Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

A break from the Heat!

The weather recently is easy to sum up…..Hot!  It has been toasty in the North and the heat has been giving us plenty of stormy afternoons as well as a few foggy mornings.  July is usually our dry month but it wasn’t that way this year.  Today it finally started to cool off a bit and it is supposed to be pleasant for the next while.

Here are a few highlights from  a few of the camps this week.

The Zech’s brought along some rookies this year from Wisconsin and they are definitely looking forward to their next trip to Cherrington Lake!  Kim and Doug will be staples from now on I think when the group heads to Canada for a fishing trip!

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The walleyes were still in shallow water below the rapids and they were easy to catch right from shore.

 

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The picture in front of the Otter never gets old!

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Pat and Kelli were first time flyin fishermen before their trip to Shearstone Lake last week.  They caught lots of fish and loved the fact that they were completely out of touch from the rest of the world!  Catching an abundance of fish was quite awesome as well!!

 

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The fishing right off the dock was great each evening too!  During one hour of fishing, 20 walleyes!

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Pat wanted Kelli to hook into a big pike in the worst way.  She landed this nice 38 incher during the trip.  She also had on a Monster that got up near the boat so they could see it… but it got away!  Those trophy fish have a way of doing that.

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The Hendriks family have fished a few of our lakes now and this year they chose to go to Vee Lake.  They had excellent walleye fishing.  They caught all shapes and sizes of fish during their stay and are looking forward to next season.

 

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August is right around the corner, we are on the back side of our season.  It has really gone quickly this season because we have been busy.  Thank you to all of our guests who have made the trip so far and shared their pictures and stories with us.

 

 

First Timers

The Johnson Party from Minnesota made their first flyin trip last week to Jeanette Lake.  These guys were fishermen.  If you put experienced fishermen on a great lake, they will most likely have the best fishing of their lives.  Thats what happened on Jeanette Lake!  The comment I heard when I picked them up “Nobody at home is going to believe how many  fish we caught!”

“John and Rena,

We all had a great time and I am sure we will want to book more trips in the future. I can’t see any reason why I would select another outfitter as you provided us with a great cabin, good reliable fishing equipment and a safe flight in and out of camp.
I have and will recommend Amik Outposts/Lac Seul Airways to other people that are interested in taking a fly-in fishing trip to Canada.
 
Thank you, 
 
Walt”

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Loree Lake saw the return of the Jones party for the second year in a row.  Last year it was 90 degrees and flat calm for much of their stay at Loree.  That is not good fishing weather anywhere but this year they had cooler weather, some rain and plenty of wind and lots of bait.  Needless to say that they caught wayyy more fish!

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The Serie Party always fishes the Cobham at least one time each season.  Every year when I pick them up, Ralph tells me “The best trip ever!”  This year was no exception.  The Big Pike seemed to follow him around this year.  Here is his biggest of the trip.

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Don was the first timer with the group and had a blast.

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The Chew Party has found their piece of Heaven.  It is called the Cobham River System.  They fished Vee lake last year and this year moved on down stream to the Cobham River.  They are Pike fishermen with quite a bit of experience fishing in Canada.  They caught many big fish and here are a few of the pictures to prove it.

This 22″ walleye Alex caught was his first fish of the trip, and the first fish he’s caught since he was in grade school!  

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The walleye have been along the weedbeds in 8-12 feet of water and pike have been right along side them.  As we move into later July, I expect the fish to start moving deeper each week.  One thing for sure, the fish are where you find them.  Usually in the lake!!!

 

Mid July Fishing Report

Fishermen continue to travel in and out of the bush for good times, good fishing and relaxation.  It has been pretty hot up here and we have had some beautiful weather.  The problem with the beautiful calm days is that the fishing is usually less than stellar.  We can control a lot of things but the weather is not one of them.  Of course every one caught plenty of fish as we only had a few hot calm days, fishing overall has been good to great depending on the lake and experience level.  Some lakes reported catching most of their fish in 12-15 feet of water but others reported catching the bulk of their walleye in 2-5 feet!!!  The fish are where you find them.

Frank Phillips has been to Loree Lake a couple of times with his wife but this year he had some friends join him.  Frank being the guide for his buddies, some of which have not fished walleye many times in their lives.  They had a great trip and had no issue catching fish.  At times they slaughtered them. Here is The Guide with the biggest pike of the trip.

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One of the new guys caught the biggest walleye.  Looks like a 27-28 incher.

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Lynn T. from Montana fished Vee Lake a couple of weeks ago and caught some great fish.  He brought a few new guys this year as well and it is great to see the expression on their faces when I pick them up.  Our regular guests already know how good the fishing is up on our lakes but new people usually are ecstatic!  Even if fishing is slower than normal, they are still so happy as it is still more fish than they have caught anywhere else in their lives.  Everything is relative.

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Penis Cove, where the fishing is always great.

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Jeanette Lake saw some first timers fish it recently.  The Knutson party set out on their journey into the bush and came out smiling.  Catching fish was not an issue with plenty to be caught and released as well as to eat!  Lots of stories and laughs were had.  The biggest pike was 38 inches and the Caribou provided the entertainment in the evening.

 

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Even the rocks were aggressive!  Here is a beauty. :)

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The Caribou seems to have moved on a bit as the last couple of groups have not seen it.

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It looks like a wetter week ahead with cooler temperatures in the forecast.  Water levels continue to drop as we had had rain recently in the form of thunder storms and have not accumulated much amount.  It makes for great flying weather but we could use a few inches anytime.

Here are some pictures I have taken recently.

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We have had some smoke from western Canada as much of the US has had but recent winds have cleaned up the air for us and hopefully have given the firefighters out west a break with some rain.

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Dustee is eager to make friends and it looks like this baby weasel didn’t make to good of a friend.  Dustee loves to display her catch for me on the hill or boardwalk.  She is a good hunter.

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Mom’s time to shine!

We had quite a few families fishing with us last week throughout the north.  Fishing was great and the weather was a mixed bag but really very nice with a few storms, in some areas almost daily. The Mayflies have pretty much gone through their hatch with only a few lakes saying they had a little slower fishing due to it, but the fish were very shallow, in 3-6 feet of water.

The Kalkbrenner family has always fished Blackbirch lake and always done well.  The boys have been able to be the top fishermen in most of the years past as the youngest person generally catches the biggest fish.  This year, the boys caught some very nice fish again and Grant caught the biggest walleye measuring 28 inches pictured below.

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The rest of the family tried their best and had a great time but this year Mom held the lucky hand.

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Cheryl caught a 43 inch huge pike on a bluebird day.  The fish of the trip.

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The Peters family went to their favorite place on Earth last week for their annual trip.  They have been fishing on Loree Lake for many years and know it like the back of their hands.  They catch more fish than any of our groups and have given out many sore lips to the walleye on Loree Lake.

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Betty,  who had her Grand daughter along this year was the top Fisher last week.  She caught the biggest walleye and biggest pike!

Here is her 25 inch walleye.

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She also caught this nice 33 inch pike!

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The Alexander family drives from Colorado every other year and the family has grown over the years and the boys now have a +1 with them.   And they are proving to be competition in the fishing department! The daughter in laws proved they can fit in with this family.

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But as the theme for the week would have it in the North……  and from the pictures I got from them.  Nancy caught the biggest fish for the week by far.

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We feel fortunate to be able to be a part of a families memories.  It feels good to see people spending quality time together.

It’s not only about the fishing.

There are not too many places left in the world that are as remote and unspoiled as our outpost lakes.  The one place where there will never Internet service.  A special place to relax and enjoy the silence.  The fishing is a bonus!

If you look around you and pay attention there are so many spectacular sights to be seen.  Here are a few pictures from our guests recently who were able to capture some candid moments in the bush.

Rob Sproule has been our guest a long time and this year he saw the biggest beaver he has ever seen.  He said that it is too bad that there is nothing to reference the beaver by but this one had to be over 100 pounds!!!

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The Berry Crew were on the Cobham for their annual trip and were able to see some great sights.  Angelia had her camera at the ready at all times.  Here are some of her pics she took last week.

 

 

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Cobham Clouds Have a Language of their Own by Angelia Perkins

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Luna Moth Who Observes Who by Angelia Perkins

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First Flight Out by Angelia Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

The Knutson party were first time flyin fishermen and Jeanette Lake was their destination.  The had a great time and loved every minute of it.  Here is a picture of the caretaker of Jeanette lake.   A Woodland Caribou.

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The most picturesque sunrises and sunsets are seen in the North.  A special place that you will remember visiting forever. A place you will look forward to returning to.

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Out of Touch

Another week has flown by of our 2015 season!  And the fish are active!  A number of 29-30 inch walleye have been caught and released recently and many pike measuring up to 44 inches!

I have heard from many people lately that they love to be in the bush, and to be totally out of touch!  No cell phone, no internet, no hum of traffic, the biggest worry is where you will fish next.  Nothing around you but fresh clean air in a pristine environment, a comfortable cabin, and a lake teeming with fish!  We are fortunate to be able to share this beautiful part of the world with you.  You can explain how great it is to people all day long but you don’t truly understand how nice it is until you have experienced it first hand.  The sound of silence.

Here are some pictures from last week.

 

The Bangert party made their first trip with us and when they booked a year ago, they asked Rena to put them somewhere that they could catch a 30 inch walleye.  That feat can be achieved on any of our lakes, Rena had a spot for them on the Cobham.  They caught and released a 30 incher!!!  In addition to many other trophy sized fish.  The biggest pike was a 42 incher, and it was caught on a 12 inch walleye!!

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The Jansen party have been our guests for many years and know the Cobham very well.  Dale had the lucky hand this year, catching a 29.5 inch walleye and a 44 inch trophy pike.

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The Hansen party makes the long journey from Florida every year for a little piece of heaven called Dark Water lake.  They caught tons of fish, saw a few moose and loved every minute of their time alone in the bush.  Here is Ted with a beauty 27.5 inch walleye.

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Findlay Lake had the Dudycha party visit.  They had a great time and good fishing as they always do.  Findlay lake is one of the best walleye lakes around and it has proven itself year after year.  Here are a few of the big ones they caught and released.

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The Tupy boys have been fishing with us since they were teenagers. Now grown men, their group has grown throughout the years and now it is a boys trip they look forward to all year.  They went to Shearstone Lake, a lake they had fished a few years ago.  They did well once again and caught tons of fish.  Good times, looking forward to next year.

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The Call party love to visit  Vee Lake every second year.  They are always excited to come back.  On Vee Lake there is a few variations of the walleye family.  One of the most peculiar is the Blue Walleye.  A Blue Walleye is apparently a prehistoric variation to the walleye family.  I have caught them on a number of lakes in the North but they are prevalent on the Cobham River System

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The beauty is all around you, you just have to be there to see it!

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Here is one of the Blue Walleye that they caught.  Under the right light, they are very colorful.

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Mr Bear was out on the lake, not in camp. :)

 

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A fly rod works great up here too!  Most of the walleyes have been in 6-10 feet of water and easy to catch.

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Middle of June Fishing Report

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Things are as they should be at Amik Outposts.  Fishing is awesome.  Every group has great stories to tell about the big one they caught and quite a few stories of the one that got away!  Fish are in normal depths and patterns as we have had pleasant weather lately, a bit cooler than the week before and quite a bit windier.  Much better fishing weather than the week before.

The Tylinski Party made their return to Jeanette Lake.  They had another great trip and caught lots of nice fish.  A 25 inch walleye was the biggest.  They also caught a 44 and 42 inch Pike!  As well as many others measuring around the 40 inch mark.  Great week!

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The Seals and the Hansens fished Shearstone Lake last week.  The first time in many years that they have fished any other lake then Loree during the opening week.  Shearstone treated them well.  Catching lots of fish.  George, pictured below, took home the prize for largest pike and largest walleye for the week.

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They saw this cow and her calves a few times.  They would swim out to the burned island each day to feed on the young browse that grows thick after a burn.

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These 2 celebrated a milestone on the Cobham last week.  50 years of  Canadian flyin fishing trips together.  Tim and Dan have caught more walleye than you can imagine together.  The Cobham was a perfect place to celebrate.  They had the best northern fishing that they have ever had in those 50 years.  Tim could not believe the quality of the fish that they all caught.  Healthy, thick trophy pike were abundant last week!

The eagle on the Cobham has been aggressive too!  One of the guys in the group caught a small pike and was reeling it in when the eagle decided that he wanted that pike too.  The eagle won the battle as he flew off with the fish, the lure and all of his line from his reel!!!!

 

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Dan caught the biggest pike of his life on this trip too!!!!

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44 Inch Trophy Pike Video from Shearstone Lake

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Here is a great video and awesome teamwork to capture this on video and net the big pike without any problems.  Thank you Ralph and Zack for sharing your experience with us.

 

 

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Good Times

Fishing has been great, the sun has been shining most of the time, and the temperatures have been warm.  The fish are in 5-10 feet of water and are biting pretty hard. As most of our regular guests know and the new ones are finding out, there is no need to get up at the crack of dawn to go fishing.  On our lakes at this time of year you need to relax, get up whenever you want.  If you hit the water by 9 or 10 you will catch more fish than you can shake a stick at all day and the bite stays on all day generally, right until dark.  Remember, you are on vacation.
“Hi Rene, Just a few pics from the Holland group.
The first picture is Scotty was a nice Pike, caught and released.  It was big, but not nearly big enough.  The second picture is the week winner.  A very healthy 39 inch (that I believe could have been a 40 if Chuck would have worked it a little harder with the tape measurer (he did do a marvelous netting job though).  It came from that bay with the weeds, a few logs along shore and a rock in the middle.  Oh yeah, it had some pine trees around it too.  The final pic is of a lazy day at the walleye hole.  This 27 inch walleye made it a tie with Scotty for the week and a carry-over competition into 2016!
Hope all is well in the north woods, we miss it already.
Tim”
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Here are some more pictures from the Holland Party who love to fish Findlay Lake!
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The Knott party used to come fishing with us every other year.  But, they seem to be falling more and more in love with the bush!  A number of years ago we got stuck in bad weather together for 2 nights extra and spent the night at Cobham Morley.  The dockhands went out right in front of the cabin, in the rain, and caught fish for 8 people in 45 minutes.  Since then they have wanted to try the Cobham under slightly different circumstances!
They caught a lot of fish.  Triples, doubles, all day long.
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The Stroupe Party made their annual trek to the Cobham River.  As usual they had a great time, relaxing and catching fish when they wanted to.  They caught some trophy sized fish.  6 in total over 40 inches, the largest making the boat were caught 10 minutes apart.  2 Monster pike measuring 43 inches!  Jim had another one on on the last day that was bigger yet…. but he got away.  Here are some pictures but I haven’t received any of the 43 incher yet.  Great week.  Same time next year.
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Ralph K. moose hunted with us last fall and it was his first experience with us.  As so many of our guests do, they have such a  good time and realize how special a place the North is, they can not stay away.  Ralph booked a fishing trip for this season and is planning on moose hunting again next year!  He and his Grandson Zack had a blast.  They caught tons of fish, got sunburned, eaten by bugs occasionally and enjoyed each others company.
The fish of the week was caught on Shearstone Lake!  Ralph hooked into a real trophy.  A 44 inch Monster Pike!  They were able to get it all on video which I will post it soon.
The caption with this photo “The fish are so thick at Amik Outposts you can walk on water!”
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Jeanette lake had the Vanden Boogard party fish it recently, here are a couple of pictures from their trip.  The Fishing report, “We caught literally thousands of fish!”

“Rena,

Attached are two photos that I wanted to share with you.  The Pike was caught off the dock within 15minutes of landing.  Interesting perspective.

The Walleye was the largest that we caught that week measuring about 27.5”!

I hope all is well and we are looking forward to next year.

Steve”

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Walleye Video

Here is a great video from one of our guests catching and landing a 28 inch walleye on the Cobham River System during the first week of our 2015 season.  Thanks Mike!

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