Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

One step closer to fall.

The leaves have started to change.  One step closer to hunting season which begins in a month!  But first we have many fishermen left to fish.  The sunshine has lasted for a month but it is about to end in the near future.  The forecast for up north is 5 days of showers and a cool down.

All our lakes continue to have good fishing, some better than others and it changes week by week.  The fish are moving through many depths and it takes some figuring out to find them each day on some lakes and others remain unchanged, staying in the same depths everyday.

Here are some pictures from a few of the camps this week.

Dark Water Lake had saw the return of the Kendall’s.  They had perfect weather and the fish were quite cooperative.  Tons of fun and some nice fish too!

 

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The Grindle party were right at home on Jeanette lake.  Having fun and catching fish in the warm temperatures.  They renamed the caribou from Jenna to Gentry as they figured it was a male.

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Alex Gerken, after years of asking he finally got to make the trip to Blackbirch Lake with his Grandpa and hid Dad.  The smile shows how good of a time he had!

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Sunshine!

 

We have had a very good stretch of weather, sunshine everyday.  Not too much time has been spent inside the cabin at our outposts recently.  With weather like this everyone is out on the lake or on the deck.  All fishermen/women returning from the bush are sporting healthy tans and sore hands!  Fishing remains good, slower than normal from a couple of camps during the hot still days.  Many different depth still being reported as well.  The pike are also gradually getting bigger as we move closer to fall, more 39-42 inch fish caught last week than we have had in quite awhile.  The same goes for the walleye.  26-27 inch fish are starting to be caught and released more frequently.  Water levels are dropping as we have not had much rain in awhile up north, just enough to keep the fire bugs away.  Water levels further south at Jeanette and Dark Water are just right.

The season has gone by like a flash.  The end of the season is getting close.  A few more busy weeks of fishermen and then it will slow down and we will be closing and working on the camps, moose hunting and then it will be over for another year.

 

Here are some recent pictures from around the bush.

Dark Water Lake, Bigando Party.  Awesome time, all the fish you want to catch.

 

 

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Findlay Lake,  Altenberger Party caught these 2 monsters in 30 feet of water.

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Loree Lake,  Patenaude Party, happy to be back, already looking forward to next year!

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Cobham Daniel and Morley, Kusmerz party, a great time as always.

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Dustee was happy to see these guys come back from camp.

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Spoons aren’t they only lure for pike.

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Hi Rena,

Glad you got the joke.  We had several forms of wagering going on during our Morley adventure…biggest pike, walleye, and most fish total, and the goofy lure contest in which a homemade lure had to catch a fish, or in this case the most fish……it was a good thing as it was the only contest I won. This pike is done, so stick a fork in him!
It worked pretty good actually..had a nice side to side slow wobble, and now lives in my tackle box ready for next year.
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The fish are in many depths.

 

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The Firnett family fished on the Cobham River this week in search of a 40 plus incher. They were successful! Here is a 42 incher!

 

It remains warm and sunny up here and as warm as it is, the walleyes are anywhere from 5 feet to 20 feet of water.  I spent the night at Cherrington last night and caught lots of fish in the evening.  Mostly in 8 feet on the edge of and right in the weed beds.  The Findlay fishermen were catching big ones in 30 feet, out in the middle of the lake.  The Cobham River fishermen came out saying how aggressive the walleye were, the 5 of diamonds was a great walleye lure!  The fish are where you find them.  The big pike are slowly becoming more active as we get closer to fall and the days get shorter.

 

The Ramel family made the decision to make the trek from California to Red Lake and then on to Shearstone Lake for a family vacation.  Urs had has hands full but they came out with huge smiles and big fish stories.  4 in a boat, lines and hooks everywhere, fish on, a good time that will never be forgotten.  Here are some of the nice fish they caught on Sheartone Lake.

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The last month of summer.

 

The days and weeks continue to fly by for us here at Amik Outposts.  Our guests on the other hand are spending time in the bush listening to nothing but silence, the wind in the trees and the sound of nature.  The weather continues to be pleasant, getting a little warm for my liking but it sure is great to be able to get going when the sun does each day, besides the odd delay here and there due to ground fog.  All of our fishermen continue to come back from their vacation with big smiles and sore hands from catching so many fish.  The warm weather has started to drive the fish a little deeper on some lakes but others, the walleyes remain in 6-8 feet.  The fish are where you find them…. usually in the lake :)

The Delaney party have been going to Blackbirch Lake for many years, as many of their friends have from Huntington Indiana.  The next generation has begun to make this trip a part of their lives also.  Countless fond memories, a special place to forget and remember at the same time.

 

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The Conrad family made the journey to our place for a stint at Dark Water Lake.  They had amazing fishing!  The highlight was a 2 hour period where they caught well over 200 fish.  Everyone having fun, everyone catching fish after fish.  Here are some pictures from their trip.

 

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Dan had the Pike of the trip pictured here.  Looks like he made it to the big time. ;)

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Justin J. and his group of friends made the trip to the Cobham.  This was Justin’s second trip to the Cobham in as many years and they seem to have fallen for this lake.  A great bunch of young guys who love their time away from the busy streets of life.  No cell service, no Internet, NOBODY can get in touch with you.  Your biggest worry?  Where are you going to fish next?

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Peter and Amanda took their boys to Jeanette lake for their first ever flyin.  They learned each day where the fish were and had some down time on an island they called Hammock Island.  They also saw a bear in camp, and had a vicious thunderstorm that blew down most of the trees around the cabin.  Then the sky’s cleared and the fish turned on.  They had a great trip and we hope to see them back in the future.

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Finally a stretch of good weather :)

We had unstable weather for a long time from the end of June until recently.  The water temperature is still in the 60′s most of the time.  The water levels are on their way down up north as most of the rains that the southern parts of NW Ontario received, we did not.  No fires as of yet, we have had timely rains and cool nights to keep them at bay, but the forecast is for warm and dry for the next week.

The real big walleye(28 plus) have been quiet.  Countless walleye up to 25-26 inches, and the numbers have been outstanding!  Many of our fishermen who have been with us for a very long time have come out saying that there were stretches where the fishing was unreal, THE BEST FISHING I HAVE EVER HAD.  We here that all the time from new fishermen who experience it for the first time.  It is always good to hear that from qualified guys!

Big pike are still hanging out with the walleye for the most part, and feeding on them.  Lots of pike on walleye attacks have been reported and a few wouldn’t give up lunch until they got into the boat.

Here are a few pictures from the Lange’s who fished at Cobham Daniel last week.

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No shortage of fire wood now!

 

 

 

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We were under a rare tornado watch early this week.  The storm missed us here in Red Lake but there were funnel clouds spotted just to the North.  The storm intensified as it moved eastward towards Jeanette.  Our guests who were there called us after it went by.  No tornado but the straight line winds changed the landscape.  Trees were dropping everywhere around and on the cabin for 20 minutes, the worst of it lasted for around 5 minutes.   The boys and I headed to Jeanette for an afternoon of cleanup!

 

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The bright side is that we now have a clearer view of the lake and piles of logs for future firewood!  Also in the area where the fire was, the majority of the burned trees are laid down on the ground now so they can begin to decay quicker to renew the forest.

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The season is almost half over.

The season goes by in a hurry when you are busy.  We have seen many new first time flyin fishermen lately and many old friends who have been with us for over 20 years.  Fishing has been very good, trophy walleye are being caught and released more frequently as time passes and big pike have been on the prowl too!

The Toft party loves Cherrington lake. They always catch some nice fish and this year was no exception.  Numbers were slightly lower than normal at times but the quality of fish was as good as ever.  Here are some of the pictures,

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Marc doesn’t always make the trip with his dad, but when he does…he has the luck!  Here is a monster pike he caught last week on Cherrington lake.  A 42 incher!!

 

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The Plesano party took their first flyin fishing trip to Dark Water lake.  Long time friends who have fished bass together for 20 years but had never caught a walleye before.  They had no trouble on Dark Water.  The fish were everywhere and they found out that pike like walleye as much as they did with a number of big pike attacking walleyes right next to the boat.  They learned a lot and hope to make another trip in the future.  Being all by  yourself on a remote lake is a unique experience.

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The Weber party has fished many of our lakes but seem to have found a home on Cherrington Lake.  They know where to fish since they have learned the lake well and now it becomes a hunt for the trophies each time they go back.  This year they had no troubles finding big fish.  People are always amazed at the average size of the walleye on Cherrington…BIG and THICK!

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We continue to have lots of wind up here.  Wind is good for fishing but sometimes it can be too much.  It can be hard to keep the boat in control to stay near the fish, you may drift too fast and not be in touch with the bottom, and the driver usually gets soaked back trolling in the waves.  Our lakes are generally not too rough but it is still harder to fish in heavy winds.  Hopefully we will get back into some stable weather in the weeks ahead.

 

 

 

 

Mid July fishing report

The fish are still in less than 15 feet of water, 6-8 a lot of the time.  Fishing continues to impress people.  Countless walleye up to the 25 inch mark with a few each week stretching up to 29 inches! Trophy Pike (40 plus) are coming back to life after a bit of a vacation, there was a number over 40 inches last week.

The weather has been a mixture of nice sunny days from Monday to Thursday and rainy and windy on the weekends when we are the busiest.  Up to now we have not had to leave anyone an extra night in the bush.  Last weekend we had bad enough weather that we had to do that.  Sometimes that happens…. The John K. and the boys at Findlay Lake, first time flyin, first overnight weather delay.  Unbelievable fishing though.  They got it out of the way early in their flyin careers.  They will be back.

Here are some pictures from some of the camps recently.

The Pyle family fished Vee Lake.  They had a great trip and can’t wait for the next one.

 

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More than a fishing trip.

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The last time Chad Phelps was at Amik Outposts was in the early 90′s.  I was a private pilot flying in to meet the guests at the camp with my mom.  A lot of years have passed but he would not think of fishing with anyone else.  Shearstone lake was their destination, good times and plenty of fish.  It will not be too long before they will be back!

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July on Loree Lake is Peters time!  Jim, Betty and their family and friends love their time here.  They have shorelunch everyday and give an unreal amount of fish a sore mouth!  They had a few first timers with them this year, it is awesome to see people after they have experienced the best fishing of their life!

 

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The Fish are everywhere!

“You can literally catch fish anywhere on that lake.”  We have heard that multiple times in the last few weeks.  Fishing has been awesome as usual, they are on every windy shore, narrows and points.   They have been in 8-12 feet of water.  We have had many large walleye caught, most groups catching some walleye 26-29 inches and many more up to 25 inches.  Trophy northern have been becoming more active recently with quite a few camps catching 40 plus inch pike.  The mayflies have been slowly hatching, keeping the walleye in shallow water.  On a normal year the walleye will gradually move to deeper water after the mayfly hatch is done.

I also got to go fishing recently.  My hockey buddies took a trip to Findlay Lake and I had the opportunity to fish for the day.  My first fish of the year was a 22 inch walleye.  We caught fish everywhere we tried, had a shorelunch, and caught fish all afternoon before I had to fly home.  It was good to be able to spend some time in the bush with my friends.

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Of course we forgot the plates and forks but it still tasted awesome!

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Here are just some of the trophies our guests have caught recently.

The Berry party brought the girls back to the Cobham last week.  These 2 ladies have fallen in love with fishing up here.  They must have good guides because they catch some big fish!

 

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Blackbirch lake saw the return of the Bunker party. They always enjoy their time up there and this year was no exception.

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Steve Cashman brought his whole family on a trip to Jeanette lake.  They saw lots of wind but also had some perfect days.  They caught lots of fish and enjoyed their time together.   Fishing right from shore below the rapids was good by the looks of the smile here.

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It was a wild looking day out on Jeanette but none the less, this is a nice walleye.

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Darkwater lake continues to fit into our group of outpost camps nicely.   Every group enjoys it there and catch lots of fish.

 

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The Bowling Party fished Shearstone  lake and had a blast.  Good times, lots of fish and lots of laughs.  Here is a big northern from their trip.

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Trophy walleye were also plentiful at Shearstone.  Here are some big ones they caught.

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We have had many people come and go through our doors recently, many of them are first time flyin fishermen.  They always learn a lot, from what to bring to having the knack of catching fish, but that part comes pretty easily when the lake is full of fish!  The Klementz party fished Darkwater on their first fly in and caught fish everywhere.

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It is always a good sign to catch every age of fish in a lake.  It is the sign of a healthy lake.  Many of our guests have also commented how thick the backs of the walleyes are.  Another good sign to see!

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