everyone this weekend.
Brad went pike fishing with his brother. They caught a couple of
nice ones near Spring Steel measuring 38 1/2" and one at 46". Way to
go Travis! Tom's group had slow fishing with them keeping one for a
half day (afternoon) on Friday and they did better on Saturday
keeping 9 nice fish. Mick, Pat & Andy used portables fishing out
of Adrian's plowed road and setting up off by themselves just before
the pressure ridge in 32' of water. They did pretty good keeping 10
saugers, 7 walleyes and 2 tullibees. Pat released a 24" walleye.
Andy caught a jumbo perch. Way to go guys!!
February 26, 2013:
Little better bite the past two days. Mert & Eileen did
well today keeping 12 fish including some 14" saugers and four
walleyes at 16-17". Eileen released a 27" walleye. Way to go
Eileen!! This was her first trip here and she had fun. They also ate
fish while here and took home their limits. Beau, Tony, Nick David
& Andy used portables with sleds, fishing shallow waters 15-17'
mornings and evenings. They had super fishing with the group eating
fish and taking home limits for all. They had all nice keepers and
also released some slots. Nick had a 22" and Beau released two 25"
and 26" walleyes. Way to go Beau!! They also put back quite a
few walleyes over 20". Bruce, Brian, Joe & Adam had slower
fishing with them keeping 10 fish for two days. Greg & Jackie
used their wheel house out of Adrian's Road and fished south of the
pressure ridge. They had 1 walleye, 4 tullibee and 9 saugers. Rob
& Jason threw back all the fish they caught on Friday. Saturday
they caught 15-20 little ones and kept 5.
February 24, 2013:
Tony, Mark, Andy, Justin, Lee & Mark fished on their
own going out of Adrian's twice catching lots of little fish. They
went out of Babler's at Long Point on Saturday and caught more fish.
Paul & Maurissa were in a sleeper house and had a blast.
They caught mostly little fish and lots of tullibees. Paul got a 15"
and Maurissa 13" for walleyes and she also landed a huge
eelpout - her first one. Glow green and plain red hooks worked best.
The rest of their group had slower fishing. Junior & Chris
spent the weekend in a sleeper house. They kept 16 for home and ate
4 fish on the ice. They also kept a 29" pike and caught 3 tullibees.
Brian & John were in a sleeper house and did very good. They
caught 4 tullibees plus limited on walleye/saugers. They said each
morning at 5am they caught a nice walleye and also at 10pm they got
one. John released a 22" walleye. Shelly, Michelle & Andy fished
on their own. They caught lots of little fish and got 3 keepers
around 14" plus 3 tullibees.
February 21, 2013:
Bob and Genie just left this morning after spending two
days on the ice. They had slow fishing keeping only 5 keepers and
Genie catching the most fish. They attended the Eel Pout Festival at
Leech Lake before traveling up here to fish. Our other groups
cancelled as they couldn't get here due to the snow storm on Sunday
and Monday. Lots of snow on the lake and big drifts so is getting
hard to get around out there now. 10 below this
February 18, 2013:
Woke up to blizzard conditions today. We ended up with 10
inches of snow and large drifts everywhere. Whiteout on the lake
today and all plowed roads are closed. Some cabins left yesterday
and 4 groups left early this morning to try and beat the storm. Tom,
Tracy & Steve were in a sleeper house that we hauled off the ice
today. They caught a total of 73 fish getting 40 the first day, 23
on Sunday and another 11 this morning. They kept a total of 17
keepers and released 20" and 23" walleyes. Way to go guys! They had
a great time. It took 2 hours to get them back to shore witht he
bombardier getting stuck a few times.Neil, Bruce, Kenny, Kent,
Chris, Dave & Jim fished two days. They kept 13 on Saturday and
another 23 Sunday. Neil released a 26" walleye and Bruce released a
20" walleye. Way to go guys!! Kenny broke his line twice on big
fish. This was their first year fishing without Lowell who passed
away. We missed having Lowell for the trip. They also caught 6
tullibees. Mitch, Moriah, Chris and Shiloh kept 7 fish on Saturday
and another 8 on Sunday plus 2 tullibees. Shiloh caught an 11"
crappie! Moriah caught the biggest keeper measuring 17" and she also
missed a really big one. Mitch snapped his line on a big fish. Steve
was in a sleeper house alone. He kept 3 sauger/walleyes
and also caught 25 tullibees. Chris, Nate, Jen & Mara used
portables fishing 4 miles out on the lake. They caught 25-30 fish
Friday;keeping half of them. Saturday they caught another 25 fish
and kept 10. Their biggest fish measured 18 1/2" (walleye).
Ben, Eric, Rachel & Sarah also fished 4 miles out using
portables. They kept 9 fish. Gold, Pink, Orange, Green, Blue worked
and they kept changing colors. Lots of fish on the Vexilar but not
biting well. Julie, Wayne, Jeremy, Preston & Shane also
used portables and fished out of Cyrus Resorts plowed road. They
kept 2 walleyes, 2 saugers and 11 tullibees. Julie released a 26"
walleye. Way to go Julie!! Billy, Brian and 4 yr old
Ethan fished on Saturday. They lost lots of bites, had lots of
action figuring they had around 35 bites. They kept 5-6. Ethan got
8-10 bites and he reeled in 2 fish. Way to go Ethan!! Carol, Dude,
Dean and Marie fished Saturday. They had a good day keeping 2
sauger, 2 tullibee, 1 walleye and 1 24" pike. Dude caught and
released a 26 1/2" walleye he got on a red & white jig and Carol
released a 20 1/2" walleye. Joe & Pat fished two days. They kept
10 and had a great time.Way to go!! Glen & Lisa fished out of
Long Point using portables. They caught small fish and released
them all. Glen said the wind was so strong they packed up and left
the lake early.
February 15, 2013:
Dale's group fished a couple of days. They had slow fishing
but did get some keepers. Matt released a 25" walleye and they also
caught a 41" pike today that they kept. They traveleed here all the
way from Michigan.
February 10, 2013:
Fishing has picked up some the past couple of days. Phil,
Travis, TJ, Bob, Jesse & Bob fished a half day (afternoon) on
Friday and kept 20 nice keepers. Saturday they kept another 18
keepers. They also caught lots of small fish. Jimmy & Mark
fished Saturday going home just 2 fish short of their limits. They
kept 11" to 14 1/2" saugers and also released 3
lb and 4 lb walleyes. Dan and Matt fished in 16' of water.
They released a 26" walleye. Way to go! They kept 2 walleyes that
measured 15" and 17". Jordan's group went "all the way out" and said
it was slow for them. Andrea, Carol, Eugene & Chuck did well on
Sunday. They had 3 more with the group and ended up with 40
keepers plus 10 jumbo perch and a bunch of tullibees. George, Glenn,
Kevin, Ben & Cody kept 7 fish on Saturday and another 5 on
Sunday. Not much for saugers. Sunday was a better day and said
they caught lots of tullibees. Josh & Ana filled out after
fishing two days. They kept 6 on Saturday and another 10 on Sunday.
They put back 19 3/4" and 22 1/2" walleyes. Ash & Mike
stayed one night in a sleeper house and kept 6 fish. No reports from
the other sleeper groups. Having nicer weather the past few days
with wearmer temps. We ended up with around 8" of snow from the last
storm. Lots of snow for the sleds now.
February 4, 2013:
Most everyone headed home to watch the Superbowl today.
Brian, Crystal and Adam stayed the day and fished at the end of
Adrian's road. They kept 6 fish today and another 8 decent 15-16" on
Saturday. They also released 20" and 22" walleyes.
February 3, 2013:
John, Jenny, David & Amber had slow fishing in a
sleeper house. They kept 8 fish. John released a 21" walleye and
Amber broke her line on a big fish. Sean's group used portables and
had slow fishing. They kept some nice perch, lots of tullilbees and
got some saugers. LaWayne, Dorcas and 4 month old Braxton spent a
few nights in a sleeper house. They kept a total of 12 fish. Ron,
Brett, Luke and Jack kept 6 for today and also released two big
walleyes measuring just under 28". Way to go guys!! This was their
first time walleye fishing. They also caught a 27" eelpout. Neil,
Dan, Rob and John kept 4 walleyes, caught 60 tullibee and kept
20 today. Yesterday they caught 40 tullibee. Dan released a 23"
walleye. Way to go Dan!! The Herold's from Buckman did good
with Ron, Rick, Tony, John, Danny & Jim spening a few days
on the lake.They kept 26 fish. Dan also caught a pike measuring 29".
Phil, Alissa, Jeremy & Kristi had slow fishing for 2 days. They
kept 8 small fish.
January 31, 2013:
Al & Joyce had a fantastic time this year. They fished
two days and ended up keeping 10 fish. Al released a 23" and Joyce
released a 23". Joyce also caught a 30" pike that made her trip. It
took the line several times running with it.They released the pike.
January 30, 2013:
Dan, Karla, Adam & Lance fished two days keeping 10 the
first day; 7 saugers & 3 walleyes all measuring 14" to 17 1/2".
Their second day they kept 5 fish; 3 walleyes with two measuring 17"
and one at 16" and 2 saugers both at 14". Jen, Eric & Rod spent
a night in a sleeper house. They kept 6 fish. Eric released a 30"
pike he caught on a red hook. His biggest fish! Jen caught an 18"
sauger. They also threw back 14 small fish and had a line
breaker. Plain hooks worked best and also red, black/green. Al &
Joyce kept 6 fish today and Joyce released a 23" walleye. Way to go
Joyce!! Jim & Jerry fished 3 days. Monday they kept 5, Tuesday
they kept 1 and today they kept 4 saugers. They had a nice 19"
walleye in the bunch. Jerry said they had a good time even if the
fish were biting slow. Their fishing partner Horst passed away this
fall so was their first trip back without him and his son Norbert.
We missed you Norbert! Hope to see you next year.
January 29, 2013:
Slow fishing today. Jack, Leon, Linus and Merle kept 8
today plus 7 yesterday. Linus relesaed a 23" walleye. Way to go
Linus! Jack lost a big one. They threw back lots of little
fish and lots of whitefish. Jim & Jerry kept only one today.
Pete, Jody, Matt, Colin & Ryan were in a sleeper house for a
couple of nights. They caught lots of small fish and lots of
tullibees. They kept nice saugers measuring 15" and 16". Ryan caught
a 18 3/4" walleye. They also released five walleyes that mesasured
19 1/2" to 22". They had a good time. Jimmy caught quite a few
saugers and he also caught and released a 42" pike this morning. He
said it ran 5 times before getting it up the hole. He removed the
hook, took a picture and put it back. He really had fun with the big
pike and said it was really fat. He will be sending a picture for
January 28, 2013:
Randy, Ryan, Frank and Rick kept 5 for the morning
fish. They had one keeper for Saturday and kept 5 for Friday
afternoon. They caught lots of tullilbess. 78 yr old Frank caught a
nice 24" walleye while fishing with his son and grandsons. They had
a great time. See photo above. Todd and Wanda fished 1 1/2 days and
had a fun time. Wanda released a beauty 26" walleye. Way to go
Wanda!! They caught 7 tullilbees and also some walleyes and saugers.
They released all their fish. Mike, Andrew, and Aaron were in a
sleeper house. They kept 13 fish and put back 19 3/4" and 20 1/2"
walleyes. They broke two lines on big fish. Gold Charmers with a
whole minnow worked well and they also used just shiner heads. They
also caught a big eelpout.
January 26, 2013:
Jon, Dean, Marty & Radar had slow fishing keeping 8 on
Thursday, another 7 on Friday and a couple more for a half day
on Saturday. They caught lots of tullibees. Dean released a 23"
walleye. Way to go Dean! Randy's group kept 5-6 keepers for the
afternoon on Friday and they caught lots of tullilbees. Chris' group
fished out of Long Point and did well. They released a 25"
walleye. Greg, Justin, JP and Brad had good fishing saying
Saturday was better. They used portables trying 29' of water on
Friday and then they fished 32' of water on Saturday. Their largest
fish measured 17" but they kept 25 walleyes for the two days.
Steve, AJ, Mark, Steve & Dave came all the way from Michigan
using portables. They had good fishing with the group taking home
limits for all of 19" walleyes and they got their saugers. They
tried all different depths and moved around quite a bit despite the
freezing temps. Greg, John & Bradley said today was a bad day.
They ate 7 fish and kept another 6. John released a 21" walleye. Way
to go John! Dan & Gary were in a sleeper house. They caught 7
whitefish, 16, saugers and 20 walleyes. Dan caught a 27" walleye on
a orange/chartreuse rock'n'roll on a rattle reel. Way to go Dan!! He
January 21, 2013:
A slow bite today - not many numbers being caught but
seeing some big walleyes. Dale, Brian, George & Claytion fished
2 days, getting enough fish for a good fish fry. Brian caught a nice
19 1/4" walleye Dale caught a 17" walleye and a 14" sauger. Clayton
relased a 21" walleye. Tim & Ben spent 3 nights in a sleeper
house. They caught 57 fish total. They kept 5 walleyes including 16"
and 18", 5 saugers at 14,15", 3 tullibee and they also released 23"
and 25" walleyes. They had a good time.
January 20, 2013:
Jeff, Dan & Steve caught lots of little fish and they
also caught some keepers. They had a bag of 13, 14 & 15" saugers
plus 3 walleyes. Dan released 20" and 25" walleyes. Way to go Dan!!
They kept 12 fish today. Brian, Ethan, Brett & John caught
92 fish for 2 days of fishing. They had three saugers at
19", plus 17" and 14" fish. They released a 20" walleye and
Brian released a 27" walleye. Way to go Brian!!! They also kept 20
whiteffish for the smoker. Fatheads worked better than frozen
shiners. They had a really great weekend. Dennis' group did well the
first day out keeping quite a few. Darren caught a 19", Rich caught
17" and 18" walleyes. Chas released 3 big walleyes in one day,
letting go 25", 25" and 24 3/4" walleyes. Way to go Chas!!! They
said they had enough to eat. Troy, Aaron, Ben, Slice, Greg &
Chris used portables moving around. They caught 4-5 fish in 20
feet of water the first day. This was Ben's first trip up here and
his first walleye which measured 19 3/4". Slice released a 24"
walleye and Aaron released a 25" walleye. They brought in a bucket
full of fish. Way to go guys!!
January 17, 2013:
Rod & Dave spent two nights in a sleeper house and did
well. They caught two 29" pike and went home with 12
walleye/saugers. Jerry & Vonnie kept 3 fish on Wednesday and
today they kept 12 nice ones including two 16" and a 18" walleye.
They had a good time. Kenny, Mike & Steve had slow fishing. They
caught 12 fish the first day, keeping 4 and then caught 15 the
second day, keeping 13 of those and some were small. They said they
lowered their standards so they could eat fish. Mike & Randy
caught 33 fish, kept 7 which were 6 saugers and a 16 1/2"
walleye. Saugers were 12-14". They also caught 2 tullibee. Andy
& Aaron are here all the way from Michigan. They spent a couple
of days on the ice and had slow fishing. They caught 4 small
saugers, 3 whitefish, 1 walleye in 19' of water off of Big Pine.
Rick & JT fished one day keeping 6 saugers and two 18" walleyes.
They caught lots of tullibees. Kyle's group caught 41 fish the first
day out, and caught 20 more the second day. Purple tube jigs worked
best for them.
January 15, 2013:
Warmer temps today with sunshine! Andy and Aaron spent the
last 2 nights in a sleeper house. They caught around 80 saugers plus
20 tullibee. They kept 6 of the tullibee and 3 walleyes and 6
saugers. The largest sauger measured 17". Charlie and Cody fished 3
days and caught lots of fish. They ate fish while here and took home
their limits of nice ones. The largest walleyes measured 16
1/2" and they had four of those. They also caught some tullibee. No
pout being caught lately. Lots of snow for the sleds now! Come on
January 13, 2013:
Got the snow plowed away and everything is back to normal
after the storm. Tracy ate fish while here and took home
limits. Dave released a 22" walleye. Lenny & Donna used their
wheel house and caught 61 fish, keeping their limits. Jim caught 17
and got his limit too. Josh & Dick were in a sleeper house. They
had plenty of fish, ate twice and also caught lots of tullibee. Josh
caught a nice 28" walleye at midnite. Way to go Josh!! Troy,
Danny, Darren & Steve had a slow day on Thursday using
portables. They kept 6-7 saugers and 1 walleye. The next day they
kept 6 walleye, 10-12 saugers and one eeelpout. Fred, John,
Perry and Kenny fished for 3 days during the blizzard. They caught 5
tullibee on Thursday plus released 23" and 20 1/2" walleyes. Friday
they kept only 7-8 saugers and Saturday they kept another
5. Was very slow. Matt, Travis, Brian and Jason were in a
sleeper house. They caught mostly saugers with the largest at 15".
They had a couple of tullibee and Matt released a 24 1/2" walleye he
caught on a pink hook set up on a rattle reel. Travis caught a nice
crappie!! Mark & Kevin left a couple of fish short for their
limits. They also caught a couple of tullibee and one pike. No slot
fish and said it was slow with the cold front that came through.
Anthony's group kept 12 fish for 2 1/2 days of fishg and said it was
slow. Nick, Mark, Jeff, Mark, Larry, Dan, Randy, Steve, Jason, Kurt,
Dave & Dennis fished two days during the bad weather. They kept
around 32 fish the first day and another 20 today. Mark Linnell
released a 24" walleye. Way to go Mark!! The group had a good time
despite the weather.
January 11, 2013:
Blizzard weather today! We got around 6-8" of snow and the
wind is blowing. Getting a late start getting on the ice today but
the bombardiers are getting out there.Yesterday was a pretty good
day. Pete's brother Charlie and his son Cody are in a sleeper house
and are getting lots of bites. They brought in 15 keepers today and
we had a good fish fry last night. Mark's group kept 32 fish
yesterday. Kevin, Ed & John caught 40 fish and kept 10 saugers,
3 tullibee and one perch. Kevin released a 26" walleye that he
caught on 2 lb test. He said he had fun catching it. Way to go
Kevin!! LeRoy's group used portables. Their first day out was
slow with only 7 keepers. Second day they kept 20 fish and had
a much better day. Dave & Tracy kept 7 fish yesterday.
January 9, 2013:
Chuck, Jerry & Ron kept 16 fish their first day out and
another 10 the second day saying the fish were bigger. They also
released 20" and 20 1/2" walleyes. Paul's group used portables and
said they did good. Arne, Chuck & JD kept 15 the first day out
and then caught 20 the second day, keeping 11; all saugers. They
also put back a 20" walleye. Dean & Jane were in a sleeper house
and had slow fishing. Larry, Jim & Lawrence had good fishing
keepng 18 the first day, eating fish that night and then getting
nicer fish the second day and taking home their limits. They also
caught 11 tullibee, one eelpout and a 3 1/2 lb pike. They had a
great time. Ray, Robert, Larry, Reed, Dick, Darren & Aaron
caught mostly walleyes with some nice ones measuring 16 1/2", 17"
and 18". Dick caught a nice perch. They also caught lots of
tullibees. Dennis, Ignatius, Pat & Roger caught lots of little
ones and ended up with 12 keepers all measuring 12 1/2" and up. They
had one perch and one tullibee. Brian and Taso stayed in a sleeper
house catching 56 fish. They only had 5 keepers and also caught 16
tullilbee and 2 pike. They used wax worms to catch all the
tulllibee with Taso catching 12 of those. We now have over 20
inches of ice!
January 5, 2013:
Jim, Jessica, Lenny & Donna spent the weekend on the
ice and did really well going home with their limits of nice
keepers. Lenny got a really nice 17" sauger and they kept nice
walleyes also. Mark and Brad were in a sleeper house catching 31
fish Friday afternoon, another 72 fish on Saturday and another 23 by
noon on Sunday making a total of 126 fish caught including 9 white
fish and 1 perch. They ate fish and took home their limits of nice
fish. Brad released a 27" walleye and Mark released a 20" walleye.
Way to go guys!! They said red/white gemini and gold/orange swedish
pimples worked best for them. Glen, George & Ron had slow
fishing for two days keeping only 12. Neil, Dan & Gene kept 12
their first day out and another 15 the second day. They had a half
dozen nice walleyes. Kent, Bob, Walt, Dan, Greg fished two days,
keeping 19 the first day and another 17 the second day. The had some
nice ones measuring 14 3/4", 15" and 16 1/2". They had one
whitefish. Greg released a 23" walleye. Way to go Greg! See his
photo above. Jacob and Jake fished with portables 7 miles out
saying they had a good afternoon, keeping 10 fish plus catching 6
tullibee and 4 eelpout. Mark, Paul & Brian were in a sleeper
house and had slow fishing. They caught around 30 little 6 inchers.
They kept 9 fish that were 12" and up. They also released a 20 1/2"
walleye. Todd and his partner were in a sleeper house catching over
40 fish the first day, keeping 12. Todd released a 29 1/2" walleye.
Way to go Todd!! The ice is pretty thick now around 17" and resorts
are letting 1/2 ton pickups out. Not much for snow up here,
just 5 inches or so on land and a little more on the ice.
January 1, 2013:
Linda, Leonard and Jackie spent a couple of nights in a sleeper
house. They kept 7 fish and put back lots of little ones. Jackie
caught a beauty 38" pike that she released. Way to go Jackie on your
biggest fish ever!! Dan, Brian, Karl & Brendan used their
portables fishing shallow for walleyes and out deep for saugers.
They got a bunch of saugers and put back lots of 9,10 and 11" fish.
Richard's group used our day houses and said the fishing was much
slower than last year. They did get some keepers and released 20"
and 22" walleyes. Tim & Adam had very good fishing the past two
days. They got their limits on red glow and gold/orange. Adam
released a 25 1/2" walleye and Tim released 23" and 24" walleyes.
Way to go!! Jeff & Ryan used portables fishing out of Adrians
Road first having a slow day out deep. They fished out of the
Morris area the next day saying 29' of water was decent. They
kept 9 the first day, ate fish and kept enough for limits the
second day. 13 yr old Ryan lost a big one in the hole. He saw it
swim under the ice, it got tangled in all the lines and then got
away. He figures it was around 25". They also let go a couple of
slot fish. Pink charmers and red spoons worked well for them. Jim,
Donna, Lenny, Mindy & Paul fished a couple of days in their
houses out of the Morris Gap getting lots of eaters. Mindy
caught a nice 23" she released - see her photo above. Way to go
Mindy!! Paul & Mindy traveled all the way from Anchorage, Alaska
to fish our lake! They had a good time. Greg Peterson & Mike
Wolfswinkel brought the gfamilies up to stay in sleeper houses. THey
had a great time catching some fish but said they didn't fish hard.
No report from Steves group in a sleeper house.
December 29, 2012:
Scott, Ryan & Brent spent the weekend in a sleeper
house, catching over 100 fish easily. All their fish measured over
15". Their largest was 18 1/2" and Brent caught a 15-20 lb eelpout
that he released. They ate fish and took home limits. Jack, Owen,
Mitchell, Ryan, Bruce, Chris & Willy said the fishing was
slower than last year (last year was a spectacular year) but they
still did well. They released 21" and 21 1/2" walleyes and Ryan
caught a 29" pike. They ate fish and took some home. Jonathan &
Jason ate a meal of fish and took home limits. They also caught 15
tullibee. Marty & 9 yr old Meghan stayed in a sleeper house and
had fantastic fishing. They ate fish every nite and took home their
limits. They had nice 15" saugers and kept walleyes measuring 16",
17" and 18". They also caught 2 tullibee and one perch. Meghan
caught a 25" walleye at 7:30 at night on an orange/gold/glowpink
charmer. Way to go Meghan!! Guy, Mike, Aaron & Ryan caught
mostly small fish and said it was slow in their sleeper. They caught
18 walleyes, 34 saugers and 9 tullibee. Most of their fish were
10-12". Ryan's group used portables and said they had great fishing.
Jeremy, Roger, Dave, Mark, Matt & Denny did well in our day
houses. They caught lots of fish and said the bite was pretty steady
this afternoon. They had a hard time fishing two poles the bite was
so fast. Denny released a 20 1/4" walleye. Jeremy got a 18 1/2".
Pink was the hot color for them.
December 28, 2012:
Kevin & Dan stayed in a sleeper house doing well. They
caught 2 walleye after dark and some eelpout. They caught 5 pout and
some whitefish. They limited and Dan released a 22" walleye. Lloyd,
Dan, Chris, Andy & Quinn caught lots of little ones and took
home close to their limits. They had a good time.
December 22, 2012:
Ed had a good day catching around 50 fish again. He
released two 22" walleyes and also a 27 1/4" walleye he caught on a
swedish pimple. Way to go Ed!! Aaron's group did well keeping 16
fish including two 17 1/2" and a 19" walleye. Jeff &
Jonathan & Grandpa did well catching 42 fish the first day
out, keeping 21 plus a 29" pike. Their second day they caught
51 fish and kept enough to replace what they ate the night before
and make their limits for taking home. They had four 16-17" fish and
kept all fish over 14". Grandpa also caught a huge tullibee. The
first one of the season! Andy, Joe, Brian & Mark caught
lots of fish, ate fish and kept a bunch of 14-15". Their largest
fish measured 18". They had a great time. The sleeper houses are on
the lake and ready.
December 21, 2012:
Mike & Gina and their 5 yr old son Chase spent
the day catching 52 fish; Mike caught 19, Gina 20 and Chase got
13. He also caught a big eelpout weighing 8 lb and got it in all by
himself! Way to go Chase!! They caught lots of saugers and walleyes.
Matt, Scott, Brandon and Dan used portables and moved around quite a
bit saying they ended up in 15' of water, catching lots of small
fish and they got a few nicer ones. They also caught a couple of
pike and had a couple of line breakers. Dan fished solo and caught
40 fish, keeping a limit of 13-15" walleye/saugers. Terry,
Gordon, Bill and Tim caught a lot of nice fish and got their limits.
Largest walleye measured 22".
December 20, 2012:
Bill, Jack, Wally and Tom fished two days, saying today was
slow and yesterday good. They ate fish keeping a lot of nice 15-16"
saugers. They got their limits. Bill released a 19 1/2", Jack
23" and Wally released a 21". Way to go guys!! They also caught a
big eelpout around 15-20 lbs. Ed caught 30 fish today on the glass
jigs. He also released two 25" walleyes and a 27" walleye! Way to go
Ed!!! John & Larry caught 50 fish today and 75 yesterday. They
ate fish and took home their limits. They also released a 21"
walleye and got a nice jumbo perch plus a big eelpout. They had a
line breaker the first day out. Jimmy used glass jigs and told the
"they are incredible"! He caught over 30 saugers and 4 walleyes with
the red glow glass jig tipped with little crappie minnows. He took
home 6 saugers and 2 walleye and said he had a blast! Jason, Kevin,
Dale and Nate fished 3 days. They said they caught nice fish and
Dale broke his line on a big one. Gary, Jim, Dave, Russ, Jim
& Todd fished two days catching lots of small ones and getting
decent saugers. Jim Martin released a 25" walleye and Jim Mitzel
released a 27" walleye. Way to go guys!! They had one other slot
December 18, 2012:
The Eliason family had a great time fishing the
afternoon on Sunday (which was slow), all day Monday and this
morning til 12:30pm. Gary, Dave, Peter, Eric, John, Joe & Josh
caught 180 fish. They ate fish and took home close to their limits,
being 7 fish short. They said gold worked best. They caught 2 big
eelpout and ate one of those. Gary released a 25" walleye
he caught on a #3 gold rapala. Way to go Gary!! Barry & Kevin
are using portables. They caught lots of small ones and enough
saugers for a meal. They also caught a couple of 15" and 16"
walleyes. Jason, Kevin, Dale and Nate fished yesterday, catching 20
fish and keeping 4; 3 saugers and 1 walleye all measuring 14" and
up. Slow for them also. Today they did better catching 47 fish and
keeping 16. Dale didn't catch any yesterday but he got some today!
They had some nice fish and also released 3 slots including a 19
3/4", 20" and Kevin got a 25 1/4" walleye. Way to go!! Jack, Ann and
Clarence caught 36 fish yesterday and another 30 today. They ate fsh
and took home their limits. Ann caught and released a 22 1/2"
walleye. Way to go Ann!! Craig, Tim, Bart, Dean, Brian & Brad
used portables and had a good trip. They caught several nice fish
with lots of smaller saugers to be had and said the weather was
exceptionally warm with no wind. They fished 20-24" of water mostly
and found 8-10" of ice in 27' of water. They ate a huge
fish supper and took home 33 walleyes/saugers; mostly saugers. Brad
released 23" and 25" walleyes on Friday. Way to go Brad!!
December 16, 2012:
Jerry & Vicki used their portables moving around and
finding 18' of water to be best for walleyes and saugers. Friday
they fished the afternoon and said it was slow with Jerry
getting a 19" walleye and 13" sauger. Vicki fished at 16' and kept
no fish. Saturday they caught fish and this morning they did well.
Jerry lost a walleye around 26" in the hole. They ate fish while
here and took home their limits. Jim, Donna and Len caught 28
fish yesterday, keeping 9-10 of them. Donna caught the most and the
biggest. Today they fished til noon and did really well. They got
their limits to take home. Donna caught the most fish and the
biggest today again with her keeping the biggest 4 fish of the
day. Craig's group used portables and said they kept 20 fish each
day. Jeremy & Tom fished the afternoon on Friday and did well
bringing in 14 saugers in the 13-17" range plus a 17" walleye.
Jeremy got a jumbo perch and he also put back a 23" walleye. They
also caught lots of small fish. Saturday Dave and City Pete joined
them for the day. They kept 3 walleyes and 22 saugers with most in
the 15-16" range. City Pete from Chicago lost a big fish that pulled
his line for a long time til it finally broke, after it had tangled
all the other lines in the house. They also threw back 35-40 small
fish and the group ate one big eelpout. Today they fished the
morning only. The took home limits plus ate a meal of fish.
Scott & Mary fished the weekend. They caught 40 fish with the
largest walleye mesuring 15". They threw back lots of small 10-11"
fish and took home their limits of keepers. Troy's group caught 55
fish today, keeping 20. They caught enough the second day being just
2 fish short of their limits. They had a great time.
December 12, 2012:
Ice is now 11 inches thick where we put our fish houses
which just got moved to around 23' of water. Pete checked the
ice with Cyrus further out but they found a few spots that only have
3 inches of ice. Make sure you check the ice whereever you go. Some
areas have layers of ice that are from the lake breaking up and then
refreezing. These spots are too thick to auger out and fish. Some
good fishing going on the past few days. Bernie, Dale, Pete, Ed,
Vern, Randy, Greg, Jeff & Nick fished two days. Monday was their
best day bringing in 35-40 keepers of which 25 were walleyes. They
kept some nice fish at 18-19". Also released 20" and 22"
walleyes. Nick caught a big eelpout. Tuesday they kept 18 plus one
pike; was much slower. They caught lots of small fish from 10" up.
Tim and George used their portables and said fishing was "good".
Monday and Tuesday were slow with them catching lots of little ones.
Tuesday around 3pm they started to bite. They didn't get any slot
fish but they kept four nice 16-17" walleyes plus more under
that. They also ate fish. Ken, Paul, Brian, John And Jeff said that
Tuesday was good for them catching 33 fish. They ate eelpout for
dinner and took home limits of walleyes plus some saugers. They had
17", 18" and 19" fish. John caught a pike too. Adam kept a limit
today with his largest measuring 16 1/2". Fred, Roy and Joe had a
good day yesterday catching 50 fish with a couple of 19's in there.
Today was slower for them. Bill & Will caught 12 fish
yesterday.Today they went out and the fish were biting
immediately. They caught 50 fish by 10:30am, weeding out the
keepers. They kept a total of 12 fish with four in the 13-14"
range and a 17 1/2" walleye plus five saugers with two of
them measuring 15". All our day houses are on the ice now and
the sleeper houses will be going out sometime next
December 10, 2012:
The fish are biting! Greg's group fished today and did
pretty well bringing in really nice keeper walleyes and some saugers
too. Don't have any numbers from them yet but was told they are all
pretty happy with their catch. They will fish again tomorrow. We
have 10 inches of ice at 20 ft of water and are doing well there.
Not going out any farther as the ice is thinner out deeper. Still
waiting for the bay to get thicker before taking the Geo trackers
onto the ice. We have 7 houses on the ice now. The other resorts in
our bay are also taking out houses. Not sure when the river resorts
are starting up as their ice is thinner. Someone broke through
the ice off of Pine Island with a Polaris Ranger towing a fish
house. The driver got out okay.
December 8, 2012:
Pete checked the ice today finding 9-10" on the lake
out to 20' of water. We put 4 day houses on the lake at about that
depth and will be fishing on Monday plus taking out more
houses. Randall's also put a house out today. The ice on the bay
here is thinner than the lake but still thick enough for use with
ATV's and sleds. Brandon and Rick fished a couple of days using
portables. They caught some keepers and lots of small fish. Brandon
released a 25" walleye. Rick lost a big fish and also caught a big
eelpout. Randy, Eric, Bob, Matt, Mike, Aaron, Troy & Greg said
Saturday was slow for them. They kept 10 saugers, 21 walleyes
(measuring 15-19") and one pike. Friday they kept 16
fish. Eric released a 26" walleye. Tim and George are out
fishing with their portables. Check with the resorts before
venturing out onto the ice on your own as the thickness varies
greatly at each access. Always check the ice before going where you
haven't already been.
December 7, 2012:
The open water closed back up Wednesday night and has
frozen over. Greg, Aaron, Randy, Troy and a few others walked onto
the lake yesterday checking the ice as they went.
They fished in 13' and 15' of water and had 7" of ice. The
water looked clean to them. They brought back 11 walleyes with the
largest measuring 19 1/2" and the smallest at 13". They threw back
lots of 12" fish and said they caught lots of smaller fish. They
also caught a few nice pike. Aaron released a few smaller
ones, Greg got a 29" and Randy released a 37 1/2" pike.
Way to go guys! They said the pike were very fat and healthy
looking. They came off the ice before dark since it was so windy and
they didn't want to encounter any problems.They are going to fish
again tomorrow. Some of the river resorts are not starting up until
Dec 14th due to ice problems.
December 5, 2012:
Still only 3" or so just past our docks so we can't get
onto the bay to the lake yet. The lake opened up today all the way
from Arnesen's to Morris and then over toward the big pine tree on
Pine Island and then heads back out towards Big Island. There is
open water at around 25' of water or so in front of Morris and is
open for 100 yards or so wide. Doesn't look like we will be getting
onto the ice til it gets a little colder. If we get a north wind it
will probably shove the ice towards our shoreline and seal up the
crack and freeze up. Will have to check the ice daily for
developments. Only letting people walk out onto the lake so far.
December 4, 2012:
Pete checked the bay ice today - there is a good 5" on
the creek most everywhere except just past our cabins we only have
3". He didn't go onto the lake but will check it tomorrow. The
ice held together on this end of the lake, enduring the
high winds we had yesterday plus the warm temps. There is a
small pressure ridge running from Morris Point west towards
Graceton. Heard there is a crack from Arnesen's and going out
to the east. Not sure if the entire lake is froze over. We
didn't lose any ice on the bay here. A few people have walked out
onto the lake using their portables. Don't have a report for
you on the fishing yet. We have groups checking in for the weekend
providing the ice is safe for them to use their portables.
Supposed to have night time temps in the teens this week but still
going to be in the upper 20's and close to 30 degrees a few days so
will have to wait and see what happens.
November 26, 2012:
The lake is froze over as of yestserday. Just happened this
weekend and haven't went out on it yet. Waiting for a few days.
Going to be cold tonight again so hoping the entire lake will freeze
over, if it hasn't already. When looking with binoculars there is
ice as far as Pete can see. We may be walking out by this weekend.
Lets hope so!! It has been cold since Thanksgiving Day.
November 12, 2012:
Raymie got a nice 12 pt buck this weekend! See photo above.
The buck has 5 points on one side and 7 on the other. Notice the one
big drop tine. He got it with one shot. Way to go Raymie! Ryan,
Shawn, Tony, Dave, Denny and their dad haven't seen anything to
shoot at since they arrived Friday afternoon. The weather has been
terrible with cold winds, rain and sleet. Everything is covered with
a half inch of ice around here and is very slippery to go anywhere
outside of the house the past few days. All the other
deer hunters have left for the season. The drive prouduced some
shooting for a couple of the guys but they didn't get any.
Aaron shot a nice little 6 point buck and Slice got the 3
pointer. No other deer yet in camp. Steve, Cheri and Andy
spent 3 days fishing and only ended up with 3 keepers.
Fishing is very slow on the river and the lake. The water is still
dirty on the lake.
November 5, 2012:
Steve, Pete, Terri & Troy went out at 2:30 and fished
the lake and the river. Troy caught a pike on the river and
Steve got a nice big jumbo perch. No other bites so we headed out
onto the lake to 28' of water. We kept 8 saugers out there, no
walleyes. My hands were freezing by the time we got the boat loaded
up and headed home. still not much for shiners running yet.
2012: Cabin #1 has a small buck with 3 points. Cooper
Mickelson shot a nice 7 point buck this morning also. Adam got a
nice big doe. Steve saw a nice doe but didn't shoot. Pete saw 4 does
but no bucks and he is waiting for a nice buck. Everyone in camp are
participating in deer drives tomorrow after the morning sit. Temps
are colder than the past few years. The bay is froze over and
all the bays into town along the river.
November 2, 1012:
Fishing has slowed up quite a bit. Troy's group went out
and fished the evening and the morning having a slow bite. They
brought in 2 walleyes. Greg, Travis, Josh, Greg and Troy's group all
went out and came back with one sauger, one pike, one walleye and 1
eelpout. Cold and windy from the northwest. River is also slow.
November 1, 2012:
Pete and our dog Jiggs met Greg and Travis at Eagle
Forest Acres Game Farm in Blackduck for a day of pheasant hunting.
They got up 15 pheasants and ended up with 8 of them. It was windy
and the birds were quick today. Jiggs did really well again. This is
his second time hunting at Eagle Forest Acres. Pete and Adam went a
couple of weeks ago and did really well bringing home 10 birds.
Jiggs caught one in his mouth. They had a blast both trips! Roger,
Tracy and Dennis fished the river and lake. It was cold and windy
during their stay. They got a few on the lake.
October 24, 2012:
Pete pulled the charter boat out of the water today. Big
bummer!! Will have to use the little boats for fishing now. It has
been raining and cold the past few days. Don and Tom had excellent
the fishing the past few days. Their first night out they caught 40
fish in the Morris Gap, the next night they caught another 40 and
today they caught 60 fish by noon and another 55 this evening. John
and George were in the other boat and also had great fishing. They
caught 40 fish the first night out, followed by 30 caught the
second evening. Today they had caught 15 in the am and caught
another 25 this evening. They kept all nice fish to take home,
getting their limits easily and eating fish in camp. They also
released some slots with Tom putting back walleyes measuring 21
1/2", 24" and 28 1/2". George released a 27" walleye and a 20"
walleye. Way to go guys!! They had a super trip. Craig, Jim, Bob,
David, John & Jason fished the river but didn't do so well. They
caught lots of small fish, catching 19 the frist trip out, another
12 the second time out and then 20-25 fish the next time out. They
said fishing near Clementson was best for them. Todd, Conner, Kevin,
Chad, Brian & Steve had excellent fishing on the lake in 17 1/2
to 19' of water. They also tried the river but said that was
slow. They ate fish and took home limits. Conner caught a 23"
walleye that got off at the net. Todd released a 21", Chad released
a 25" and Brian had a couple of 22" walleyes. Steve released two
walleyes measuring 26" each. Way to go group!!
October 21, 2012:
My brother Charlie and his two boys Sam and Dawson came up
for the long weekend. The weather was pretty much gloomy with lots
of rain, wind and cool temps. We played indoor games for 2 days and
went fishing on Saturday. The weather cleared up a bit with overcast
skies but not much for wind and temp of 45 or so. We caught lots of
small fish we put back and also got some nice ones, bringing 25 fish
in to clean. Dawson caught a nice 15" that got off the hook right at
the boat. Sam caught a nice 17" or so and Adam caught a nice
18". Pete caught and released 28" and 26" walleyes plus a 23". Way
to go Pete!! We brought in 8 walleyes measuring 17-19" and the rest
were saugers. Jason Adams caught and released a 27" and he kept
a 29 1/4" walleye. He also caught a sturgeon around 5 feet long. Way
to go Jason!! Dean released a 23", Jim 24", Chris 27" and Sam 25
1/2". Way to go guys!! They ate fish and took some home but didn't
get their limits. Lee, Sue, Jeremy & Amber fished Thursday,
Friday and Saturday braving the winds and rain. The women outfished
the men with Amber releasing a 24" walleye, Lee 21 1/2" and 23", Sue
released a 23 1/4" and Jeremy caught 2 sturgeon. They fished the
river on Thursday catching nice walleyes at 18' of water and had
enough for supper and breakfast the next day. They took home the
nicest fish ever with all measuring 15-19". Nice job!! Thor and Matt
fished the river getting 3 keepers and releasing a couple of nice
walleyes: Thor 28" and Matt 23". Brian, Ryan and Cody spent the
weekend fishing the lake and doing really well. They ate fish and
took home their limits, keeping all 14-18" fish. Brian released a 27
1/2" walleye. Way to go Brian!! Todd, Scot, Collin, Joel and Mark
fished around Garden Island on Saturday and had good fishing, saying
the water was much clearer up there. They released a few walleyes
over 20" and Todd released a 24" walleye. They ate fish and took
home their limits.
October 19, 2012:
Pete ran a charter today taking out Holly, Mark, John &
Rudy. They had a slow misty rainy day. The lake was rough with
whitecaps so they headed to the river. They fished the entire day
and came back with 4 jumbo perch, 1 sauger, 7 northerns and 6
walleyes. Pete released 21" and 20 1/2" walleyes and Mark released a
23" walleye and a 12 lb pike. Pretty slow for everyone in camp
October 18, 2012:
Lots of people in camp but the wind is picking up and the
rain continues since yesterday. Those that are fishing are on
October 16, 2012:
Gary & Jim had a great week catching lots of fish,
mostly on the river. They fished east of
Clementson today and did really well getting some nice
fish including the one in the photo at the top of this page.
They also caught some pike to take home and said they had a
great week. Jason, Doug, Ralph and Dominick had excellent
fishing, mostly fishing the Morris Gap. Their first night of
fishing the Morris Gap they were the only boat out there and they
caught around 70 fish and said they hammered them.They did try the
river but only got a few. They fished 14' of water at Morris Gap and
said that orange and blue were the hot colors followed by gold and
yellow. They caught 5 eelpout plus their limits of walleyes and
saugers and ate fish while here. Jason said that Tuesday they caught
fish all day long. Jason released two 20 1/2", 21" and 22" walleyes.
Doug released 23" and 25" walleyes and he also caught a 40"
October 14, 2012:
The bite was on pretty good on the lake for the morning up
til noon and then they backed off. Matt caught his limit easily and
came back in with his 4 walleyes and 2 saugers. Jim & Bill had a
super day on the river fishing near town. They caught their limits
in 19' of water in just 45 minutes using gold jigs. Jim released a
26" and Bill has released a 21" walleye. Way to go guys!! Their
other fishing partner Dale, had to head for home. He slipped on the
dock in the evening as it was icy, fell into the water and cracked
two ribs plus he ended up with pneumonia. Sorry for your bad luck
Dale. Fred, Ben and Joe fished the weekend and did well on the
river. They fished Four Mile Bay and kept nice 16-17 1/2"
walleyes plus one 18 /12" . On the river they released 2 slots with
Fred releasing a 24" walleye and Joe released a 22" walleye. Way to
go guys!! Karl & Gary had a slow day on the lake yesterday. They
were headed for the river to fish near Clementson today.
October 12, 2012:
Fish are biting again today on the river and at the Morris
Gap. Bob Zimmerman fished 14' of water just west of the Morris Gap
and got his 4 walleyes and 2 saugers. He used rainbows and said it
took a while but he got his fish. The water is still dirty out
there. Jason and his group just smacked em tonight in 14' of
water on the lake also. Fred, Mark, Perry, Dan,& Ken had a good
week fishing on the river mostly, due to the wind and the dirty
water on the lake. They had really good fishing Tues and Wed
night at the church. Today was also a good day. Fred released
walleyes measuring 28", 25 3/4" and two 22 1/2". Way to go Fred!!
Mark released a 20 1/2" walleye and Dan released 21" walleye. Perry
caught a sturgeon and had fun battling that. Berle, Dale &
Merel ate fish while here and limited. They released some slot fish
with Berle releasing 23" and 24" walleyes and Dale released a 22
1/2" walleye. They caught bullheads, perch, crappie, walleyes and
northerns. They each took home 4 fish. Warmer temps on the way for
this weekend and next week!
2012: Yesterday was a pretty good day for all our
customers out fishing. Brian, John, Gene, Tim and LaMar had a super
day with today being their best catch since Saturday. They fished in
Four Mile Bay closer to the Rainy River catching lots of nice
fish. They came in with limits of 16-19" walleyes and they also
kept a few small saugers. Pink/white jigs were working best. LaMar
had a super day with him catching six walleyes that measured 19"
plus he caught some slot fish he released measuring 26", 22" and two
21" walleyes. Way to go LaMar!! Brian released 21" and 26" walleyes.
Way to go Brian!! Fred's group also had a fantastic day on the river
in 16' of water with the night bite being the best, just before
dark. Fred released 28" and 25" walleyes. Way to go Fred!! They
are catching their fish and eating fish like crazy. We did get
quite a bit of rain this past week and only a dusting of snow. Temps
are pretty cold at night. Supposed to warm up for the weekend.
October 10, 2012:
Jeremy's group fished on the river mostly, due to high
winds and dirty water on the lake. The water is chocolate brown from
the northwest winds we have had here for a week or so. Today was a
little slower for them but they managed to come in with a total of
28 fish. 11 year old Blake topped his big walleye by catching two
more walleyes; one measured 19" and the other measured 19 1/4". Way
to go Blake!! Brad released a 24" walleye. Way to go Brad! They also
caught a few small pike. Yesterday they had a slower day keeping 8
walleyes and 2 pike.They ate fish while here and took some home.
Brians group fished the river keeping 10 in the early day and then
another 7 fish in the evening. White/pink jigs worked best. LaMar
lost a big walleye right by the boat that got off the hook. They
figure it must have been around 28" or so as they saw it at the
surface, watched it spit the hook and was gone in a flash.
Pete's charter group came into the dock with 6 keepers
yesterday - was a tough day for everyone. Pete and Jigg's went
grouse hunting and got another one! Adam and Greg also went grouse
hunting and got 3. Most of the leaves have fallen from the trees
October 7, 2012:
Slow bite today for most fishing. Brian, Tim, John, Gene
& Lamar fished a few hours at the Light house Gap but only had
one bite and Tim missed it. Pete is doing a charter with Jerry, Don
& Dan. They fished out front and then tried over by Long Point
but no fish. The lake water is a chocolate brown from the wind this
past week, very dirty. They headed to the river where the water
seemed much clearer and starting getting bites and said they are
biting light and hard to catch. They have 4 in the box so far at
4pm. 11 yr old Blake, Jeremy (his dad), Doug, Dave & Kevin
fished the river today and did pretty well. They jigged and came in
with 18 keepers. Their largest walleye measured 18". Blake caught
his largest wallleye of his life at 16 1/2". Way to go Blake. He
said that gold was the hot color. Kevin caught a 16" sturgeon he
released. Yesterday they fished the river due to the northwest
winds. They came in with a half dozen fish. Tracy hooked a big pike
but lost his jig when it broke the line. Doug caught a 37" pike a
short time later and it had Tracy's jig in its mouth! Temp
around 50 degrees today. Water temp on river is 50 and on the lake
was 44 or so today.
October 6, 2012:
Jerry, Dan and Don went hunting today. They came back with
one grouse. Very windy today out of northwest. Big waves on the
lake and everyone is mostly fishing the river. Cold today with temps
around 36 degrees. Fred went out and fished Lighthouse Gap for the
evening and came back with 4 nice walleyes.
2012: Bob, Marv & Louie have been fishing the
lake despite the high winds and big waves which forced them to
try the Rainy River for some walleyes. They did have some
luck on the river getting a few 16-17" walleyes, a decent
pike and released a 21 1/4" walleye. The wind died down a
little bit out of the northwest so they launched their boat at
Zippel State Park and tried to stay out of the wind finding the
ideal spot for anchoring in 20 ft of cleaner water. They used frozen
shiners and caught lots of nice fish plus lots of little
ones. They released a 22" walleye and kept some nice 15", 16"
plus four that measured 17-18". This was their first time
fishing the open water here as they usually only visit us during the
winter ice fishing season. Roger was in today and said they are
having a hard time finding the fish. They had just returned from
Zippel Bay area and said the bite had shut down there for today.
Pete shot 2 grouse today with Jiggs! Want to say "hi" to
Al & Joyce who didn't get a chance to come up fishing this
summer. We have missed you two!! Hope Al's back is healing up.
2012: We are finally home from our annual elk hunting trip
to Bondurant, Wyoming with Sleeping Indian Outfitters. Sam
Crittenden has been taking Pete hunting for 10 years now
and Sam has become quite the guide! They take the horses up into the
mountains before daylight and Sam will bugle for elk. Pete was
a little leary of riding the horse this year as he inhjured his ribs
while doing some mechanic work putting a new motor into our charter
boat. He did decide to get on a horse and on the 4th morning Pete
shot a big cow elk. I rode up with the guys to pakck it out along
with Alex, who is Sam's fiancee. We rode up the mountains, had
a picnic and then packed the meat out. It was a beautiful ride
through some awesome country. I also fished the Hoback River and
Jack Creek for trout. I caught 3 nice cut throats with the biggest
one measuring 14". I tried to catch some brook trout but no luck.
They just wouldn't bite on my hook so next year that is my goal - to
catch one of those! There were a lot of fires in the state
with one south of Jackson Hole that had spread to over 4000 acres by
the time we left, another fire near Casper, one near Thermopolis and
another one between Buffalo and Sheridan. Lots of smoke in the air
and we had ashes falling on us at our camp near Jackson Hole. Check
out Sleeping Indian Outfitters on the web and also on Facebook. Lots
of grouse this year and lots of locals hunting.
2012: Bob & Marlys and John & Pat spent the past
week fishing and having fun going to garage sales when the wind was
too much. They caught enough fish for 3 meals but didn't take any
fish home. Bob landed a nice 42" pike while downrigging out to the
lake that they plan to have a fish boil with. They had 3 days that
were very windy and they tried the river but too windy on the river
also. They caught lots of cigar walleyes. They said they had a good
time. Scot & Tonya celebrated their anniversary at the resort
along with Todd & Pat and caught lots of fish. The largest
walleye measured 25". They said it was very windy so tough to fish.
Derek's group spent the weekend and said it was too windy so they
didn't get to fish. Tim and George were also here but no report from
September 6, 2012:
Rick, Eric, Deb and Lynn boarded the charter boat with
Captain Grant today. Captain Pete is out of commission since he
cracked a rib just last night. They had a great day downrigging and
bringing in their limits of walleyes and saugers by 1:15pm. They
also released a 22" caught by Rick. Deb caught the first fish which
measured 19" and Rick caught the largest keeper at just under 19
1/2". Dick & Denny fished from shore at Franz Jevne Park. They
caught two walleyes. They also saw a sow bear and her cub in a
September 4, 2012:
Pete took out Adam, Dick and Denny today. They had a slower
day with the cooler temps and the cold front that moved into our
area last night. They did get their fish but had to catch lots of
saugers before getting any walleyes.
2012: Got the boat back in the water and is running
smoothly so are back in businss for charter trips again! Pete, Terri
& Adam fished a couple of hours downrigging and catching around
a dozen keepers that they brought in for a fish fry. Was pretty calm
today and the flies were terrible out there. Lots of boats on the
water today. High temp of 83 degrees. Goose hunting starts up
2012: Very windy today with big waves out of the
northwest. Pete took out Rod, Tracey, Kevin & Cole and they
headed west to get out of the bigger waves. They downrigged and got
into some fish bringing back their limits of walleyes. Kevin
released a 20 1/2" walleye on a rigger he had just set himself! Way
to go Kevin!! They had a fish fry tonight. Paul & Candice used
their own boat and fished the south shore. They caught 1 walleye and
2 saugers but still had a good time. 11 month old Karl was here with
his parents, his grandparents and his great grandparents. Karl and
Great grandma Jo didn't get to go fishing this trip, maybe next year
when Karl is bigger. Shane, Brad, Bill, Dave, Chris & Joel ate
fish while here and also caught their limits on Saturday. Dave
caught a nice 17" sauger. Joel released a 28 1/2" walleye he caught
on a jig with gulp. Way to go Joel! On Friday Brad and Bill
kept 5 fish and Brad released a 26 3/4" walleye. Way to go Brad!! He
also released a big sucker that was as big as his walleye! Our
charter boat is out of commission for a few days while Pete installs
a new motor. He hopes to have the boat back in the water by this
August 25, 2012:
Kevin, Jill, Megan, Cole and Bob boarded the boat with
Captain Pete around 9am after the thunderstorm and heavy rain moved
out of our area. They had a tough day but brought in 20 keepers. No
slot fish caught. Everyone had a great time.
August 23, 2012:
Scott, Crystal, Samantha, Steve & Eric went out late
Friday afternoon on the charter for a fewe hours of fishing. They
downrigged and had fun bringing in 12 keepers. They threw back two
slot fish measuring 20" and 21".
August 22, 2012:
Janet & Gary went out on the charter today with Captain
Pete. They drifted jigging and did well getting some nice fish
using frozen shiners. They also tried some downrigging later in the
day and caught some more, getting their limts. Janet released a 20"
walleye. Way to go Janet!! They had a beautiful day and
enjoyed being on the water.
August 19, 2012:
Another superb weekend for weather and the fish are still
biting. Craig, Donna, Justin, Andrea, Justin, Callie and Brandon
spent the weekend fishing. They had a slower day on Saturday keeping
12 fish with the biggest at 19". Sunday the bite was much better for
them with the boat coming back to the resort by 11am. They
caught 20 fish and kept 16 of those, all nice fish. They downrigged
and also used two long lines. Craig released a 27 1/2" walleye and
they also put back two 26" and a 25" walleye. Way to go!! They had a
good time. Mike & Jodie Oddo also fished the weekend and did
well over near Long Point. They put back 3-4 slot fish
and Jodie caught and released a beauty 29" walleye. Way to go
Jodie!! Pete ran a charter yesterday taking out Mike, Dennis, Lee
and Shane. They had a good day bringing in lots of keepers, mostly
saugers today. The bite was a bit slower than earlier in the
week. They put back slot walleyes with Mike releasing a 23", Lee
released two beauties measuring 28 3/4" and 31" walleyes! Way to go
Lee!! Shane released 23", 24" and 29 3/4" walleyes. Way to go
Shane!! They had a super day.
August 16, 2012:
Very windy today and lower temps, a bit chilly. Not much
for fishing today except in the bays where you can hide from
the wind. Mike, Dennis, Shane & Lee are here hunting for big
pike. They also are catching a few walleyes, bringing some in
the 14-16" range. Mike and Dennis got into the big pike last night
using Bucktails in Four Mile Bay. They released a 37 1/2" pike, plus
two 39 1/2" and also a 42" pike that was kept. Way to go guys!!
They said it was awesome. Today they tried Zippel Bay for pike but
said they caught mostly smaller fish and not as many.
2012: The Larson family went out for a total of 3
days of charters with Pete and Grant. They had great fishing
all 3 days, catching lots of keepers and slot fish. On their second
day out the groups released the following slots: Tanner 22-23", Chet
25", Jorden 23", Randy 27 3/4" plus 3-4 more slots in the
20-23" range. On the third day Grant's boat released 5 slot fish
with the biggest measuring 24-25" and Jorden released a 23"
on Pete's boat. The group had a great time.
August 13, 2012:
Another banner day of walleye fishing on the lake. Super
bite and super great weather today! We have the Larson family going
fishing with Pete and Grant. Pete took Tanner, Chet, Doug and Randy
on board today and Grant took out Brian, Stone, Jorden and Lexi.
Both charter boats had a good day bringing in limits for everyone
and back to the docks before 2pm. 14 year old Stone caught the first
fish of the day on Grant's boat, landing a nice 25" walleye they
released. He also caught and kept a beautiful 29" walleye that is
being mounted. His picture is posted above. Those were the only
two slots on that boat. On Pete's boat Tanner caught and released a
25" walleye, Chet released 20" and 24" walleyes and Randy released a
22 1/2" walleye. Way to go group! Everyone had a fun time.
August 11, 2012:
Georgeous weather today with light to hardly any wind and
sunny skies. We had a family reunion for my side of the family with
the Richardson's and the Dooley's. Rosie's family arrived first and
the kids wanted to fish from shore as soon as they got here. Teresa
caught her first walleye while casting with a leech near the
bridge. It measured 14-15". Her dad fried it up and ate it right
away! Way to go Teresa! The charter boat headed out about 9:30am
with Pete, Terri, Tim, April, Steve, Chase, Pat, Seth, Jim &
David. We had a super day of downrigging. We only fished 4-5
hours and came back to shore with lots of walleyes and saugers. We
caught some nice slot fish with 11 yr old Seth catching the largest
walleye of the day measuring 27". Way to go Seth! He really had a
battle bringing the big walleye in and did a great job! He also
caught a couple of more slots measuring 21" and 23". April released
a 23" and the group put back some more 20" and 21" walleyes. We came
back to shore and joined the rest of the family for a big fish fry
including Rosie, Anna Marie, Teresa, Lily, Denise, 4 yr old Keene,
Josh, Beth and 4 yr old Ariel & Robyn. Everyone had a great
weekend and the weather cooperated. We had a bonfire each night,
played games and watched the meteors falling after dark. The time
sped by too fast for all of us and everyone wished they could
stay longer. Todd & Scot fished the weekend and had good
fishing using their downriggers and catching plenty of fish. Dina
& Jared also had a great weekend catching lots of fish and
eating fish. Temps were around 78-80 degrees this weekend - just
perfect! Roger and Stan had good fishing on Tuesday and
Wednesday. They said it was slow for them, but they got enough to
eat and bring home. They used spinners and crawlers. Roger released
two walleyes measuring 28 3/4" and 30 1/2". Way to go Roger!! Stan
released a 24" walleye. Way to go Stan!!
August 7, 2012:
Dave & Andrea fished a few days jigging with shiners.
They did well getting some saugers on black anon white with a splash
of pink. They did well out of Zippel Bay State Park releasing 3
slots measuring 20" and two 22".
August 4, 2012:
Dark skies this morning and the winds picked up giving us
bigger waves. The charter boat headed west towards Zippel Bay and
Long Point to get into smaller waves and try some more downrigging.
They caught nice fish getting the fish they needed and also catching
some slot fish. The largest slot walleyes measured 24" and they had
a few from 20" and up to 24". Yesterday Pete took out Norm, Jeremy,
Brian & Dan. They had a super great day of fsihing. They also
caught slot fish with the largest caught by Dan which measured 26".
Way to go Dan!! They kept nice 17-19" walleyes and had some saugers
also. They came in with limits for all. The water was a little rough
today. Cooler out with temp of around 76 degrees and rain this
afternoon. We received 3/4" of an inch last night. Caught a skunk in
our "catch alive" trap this morning that Pete set up near our
2012: Super day of fishing for the charter boat
again! Todd, Beth, Keith, Lori, Scott & Nancy were on board
today. They had a beautiful day for weather and a great bite. They
downrigged 4-5 miles out and caught some nice 17-19" walleyes. No
slot fish were caught today but they sure brought in some beauty
eaters. Some saugers were kept also. Fish fry tonight as the group
goes fishing tomorrow again. Yesterday Pete took out Norm, Jeremy,
Brian & Dan. They had a super great day of fishing. They caught
slot fish with the largest caught by Dan which measured 26". Way to
go Dan!! They kept nice 17-19" walleyes and had some saugers.They
came in with llimits for all. The water was a little rough today.
The Lake of The Woods County Fair is this weekend in
Baudette and the Roosevelt Threshing Show is also
July 29, 2012:
Scot & Todd had a great weekend of fishing
catching lots of nice walleyes and putting back slot fish both
Saturday and today. They had slots ranging from 20" up to 25" this
weekend and caught many, many of them! They had a blast! Purple
chrome worked best for downrigging.
July 28, 2012:
Pete ran a charter today taking out Justin, Jared, Jeff,
Reece, Hunter, Tom and Harlan (grandpa of the group). The day
started out bad with the boat overheating on Pete as
they passed the docks at Cyrus Resort. He radioed and made
his way back to the docks. The marina came down, got the
problem fixed and the guys headed back out within an hour which was
really great. The day started out slow and they experienced
much slower catching than yesterday. They did come in with 24
keepers and put back quite a few slot fish today again.
July 27, 2012:
Harlan, Justin, Jared, Jeff, Reece, Hunter & Tom
boarded the charter boat today with Pete. They had one of the best
days of our summer so far coming in at noon with limits for the
entire boat! They had a fast & furious bite the entire time they
were out there downrigging. Tom released a 20" walleye, Hunter 25"
walleye, Reece 21" walleye, Jared 20" walleye and Justin released a
20" walleye. They also put back a few more but lost track of how
many. They had a super fantastic fishing trip. The group had a big
fish fry. Sunny skies today with temp around 82 degrees. Very nice
weather here this summer and you can't ask for any better fishing!
July 25, 2012:
Pete did a half day am charter taking out Bill and his two
sons, 6 yr old Ben and 4 yr old Jacob. They downrigged and did they
have a good time! Bill released a 28 1/2" walleye along with a 26"
and two 20". They brought in limits of 16-18" walleyes and also had
two that measured 19". The two little guys had a fishing trip they
will never forget! Dad had to help with the poles and getting the
walleyes in but they did it!
July 23, 2012:
Pete ran a charter today taking out Greg & Matt along
with Josh, Mike & Mary. They had a good day, it took a little
longer today, but they were in by 2pm. Josh released a 25" walleye,
Mike released a 28" walleye and Mary released a 20" walleye. Greg
released a 27" walleye and Matt released three walleyes measuring
20", 23" and 26" Way to go group!! They caught several
walleyes measuring 19" and 19 1/2". They had very nice keepers
and everyone got limits to take home.
July 22, 2012:
The charter boat headed out for another day of walleye
fishing with Dave, Andrew, Cora, Nick and Greg and Matt on board.
They had a fantastic day with everyone catching lots of fish and
also some really nice slot fish. Dave Arnold (grandpa) released a
28" walleye, 13 yr old Andrew released a 23" walleye, 15 yr old Cora
released a 28 1/2" walleye and 17 yr old Nick released a 22"
walleye. Greg relased a 26 1/2" walleye. Silver and black were the
hot lure today. Way to go everyone!! Lots of big walleyes being
caught this week and the weather has been great! Hot for swimming.
Reports in that the blueberries are next to none this year. Too hot
and dry and possibly a frost early this spring got them. Haven't
heard of much for chanterelle mushrooms yet this year either.
July 22, 2012:
Even better fishing today on the charter with nicer plumper
fish in the box! Mike, Ed, Mike, Dave, Lonnie & Art went out for
a second day of charter fishing using the downriggers. They
caught less slot fish than yesterday but got the
following: four 24" and four 22". They kept 18 really nice
walleyes with most measuring in the 17-19 1/4" range. They only
needed to replace the 18 fish they ate yesterday and had them
by noon or so. They also caught one 17" walleye that had a tag
implanted. Pete is going to contact the DNR and find out about the
fish. They also brought in 11 saugers. Dave's group brought in 7-8
keepers today they caught bait fishing. We had a thunderstorm today
with hail but just small hail. We got 4/10th of rain.
July 21, 2012:
What a day of fantastic fishing! Pete ran a charter taking
out Mike, Dave, Lonnie, Art, Mike & Ed. They had a wonderful day
of downrigging catching around 70 fish or so. They caught lots of
slot fish (15 of them) and brought in some nice keeper fish.
Dave released two 22", Ed released a 26" walleye and kept two
19", Art kept a 19" and released 22" and 25 3/4" walleyes,
Lonnie caught the first fish which was a 24" walleye, Mike caught
all nice fish that went in the box except 2, and Mike Hansen caught
four big walleyes measuring 24", 27 1/2" and two 26". Way to go
crew!! They really slayed em! Seems like you have to
catch a lot of big ones before you catch the keepers. Lots of big
fish out there!
July 18, 2012:
Pete did a charter trip today taking out Brian and his son
Tanner. They had a great day of fishing catching lots of walleyes
and saugers and some slot fish. Tanner had a really good time. They
came in with their limits of nice fish.
July 16, 2012:
Today Pete took out Denny, Leila, Blake, Ross &
Mallory. They started out bait fishing but it was a little slow for
that so they switched to downrigging and had a super good bite.
Blake released a 21 1/2" walleye and Mallory released a 24" walleye.
Way to go you two!! They had nice 16-19" saugers and also 3-4
walleyes that measured 19 1/4" for keepers. They brought in their
limits and had a great day of fishing.
July 15, 2012:
Deb, Rick, Eric and Lynn boarded the charter today for
another super day of fishing. They started out bait fishing with the
girls getting 5-6 fish in the box. Pete caught one but Eric and
Rick had no bites. They decided to downrig and got into the
fish, catching some really nice ones. Lynn released a 28"
walleye (her biggest). Way to go Lynn!! Eric caught a 28" pike. Deb
caught and released a 23" walleye. Rick released a 21" and caught a
"buzz"! They had a good time and took home some really nice fish.
July 14, 2012:
Another super day of fishing for Captain Pete and the
charter boat crew. He took out a load from Wigwam Resort. This
weekend is the Beach Bash and they had at least 10 charter boats
taking out people for the day. Pete's crew didn't want to head
across the lake so he took them straight out from Lighthouse Gap and
they fished deep water using crawlers, leeches and frozen
shiners. They did very well catching lots of keepers and putting
back 8-9 slot fish. They were back to the Wigwam docck by 2pm with
35 keepers. Said they caught lots and lots of saugers also. Most of
the other boats went north to bait fish around the islands and also
did well. Billy and Gina from the Wigwam were married tonight
at the resort. Congratulations to the both of you! Scott & Steve
went out for a couple of hours in a small boat and caught a few
keepers. Scott broke his rod on something big but didn't get to see
what it was.
July 12, 2012:
Mark & Jim spent a few days on the charter baot with
Pete. They did very well bait fishing most of the time with shiners
working best. They caught lots of keepers and ate a couple of meals.
They took home their limits and also released lots of slot fish with
Mark releasing a 28 1/2" walleye and Jim also put back some nice
ones. They released 24", 25", 26" and 23" plus many around 20-21".
Way to go guys!!
July 7, 2012:
Super fishing still all this past week, mostly using the
downriggers. Bait fishing has been tougher but still getting some
with that method. Todd, Kedrick and Delbert fished today searching
for a trophy walleye. Delbert got his wish when he landed a beauty
29 1/4" walleye while downrigging out deep. Way to go Delbert!!
They put back lots of big ones and said they had several that
measured in the 24" range. Scot, LouAnn, Shirley and Tonya also went
out for the day and had success getting some nice slot fish. LouAnn
released a 27 1/2" walleye. Shirley released a 25" walleye and Tanya
said they also put back a couple of 26" walleyes. Way to go!! LouAnn
also released three 26" walleyes a few days ago while fishing with
Todd. Both groups brought in fish to eat and had a fun day. Tony was
out with a couple of people bait fishing around the area. They had
slower fishing but did get some walleyes, a couple of smallmouth
bass and a few pike.
July 5, 2012:
The walleyes are biting furiously this week. The Johnson's
are having a family reunion this week and catching fish like crazy.
They have been eating fish every night! Pete chartered today
with Keddie, Ryan, Josh, Tonya, Teresa, Raylyn & Shirley on
board. They had a super day of fishing bringing in a pile of
fish; 9 saugers and 27 walleyes with most fish measuring 16"
and up. Shirley caught a really big sauger measuring 18 1/2".
Way to go Shirley! Teresa released a 27 3/4" walleye for the biggest
fish of the day. Way to go Teresa!! They also put back several more
slots and everyone on board had a blast! Kedrick, Delbert, Todd and
Joel had a good day keeping 16 fish. Delbert lost a big one near the
boat but he also caught a 26" walleye he put back. Good job Delbert!
Scot, Kevin, Eugene, Christina and Randy had a super day with the group
limiting out. They released 8 fish over 20" and also put back three
26" walleyes. Purple chrome is still working great along with
hot tiger and silver and black. Pretty much anything is working well
for downrigging. Steve Carlson went walleye fishing for the first
time and caught a 28 1/2" walleye. Congratulations Steve!! He is
mounting his big fish. He was fishing with Brian, Mick and Tim. They
did very well and landed some big walleyes while rigging. Tim
relased two 23" plus a 24". Mick released a 26" and Brian released
24" and 25" walleye. Way to go guys!! Another boat fishing near them
released 30", 31" and 32" walleyes Wow, what a day!! Once again the
fireworks in Baudette were fantastic with a crowd of around 5,000
2012: Fantastic bite right now out deep in 33-34' of
water. Hot weather with lots of sunshine and temps near 90 degrees
this week! Lots of big hogs being caught too! Sherry, Merlin,
Carrie, Joanne & Jacob went out for a few hours today and bait
fished. They brought in a dozen or so fish. Eain, Sara, Brice,
Erica, Eli & Lynnea also went out for a few hours and came back
with 6 fish. They came off the lake just before the thunderstorm hit
with thunder, rain and lightning. Pete, Terri, Ruth & Barb
had a good day getting some more walleyes to replace the ones they
ate last night. Terri released a 27" walleye she caught on a gold
jig tipped with a shiner. The group fished with spinner rigs
and crawlers catching 3 keepers then switched to jigs with
frozen shiners and/or leeches. Both were working. Then we switched
to downrigging for a while and got a few more and came in before the
storm. Scot, Todd & Tanya were out today for a couple of
hours and did well bringing in some really nice 17-19" walleyes.
Tanya released a 26" walleye. Way to go Tanya!!
July 1, 2012:
What a day of fishing! Pete, Terri, Ruth & Barb had an
awesome day downrigging in 34' of water. They caught several slot
fish measuring from 20" up to 29 1/2" on walleyes. Purple and
blue were working best with black and silver trailing behind. Terri
released 29 1/2" walleye, Ruth released 28", 26", 25". Way to go
girls!! Not much for wind on the water and the flies were biting so
bring your bug spray and sunscreen. Brian and his two buddies did
really well off of Long Point bait fishing with leeches, crawlers,
and frozen shiners. They released a 31" and 30" walleyes. Way to go
guys!! They also caught many more slots and brought in their limits
of walleyes. The saugers are also being caught pretty steady this
summer and we are seeing some really nice ones. Looks like
another great summer of walleye fishing!!
June 30, 2012:
Troy & Lil have been here for a week trolling with a
small boat and fishing around Pine Island and in Bostic Bay area.
They have had a fantastic week with both of them catching lots of
nice big walleyes and eating walleye til it was coming out of thei
ears! Lil released a 21" and also 26" walleye. Way to go Lil!! Troy
released 20 1/2", 23" and they also put back two 20". They caught
and kept nice 16 to 19 3/8" walleyes while fishing 9-22 ft of
water using hammered brass and/or silver spinner rigs tipped with
live fatheads for bait. Chartreuse also worked. They had some windy
days but still did very well. Tom, Jim, Mike & Pete and all the
kids had a great week fishing mostly near the Long Point area trying
to get away from the wind. They jigged using leeches and did well in
15' of water. They had a few fish frys and also took home a pile of
fish. They had a fun week.
June 23, 2012:
A fantastic day of jigging on the charter boat with
StevDavid, Scott, Keith & Mike. They caught their limits of
walleyes and saugers, bringing in some really nice keeper fish and
they released around 10 slots today. Pete caught the largest
measuring 26 1/2". Shiners and leeches worked best for them in 32 ft
of water around Long Point, which seems to be the hot spot lately.
Yesterday the same group fished having, a slower day moving
around all over the lake after the wind died down. They came in with
21 keepers and also released lots of slot fish, probably around 15
of them! Steve released 23" and 24" walleyes, David released 20" and
21", Scott released 23" and 25" walleyes, Keith released 20" and 24"
walleyes and Mike released a 22" walleye. Way to go you guys!!
They had two picture perfect days for weather. Mike, Gary,
Devin, Arnold, Derek and Uncle Dale had a great week fishing mostly
in the Long Point and Gull Rock areas. Devin Hoffman caught and
released two big fish; 26" walleye and a 34" pike. Way to go Devin!!
Arnold whacked 'em. Derek's biggest walleye measured 24" and Uncle
Dale released a 27 1/2" walleye. Way to go guys!! They also caught
lots of 24" and 25" walleyes. They had excellent fishing
even with the winds blowing off and on during the
week. Mike & Jody had an excellent day bringing in limits
after fishing near Garden Island with a jig and shiners. Johnny,
Joanne and 5 yr old JD were here for the week and had a good time
fishing, sightseeing and picture taking. JD caught 4 fish and was
very excited about that. He caught a perch on a minnow and he also
caught a pike around 1.5 lbs on an orange rapala. They caught a few
walleyes and pike. Traylen, Kelly, Dale and Lindsey also spent
a week fishing and vacationing. It was windy most of the time they
were here so they were limited on where they could fish. Dale caught
a couple of pike and 1 walleye. Lindsey caught a 24 1/2" pike while
trolling plus an 18" walleye on a green/white daredevil. Kelly
released a 24" walleye she caught on a red and white daredevil and
she also caught 2 walleyes, 1 sauger and a small pike in the creek.
Traylen caught 4 walleyes.
June 21, 2012:
Super day of jigging out at Long Point! Pete took out
Dennis, Casey & Jake. They had an awesome day fishing with
frozen shiners while anchored in 32' . Dennis was using gold with a
leech and released 3 slot fish including 21" and 23" walleyes. Casey
caught and released 25" and 26" walleyes that he landed on a
pink/gold jig. Jake was also using pink/gold and his largest walleye
measured 19 1/2". Pete released a 28 1/2" walleye he caught on a
gold jig. They put back 13 slot fish and came in with their limits
of wwalleye and saugers. They said they released 3-4 saugers
measuring 17-18". Way to go guys!!
June 17, 2012:
The charter boat went out for another half day of fishing
taking Jeff, Beth, Nick, Tom, Maddy and Zach. They had a great day
bringi ng in 23 keepers and relleasing some slot fish as follows:
Jeff 22", Nick two 21", Tom released 21" and 23"
walleyes, Maddy released a 23 1/2" and Zach kept 4 nice walleyes.
They only caught a couple of saugers today and said the walleyes
were nicer quality today. The bite was a a little bit slower today
after the storms from yesterday. Cassy told me they caught a
small mouth bass under the bridge and some pike. Traylen, Kelly
& Lindsey went out fishing around Long Point but didn't get any
June 16, 2012:
Jeff, Tom, Nick, Stacy, Madelyn & Zach went out with
Pete for a half day charter. They headed to the Long Point area and
got into the fish right away. The first hour was pleasant weather,
then the rain moved in and it poured on them. They continued to fish
and came back to the docks with 24 keepers. They also released four
slot fish with the largest meauring 25", plus Jeff caught and
released a 36" sturgeon. Way to go!! They were happy to get back to
the dock as they were all soaking wet from head to foot. Doug, Amy,
Cassy and Andrew went out for the morning jigging and ended up
bringing in 6 keepers. They got off the water due to the heavy
rain.Fred, Diane, Mike and Alyssa had a great week of fishing and
headed home today. Richard, Scott & Rob had a good
week mostly fishing around Long Point. Richard released a 28
1/2" walleye and they also put back a 21" walleye. Richard said that
Tuesday was slow for them with the cold front that moved
in. They didn't catch a single fish that day. Otherwise they had
good fishing all week, eating fish and taking some home. Just
noticed the Ladyslippers are blooming and they sure are
June 15, 2012:
Doug & Amy caught 14 fish today and kept 7. They
released a 20" walleye and also caught lots of saugers. They had a
fun time. Very windy yesterday. Doug & Andrew went out
fishing for 6 hours and brought in a couple of nice ones.
They also caught a few small ones.
June 13, 2012:
Doug, Amy, Andrew, Zach, Tyler & Cassy were trolling
out of the bay towards the inlet when Amy caught a 19 1/4" walleye
on a daredevil. They headed onto the lake fishing for walleyes.
The girls had a great day catching most of the fish and also
releasing 3 slot walleyes with the largest measuring 25". Way to go
Girls!! Cassy caught 6 fish, Amy caught 9 and the guys each got a
few. They brought in around a dozen or so nice keepers for a meal.
The kids headed right for the docks to fish northerns when they got
in as they caught quite a few the night before. Fred, Diane,
Kevin and Alyssa did well today fishing 33' of water near Long
Point. They caught their limit of saugers and got more walleyes plus
released 22"s, 23" and 24" walleyes. Gold jigs worked best. They had
a great day. They have been eating fish everyday! It was sunny with
a west wind and about 80 degrees. Very nice day.
June 12, 2012:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDEE ANDERSON!! Pete ran a charter
taking out Doug, Amy, Zach, Tyler, Cassy and Andrew. They have never
fished our lake and will be here for a week. Pete headed straight
out from the Morris Gap and tried 32' of water. Cassy caught the
first fish of the day. They caught 5-6 fish, the wind picked up and
the anchor wouldn't hold so they moved to the west near Long Point
where they found nice fish. The group caught on fast to jig
fishing and they had an awesome day. They released around 15 slot
fish; they caught so many they lost count. Pete released 27"
walleye, 12 year old Cassy released 26" walleye, Andrew released a
23" walleye and they also put back many more that were 19" and up.
Amy caught the biggest keeper. Way to go everyone!! They said gold
jigs worked best followed by blue, pink and chartreuse. Frozen
shiners and leeches caught most of the fish and they got just a
few on crawlers. Big fish fry tonight! Dave, Scott, Drew & Cole
didn't have much luck this morning but they did keep 4 walleyes. The
waves were big and it was pretty rough yesterday
(they had just arrived). They had to leave unexpectedly so they
didn't get much of a chance to fish.
June 10, 2012:
Richard, Scott and Rob had a great day getting their limits
of nice fish. Yesterday Fred & Diane went out and did pretty
good. They released two 22", 23" and 24" walleyes in 32' of water.
They kept 2 saugers and one walleye and came back in as it was rough
and they both weren't feeling so well. Fred went out alone for the
evening trolling and landed a 46" pike! Way to go Fred!! Rainy and
windy today with storms rolling through. We finally got around
an inch of rain the past few days. We really needed it.
June 9, 2012:
Pete had a charter today taking out Randy, Mark & Jon.
The morning started out slow with them getting a few out front
trolling. Then Pete headed down towards Sandy Shores but no fish on
the graph so he headed towards Long Point and found some on the
screen there. They anchored and began to catch fish. They came back
to the dock with limits of very nice 17-19" walleyes and they also
got all their saugers. Randy caught a beauty 34" pike and Jon landed
a 24" muskie. They also had 5 slot walleyes measuring 20 1/2" to 22"
they put back. Jigging worked best today.
June 8, 2012:
John, Bob, Tom, Kevin & Kurt fished everyday the past
week and said the bite was slower this year but they got nice
quality size fish. They didn't get into the slot fish like last year
but John released a 24" and they also put back a couple of 22"
walleyes. They caught lots of walleyes, saugers and lots of pike.
They ate fish many days and took home fish. Mark fished the past
week and had excellent fishing. Starting with last Friday he caught
3 saugers and let them all go. Saturday morning he caught 3 more
saugers and kept 1 for eating. He came into the lodge and said he
wasn't getting any walleyes; just saugers. Sunday he tried trolling
the shallow water around 8 1/2 feet using a #7 purpledescent
shadrap and had more success. He caught 4 saugers and 15 walleyes.
He released 19" and 21" walleyes. He also caught 3 pike with one
measuring 31". Way to go Mark! Monday he caught the following for
walleye on jigs: (9) 16", one 18", one 19", two 17", 12 saugers all
at 16". Tuesday he shadrapped and caught twelve 16" walleyes and one
17" plus lots of 15" walleyes. Wednesday he caught nine 16" and
twenty 13-14 inchers in the evening. He also released a 36" pike
that bit on a sauger he was reeling in. The pike was not
hooked, hanging onto his sauger but wouldn't let go so he
netted it Wow!! Thursday he caught two 16" and one 20"
that he let go. He had a fabulous week!
June 6, 2012:
HAPPY BIRTHDY TO 4 YEAR OLD KADEN!! Harold & Kathy
spent a few days on the lake fishing and were joined by their
daughter Kelly and her two boys, 4 yr old Kaden and 2 yr old
Brody. Kaden wanted to catch a fish for his birthday, but
unfortuantely he didn't get one. He did get to drive the
boat and thought that was awesome. They jigged with frozen
shiners and live fatheads. Kathy caught and released a 24" walleye.
Way to go Kathy!! They ate fish while here and took home 10
keepers. They had a good time.
June 4, 2012:
Walleyes are hitting hard on the shadraps in shallow in the
early morning and also evenings. Purpledescent #7 is working
fantastic bringing in nice 18-19" walleyes. Mark easily caught his
limit trolling. He caught 15 walleyes in 3 hours. He released a 21"
and said 8 1/2 feet of water was best. He also got into the pike in
the bay and caught lots of them near Lighthouse Gap. He
released a 31" pike and many smaller ones. Brian has been
fishing for a few days and did very well trolling with fatraps along
the Minnesota/Canadian border near the Lighthouse Gap. He
released 22" and 25" walleyes. He got some nice saugers and his
walleyes to take home. Pete & Terri went out trolling with
shadraps and caught 9 fish,keeping 3 nice 19" walleyes. Eain, Sara,
Brice, Erika, Eli and Lanae went out for the afternoonn and did very
well bringing in 15 keepers. Warmer temps this
June 1, 2012:
Gary & Bill had a good week eating lots of fish while
here for the week and taking home their limits. Deb, Mona, &
John caught lots of saugers and some walleyes and had lots of fun.
Mona released a 20" walleye and Deb got a nice 17" walleye. She also
caught a nice pike on a stop sign. They had a great week.
May 31, 2012:
Bill and Gary just came into the lodge before noon and said
they caught some nice fish out of the Morris Gap and kept a few nice
ones. Sunny today but a bit chilly with a high of around 60
degrees.The wind died down and the fish quit biting.
May 30, 2012:
Bill and Gary went out early this morning around 6:
30am. They said a black cloud with light falling rain
followed them all the way out onto the lake but finally it
quit getting them wet. They had a great monring getting some really
nice keepers and coming back to the docks just 2 fish short on their
limit of walleyes. They also released 21", 22" and 24" walleyes. Way
to go guys!! They also have been finding wild asparagus.
May 29, 2012:
Happy Birthday Diana Fischbach & Greg & Jerry &
Eain Johnson!! Wayde, Amanda and Ryan ended up
keeping 7 fish yesterday. Craig, Donna, Deb & Steve fished about
5 miles out from the gap and brought in 11 keepers for the am and 10
keepers in the afternoon. Deb did really good, in fact, she did the
best on Monday out of everyone in the boat. Way to go Deb!! Their
boat caught 37 keepers for the 3 day weekend. Steve and Jeff fished
all day with Jeff catching one little fish and Steve catching 9. Dan
threw back a 19 1/2". Steve, Cheri and Andy had a great weekend.
Steve Bonneville released a 27" walleye he caught on a fish head
minnow (silver & blue). Cheri Dreier relased 23", 24 3/4" and
25" walleyes on a pink over yellow jig and also fish heaed jigs. Way
to go you two!!
May 28, 2012:
Noon: Steve, Cheri & Andy already have a dozen in the
box. Craig, LaDonna, Steve & Deb already have 11
keepers in their boat. Gary & Bill are out fishing
still and are missing Al who couldn't make it this year. We miss you
Al! Still finding asparagus. Haven't looked for any more morels but
thinking there might still be some popping?
May 27, 2012:
Cold and windy with some rain today. Tough fishing and cold
with high temp of 50 or so today. Only ended up with 6/10th of an
inch for the day. Amanda, Wayde & Ryan went out in the big
waves saying it was too rough so they came back in. Gary &
Bill stayed on shore today. Steve, Cheri and Andy also went out
saying it was real rough. Cheri caught the only fish which was a 24
1/2" walleye. Way to go Cheri!! Craig's group caught one
fish. Yesterday Craig's boat brought in 14 walleyes and 1
sauger. Craig released 23" and 27" walleyes. Way to go Craig!!
Steve's boat caught 14 fish with 6 being saugers. Steve released a
21" walleye - way to go! Amanda, Wayde and Ryan kept 8 fish. Cheri,
Andy & Steve limited yesterday.
May 26, 2012:
Gary is already back in this morning with his limit. Steve,
Andy and Cheri are out fishing along with the other groups. Mark,
Tom, and Bob had a good week of fishing. They caught 10 walleyes and
5 saugers on Wednesday drifting with a south wind in 18-27' of water
using leeches. Thursday night they caught 5 more walleyes in the
16-18" range. Tom released a 21" and Bob releasd 19 3/8" and 20 1/2"
walleyes. They took home limits and had a great week. Tony, AJ,
Danny & Art fished for 3 hours, trolling the shallows in 7-8' of
water using shadraps. They came in with limits of nice fish.
May 25, 2012:
The walleye bite has been fantastic this week for Kevin,
Naomi, Sue, Bill and Pat. They caught lots and lots of walleyes and
got into the slot sizes big time. They used minnows, anchoring with
jigs with spinner blades. They had a few meals of walleye in the
cabin and took home limits for everyone, all nice 17-19" fish. They
did their best Thursday evening from 5-7pm in 28' of water, catching
36 fish and keeping only one 19" walleye. They released everything
else! Bill released two 22", Sue released 24", 25" and 26 1/4"
(their first trip to the lake), Pat released two 24"s and a 25",
Kevin caught all keepers and Naomi was hot this week releasing 20",
21", 22", two 24" and a 25" walleye. She also caught two 19". Way to
go guys!! They said they had an awesome time and
enjoyed the fact that there weren't so many boats on the
May 22, 2012:
Kevin & Naomi and their group are catching lots of fish
and the women are catching most of them. They are having a great
time. Bob, Mark and Tom did well in 27' of water filling the live
well. They did best in 27' of water using various baits - minnows
and leeches with jigs and spinners. Bob caught a northern and a 19"
walleye and Tom released a 21" walleye. George & Tim ate
fish while here and took home their limits. They did best in 26-27'
of water using chartreuse jigs straight out from Morris Gap. They
kept nice 16", 17" and 128" walleyes. It has been pretty windy here
off and on, mostly windy though the past few days. No rain yet and
we need it desperately. The lake is high enough for boats to get out
of our docks but we need more rain. Pete brought home more wild
asparagus today and they are nice ones! He also brought me fresh
lilacs - what a guy!
May 21, 2012:
George and Tim went out this morning and said it was a
little slow so they went out deep, around 30 feet catching 3
keepers. Then the bite slowed up and the wind died down to nothing.
They came in and were going back out later in the afternoon. Mark,
Bob and Tom arrived Saturday which was a rainy and windy day. They
did fish yesterday and got some fish. Mark was catching northerns
off the dock. Rich, Matt, Kent, Myron, Matt and Rick used
their boats and fished out front getting 12 keepers.They have
been catching lots of pike off the docks this
May 18, 2012:
Another successful day of charter fishing for Matt, Rick,
Myron, Matt, Kent and Richie. Pete took them bait fishing using live
and frozen shiners and also leeches. They caught their limits of
walleyes and saugers early in the day and had a great time. See
their photo above.
May 14, 2012:
Randy, Ray, Cory and Colin had a fantastic weekend catching
their limits of walleyes and saugers and eating some fish over the
weekend. Colin released a 27" plus a 21". Way to go Colin! They
had a great time even though the waves were pretty big both
days. Todd, Scot, Colin and Joe fished the weekend having super
great fishing and bringing in nice 18-19" walleyes plus their
saugers. They ate fish while here and took home their limits. They
said this morning was a great bite out of Lighthouse Gap. Yesterday
they fished the Zippel Bay area and Morris Point. Todd released a
24" walleye. Way to go Todd! Brian, Eric, Aron, Troy, Luke &
Boone had excellent fishing and limited and ate fish while here for
the weekend. They used shiners. Eric released a 24" walleye and Troy
caught a 19 1/2" he put back. Way to go guys!
May 13, 2012:
Even higher winds out of the southwest with bigger
waves. It was really gusting out there. Pete, Terri, Rod, Missy,
Jennifer and Eric fished the afternoon anchoring in the Zippel
Bay area. 27 feet of water worked out to be a good depth with fish
biting right away on hot pink, white/gold, and gold jigs tipped with
frozen shiners. We brought in 28 keepers and released a few slot
fish. Pete released a 19 1/2" and Missy released 22" and 24"
walleyes. Way to go! Rod caught 2 nice pike around 8-10 pounds
that he released. Brian, Troy, Aron, Travis and Eric did well
getting their limits in a couple of hours yesterday. Bring lots of
bait with you, the little ones are biting steady and you go through
lots of minnows fast. We ran out and then started using
leeches which also worked well. Seemed like the bite on leeches
was more walleyes and a more agressive bite.
May 12, 2012:
Happy Birthday Terri! Very windy today out of the
northwest. Lots of boats everywhere at Lighthouse Gap, Morris Gap,
Zippel Bay and everyone is catching fish! Warm temps but big waves
today. Everyone is jigging and catching lots of fish. Pete,
Terri, Ruth, Vicki, Rod, Missy, Eric and Jennifer went out for the
afternoon and anchored in 26' of water jigging shiners. It
started out pretty good and we did well bringing in a mixture of 22
saugers and walleyes. Jennifer caught an 11 inch perch and Rod
caught a nice pike that he released. Missy caught a nice 24"
walleye. Pete released a 26-27" walleye. Way to go
fish are biting all over on the south shore of the lake today. Pete,
Terri, Ruth & Vicki went morel hunting yesterday and brought
back 200 morels. Pete and Terri found 60 morels a few days ago.
Asparagus are popping up but haven't had a chance to find any yet.
We had a great time in Florida this spring. Pete and I
spent a few days in Georgia and he and Jiggs went quail hunting for
a couple of days. They were very successful getting lots of birds
and Jiggs did really well. He hunted with a couple of the guide dogs
and he learned a lot from them very quickly. We then headed south to
Florida and picked up Tony and Adam in Miami at the
airport. We all headed to Key West for a week of fun. We ate
lots of seafood while there but most importantly we caught lots of
ocean fish. We chartered a 3/4 day hoping to get Tony a big tarpon.
But we only had a few bites and didn't get any to the boat so we
headed out deeper and did some "wreck fishing" catching lots of
fish. We all caught amberjacks which are excellent to eat. Pete and
Terri both caught a Jack Cravelle. Our second day we went for a full
day of sailfishing about 7 miles out. The wind was blowing and there
were 10-13 foot waves but we had the best day of sailfishing ever.
We all caught sails with a total of 12 sucessful catch and
releases. It was so rough we didn't bring any of the fish into the
boat for pictures. Adam also caught a cobia that we kept to eat
later. We all had an awesome time and were told by Captain Billy
that "for rookies" we did an excellent job of battling the fish and
getting them to the boat. He said we did just as well or better than
the pros who were out pre-fishing for the National Sail Fish
Tournament the following week. When we came back to the dock that
evening we had 12 sail fish flags flying on our outriggers to
proudly display our catch and everyone on the docks came over to
congratulate us on our great day.
March 20, 2012:
All our customers have left with access down to walking out
now. It rained last night but haven't had a chance to check out
theClementson today. We had a good weekend with warm temps and lots
of people out on the lake fishing. Jimmy, Craig, Tracy, Chick and
Dave said the action was slow for them but they got into some nice
fish. Chick released 24" and 27" walleyes. Way to go!! The group
also let go 20", 21, 22,and 24" plus 28", 28 1/2" and 29 1/2"
walleyes. They also got a 35" pike on 1 lb test. David & Arlene
fished Long point and then the next day went to the Northwest Angle
with Chris Ford as their guide. They did well getting their limits
of walleyes and sauger and two nice perch that measured 13" and 13
1/2". Travis, Paul, Bruce, Bucky, Joe, Mike, Paul & Mike fished
two days using their ATV's and did well getting their limits. Mike
had a 45 minute battle with a 51" sturgeon he released. Way to go
Mike!! Travis caught a 28" pike and Paul released a 26 1/8" walleye.
Way to go guys! Ross' group did well keeping 60 fish for a big
fish fry. Jim Pesta caught and released a 28 1/2" walleye and he
also released a 31" pike. Way to go Jim!! Lonny, Darian, Bob
and John used their ATV's and kept 18 fish for one day on the lake.
Gary & Barb fished 1 1/2 days using their portables and did well
getting 8 nice walleyes plus 8 nice saugers. Their smallest fish
measured 17". Way to go you two!! We would like to thank everyone
for a great ice fishing season this year lake yet. The Rainy
River is now open west of Clementson Resort and is or will be open
all the way to the lake within a few days. Lots of open holes in the
ice along the river. People are already fishing near Birchdale and
probably at again!
March 19, 2012:
Jay, Dick, Sue, CJ and Derek had okay fishing keeping
6 and then another 11 the first day. They caught lots of little
ones and mainly had nice walleyes measuring 14-18". Derek released a
24" and they also put back a 19 3/8" walleye.
2012: THE ICE IS GOING FAST WITH THE WARM WEATHER. FOUR ATV'S FELL
THRU YESTERDAY; ONE OF THEM OUT OF OUR PLACE. ADAM IS OUT TRYING TO
RETRIEVE IT FROM THE WASHOUT AREA WHICH IS NEVER SAFE. MORRIS
POINT RESORT HAS CLOSED THEIR ROAD AND THERE IS NO ACCESS FROM
WALLEYE RETREAT. LONG POINT IS STILL LETTING PEOPLE OUT OF THERE BUT
WILL PROBABLY CLOSE SOON. LOOKS LIKE WE MIGHT GET SOME RAIN TODAY
March 15, 2012:
Morris Point resort is still letting ATV's out of their
place. We have stopped using our access at Walleye Retreat as we
have lost over 10 inches of ice in the past 24 hours or so and the
warmer temps are continuing. Still plenty of good ice on the lake
but be careful where you go and always check the ice. It probably
won't hold up for much longer with this warm spring weather. Mike,
Dennis, Skinny, Randy, Patrick & Matt just fished a few days and
did really good. They caught 4 pike and also fished
walleyes. They took home limits of walleyes and saugers and also
caught 6 eelpout with Skinny catching a 28 1/2" pout, and he also
released a 27" walleye he caught at 4:15am on a rattle reel in the
sleeper house Tuesday morning. . Way to go Skinny!! The group
had a great time and all went home with tan faces. Bring your
sunscreen. Alvin & Harold fished one day and had 9 nice
keepers with the smallest measuring 14". Harold caught a nice
19 3/4" walleye on a white glow swedish pimple with a red stripe.
They said it was a slow afternoon. The walleyes were biting light
and the saugers were agressive today. Marlin, Dusty, Mark & Ron
did pretty well for two days of fishing, keeping 18. Sue, Jay, CJ,
Grandpa kept 11 fish yesterday.
March 13, 2012:
Cody, Jessica and Rich spent a couple of days on the
ice in a sleeper house and did very well catching their limits to
take home inlcuding a 16" sauger, 18" and 19" walleyes. Mike's group
is on the ice today using tip-ups and they are hammering the
walleyes and having a blast. Lacey and Kevin spent one night in a
sleeper house and had slow fishing catching only a few small fish.
March 12, 2012:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREG MCNEVIN!! Misting rain this morning
making everything messy. Plowed roads are closing each day. Sweet's
Road is closed along with Morris Point Resort closing their road
also. . I just talked with Adrians and they still have their road
open but doubt it will make the weekend. Also heard that Zippel Bay
has closed their road. Looks like ATV's will be your choice in
the next few days. Check with the resorts on ice conditions before
heading up. Things could change fast with the temps they are
predicting for this week. We still have a couple of day houses on
the ice and all the sleeper houses but will be bringing the sleeper
houses in before the weekend. We have lost a lot of our snow cover
and lots of standing water around but the ice on the lake is
holding up well so far. Will keep you posted on ice
March 11, 2012:
Rod & Jeremy had so much fun 2 weeks ago they are back
for more! They spent the weekend on the ice but said the bite was
slower this trip. They still caught some nice fish doing best with
plain hooks and silver spoons. Jeremy caught and released a 25"
walleye today plus he also caught 18" and 19" along with many
others. Way to go Jeremy!! Rod said all their keepers are 14-19" and
they took home their limits. Rob and Dana fished 3 days saying the
first day out was slow keeping 4. They caught 12 nice
keepers the next day plus 8 tulllibee. They got their limits
plus Rob released a 25 3/4" walleye. Way to go Rob!! They caught
lots of little ones. Reed & Dave used their portables
catching 16 fish and keeping 3 of those. They were out of Long
Point. Todd and his 3 boys Tyler, Gavin & Ashton were
in a sleeper house. They all caught a few fish but it was slow
for them. Greg's group used their portables and said fishing was
okay but not great. Mark's group were in a sleeper house
catching 20 fish and keeping 8. Tom, Chad, Steve and Gary fished 1
1/2 days in a day house and did "awesome" catching 80 fish and
keeping 30 of those. They had a few 16" and 17 1/2" walleyes. They
had a great time. Tony, Andrew, Mark, Lee & Mark used portables
reporting Saturday was slow fishing the west side off of
16 mile. Friday was average for them catching lots of little ones.
They had 13 walleyes, 18 saugers, 3 nice perch and 3 pout. They
released 20", 22" and 23" walleyes. Tim, Tony, Todd, Jim,
Chris & Brock used portables keeping around 50 fish plus 8
tullilbee. Chris released a 7 lb 4 oz eelpout. Matt, Jeremy, Dan,
Tom and Jerry did well on Thursday afternoon bringing in a pail
of nice keepers. Jeremy fished the morning and did really well
getting 6 saugers and 1 walleye. He released 21" and 24"
walleyes. Way to go Jeremy!! The group went across the lake and
fished sitting on pails on the ice. They moved around a
few times looking for a better bite and came back with 10 nice
keepers but everyone ended up taking home limits before they
left. What a beautiful day on the lake with lots of warm sunshine
and way too warm for this time of year! Ashley, Nate, Jaron &
Kaelyn spent one night in a sleeper house. They released lots of
little ones and tullibees, kept 8 plus Nate released a 25"
walleye and Ashley released a 20 1/2" walleye. Way to go you two!!
March 10, 2012:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEREMY BREIWICK!! We found some fish after
bringing the day houses and sleeper houses in just a bit closer to
shore. Most groups did really well yesterday but don't have any
stats yet from them. Nice day with high of 50 today. The ice is
holiding up and hasn't started to deteriorate yet. We still
have lots of snow on top that is getting wet and slushy underneath
today. More warm temps on the way for this week. Will have to keep
an eye on the ice. Rain expected for Monday.
March 9, 2012:
Travis, Rich and Luke did well today keeping 15 fish.
Travis released a 22" and 24 1/2" walleyes. Way to go Travis!! Dan,
Jerry, Tom & Matt fished the afternoon and did well keeping 10
fish. Jeremy used his portable and did really well this morning
getting 7 keepers before 10am.
March 8, 2012:
Dan, Cory & Kimble had a very slow day keeping 4-5
walleye/sauger and one whitefish. Kimble traveled all the way from
Georgia to try ice fishing. He really enjoyed the experience and
took lots of pictures to take home. Rick and Rita also had
a slow day keeping 1 perch, 3 tullibee and 2 saugers. Todd
& Dawn were in a sleeper house and kept 8. Jerry Blair fished
with them for one day catching a nice 26 1/2" walleye he
released. Way to go Jerry! Bob, John & Mark fished two days with
it being slow for them. They kept 4 fish each day. Their largest
walleye measured 19 1/2" and their largest keeper was 17 1/2".
The weather delivered "whiteout" conditions this afternoon for
a few hours with very high winds gusting up to 45MPH and lots of
snow falling. It let up some after that. The wind made some big
drifts on the lake making it a little tougher to get
March 4, 2012:
Jason & Terry did well today getting 4 more
walleyes and 4 more saugers for them to take home. Yesterday
they caught 4 walleyes and 4 saugers. They each released a
slot fish with Terry putting back a 4 lb walleye and Jason putting
back a 6 lb walleye. Way to go guys! Craig, Bill, Joe and
Jeremy fished a half day (am) today and said it was slower with
them only getting a few. Tony & Megan are in a sleeper
house and have caught quite a few saugers and released a 20" walleye
since noon today.
March 3, 2012:
Craig, Joe, Jeremy & Bill did well catching around
30 fish and keeping 13. They are using stopsigns and also glass jigs
with the group released some slot fish. Bill released a 25" walleye
and Craig released a 22" walleye. Way to go guys! They also fished
yesterday afternoon and did well keeping 13 fish and releasing 4
slot fish including 20", two 20 1/2" and 22" walleyes. They
also had one tullibee. Their largest keeper measured 18 1/2". Mike,
Tim, Aaron & Steve fished 1 1/2 days saying it was a tough
light bite but they did well catching around 30 fish with
Gem-N-Eyes' working well. Their largest keeper measured 17". Jack,
Linus, Merle, Ryan, Alvin, Keith, Clarence & Andy had a good
time and said the fishing was a little slow but they did okay
keeping 20 the first day and another 16 the second day and they had
a great time. Chuck's group fished on their own out of Zippel
and also Long Point. They caught lots of small fish and some keepers
but nothing really turned on for them. Breanna and her Dad
fished out of Adrian's in a wheelhouse but didn't get a report from
them. Chris and his partner said it was a little slow for them in
their portables and they were hunting for more fish.
February 29, 2012:
All of a sudden the fish are biting again with Rick and
Steve doing really well today. They caught lots of fish and ended up
with 9 saugers, 2 walleyes, 1 tullibee and Steve released a 22"
walleye. Yesterday they had a slow day keeping only 3 small fish. No
one else in camp til this Friday. Pretty quiet here at the Retreat
this week. We have around 10-12" of snow on the ground now
and didn't get any snow this past few days.
February 26, 2012:
Rod & Jeremy spent the weekend in a sleeper house and
had fantastic fishing. They released seven slot fish with
Rod letting go two 20", 22" and 25" walleyes. Jeremy released 19
1/2", 22" and 23" walleyes. They limited easily and also ate.
Junior and Chris were in a sleeper house and caught their limits on
Saturday. They caught 6 fish Friday night and caught a nice keeper
walleye around 8pm in the sleeper and also ate fish. Adam &
Christine stayed in a sleeper overnight keeping 14 fish. They
had a good time. Greg & Jacque fished out of Adrian's road 12.5
mile out and did excellent in their wheelhouse. They limited and
were back early to the cabin. Jacque said they were biting really
light but they caught nice fish and said it was "awesome". Al &
Joyce fished two days keeping 3 fish the first day out and then
enough for them to take home a total of 14 fish. They also
caught lots of small fish. Cooper & Erick fished the morningly
only and kept 8 nice keepers.
February 25, 2012:
Phil, Dixon, Matt, Alex and Shawn kept 12 fish today. John
& Marty fished three days and did pretty well. They caught 40
fish on Thrusday keeping 8. Friday they caught around 40 fish and
kept 10. They fished a 1/2 day on Saturday and kept 3. Marty
relesaed a nice 23". They also caught a 17" sauger and an 18"
walleye saying red hooks worked best. Josh and Ashley used their
portable fishing 15.2 miles out on Friday afternoon out of
Adrian's road. They released a 24" walleye and kept a few saugers.
They also caught a few walleyes and some tullibee. Josh said the
bite today was good til 3pm and they ended up with 3 walleyes, 1
sauger and 7 tullibee. Petet just smoked a batch of tullibee and
they are great!
February 21, 2012:
Rob, Shane, Kevin & Dwight used sleds and hauled
their portables up to the reefs off the southest end of Garden
Island. Today was a bit slower than yesterday for them but they said
the ride on the the trail was very smooth after all the snow we got.
We have around 6 inches of fresh wet snow. Rob and Shane caught
mostly walleyes as they were shallow and Kevin and Dwight caught
saugers out deeper. Rob released a 20 3/4" and Shane released a 21"
walleye. The group ended up catching 24 walleyes and lots of saugers
for the weekend. Kevin caught a 13.4 lb eelpout. Kevin & Dwight
spent one night in a sleeper house and caught quite a few saugers.
February 20, 2012:
Brian, Tom & Kevin used their portables fishing in 34'
of water and doing well. They caught six fish over 20". Mari &
Bill said fishing was okay and they caught enough to eat some and
take a meal home. Paul, Gail & Rob did good using their
portables. They ate 2 meals of fish and were going home with limits.
Paul released 20" and 22" walleyes. Way to go Rob! Bob, Joe, Len, 8
year old Ethan and 10 yr old Jacob had pretty good fishing. They
kept 22 walleyes/saugers on Friday and 7 tullibee. They also kept
another 16 walleye/saugers the next day. 8 yr old Ethan won the
kitty with his 20" walleye. Way to go Ethan!! Wayne, Beau, Nick,
Tony, David, Andy & Luke fished a couple of days using their
portables working the "washout" area. They caught lots of keeper
saugers and lots of small fish while in 14' of water. They kept 17",
18" and 19" fish. Wayne released a 28" walleye. Way to go Wayne!!
Matt's group kept 10 saugers and 2 walleyes and also 2 jumbo
perch.. The second day they caught lots of saugers and ended up with
20 fish. Sam, Curt & Denny fished 3 days; keeping 7 the first
day out, saying Friday was best keeping 14 and Saturday was slow.
They had some nice keepers. Curt released 20 1/2" and 22 1/2"
walleyes and Denny released 20 1/2" and 23 1/2" walleyes. Way to go
February 17, 2012:
The fish are still biting quite good. Mel & Christina
flew in from California and spent the past 5 days fishing along with
Chad and Jessica. They had a great time catching lots of nice fat
saugers and some walleyes. Chad lost a big one while
using 6 lb test line. His largest fish measured 17" and Mel
also had a 17" fish. No slot fish. It was Jessica's first time
fishing here and she slammed the big saugers. Loren stayed in a
overnight sleeper and had a great time catching lots of nice fish
and releasing two big walleyes. Just got a dusting of snow last
night. The ground is still covered with a hard layer of a
few inches of snow. Lots of eagles around this winter. Dennis
and Ash spent a few nights in a sleeper house and did very well.
They caught 48 fish and said they ate alot of fish and took
some home. Their first day out was great and the second day was
slower. Ash caught a 26 3/4" walleye on a glow stop sign tipped with
a live shiner around 4: 30pm. Way to go Ash!!
February 14, 2012:
Happy Valentine's Day! Gary & Delores were in a
overnight sleeper for a few nights. They caught lots of little ones
they released and said they caught 30-40 fish their first day,
but the second day was slower for them. They went home one fish
short of their limits. The first fish Gary caught was a 21 1/2"
walleye. They also caught a few tullibee. Rick, Tom & Steve
caught their limits fishing 1 1/2 days and said the
fishing was great.
February 12, 2012:
Great fishing this weekend. Kyle, Nate and Matt were in a
sleeper house and did very good. They released some 22's and 24's
and had a great time. Brad & Parker fished 16 mile and limited.
No slot fish. Dick, Andrew, Adam, Dan and Rick were in a sleeper
house and caught lots of saugers. They said they had lots to
take home plus they released a few slots at 21" and 23" plus Dan
released a 27 1/2" walleye. Way to go Dan!!
February 10, 2012:
Matt, Pete, Jody and Sue stayed in a sleeper house and did
well keeping 31 fish. Mike's group were in a sleeper and caught
enought to eat plus kept 20 more. They caught lots of little
ones. Tim & Troy kept 11 saugers plus 3 nice walleyes using
their portables. Clayton & Val were in awheel house and
went out past everyone fishing in deep water. They caught lots
of saugers, ate fish and are taking home fish. They caught 26 their
first day out, another 22 the second day and caught 9 before noon
the third day leaving the ice by noon.Clayton relesaed 21 1/2"
and 23" walleyes and Val relesaed 21" and 20 1/4" walleyes. They
also caught a few tullibee and Val caught a nice 18" sauger.
February 8, 2012:
Slower bite for our customers the past 4-5 days with most
houses keeping 6 fish and up. Jamie's group kept 8-9 fish in each
house. Bob and Judy kept 5 the first day out and another 3 today;
all saugers and one small walleye. Judy lost a nice one around 16"
that spit the hook right in the hole. Calvin's group caught 15 fish
and kept 6. Bob, Gerry & Melvin caught 6 keepers each day. Our
sleeper groups are doing a little better in their location keeping
more fish. We have one checking out tomorrow so will get a report
February 5, 2012:
Mike & Jodi ate a meal of fish while here and took home
4 nice walleyes and 5 saugers. Ben said Friday was the best day with
him catching 14 saugers, 12 walleyes, then on Saturday he caught 3
walleyes, 2 saugers and today no fish but only fished a couple of
hours this morning. He released a 23" walleye and 23 1/2" also.
Way to go Ben!! Amy, Kim, Brian and Shaun kept 10 fish yesterday.
Amy caught a nice 18" walleye and Kim caught a 16" walleye. Mike
fished alone saying he released 15 fish, kept 7 fish in the 16-17"
range for walleyes and also some 14" saugers. He fished 6 1/2 miles
out. Cody, Jessica, Cyndy & Randy fished on Friday and kept 12
with the largest sauger measuring 16". They also had one tullibee.
Yesterday Cody and Randy fished just the afternoon and kept 9 which
the group ate that evening.
February 2, 2012:
Been kind of quiet here the past few days with just a few
people out fishing. Dale & John did okay out deep keeping 14
fish the first day out, eating fish and then another 9 the
second day. Cory and Randy fished the afternoon today and kept 9 .
Bob's group were in a sleeper house and had pretty good fishing.
They caught lots of fish and took home fish.
January 30, 2012:
Amber & David spent a few days in the sleeper and had
good fishing. They ate fish and are taking home limits. David
released a 23" and Amber's biggest walleye measured 18 5/8". They
also had some 17" fish. They had a good time, taking home 2 walleyes
and 14 saugers. David, Luke, Matt and Cody had slow fishing keeping
15 fish. Matt released a 27" walleye. Way to go Matt! Kraig Sr,
Kraig Jr & Paul were in a sleeper house. They said Sunday was a
good day. They caught one eelpout and kept 8 saugers/walleyes.
January 28, 2012:
Greg, John & Brad used their wheelhouse going out of
Adrian's Road to 30' of water. They had great fishing keeping 8 the
first day out and another 6 today. John's largest fish was 17" and
weighed 2.2 lbs. 14 yr old Brad is on his first walleye fishing trip
and did very well catching some nice walleyes with his biggest
weighing 5 pounds and he also caught a 19" that weighed 2.1 lbs.
They also had a 19 1/2" walleye that weighed 2.2 lbs. They kept nice
15, 16, 17 and 19" fish. Deb, George & Glen had a super weekend
catching lots of fish. They said the am was very good and the pm
slowed down for them. They caught their limits but no slot fish.
They had 18" walleye and 18" sauger for their largest fish and said
they kept six fish at 17-18". Tom, Steve and Chad limited this
weekend and also released a 23" walleye. Todd, Ron, Garrit, Kevin
and Brad had a good time catching lots of fish and filling out. Todd
caught a nice 28 1/2" walleye on a chartreuse/glow stopsign. They
also released 20", 23" and 24" walleyes. Gerry, Dolly, Troy, Kim and
Cody said that Friday was great. They limited, ate 20 fish on
Friday night and then caught another 20 keepers to take home on
Saturday. They had a great time. Dolly released a 25", Jerry
released 22" and 23", Troy released a 20 1/2" and Cody released 21"
and 23" walleyes. Way to go!! Dan & Gary were in a sleeper house
and did very well catching around 100 fish. They ate a bunch and
kept 12 to take home that measured 15-16". Dan also released 20 1/2"
and 23" walleyes. They said they caught mostly saugers. This was
their first time walleye fishing and also staying in a sleeper house
and they really enjoyed it.
January 26, 2012:
Neil, Gary & Jim had fantastic fishing today and
yesterday. They caught lots of fish, took home limits, ate fish and
Jim released a 20"walleye. Al & Joyce fished today and
kept 12 fish which included one 19" walleye and 11 saugers. They
also released two 23", 20" and 21" walleyes. Way to go you
January 22, 2012:
Mark & Lori spent the weekend in a sleeper doing well.
This morning they kept 1 walleye, 2 sauger and one tullibee, plus 3
eelpout. Yesterday they kept 4 walleye, 6 saugers and 2 tullibee.
Mark & Shawn kept 8 yesterday and another 8 today to get their
January 21, 2012:
Some groups are still experiencing an excellent catch while
a few others are not. Scott's sleeper group said it was slow for
them with the 4 of them keeping only 13 fish. Shawn's group is
also in sleepers and they are having a great time catching lots of
17" fish and saying they caught 12 nice keeper walleyes their first
night out. They also released a 23" walleye. Pat's group had awesome
fishing getting their limits of walleyes and saugers easily on
Friday. Dan's group did well. Nate's group said they had a good bite
on Friday but that today was much slower.
January 19, 2012:
Dean & Jane were in a sleeper house. They caught 30
fish and missed 5-6 bites. They ate a couple of meals of fish eating
all 13 inchers. Everything they kept measured over 13" and they had
a 19" and released a 21" walleye. They had a good time. Randall,
Jason, Amanda and James were in a sleeper house for one night. They
caught 14 fish, kept 2 and released a 20" walleye. Jim, Cody,
Jessica and Gary said they had a light bite and kept 10
walleye/saugers. Gary released a 22" and they also caught 5 tullibee
and one pike. Rod & Mark kept 6 fish on Thursday, ate them,
fished Friday and kept 14 more.
January 17, 2012:
Jim & Bernie fished two days having kind of slow
fishing. They kept 8 their first day out and another 10 the second
day. No big fish caught. Adam, Kyle, John, Junior and Chris had
really good fishing. The one day 9-10am was great with the fish
biting steady. They did well with gold Mepps spoons, Demon's, green
glow Macho minnows tipped with shiner heads. Adam released 22" and
24" walleyes. Junior released a 42" pike which is the biggest fish
he has caught ice fishing. They really had fun with that. They had
nice keepers getting four saugers at 16", three 17" walleyes, plus
two 18" and a 19" among their keepers. The KATO Wolf Pack had
another successful trip this year. Scott, Beau & Greg went home
just 2 fish short of their limits so they did well. Arne, Derrill,
Chuck & Dick caught 55 fish each day. They kept 20 the first day
out, ate fish and caught enough the second day to finish getting
their limits. They also caught 2 tullilbee and their biggest
walleye measured 20" which they released. Jim & Larry had really
good fishing. They caught 60 fish each day, limited plus ate fish
for 2 nights. Their largest walleye measured 18 1/2" and they kept
16" and 17" fish. Their smallest keeper was 16" so they had a
really nice pail full.
January 15, 2012:
Travis & Ordean stayed in a sleeper house catching lots
of fish. Their largest keeper measured 19 1/4" and they kept lots of
14-15" fish. They ate fish in the sleeper and took home their
limits. They also caught 20" and 30" eelpout. Billy & Adam
fished a few hours today keeping 2 walleyes plus 14 saugers.
Ross' group were in a sleeper house and said they "did good". Lars,
Lance, Dave, Tony, Ken and Dan used their portables fishing in 29'
of water the first day keeping 29 fish. Their second day they
fished in 32' of water and kept 38 fish. Their biggest walleye
measured 23". Gary, Jim, Steve and Butch "fishhog" had great
fishing. They caught 102 fish for 3 days of fishing (two were
tullibee) with the 3rd day being best, catching 51. They kept 12
walleyes and the rest were saugers for their limits. Jeff, Mary
& Steve used portables and had good fishing in 32' of water.
They fished about 6 miles out getting away from everyone. They
had really nice saugers with one measuring 17". Mary released a 21"
walleye and Steve released a 24 1/2" walleye. Way to go guys. Jeff
lost a big one. Matt, Rich & Tyler fished today keeping only 6.
They threw back lots of small fish. Colder temps on the way this
week. We have 17 plus inches of ice.
January 14, 2012:
Michelle, Steve, Gene, Gloria, Cheryl & Clint had a
good day of fishing keeping 32. Gene lost a big one and also broke
his line on a second big fish. John, Andy, Terry, Bruce, Lynn,
Adam,& Tony kept 32 on Friday and another 32 today. They
released 22" and 24" walleyes. They had a good time. Jason, Dale,
Kevin & Nate kept 11 fish and had nice 16 and 17". They also
released 21" and 23" walleyes. Dan, Annette & Brian fished in
28' and also 23' of water and said the bite was about the same in
both placees. They kept 12 fish today and will head out for more
January 12, 2012:
Neil & Tom fished two days getting their limits,
catching 52 fish each day. Tom released a 22" and his biggest keeper
measured 19". John & Kevin caught 40 fish for 2 days.
January 10, 2012:
Darren, Rob, Reed, Aron, Dick, Raylyn & Larry had very
good fishing the past 2 days. The first day out Dick and Ray kept 10
nice keepers. They caught lots of small fish and said today was
a good day being especially fantastic in the one house. Larry
was the eelpout "king" this year catching an enormous one. Rob was
saying "Victory" as he limited and was very happy. Ray released
a 21" walleye and the group went home just 4 fish short of their
limits. Mike, Jim and Andy had slower fishing than a few days
ago keeping 14. Mike released a 21 1/2" walleye. Horst, Norbert,
Jerry & Jim had good fishing catching lots of fish and saying it
was the best they have seen in years. Amber & Charles are here
from Texas with Charles Sr and Grandma Rose. 1st day out they
caught 30, kept 9, 2nd day out they caught 28 and kept 10, 3rd day
out they caught 21, keeping 9. Amber released a 23" walleye and Rose
released a 21 1/2" walleye. Way to go girls!! They had a great time.
Ben stayed solo in a sleeper house and said it was slow for him but
okay. He ate 6 fish on the ice and didn't keep any to take home. He
caught lots of little saugers he released and he also released 24
1/2" and 29" walleyes. Way to go Ben!! Jeff, Roger and Jonathan
had good fishing catching 12 the first day and keeping 10. They
caught 28 the second day, keeping 12. Jonathan released a 23"
walleye. Jeff also caught 2 tullibee with one being very big.
We had misty rain last night and high of 40 today. It was 43 here
yesterday. Most of the snow that fell a few nights ago has melted.
Colder temps on the way for Thursday.
2012: Rod, Jennifer & Eric spent the night in a sleeper
house doing very well keeping 21 fish. Rod released two 25"
walleyes. Way to go!! Chris, Logan and 5 yr old Abby were in a
sleeper house with Grandpa coming along for the weekend. They had a
great time catching lots of fish. This was Abby's first time in a
sleeper house and she loved it.
January 7, 2012:
Kent's group did very well and had fantastic fishing. They
released 20", 21" & 22" walleyes. They also had a 12" perch and
limited on walleyes and saugers. They had a great trip. TJ's group
in a sleeper house had "awesome fishing". Chuck, Jerry & Ron
said they had the best day ever taking home limits. Larry, Lenny,
Mike & Steve said their first day out was fair and 2nd day was
good. Mike released a 22 1/2" walleye. Mike, Mark & Kayla had a
good day limiting on fish. Dale, Jason, Dan, and Henry were in a
sleeper house for one night limiting plus releasing 21"
and 23" walleyes.
January 5, 2012:
Larry's group kept 18 fish today. Larry & Ron caught
80-100 fish and took home limits. Jim, Cody, Jessica and Randy
fished one day limiting on walleyes and saugers. Jim, Bernie &
Ralph kept 21 fish and lost some big ones. Travis & Adam fished
1 1/2 hours this afternoon catching 20 fish and keeping their limit
of 16. We have 16" of ice or more now. Morris Point Resort and
Adrian's Resort are letting pickups out onto the
January 4, 2012:
Awesome fishing for our groups the past two days. John,
Jake, Jimmy & Greg fished two days and said they got their
fish getting 10 saugers today and 8 walleyes to finish off
their limits. Yesterday they kept 6 walleye, 6 saugers and 2
perch. Bill's group "smacked em" keeping 33 fish yesterday. Al
& Joyce had super great fishing today saying it "was the best
ever" since coming up here for the past 20 years. They threw back
tons of keeper sized fish and took home their limits of very nice
size fish. Jerry, Dustin and Brady "did real good" taking home some
walleye and saugers with the largest measuring 19" plus they
had one eelpout, which is Jerry's favorite
January 2, 2012:
Dave, Gordy, Dewey & Tim said their second day of
fishing was much better. They caught mostly saugers and had 3
walleyes. Dave released a 25 1/2" walleye. Way to go Dave! Bob &
Kevin used portables going out of Zippel their first day, saying it
was slow at first but they started getting bites around 3pm, keeping
7 fish. The second day they fished out of Morris in 30' of water
having excellent fishing catching 60-70 walleyes. They kept nice
17", 19", 19 1/2" and released 20", 21" and also some saugers that
were 13-14". They had a really good time.
January 1, 2012:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUTH!! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! Way too
windy for portables with gusts up to 60 MPH and of course, we have a
cold front. We got around 3 inches of snow yesterday and it is
blowing all over on the lake today. The ice pushed in towards the
shore where we cross the hump and the guys had to chisel out a spot
for crossing. Yesterday the fishing was great with Kathy, Keith,
Merri and Mike "slamming em" out in front of Pine Island in
deeper water. Merri released a 24" walleye and Ryan released a 22".
They kept mostly saugers and had a great time. Jeremy, Bobbi &
Becca stayed in a sleeper house having great fishing. Jeremy
was assisted by Becca catching a 27" walleye plus he released a 21"
and 24". Way to go!! Becca released a 20". They kept 10 walleyes and
released 8 more. They also kept 9 eelpout with 3 of them over 10
pounds, released 3 pout, kept 12 saugers, released 7 saugers,
released 2 tullibee. They lost a few nice ones. Adam, Travis, Grant
& Cooper fished for an hour or so before dark keeping 6 fish.
Crystal, Scott & Nick fished the afternoon only keeping 10.
Mark, Frank, Mark & Doug used portables fishing 28' of water and
catching their limits. They threw some back they should have kept
for their limits They planned to fish Sunday but the winds kept them
off the ice, so they went home a few shy of limits. They also
fished in 30' of water one day catching 50 fish. Randy, Liz and
their kids Andrew, Tierney & Quinn stayed in a sleeper house
doing pretty good. No slot fish but they caught 30
some fish. The cold front shut the fish down for them.
Greg, Kim and kids Troy, Tyra, Brandon and Pam stayed in a sleeper
catching a half pail of fish with all the fish measuring 14-15"
and up, largest measuring 17 1/2". They caught lots of little ones
and had a good time. Howie & Jana fished all day yesterday
and did really well getting a limit of nice size walleyes.
Howie fished a couple of hours before dark on Friday but no bites.
He also fished til noon today getting 4 nice saugers to take
home with their walleyes. They had fun. They also released lots
of small fish. Ruth fished for a couple of hours and caught one
keeper sauger. Matt, Tony & John kept 13-14 nice quality
fish. They fished a 1/2 day keeping 2 saugers. Dave, Tom, John &
Andy were in a sleeper saying they had a steady bite and did really
well. They caught lots of 14" saugers up to 15 1/2". Andy
released 23" and 25" walleyes. Way to go Andy!! They had 16"
walleyes and their largest measuring 19". Adam & Travis caught 8
keepers this afternoon. Tyler, Matt & Josh fished a couple of
days keeping 10 the first day and 18 the second day using gold jigs
with fatheads.They had a couple of 20" walleyes
on Saturday plus Tyler released 25" and 27" walleyes! Way to go
Tyler!! They fished til noon today and kept 12 more plus missed a
bunch saying today was the best fishing so far.
December 30, 2011:
Hank, Ruby, Vivian, Don, Ryan and Hai kept 16 fish today.
Ryan, Owen, Mitchell and Bruce had really good fishing keeping 21
walleye/saugers plus two big eelpout. Kevin and Dan were in a
sleeper for a couple of days and said today was the best fishing.
Stopsigns were working great and they ate fish and took home their
limits. Brian, Brian, Taso and Kevin were in a sleeper house and
caught a total of 139 fish with 129 of them being walleye/saugers,
10 eelpout, one perch and one tullibee. They also said that this
morning was the best bite for them. One of their eelpout weighed 12
pounds. They had a great time. Marty and his 8 yr old daughter Megan
stayed in a sleeper house a couple of nights and did really good.
Megan had a blast and wants to come back next year. They had nice
saugers, ate each nite on the ice and also caught 4 eelpout. They
had some nice 16" walleyes and a couple of 17" walleyes.Richard,
Lester, George & Vern limited saying Friday was their best
day. Richard released 20" walleye and 36" eelpout. Lester released
24 1/2" walleye and Vern released a 21 1/2" walleye. Way to go
December 29, 2011:
Larry, Pam, Susan, John, Babs, Scott, Becky, Skip and
Jeremy fished 3 days and had excellent super fishing getting their
limits the first day, having a fish fry and eating "a ton of
fish" while here. Rock'n'rolls and Gem'n'eyes, frostees and
forage minnows were working best for them. They released lots of
slot fish with some measuring 21", 22" and Becky released a 27"
walleye. Way to go Becky!! See photo above. They kept nice 17", 19"
and 19 1/4" walleyes for their biggest keepers. Tim, Donny and
Curtis did well getting their limits and also losing 2 big fish at
the hole. John, Brian, Tom and Louie had great fishing catching 108
fish in 2 1/2 days. Brian caught a jumbo perch, Louie got
an 18" sauger and John released 23", 25" and 26" walleyes. Way to go
John!! Jeff, Brian, Greg, Stoney, Merik and Aiden did alright with
Tuesday am being the best and slow in the afternoon. They also
caught a 28" pike. Warren's group kept 20 fish for a half day of
December 28, 2011:
Jason, Doug, Matt and Tom caught 70-80 fish their first day
and limited plus getting one perch and 3 tullibee. Matt caught his
first walleye this trip. Jim's group had a blast and said they did
really well. They caught 60 fish. John and Jonathan kept 10 fish and
said it was a little slow for them. Mary and Scott stayed in a
sleeper house, ate fish and took some home but had slower fishing.
Scott, Ryan & Brent stayed in a sleeper house eating fish
and taking home 12 more. Scott released a 21 1/2" walleye and their
largest keepers measure 16 1/2", 17" plus a 16" sauger. They lost a
couple of fish also.
December 26, 2011:
Chris and his partner used portables and did very well
catching all big walleyes early in the day and throwing back lots of
them including many 20 inchers. They kept mostly saugers today.
They did land a beautiful 10 pound walleye today also. Dave,
Shannon, Dustin, Damon and Cole spent a half day on the ice this
afternoon keeping a total of 17 fish. Shannon caught a 30" plus
eelpout. Their biggest walleye measured 18". They had a good time.
Tom, Beau, Dennis, Warren & Paul kept 27 fish today and said
they threw back around 10. Dale and Ken had a good day of fishing
getting out there early, saying the bite was all morning. They were
done by 1:30pm plus Ken Fredrick released a 30" walleye he caught on
a pink stopsign. Way to go Ken!! Frozen shiners are working well.
The sleeper houses are on the lake and are already occupied. We are
not letting any full size vehicles out on the ice as is
too thin yet. We are using our Geo Trackers with carts
behind hauling customers We now have 12-13" of ice. We got
a couple of inches of snow this weekend.
December 22, 2011:
Henry and his two sons Trevor and Tyler spent a night in
the sleeper house catching lots of saugers. They ate 10 and took
home 5 the next morning. Said they caught 50 fish. Trevor released a
20" walleye and Henry released a 24" walleye. Way to go guys!!
Tyler's biggest walleye measured 18". They had a fun time. Dan
caught 40-50 fish getting his limit of 15-17 1/2" fish.
December 21, 2011:
Bruce, Kent, Chris, Lowell, Dave, Jim, Neil, Kenny and Jim
fished two days saying they had the "best fishing in years".
They limited on both saugers and walleyes and said they kept very
nice keepers and had a meal of fish. They also caught 3 eelpout,
Kent caught and released a 30" pike. Chris released a 21" walleye.
They had a great time. Brad and Mike limited for 2 days fo fishing.
Their largest fish measured 18". Bill and Harold caught 78 walleye
and saugers and said their second day of fishing was much better.
They caught lots of nice saugers and had a good time. Rod
& Missy fished two days and did very well saying it is the best
fishing they have seen in all the times up here fishing. Tuesday was
better than today. There was more noise on the lake with houses
being hauled out today. They caught 45 fish yesterday only
fishing from noon til dark. They threw back at least 10 keeper fish.
Missy caught and released a 23 1/2" walleye plus she caught a
19 1/2". Way to go Missy!! Pete and Terri joined them today for a
few hours before dark but it was kinda slow. Terri had 4 bites
catching 3 of them with one being a keeper around 15". The rest were
smaller. Pete caught an eelpout and also a few small ones. We did
get a couple more keepers. Bill and his two partners kept 17 fish
today having a great day. They were using stopsigns and said that
they couldn't keep the fish off of them.
December 19, 2011:
Joe, Dave, Gary, John, Erik, Peter and Josh Eliason had a
super great time while fishing the past few days. They caught lots
and lots of fish on gold lead head jigs with black eyes. Half of
their fish were 17-19" and the remainder measured 15" to 16". Joe
released a 22" and Dave released a 23 1/2" pictured above.Steve and
his 11 yr old son Adam used portables and had "awesome fishing"
setting up out past all the fish houses and saying they kept 18 1/2"
and 19" fish, catching around 100 fish.
December 18, 2011:
Loren & 8 yr old Kyle had excellent fishing going out
for the morning til 11am, saying they had a great time and caught
lots of fish and it was well worth going out. They released a
20" walleye. Yesterday was a slower day keeping 9 fish.
Lance, Troy, Zach, Jeff, Kyle, Lance, Eric & Chad fished the
morning til 11am and said it was slower for their group but they did
keep 24 fish. Yesterday they kept 53 fish and said they had a great
time. Zach "the chiseler" caught and released a 26" walleye. Way to
December 17, 2011:
Ben, Tom & Aaron used their portables and did well
catching nice size fish in 19' and 23' of water. They caught
good numbers of fish and kept lots of 16-17" fish plus others.
Each day they released a 22" walleye. Jamie & Steve used
portables and said the fishing was unbelievable on Friday. Jamie
released a 25" walleye. Way to go Jamie!! Dick, Denver & Joe
fished a couple of days and had a good time keeping fish mesauring
14" up to 19". They caught 50-60 fish the first day and Joe lost a
big one in the hole. Hey FryDaddy, Dick say's "you poor guy the fish
are biting". Ben and Jerry used their portables and limited on
walleyes. Ben Stone released a 30" walleye. Way to go
December 16, 2011:
Jeff & Guy fished for two days, limiting and
ate a few while here. Jeff released a 24" walleye. Way to go Jeff!!
December 14, 2011:
Jerry & Ben had a super day of fishing easily getting
their limits plus releasing a bunch of fish. They didn't get any
slot fish. Denny & Ross had a great day catching lots of fish,
and keeping quite a few 17-19" walleyes and saugers. They released a
21 1/2" walleye. They fished Lake Cormorant by Detroit Lakes
yesterday and caught 30-35 nice sunfish weighing 1/2 to 1 pound. Ken
and Brian caught mostly walleyes today. Warmer temps with misting
all day. Colder temp tomorrow with high of 20 above. We have 8-9" of
ice on the lake.
December 13, 2011:
Still great fishing happening on through the week. Greg's
group had a good time catching lots of fish. They caught their
limits the first day out. Randy Zimmer caught a beautiful 29"
walleye he released and Greg Schulte released a 25" walleye.
Bernie released a 33" pike. They kept nice walleyes measuring
16,17,18,19". They said today was a light bite but they still caught
fish. A couple of the guys lost big fish. George, Brian, Clayton and
Dale fished the past two days and told me that it was the best
fishing they have had in all the years they have been coming up
here. They kept all nice 16,17,18 & 19" fish. Dale's largest
fish measured 18", Brian released a 23", Clayton released a 21" and
George released 21" and 23 1/2" walleyes. Way to go guys!! Quentin's
group had great fishing today also getting nice keepers. Ken &
Brian fished two days and had great fishing also. Mike fished alone
catching 60 fish and released 22" and 23" walleyes. He fished a
half day-afternoon only using a red/white stopsign. He caught all
his saugers a foot off the bottom. Tony joined him for a short time
and caught 25 fish just before dark.
December 11, 2011:
A few went out fishing for the day saying the morning
was good til 8:30 or so and then the bite slowed down, with a bite
here and there. But the afternoon picked up again and they brought
in some nice fish. Lester and Ted had a great time this weekend
eating fish while here and taking home their limits. Lester released
a 22" today. His largest walleye was 26" this weekend. Pat &
Mark had a good weekend. Pat released 22" and 24" walleyes and
Mark caught a 18" and 15" today among others. They also caught a
pike around 9 lbs. They ate fish and caught their limits. Kevin,
Scott & John used portables fishing in 20' of water. They did
well limited on walleyes and saugers and kept nice 16-17" plus 18
3/4" and 19" by Scott plus a 22". Kevin released 20", 22" and 24"
walleyes. John released a 24" walleye. Way to go guys! Scotty, Pat
& Don fished 25' of water moving farther out away from the crowd
of people. They had better fishing and caught nicer bigger fish on
8" of ice. They released one 21", two 22" and kept mostly 17"
keepers. Randy, Eric and Aaron did well keeping their limits of fish
that they caught in 14-15' of water using portables. Aaron released
a 26" walleye, Randy a 27" walleye and Eric kept a 29 1/2" walleye
he caught on a pink/gold jig. Way to go guys!! They also caught a
couple of nice pike. George & Tim did well yesterday catching
saugers measuring 11", two 12", 13" and 13 1/2" plus walleyes
measuring 17", 16", 15 1/2" and four 15".George released a 23 1/2"
walleye. Way to go George! Jerry and Vicki had a great weekend
throwing back 24" and 26" walleyes and they also threw back
18-19" fish. Randy and Ej went out and set up house in 20' of water
for the evening bite. In 45 minutes they had 8 walleyes measuring
16-18" plus 4 saugers measuring 13-15". They had great fishing. On
Saturday Ben & Natalie had excellent fishing using
portables. Ben released a sturgeon well over 30" and Natalie caught
one even bigger, in fact too big to bring up the hole after a 25
minute battle. They couldn't even fit his head up the hole so
they let it go. They also caught their limit of nice walleyes and
released 25" and 26" walleyes using a llittle rapala and also a blue
forage minnow. Saturday's weather was georgeous, you didn't even
need a shelter with most people sitting outside today.
December 9, 2011:
What an awesome day of fishing! We just experienced
the best walleye bite I have seen in 3-4 years for ice fishing,
catching fish after fish and having to put aside my second rod
because it was just too much to keep up with. Lester & I had a
blast! We got to fishing around 2:45pm with Les getting bites right
away and putting 3 fish in the pail before I even had a bite, but
then they started hitting on my jigs also. The first fish I put back
was around 8 pounds and a very nice walleye! Lester put back a 25"
and I put back a 25" and he also put back a 23" or so. We caught our
limits easily and kept nice big saugers that were 15-19" and so were
all our walleyes. We also put back many keeper fish and figure we
must have caught around 50-60 fish within 2 hours. Frozen shiners
and fatheads were working with Les using a stopsign, of course,
and I used a gold rock-n-roll and a gold gem-n-eye. I don't think it
would have mattered what color we used. Want to say hi to Deb and
sorry you couldn't be here for the spectacular fishing. Tim &
George had a great day getting their limits and putting back a 22"
walleye. John and Jake also had a super day with Jake putting back a
25" walleye, keeping their limits and catching 50 fish today.
Pat and his friend fished west of us out of Morris Resort,
walking out with their portables. They had a slower day keeping only
2 fish. Jerry & Vicki had good fishing and kept 4 fish as they
already have some to take home from the day before. No trophy
walleyes yet for them. There are people on the ice everywhere out
of the Morris area. Sheriff's Dept called last night to tell us
there is a crack off of Pine Island and going north. It is not
affecting our fishing area.
December 8, 2011:
Good 6 inches on the lake today. The guys pulled a fish
house out to 19' of water and fished til just before dark. Adam and
Tony did well catching some nice keepers measuring 17-18" plus a few
smaller ones and they also missed a lot of bites. Adam lost a big
fish. Frozen shiners worked best for them. Jerry & Vicki
fished this afternoon and into the evening doing very well. They
caught their limits of walleyes and saugers. Jerry lost a big one
and he also released a 21 1/2" walleye. Way to go!! More groups
checking in tomorrow. Gonna be cold tonight, around 10
December 7, 2011:
Pete checked the ice today making it to 20 feet of water on
the lake before the ice thinned out to less than 5 inches. He found
5 1/2" all the way out to that point. The bay has 8" of ice
following our trail out to the hump. We have a couple of people
checking in tomorrow that plan to fish with their sleds and
portables and more groups showing up with portables for this
weekend. Not much for snow around. Lots of activity on Four
Mile Bay with around 30-40 people fishing for pike.
2011: Looking at the lake with the binoculars it has frozen over as
far as you can see and it looks pretty rough. There are a few
patches of smooth ice out there but lots of rough ice to get
through. The north winds last night blew all the ice chunks our way
towards shore. Yesterday it was froze over about a half mile out.
The bay where the guys are spearing pike has 7 inches. Still
one thin spot off of Cyrus Resort docks that needs to get
thicker before we can pull our houses onto the lake and of course,
we need more ice on the lake which should start thickening this week
with the colder temps on the way.
today, lots of walleyes being caught just
right out front at Lighthouse Gap and also starting to move
into the Morris Gap. Heather and Ed had a super day catching 69
walleyes and saugers today. They are anchored using shiners.
Pete, Terri & EJ fished Saturday evening just before dark
catching around a dozen or so and keeping 3 saugers and 3 walleyes
while using frozen shiners. They were biting light hitting best
on white and white/pink jigs. Ed and Heather fished the Light house
Gap and caught all small fish they released. Hear tell there are
lots of grouse this year. Pete and Jiggs will be going hunting soon.
2011: We just returned from our elk hunting and trout
fishing trip to Wyoming. Pete hunts the Bridger Tetons for elk while
I fish the Hoback and Granite Rivers. The elk were tougher to find
this year with Pete and Sam (guide) riding the horses in the
mountains hunting. They didn't see much of anything the first 3 days
and on the 4th morning they heard lots of bugling and Pete shot a
cow. This year the water was higher than previous years and the
spring runoff had changed the river. Some of my "honey holes" were
no longer there. Fishing was tougher this year but I managed to
catch my biggest cutthroat so far, getting a beautiful 19" that was
fat. In fact, all the trout we caught (all 3 of them) were fat and
healthy looking. I caught another one around 10-12". Alex is a guide
from the Sleeping Indian Outfitters Ranch that went fishing
with me for the day. She caught a nice 16" or so. We released
all the fish. We didn't catch anymore but had a fun
afternon hiking up and down the river trying many spots. Waders
are recommended. Pete and I had a great time at the ranch, as
always. On the way home we spent a night in Thermopolis going
swimming and soaking in the mineral hot springs. Then we spent
a night with some friends on the way home. It was a great trip and
we are glad to be home.
2011: Scot, Tanya, Todd and Patrick have been fishing and
getting lots of nice walleyes. They had to deal with some high winds
this past week.
September 9, 2011:
Bob, Marlys, John & Pat are here for a week
of fishing and relaxing. They have been doing well getting some
nice walleyes each day, mostly on crawlers. They haven't caught any
saugers though. They had Pete and I over for dinner last tonight and
we all enjoyed the meal and visited. Steve Nelson and his partner
are fishing the mornings and bear hunting the evenings. Their first
day of fishing they didn't get any down by Zippel but they only
fished a few hours.They haven't gotten a bear yet. Pete did a
charter taking out Dave, Rob and Steve. They had a slower day,
taking most of the day to get their limits but they got their
walleyes and saugers. We have been having hot sunny days with
hardly any wind and today no wind at all. Very hot on the lake,
bring your suntan lotion.
September 5, 2011:
Pete ran a half day morning charter taking out a couple of
guys from Missouri that are up here bear hunting and already have
one bear. They are bow hunting bear but wanted to try some walleye
fishing. The morning started out slow for them but soon they found
the fish and came back to the dock with their limits of walleyes and
saugers. No slot fish released today. Everyone else checked out this
morning. It is a beautiful day with a high of around 70 and
sunny with light winds.
September 4, 2011:
Pete and Grant (Randall's Resort) took out our group for a
couple of days of walleye fishing. Joel, Jay, Don, Mike, Nick,
Jeremy and Ben braved the waves again today. The boats didn't leave
the dock til 10am this morning, waiting for the winds to die down.
They ended up fishing in 3-5 footers with the wind out of the north
but managed to catch enough fish to replace what they ate the day
before. Jeremy caught and released a 27" walleye. Way to go Jeremy!!
Yesterday the winds picked up in the early morning and they headed
right out front of Morris Resort and put down the riggers. The bite
was so fantastic the fish were on the lures as soon as Pete got
them down. They limited on walleyes and saugers in just 45 minutes
for both boats! The fastest the charters have ever limited and been
back to the docks out of our place! They came back by
10am with coolers full of really fat walleyes, plus
they released some slot fish. They decided to come in as the waves
were getting bigger and it was too rough out there. The guys ate
fish for lunch and dinner. Rebecca and Dennis were here for a few
days. They had some motor problems so weren't able to fish much and
then the winds came up and was too rough to stay out on the water.
They said they enjoyed the scenery and liked the area even though
they didn't get to fish much. Goose hunting is also open. Some
hunters around and lots of geese. We are seeing some ducks on the
bays already and the leaves are starting to change just a bit.
Already getting down in the 40's at night here.
2011: Another fantastic day of walleye fishing with
downriggers. Phil, Tammy, 16 yr old Matt and 10 yr old Dixon
went out for a great day of fishing. They caught really nicekeepers
with Tammy getting the largest walleye measuring 19". No slot
fish today but really fat keepers plus they got their saugers too.
They had a great time.
September 1, 2011:
Pete, Terri and Al & Joyce went out for a day of bait
fishing. We headed down towards Graceton Beach and put on some
spinner rigs tipped with frozen shiners. We caught about 7 keepers
and then switched to crawlers and leeches. Crawlers worked well at
first and then we switched to leeches with white spinner blades with
a red eye working best. Al caught a nice 25-26" walleye he released
and he also caught a nice 36" pike that he had fun bringing in. He
released the pike. Both fish fought pretty good. We caught some
dandy fish bringing in our limits of walleyes and saugers. Joyce
released a 20" walleye also. It was a sunny and windy day but the
wind was out of the south so no big waves on this end of the lake.
Kevin and Billy both had charters today and they were downrigging
near us and doing well with that also. Fishing has been super here
the past month. We finally got some rain with the rain gauge holding
7/10th's, but we need more. Very dry here.
August 28, 2011:
Another great day of fishing with Pete taking out Dennis
and his son Ross. They had a great time using the downriggers and
getting some nice fish, all measuring 16" to 19". They threw back
five slot fish with the largest measuring 25". Way to go guys! They
came in with their limits of saugers and walleyes. Tomorrow they are
going to try for pike in the bay. We are having some georgeous
weather here and still no rain. No bugs either with the dry summer
we are having.
2011: Beautiful day on the lake. Shane, Dave &
Joel had an excellent day of fishing bringing in 18 keepers.
Yesterday was too windy. They did go out of Zippel Bay to try
and avoid the big waves. Their largest walleye released measured
24". They had a great fishing trip. Brad, Billy, Jeff and Jeff Jr.
caught their limit of walleyes but no saugers. Brad Walen
released a 29 1/2" walleye that he caught on a jig tipped with
a leech. It was the third fish caught on the trip. Way to go Brad!!
Pete took Jeff and Melissa out for a half day charter and they
did very well at the 9 footer. They came in with their limits of
walleyes and saugers and Jeff released a 24" walleye. Way to go
2011: Not much fishing today with high winds and big
waves on the lake.
August 25, 2011:
Pete took Dennis, Casey and Steve out for a day of fishing.
They had a fantastic day getting their fish in no time with limits
of walleyes and saugers. They downrigged just north of the 9 footer.
They also released a 24" walleye. Ward and Marsha have been fishing
on their own and doing well with downriggers. They limited on both
walleye and sauger and also released some nice walleyes measuring
24" and 26". All their keepers were 17 inches and up.
August 21, 2011:
Pete, Terri, Rod, Traci, Jill and Kevin went out on the
charter today bait fishing north of the 9 footer. It was a little
slow at first but then Tracy started getting into some nice
walleyes. Terri caught a nice sauger and then Jill and Kevin stated
getting bites. They were using spinner blades with crawlers and
leeches and jigs with frozen shiners also worked. They
kept around a dozen and then the wind died down so they
switched to downrigging and the fish started hitting immediately.
They had their limits in no time at all. No slot fish today. Mike,
Dennis and Lee had a super day of pike fishing with Mike
Venzke landing a big 43" pike and Lee Schlais landing a
beautiful 41" pike. Mike said they were using slurpees, beetle
spinners and Lee was using Duck tails. They are getting them
mounted. They also put back a 31 1/2" pke and threw back 3-4 small
ones. They kept 5 small pike on Friday. Saturday they went on the
charter boat with Pete for walleyes and had an excellent day of
fishing even though they had pretty big waves out there. They
came into the dock with their limits of walleyes and saugers they
caught off of Long Point while downrigging. They had nice 18-19"
walleyes and also released a 24" walleye. They had a super good
time. Kurt & Terri went blueberry hunting and said they were
pretty much done.
August 20, 2011:
Kurt & Terri downrigged and limited out their first day
getting nice 17-18" fish. They released a 25 1/2" and also a couple
of 21" walleyes. Way to go!! Craig, Jodi, 1 yr old
Makaila,Carol and Ron went out on the charter today with Pete. They
fished down near Zippel and had good fishing bringing in limits for
both walleyes and saugers. They released a 24" walleye and had a
great day of fishing. Makaila did good on the boat and had fun.
August 16, 2011:
Doug, Karen, Doug and Stacy went out for a half day charter
hoping to replace the walleyes they ate last night. When they
left the dock the skies were a little cloudy and it was pretty gray
out. It sprinkled just a tad and then the sky cleared up making
it a beautiful day with south winds, which is perfect. They fished
right out front in deep water and did very well getting their fish
which were all healthy fat ones. They had a great time and
headed home with their limits of saugers and walleyes. We are seeing
lots of saugers caught this summer.
August 15, 2011:
Scot, Todd and Collin went out for the morning and caught
lots of big walleyes today. Collin released another walleye over
28". Way to go Collin!! He is looking for that 30" to mount but
hasn't found it yet! The boys headed home with their limits of fish
and they also ate fish while in camp. I'm sure they will be back one
more time before the summer is over. Pete headed out on the charter
boat with Doug, Stacy, Doug and Karen on board. They had a slow
start in the morning but it soon picked up and they did great in 33
ft of water bringing in limits of nice walleyes plus 5 saugers. Doug
Walton released a 25" walleye. Way to go Doug!! They got lots of sun
and had a good fishing trip. Blue glass, baby bass, clown and
purpledescent have been working for downrigging among many other
2011: A little slower fishing today but they are
still biting and they caught bigger fish today. I think the
thunderstorm we had last night must have spooked the fish a little.
We got another inch of rain last night. Todd, Beth, Nancy, Scott,
Keith and Lori went out for another day of charter fishing. They did
well bringing in nice fish plus they got all their saugers to take
home and their walleyes. They ate fish while staying at the
resort. No big fish today with Beth getting the largest walleye
measuring 21". They had a great time and the weather
was beautiful. Craig, LaDonna, Justin, 5 yr
old Brandon and 9 yr old Callie had a good weekend of
fishing. They got their limits plus ate 2 meals of fish. Callie
released three 20" walleyes. Way to go Callie! 5 yr old Brandon
released a 24" walleye. Way to go Brandon. Justin caught some nice
walleyes measuring 25", 27" and 27 1/2". Way to go
Justin!! Craig released 24" and 26" walleyes and
said they also put back a couple of 22" and 23". Way to go Craig!!
Todd, Scot, Collin & Pat are having a great weekend catching
lots of fish and putting back lots of slots.
August 12, 2011:
Pete ran a charter taking out Todd, Beth, Nancy, Scott,
Keith and Lori. They had a slow start but after 10am or so the fish
started to hit. They downrigged at the 9 footer and also south of
Garden Island bringing in some fat fish. They had a full cooler of
nice 17-19" fish. They also threw back at least 10 slot fish from
24" up to 27". What a day! Todd, Scot and Collin had a good day of
fishing near the 9 footer bringing in their limits and putting back
lots of slot fish. Collin caught a 28 1/2" walleye on a
purpledescent. He released the fish. Way to go Collin!! Craig and
Justin fished near Long Point today and did well bringing in some
nice walleyes. Very nice fishing weather and hardly any wind today.
The bugs were bad on the water. We finally got 1 1/2" of rain last
night that we really needed. Tony & Tom caught 27 smallmouth
today all measuring from 14" to 19". Some really nice ones and they
had a blast. Tony said his shoulder was getting sore from catching
August 9, 2011:
Too windy for fishing today. The charter boats that tried
to go out ended up turning around and coming back in. Jamie and
Steve fished a couple of days using their downriggers and did very
well. They limited on Sunday. Jamie released 22" and 28"
walleyes. Way to go Jamie!!
August 7, 2011:
A fantastic day of fishing today, even better than
yesterday! Pete took out Jim, Jason and Jesse. They downrigged and
got their limits of walleyes and saugers at the 9 footer before
10am, all really nice fat fish. Jim & Jennifer came all the way
from Missouri for a few days of fishing. They ate fish every night
and had a good time. Scot and Todd fished a couple of days
downrigging. They limited on both walleyes and saugers. They also
released a 28 1/4" walleye along with many more slot fish.Way to go
guys!! Randy, James, Amanda and Jason fished using one of our
rental boats and went out in the bay and around Pine Island for the
morning. James caught a small pike. No other fish.
August 6, 2011:
A great day out on the lake today. Pete ran a charter
taking out Randy, Jason, Amanda and James. They started out the day
with 16 yr old Amanda catching a 29 1/2" walleye and what a healthy
fish! Very big! Way to go Amanda!! She is getting the fish mounted.
They downrigged at the 9 footer & came in with limits of saugers
and walleyes. Everyone is catching fish and the weather has been
super here. Kevin, Patty, Grandpa Dahl, Michael, Danielle, Grant,
Hayley, Cheyenne and Kadynn spent a week with us. They caught lots
of fish and ate many meals. Cheyenne caught her first fish this
week. Patty caught a 15" smallmouth. They fished the "field" near
Zippel. Still picking blueberries but not as many as last year.
Probably because we haven't had any rain for a long time here.
August 5, 2011:
The charter boat headed out today with Patty, Grandpa Dahl,
Michael, Danielle, Grant and Hayley on board. Danielle went on her
first fishing trip and caught her first fish ever! She also got
seasick from the waves along with Hayley. They had a great day of
fishing coming in early with a full cooler of fish. They
limited downrigging and bait fishing. Grant released a 21 1/2"
walleye he caught on a crawler. They had a great time.
2011: David and Keith had good fishing keeping their
limits and also releasing some nice ones. They kept two 16", 17" and
18 1/2". They also released a 21 1/2" walleye and 5-6 small
July 31, 2011:
Charter boat has been busy and headed out today again with
Dave, Mike, Wayne, Dan and Remmy on board for a second day of
fishing. Yesterday they kept 12 saugers and 18 walleyes downrigging.
They released 4 slot fish. They had a fish fry last night and needed
to replace their catch and did well bringing in some nice fish. They
had super good fishing and fun!!
July 30, 2011:
Shane, Diane and Carson kept 4 fish their first night out.
Shane was using crawlers and caught most of the keepers. Diane and
Carson were using frozen shiners and catching mostly small fish. The
next day they kept 8 including a 19" and the rest were 16-18". They
caught 25 fish total. Cory, Jackie, Tyler, Austin, Lloyd and Sue
spent a few days on the lake doing very well. Austin
caught & released 22" and 24" walleyes, Tyler released
a 25" walleye and Jackie released a 27" walleye! Way to go Pagenkopf
family!! They also released multiple slot fish in the 22,23 and 24"
range. The family went blueberry picking also.
July 26, 2011:
Wayne, Sherry, Amanda and Dan went on the charter boat with
Pete today. They fished 20' of water in the Zippel Bay area and
did really well. They kept 20 walleyes and 8 saugers. Amanda caught
a beautiful 30" walleye on a red lure while downrigging. She is
getting it mounted. Way to go Amanda!! The family had a really fun
July 23, 2011:
Jason, LaDonna, Doug & Patty and Ron & Jessie
went out for another day of charter fishing. The weather took quite
a change with no sun today and rain showers for the entire morning
and into the afternoon. Very windy with big waves. Pete headed
across the lake up into the islands where they bait fished near
Little Oak and did well considering the elements. Jessie
Lewandowski released a 21" today. Way to go Jessie!! They
replaced the fish they ate last night and did bring in a couple of
more saugers to add to their limits. The fish were smaller
July 22, 2011:
Pete did a charter trip today taking out Jason &
LaDonna, Ron & Jessie, and Doug & Patty. It was a
beautiful day on the water and on shore. Lots of sunshine and
light winds. They fished down around Zippel area using live
bait (leeches & crawlers) and had super fishing getting their
limits of 28 walleyes before noon, all very nice fish measuring 16
to 19" and very fat. Jessie Lewandowski of Glencoe, MN released a
26" walleye that was her first fish of the day. Way to go Jessie!!
Pete released a 41 1/2" pike that he caught on 6 lb line. He had fun
catching that big fish! Orange and gold spinners worked best today.
July 21, 2011:
Scott & Mary are the only customers in camp this past 2
days. They did very well fishing out deep in 30' of water off
of Lighthouse Gap with crawlers and spinner rigs, drifting.
Mary used a white blade with a red spot both days. They caught nice
16" walleyes about 4 miles out plus they caught a couple of saugers
they ate. They fished Zippel area the second day and did well there
also, releasing three walleyes measuring 22". They also caught
three just over 18" and four 16-17". They headed home with their
limits plus ate fish while here.
July 17, 2011:
Pete, Terri, Tony, Terri & Paul went out early this
morning on the charter. They tried bait fishing first but no bites
so went to downrigging the mudflats which worked very well. Started
catching fish right away and caught as many slot fish as keepers.
Terri Fischbach caught the largest measuring 25" and the group ut
back several fish measuring from 20" up to 25". Purpledesent and
dark red were working best. The group came back to the dock by 1pm
with their cooler full of limits. Very hot on the water and lots of
bugs up by the islands so bring your spray. Absolutely no breeze
today. The blueberries are ready at Zippel Park. Doesn't seem to be
very many this year and most are already ripe; only a few green ones
left on the plants. Havent' had a chance to check my other spots yet
and haven't had much for wind so the bugs were terrible for
berry picking, but the berries sure are good!
July 13, 2011:
Mike & Tony went out downrigging in 28' of water just
out front and limited out in about an hour. They said it was great
and the fish were nice keepers. We are having beautiful weather this
week with south winds today. Gonna get hot for this weekend.
July 10, 2011:
Another great day out there. Kevin is already on his way in
with his charter group and it is only 12:30 pm. Krafty just radioed
in and said he is fishing in 28' of water in front of the Pine and
already has their limits and coming into shore. Looks like its gonna
be another great summer of fishing! Matt Mickelson fished the
afternoon and limited out within a few hours. He also released a 26"
walleye. Way to go Matt!!
July 9, 2011:
A fantastic day of bait fishing and the downrigging has
also turned on. Pete, Kevin, Billy, Wiggles, plus quite a few more
charters took customers out of the Wigwam Resort. They are having
their annual Beach Bash. Some of the charters took off across the
lake to fish up in the northern islands while Pete, Kevin and Billy
decided to try the shallows off of Pine Island just out of the Light
house Gap. They drifted with spinner rigs in 6 to 15 feet of water
with all 3 boats limiting out in no time. Leeches worked best.
They all threw back slot fish. The boats that went north also did
very well bait fishing. Heard that Stony Point has also turned
on this weekend. Everyone is catching fish. Todd, Pat, Scot,
Tanya, Kedrick and LouAnne have been bait fishing and also
downrigging. They said the downrigging really turned on today
keeping them busy at the back of the boat. LouAnne had a really big
fish on that was pulling out all the line and then got away. She was
still talking about it the next morning. Todd released a 27 1/2"
walleye and Tanya released two 27" walleyes. They also released lots
of slot fish. Today was their best day of fishing. They also said
there was a large school of shiners in shallow and they hooked some
of them on their hooks. The fish fly hatch began a few days ago and
we are having a good hatch this year. Lots of them on the water and
the fish are full of them. Lots of sunshine this past
July 7, 2011:
Rosella and Jim went fishing out of Warroad with a relative
and did very well getting their limits. They released three walleyes
measuring 23-24". They had a great time. They also went to Voyageurs
National Park and rented a boat for the day and said they had a
wonderful time. They were disappointed that Zippel State Park was
July 4, 2011:
Hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday. It was hot and
sunny here today with little or no wind. Pete, Terri and Ruth went
out fishing for the afternoon trying bait fishing first and getting
a couple of fish. Then switching to downrigging and doing much
better catching bigger fish and nice keepers. Ruth released 27",
24", 24" and 23" walleyes. Way to go Ruth!! Terri released a 21" and
Pete released a 28" walleye. They kept 15 walleye/saugers and
released lots of small fish also. Todd, Scot and Tanya bait fished
today near the border doing excellent getting their limits. Tanya
released a 23 1/2" walleye. Mark and his wife had great fishing and
caught their limits plus ate fish. Mark & Jason also did well
getting their limits and eating fish. Mark released a 24" walleye
and Jason released a 25" walleye. Way to go guys!! Lots of people
around for the holiday events and the big fireworks are
July 3, 2011:
Slower bite today with everyone telling me they are having
a hard time getting any fish to bite,let alone a keeper. Mark and
his wife said it was tough out there. Jeff, Wade, Karen, Zachary,
Tom and Nick went on the charter boat for a half day of fishing. It
was very slow. They brought in 7 keepers and Tom relesaed a 22"
July 2, 2011:
Brett's group had good fishing getting their
limits. Their biggest walleye measuring 19". Dylan, Joe and Jamie
had really good fishing with them limiting while fishing near the
border by Lighthouse Gap and drifting in 7 to 13 feet of water with
a jig and crawlers. Jeff, Wade, Karen, Madelyn, Stacy and Nick all
went out for a hald day charter with Pete. They used leeches and
shiners and had an excellent day of fishing coming back to the dock
with 28 keepers. Madelyn released a 21-22" walleye, Jeff released a
24" walleye and Tom released 22" and 27" walleyes.Way to
June 29, 2011:
Pete took Dennis, Casey, Steve and Jake out on the charter
boat. They headed out to the mud flats anchoring and jigging. They
did well there until the south winds got so strong the anchor came
loose a couple of times so they moved to calmer waters. They
headed up near Pine Island drifting with spinner rigs in
10 ft of water catching some excellent fish. They came in
with their limits of nice saugers and very nice walleyes by 2:30 or
so. Dennis released a 23' and Jake released 20" and 21 1/2"
walleyes. Way to go guys!! We had south winds and a warm
sunny day. Water temp today was 59 degrees. High around 90 for
tomorrow. Everyone is getting ready for the big 4th of
June 28, 2011:
Steve, Scott, David, Mike, Kenny and Keith went out charter
fishing with Pete for two days. They had a little tougher fishing on
Monday with cloudy rainy skies all day, bringing in 17 keepers but
releasing lots of slot fish. Today they had sunny skies and a better
day getting 20 some keepers and releasing more slot fish. Keith
caught a nice 27" walleye this morning as they trolled with plugs
out of the bay to the lake. He also caught a 25" walleye on the
lake. Steve released a 26 1/2" walleye. Way to go guys!!
Scott's son David was with for his first walleye fishing and
he caught his limit of walleyes plus released a 21". Way to go
David!! The group released many more smaller slot fish also.
June 26, 2011:
Super great time on the charter boat today for Mike, Lori
and Richie. They anchored in 31 feet of water jigging with frozen
shiners and/or crawlers with both working. They came into the docks
with some really nice keepers plus they brought in their saugers
that included some 15-16". Yesterday Mike, Lori, Kelly and Richie
went on the boat but was a slower day and the fish were smaller than
today, but they did put back a lot of slot fish both days. On
Friday Pete released 5 slot fish with the largest measuring 30"
followed by a 27" and 26" walleyes. Mike released a 26 1/2", Richie
relesaed a 26 1/8", Lori released a 23". They also released several
21", 24" and many small fish. Way to go guys!! Richie also
caught a tullibee! Merlin, Eain, Sherry, Carrie, Jacob and
Eli went out for a couple of hours this afternoon but the rain got
heavy so they headed in. They came back with 7 keepers and put back
5 small ones. Sherry released a 21" walleye. They fished out in
front of Pine Island jigging with frozen shiners. Haven't seen the
owls again but the lady slippers are blooming and also found an
Indian Mocassin bloom.
June 25, 2011:
Linda, Tim and Devin spent a week with us and had a good
time even though it rained quite a bit this week. They ate fish
while here and went home just one fish short for their limits. They
had nice 17-18" fish and only caught one sauger. Devon
released a 21" walleye and two 23" walleyes. Tim released a 25"
and Linda released a 23 1/4". She also caught a nice 20" smallmouth
out by the buoys. They used crawlers and jigged or
trolled. Traylen, Kelly and John also spent a week fishing.
They had enough eaters for their limits and ate fish. Traylen
released a 23" walleye. No charters this week and the weather
has been cool and wet.
June 19, 2011:
Devin, Linda and Tim did well fishing around the bay and
island. They brought in 3 keepers measuring 17-18" using crawlers.
Devin released a 21", Linda released a 23 1/4" and Tim released a
25" walleye. Way to go guys!! Cooler temps today with overcast
skies. No rain. Oyster mushrooms are out today. Matt and Barb found
quite a few in the woods. We have great horned owls that nested just
behind our house this spring and had 3 babies. The babies are now
out of the nest and flying around in our backyard and into the
woods. We can hear them squawking for food. About a week ago in
the early morning two of the baby owls were sitting just outside of
my bedroom window on the roof with the mother sitting in a tree just
10 feet from the roof. One baby had the wing and leg of a raven it
was gnawing on and the other baby was squawking and trying to get
it away from the other one. They sat on the roof for quite
sometime, about an hour. The second baby finally flew away and the
other one flew down to the ground behind the house and sat on the
lawn finishing his meal. The mother flew about 50 feet away and
stayed in the trees on the edge of the yard watching over her
babies. There are feathers all over on the ground around our resort.
I tried to get some good pictures but was tough as they kept
flying away. The following morning at 6am I took our puppy Jiggs out
to potty. I looked up at the roof of our house and one of the adult
owls was perched on the peak watching us. I quickly snatched up
Jiggs and went inside. They stuck around our yard for 2 days and
then moved deeper into the woods behind the house. We haven't seen
them for 4-5 days now.
June 18, 2011:
Pete took 4 people out of Wigwam Resort and they
fished under cloudy skies with drizzle and mist falling most of the
day. The fishing was fantastic with the group getting their limits
of fish easily and releasing lots of fish. Tony, Dick, Bob and Lee
stayed for a week of fishing doing quite well. Lee released two
big pike measuring 41" and 42". Bob released a 38" pike. Dick
released a 24" walleye and Tony released a 22" walleye. They also
released a half dozen slot fish that were just over 19 1/2".
Way to go guys!! They limited on walleyes and ate lots of fish also.
They did catch a few small saugers. They mainly drifted with
crawlers and trolled with plugs for the pike. They had a great
time. The three Jim's fished a few days and caught lots of
June 17, 2011:
Pete took out a group of 6 from the Wigwam. They had an
excellent day of fishing getting their limits and coming back to the
dock by 2pm. They drifted with spinner rigs tipped with crawlers out
of Lighthouse Gap from 9-15 ft of water. Today the weather was super
with lots of sunshine and very light winds.
June 11, 1011:
Milo, Adam, Steve and Jim had excellent fishing while here.
They limited on walleyes with lots of them measuring 16 1/2" and
also 18" and 18 1/2". Milo caught the first fish of the trip which
was a 25" walleye. Way to go Milo!! They also released a 23" and a
22 1/2". They mostly fished shallow in 6 1/2 to 7 feet of water
pulling crankbaits and/or plugs getting lots of fish after 9pm.
Milo hooked into a big sturgeon while walleye fishing that he
battled for 2 or more hours and it pulled the boat all the way out
to 29 feet of water, then broke his 4 pound test line. They got to
see the fish and took pictures. They had a great time. Arnie, Mike
and Gary had excellent fishing getting their limits and eating fish
while here. Arnie released a 25" walleye and Mike released a 36"
pike. Gary caught a 17" smallmouth. Way to go guys!! They also
caught 8 shiners while pulling plugs.
June 10, 2011:
Gary, Mike & Arnie fished today doing well
bringing in some really nice keepers. Pete did a charter for the
Wigwam today. They had lots of boats going and they all headed up
north to fish the islands. It was slow up there and Pete's group
came in with 11 fish.
June 9, 2011:
Windy and rainy today. Tom, Bob, Kurt and John caught lots
of fish the past few days using two boats and drifting, trolling,
jigging while anchored with all working well. They caught lots of
fish to eat plus are taking home limits. They also caught one jumbo
perch and a couple of bull heads. Tom released a nice 26"
walleye that he caught under the bridge on County Road 8. John
released a 27 1/2" walleye. Way to go guys!! They also got a limit
of northern pike. They had a geat time this year again. Mark spent a
week fishing the lake and doing excellent. Friday he caught 2
walleyes and 2 pike. Saturday while jigging he caught 1 sauger and 4
pike. Sunday he caught 14 walleye which consisted of eight 15",
three 16", one 17", one 18" and he also got a bonus with a 29"
walleye! Way to go Mark! Monday he caught two 16", two
15" plus 2 saugers and 2 pike. He had a banner evening pulling
plugs and getting lots of walleyes including four 15", two 16",
18" and a 20" plus 4 saugers. He has his limit so is releasing all
fish. Tuesday he went on the charter and caught 3 fish.
Wednesday he caught 1 northern (very windy and rainy). Thursday he
caught 24 walleyes including 22", two 20" a 19" and two 18",
three 17", two 16", two 15" and 6 saugers using a jig and
drifting. He said it was so steady on Monday night he couldn't keep
them off his hook and as soon as the sunset hit the water they
quit biting instantly. Water temp is 62 degrees.
June 7, 2011:
Pete ran a half day charter today taking out Jerry,
Virginia, Bertie and Mark. They didn't head out until
9am waiting for the rain to quit. It was sa chilly day but the
sun did come out later. They fished the bay behind Pine Island
trolling with rapalas and shadraps. They caught lots of fish and
came in with their limits of walleyes which were all nice sized from
15" up to 19". Yesterday Tom and Tony fished behind Pine Island and
caught their limits of fish also.
June 4, 2011:
Pete took the same group on the charter boat
today hoping to do better than yesterday. The bite was even
slower. They came in with 12 keepers. The day started out sunny but
soon turned cloudy and pretty much had clouds moving through all day
with short peeks of sun popping through. High of only 60
degrees today. Much warmer temps for next week. We went asparagus
hunting and found a whole bunch. Haven't had a chance to look for
June 3, 2011:
Marlin and Jerry spent a few days fishing and caught enough
fish to eat. They also fished off the docks (too windy on lake) and
caught some pike. Jerry caught the same pike twice. Jerry went home
and Dusty and Lonny showed up to fish with Marlin. The wind was
still blowing hard and they didn't get to spend much time on the
water. Friday night they caught more than enough to eat plus lots of
small ones they put back. The water is very dirty from the high
winds out of the north, stirring everything up. Pete ran a charter
trip taking out Wally's group from Cyrus Resort. They had a tough
time finding fish that would bite and tried several different spots.
They ended up getting some nice keepers out of the Lighthouse
Gap in 20' of water jigging with shiners and leeches. Wally tried a
crawler for awhile but no luck. The water temp has dropped 5 degrees
with the colder weather. Bill and Gary went out for the evening but
only got one keeper. They are heading home with their limits
of walleyes and saugers. Mona, Deb and John also headed for home
after a great vacation. They took home their limits of nice walleyes
and saugers. Sorry you didn't make it this year again
May 30, 2011:
Danny, Craig, Jeff, Steve, LaDonna and Wanda spent a few
days having excellent fishing. They limited on walleyes their first
day out and ate 19 of them that night for dinner. The next day they
replaced those fish and then ate another 15 that evening. The third
day they replaced the 15 they ate and are going home with their
limits. They also released lots of fish. Danny released a 22"
walleye and he also missed a big hog today. He got it halfway to the
boat and it got off. They had a great time despite the wind and
rain. It rained off and on Saturday and rained most of today. Sunday
was a georgeous day. Steve, Cheri and Andy fished around the south
shore of the lake Saturday getting their limits. They ate fish for
dinner. Sunday they headed across the lake to fish around Garden
Island. They said they should have stayed on the south shore as the
bite was slow up there and they had a hard time getting fish but
they did get their limits of walleyes and saugers. Cheri caught the
largest fish with the group releasing 22", 23" and 24" walleyes.
Blue was their best color and green, and they said any color worked.
Mike, Merri, Kathy & Keith had a great time fishing Knight
shoals. They limited plus released some slot fish. Kathy released a
23" and Keith released a 28 1/2" walleye. Way to go Keith!!
They had a family/friends fishing contest on Saturday and Keith won
1st place with his 28 1/2" walleye winning $275. Good job Keith!!
They also released a 21 1/2" walleye. Bill and Gary had a good day
saying they caught nicer fish today measuring 14-16" and they
had an 18". They were drifting and caught 10 fish in one drift.
Shiners, fatheads and leeches are working right now. Pete and I
picked some more asparagus today. Haven't had time to look for
May 27, 2011:
Jim's group had a good day of fishing yesterday bringing in
their limits. Ron and Alexia spent a week fishing for walleyes and
pike on the windy days. They spent 3 days on the lake catching lots
of walleyes and released 20 1/2", 21", 22", 24" walleyes and also
put back 9 walleyes measuring 16-17". They took home all 18-19"
walleyes. They fished the channel and bay in 4-5 ft of water for
pike and released lots of small ones and also got their limit
keeping 22" and 25" pike. They released a 38" pike also. Way to go
guys!! Naomi, Kevin and Pat fished a few days and had excellent
fishing on the south shore. Naomi released three walleyes measuring
20" and 21". They limited on walleye and sauger and ate fish. Pat
also cuaght a nice jumbo perch. Gold was their best color followed
by chartreuse with a red eye and a silver spinner blade. They were
trolling. Mark, Sandy and John found about 20 mushrooms.
May 25, 2011:
Too windy to get onto the lake this morning. Mark, Sandy
and John went mushroom hunting - no report on how they did.
Jim's group just checked in this evening telling me they had tough
fishing on Red Lake today. Francis and Jan left this morning after
staying a week with us. They had good fishing with just a
few slow times in the mornings. They ate fish and took home
their limits. Drifting and trolling worked best. They released
walleyes measuring 21", 26" and three 24" walleyes plus one 19 1/2".
They also caught a 5 lb pike and a 10 lb pike.
May 24, 2011:
Pretty windy this morning out of the north with 6 footers
rolling into the gaps. The wind died down a bit this afternoon so
Kevin, Naomi & Pat fished from noon til 2pm in 28 feet of water
drifting and trolling. They had an awesome bite getting their limits
of nice 16" walleyes plus they got nice saugers to take home. Naomi
relased a 21" walleye today. Way to go Naomi!! Mark, Sandy and
John fished out near the Morris Gap this afternoon and
limited in 3 hours while drifting and/or trolling with jigs
and/or spinners tipped with leeches or
shiners. They also caught one perch and a small mouth
bass. Tom caught a pike over 30". Yesterday they went out for
the morning but only had 2 keepers. Temps have been a bit cooler
here and will be the remainder of the week. Highs in the mid 60's
all week. Ron and Alexia fished the bay for pike yesterday and have
3 or 4 nice ones.
May 22, 2011:
Pete and Terri went hunting for mushrooms and asparagus
after the fresh rainfall. We found enough mushrooms for a meal but
they are still pretty scarce. There were swarms of mosquitoes in the
woods, in fact the worst I have ever seen them. Bring your bug
spray! We found lots of asparagus with some already 2 feet tall and
others only a few inches or more. We had an excellent meal of fresh
fried mushrooms and asparagus on toast with cream sauce. Man was it
good! John, Mark & Sandy said the morning bite was fast using
leeches and minnows in front of Pine Island. They kept 9 walleyes
and one sauger. Sandy had a nice 19 1/2" walleye and Mark Jurca
released a 27" walleye. Way to go Mark!! John and Mark fished the
evening and kept 4 more walleyes.
May 21, 2011:
Rain lightly falling most of today but warm temps and light
wind. Rich, Rick and Myron had boat trouble today and had to head
back into shore. Matt, Kent and Matt fished down near Zippel with
Kent Masterson catching and releasing a 23" walleye on a chartreuse
jig while using a drift sock. They brought in 6 nice keepers.
Francis and Jan have been fishing hard every day. No other reports
May 20, 2011:
Pete ran a charter today taking out Matt, Rich, Rick, Matt,
Myron and Kent for a full day. They had slow fishing but still
managed to bring in 22 keepers with the largest fish measuring 19".
No slot fish. They had beautiful weather all day with sunshine and
light wind. Francis and Jan came in with some nice fish today
getting therir limits. Ron and Alexia arrived this afternoon
and headed out fishing right away. They came in with 4 keepers, the
largest measuring 17 1/2". Fishing has been slower the past few days
with the afternoons being best.
May 19, 2011:
Matt, Myron and Rick caught 2 keepers this evening. Matt,
Kent and Matt had no keepers for the evening fishing. Mike,
Gary and Mark had a great fishing trip with them fishing hard
everyday and eating fish for every meal. Gary Hasch caught a
beautiful 29 1/2" walleye in 14 feet of water while trolling very
slowly. He released the fish. Way to go Gary!! He really had a great
trip! They also released a 22" walleye. Tom and Craig went out with
Pete for a full day charter and had better fishing. They caught
their limits of walleyes plus released a 36" pike.
May 18, 2011:
Pete took Tom and Craig out for an afternoon charter. It
was a little slow for them coming back to the docks with 6 fish.
They also released 3 slot fish. Francis and Jan had 6 walleyes and
one nice jumbo perch.
May 16, 2011:
Gary, Mike and Mark had a fun afternoon yesterday. They
fished for pike in the bay but no bites, then headed onto the lake
and Gary's first bite was a beautiful 41" northern pike weighing in
at 19 pounds. He released it. Way to go Gary Hasch!! The guys caught
their limits plus one jumbo perch. They ate fish and went out today
again saying the morning was very slow and it turned out to be an
afternoon bite. They released a 21" walleye and a 21 1/2" walleye
plus caught some more eaters. Beautiful weather with lots of
sunshine and south winds today. High around 78 degrees. Went looking
for mushrooms and found only 2. Will have to try to hunt for more
tomorrow. EJ found 6 mushrooms today. High of 76 for the next few
days so they should be popping up.
May 15, 2011:
Excellent walleye bite today again but just a tad
slower. Pete, Terri, Ruth & Vicki fished from 10:30am til
12:30pm and brought in 8 keepers, all measuring from 15" to 18".
Randy, Cory and Ray went home with their limits of fish plus ate
fish a couple of times and they threw back 15 walleyes around 15-17"
because they had their limits. More boats on the water today
with the wind dying down to just a slight breeze and no waves. Lots
of sunshine today. Went morel hunting for a couple of hours but
didn't find any. Have gotten reports that the mushrooms are popping
in central Minnesota. Dan and Matt caught their limits quickly this
morning and they also caught and released a 19 pound pike. Way to go
guys!! Everyone is catching their limits very asily. Some of the
females still have eggs in them and the males are still full of
May 14, 2011:
Excellent fishing for the opener! Randy, Cory and Ray
limited this morning in 1 1/2 hours in 10 feet of water while
anchored and jigging with shiners. They said gold glittery jigs with
a red hook worked best. Their largest walleye measured 19 1/4". No
slot fish. Greg, Travis and Rick caught their limits easily this
morning bringing in some nice ones. Travis released a 24" walleye
and a 26" pike. Rick released a 26" pike also. Terri, Pete, Vicki
& Ruth fished in the afternoon for just a couple of hours (had
to get back to the lodge). They fished in 15 feet of water
anchoring and jigging with frozen shiners and fatheads with both
catching fish, but the frozen shiners seemed to work better.
They caught fish on orange, white, gold and chartreuse jigs,
bringing in 12 keepers. They also missed lots of bites. Around 30
boats in the Morris Gap this afternoon. Greg's group had a fish fry
and went out evening fishing, coming back to shore saying the
bite was the best they have ever experieneced up here. They
caught fish steady getting one bite after the other. They had a