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Vee Lake Monsters!!

Would fish like these put a smile on your face? Especially if your wife had you beat for the largest walleye and northern for the entire trip! Frank redeemed himself in the final hour. This monster walleye was the last fish of the trip!!
Jane was so happy when I picked her up! It was awesome. She is not afraid of the giant pike! You know they are BIG when their head looks like the size of a shovel!!!

I came across another happy customer from Shearstone Lake. The Berg family fished there recently. As per most of the trips, the youngest guys catch the biggest fish!!

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.

Shearstone Lake pictures of a few big ones!

The big ones were quite active last week at Shearstone. And as the way it is intended… the kids catch the Trophies! Here are some pictures from their annual trip to Shearstone.

Tom is 12 years old and caught this 28 inch walleye as well as another 27 inch one who decided he did not want to get his picture taken.

The little brother Andrew (11) kept close pace with his older brother catching and releasing these 25 and 26 inch black walleyes. The color difference from lake to lake is cool. Shearstone fish are very dark.

Summer is flying by.

The season is flying by and September is almost here already, it seems we just got started. Opening camps and there were no leaves on the trees. Today, on my way to Blackbirch and back, I noticed lots of trees starting to turn yellow, that only means one thing….Hunting season is getting close!! My favorite time of year. There are still some fishermen yet coming to see us and many have gone home recently happy and refreshed after a relaxing vacation.

Here are some recent highlights:
Blackbirch had the Ryan and Schultz parties fish them recently and they both had great times. These people from the same area of Minnesota, love Blackbirch lake and it shows. The smiles on their faces when I pick them up is kind of a dead give away! There were many stories from the last 2 trips in there but here is a couple. Dave and his buddy Ben from the Schultz party caught 302 fish in one day. They were on the lake by 6:30 am and fished until around 6 pm and had a blast. Ben said to me that this has to be the best walleye fishing in the world! I just picked up the Ryan party this morning, a group made up of mostly couples. The boys had to have their guiding hats on this week since they brought along the women this trip. And as I expected the women outfished the men again….but Kevin did catch the biggest walleye of the trip measuring to his personal best of a fat 28 inches.

The Love party fished the Cobham River last week and were very impressed! They had been fishing in the Armstrong area for 25 years and saw a huge difference in the quantity and quality of the fish they caught. Much more walleyes and way bigger on average than they have ever caught before. LeeAnne was ecstatic on the way out when she told me that they had many double headers but one day her and Jim both had 5 pound walleyes on at the same time. They will be back!

Daniels had some regular visitors back again, the Herrington/Clark party. Here is last years post regarding their 40 inch club Brad C. is the last member waiting to catch his 40 plus inch northern. He has a large number of 39.5 inch northerns to his credit but just has been eluded by his Holy Grail. This was his year, finally catching a fish big enough to join the club his own son has been a member of for some time. There was no disputing this one, measuring 41.5 inches. I will share the pictures when I get them. They said walleye fishing was quite normal and the northerns went absolutely crazy one day before we had some bad weather which was a lot of fun.

Shearstone had the Thaller family back in 2009, 2 years ago they fished Cobham Morley and caught some Big fish. Here is the link to the post from their last trip. The boys are getting older and can catch fish with the best of them. Fishing right off the dock was awesome too. Peter caught a 25 inch walleye and a 38 inch northern, the biggest of the trip. They also had a bigger northern on but did not get the net in time and lost it but they were really excited. Joey who is 7 or 8 now caught a 32.5 inch northern….on a 18 inch walleye. They could not get the northern to let go so they just netted both of them!

The boys and I spent the night at Morleys the other night to rebuild and raise the first section of dock near shore. The water has been high for 2 years and has finally gone down to a point where some work can be done. Nice to have this job out of the way. Of course the fish fry was great too!!

The Otter looks good on a nice night.

The new dock is higher and drier.

Girl Power on Shearstone lake!!

The Frederick family spent last week on Shearstone lake and the girls, as usual out fished the men. David Sr. has fished many of our lakes and his son David and his wife Allison have accompanied him on the last number of trips but this year they added another fisher person to the group, Lisa, David Sr.’s daughter. She is from Arizona and I was a little worried how she would handle the rainy cold weather we had for a few days during their stay. When I arrived to pick them up everyone had big smiles and nice tans, on their faces anyways…not sure if it was from the wind or the good weather at the beginning and end of their trip! The weather was not a problem for Lisa or anyone else, the fishing in the rain was excellent. Lisa set the bar high at the beginning of the trip and no one was able exceed her largest northern catch ever of a 38 inch northern pike! She was really pumped to have been able to beat her dad and brother. David Sr. held the money on the walleyes with a 25 incher until the last day of the trip when his daughter in-law Allison caught the trophy walleye pictured below, a 26 inch walleye. This is her personal best in this category so it was a successful trip all around and for the record, the boys attributed the large catches to good guiding!!!

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Shearstone Lake

It has been rather windy up here the last few days and we have had a number of violent thunderstorms and even a tornado touching down in Ear Falls. The weather is supposed to even out now and it will make life easier for anyone whose number one job for a week is to stay on the fish!!

Last years winners of our photo contest came out of Shearstone today and had a great time. A little cooler weather than they are used to in July than they get in Kentucky but no bugs to speak off. The fishing was good throuhout their stay but was awesome on their last day….I tell everyone that we work it out that way. LOL

They had an intersting story to tell when they came out. Bobby D. caught a nice 34 inch northern, which is normal but as it got closer, his dad noticed something sticking out of its side. As they brought it closer they could see it was a lure. A previous fisherman on Shearstone had obviously caught this fish and the hook must have been too deep in his throat to get out so they did what they were supposed to do, cut the hook off your line and release the fish. This northern appeared normal in weight and fighting strength except for the hook jutting out of his stomach. After landing the fish, they were able to get the hook out and a leader too, which was not even hooked to the rapalla anymore! This tough customer was released and swam away a little sore but I am sure ready to heal up, get bigger and fight another day.

Here are some recent pictures from my camera.

Recent highlights.

Here are a few of the highlights from around our lakes. Fishing has been normal with some real good sized fish being caught but numbers have been more of the talk recently.

The Hanson family fished Shearstone and caught lots! Mike had a 37 inch northern and Andrew who is 10 and on his first trip caught 2-23 inch walleyes. The biggest walleye was caught by Dad (Dick) and was a nice 25 incher.

Morleys had the Gehm party stay for 9 days and it turned out to be 10 days with a day delay with weather but this father/son group enjoyed every minute. They caught lots of upper 30 inch northerns with the largest being 39 inches and the walleyes were everywhere!

The Loftus crew fished Jeanette the week after the group leaders father in-law so they got to have a good visit and hear about the hot spots from a reliable source. A real good bunch of young guys and will be back in 2 years.

The Anderson party from Illinois were at Cherrington for 5 days recently and caught so many fish they had to make a video to prove it or no one would believe them! The video is 15 minutes long and it was constant fish on!! Bob caught a 26.5 inch walleye right off the dock and they figure they caught 40 to 60 fish right from shore at the cabin. Cherrington lived up to it’s reputation again, producing countless walleyes over the 22 inch mark!!

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From Teens to Grandpa, everyone is smilin’ at Amik Outposts!

Sore mouth stew is the soup of the day lately here at Amik Outposts, fishermen have been coming smiles of anticipation and leaving with smiles of an awesome fishing trip! Fishing and weather have both been great, giving every fisherman or woman an awesome tan! Some groups coming out today said that this year was the best yet! Walleyes generally are in 10 feet of water or less, Shearstone reported catching lots of fish in 5 feet! Here are some highlights from today.

Shearstone had a great bunch fishing it this week consisting of the Beaird and Johns families. They had some big stories to tell this morning with big smiles on their faces! A 17 year old elated Hilary caught the biggest walleye at 26.5 inches and 14 year old Dillan caught a 39.5 inch northern. They have done a number of flyin trips with a number of outfitters and by far this year was the “best fishing and best cabin yet.”

The Huson party fished Cherrington for 4 days and came out happy as heck! There was two 17 year olds in this group and guess what… they caught the biggest walleyes! Kevin had a 26.5 inch and Alex had a 24 inch walleye. They stated that 90 percent of the fish they caught were 19 to 22 inches in length and they caught a lot. Those are nice fish!

Findlay lake had some long time guests stay there this week. The Glasebrook/Burm father and son teams have been fishing with Amik since 1989 as far as we can figure, a few years longer than Rena and I have been around! They first fished with us when we had a main lodge on Deer lake for a few years and moved over to Findlay when it was built in 1993 and haven’t missed a year yet! Nothing really big this year but plenty of quality was caught and released. Many walleyes measured 19 to 22 inches. They were happy to be back and sad to leave, just like always…

Vee lake had the Evans party visit this week for their annual trip and they said that this was the best walleye fishing they have ever had! So many big ones have never been caught as this week on Vee lake for this veteran crew. Ron took all the money as he had the biggest northern measuring 42 inches and an absolutely huge walleye measuring a fat 29 inches. Gary caught 6 or 8-24 inch walleye in one day. The most fish over 20 inches they have seen yet on Vee in some large numbers.

Here are the pictures from D. Hoene on the Cobham last week. Some pretty fast action on the fly rod in 4 feet of water.

Another one!

60 of these in one afternoon!

A vicious attack!!!!

Mike was not to be out done by Dick with this nice fish.

An average walleye for this old hockey player!

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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Success!!!!

Moose hunting this season was very good! We had 8 guided hunts and 4 unguided hunters. We ended up with 5 moose for the guided hunts and the unguided guys from Tennessee saw 2 and heard multiple moose calling but were unsuccessful in bagging a moose. They were so close to a moose one day they could here the moose pulling the leaves off the branches just up in the bush from where they were. Another time they heard one whacking it’s antlers on the trees, and also heard a cow on one side of them and a Bull grunting on the other. So close. They really enjoyed themselves and were really happy on the way out! I have so many stories to tell that it will take a couple of posts to get them all out. I am only going to give you the 1st weeks stories today. I have to head up north tomorrow to finish some jobs and close the rest of the camps. It looks like the weather is going to be quite wet…..Great!

During the first week of hunting I was guiding on Blackbirch with a couple of younger hunters from Northern Wisconsin, Franz and Ben. This was the first time that I ever guided someone younger than me, maybe I am getting old? We had a great time and drank the odd beer together in the evening after hunting:) Bob, Franz’s Dad, and Gene were also along for the ride and fished and helped around the camp while we were hunting. We hunted long hours, 13-14 hours a day, usually never coming back to camp. The weather was ever changing during the first week but we had some really good calling weather. Right from the first day we had some action. Cows calling me back the first day, bulls starting to answer the second, and things only got better from there.

Thursday of the hunt was the first day we saw a moose, and he was coming fast! I have never seen a moose move so quick. A bull had been messing with us for a couple of days in one spot and Thursday evening as I was calling around the shoreline we heard a big “whoosh” as his antlers cleared the brush. He had stepped out on the far shore across the lake and I was trapped in the open about 200 yards from Franz. By the time I had Franz on his way to me to meet up with this 40-45 inch Bull, he was almost on top of us already, but I was not worried, we were in good position, we were going to meet him halfway on a point. I was quite confident we would have a shot, and it would be around 30 to 50 yards. This determined bull barely stopped as the shoreline he was walking on was a nice sand beach and he was going really fast, not the usual slow stagger a Bull does on his way to a call, not even grunting. Just as he was to the point where we were to meet, he disappeared! Ducking into the thick bush just before he was getting to a spot where we could get a shot. I continued to call and walked in the water to simulate the cows getting nervous. The wind even continued to be in our favour, I still thought we would have a chance at him at this point but the shot would be much closer than 30 yards, more like 10!!! Just when I thought he was going to stick his head out of the bush, right on top of us, he grunted at us, LOUD. He must have smelled us or just knew something was up. As I have heard many times in my life, he vanished silently. The next time we heard him he was a ways off and getting further away. I continued calling like a banshee and worked up the shore where he went and then back to our original position. My calling was working…. we could hear him coming back, in the bush this time. He messed with us until dark about 50 yards behind us but never showing himself again. Quite disappointing but I knew we would be successful yet. Attitude is key during a Big Game Hunt. I have taken a Bull at 7:00 on the last day of a hunt so I never give up.

On to Friday. The weather was a little windy but I could tell that it would go down by the evening. I had the boys out at some spots as I continued to check spots for the most recent sign. Walking in some places that no man should be going. Thick rugged country that was horrible to experience, but that is where there was another Bull. I picked up Ben mid-afternoon and took him to a spot I had never hunted before. I posted him on one side of a small point and i called from various sides in different directions. I was across from Ben when I heard an answer, Ben had heard him a few times before I did since he was closer. Such a sweet sound. This Bull was not an easy one to bring out to the lake. He came within 150 yards I guess from the shore and wouldn’t come any closer. The bush along the shore where I had walked earlier was really thick, Really Really thick! He did not want to go through that stuff. He must have grunted 150-200 times. Then he left… I kept working him and then he came back! Grunting along the thick bush trying to get downwind of us but the lake and more thick bush stopped him from going to far. Again he started to leave. I put on my Cow moose charm and brought him back once again. This was a most excruciating experience. It was almost an hour by now of low angry grunts! This time when he came back he was louder and mad! As I heard him make up his mind to come through the rough terrain, you would have thought he was a Freight Train! Ben was about 15-20 yards from me and he needed no coaching, the Bull was about to come out of the bush 50-60 yards across the bay from us and we had talked about what to do when he came out. I saw the last tress moving and the a black spot. He stopped just back from the shoreline, for what seemed to be an eternity. I knew to wait….. Then a few more grunts and I could see the Stagger and the Huge Rack on him coming through the remaining brush to the shore. He was Impressive! We had high water on Blackbirch so the moose had to come out into the water to be in full view. As he Staggered out into water about knee high he stopped!!! Looking to his right and then away from us to his left. That was the time, and Ben knew it too. BOOM!! I could see he shot him right where I had told him to when they turn their head away. He stumbled slightly and turned to his right and stood again, BOOM! Another perfectly placed shot, he took a few more steps and stood again. BOOM! That was the final shot, down he went, in the water. Good thing there was a nice smooth rock nearby to winch him up on. Good times to follow! Everyone came out to the kill site to help butcher and made a big fire to work by since the shots were taken around 6:00. We were all done by 9 or 10 and ready to try to find another one for Franz. I have great video of the whole affair so keep an eye on the Blog for it soon.

As we continued hunting, we had more answers from Bulls but no more willing participants. These guys had an awesome time and plan on hunting again in 3-4 years. I am looking forward to it!!!




This is the spot where Franz and I had the cagey one get away!


Jerry and Dave hunted Shearstone during the first week of the hunt with my long time buddy James. He is an excellent guide! He takes Moose hunting quite seriously and likes to hunt just as long of days as I do. He has experience on Shearstone and knew where they would be. Right from the get go they saw moose. Jerry passed on a spike bull early in the hunt and Dave shot his first moose fairly early in the hunt, a nice spike Bull. Jerry was pleased he passed on the first one he saw because he ended up getting a shot at a nice 2 1/2 year old bull. James said he made a perfect shot. Jerry loves it up here and is already making plans to make another trip next year.

James and I both got some awesome video of some of these moose this week and I have a number of really good stories to tell! I will work on these soon and put them up as soon as I can.

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