Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

Ready to Roll!

We have been busy!  Winter seemed as though it would never end and then all of a sudden it got warm and stayed that way.  The ice is gone on everything we have except Cherrington out on the big lake.  We have been hauling supplies into the camps and are opening up camps in preparation for the season.  

We are starting the season sort of dry with normal to low water levels.  We could use a good rain to bring out the leaves and slow down the forest fire risk.  Until we get some rain we are going to have to be very careful.   Hopefully we get some rain before our guests start to show up on the weekend.  If not I would expect a fire ban until something changes.

When we picked up the Otter there was still ice on larger lakes but that went very quickly with warm and windy weather.  It has been sunny for most of the last 2 months.  The snow went from knee deep to nothing within 10-12 days.  The ice went from 30 inches to being gone within 2 and a half weeks around Red Lake.  Spring is here and we are ready to go.

We have added a new member to the Amik Outposts family.  A Cessna 185 CF-ZQV.  This will be used for camp work and look forward to spending some time in a smaller aircraft to do odd jobs and possibly do some fishing……..

Some brand new WC-14 Lund boats found their way to Findlay Lake.  Combined with new 4 stroke motors last season. The only water in the boat will be dripping off the walleyes you bring into the boat.

 

We have had a cancellation on one of our June dates and would love to fill  the spot with some fishermen.  If you would like to fish our Cobham Morley cabin during the month of June please click here to enquire about special last minute pricing.  The date is June 22-27th, 2018.  

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World Class Walleye Fishing!

Having been around the tourist business for the past 25 years, we know who has the best Walleye fishing.  I can honestly say that our lakes would rank right up near the top of the list of Outposts and even fancy Lodges for Quality and Numbers of Walleye.

Our lakes have a great combination of flowing water through deep water lakes.  Mixed with many weed beds , great structure both along the shore and out in the lake.  

These lakes have not been fished nearly as long as most lakes in all of Ontario or Manitoba.  Amik Outposts was created in 1992 and began opening up these lakes for the first time.  Building state of the art solar powered cabins with running water and hot showers.  My Dad, Wayne was the guy who brought it all together and in 1994, Rena and I began our first summer in the business.

Since the very beginning Amik Outposts has had a “No Trophy Policy” meaning that no big fish were to be taken from the lake. Walleye and Pike.  Throughout the past 25 years we have seen the fishing not only stay the same but get even better when in regards to Trophy Fishing!!!  The gene pool is unharmed on our lakes and it shows.  Take a look around our website, all of our pictures are all from the previous season.  Trophy Fish are the norm, not the exception.

We have had fishermen who have fished with many other outfitters, who are experienced fishermen and after fishing our lakes……. have not gone anywhere else!

While every fishermen does not catch a 30 inch walleye their first time out, you will catch more walleyes than you have ever in your life and the average walleye will be larger than you are used to catching.  

If you are looking for an Awesome Flyin Fishing Trip on the Best Walleye lakes in Ontario here are a few dates for you to consider:

Cobham Morley June 22-27, 2018

Vee Lake July 3-8, 2018 

Findlay Lake July 20-25, 2018

BlackBirch Lake, August 11-16, 2018

Cobham River August 18-25, 2018

If you are ready for some awesome fishing and an experience of a lifetime please click here!

 

Time flies when you are having fun.

I apologize for not having any new blogs lately.  We have had one of our busiest July’s ever.  Lots of flying and lots of happy fishermen!!  

It has been pretty hot in the North and the fish have been active.  Fishing has been excellent!  Lots of fish and plenty of big ones.  Some camps who didn’t catch as many as other years reported catching more big ones than ever.  Other camps seemed to have a ton of fish but not quite as many big fish compared to normal.  Fishing is fishing and its better than working.  Everyone has been having fun and enjoying their stay in the bush.  

Walleyes continue to occupy a wide range of depths on all the lakes from the farthest north to the farthest south.  Walleye have been caught in 4 feet of water one day in the weeds on a hot sunny day and then the next day they would be found in 20 feet of water off the points.  One thing for sure is that the fish are where you find them.  Pretty much every group coming out reported catching lots of walleye from 20-23 inches with quite a few up to 26-29 inches.

Big pike have been caught walleye fishing for the most part, on a jig.  Mid summer pike fishing can be a bit tougher and most of the time the best bait is a walleye you are bringing into the boat!  There has been many reports of big pike attacking small walleye or pike right at the boat!  We have had quite a few 40 plus inch pike caught throughout July with the biggest measuring 43 inches.

The Short party have been with us a few times and just may have found the lake where they will call home.  They went to Jeanette Lake and had an absolute blast!  Tons of big fish, awesome weather and great family time.  These pictures and these smiles speak for themselves.

 

The Gillespie party fished on Loree Lake recently.  Here are some of the big fish they caught during their stay with us there.

Here is a nice 27.5 inch walleye which was the biggest walleye of the trip.

During the month of July there is a float plane festival which happens in Red Lake.  This year there was an acrobatic team of Harvards doing the airshow.  It was awesome to see the close formations and aerobatic flying.  It sounds awesome to have 4 radial engines ripping through the air.  

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With the hot weather we have had it has begun to dry up and we have had some thunderstorms as well.  There is a few smaller fires burning around the north and occasionally you can smell smoke.  Nothing really big burning though in our area yet but we are telling our guests to be extra careful with any fires they may be having.  

Here is an early morning flight that ended up having an unscheduled stop along the way to wait out the storm.

Fishing in the rain has been awesome!

The last post jinxed us.  We have had some bad weather and lots of rain in the north!  We are not sure how much rain we got up in the far north but we had 2 low pressure systems that sat up there for 3 days 2 weekends in a row.  Needless to say we were delayed almost every day but were able to get all of the people moved to and from the camps the day that they were scheduled. 🙂  Water is now high.  If you are going to Cobham Daniel, Morley or the River please bring some rubber boots.  The water is over the dock.  Cherrington, Vee, Findlay and Loree are higher as well but still below the dock.  Let’s hope the weather dries up.

Fishing during this cloudy misty weather has been great.  Those are the best fishing days.  Walleye have been most active and have been in 8-12 feet of water.  More large walleye have been caught and released this past week than the week before.  More trophy pike this week as well.  Plenty of 40 inch fish caught and released!  Here are some pictures from recent trips.

The Tylinski Party fished Jeanette lake recently and had a great time.

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I would say that the fish are feeding!!

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The Caribou are back around the cabin at Jeanette.  There are 2 of them at times this year.  They must feel safe around the cabin and people.  And usually pay no attention to the fishermen in camp.

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The Delforge family went to Shearstone and the sun shined……

For 45 minutes after I dropped them off.  Then it rained and misted for 4 days straight!  They had a great family vacation and caught a ton of fish.  With more cabin time there was lots of laughs and card playing while their gear dried out so they could head back out to catch more big fish.

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A sucker puts up a heck of a fight!!!

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Here are a few more pictures from the Bowling party who went to Cobham Daniel recently.  It looks like we had a great day to fly in!

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They fly fished quite a bit and did very well on catching some big pike!

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Every once in awhile you run into some of the local residents out on the lake.

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Fishing overall has been great during the crappy weather but we would rather see the sun!!!

 

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The weather has started to straighten out and lets hope it dries up for awhile to let some of this water drain away.

 

Here is a great picture of Vee Lake from 5500 feet on our way home from the Cobham River yesterday as the weather finally began to clear.

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We had a day where we had to stop and do some work at Darkwater Lake and had a couple hours to fish.  Of course Dustee had to keep us company and keep us safe.  We caught a bunch of fish and saw 3 moose.  Here is our new dockhand Scott with a 23 inch walleye.

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A Great Start!!

We are busy.  Groups of fishermen are coming and going to and from the camps with big smiles on their faces, sunburns, and sore hands from catching lots of fish!  Although I am sitting in the office writing this because we are waiting for the weather to get better.  We have gotten some much needed rain in the past few days which will help the fire situation and keep our water levels up where we like them.  We have had a healthy crop of Blackflies so far but they should be almost done… we haven’t had many Mosquitos but this rainy weather may wake them up, so make sure you bring a few coils when you come up north.

Fishing has been good and improving weekly.  With a bit later ice out this year, the walleye spawned a bit late and thus there is a bit of a lull in the walleye fishing for a few days after and it varied lake to lake.  Catching walleye wasn’t the issue.  Plenty of walleye were caught everywhere, just the big females need some time to recoup after spawning.  We have had some very warm weather and the big fish have come to life and fishing is as good as it ever.  More and more 26 plus inch walleyes are being caught and released everyday!

The big pike as well are fast and furious at times with plenty of big ones being caught.  Many 38-41 inch pike have been caught at all the camps.  Some of our first time guests commented that they caught so many pike some days that they actually had to take a break because they were getting tired.  There has been a few reports of landing big pike t-boned on small pike!  They are feeding heavy!

 

Cherrington has been the busiest camp so far.  We have had a number of groups fish there recently and everyone has had a blast.  Here are some pictures from the Hnetynka party.  They had a mixture of weather but had a blast and caught lots!

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One of our longest running groups of guests are the Seal/Hansen party.  They count down the days each year until they get to return to the bush.  Fishing this year was great along with the weather during our opening week.  Here is Mike with a 38 inch pike he caught and released on his stay at Loree Lake.

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These fish didn’t get released……

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We always love our first time flyin guys.  The Mainor party made their first trip to the bush and came out with huge smiles.  Time spent in the silence of the north is special and we love to see the reactions.  Plenty of people recently had never caught a walleye in their life and checked that off their list many times over!!

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The Thornhill family made their second trip to Cherrington and caught more fish and bigger fish than they did last trip with more experience on the lake.

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The Peterson guys went to Blackbirch for their third trip to that lake.   Normally they like the late summer but this year they tried the spring.  They caught some big ones.  Here is a big pike they caught this week.  Looks like the blackflies must have found them…..

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We continue to make people happy and show them some fantastic fishing.  Looking forward to seeing everyone this summer.  If you are still looking for a trip please let us know, we have a few scattered holes still left.

 

Now if this weather would just get better so I can start my day!!!

It begins again!!

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2017 is underway!!!  We have flown quite a few fishermen into the bush and the silence of a long winter will be broken by the sounds of laughter and reels buzzing.  Our ice out was not as early up north as it was around Red Lake.  The ice left most of our lakes up north around the 7th or 8th of May we think.  We began opening camps on May the 9th and were ice free as we made the rounds to each camp to get it ready for a busy summer.

Water levels on all of our lakes seems to be just perfect.  Not too high but not low either.  Today as I write this we are getting rain in the Red Lake area but not up north.  The seasonal forecast is for a warm dry summer so it is nice to start out the season with plenty of water.  Lets hope for some timely rains to keep the forest fires at bay and the fire ban off.

We have only had one group of fishermen come out so far who were on a 3 day trip to BlackBirch.  Lots of walleyes near the in flows of water but as of yet they haven`t spawned.  Big Pike were coming alive as well.  A 36 inch pike was the biggest with a monster on that could not even be lifted off the bottom.  The water is warming up….

Of course my flying partner Dustee had to come along and protect us while we were opening camps.  At Loree lake, a Marmot hole had her busy for a day and a half.  She dug this crater and then slept beside it all day, that night and never moved from that spot until we left the next day.  She didn’t win this time…

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We had fairly good weather for opening camps this year.  Cloudy for the first few days but just the perfect temperature for working so we were able to put in some long days and get stuff done.

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Of course we didn’t work until dark every night.  Jerrica, a girl I have coached since she was 3 and is now in College playing hockey, helped us open camps this year.  She is a good fisherman and caught way more than enough fish for a fish fry right off the dock at Cherrington!

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One of our dockhands, Josh, is from Newfoundland.  They don’t get much sun there…He was being burnt to a crisp so I had to figure out a way to keep him going when the weather turned hot for a couple days.  It wasn’t pretty but it kept his neck from burning any worse.

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Spending time in the bush is special.  The silence and pristine environment are certainly therapeutic.

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Our summer is pretty full this year but we do have a few holes to fill.  Here are some dates for you to think about if you haven’t booked your summer vacation. Please email amik@frontiernet.net or call us at 807-735-9968 to inquire about one of these dates.

Loree Lake  June 16-20

Cobham River July 27 – August 1

Vee Lake August 7-11

BlackBirch Lake August 17-22

Cobham River August 26-31

Cobham Daniel September 2-7

Jeanette Lake August 11-14

 

Getting closer…….

The ice is going at a normal rate for some of Ontario.  A recent snow storm is hitting parts of NW Ontario to the south of us down to the border and east of us as far east as Thunder Bay.  Red Lake is on the northern edge of it and hopefully we don’t get too much snow.

 

Rena and I will be in Red Lake next week and we are excited for another season.  We hope to have the Otter next week and then start to open camps shortly after.  The ice in Red Lake is going out as I write this.  The wind is howling and it is moving around.  Most lakes should open up now.

 

Here is what the ice looked like in Red Lake on Sunday.

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The forecast is for warm weather next week so we are hoping the snow and the ice will be gone when we get there….

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This is what it looked like on Lake of the Woods the next afternoon when I made it to my buddies place.  Good temperature for my suitcase.

On a recent visit to see family, my uncle Sylvio brought out his favorite shirt he got from my Mom and Dad 25 years ago when Amik was first started.  His family has been after him for years to retire it but he still wears it all the time!!  It’s tough to find quality like this now.

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We will begin to have a flight schedule by the end of next week as it takes us a few days to get things fired up and organized at the base in Red Lake.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Longer days ahead….

February is here and the days are noticeably longer already.  We are gaining 6 minutes a day and in a month or so we should start to feel spring I hope.

We had a warm spell awhile back and the ice really expanded.  Sending this sheet of ice straight up 6 feet in the air.  The power of the ice is extraordinary.

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After the warm weather we sunk back into the deep freeze and the cracks opened up.  It has been -20 to -30C and the lake has contracted a lot!  We are battling 3 different cracks.  Generally we can jump them but sometimes they get too wide and we have to look for a narrower place to cross or sometimes we can find a split in the crack.  Occasionally the crack will go right through our line of nets and we don’t have much of a choice to cross.  Crossing a 5-8 foot crack in the ice would make most people nervous!  My brother and I have had some close calls over the years and sometimes have to take a chance, but experience is so valuable.  This was about 5 feet and the snow along the crack was very hard so we just drove across.  Fast!!

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Our coyote numbers are down around here this year which is good for our recovering deer herd.  I have also had some luck with Pine Martens and Fishers as well.  Time to take them in for the auction $

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Our Falcons team got together last weekend for a Rec hockey tournament.  We were the oldest team in the tournament but still got it.  We won all of our games, it was just for fun and not very serious.  We had a blast.  Always good to get together with the boys!

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2017 is looking great and dates are filling up quickly this year.  If you don’t have your date booked yet, please do not delay.  Click here to inquire about dates for 2017.

The last run at summer.

We are approaching the end of another season.  The summer sure flys by when you are busy.  It is less than a month until we are done with fishermen and in to moose season.  We have had mostly good weather, getting the flying done and happy fishermen moved.  The fish have continued to stay in many different depths depending on the lake.  The Monster walleye are still pretty quiet but the numbers of fish up to 25-26 inches are very good.  The Pike have been becoming more active with the last few groups in the last couple days.  The big ones went on a bit of a lull during the hot weather but the season has started to change and become cooler.

Fall is slowly inching its way in, The Birch trees have started to change.  I saw the first geese heading south by the Cobham the other day.  I am sure we will have some swings from hot to cold in the next month but hopefully it cools off at the right time.  Soon we will be Moose hunting!!

We are starting to spend some time in the bush doing work at the camps in preparation for next year.  We spent a couple nights on the Cobham putting a new roof on the boat house at Daniels as well as some other odd jobs at some of the other camps.  We stayed at Morleys and had perfect weather for 3 days while working/fishing!!!  It felt good to be back in the bush.

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My youngest daughter Maija was visiting so she was able to come up north with us and help out and have some fun.  She can catch almost as many fish as me…. but she did catch the biggest one.  I caught way more fish by not even jigging my hook, just dragging it barely giving it a twitch every so often.

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She wasn’t much help while doing the roof at Daniels though, I had nothing for her to do, so she curled up in the front to read and sleep just like when she was little. 🙂

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Of course we couldn’t go anywhere without Dustee.  She is the happiest dog in the world when she is in the bush!

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My favorite part.  Being the first one up, coffee in hand just sitting staring at the lake.  There is nothing like it.

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With the coming of fall we will begin to have the odd delay due to fog.  Usually it is worst in our river here in Red Lake but occasionally we hit it along the way and are forced to land and wait it out.

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I usually like to land near the fog, within site so you know when it is time to go again.  On the way to Blackbirch last week we had an unscheduled stop, at a place I had been before, a sand beach at an abandoned camp.  It would be a great place to be if you had to spend the night due to weather versus sleeping in the otter with 6 guys.

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The Hanson Family just came out of Jeanette Lake this morning and had an awesome time!  It rained some every day, it was hot and cool, but the fishing was great.  Of course Kaylee, the rookie on the trip, caught the biggest walleye!  Here are some pictures from their family vacation on Jeanette Lake.

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Fast and Furious with Plenty of Big Ones

It was a roller coasterrecently of weather as it can be in the far north.  We had some perfect warm days and then overnight the temperature dropped 40 degrees and everyone had multiple layers on with rain gear on top.  Having a depth finder proved to be essential last week as the temperatures changed so did the depth the fish were in.  Starting out catching walleye in the morning at 15-20 feet and then moving into 6-8 feet by the afternoon.

Last week seemed to be a week of Big Pike.  Many trophy fish were caught and released throughout all of the camps.  The largest Pike last week was a 45 incher caught on the Cobham river with many 40-43 inch pike caught everywhere else.

The really big walleye are just starting to come to life as we settle in to some consistent temps. Almost all groups report catching many walleyes up to 25 inches but some of the 26-27 inch walleye were also caught last week.  The largest was from Cobham Daniel measuring 30 inches!!

Here are a few pictures from last week.

Findlay Lake Monsters

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Cherrington Lake Trophy Pike

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Cobham River

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Shearstone Lake

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Blackbirch Lake

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Fishing on these waters with our long standing conservation program sure has its benefits!  It feels good to us to be able to share these pristine lakes with our guests.  We strive to make every trip one to remember for everyone.

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