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Are you Ready to hunt Pike!!!

Rena and I are heading up to Red Lake this week.  The weather has been very nice but almost too nice.  We need some rain to help speed up the ice out.  Ice out is proceeding along normally, so I hope things continue on this coarse.

 

Early spring is the time the Northern Hunters come to Amik Outposts.  Every year our guests catch and release hundreds of monster pike and this year  with the  sunshine we have had the BIG ONES should be plentiful.  Every year is different, but on the years when we have lots of sun, there seems to more trophy fish caught than on the years where it is cloudy and rainy.  One of my favorite lines is “I can control a lot of things, but the weather is not one of them”  There are lots of huge fish in our lakes you just have to hunt them!!!

 

 

 

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!!

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!

Shearstone Lake

Scott J. and his family fished Shearstone last week and caught some great fish! Here is a nice 26 inch walleye but it was not the biggest they would catch…

They were close to getting this monster northern pike in to the boat attached t-bone style to supper!

Another camp pet. Remember not to leave your fillets on the table too long, they may disappear.

Here was the fish of the trip! 27 inch walleye!

For once Dad caught the biggest fish but everyone caught a lot. Here is mom doing her part for the fish fry.

The girls caught lots of fish and had a blast. They were all smiles on the way out.

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It doesn’t matter what lake these guys fish, they always do well!

Rob S. from Winnipeg has fished most of our lakes over the years and has brought people from all over the world to experience it with him. Rob knows how to fish and it shows, here is this years proof!

Rob with a fat northern. They fished Vee lake this year and just like most years, they caught quite a few big walleyes and trophy northerns.

Darin from Iowa looks happy with this one!

Rob’s wife Diane, she usually out fishes everyone, here she is with a 28 inch walleye. Must be the guide.

Soren from Denmark has been to a number of our lakes. He has fallen in love with the north and looks forward to coming to Canada for “business”…..he does put in some long hours, on the lake!

It had been a few years since Franz from Austria had been back to Amik but he made the best of it this year. Cold but the fish were big!


Jeanette Lake=Good Times

The Knauf crew came out of Jeanette Lake this morning and caught fish like crazy. With the cooler weather and even some snow on Friday they had to figure out where the fish were everyday because the water temperature was changing daily and even during the different hours of the day. Evening fishing was definitely better than the morning this week on Jeanette and the fish’s depths ranged from 5 feet to 18 feet at times. The bait fish were very thick in the deeper water sometimes and were very visible on the depth finder Tony said. When the walleyes were shallow Tony out fished everyone one afternoon with a bobber and a hook with a minnow 3 feet down. He caught 52 walleyes in 3 hours, and lots of them were in the 20 inch class. Overall they said that the fishing was great.

The winner of the biggest fish though was this guy….Ralph. I tell most everyone that there are many big northerns caught right off the dock or just in front of the cabin. It looks like this one was caught right off the dock!. Ralph had the lucky hand this trip as he also caught a 40 inch,39.5 inch and a 36.5 inch in addition to this heavy 44 inch northern pike.


We also had some new guests at the Cobham last week from North and South Carolina and New Jersey. These guys drove all the way to Red Lake because the fishing is the absolute best! They had some good fish too. 3 northerns over 40 inches measuring 40,41,42 inches and 35 over 30 inches. The weather was cooler than seasonal which made for smaller walleyes than normal but they know how good it can be and will be back next year.

Cherrington Lake

The Garrett party from Arkansas went to Cherrington for their second time and had a blast. Despite some inclement weather! Things are still cooler than normal up here but it is typical Canadian weather, ever changing and fast! These guys have a good time no matter the conditions. They brought along a couple of first timers and they are hooked. One task on the way home though…..decide which lake to try next year!

Larry’s Island

A nice Laker caught by Les!

A nice sunset

John with a nice one.

Wayne with a nicer one!!

Morels are ready around Red Lake

Maija and I went for a walk last night through the bush and found some tasty Morels. We had enough for a few meals in less than an hour, hopefully we can find some more tonight. If you are heading to one of our outposts soon you may want to keep your eyes open when you are out strolling after shorelunch!

The Davis party was at Cherrington last week and had a blast as always. The walleyes were absolutely huge. They caught 2-28, 1-27.5, a bunch of 25 inch walleye, a 32 inch Lake Trout and lots of upper 30’s in the northern category. A great bunch of guys Rena and I have known for many years and look forward to seeing each season.

Relaxing waiting for the plane.

Everyone caught lots of big fish!

Ray especially!

Tom with a Big walleye.

Weather is turning, Big ones turning on!!!


It was a busy weekend with lots of fishermen heading out to the bush and many coming back with big smiles on their faces. Fishing overall was good but the colder weather definitely slowed down the fishing early in the week compared to the sunny weather during the last few days. The northerns are done spawning for the most part and the walleyes are in the process as we speak. Water levels are still high but Vee lake went down quite a bit so the rest of the lakes will follow soon as long as the weather stays decent.

There were some real trophies caught and released this week, many Northerns over 40 inches with a 42 inch on Vee and a 43.5 inch on Cherrington. Here is some of the highlights from this week.

Morleys, Mirick Party, These guys have fun no matter what the weather, good thing too this week. Mark, Andy, Patrick and Mats fished hard but never got over the 40 inch mark. Plenty of 38-39 inch northerns but no “Big” ones this year, They will be back next year to remedy that!

Daniels had fishermen from Montana this week and they had an awesome last day, here are their pictures…..



Those fly rods got a lot of use this week!

Vee Lake had the Johnson party, Our guests for many years, they have seen it all. Barry’s 20th year fishing in Canada and he said it was the coldest and windiest yet. Numbers were down from last year,(which was one of their best years) but the quality was great! Cody, Barry’s son, was a rookie this year and he had the biggest and smallest fish of the week, a 5 inch perch on a 8 inch Rapalla and a 42 inch northern! They had 12 trophies over 40 inches and 6-8 that were 39 inches. They stated that all the northerns were really thick across the back and heavy, I will put up the pictures when I get them.

Cherrington had the biggest northern of the opening week. A 43.5 inch Monster right at one of the spots I had marked for him on the map! That was caught by Bob C. and his partner Jeff was not disappointed either landing a 40 inch Pike in the same area! Walleyes as usual on Cherrington ran Large! Bob’s largest was a 25.5 inch and Jeff had a 25 inch walleye. They even caught some Lake Trout, Jeff had a 30 inch and a 25 inch not too far from the cabin. One was caught almost right on the surface because his hook was caught up on itself and just running the surface and he jerked it to try and straighten it…The trout came right up and took it and straightened it out alright. They almost got stuck out on the big lake one day too as the ice shifted after they were out there.

Temperatures Cooling off a little.

The Boots in the tree!!! I’ve seen a few of these in my time in the Bush.

We had some excellent weather for awhile now and I knew it was going to change sooner or later. It came this past weekend, our last really busy weekend. Saturday it was perfect, after the fog left. A little delayed but everyone had a good time and fishing was normal. I knew the weather was going to change on Sunday, more so up north. There was a front sitting 50 miles north of Red Lake, cool up north and hot down here in Red Lake. Everyone on Sunday too were moved in good time. It then proceeded to rain and mist for 2 full days up north. The Findlay guys I picked up today(a day late due to the crappy weather) said that the fishing was great in the Rain!

The Kidder guys came out of Findlay today and had great fishing! They caught some very nice Walleyes….27 3/4, 27 1/2,2-26’s, 2-25’s, and lots of 24 inch walleye!!

Here are some of the latest Notable fish:

Loree Lake Storino Party, 39 1/2 inch northern first flyin, had an awesome time.

Findlay Lake Eggers Party. These guys have fished many of our lakes and this one ranked pretty high. They are talking about bringing up the Grandkids next year!

Ketron Party came out of Morley and reported good fishing. Lots of 19-22 inch walleye and a 39 inch Northern. Commented how fat the fish are on the Cobham.

The River had the Rolfs Party. Every one in this group caught a Northern over 40 inches! The 2 Largest were a 44 and a 42 inches and many more in the high 30’s. They saw a cow moose right across the bay from the cabin calling and looking for her calf!

Springpole had the Hiscocks party. A great bunch of guys who’ve been fishing with us for many years. The Lake Trout fishing was excellent, as well as the walleye fishing. Mark figured they caught well over 50 Lakers and some of them were HUGE. 36 inches being the biggest. They had quite the temperature cahnge during their stay too, from 87 to 37 degrees. The largest walleye was a FAT 30 INCHER!! Everyone had a good time and are making plans for next year.

The Anderson/Unruh party were at Daniels and caught how many fish????
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I was up there in the rain too, closing a couple of camps. Rainy weather sucks to work in.

I will be closing camps and doing work on the camps soon but I will try to keep you up on the September fishing reports and progress reports from around the camps.

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