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First Frost!

Sitting in the office waiting to go flying….foggy and frost on the wings. The 2 things that slow you down at this time of year in the bush! The seasons are changing, the geese are moving and the temperatures have cooled off. The fish are still biting though. I was up at Morley on the Cobham last week again and rebuilt the walkway in front of the shed and closed it down for the season. While we were there of course we had to catch a few fish for supper…. although some of the ones I caught were too big!

The Conaway/Hiscocks party came out of Jeanette Lake yesterday and had a blast. 80’s to start the week and 40’s to finish it off. Typical weather in our part of the country for this time of year. They did catch many big fish, walleyes were caught up to 29 inches with a 28, 27, and multiple 25 and 26 inch fish to go along with those big boys. Fish went from 10 feet to 30 feet throughout the trip depending on the weather. Here are some pictures,

Here is a huge 42 inch northern pike. Great fish!

It is always good to see these guys, I know when I see them that the season is almost over!

Hockey players love to fish too!

My old buddy Dick Hoene was back last week and brought some friends with him. A bunch of old and young hockey players. Dick is a great fishermen and had his work cut out for him with a few novice fishermen in the group. When the first fish was caught one of the new guys pulled a pair of channel lock pliers out of his pocket to remove the hook. Not exactly your ideal tool to remove a deep lodged hook from a fish. But by the end of the week that same fishermen caught the biggest fish of the trip! Is it the guide or is it the fishermen?

Here are some pictures of the great time they had:

How would you like to face off against these 2 monsters?

A couple of young wingers from Minnesota were in the group and were pretty excited to start catching fish. They caught a lot! Here is a nice walleye!


It was very hot at times last week and the best way to cool off is just like this! Please make sure the water is deep enough before attempting the cliff jump though!

There were hundreds of fish caught this size. Dick alone caught 850 fish for 7 days of fishing!

A giant pike is the sure way to ensure a return customer. This is a very healthy fish. Head the size of a shovel!

With the young guys along there was lots of exploring to do! This is up in the old burn from 4 years ago.

The rookie with a beautiful golden walleye. A fat 26 incher! Great fish.

There continues to be thunderstorms every few days. This one in the distance is almost done. You can see the anvil shape at the top as it blows out with a nice “red sky at night, sailors delight!”

Good times had by all, and good for the boys to spend some time in the bush.

The Trophy walleyes are active!

Findlay Lake was living up to its reputation last week! Curtis, Tom, Bill and Billy fished there for 7 days and caught a lot of BIG walleye! They had 1-29.5, 3-28’s, and more 27 inch walleye than they could remember. Numbers were spectacular in 12 to 16 feet of water where the fish ran somewhat smaller but out in the 20 foot depth they caught the trophies! Not quite as many but the quality was awesome! I do not have pictures from all of the guys but here are a few. They had been talking about going back to their old haunt, Blackbirch lake for 2011 but after this last trip they rebooked Findlay Lake for next season. Here they are:



We had a very busy stretch lately with lots of fishermen changing over and here are some of the highlights:
The Cobham River had the Joyce/Sander party fish there last week. This is an every year adventure for these guys and they got off to a great start. One of the new guys in the group caught a 42 inch northern in the first hour! Northern fishing was very good overall with 5 northerns for the group caught over 40 inches with many 39 inch trophy northerns. They had a 32 inch northern attack a 12 inch walleye, landing both fish, that is always exciting! Numbers were crazy, with most boats catching well over 100 fish per boat each day, 137 was the highest for 2 people for the trip!

The Willows party fished Cherrington Lake for their first time. These guys fished Jeanette lake for many many years but have tried their hand on some new lakes, fishing Findlay in 2009 and Cherrington this year, always doing very well. As I always say, fishermen always catch fish! Size was awesome on Cherrington last week. So many walleyes caught between 23 and 24 inches! The largest was a 26 incher caught by Bruce and Richard had the biggest northern at 34 inches. But it will be back to their old stomping grounds next year….Jeanette in 2011! They were 5 guys this year, missing Arnie J. Are you gonna make the trip with your buddies next year Arnie?

Blackbirch had some Indiana boys fish there this past week, part of a large group of friends who have made Blackbirch their vacation destination with various groups since the cabins were built by Charlie Weyerhaeuser in the 80’s. I will be hunting with another part of that group later this fall on Blackbirch! We appreciate the good word of mouth. This week was great for fishing everywhere including Blackbirch. These guys caught fish until they were sick of it. Depths ranged from 3 to 18 feet of water. Lots of 20 inch quality walleyes and 24 was the biggest.

Cobham Morley had some new guests fish there who enjoyed the peace and serenity the north has to offer. Anders E. and his family fished 7 days on the Cobham and caught a lot of fish. Grandpa (Ramiro) caught the biggest northern for the week measuring 40 inches and fat and Sebetian caught the biggest walleye at 23 inches. No depth finder for these guys, it is old school, go find the fish! They were very happy and plan on returning in 2011!

Cherrington also had some other fishermen return after 5 years absence. Patrick G. brought his Dad and Father in-law to Cherrington and had a great trip. Herb caught and released a 29 inch walleye and Denny caught a 37 inch northern. I hope to see these guys again before 5 years next time.

Time really flies. It is August already and in a few weeks we will be slowing down and starting to look to the end of the season. Plenty of fishing left yet but we are getting closer to hunting season everyday!!

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.

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!


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!!

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!

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.

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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