The ice is going at a normal rate for some of Ontario. A recent snow storm is hitting parts of NW Ontario to the south of us down to the border and east of us as far east as Thunder Bay. Red Lake is on the northern edge of it and hopefully we don’t get too much snow.
Rena and I will be in Red Lake next week and we are excited for another season. We hope to have the Otter next week and then start to open camps shortly after. The ice in Red Lake is going out as I write this. The wind is howling and it is moving around. Most lakes should open up now.
Here is what the ice looked like in Red Lake on Sunday.
The forecast is for warm weather next week so we are hoping the snow and the ice will be gone when we get there….
This is what it looked like on Lake of the Woods the next afternoon when I made it to my buddies place. Good temperature for my suitcase.
On a recent visit to see family, my uncle Sylvio brought out his favorite shirt he got from my Mom and Dad 25 years ago when Amik was first started. His family has been after him for years to retire it but he still wears it all the time!! It’s tough to find quality like this now.
We will begin to have a flight schedule by the end of next week as it takes us a few days to get things fired up and organized at the base in Red Lake. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again!
Spring has barged through the door and it looks like we should have a early to normal ice out this year! With the long sunny days we have had it feels like we should be already in the bush but we have a ways to go yet. The snow has pretty much disappeared and the ice should keep on getting worse unless something changes but the forecast looks good! We are getting excited too! Please remember if you are still looking for dates, please let us know. We don’t have too many spots left!
I can’t wait to be back in this beautiful country!
Thanks to Ryan W. for the photo.
Here are some new videos from BlackBirch Lake. If you have been there before this will be a great view, if you are thinking about going there someday, this might put you over the edge.
The Blog has been going for many years. It is cool to look back and see how things have changed and how things have stayed the same. Our fishing has been the constant and the service we provide has been the other. As I look through the archives, most of the faces on my Blog haven’t changed. That is great to see and it makes us feel good to be able to be a part of so many memories for so many people.
Here are a few links to some of the old blogs from years past.
We have had some great weather! The snow has melted a lot. It has also been -25C. Spring should come fast when it decides to come if things keep on the track they are on now. Hopefully Mother Nature will stay in a good mood until April.
Here are a few pictures I have taken outside recently.
A nice Pike!
3 feet of ice stood up in the ice crack and then decided to crack again.
The Ravens like to screw with Dustee. Flying right over head, and then walking right up to her when she is eating fish. It is funny to watch and then Dustee finally gets mad enough and tries to catch them. But that never happens.
What does a Commercial Fishermen do when he isn’t working on the lake? He goes fishing!
Spring is just around the corner………
February is here and the days are noticeably longer already. We are gaining 6 minutes a day and in a month or so we should start to feel spring I hope.
We had a warm spell awhile back and the ice really expanded. Sending this sheet of ice straight up 6 feet in the air. The power of the ice is extraordinary.
After the warm weather we sunk back into the deep freeze and the cracks opened up. It has been -20 to -30C and the lake has contracted a lot! We are battling 3 different cracks. Generally we can jump them but sometimes they get too wide and we have to look for a narrower place to cross or sometimes we can find a split in the crack. Occasionally the crack will go right through our line of nets and we don’t have much of a choice to cross. Crossing a 5-8 foot crack in the ice would make most people nervous! My brother and I have had some close calls over the years and sometimes have to take a chance, but experience is so valuable. This was about 5 feet and the snow along the crack was very hard so we just drove across. Fast!!
Our coyote numbers are down around here this year which is good for our recovering deer herd. I have also had some luck with Pine Martens and Fishers as well. Time to take them in for the auction $
Our Falcons team got together last weekend for a Rec hockey tournament. We were the oldest team in the tournament but still got it. We won all of our games, it was just for fun and not very serious. We had a blast. Always good to get together with the boys!
2017 is looking great and dates are filling up quickly this year. If you don’t have your date booked yet, please do not delay. Click here to inquire about dates for 2017.
As the short winter days slowly get longer but winter is still holding you in its cold grasp here is something for you to think about.
At Amik Outposts, since day one which began in the early 1990`s we have had a “No Trophy Policy” Which means an unharmed gene pool and BIGGER fish. Here are some pictures from our early days right up until now. They speak for themselves.
Rena used to catch the biggest fish while she was sleeping or reading a book!
My Dad was pissed at me this day because this was on the first cast!!
Since the early days we have had THOUSANDS of Trophy fish caught and RELEASED on our lakes!
This is just a few of the Trophy Pike that were caught and released last season. Please let us know if you would like some dates for next season so you can put yourself in these pictures.
We are piecing the puzzle together for 2017 and filling dates quick lately! If you are interested in fishing with Amik Outposts in 2017, do not delay. We have only a few spots left in May, June and July so please send us an email and we will let you know what we have available.
Here are some available dates for some awesome fishing this summer. Please click here to inquire.
Vee Lake May 25-31
Loree Lake May 26-31
Cherrington Bay May 29-June 3
Cobham River May 24-29
BlackBirch Lake June 28-July 3
Shearstone Lake June 23-28
DarkWater Lake July 24-29
Cobham River July 19-23
Winter has a firm grasp on most of us this year. We went from a beautiful warm fall into full fledged winter! We have had very cold weather in the North and at least one snow storm a week. There has been quite a bit of snow but nothing like areas further south along the border and even south of that where the snow is even deeper. With this month of cold weather we went from no ice to over 2 feet already.
The one thing about being cold is that the sun shines. Most pure Canadians don’t mind the cold as long as the sun is shining!! We are into the New Year and the days will begin to get longer soon. Fishing season is getting closer everyday.
Another great thing about the sun is that it provides me with lots of photo opportunities. And of course my pal Dustee is in most of them. She has been very happy spending lots of time out on the lake with me and my Brother.
During freeze-up we had high humidity when the lake froze and it got very cold, very fast and created this Hoar frost on the lake.
We also had a ton of gale forced winds during freeze up which made for mine fields of ice and slow travelling.
My Brother and I are some of the few Commercial fishermen left fishing on Lake Manitoba on the ice. Since a flood of our lake in 2011 we have had an infestation of Pike. We normally chase the higher priced Walleye but since 2011 it has become increasingly difficult to catch Walleye as our nets are plugged right full of Pike. The pike came from small lakes surrounding the big lake and had never had access to such abundant feed. They are thriving but also consuming more and more Perch, Walleye, and literally anything they can fit in their mouths. We can sell the Pike but the price and labor involved make for long days filled with swear words. We do it because we love it as our family has for 3 generations.
The wind molds the landscape. Here are some Coyote tracks that were left behind after a storm.
With winter late in getting here it has slowed me down from trapping much this year but I have been able find a few coyotes. The fur is in great shape this winter. Hopefully the prices will be too!
2017 is shaping up to be a great year. Please let us know if you would like some dates for next season. We would love to show you a great fishing vacation.
Winter finally showed up! We just had our first snowstorm of the year and it looks like we have had snow for a month. Dustee is finally comfortable since the humidity has gone down and the dry snow is finally here to stay. I will be out on Lake Manitoba tomorrow to begin our commercial fishing season.
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It has been a great fall here in Canada. It should shorten our winter nicely. The temperatures are just starting to stay around freezing for the first time and we haven’t had snow yet, just some flurries. It has made for great weather to get stuff done outside. Stuff out side meaning hunting!! I hope everyone else is doing the same thing.
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