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Fishing has been Awesome!!

 

We have been operating at full capacity here at Amik Outposts for awhile now.  So many trophy fish being caught. And each camp that comes out…the better the report is.  The weather has been awesome!  Sunny almost everyday, the odd calm day but mostly decent winds to help out the fishing and temperatures in the 70’s!  The fish are in 6-10 feet of water and are in their usual spots for this time of year.  We have heard from a number of our regular guests who fish the same time each year that the fishing has never been better.  Some people reporting unreal numbers of fish and others saying the quality is better than previous years.  All I know is that every single fisherman/fisherwoman has been ecstatic, huge smiles and great tans!!

 

Here is a report from the last week or so.  This is just a sampling of the fish that were caught and released at our outposts recently.  This happens every week!!

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Here is a great picture from the Schmidt party on Cherrington Lake.

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The McCarthy party usually fish at our Cobham Daniel outpost but due to schedules had to give up their week earlier and fished a week later and went to Blackbirch Lake.  Blackbirch is an awesome fishery and these guys had no issues at all for their first time on this body of water.  In fact they did excellent!  Many trophy pike!  The largest for the trip were 2-43 inch, 1-42 inch pike and one 40 inch trophy pike.  This group will be back on the Cobham next year.

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Kim with a brute!

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Dennis with a Blackbirch Monster. Head like a shovel.

The Emanuel party fished at Cobham Daniel couple weeks ago and had some great action.  They caught a few big pike.  1-40, 2-39’s, and a 38 inch.  A great time.

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Cobham Trophy Pike

The Schmidt party did their first flyin to Cherrington lake and as the old saying goes…They are hooked!  Excited at the thought of doing it next year…  They caught lots of fish as they came out of their post spawn lull, finishing off strong.  Biggest fish for the trip were a 40 inch pike and a 25 and 27 inch walleye.  Their neighbors at the point cabin were a big help.  Thanks to the pointers and information from the Krapac party they learned a lot and got a great handle on fishing Cherrington lake.

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Cherrington Lake Healthy Pike. Thick.

The Tarara party made their return to Findlay lake.  Here is a picture of a nice walleye that lake holds.

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Findlay Lake Trophy Walleye

Jeanette Lake continues to produce BIG Fish.  Here is a 38.5 inch pike from the Tylinski party.

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The Krall party was the most recent to fish Jeanette’s waters.  They love walleyes and they love Jeanette.  They did their usual there last week.  Relaxing, enjoying the beauty of the north, and slaying the big walleye!!  They caught and released a 25, 27 and 28 inch trophy walleye.

 

 

The Pranga party made their return to Cherrington lake and had some great fishing.  They caught 2-24 and a 25 inch walleye in addition to countless 20 plus inchers!

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The Pranga party figured I give the Packers a little too much blog time and figured that the Bears needed to be represented... I have a jersey now in case I ever get to a Bears game.

Vernon Schroeder has been fishing all over Manitoba and Ontario since the 1950’s.  He has been with us in the past and had been to Blackbirch when it was brand new in the 1980’s.  The hand pump was the running water and was high class then… He has many stories to tell and it is great to listen to the experiences he has had in his lifetime of flyin trips.  Vernon, who is 90 years old, his son-in-law, and his grandsons made a trip to the Cobham River.  The Cobham did not disappoint them.  LOTS of fish and Vernon caught a 40 inch pike!  It was great to see him again.

 

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They are healthy on the Cobham!

Vee lake had the Shipp party fish it last week from Arkansas.  They had a great time and caught some great fish.  The rainy days were better fishing days but caught many fish throughout their trip.  The largest were a 41 inch pike pictured below and a 25 inch walleye.

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 Darkwater lake has shown itself to fit right in with the rest of our lakes.   We have had some of our long time guests fish it and they rebooked to go back the same time next year.  The best fishing is within 10 minutes from the cabin and lots of fish.  Many walleyes have been attacked at the boat by huge pike!  The most recent fishermen to fish on Dark Water were the Hendricks family.  Great numbers of walleye with a 23.5 and 2-24 inch walleye being the biggest.  They will be back next year to take another shot at Dark Water.

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This lure was beat up this badly after only a half days fishing on Shearstone lake last week.

Shearstone Lake had the Lindberg/Jias party.  Tim and Dan have made 48 consecutive trips together.  That is a lot of fishing hours and miles travelled exploring the north.  Shearstone was as good for them as any of our other lakes they have fished.  2-42 inch monster pike were the biggest and a 24.75 inch walleye.  No shortage of action and many big walleye.  Looks like it will Cobham in 2014 for these adventurers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cobham Lake

We had another great week of fishing this year. I think the first three days were probably the best three days ever with total fish caught of 359 on Sunday, 426 on Monday, and 582 on Tuesday. After the rain storms in the middle of the week and some of the very sunny, still and warm days in the middle of the week, things kind of slowed down a little, but we still caught 368 on Wednesday, 233 on Thursday, 276 on Friday, and 351 on Saturday. All in all, not too bad for a group of five that included one person who had never fished at the lake. We also caught a lot of big fish. We caught 22 walleyes larger than 21 inches and too many walleyes to count that were between 18 inches and 21 inches. We try to only eat walleyes that are 16 inches or smaller and sometimes it was hard to catch fish small enough to eat. The northern fishing was also very good this year. Our two newest fishermen, including one rookie, each caught 39 inch northerns. Although we did not catch any 40 inch northerns this year, we caught 15 were bigger than 34 inches. We stopped counting, but got many that were between 30 and 32 inches.

We will see you again next June if not sooner.

Best regards,

Dave

Here are a few pictures from our trip..

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Ice is a hot commodity in the north.

At Amik Outposts we do our best to show your party the trip of a lifetime everytime you visit us.  This includes sending in a cooler of ice with you for drinks and to help keep beverages cool.  Everyone loves this and we try to send at least one cooler in with each party.  There is a responsibilty on your part also.  You cannot expect us to send in a cooler or 2 of ICE if you show up with more than your allotted 100 pounds per person of gear which includes all of the items you want to take in with you,  (beverages/food/tackle/bait/clothing/sleeping bag).  Please be diligent and weigh your gear at home before heading up to see us. Here are a few tips on packing for your trip.

We also have had a number of requests regarding the use of a Satellite phone.  The Sat phones we provide at each lake are for you to call us if there is a problem or emergency at the camp while you are there.  There is a company called Roadpost that will ship you a Iridium Sat phone prior to your trip if you wish to call home or work while you are at a remote Outpost.  Here is the link if you would like more information.  Roadpost Sat phones

Unless you really need to call home, the Bush should be your oasis from the world.  Leave the technology at home.  It will not only save you on weight… it is good for your soul, being out there listening to the silence.  We are about Trophy Fishing but also we are about providing a place for you to slow down and focus on the simple things.  Remember you are on vacation.

All around good!

We have been busy as a beaver up here.  Many fishermen coming and going.  The weather has continued to be warm and sunny.  This past weekend is always one of our busiest.  More times than I can remember, the weather has sucked for flying.  This year though, the weather was great!  Calm in the morning with no fog.  In the air before the sun, it is nice to have a coffee and watch it come up from 3000 feet.  A 12 hour day of flying is tough but much easier if the weather is good 🙂  Moving happy fishermen to and from the camps, the overall report from last week was that it started out slow and got better everyday.  The fish were in their lull after the spawn but have come out of it with a bang.  Numbers were good but down a bit over other years but that has changed to crazy numbers from the fishermen who came out today.  A group at Cherrington yesterday caught 150 walleye in 4 hours and they were all in the 22-24 inch range!!  Not a bad afternoon for 4 guys.

 

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It is getting very dry in the north.  I suspect that the first batch of storms we get will ignite a few fires.  We are cautioning our guests to be very careful with any fire while out there having shorelunch or having a campfire at night.  Remember you would be responsible for the cost of putting it out if you are the cause of it!  There is no fire ban on yet and it can all change tomorrow if we get some rain.  The dry weather has been nice though as we had very high water on our northwest lakes from Blackbirch to the Cobham but almost all of the docks are out of the water now from 2 feet over the dock 3 weeks ago.

Here are a few pictures from the past few groups who fished with us so far.

 

 

 

 

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Cobham Daniel Double!!

 

 

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Blackbirch Lake. Sunscreen and sunhats are required so far this season.

 

 

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Findlay Lake. Fun at the rapids.

 

 

 

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Cobham River Trophy Pike

 

 

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Vee Lake. Sorry Dad but my walleye is bigger than your northern.

 

 

 

Fly Rod Pike!!

 

The Koonce Party came out Jeanette Lake today.  They are mostly from Colorado and are fly fishermen….Good ones.  These are just a few pictures from a successful flyin fishing trip with Amik Outposts.  These were a great bunch of guys and the conditions were perfect for them.  6 trophy pike over 40 inches, 2-44’s 2-43’s a 41 and a 40 inch pike and countless other trophies up to 39 inches!!!  Pike heaven.  They truly showed what Jeanette Lake Pike are all about.

 

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Camps are ready to go and the big ones are active!!!.

 

It was a stretch of great weather to help get the camps open this last couple weeks.  We were able to work long days and battle the high water on our western most camps but they are all ready to go!!!  We are steadily filling all of the camps and a few groups of fishermen have returned from their fishing vacation and reported having great fishing.  The walleyes are post spawn and the northerns would be also since they spawn before the walleyes.  The feeding frenzy will get better everyday!

Darkwater lake had the Christensen Party fish it right out of the gate.  They caught lots of fish including many nice pike.  The biggest for their trip was a 38 incher.

Cobham River -The  Heichert party.  Guests who had been with us back when we were still flying out of Ear Falls.  They caught Big Pike in every spot on the map where I marked that there would be fish!!  🙂  That doesn’t always happen.  They had countless fish up to 39 inches and had 1 over 40 inches.  TONS of action!

Cherrington had the Krapac Party fish it for their 3rd time.  Simply put, I heard some of their nicknames for spots on the lake and it kind of sums up the fishing they experienced….Chaos falls, Insanity Bay and so on.  They explored the whole lake walking up many sets of rapids and streams, seeing suckers spawning and many fish scales on the shores.  The bears had been feeding at these locations.  They had no problems until one day at the end of walleye alley.  Walking along noticing the scales once again they heard a number of Whoofs from the bush ahead.  Back to the boat!!!  They started the week of on their first full day…a 41 inch Pike!  And another big girl sighted.  They hit that spot everyday.  Persistence pays off….the last full day yielded a 42 inch fat trophy pike!!!  A great trip, beginning to end.

 

 

Here are some pics I took during the camp opening.

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Dustee was in heaven while we were up north. So much to do and see.

 

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Don't forget your water rudders down!! I caught someone today with their rudders down as they flew by and as the tradition goes... they owe you a case of beer. My favorite color!

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Operation Hammerhandle headed to the Cobham River today. They had awesome tee shirts again this year. I hope the big ones cooperate for them.

 

 

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We are ready for another great season and looking forward to it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting it done…just in time!

 

We are busy opening camps!!!  The long days are coming in handy thats for sure.  We have rescheduled a few people but hope to have the camps open as they are to be filled by eager fishermen!  Rest assured we will do our best to “Gitter Done!!”  We have had a lot of warm weather and sunshine but had a cloudy day today and hopefully some rain tonight to finish the ice up north.  Then back to warm and sunny next week!  We will see…Mother Nature never makes it easy though.

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It feels good to be back in my office!!

 

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All the narrow lakes are opening up. And yes that is my finger in the picture! You have to hang on tight out the window at 120 mph.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dustee has been with me every day so far. She loves the bush. She takes off for awhile in the morning but always comes back and lays on my jacket for the afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Nothing but sun!

It has gone from winter to summer like temperatures here in Red Lake.  I have heard that up north there is only 12 inches of ice and around Red Lake anywhere from 16 to 28 inches .   The forecast is for great weather.  70’s and sunny.  A good hard rain would be much appreciated to help the ice along but the ice will simply melt away with temps like this.  The river in front of our base is open and I expect we will have many neighbors parking airplanes at our dock soon.  Hopefully I will be back in the Otter by the end of the week.

The flight from Findlay lake to Loree lake.

Here is a video taken from the top of the Otter last year on the last go around of closing camps.  We left Findlay in beautiful sunshine!  It is only 7 miles to Loree lake but there was a huge snow shower waiting right between us and the cabin.  It was snowing too hard to land in it so we had to circle and wait for it to move past.  Enjoy.

 

Why we only fly cans.

When flying on a float plane to a remote outpost, weight is always a concern.  We want to make sure you enjoy yourself and have everything you need but you must pay attention to what you are bringing as well.  Here is just one example of how to keep your weight down.  Glass is much heavier than aluminum and here  is just one example.  Beer bottles are 10 oz empty, and a beer can is only 3/4 oz.  And there is more beer in a can than a bottle!  2 great reasons to take your beverages in cans!  Remember this when shopping for your food as well as your liquor.  For more information on how to pack lighter, check out our website by clicking here.   And also the What to bring page.

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