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Suntans and Smiles :)

 

We have been busy and life is good.  Our fishermen are catching lots of fish and everyone has been coming back from the bush with some great tans on their face and hands, some with racoon eyes and some like me without.  Fishing has been very good, lots of fish and quite a few big ones.  Not too many 27″ plus walleye yet but quite a few in the 24-26″  range.  The pike are still active with 40″ plus fish being caught and released at most camps.  I think the walleyes may finally start to settle down on some depths but until now they have been in various depths from 2 feet to 15 feet.  I saw the Cherrington guys yesterday and they had them thick in 7 feet. Which is where they would normally be at this time of year.

It has been hot, cold and everything in between lately.  We have had some rain as well which was much needed as we had a few fires burning that were getting out of hand.  They are out now and the bush is turning greener by the day which slows the fire risk down now. 

The fires so far have all been set by kids on northern communities or by logging crews. In the pic you can see a Water Bomber picking up water on the lake.

We have had some pictures coming in from some of our guests who were up recently to back up the big fish stories I have been telling 🙂

The Patenaude Party returned to Jeanette Lake.  They caught lots of fish as they have every second year for many years.  They gradually got bigger each day as the water warmed up.

The Caribou live around the cabin at Jeanette most of each summer. They may calve there or just feel safe near the rapids, being able to observe them is pretty cool.

 

The Grindstaff party made the trip from North Carolina for their second time to Loree Lake.  They have fallen in love and are already booked for next year.  Once the solitude of the bush and good fishing get ahold of you, you are hooked 🙂

The Szablewski party fished Shearstone Lake and did great for their first time.  They caught lots of fish and loved the new boats.  Walleye fishing was great and they caught a number of big pike.  Here are a few pictures from their trip.

 

The Berg Party were back at their favorite lake. Cherrington.  Fishing was great with the usual amount of big fish,  Lots of them.  This year they went after some lake trout and caught a few.  Jeff was very impressed at the big fight that they put up.  Here are some pics from their trip.

 

 

 

The season is well underway!

We have been going hard, getting ready for the season.  The camps are all open and people are enjoying the bush.  The weather has been dry and sunny most days with temps on the 60’s and 70’s almost every day, but the nights are very cold.  We have had frost right up until the last few nights.  The mornings are very cool so our fishermen and the fish do not get moving until later in the morning each day.

The fishing so far has been good, great at times, but generally good.  The water temperature is still quite cold and the afternoon fishing is much better than the morning.  The fishing at dusk has been phenomenal!  That is when the water is the warmest.  The best fishing reports have come from the guests who would go back out fishing after supper for the evening bite.

George almost had the biggest pike during his stay at Loree Lake. His son Mike beat him by 1/4 inch. 🙂

During the first week the temperature warmed up at the end of the week and so did the fishing!  There were a number of BIG fish caught and released in the first couple of weeks with a 46 inch pike being the largest so far from the Cobham River and multiple 42 inch pike caught on Loree lake, Jeanette lake, and Cobham Daniel.  Rick M. who was at Daniels had the best hour and a half of his 30 years of fishing Canada.  He had a 39.5,  40, 41 and a fat 42 inch pike in one spot!

Walleyes have been numerous but the big ones have not really hit their stride yet with the cold water temps.  Although there has been more and more large walleye caught each time I pick up happy fishermen.  The largest so far has come from Loree lake at 29 inches.  All of the other camps have been catching a few walleye in the 22-26 inch range but not quite as many as usual.  Lets hope it warms up at night soon……

Here are more pictures from the Seal party who countdown the days until their next visit!!

Skip H. has a new personal best! A 29 inch Walleye!

 

Mike took home the crown for the biggest Pike.  There has been many comments already on how thick and healthy the fish are!

 

We have had a bit of a delay in the mornings so far this year due to frost but the weather otherwise has been great for flying. 

 

Cobham Morley recently had a makeover!  A new floor and a new kitchen.  It turned out great!  Except one countertop was too short.  The new one is on order but at least it was big enough to put the old sink back in 🙂 The new one will have a double sink.

All 3 Cobham camps also received a new 16 foot boat.  The larger boat is great for odd numbered groups like 3, 5, and 7.  More room and a more stable boat.  Much needed when there are triple headers being caught!

 

Shearstone lake also had some upgrades this spring.  There are 3 new 14 foot Lund boats to accompany the new motors we put in there last season.  We also installed a new larger hot water tank, paired with a new shower and vanity in the shower house.

 

We are always doing our best to make your experience the best it can be with good running equipment and comfortable cabins.  We added a new futon mattress at Jeanette, an entire new futon at Blackbirch, a new BBQ at Findlay as well as new stoves at Jeanette, Vee and Blackbirch.

We have filled most of our openings and holes for the season but have some availability here and there.  If you are still interested in coming fishing later this summer please let us know.  We may have a spot for you.  

It’s time to GIVER.

 

 

We have been waiting for this time to come!  The ice is going and we are opening camps.  We will have just enough time.   Like always…… 🙂

We have been fairly cool at night so the ice has taken its time leaving.  Plenty of lakes are still iced over too much to get in but almost all of our lakes are open or will be shortly.  The ice has gone out up north before the lakes east of us.  A fairly common occurrence and ice out being May 9-10 is pretty normal.  Fishing should be awesome!!!

This was BlackBirch this morning on our way to Cherrington to drop of motors etc.  The ice will be gone from there in another day or so.    We will be busy for the next 2 weeks getting camps ready for the season.  Rena and Taina will be at the base getting the next load ready and the boys will be up north getting it done.  

From what I have seen so far, the water levels are perfect on the camps to the west and a bit lower over by Findlay and Loree.  I couldn’t get into Shearstone, Jeanette but DarkWater was perfect also, just up to the dock.

And I saw a few mosquitos today!!!! 

If you are still looking for a fishing vacation for this summer, please send us an email or call us.  Our schedule is ever changing and we can do our best to accommodate you.  Click here to inquire about a LAST MINUTE FISHING TRIP.

 

 

 

 

A few more dates :)

We have been booking people steadily lately and have filled all of the holes we had on our last blog.  Here are a few more dates that we have available for this season due to cancellations and health issues of some of our guests.

Cobham Daniel May 26-31, 2019

Cobham River June 1-5, 2019

Shearstone Lake June 26- July 1, 2019

BlackBirch Lake June 29- July 6, 2019

Vee Lake July 10-16, 2019

Jeanette Lake June 25-30, 2019

Please let us know if you would like to book any one of these trips.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone this summer.

 

 

Getting ready to roll!!

Spring is here and the snow is melting.  It has been a normally long winter and the longer days and warmer temps feel great.  The snow is melting fairly slowly which is good to keep water levels at a good level and the fire risk low .

Our commercial fishing season on Lake Manitoba is over.  5 months of working out on the slab of ice is enough.  It was a good season with consistent catching throughout the winter.  We fed many, many people this winter.  We enjoy what we do out there working amongst Nature, most of the time.  Here is Dustee on the last day looking sad because she knows that we won’t be back until next fall.  The Bombardier is right full of fish!

 

We are busy getting ready for the season, preparing and ordering supplies we need to keep the camps up to snuff so all of our guests can enjoy their trip problem free.

As we approach spring our schedule is always changing with groups adding extra people and others having to cancel or re-schedule.  We have had some Prime Dates open up recently and would love to fill them.  Here are some available dates we have open at this time:

Cobham Daniel May 26-31, 2019 (5 day)

Cobham River June 1-5, 2019 (4 day)

Shearstone Lake June 26- July 1, 2019 (5 day)

Findlay Lake July 5-11, 2019 (6 day)

Dark Water Lake June 29- July 4, 2019 (6 day)

Please let us know if you have any questions or if you would like dates other than we have listed here.  Our phone number is 807-735-9968 or you can simply click here to inquire about about dates for a great fishing vacation.

 

 

The New Brochure

A project we have been working on for awhile now is complete!  We have made a new brochure for this season and will have a PDF version of it on our website soon for our guests to download.  Here is the front page.

 

This year we will be attending the Northwest Sportshow at the Minneapolis Convention Center on March 21-24.

In the past 8 years we have not been attending any of the Sportshows.  Our faithful guests, good word of mouth and our website have kept our numbers great over this period of time.  We can always use more and new guests but this is more of a working vacation.  A time to get away from home, see what is happening in the industry, visit some of our guests and competitors, and have the opportunity to talk fishing with some new people.  It will be good to be back.

If you would like to get your hands on the new brochure come down to the show, Booth 1111.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone.

Looking at the long term forecast it looks like it is going to start warming up.  We have lots of snow and when it melts it will take the ice out pretty quick.  Hopefully we have a nice slow warm up. I can feel the longer days giving me more energy already 🙂

Spring is coming…..

The days are getting longer and there is some heat in the sun.  The outside temperature though has been below normal.  Minus 25-30 Celsius every night and minus 15-20 for highs.  You get used to winter when it settles in like this.  Most days are pretty nice.  If you are dressed for it. 🙂  Spring is coming, I know it is.  It just depends when it decides to show up.  We are due for a warm up.  It has been cold since well before Christmas.

With the longer days comes preparation for the next season.  We have been busy getting questions answered, booking people for next season as well as fishing, trapping and playing some hockey.  Here are some pictures to help you remember what we are waiting for is worth it.

 

 

 

Are you thinking about summer?

We are in the dead of winter.  The days are getting longer but it is pretty normal for the end of January.  COLD!  We are in a deep freeze and it is supposed to continue for another week at least.  _30 to -40C at night and -20C or colder each day.  If the wind is not blowing and the sun is shining it is actually a nice day.  Although today is -25, snowing and blowing.  That is why I am indoors writing a blog today…..

Hopefully you have been thinking about summer.  Our 2019 season is looking like it will be a busy one.  We still have some dates left here and there throughout next season.  If you haven’t booked your trip yet please do not delay.  Click here to inquire about dates for next season.

The Otter has been in the hangar and is almost done with the winter maintenance.  She will be ready to go for another season.  I have been there giving it a good cleaning and keeping up to date on the progress they are making.  

 

 

It was a late start to get out trapping this year. Around Xmas we finally got enough snow and I am just starting to catch. Here is a Pine Marten from one of my ground boxes.

This is the first season in 20 years that I haven’t coached hockey. So now I work the clock at the Junior B games with my buddy Floyd. Can’t stay away from the rink completely, it has been in my blood for too long and Floyd and I spent lots of time in the penalty box so it feels like home. 🙂

Of course anytime I am out on the lake, Dustee has to be right there with me. She is doing good and enjoying her runs out on the lake. And all the fish she can eat.

 

Experience

25 years ago Rena and I began working with my parents at Amik Lodge and Outposts.  Since then we have grown into a great team who have tons of experience in the outfitting business and know how to keep our guests happy and coming back year after year.  Pictured below is the first Cessna 185 that I used to camp check in.

 

 

 

The Outfitting business has seen a major turn over in the past year or two.  Many outfitters are getting to the age where they are ready to hang it up and sell to a new owner.  The flyin outfitting business is a small community and in our time with Amik Outposts there has not been many changes.  There will be many new faces at the Sporthows this winter behind some well established companies booths.  Amik Outposts on the other hand has not been doing many Sportshows in the past 8 years, we have been putting our dollars towards improving our cabins and equipment.  Our philosophy is that it is easier to keep our guests happy so that they want to come back, not find new ones.  We want to be your only Outfitter. 

Whether you are a first time flyin fisherman or an experienced group of fishermen looking for a better outfitter, you can not go wrong with choosing Amik Outposts.

Here are a few things to consider when you are booking your Fishing Vacation to Canada.

Experience in the business.  We have operated on the same lakes for our entire career.  We have started at the bottom and worked our way through every job that needed to be done and have learned to be efficient and provide a First Class Experience to our guests. 

Organization.  Rena and I have taken pride in our work and want to make sure you have a great time.  We look after the smallest details in all aspects of your trip right from the planning, having a well outfitted camp, the flight and the fishing.  We offer assistance with many factors of your trip planning , Groceries, Bait, Beverages.  Many outfitters have stopped doing these extra items, we have not.

Your Pilot.  With Amik Outposts, the pilot flying you to your camp is the owner.  I have been flying this area of Canada since I was 19 years old and strive to make every flight the smoothest flying experience  of your life.

The Fishing.  Having been in the business for a long time we know how our fishing compares to the rest of Canada.  We can honestly say that our fishing is World Class.  We have had fishermen who have fished all over the World and Canada, after fishing with us, their search for the best is over.  Our Conservation policy, a healthy gene pool and a pristine environment ensures that our fishing will stay great forever.  We are fortunate to be able to share this awesome renewable resource with our guests.

Comfortable Cabins.  Our cabins are not fancy.  They are functional and comfortable.  Breathtaking views of the lake, screened in decks, new mattresses, a Sat phone for emergency use, dry boats with good solid seats and reliable motors.  We do our best to ensure the small details are looked after also such as a new grill every 2 seasons, having 2 refrigerators at each camp and many other small items to make sure your trip is uneventful and enjoyable.

When you are researching outfitters for your next Fishing Vacation look at the map of Ontario and have a look where the outfitters are located.  If you look up into the far Northwest corner of Ontario away from everyone else.  That is where you will find us.

Please click here to enquire about fishing with Amik Outposts in 2019!

 

An Easy Start to Winter

So far this winter it has been pretty nice.  After a cold snowy fall in the North we have slowly eased into winter on the Prairies.   There has been very little snow here but in the North around the camps it has been pretty normal with more snowfall.

We have had -20 to -30 Celcius so far but we have also had beautiful days where it is barely below freezing.  This sure helps shorten the winter if you can get into December without too many big storms.  Although we need some serious moisture.  After a dry year last year the farmers in the area need some snow to bring back up the water levels and the pastures.

My Brother, Dustee and I have been out on Lake Manitoba commercial fishing, and we have 2 feet of ice already.  With little snow on the ice whenever it gets cold the ice goes down fast.  The ice is as flat as a mirror and in the beginning you could not stand on the ice with out creepers.  

Dustee had a tough time on the smooth ice too!

 

 

Fishing has been very good.  For the 3rd year in a row!  Usually we do not get this many years in a row of good fishing but we will take it.  Walleyes are very plentiful and the price is pretty high so we are happy.  It is not an easy job on your back but being out on the lake not seeing another soul except my brother and Dustee is totally worth it.  We learned last year that almost all of our Walleye head to the US to Culver’s Restaurants.  If you eat there, have the Walleye.  It came from our lake.

The days are very short now and we get to the lake just after 8am and the sun is just getting up.

And then by 3:45 in the afternoon it is almost on the horizon.  As we get older, the short days are kind of nice.  At 3pm, we both get “The 3 o’clock back”  that’s when you start to think about going home cause you have bent over too many times in a day.

There is many things that can go wrong out on the lake and the biggest one is the crack.  A lake this size expands and contracts up to 6 or 8 feet at times.  The lake finds it’s pivot points and the crack moves back and forth.  Sometimes you have to travel a mile or more to find a safe place to cross.  Last week it opened up, froze a bit and drifted over.

We were looking for a place to cross, couldn’t find a good spot so we kept looking for a better place to cross.  My brother was checking to see how wide the crack was with the chisel.  He chipped in this side of the crack and it looked fine.  As he was hopping to the other side to check the thickness there, DOWN HE WENT! Right up to his chest and neck. I was about 50 yards away and was running.  I saw the whole thing.  Of course he did not want to drop the chisel in the lake so he held onto that.  One thing about falling through the ice.  You don’t stay in long.  Even with a 10 pound chisel in one hand my brother got out before I could reach him.  Not a big deal, we just went home, he put on some dry clothes and boots and we went back to the lake to finish the day….

Hopefully everyone had a good deer season and spent plenty of time in the bush.  I hunted quite a bit and had a couple of big bucks on the go.  Of course it is so hard to meet up with the big ones in the daylight.  I ended up harvesting a older ugly buck to clean up the gene pool.  

Our local hunting club had the Deer Head night last weekend.  The bucks this year were bigger than we have had in a few years.  Our deer herd which was decimated a few years ago is back and doing well.  Plenty of big ones and lots of nice ones.  Our youth category is thriving as well with lots of younger kids getting out there and hunting.  Here are some pics of the biggest and weird deer from this season.

 

We are still putting the puzzle together for 2019 and dates are filling up.  Please click here to request dates for 2019.

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