Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

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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Bait

Our bait supplier has run out of leeches early this year and we cannot get them in Red Lake.  We have contacted some of the bigger bait shops along your route and they are happy to take your order directly.  You would have to stop on your way up and pick it up yourself.  I don’t know prices but they said they had a good supply for the rest of the season.

Fort Frances: Rainy Lake Sports, Phone:(807) 274-6429

Vermillion Bay: Bobby’s Corner (Shell station) Phone:(807) 227-2099

Ear Falls: 4 Seasons Bait Shop Phone:(807) 222-2200

There are other bait shops along the way but these are the ones I have talked to.  They can help you with crawlers and leeches.  

If you would like frozen minnows as bait we do have those at our base in Red Lake, we can also get you live minnows if you are going to Jeanette Lake or Darkwater Lake.

Thank you.

testimonials

Hey Rena,

Here is the picture I promised you. What a fish, I have never ever caught a fish even remotely close to this size!!!! She was 40 and ½” long!!!!  I will truly remember it until the day I die. Thanks for making our trip run without a hitch from beginning to end your professionalism really rang true and although we could have gone somewhere else on the cheap, there is no way that we would have experienced the fishing we did. Take care and until we meet again be safe.

 Sal Pusateri

Owatonna, MN

Cherrington Lake

If you have a large group of family and friends that you would like to share an unforgettable experience with, Cherrington Lake is the perfect place to bring them all.  The Davis party was a group of 12 spanning 3 generations.  The fishing was superb, some of the new guys were reduced to giggles as the fish were on the line so fast.  Their jigs not even reaching the bottom at times before another one was on!  There was a few guys in the group that caught  100 fish per day almost everyday.  The really big ones were on hiatus like most of the lakes but they caught tons of walleye measuring up to 25 inches.  The biggest Walleye was caught by Todd measuring 25.5 inches.  Cole had the biggest Northern measuring 37 inches.  They estimated that there must be 20 million walleye in Walleye Alley.  The hands on these guys on the way out were cut and sore.

Twin 20 inchers, nice double.

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These 3 eleven year olds play sports together and now going on fishing trips.  I am sure they will be bringing their boys on trips 20 years from now.

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Here are some of the nice ones they caught.

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Getting to ride up front!

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We have had more incidents this year than normal involving fish hooks in the hands.  None of these people had to be flown out, they dealt with it at camp and were prepared with a pair of good side cutters to cut the hook once it was pushed through the skin to expose the barb.  I had a guest ask if we could supply a good pair of side cutters at the cabin. After some thought, I don’t think you would want to use a pair of pliers that had someone elses blood on it previously.  Please make sure you bring this for yourself.  One per group, everyone does not need one.  This should be inside your small first aid kit.  The best way to make it easier to remove a hook is to pinch your barbs and remove extra hooks from your plugs and rappallas, leaving only the hook on the back.  Our guests usually catch LOTS of fish that fight like crazy and your odds go up because of it.

Another item a lot of people don’t think about is Travel Insurance.  If you have it through work or other plan it would be prudent to call them prior to your trip to find out if you are covered in Canada.  Even getting a short term plan for the duration of your trip is a good idea. A trip to the hospital or an emergency medivac flight is expensive.  We rarely have any problems in the bush but you have to remember that you are in a remote area and you should be prepared. 

It has been windy!

The weather changed from sunny and warm to cool and windy, and it has been that way for the past 10 days or so.  The wind has blown from the east for the majority of that time.  The fish have gone from 3-6 feet of water down to 12-20 feet.  The reports we are getting from the guests who come out of the camps are that the bigger pike are slow and just following up to the boat but not to interested in biting.  Walleyes seem to be in a fairly normal pattern and in the past few days there has been more and more reports of 25-27 inch walleye being caught and released.

We have been fortunate in the far north that we have not gotten the heavy rains that areas south of us have had.  Our water levels are just perfect, and going down.  The farther north you go the drier it has been, which usually means we will get some fires but nothing yet.

We have had a year of awful mosquitos.  From what I understand though, we are not the only ones.  If you are going fishing in the north, pack your mosquito coils and bug spray.  The long winter did nothing to them except make them angry.

Here are a few of the Big ones from last week.

The Bowling Party fished Shearstone last week and had some great fishing and awesome times.  They caught a lot of walleye with a few big ones measuring 26, 27, and 28 inches!  They caught some nice pike too!

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The Frazer party made their annual trip to Loree Lake.  Fishing was as good as ever, here is Walter with the pike of the trip.

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The Hendricks party made their 2nd trip to Darkwater lake.  Here are some pictures of some of the big ones

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More than a fishing trip.

We have been very busy and time is flying by.  June is half over already!  Fishermen continue to fly to and from the bush with big smiles on their faces.  Mother Nature went into a bit of a bad mood last week, bring a lot of wind to our area, cooler temperatures (it froze one morning), and a few days of rain.  With only a slight delay, our fishermen were all moved on the day they were supposed to be.  The bad weather did not damper any of our guests spirits thats for sure.  Many of them had more cabin time than normal but still reported having a blast!

Fishing was slightly slower than normal overall but many groups reported catching some BIG fish.  The wind blew like a banshee and changed often making for scattered fishing,  catching 15-20 in a spot then moving on down to the next spot.  The fish didn’t know where to be.  Lets hope we get back into more of a normal weather pattern soon.

 

Here are some recent pictures from the last few groups.

 

Shearstone had the Gudahl Party visit last week.  They caught some nice fish during their stay and never had an issue finding the fish.  The cooler weather affected the bigger pike but walleye fishing was outstanding!

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Loree Lake had the Lindberg party stay there last week.  These guys have been to almost all of our lakes and have started to go around again.  They started out the week with slower than normal fishing but finished of just like it should be, Great!  They even saw a WOLVERINE!  Walking the shoreline and then swam across the narrows right in front of them.  A rare sight.  Here is Phil the walleye whisperer.

 

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Findlay Lake.  Tim T. and his group of merry men made their annual trip to Findlay and caught 1688 walleye for 4 guys in 7 days.  And they didn’t even fish hard.  Keep in mind they have lots of experience on this lake and know where to find them on any given weather conditions but that is a awesome number of fish.  100 fish per boat before lunch happened practically everyday.  They have the sore hands to prove it.

 

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The Hansen/Gobin party made the trek all the way from Florida to take another poke at fishing Darkwater Lake.  Josh made his own lures especially for the trip.  They found a few sure fire combinations and caught tons of fish.  The weather was wild but anytime in the bush is special, even if you get chased off the lake by Mother Nature

 

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Jeanette Lake had the Tylinski Party return for annual trip.  These guys have learned this lake well and it shows.  These smiles speak for themselves.

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The weather has been comfortable for quite awhile now with one day of rain last week but we are into a trend of changing weather with some more rain in the forecast.  Fishing has been outstanding!  Walleyes are getting a beating on every lake.  Numbers have been phenomenal and the big females are being caught and released more frequently every week on all the lakes.  Many 27- 28 inch walleyes were caught last week, some in 3 feet of water.  Some fishermen called it fishing in a bathtub.  Drifted up against the weeds, your line 3 feet below you, lifting fish after fish almost out of the water when you set the hook!  For the most part walleyes are in 8 feet of water or less right now, on windy shorelines and sometimes in the shallow bays up against the weedy shoreline.  The thing about fishing walleye at this time of year is that your biggest pike will most likely be caught on your jig and light tackle!  Big pike have been everywhere, caught at the bottom of the rapids, on top of the rapids and in the walleye holes.  The action has been fast and furious if you want it to be.

Here are some highlights from the past week.

The Holland party has been fishing on Findlay lake for a lot of years.  They have seen many different weather patterns and water temperatures in their time spent on Findlay.  This year was one of the rare ones where the sun shined everyday and didn’t need rain gear until their last afternoon.  Their experience on the lake proves to be a huge benefit every year.  They know where the big fish hang out, and they provide us with the pictures to prove these are not just fish stories!   The fish this year were larger than normal with the group catching more 24-25 inch walleyes than they ever have before!  Chuck had the biggest one measuring 27  inches.  The pike were on this year as well.  Lots of thick healthy trophy pike were caught and returned to the water.  Brian had the biggest catching a 40 inch pike!

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The McConnell party made their return to Blackbirch Lake last week.  They had a great time as usual and again they said they had the best fishing ever!  When you are in such an awesome environment with good friends it is easy to have the best time ever, over and over again. :)  Here is Marty with a thick 38 inch trophy pike.

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Shorelunch.  Fresh out of the lake and into the pan!

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The Plummer crew came from far and wide to meet up on Jeanette Lake, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and even Hungary.  These guys have been doing flyin trips for a long time and seem to have found a home with us.  They really enjoyed Jeanette lake.  The northern pike were crazy this week.  They caught lots of 30 plus inch pike, 12 above 35 inches a fat 38 inch, 2 at 39.5 inches and the biggest one for the week was a 41.5 inch pike.  Walleye were numerous all week and the size increased daily.  The biggest ones were caught late in the week up to 27 inches.

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The caribou still like to hang around the cabin at Jeanette.  They are so quiet and peaceful.

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The Olsen party were back for their every other year trip to Shearstone Lake.  This is their 4th trip to Shearstone and they love it.  I heard rumblings as they were leaving that they may have to start doing it every year.  Lots of nice fish were caught on Shearstone Dave had a 40 inch pike and a 25 inch walleye, John also caught a 25 inch walleye, Larry had a fat 38 inch pike and the leader Alan caught a 24 inch walleye.  They enjoy the silence of the north and this year had quite a bit of wildlife around.  They saw a moose swim across the lake, saw 2 eagles fighting, although when they toss and turn through the air, that is more of an intimate moment when they are mating :)  They also heard some wolves ands saw some otters.  Another great trip to Shearstone Lake!

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The Sanders family went back to Darkwater Lake last week for the 2nd time.  They also brought a new guy along named John.  I am pretty sure this is the first time that someone other than family has been on a trip with them.  Adam, the youngest, had an opportunity to move up from leech boy with new blood in the group for the first time in 20 years but missed his opportunity and did it out of routine.  They had a great time and caught over 1000 walleye during their stay at Darkwater.  A number of walleyes up to 24 inches were caught and released.

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The moose population around Darkwater is high.  Almost every group sees moose while they are there.

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The pike on Darkwater are very aggressive!  2 times during the week they had walleye attacked on the way to the boat.  That is always exciting!  Same time next year, same lake!

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These are some of the highlights from last week.  There are many more stories as they are happening everyday at our 12 outpost cabins.  What will yours be?

Last minute fishing trip?

We have a few dates scattered throughout our season still available. If you are in need of a digital detox, check out the dates below. We will show you a great fishing vacation.

June 24-27 Loree lake
July 2-7 Findlay Lake
July 6-13 Vee Lake
July 25-30 Dark Water Lake
July 29-Aug 4 Loree Lake
Aug 10-17 Cobham Morley
Aug 17-23 Vee Lake

We also have Moose tags available for this fall. If you are interested in an unguided moose hunt, please send us an email to inquire about pricing. Dates for these hunts are Sept 29-Oct 6, and Oct 6-13 2014.

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