I imagine everyone is getting pretty sick of winter. I know I am, and I like winter. There is more snow than I have ever seen before. There is too much to even think about going on a snowmobile, unless you are looking for a hard workout after getting stuck in 4 feet of snow!
Our 2014 season is looking like it is going to be busy! Our dates are booking up and there is only a handful of June and July dates left. Here are a couple of prime dates and what you can expect while fishing during that time of year.
We recently had a couple of cancellations in the sought after middle of June! These dates won’t last long. This time of year is when the temperatures are in the 70′s and 80′s, walleyes are on every windy shoreline and wind blown bay, seemingly everywhere. Trophy pike have moved slightly out from the weedy bays, still nearby to feed in the early morning and late in the evening on those tasty walleyes. Most likely your biggest pike will be caught while walleye fishing midday on a jig. Honestly thats how the majority of the biggest pike are caught, while walleye fishing. Fish at this time of year generally are situated in 10-12 feet of water, although it is very beneficial to bring a portable depth finder with you at anytime of year to be sure you are in the right depth to catch the most fish you possibly can. A simple tackle box is all that is required to catch hundreds of fish! Half a dozen Jigs of various colors (pink, yellow, white, orange, black, blue) in 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 oz, powerbait, lindy rigs, a few rapallas, a few spoons for casting is all you need. Bait is not necessary but you will catch more fish while using it than without. Night crawlers are a very easy to look after and durable bait. Leeches also work well at this time of year. If you need any assistance or would like us to arrange your bait for you please let us know at least a month prior to your trip.
Findlay Lake June 13-20th
Shearstone Lake June 11-16th
We have lots of fisherwomen at Amik Outposts! Our comfortable modern cabins definitely have something to do with that, as well as first class fishing. Generally the biggest fish is caught by one of the girls! If you ask the men on the trip, the “Guiding” put the girls on the fish and the girls always say it was skill. It may be a bit of both but all we know is that all the women have a blast fishing at Amik. The families and couples trips are usually during the middle of the summer when the weather is the warmest. Hows the fishing? Have a look for yourself. The fishing on our lakes stays great all summer long!
You don’t have to be an avid fisherwoman either to come on the trip, bring a book and relax in the silence. Although many have returned to say, ”I brought a book along for when fishing was slow….I never opened it! Fishing is way more fun when you are catching all the time!”
Some of the women who fish with us have been doing so for almost 20 years. They can drive boats, bait hooks and clean fish… if they had to. The husbands usually look after the girls very well.
Fishing off the dock at dark can be great as well, some time alone… until the screaming starts for help to land the beast!
If you treat your wife right and you happen to cast your lure into the trees…. and you ask nicely, maybe she will climb up there and get it back for you. Now it was totally worth taking off all the fish and baiting hooks eh!!
The Winnipeg Jets returned home 3 years ago. My brother in law, Mark is an equipment manager for the team. They recently did their first annual “Mens Guest Road Trip”. And since Mark’s Dad was too far away to attend, I was able to go! A 5 day, 2 game road trip to Anaheim and San Jose. A break from the COLD!!! Perfect timing thats for sure.
This is as close as a lifetime hockey guy like me will ever get to the NHL. It was the dream of mine and many kids growing up to play in the show. I can attest that it is not an easy life but would be awesome. It was great to travel on the charter with the team and get the real experience of the road in the NHL. I however was with the equipment guys and they work looong hours. I was the perfect candidate for the trip. Game day, these guys work from 7am until 3am if the team travels after the game. A little hard work never scared me.
I would also like to thank the Jets organization and particularly the Chipman Brothers for their hospitality and first class experience of being on the road with an NHL team. It was greatly appreciated and I look forward to doing it again.
Mark and I get along like brothers. It drives Rena crazy sometimes.
It didn’t take me long to learn the routine and just how perfect everything is in the dressing room of an NHL team. The Jets had never been to Anaheim since they returned to the league. I was the one to put the Jets sticker on the skate sharpener with all the other NHL team who used it before us.
Center ice in Anaheim. Ready for a fight. Teemu and the Ducks had not lost in regulation all season at home before the Winnipeg Jets showed up. When ever the Jets play, listen to O’Canada and when “True North” is shouted from the Jets fans in the crowd in recognition to the company named True North who brought the Jets back to Winnipeg. There was lots of Jets fans in Anaheim and it pushed the Jets on to Victory!!! Minnesota sings it in french to deter the Winnipeg faithful but it does them no good!
I was in the suites before anyone else since I was at the rink all day. 2 private suites, food and fridges full of beer all to myself… for an hour anyways.
We did find time to go out to some nice restaurants, drink a few yards of beer and do some golfing at Boulder Ridge on the day off. It was great to spend some time in the sun with my Brother in law and the team.
It doesn’t matter which arena I am in. I always take the time to be out there by myself. Silent, just waiting for the game to begin. It was no different in an NHL arena than it is at home. It is a feeling I have cherished since I started hockey. The Shark Tank was was not as kind to us. The Jets lost 1-0 to the Sharks in a well played game. The Dads were funny after the game. Typical, critical of their sons. Just like I would be.
It was a great experience to be able to spend a week with an NHL team, helping with every aspect of the gear and preparation for practices and games. Interacting with the players before and after practices you realize they are on a different level but still regular guys who come from working class families and farms from around the world but absolutely first class and professional in every way.
I was a little premature with my last blog. Our weather up here has been horrible. We have a ton of snow and the winds will not stop. Blowing from the south bringing another snowstorm every second day followed by 2 days of blistering cold north wind. This yo-yo weather can straighten out anytime. Some of our roads will not be able to be opened for the rest of the winter. I realize that many people have had a tough one also, so feel free to look back at some of our previous blogs about the great times and pictures of trophy fish and spectacular scenery. Here are some links to a few classic’s.
It seems all of North America has had its taste of winter. Where I live in Manitoba in the off season, we have had the 2nd coldest December in 150 years! And my brother and I spent much of the last month out on the lake commercial fishing. I usually don’t freeze but this year ended up freezing the end of my nose and my forehead. Not too badly though. In addition to the cold we have had a lot of wind, it seems like the only calm days are the ones where we are not out there. Usually when it gets this cold it is dry, but this year we had lots of snow during the cold. Quite a bit for this time of year but water levels last fall were low so the snow will be needed to replenish the lakes.
At least the sun shines when it is cold, you can’t see forward but you can see up.
The days are short but we have been working from dark to dark in pursuit of walleye. We are shifting gears for the start of Perch season next week. We will be fishing out in the middle of the lake. The shore is not in sight even on a nice day.
Sometimes a small piece of hollowed out weed comes out of a fishes mouth. Inside that hollowed out weed is a Dragonfly. We also find a lot of frogs inside the fish
Dustee is a seasoned veteran out on the lake. She has room to run and run. We don’t even put her in the Bombardier with us when traveling between lines of nets. She can run 22/mph and keeps up with us for miles.
She does here the word “no” a lot. She tries to help us get the fish out of the net, when we throw her a fish to eat, she retrieves it and tries to put it back into the net. Her favorite thing to eat on the lake is a frozen northern that got left out on the lake last time, she turns her nose up at the fresh fish. One frozen fish keeps her busy for an hour.
We are continuing to take reservations for the 2014 season. It is looking like we are going to be busy. Please fill out an information request form to inquire about dates for the 2014 season.
At Amik Outposts we adhere to a strict conservation policy. This means all fish (Walleye-18″, Pike-27.5″ Lake Trout-22″) over this size must be released back into the water. We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to put this policy in place right from the beginning. The gene pool in our lakes has never been harmed, it has actually gotten better. Our guests catch and release an exceptional amount of large fish, all size ranges. There are lots of trophy fish in our lakes that see minimal fishing pressure and our lakes are far enough north and have lots of depth so they stay active throughout the entire season.
If you are looking for a great fishing trip with the opportunity to catch some trophies….Amik Outposts is the place. Take some time and look at the pictures all over our website that prove what we say.
When you are cooped up indoors, staring out at the snow, think about the good times and the silence of the North. Here are some pictures to help you drift away…..
Winter has gotten its foot in the door. Deer season is over and Lake Manitoba has been freezing up. My brother and I are always eager with caution to be the first to start setting nets. Our family has been fishing here for 3 generations. The wind this fall has been relentless. There are piles of ice out on the horizon of the lake that look like mountains and yet there are places that are as smooth as glass like this.
We have tried many new store bought ways to keep grip on the ice, but the best way is the old way. A section from a hay mower blade riveted to a piece of leather or rubber, the corners bent over and sharpened and then tied to your boot. Your legs get sore by the end of the day using these walking flat footed and having a hump under your boot all day but without them you are useless out there.
Here is the Jigger that runns our line out so we can pull the net from one hole to the other. Under 2 inches of ice!
Dustee has been out on the lake this week with us. She is in heaven. Running 2 miles out onto the lake, she doesn’t even breath hard when she gets there and glare ice doesn’t slow her down.
We have had some stormy days also where she prefers to ride on the sleigh with me. Here we both have iced up eye lashes.
Setting right up against the ice piles.
The higher dollar walleye we are searching for are out numbered by pike. Since our lake was flooded in 2011 there has been an infestation of northerns in our lake. We are able to sell all the fish we catch but if you are going to work hard it is nicer to make more $. We have been catching 1000 pounds of fish per day. Thats a lot of picking.
Here is a look back at some of the pictures from our 2013 season. Thank you to our awesome guests who share their great vacation photos with us.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Amik Outposts.