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Two 40 inch pike!

Here are some pictures from Sam T. from Minnesota of a couple of very healthy northern pike on Cherrington Lake in July. They measured 40 and 40 and 1/2 inches!
Thanks Sam, see you next year.


Time for me to start spending time in the bush!

Fall is slowly setting in up here, I even saw 2 small flocks off geese flying south yesterday in some crappy misty weather. The boys and I spent the last couple of nights at Morleys and took the boat over to fix the dock at Daniels. Here is the end result after finding and cutting at least 20 eight foot logs for a new crib and many boat loads of rocks! A nice solid dock!

The fish were easy to find on the way home on the Cobham and we had fish for supper both nights! Keeping the burgers for when we are weathered in for an extra day!!!

This was last week when we were up at Cherrington, the last couple of days have been windy and rainy, not clear like this. All this wind of late has to be the changing of the seasons…..

People are happy, weather is great…most of the time.

It has been quite warm up here in the north, but not too warm. Temperatures have been in the 80’s at times but most nights have been cool and good for sleeping. Every morning the weather has been picture perfect but by the afternoon the clouds build and we have had showers and crazy thunderstorms. The Langeland group got hailed on as they were racing back to camp one day on Blackbirch. Water levels are staying at a good height and I saw the first leaves beginning to change yesterday at Vee Lake and Cherrington. You know what that means….Moose Hunting is getting closer!!

Here are some pictures from the Birdsong party who fished Shearstone last week. They had a great time, mostly stable weather and caught quite a few fish. Their first flyin trip so they learned a lot and got the hang of catching fish up here. They are already looking forward to their next trip! The largest walleye was 26 inches and the largest northern was 39 inches with many in the mid 30’s. They had many northerns attacking their stringers attached to the boat and even had a 48-50 inch monster pike come right out of the water and totally rip a fish off the line just as it got to the boat! And not seen again! These guys fished hard. Although in this first picture Randy and Cody seem pretty relaxed.

Back at’er after the rain. It is great to get back out fishing in the evening after a storm. The air smells so fresh.

Get the net!

I love these pictures when the fish did not want their picture taken!

Randy with a nice walleye.

And Randy with a future trophy! Unless someone eats him first!

It seems that I see the same face holding the biggest fish! Ryan caught some nice ones.

Here is another trophy northern pike from Blackbirch lake last week. Jack W. is 17 years old and showed the old guys how it is done with this 41 inch Pike! The Patnode party tries a new lake every year and this year they were quite happy on Blackbirch! Young Bob caught a 27 inch walleye and numbers of fish were nuts!

The Pfeiffer party made their bi-annual trip with us and had their first experience on the Cobham River system. It was a great success! Tommy caught a 43 inch monster pike just outside of a nice weedy bay in some deeper water. It is nice to hear that for his graduation present next summer, Tommy wants to come fishing with us! Spending time in the north is something that has to be experienced to appreciate. There was a fish hook incident during their stay involving a fiesty northern pike and alarge treble hook! I never heard about it until we were back in Red Lake but the hand that was hooked looked very good and only had a small wound! I will post those pictures when I get them. Make sure you have pliers that can cut a hook!

The Toft Party fished Cherrington again recently and caught lots of trophy fish. Fishing on the big lake was very good. Jim was the walleye master catching 6-24 inch walleyes ans Sam was the northern pike King, catching and releasing a 41, 40.5, 36.5 and a 33 inch northern. They will be back next year to see if they can better those numbers!

The Cleave party came out of Vee lake and had some Big fish stories! Jane who is a tiny woman caught a 42 inch huge pike! Her husband Frank said it was comical to see her trying to hold such a big fish for the picture, I will post that one when I get it. Jane was holding onto the big walleye title too until the last night, last fish…Frank`s last fish of the entire trip on the last night was fat 29 inch walleye!! What a way to end the trip.

The Haldrup party fished Findlay last week and had a great time and great fishing. They commented on how many walleyes they caught between 20 and 23 inches. It was an awesome trip with some unbelievable walleye fishing. Findlay is a very easy lake to fish with not very many rocks. The largest was 26 inches.

Things are pretty normal in the North.

Here is a video from the Berg family who fished Shearstone recently. 4 brothers and their sons spending some time in the bush. They had a great time and are looking forward to the next one!

We continue to give our guests memorable vacations as the summer seems to be flying by. The end of July is fast approaching and it is Norseman Days this weekend. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and Rena and I will be able to go to town for a few hours Saturday night to enjoy the festivities. 🙂

Fishing has been great lately, numbers have been as good as ever with a few big northerns being caught on all of the lakes. The trophy northerns have been caught on light tackle mainly, when walleye fishing, of course. It makes for a better story when you land a 40 plus inch northern on 8 pound test, no leader, on a jig!

Here are some pictures from the Parke party, from California. 3 years ago they made a once in a lifetime trip for Alex`s graduation…. They loved it so much, they have been back every year since then and hope to return in 2011. This year they drove to Calgary Alberta and flew to Winnipeg, then rented a car and drove the rest of the way to Red Lake. There are many ways to get yourself to Amik Outposts for your “once in a lifetime” trip!




Fishing Report

There has been a lot of happy people as always fishing our lakes, here are a few highlights:

Weber party, Findlay Lake. These guys try a new lake each season and had some good luck on the walleye factory called Findlay Lake. Gary, the leader, schooled all of his buddies… one day alone he caught lots of big fish! 22, 23, 23.5, and a 24.5 inch walleye. He also had the largest walleye of the trip a 27.5 inch fat walleye.
Hundreds of walleyes were caught by everyone in the 20 24 inch range. They were really impressed by the fishing on Findlay.

Rizzo party, Cobham River. These guys are very easy going and love the peaceful serenity the north has to offer. They never elaborate in much detail how many big fish they catch but this year they reported catching at least 5 fish in the 40 plus inch range. This group has fished all over Canada but have been our customers since the very beginning, since Rena and I were at the original Amik Lodge on Deer Lake.

Van Houweling Family, Cherrington Lake. Don from Iowa is another customer whom we have gotten to be close to since he has been with us since the Deer Lake Amik days as well. Fishing a number of our lakes but falling in love with Cherrington and those big walleyes it has to offer. Don always brought up a company trip for years but has begun bringing his sons and more recently his wife and his daughter in-laws as well. Last year was the first time for the girls and as many of our customers know, last season was cold and wet. I hoped they would have better luck with Mother Nature in 2010! I was thinking a lot about these guys and girls this week as it rained off and on for 3 out of their 4 day trip this year. The saving grace this time around was that the temperature was a lot warmer and the rain was not so hard that they could not fish out in it. So many things play a factor in a vacation in the outdoors, the weather being the biggest, but Don and his family experienced some of the best fishing they had ever had. Walleyes were BIG, at least 50 walleyes were 4 pounds or better and the numbers were awesome! I was happy to hear that! Hopefully the weather will be nicer to them in 2011!!

Springpole Lake continues to be one of our Hidden Gems. Fishing has been awesome there. The Rigalto party came out recently and like every other group that fishes there commented on how round and fat the walleyes are! The fishing was the best they had ever seen and hope to be back in 2 years. The biggest walleye was 26 inches but they had at least 30 that were 20 to 24 inches. The largest northern was 38 inches and they had 3 lake trout on the line but were not able to land any after getting them to the surface.

I always enjoy my early morning flights and get to see some awesome sights. Here is the view from a few days ago.

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…

Cherrington Lake pictures

The old “off the dock is the best place” story eh! Here is the proof from Cherrington at the end of June. This one was the biggest, a 26 inch Walleye.

Maybe a contender for the Photo contest?????

If you know the view off the dock at Cherrington, you know where this nice one was caught.

Another nice one!!

The smiles in these next ones tell the story for me.



Fishing some of my old favorite spots on Cherrington

The girls and I went fishing on Cherrington today with my Mom, her husband Siggy, and our family friends Craig and Carolyn. It was an awesome day in the north…maybe 80 degrees out on the lake and tons of fish!! The girls and I had a number of triple headers! Here is the first fish of the day.

A good morning fishing and the first time in a number of years we have not been rained out for shorelunch, the girls figured they could make a fire….

And they did it, it was a good team effort, the girls and I made the fire, Craig and Siggy filleted the fish, Mom and Carolyn cut potatoes and then I was set to cook. It tastes so good over the fire.

Mmmmm:)

Siggy with another important part of a shorelunch.

The girls cooled off in the lake and swam right across our honey hole to another island. We still caught a pile of fish in that spot after lunch.

Taina caught plenty of these.

Maija, Mom and Siggy fished together after lunch, here is a double they had on.

My last fish of the day was the biggest! 25.5 inch walleye!

We fished near each other all day, it was a blast to watch everyone catching fish.

The girls were plenty played out for the trip home.

Cherrington Lake pictures speak for themselves.

It has been a couple of years since we saw Larry K. and Ken F. but it is great to see old friends. I used to guide Ken early in my bush life on Deer Lake when we had a main lodge there. We’ve caught alot of fish together, back in the day when I had the time to fish… They went to Cherrington last week and caught a lot of big fish. These ones speak for themselves!!

Larry with a huge walleye.

Huge!!

Whitefish are even hitting jigs still. Usually you only catch them in the spring.

They caught too many big ones to write a caption beneath them all, Here they are:

The ones with the width between their eyes are the big ones!


Ken and Scott caught lots of Trophies on Cherrington last week too. Here are some of their pictures.



Ken still has the classic Amik hat!

More New Pictures of Big Fish!

Kirk D. and his sons along with Rick and his son have been fishing the Cobham for a number of years staying at Morleys. They are friends with their neighbors, the Erickson party who are always in Daniels at the same time. They said the fishing was slower than normal but still plenty of fish to be caught! Nothing “Huge” this year but there was a 41 inch northern caught and plenty of upper 30’s as well. Here are some pics.


The fish of the week!



The Erickson Party were back on the Cobham for their annual trip last week. Fishing was different but was still awesome.

Ice can be a hot commodity in the north, so these guys took advantage of the shady spots on the lake.

Dave with a beautiful 28 inch walleye

Chef Joel cooking shorelunch. It tastes way better over an open fire.

Ken with a good walleye.

Here are a couple of Pictures from the Parke boys. They hail from California and had a great time on Cherrington.

The Stanley Party fished the week before on the Cobham and caught some nice fish. There is a lot of water to learn and they will be back next year to fish those waters again at the same time.



I have more pictures and stories to tell as they come in. Keep watching.

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