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2017 is underway!!!  We have flown quite a few fishermen into the bush and the silence of a long winter will be broken by the sounds of laughter and reels buzzing.  Our ice out was not as early up north as it was around Red Lake.  The ice left most of our lakes up north around the 7th or 8th of May we think.  We began opening camps on May the 9th and were ice free as we made the rounds to each camp to get it ready for a busy summer.

Water levels on all of our lakes seems to be just perfect.  Not too high but not low either.  Today as I write this we are getting rain in the Red Lake area but not up north.  The seasonal forecast is for a warm dry summer so it is nice to start out the season with plenty of water.  Lets hope for some timely rains to keep the forest fires at bay and the fire ban off.

We have only had one group of fishermen come out so far who were on a 3 day trip to BlackBirch.  Lots of walleyes near the in flows of water but as of yet they haven`t spawned.  Big Pike were coming alive as well.  A 36 inch pike was the biggest with a monster on that could not even be lifted off the bottom.  The water is warming up….

Of course my flying partner Dustee had to come along and protect us while we were opening camps.  At Loree lake, a Marmot hole had her busy for a day and a half.  She dug this crater and then slept beside it all day, that night and never moved from that spot until we left the next day.  She didn’t win this time…

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We had fairly good weather for opening camps this year.  Cloudy for the first few days but just the perfect temperature for working so we were able to put in some long days and get stuff done.

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Of course we didn’t work until dark every night.  Jerrica, a girl I have coached since she was 3 and is now in College playing hockey, helped us open camps this year.  She is a good fisherman and caught way more than enough fish for a fish fry right off the dock at Cherrington!

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One of our dockhands, Josh, is from Newfoundland.  They don’t get much sun there…He was being burnt to a crisp so I had to figure out a way to keep him going when the weather turned hot for a couple days.  It wasn’t pretty but it kept his neck from burning any worse.

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Spending time in the bush is special.  The silence and pristine environment are certainly therapeutic.

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Our summer is pretty full this year but we do have a few holes to fill.  Here are some dates for you to think about if you haven’t booked your summer vacation. Please email amik@frontiernet.net or call us at 807-735-9968 to inquire about one of these dates.

Loree Lake  June 16-20

Cobham River July 27 – August 1

Vee Lake August 7-11

BlackBirch Lake August 17-22

Cobham River August 26-31

Cobham Daniel September 2-7

Jeanette Lake August 11-14