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3008 fish, 8 people, 7 days!!!

The Peters party came out of Loree the other day and had some good times, good weather, and no Bugs! Oh yea, they caught 3008 fish for the week! This group sure knows how to catch walleyes. They started a tradition last year with a sign and this year they had one ready to go. All they had to do was fill in the number.


Bernice and Ed saw their first moose last year and this year they saw 2. A cow and a calf this time. Betty and Jim were also fortunate to see a moose.

The big ones were not as willing as they were last year but they caught lots in the 20 to 24 inch range.

Jeanette Lake! The big ones were willing there this week!

The S. Arnie Safari came out of Jeanette this morning and had some great luck! Arnie has been with us since 1983 and had countless good times with his buddies and in the past number of years, with his sons. They were fishing in 20 to 35 feet of water for the big fish and shallower for supper sized fish. Using jigs and tails on the windy days and just a snell hook with a crawler on it when it was calm. Experience is a very valuable thing when it comes to catching trophy fish.

How would you like your first fish of the trip to be a…..

A 29 inch Walleye! Chad J. knows how that feels. In addition he caught a 27 inch walleye too.

The whole Johnson Family did very well on Jeanette. Here are the largest fish:
Chad J. 29 and 27 inch walleye
Charlie J. 26 and 25 inch walleye
Chris J. did the best on this trip catching a 23, a 25, 2-26 inch walleyes and a 28 incher!
Dad on the other hand could only muster a 22 inch walleye but I am sure he takes pride in seeing his boys catch trophy fish.


A 26 and 22 inch double header was one of the many highlights of the week. The Johnsons did bring Uncle Phil along for his first trip to Jeanette, pictured here in the double header. He surpassed his largest fish record of a 5 pound northern. He will be welcome back next time to break that record again.

We have been very busy lately and had lots of good pictures shared with us. Here are a few from Cobham Daniel when the Connaughty Party spent some time there recently. Enjoy!


An Awesome Gift!

We have a guest who is an artist who loves the North, especially Loree Lake! Jim Peters is an artist and has given us a print of some of his work in the past but this year he has really out done himself. When I dropped him off last year at Loree he was taking pictures of the Otter as I left Loree, nothing unusual, but during the winter Jim made us a great gift and gave us the original.

Thank you so much Jim. It is the best painting on an Otter I have ever seen!

Here is last years post from their trip on Loree! Click here.

Fishing is steady, walleyes beginning to move out a bit.

It has been mostly sunny and warm up here recently, but not to hot. The fishing has been quite good with the walleyes in 6 to 12 feet of water. I fished for awhile on Shearstone last week and caught lots of walleyes in 9 feet on a overcast day.

I brought the Weston party out of Daniels today and Larry, the leader of the group was ecstatic! This was their first trip with us, although he has been fishing Canada for 40 years, he had never caught a northern over 40 inches. Many 39’s but never breaking the 40 barrier. Well this week on the Cobham, he not only broke the 40 inch plateau, but caught and released a fat 43.5 inch northern. His boys said he did not fish as hard after that satisfying feat that was a long time coming. Troy caught a couple nice fish as well, 38 and 39 inch northerns and walleyes were nuts right in front of the cabin by the fish gut rock on the last night. What a perfect way to end the trip!

Here are some pictures from last week on Vee Lake. Mike W. and his buddies fished there for their first time and caught some big fish.


Walleyes with shoulders!! Big!

I love it in July when the best lure for walleyes is a 5 of diamonds!!

It makes us feel good!

We are fortunate to be close to so many great people. This business is very rewarding if you are the type of person who gets satisfaction from seeing people have a good time. All I can say is that we care. Here is a letter from our friend Jack Darsnek. We have shown them around Northwestern Ontario and they have seen all kinds of weather, fishing, bugs and bears. Thanks for the kind words Jack. See you next year.

Dear John, Rena, Bruce and Debbie,

A few pictures to capture our June trip. This was the best trip we’ve
had, of the 10 or 11 we’ve made. Everything turned out well, with the
exception of two of the old guys unable to make the trip this year.
The fishing was fantastic !! Tony said he caught more fish the first
day than he usually catches in a week. Russ got a white fish, in the
pictures. I won the big northern T-shirt on the first day, first 1/2
hour, in sight of the cabin. While it may not be be the biggest fish
in the lake I got a 33″ on an ultralight, 6 lb test line, no leader,
and put it in the boat, since I was the odd guy, fishing alone.

Walleyes from 20″-24″ were ordinary, it took a 23″ to raise eyebrows
and everyone got a few that size. Happy got Mr Big with a 25″, took
home his t-shirt to show off. We awarded Russ Best in Show for his
superior skills in the culinary arts. We left full of fish and full of
memories.

Oh, did I mention that the weather was wonderful, we had a heavy rain
one afternoon, about 4:30 PM so we didn’t lose any boat time. Best of
all, John must have said something to the bugs, there were NONE. Zero,
nada, rien, zippo. No even in a mosquito out back. It was a great
experience and I hope all your clients get the same.

Had a bear in camp, the boys saw a wolf and a moose. As usual, I saw
nothing, only walleyes coming in over the side. We’ll see you at
Loree, come 2011. Thanks for everything, Jack






Veterans!

We have many return customers and have become friends with lots of people, but it is good to hear some stories from guests who have been fishing some of our lakes for almost as long as I have been alive. Jim B. has been fishing the Cobham and Pat R. has been fishing Springpole since the 70’s! These guys have been through a number of outfitters throughout the years and have many stories to tell.

Jim who hails from Iowa has brought many a fishermen to the granite rock we call Northwestern Ontario specifically the Cobham River System. The cabin we purchased 6 years ago was originally erected in the 70’s and Jim began fishing there then. (Morley and Daniel were built on Cobham Lake in 1992) The Cobham is a lake of extreme water levels. It goes from being as high as it ever was last year to quite low this year, 4-5 feet lower than last. Jim told me he has seen it so low one spring that they had to physically carry the boats in the rapids going down the river. Alot has changed since then, from coleman lanterns to propane lights, to bright solar powered light. The running water has gone from running to the lake to get it to simply turning on a faucet in the cabin with the aid again of solar power. He now makes Cobham Morley his home for one week each summer with his crew and I wonder how many 40 plus inch northerns he has caught on that body of water in 30 years.

Pat has been with Lac Seul Airways since the original owner John Hannaway back in the 70’s and loves to catch Lake Trout. And Springpole has some Huge Trout. I have heard a ton of stories about John and most of them have alot to do with him being grumpy and giving gruff orders to people around the dock. Pat’s brother Bill joined the group in 1986 and figured he would have a laugh during the weighing of the gear before the flight to Springpole. As it was being weighed, he lifted on the cart, making it look lighter. John Hannaway did not think it was very funny. They went from being the first flight out that morning, to flying in late that night, waiting around all day for John to send them out.

It is good to see all of our regulars and hear the stories of past trips and good times!

In my last post I did not have all of the pictures from the group, Tom C. sent us this one of a great looking 41 inch Trophy! Thanks Tom, you will have another picture on our wall again! Keep it up and we will have to create a section for you and your family!

The last fishermen!

I know when I see these guys from Wisconsin, the summer is pretty much over. Loree lake is their camp of choice and for 5 days every fall, this is their slice of heaven. The weather is not always nice for them at this time of year but this year was a real treat! Sun everyday except for one 10 minute storm and temperatures got as low as 40 one night but everyday was 60-80 degrees! Awesome weather for middle of September.

Fishing was fabulous as well. A 42 inch Northern and a 27 inch Walleye were the biggest caught but they had a blast with the numbers too!

Here is a hefty 27 inch Walleye.

Not sure of the length of this one but it looks like it would be close to 40 inches.

The Beast of the trip on the second last day! 42 inches and Thick!

That little tape measure in front of him is not even close!! The long tape is by his back.

And Back down to the depths, to be caught again… It feels good to see all of our guests catching Trophies and feeling good about putting them back. That’s why we have the Trophy Fishing we have.

The prop on the Otter sure pushes the air!

New Pics

Findlay Lake walleyes are sure prepared for winter! These fish that Lonnie K. and his buddies caught were fat! The last group of fishermen of the season just had to remind those walleyes who the boss is….

Even the 20 inch fish look like footballs. Good strong fish that put up a heck of a fight.

This is a beautiful walleye!

We have had some great weather lately, which is nice…I was a day late in picking these guys up last year thanks to Mother Nature.

Phenominal!

That is what Rena and I heard from the last group that came out of Cobham Daniel this morning. The Anderson party loves to fish this body of water. And it helps that we had the best stretch of weather we have had all summer to go along with it. Even a little too warm at times but great just the same. They did not keep track of the numbers this year but said that this has to be the best yet. “We never went more than 30 seconds with out a bite.” These guys take lots of bait, because they catch alot of fish! 100 dozen frozen minnows and 2 pounds of leeches. Paul was talking about having to go home and get a cortizone shot in his elbow he set the hook so many times! The biggest fish were 29 inches on the walleye and 42 with many in the 36-38 inch range on the northerns. Rick told me when he left, they plan on making this trip until they are too old. I guess I will be seeing them for many years yet!!

The Hiscocks/Conaway party went to Loree lake for 10 days and just returned yesterday. These guys have been fishing with us for many years and have fished many of our lakes. From Monster lake trout on Springpole, Huge northern Pike on Jeanette or the walleye factory on Loree lake, these guys have a good time where ever they go with us. Here are a few pictures from their trip.






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Here is an old video but the sound is great. The guy who pulled the trigger on this video is coming up this fall again. I hope to get another, but better video of it.

Workin’, Fishin’ and maybe having a few…

It is that time of year once again, time to start closing camps as they are finished for the year. Also time to start getting some jobs done around at each camp. We stayed at Cherrington and had awesome weather. I know this has been a cool rainy summer, but for a the past 10 days the weather has been awesome, sunny, 80 degrees and no clouds to be seen. I knew summer would come, I just didn’t figure it would show up in September.

Cherrington Bay has a new boat ramp and a new fish cleaning table, the Point had the same…

One of our moose hunting lakes. It has no name. Looks like someone named it!

Fishing was good. As it usually is.

Everyday was nice and warm, and the evenings were calm. The heat sure calmed down the mosquitos finally.

We had a fire almost every night. This is a sad sight when the beer is gone…:(

Big ones are around yet!

There are still fishermen coming and going to the north. The fish seem to still be in many different depths, from 7-24 feet depending on the day. Here are a few highlights from some groups I brought out recently…

The River had some new fishermen fish it last week, the Weihrauch Party. Walleyes were not huge but good numbers of them when they wanted to catch them. Some nice northerns though, the largest caught by Steve, a fat 42 incher.

Cherrington had some return visitors from California, the Horton party. They said the Big walleyes on Cherrington brought them back! Bob H. caught a monster walleye. A 30 inch walleye! That picture of that one will be going up on the wall of fame in the office! Walleyes lived up to there reputation on Cherrington, a 28 and 2-25 inchers were also caught and released. The other Bob in the party caught a 38 inch northern as well to top off a good week in the Canadian bush!

My last pick up today was from Daniels, and there was a very happy group of fishermen/women waiting for me. The Jackson party from Nebraska had an awesome trip! They said “There is too many walleyes in that lake!” 26 inches was the biggest walleye but the numbers they caught were huge! Bob J. had a 39 inch northern and one member of the party said they had a Monstrous Pike up to the boat. He guessed it had to be 52 inches….It came up 4 times before running away and snapping his 14 pound test line. Gone. It will be bigger next year!

Here are some pictures from Courtney and Luke. They fished Cherrington last week, it rained quite a bit but the fish were biting.








The leaves are turning color and the nights are cool once in a while. This time of year that means fog in the river in the morning. 2 days in a row now we have been delayed by fog. Up and ready to go at 6 am and loaded and ready to go by 7 am, wait until 8 or 8:30. The weather has been nice though, I will take a fog delay any day as long as the sun shines…

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