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Monster Walleye!

Every year Findlay lake has some fishermen who have the talent and hit everything  just right and catch an absolute ton of BIG FISH!  This year the Nepstad party did just that.  They were scheduled to fish Cherrington in Late May this year but we had to move them to another date because of the fear of a late ice out.  I think they were quite happy they moved. 🙂  I mentioned them in my last blog and these pictures simply speak for themselves.  It will be Cherrington lake next May for these guys.

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July fishing report so far.

It has cooled of nicely in the last week but along with the cooler weather came some unsettled weather.  Changes in wind direction and the barometer has been moving up and down like a yo-yo.  This brought some days that our fishermen had to go out and find the fish.  Walleye fishing was good with our guests catching many up to 27 inches.  The Pike fishing slowed down last week but as always there were a number over 40 inches caught and released.

Here are some of the pictures from our guests recently.

The Quass party made their return to Vee Lake after a 2 year hiatus, but that won’t happen again. They are already booked for 2014! Here is a 41 inch Trophy Pike they caught on Vee last week.

 

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The pike in the upper 30’s are the best fighters!

 

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Another nice walleye that made an appearance for a photo and was returned to the lake.

The Runion party came all the way from West Virginia with their boys and had a blast on Jeanette Lake.  Although they forgot their depth finder they caught lots of walleye despite never having caught one before going to Jeanette.   They had no trouble catching fish and learned a lot.  Next time they will catch twice as many fish I bet.  Right out from the cabin they caught a 27, 24 and a 23 inch walleye!

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Dark Water had the Novotny party fish it last week and this was the year for David.  Fishing with us since he was a teenager, he has caught a lot of fish on his trips with us.  David had his personal best on walleye and pike this year!  David caught and released a 41 inch Trophy Pike and a 26 inch walleye.

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This Trophy Pike was hooked the day before by another member in the group but broke the line. A MILE AWAY! The lure was still in his lip. David was nice enough to return it to Doug. 🙂

The Helseth Party made the journey to Cherrington Lake.  They caught many nice fish.  Please read the caption below the last picture.  Definately the story of the week.

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“You’ll notice Marilyn climbing in a tree, that’s because I made my first cast of the day with a new $13 Rapala and heaved it right into the tree from about 60’ away. Thank God I have a wife that can climb trees. Thanks for everything; we all agreed it was a very good trip. See ya the next time.
Regards,
Jim “

One lake in particular that had exceptional fishing was Findlay Lake.  The walleyes were absolutely nuts.  The Nepstad party has been fishing in Canada for 25 years and Matt told me when he left that he had never seen anything like it.  They caught DOZENS OF WALLEYE THAT MEASURED 25 INCHES!!!  2-28’s 2-27’s 1-27.5 and 2-26’s.    Please remember that they have lots of experience fishing northern lakes.  We here that quite often from new people who have fished elsewhere with other outfitters.  Our conservation policy that has been in place since the very beggining on most of our lakes works!!!

 

A Family trip.

The Hanson family has been fishing with us for a long time.  It started out as just Dad, (Dick) and his 3 boys Mike, Eric, and Dan.  The family trip has grown to 7 in the past couple of years and it looks as though the younger generation loves it as much as Grandpa and his Original crew.  Andrew, Abbey and Thomas vow to keep their marks up in school and do whatever it takes to not miss the annual Canada Fishing Trip!  Black Birch Lake has been their playground for the past couple of years and they are getting to know this lake and it shows.  This year they caught some very nice fish, went swimming because it was so warm out and got to see some INTENSE NORTHERN LIGHTS!  Dan caught a 40 inch northern, his biggest ever and the fishing right off the dock was as good as anywhere else on the lake.  Needless to say that they are looking forward to next years trip!  Here are some pictures they shared with us.

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Time spent in the boat with Grandpa is time well spent!!

 

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I know this spot just by looking. One of my favorite spots on the lake.

 

Women love it up here too!!!!

Our newest outpost on Dark Water Lake continues to impress our experienced fishermen/fisherwomen!  LOTS of fish, close to the cabin and some big ones to be caught as well!  The Kendall party just returned from Dark Water Lake and had a blast, rebooking for 2014.  The Kendall’s have been with us for many years and have fished most of our lakes and enjoyed Dark Water as much as any of the other lakes they have fished.

Chris, the only female in the group has been on many trips with us and is as good as a fisher as any man, she caught the big fish of both species, a 27 inch monster of a walleye and a 36 inch pike.   And by the pictures I see, she caught the majority of the big ones and was not always sitting in the front of the boat!!!  The other guys in the group caught hundreds of fish along with some nice ones.  Here are a few pictures they shared with us when they came out.  Thank you guys, see you next year.

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Loree Lake

Every year Jim and Betty Peters make their way up to see us in Red Lake to go on vacation in the north.    They have found their home on Loree lake and have been there more times than anyone.  They started going there when we had an old log cabin and a gravity fed water system and a shower outside.   We appreciate the many people they have brought with them over the years, exposing them to the great fishing Loree has to offer. 2013 proved to be as good as any other.  2800 fish in 7 days for 6 people.  Many of them were trophy sized fish with a 27 inch walleye being the largest caught and released by Bernie.  The story of the trip was told by Sally, the Rookie.  She caught a nice 23.75 inch walleye when all of a sudden it got a lot heavier.  A thick 37.5 inch pike grabbed the big walleye and took off with it but Sally had it hooked well.  After the fight, the pike was still not willing to let the walleye go and they were able to land both fish!!  The weather was good enough that they were able to have 5 shorelunches during their stay.  Not always fish but they cooked on a fire out on the lake and sat and enjoyed the silence and scenery.  Here are a few pictures from their fishing vacation.

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The hungry Pike!!

 

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Ed cooking up a great meal.

 

Trophy fish and wildlife galore!

It has been busy for us here in Red Lake since the start of our fishing season.  Busy enough that I have not had the time to Blog!  Our fishermen continue to experience great fishing and see some awesome sights.  Moose, bears, caribou, pine martens and the majestic northern lights!!  A trip with Amik Outposts is more than a fishing trip… it is an experience to remember.  The weather continues to be fair,  it cooled off for the last few days but mostly sunny.  A nice break from the hot weather we had last week.  There are a few fires burning but nothing close to any of our camps.  Smoke in the air once in awhile, just depends on which way the wind blows.  The mayflies have hatched and are almost done.  Fish were filled up with the mayflies and the bite was not affected, just in shallower water feeding heavy.  The hot weather has slowed down the trophy pike but the walleye fishing has more than made up for it!

Dark Water Lake has had a few different groups fish there recently.  Our good old rednecks from Arkansas, the Garrett party fished there last week and had a great time.  Catching an absolute ton of fish with a 26 inch walleye being the largest.  They also saw many moose during their stay and got to hear some wolves howling.  Not a common occurance.  After them was the Whitehead family.  A Dad and 2 young boys.  They caught lots and of course the youngest caught the biggest northern and largest walleye.  They had no camera on the trip but wish they had.  While in camp one day they saw a small bull moose come out on the beach across the lake and lay down and go to sleep.  Here are some pictures from the Garrett boys.

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Mmmm bacon wrapped walleye. Cooked on the grill on tin foil. It is awesome. I have made it a few times this summer. Great as an appetizer or on its own.

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Jeanette lake had the Tippett party fron Kentucky.  They nailed the walleye!  27.5, 26 and 25 were the biggest but the numbers were insane!  Surprisingly they caught their biggest pike during the hottest weather,  they caught a 42 inch pike along with a 39.5, 37.5 and 2 at 36 inches long.  Good fishing.  They also had a guy in his group almost get run over by a caribou!!  They will send us a video of it and I will post it,  It got within 20 feet of them!

Shearstone lake.  The Lentz party of 6 including 4 newcomers came out and were smiling when I got there to pick them up.  Lots of fish including a a few 26 inch walleye and another huge one that never even got measured but much bigger than the others!  Here is a couple pictures from their trip.

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The Blue Walleyes have been active on Vee lake!  The last 2 groups to fish on that body of water have reported catching a few of them.  Everyone always takes pictures but they do not really do them justice.  They are a beautiful blue color in the sun when seen with the naked eye.  Here are some pictures from the Call party who fished there last week.  They had an awesome trip and found at least 20 new hotspots.  They slayed the walleye catching 4 monsters that measured 26.5 inches and countless walleye that were 20 to 25 inches.  Largest pike were 42 and 3 at 38 inches.  With fishing like that, no wonder they were ecstatic when I picked them up.  I was even late!!  Lol

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A 19 inch Blue Walleye

 

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A Big Walleye!!

 

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I love the action shots! A 42 inch Pike takes some teamwork to get in the boat!

 

 

Some recent Trophy Fish

Happy Canada Day and Happy Independence Day in a couple days!   Here are a few pictures given to us by our great guests. Good times continue to be had all over the North with the sunshine almost everyday and fishing as good as ever….

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Joel, Gordon, Carolyn and Angelia came out this morning from the Cobham. As expected, the girls out fished the boys! But they couldn’t have done it with out their Guides. Joel and Gordon had some sore looking hands from taking off all the fish.

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The Chisholm party fished Cherrington for the first time last week. They had a great week and are making plans to return in 2014!!

The Chisholm party also gave us some awesome popcorn.  It goes great with beer, once you start, you can’t stop eating it!!  Here is the link  Palo Popcorn

Nile G. has been to Findlay Lake 21 times and 2013 was probably the best fishing he has had there yet!  Nile  and Brian had a great week.  Here are a couple pictures of some of the big ones they caught!

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It’s getting hot!

It has been sunny and warm up here lately and we have been very busy.  Lots of flying and lots of smiling faces.  We did get some much needed rain which lower our forest fire risk and maintained water levels.  Fishing has been pretty awesome.  We continue to have experienced fishermen coming out of the bush saying that this was their best year yet!  The feeling of the fast and furious action is euphoric.  Sunshine and fantastic fishing is a perfect combination for being on vacation.

Walleye action has never been better.  Numbers have been good at all the lakes and the size continues to go up.  More 26 to 29 inch walleye showing up around the north.  There are still big pike being caught but they are slowing down a little bit as they head for deeper water since it has been so warm  They are still there, you just need to fish deeper.  Most 40 plus inchers were caught while fishing for walleye but some were caught in the early morning or just at dark up in the windblown bays near deeper water.

The Northern Lights have also been active.  Apparently there is lots of sun storm activity and they are going to be out more often.  If you have an up coming trip be sure to keep an eye on the sky when you head out to splash your boots. 🙂

Here are some pictures from the Vincent party who stayed at our Cobham Daniel cabin last week.  They had simply awesome fishing.  During one really windy day they caught an absolute ton of fish in 3 feet of water and had no issues catching fish!

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Another busy weekend done.

It was another busy weekend of moving people to and from the camps.  Everyone was happy, happy, happy.  Fishing overall last week was awesome once again.  Numbers were excellent on most lakes and the size of the fish was too.  Many Trophy fish being caught and released throughout all of our lakes.  They were calling for rainy weather each day but it held off until Sunday night after everyone had been moved.  It feels good to have Mother Nature give us a hand once in awhile.  Last weekend we were delayed by weather in some way for 3 days in a row.  We had some great sunrises…

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The Stanley party made their annual return to the Cobham River last week and reported fishing being tougher than normal… only 100 fish per boat per day average.  They did well on the size though.  Here is Bob with one of the 40 plus inch Pike they caught and released.

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The Laska party have been fishing the North for many years and have found their home with us.  They usually try to go to a lake at least 2 times and this was their second trip to Cobham Morley.  They did great last time and they duplicated that again last week.  “The fish were everywhere”  They caught a lot of nice fish including a 41, 40 and a 39.5 inch Pike.  Here are a couple pictures.

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A boy named Hunter made his first trip into the bush with his Dad, Uncles and Grandpa last week to Shearstone lake.

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Hunter had a blast!  He caught some great fish and had some big ones on but they got away….

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It can be tough to make a full day of fishing with Grandpa.  If you are tired, just take a nap.

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Here is Ted showing his grandson how it is done!  They caught some nice fish on Shearstone last week and had some times where you could hardly get your jig to the bottom before you had another one.  Dad, Grandpa and Hunter in one boat must have be wild!

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Each Group of fishermen return from the outposts with many stories to tell and a list of big fish they have caught.  I can not post all of the big fish pictures but will be adding a photo album to each camp during the summer and adding all of the big ones and great sights like this one from Cobham Morley.

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I don`t want to forget about the Darsnek party.  They have fished all of our lakes and are on their second round now!  They returned to Vee lake and had one of their best trips yet!  Many Big Pike and some fast fishing.   Penis cove was again the best spot on the lake.  Furious action at times,  ontheir last day they caught fish like mad until lunch, came in for a quick bite to eat and caught fish for the whole rest of the day!  There was no quiet time that day, just fish after fish!  What an awesome way to end a great trip.  Their biggest fish for the trip was 2-42, 41 inch Pike and many big walleyes- 25,24,and a number in the 23 inch range.  Jack also caught a beaver!  He thought he had the biggest northern pike on earth but it proved to be a bit hairy for a pike.  They also had many times where huge pike attacked their walleye on the way to the boat.

Loree Lake

 

The Frazer party came out from Loree Lake today and are probably not halfway to the Border yet.  Their pictures and video were so good I had to do a blog right away!  They have been going to Loree lake for a number of years now and we always say that once you get to know a lake that you will catch bigger fish.  That was indeed the case with these guys.  This was their best trip yet in all the years they have been fishing at outposts!!  We have been hearing that a lot lately. 🙂  Ideal fishing conditions last week also played a big part in their success, but knowledge of the water they were fishing was also key.  They caught tons of fish and some BIG PIKE.  They caught and released a 42, 40 and many 35 plus inch Pike and also caught a 30 inch Walleye!!  Biggest Walleye so far on any of our lakes.  Here is a video from them catching a 42 inch Trophy Pike!  Please take note on how they gently handle this very old, very large fish.  It was not thrashing around the boat and was treated with care.  Thank you guys for being kind to the fish.  That monster could be caught again this summer making someone’s dreams come true or be caught by these guys again next year….only he will be bigger!!!!  We have this bountiful resource because we look after it and we appreciate the care our guests take in looking after it as well.  Thanks for the video and pictures guys.

 

 

 

 

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