Christmas is fast approaching. We hope that everyone is getting ready for Santa and that you plan to spend some quality time with family and friends.
Our days are very short now. The sun doesn’t get up until well after 8am and is down just after 4pm.
We started out cold this fall, but as the entire USA was in the grips of winter for awhile, we were warm and dry. Once we had about 8-9 inches of ice on the lake and very little snow it stayed beautiful for 2-3 weeks. It was almost too warm for working out on the lake. Especially when you are catching 6-900 pounds of fish a day. Each one has to be handled numerous times before it even gets to town and then to market.
It has since cooled off (-25 C) and we are snowing now. It was beginning to look like a brown Christmas up here. The lake has 13-14 inches of ice and fishing is still good. Our third man, the Bombardier is out on the lake now. Our lives just got easier, it pulls the nets out for us and then back in once we have taken the fish out of the net, keeps our fish warm, gives us shelter from the wind and has a radio 🙂
Dustee is out there with us each day. She loves to run, eat frozen fish and try to catch the ravens. A couple of weeks ago, she went off on an adventure near Long Point and awhile later we heard a weird howl from where she went. I took off on the snowmobile to find her. She fell through the ice near the point. We never go near the point as the ice is always unpredictable there. I walked towards her to help, and it started cracking under me. I was still 15 yards away. I told her I couldn’t help her. She had to do it. She tried one more time and then she popped up and came to me. She had broke through the ice for about 30-40 yards before she called for help. She has used up a few lives on that point. But she was right back there the next day! She was soaked but scrubbed herself dry on the snow. She had a ice cold bath!
Dustee also gives new meaning to the term sled dog… “let’s go” she jumps on the sled and rides. We bounce across the lake at 35-50 mph. She hangs on as best she can. She hasn’t fallen off yet 🙂 The orange thing behind her is the Jigger. That is what we use to get our lines under the ice.
The ice makes for some great pictures.
We went to talk with our mechanic the other day and plan the winter maintenance. I just could not resist taking a picture of the old girl at rest. It will come into the hangar in the New Year and the inspection will be done.
We continue to book people for 2020 and if you are interested in an excellent fishing vacation next season, please contact us. If you have never fished with us before and are on the fence about which outfitter to choose. The only thing we will say is that we have more experience at showing people a good time than any outfitter in the area. Our fishing is first class, we are very organized, everything at our camps is in great shape and works, and most of all, we appreciate our guests and treat them like family. We know what we are doing.
Our schedule is ever changing with dates and numbers of fishermen, so please enquire about any dates you may be interested in and we will let you know if we have anything open. Here are some dates that we have open for our 2020 season. We look forward to hearing from you. Please click here to email us.
Cherrington Bay June 1-6, 2020
Jeanette Lake June 6-9, 2020
Shearstone Lake June 28- July 2, 2020
Loree Lake June 30- July 5, 2020
Vee Lake July 5-9, 2020
Cherrington Point July 4-8, 2020
Black Birch Lake July 18-21, 2020
Loree Lake July 21-27, 2020
Findlay Lake July 22-28, 2020
Cobham River July 30- August 3, 2020
That is all of the holes that we have at this time. Please let us know if you have any questions or if you would like to reserve one of these dates. We do have some availability in later August if you need some alternate dates.
Take care of yourselves. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us.
John and Rena
Aaron, Taina and Jack