Once again we have had just enough time to get all of the camps opened in time for our fishermen to enjoy the north.  We did reschedule a few parties to other dates but not many.  Once spring decided to show up, it turned to summer.  Perfect weather for opening camps!  The temperatures have been very warm and so far the bugs have not been around yet, lets hope it stays dry and it will keep them low all summer.  We had a big crew to open camps, 4 dockhands, Rena’s brother Mark, and myself.  We worked long days and opened 10 camps in 6 days and everything was done, windows washed, fire pits shovelled, wood cut, cabins cleaned, dockboards changed and motors tested.  We finished the rest of the camps as we could find time in between hauling the first fishermen to the bush.  As of this weekend we will be right full.  Fishermen scattered all around the north country, catching fish and having fun.

We have had only 3 groups of fishermen return from the bush with mixed reports.   It sounds like the walleyes are spawning right now so the walleye bite has been a little slow.  Northerns on the other hand have spawned and are getting more aggressive everyday!

Here are a few pictures from Findlay lake.  The Berger Boys and a newbie Taylor returned to fish Findlay again after fishing many of our other lakes since 2001.  Here are some pictures from our camp opening and the trip to Findlay.

When I picked up the Otter the lakes were all pretty much covered in ice.  I could see that they would not be too long.  They were melting from the bottom.

When I picked up the Otter the lakes were all pretty much covered in ice. I could see that they would not be too long. They were melting from the bottom.

Dustee loved opening camps with us.  She knew when we started to haul stuff to the dock that we would be leaving soon.  She would wait right by the Otter not wanting to be forgotten.

Dustee loved opening camps with us. She knew when we started to haul stuff to the dock that we would be leaving soon. She would wait right by the Otter not wanting to be forgotten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The boys having first lunch! We work long days and eat 4 times a day opening camps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This was a spring like my first few years up here, 20 years ago now. I remember having 85 degrees at the same time there was ice on the lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jeanette Lake has a new 16 foot Lund Boat! Other additions to the camps this spring include a 2nd fridge at Dark Water lake and also at Shearstone Lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trout Lake, just east of Red Lake is a huge body of water and is always the last lake to open.

Trout Lake, just east of Red Lake is a huge body of water and is always the last lake to open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a nice walleye caught on Findlay Lake last week.  27.5 inches

Here is a nice walleye caught on Findlay Lake last week. 27.5 inches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rookie, Taylor, had a lot of fun and really enjoyed her first trip to the bush.  Catching lots of fish, she couldn't use her beginners luck to catch the biggest fish this time.

The rookie, Taylor, had a lot of fun and really enjoyed her first trip to the bush. Catching lots of fish, she couldn’t use her beginners luck to catch the biggest fish this time.

 

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