The moose cooperated early this week and my hunters and I were fortunate enough to have success early in the week. The story will be told once I am done up in the bush but here is the video of one of the bulls we harvested. Please adjust the settings on this video to 720HD if you are looking at it on a computer and crank up the volume cause he grunts all the way in.
In the last 2 weeks we have gone from having most of our camps full to having our last group in the bush. The boys and I have been busy closing camps and doing some work on the camps. Here are some from Cobham Morley. We leveled, raised and put new stringers. The weather rained us out for a couple of hours everyday but we had some nice weather midday to get the water work done.
The fire gave us something to do in the rain at least.
Hammering 12 inch spikes all day lets your arms and hands know that they have had a workout.
The weather has been tough lately but there has been some beautiful days where the sights make all the crappy days worth while.
Then back up north to close some more camps in the wet weather. We also rebuilt most of the Vee Lake dock.
As quick as the boys could skin logs I was assembling and a day and a half later we had it done.
The red sun came true as we battled mother nature again but had no place to be and work to be done where we were. We did many odd jobs around the Vee Lake cabin as we closed it for the season.
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Mother Nature didn’t wait long to take the last step into fall. We went from nice sunshine to a 2 day rain then to a week of unsettled rain filled afternoon showers followed by a foggy mornings. We had lots of fishermen trapped in the bush and lots of fishermen waiting here in Red Lake for the weather to clear enough so we could fly. It is not uncommon for a one night delay on a flyin fishing trip but this time we had 2 camps that were delayed 2 days! It has been at least 5 years since the weather was that bad. All of our guests on both ends were great and we moved them safely as soon as we could. It is all part of being in a remote area, and gives you some stories to tell when you get back.
Here are some pictures from the Cox party who had 2 extra days at Cobham Morley.
The weather in the background begins to change, but the fishing stayed great!
Then 2 days later, the plane showed up to pick them up.
One thing we can’t do is control the weather. If you are delayed on either end of your fishing trip just remember one thing…you are on vacation
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!
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.
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!
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.
Findlay Lake, Altenberger Party caught these 2 monsters in 30 feet of water.
Loree Lake, Patenaude Party, happy to be back, already looking forward to next year!
Cobham Daniel and Morley, Kusmerz party, a great time as always.
Dustee was happy to see these guys come back from camp.
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 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.
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.
Dan had the Pike of the trip pictured here. Looks like he made it to the big time.
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?
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.
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.