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Open dates for 2017

We are piecing the puzzle together for 2017 and filling dates quick lately!  If you are interested in fishing with Amik Outposts in 2017, do not delay.  We have only a few spots left in May, June and July so please send us an email and we will let you know what we have available.

Here are some available dates for some awesome fishing this summer. Please click here to inquire.

Vee Lake May 25-31

Loree Lake May 26-31

Cherrington Bay May 29-June 3

Cobham River May 24-29

BlackBirch Lake June 28-July 3

Shearstone Lake June 23-28

DarkWater Lake July 24-29

Cobham River July 19-23

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One week left to cast your vote in the Photo Contest!

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Winter finally showed up!  We just had our first snowstorm of the year and it looks like we have had snow for a month.  Dustee is finally comfortable since the humidity has gone down and the dry snow is finally here to stay.  I will be out on Lake Manitoba tomorrow to begin our commercial fishing season.

 

There is only one week left to cast your vote for your favorite in our 2016 photo contest.  Please click here to view the contest and “Like” your favorite. The winner will be chosen on December 15th and announced on our Blog shortly after.  Good Luck and thank you to all of our guests who submitted photos.  

It’s Over…..

Another season is over.  It is always bitter sweet to see another season come to a close.  But as the weather changes into winter, Mother Nature is pushing us out the door.  The Otter will be put away for a much deserved break this week and Rena and I will be back on the Prairies soon.  2016 was a great year, Thank you to all of our awesome guests who made the trip up to Red Lake this summer.  If you do not receive our newsletter, please sign up by clicking here.  We will be sending out our end of season newsletter soon.

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Moose Hunting 2016

Hunting moose is no easy undertaking.  2016 was no different.  We tried to delay our hunt to coincide with the moon cycles to be closer to the rut and stay away from some of the warmer windy weather we sometimes have during an early moose hunt.  There was lots of moose action right from the first night of the hunt.  I have moose hunted for 23 years and have seen many different things, the rut seems to be hard and fast or long and drawn out.  This year it was long and drawn out.  The moose would rut 2-3 days a week, depending on weather,  You had to be in the right place at the right time, and had to make the right calls at the right time.  I believe the rut is still going on and the cows were not receptive to the bulls until we were done our hunt.  I always say, “These damn moose don’t go by the calendar!!!!

During the first week we had only 2 guided hunts taking place and on the first night one of our hunters got his opportunity(which during moose hunting, sometimes that’s all you get) A big bull came right to the call but it was a difficult shot and he missed.  Then the rain came….. for 3 days.  It was brutal rain and wind that never seemed to end.  After that it went quiet for the rest of the week.

The guy I was guiding had been with us before and had opportunities on his last trip but came up empty.  This time Mike was determined and patient, which was difficult during the 3 days of rain and getting wet each day.  We were diligent.  I know that you just need to keep going.  There has been many times that the last day is the day.  You just need to stay focused and be ready all the time.  Mike was definitely mentally prepared as we headed towards the last day of the hunt.

On the last morning of the hunt, it was perfect!  We were heading to our spot, sneaking in slowly to a spot where we had seen a cow moose alone a couple of days prior in the hopes that a bull was nearby.  This was the sunrise on our way in.

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As we were quietly getting up on the rock to get set up I heard a grunt.  We turned around and Mike said, “There is a moose!”

Then I said, “There is another one!”

A bull was following the cow out into the lake about 300 yards away.  Then the adrenaline kicks in.  Mike trying to find a good rest in a hurry as the moose moved closer to us, trying to determine which was the bull and which was the cow as they came from the shadows into the sun.   At about 250 yards the bull presented a good shot.  Boom!  Miss, but they just stood there.   I could hear Mike breathing hard and I am sure he was shaking like a leaf!  I told him to take his time, take some deep breaths.  Boom! That one hit!  My next words are always the same! “Keep Going!”  Then the shooting gallery began.  2 more shots all hitting the moose at 230-225 yards!  The bull moved up to the shoreline and disappeared!!!!  Neither one of us saw him go down as we were trying to find bullets to reload.

The next 45 minutes were excruciating!  Waiting to see if he was still on his feet, listening intently, we never heard a sound.  We figured he went down but could not say for sure.  Once we waited long enough we went over to have a look, ready for him to stand up…

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Last day moose!!!  Patience, persistence paid off.  13 days of hunting and Mike finally got the opportunity he had been waiting for.  And he finally got to wear the fabled moose hat!

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And of course Inside Loins for supper!!  Along with a little Jagermeister!

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The second week of our hunt proved to be just as difficult but provided multiple opportunities.  We had 4 groups of hunters out and the action happened early in the week on some lakes and all week on others.

Our hunters on Findlay  lake were first time moose hunters and were excited as school boys on the way in.  Nick, who knows Findlay well checked out his first spot for sign.  As he got into the bush, he gave out his first moose call ever…  Then he heard a grunt and sticks break about 80 yards away!  He could make a out a huge bull moving through the bush towards him.  Let the leg shaking begin!!!  He called again and the bull kept grunting and moving closer, Nick said he was shaking so much he could hardly stand it.  The bull moved within 30 yards of him and stopped behind some thick cover so he waited…..  He never heard the moose again.  He was gone like ghost.  It is hard to believe how they can do that but believe me it happens.

They had more action the next morning in the same spot seeing a bull moving in the bush but never fully showing himself to get a shot.  As well during the week they were close to more moose, coming back to the boat after hunting all day and seeing fresh moose tracks right by the boat that were not there when they went in.  They learned a lot and I think they have the bug, they will be back to hunt those black monsters again!

Our unguided hunters at Shearstone Lake had been with us 2 years ago and were successful in harvesting a big bull.  They were back for more.  This year it was Nate’s turn.  Early in the week he was hunting near the cabin, walking in the burn he called all day.  As evening approached and he had not had any answers yet, he grunted very aggressively a few times.  He was right beside a moose.  A grunt and a few thrashes and he stuck his head out down wind from him…..  Just enough to get a shot.  He went down and Nate thought he had a looong haul out but realized he had walked in a half moon and was near the main lake so it turned out to be not so bad.  Here is a beautiful bull.

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I guided Janet whom I guided 3 years ago and had an opportunity that didn’t pan out so she was back for more.  This year was tough.  We heard moose pretty much every day, from 20 minutes of grunting and not moving any closer to one to three grunts as well as a few cows calling.  One day we had something right beside us moving within a couple hundred yards but would never call back or move any closer.  Like I said earlier it was a long drawn out rut and the moose were in no rush to come out in to the open.  The weather was very warm which also drags out the rut.  Janet is alrady making plans to come back next year to chase the wiley moose once again!

It was a great hunt, all our hunters were happy to spend time in the bush.  Moose hunting is tough but so rewarding when you get one.

Here are a few pictures I took from the past couple of weeks in the bush.

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Dustee waits on that rock for 2 hours every night while we are hunting. Waiting for us to bring back the meat! She is as happy as we are when we get a moose!

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And Dustee does her part to help clean the head before it heads to the taxidermist.

 

 

Family Time in the Bush is Special

Our family package is becoming more popular.  We love to get emails like this one below from guests who experience true peace and quiet for the first time. Ryan, his dad and the two boys went to Shearstone Lake recently and sent us these pictures and nice email.

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I have attached some of our fishing photos to this email.  Brady’s biggest walleye was 27” and Will’s walleye was 26”.  My dad caught one at 25” but didn’t get a picture of it since the camera was at the cabin.  I didn’t get anything bigger than 22”, but I am completely fine with that since I’d rather have my boys catch the big ones.   We did get catch some 30-32” Northern as well while fishing for walleye.  I was keeping a close count on the number of fish we caught, and each boat got at least 40 fish per day and we got 60 fish on our best day.   Of course, we got a lot more bites than that and we also spent a lot of time exploring new fishing spots.

More importantly, this fishing trip gave my dad and me such a wonderful experience to share with my two sons, Will and Brady.   Both boys thanked me every day for taking them on “the best fishing trip of their lives” and told me how much fun they were having.   I addition, I am so thankful that my dad was able to spend so much quality time with his grandsons.   I am very grateful for the family package that Amik offers.

Best Regards,

Ryan”

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I think the Really Big Walleyes woke up!

The season slips by so fast when you are busy.  Just the way we like it.  Our fishermen are enjoying the warm temperatures and the beauty and scenery of the North.

The weather has been better which has helped the fish sort of stabilize in depth but each lake has a different fishing report.  Some lakes saying the fish are on the rocky points and windy shorelines, and others saying the walleyes and pike are together on the edge of or right in the cabbage weeds.  Depths have ranged from 3-4 feet one day to 17-20 the next and then other lakes saying 10 feet for the whole week.  So if you are coming fishing yet this season, make sure you have a depth finder!

Our guests continue to see moose, caribou and the odd bear and a variety of other animals in the bush, but the most aggressive beast has been the Bald Eagles.  On Cobham River and BlackBirch lake specifically.  Following them all day screeching and chirping, almost harrasingly…  One fishermen had his small pike he was reeling in, lure and only about half of his line taken about 30 feet from the boat!  They have learned that our fishermen are a good source of food.

I don’t get the opportunity often but the boys and I went fishing the other day at DarkWater Lake and had a Shorelunch and a day off!

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The Selchow Family made the trip back to Shearstone Lake last week.  The first time they came with Amik Outposts was to Shearstone Lake…..  years ago when it was on Fire!!  This time they had no such issues.  Just great times and Bigger Walleyes than the last time they were there.  Being good fishermen/women this family has a long future ahead of them giving out sore lips to the walleye on our lakes!

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These ones look like Blue Walleye to Me!!

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The Jacquin Party fished the Cobham River for the first time and had a great trip again, their second trip with us in as many years.  They caught lots of fish and some Big Ones as well.  Here are a couple pictures of the Trophy Pike they caught.

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Ken Phelps has fished quite a few of our lakes, but that was when my Dad was running things…almost 20 years ago.  They went back to Blackbirch and things were the same as they were back then, if not better!  Catching some Big Walleye.  The biggest being 28 inches with a 26 incher as a close second.  It was good to see them again and will most likely see them again soon!

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Summer has hit its peak, the Blueberries are ready and the days are beginning to get shorter. We are in the back half of the season.  Soon I will be in the bush getting the work done at the camps once the fishermen are done, getting prepared for the next season!!! We take great pride in looking after our guests striving for a excellent fishing vacation each and every time they visit us whether it is every year or once every 5 years.  It is important to us to see you enjoy yourself!

 

 

 

 

Walleyes in the weeds.

It’s hard to believe that there is only one more week until our departure times in the morning are bumped back by the length of day to 5:30 am.  Summer is going by fast!

Our weather continues to be unpredictable and changes daily to hourly.  One fisherman said when he came out “I went from seeing my breath to sweating in a matter of 4 hours!”  We have had many fronts coming past us and ever changing winds so our fishermen have had to use their noggin to keep on the fish.  Fishing has been pretty consistent and walleyes have been in 12 feet of water or less and have just gone into the weeds.  If we have some warm weather, the walleyes should be in the deep cabbage and along edges of weed beds for a couple weeks.  When this happens, a 5 of diamonds can be your best walleye lure!!

The pike have been very near the walleyes. The only  40 inchers that were caught this week were caught on a jig while walleye fishing.  Right in the lip!!

Cobham Daniel simply has the best sunsets.  We have guests who stay there just because of that. The Terry party stayed there recently and have gotten their submission in for our photo contest!

 

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The fishing was great and the smiles were big!

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Do you have your licence with you?  How about a lifejacket??  The MNR have been around at most of the camps to check on fishing licences and to make sure you are following the rules.  Our guests haven’t had any issues with the wardens and have even fed them lunch on occasion!  Everyone must be paying attention when Rena is giving you the orientation. 🙂

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Findlay Lake walleyes have been great so far.  The Knip Party fished there recently and had a blast as usual.  Walleyes were slightly slower than last year but still plenty of action,  The boys did manage to catch a few big ones.  Here are a few of the nice fish they caught and released on Findlay.

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The Peters Party on Loree Lake.  None of our guests catch the amount of fish that these people catch on Loree Lake.  Jim has been fishing this lake for a very long time and knows it like the back of his hand.  His family and friends know it almost as well.  They find the fish and are able to give many sore lips!  Over 3100 sore lips this year!!

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The weather was quite soggy at times during their stay but the fishing was excellent!  Here is Bernice with the biggest walleye of the trip!

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Theresa and Gary had there first Northern Experience and caught more fish in the first day than they had in their entire life.  Here is one of Theresa’s big walleye!

 

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Kevin has been fishing with his Aunt and Uncle here forever and loves it just as much.  He had the Big Pike of the trip measuring 41 inches!

The leader of the pack with a Big Walleye.

We have had a few people come out of the bush and say that there was one day that if you were standing still it wasn’t raining but as soon as you moved you were wet.  The clouds were all around you, right to the water.

And if you go by length, Betty won by a long shot!  That’s a real trophy stick!

Are you are looking for a last minute fishing trip?  We have a spot for you! Cobham Morley August 14-21.  Click here to get rates and info for this fantastic adventure! 

Love the Smiles!!

Our season continues to roll on and as certain people walk through our door we know what time of year it is because of the date they have occupied on a certain lake every season!  We really appreciate our guests and the fact that they love to be in the bush as much as we do.  That is part of what drives us to do our best and show them a great time.

Our weather has continued to be very unsettled and ever changing in some regions while in others not so much.  We had some very hot weather in the past 10 days with some vicious thunderstorms, many beautiful days, but have also had some days and nights in the 40’s. As the weather has been weird, so has the fishing been.  The fishing has been spectacular and it has been okay.  Experience, ability to adapt to changing conditions(follow the fish), the weather, and if they used any kind of bait or not are the biggest factors I consider when hearing fishing reports.

Most of the fish have began to settle into some fairly consistent depths of around 10-12 feet of water.  The pike have began attacking walleyes again and most of the big ones were caught while walleye fishing.  Walleye numbers have been more consistent as well since they too have started to hang around the windy points and shorelines in 12 feet of water.  Earlier last week there was reports of walleyes from 2 feet to 20 feet.  There was even fish caught in 20 feet suspended over 50 feet of water.  Many weather changes at times has forced our fishermen to put their thinking caps on and try some different tactics but those days appear to be behind us.

Here are some pictures we have received this week from our guests.

The Lawrence party made their first flyin trip to Dark Water Lake and had a blast!  Catching many 21-22 inch walleyes with the largest measuring 24 inches and plenty of nice Pike.  Kirby was the youngest in the group and of course caught the biggest fish of the trip!  A 36.5 inch pike!

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The Hendricks family has been going to Vee Lake for a few years and are getting to know it quite well.  This year they caught great numbers of fish and had one spot in particular where they nailed them!  in their new favorite spot they caught a 25,24, lots of 22-23 inch walleye.  Fast action with big fish! Here are a few pictures from their trip.

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The Berg party had a younger group this year to partake in the crazy walleye fishing Cherrington Lake is known for.  The fishing out on the Big Lake has turned on! July is the best time out there.  Walleyes are usually all over 20 inches long or better and all have shoulders on them.

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Photo Contest 2016

Just a reminder to anyone who has already been up with us that we are once again having a Photo Contest.  Please send us your best pictures from your trip to be entered if you have not done so yet.  The contest will be hosted on our FaceBook Page and the winner will be selected by which photo gets the most likes.  The Prize?  $500 off per person towards a trip in 2017 for the number of people you had in your party this season!  Please email them to amik@frontiernet.net

 

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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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.

Fishing has been awesome!

We have gone from one extreme to the other in terms of weather.  In the North the weather can change fast and can settle in like it has at this time of year.  We have had rain for 6 straight days and today, it is misty and raining again.  The temperatures are comfortable and these kind of overcast days make for the best fishing…. but not the best for flying!

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Fortunately we did have a window in the weather each of the days of bad weather and were able to get all the guests moved to and from the camps the day they were to be moved.  Then we would wake up the next day to weather delays again….

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We had been delayed for 5 days in a row when yesterday we had a great morning and actually left the dock 20 minutes early!  It was great to see the sun again!  But by 11 am, it was raining again, but all the flying was done before it got bad!  Today, no flying, the weather is misty again, our fishermen are in the bush enjoying the beauty of the north and catching fish until their hands are sore!!

I am trying hard not to complain as we needed the water in the lakes to bring up the levels and to calm down the forest fire risk, but it can stop anytime now!!  By the way the fire ban in the North has been lifted as of May 31!!

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The First Fishing Report!!

The fishing has been great!  During the first week and a half of our season the fish started out a bit slow but have increased in size and numbers with everyday we have moved forward.  Walleyes are moving to the shorelines and narrows in 6-8 feet of water and the pike seem to be everywhere!  Near the rapids, in the bays and eating walleyes!!!

Here are some of the highlights from the first part of our season:

Blackbirch Lake had some new guests with a lot of fishing experience fish it during the first week of our season to break in the new boats!  Bill D. and his party have been fishing in the north for many years and Blackbirch was the nicest cabin they have ever stayed in.  The fishing was phenomenal! 4 Pike over 40 inches in addition to well over 1000 walleye!!

The Krapac party are one of the groups who made a once in a lifetime bucket list trip with us….10 years ago and have been back every season since!!  This year was the year of the Big Pike on the Cobham River.  They caught 3 over 40 inches with the largest measuring 45 inches!!  Smiles all around and plans to keep the bucket list alive in 2017!!

We have some things at Amik Outposts that don’t change.  Like the first group to fish Cobham Daniel each season.  The Millhollin Party.  These guys have been fishing with us on that body of water since 1992 with the odd exception due to the ice not being off.  The fishing is the main reason they keep returning but once you fall in love with the bush, the fishing is the bonus!  This year was a great year.  Tons of fish and a 41 inch Pike being the largest with a few stories of the “one that got away!”

Josh T. and his party drove all the way from Texas to fish with us at Amik Outposts and chose to visit the Cobham Morley Cabin.  And once again proving that you don’t need to go to the other end of the lake to catch fish, catching a 40 incher right off the dock!  They also caught a 39 and 45 inch pike by the falls back to back!

The Vanden Boogaard party has been with us fishing Jeanette Lake for the past couple years and had another great trip.  Here are some pictures of their past adventure.

 

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The Seal/Hansen party have started to bring up the next generation and have increased their group size to 8!  They had a great trip, catching lots of fish and enjoyed sharing the experience of Loree Lake with the new guys!  After this many trips the fishing is primary but by no means the reason they have been doing this so long. 🙂

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Half of these guys are Bears Fans, the other half are Packer Fans, there has been many jokes played out with these guys throughout the years.

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Shearstone Lake had the Morken Party visit last week and despite the rainy weather caught a ton of fish and some pretty big ones to boot.  Here are a couple of pictures from this past week on Shearstone.

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The Kuczkowski party are hooked on Amik Outposts.  John brought some new guys along this time around to Vee Lake and they had such an awesome time that they are already talking about the next trip and also some of the other guys are beginning to plan a trip with their family again next year!  Time spent in the bush, in the silence, alone on a lake over 100 miles beyond the last cell tower is something to be cherished….. almost therapeutic.

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But that silence is broken quite often by cheers and hooting and hollering when you catch the biggest fish of your life!!!

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I think he is saying “I wish I had good rain gear like you….”

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June is here and time is flying by quickly.  Please let us know if you are interested in making a trip this summer by clicking here.  We still have scattered openings throughout the summer and would love to fill the spots!!!

 

 

 

Half the camps are open!

We have had a nice spring ……

That is until recently!  Mother Nature reminded us as she does every so often that she is in charge.  We had been on a roll opening camps and preparing for the season for the first few days, Knocking off 4 camps in 5 days.  We headed north to start opening the camps further away.

 

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Dark Water Lake and Blackbirch Lake will each have beautiful new Lund Boats this season!!  Other improvements for 2016 are

Findlay Lake- Solar freezer/fridge, New Grill and Fish cooker as well as New Chairs and Mattresses

Jeanette Lake-New Mattresses and boat ramp

Loree Lake-New Grill

Cobham River-New windows, Grill, Fish Cooker, Back Steps

Vee Lake- New Grill and Fish cooker, New Mattresses

Cherrington Bay- New Fish cooker

Cobham Daniel- New Chairs

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It was very dry, the water levels were a little low and there were a few forest fires burning already west of Red Lake and towards Kenora.  Some windy days and 80 degree temperatures got the fires going wild and were getting to be very large.

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We were ready to begin battling the smoke as the winds began to change.

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After a day and a half of warm beautiful weather up north we had opened up one Cherrington camp and Cobham Daniel and went over to Morleys to begin cleaning it up for the season when the wind got a lot cooler and the mist began to come from the North blowing in something.  I could see the weather closing in on us and we headed back to Cherrington early because we didn’t have our gear to spend the night.  The temperature was dropping fast and the mist was getting thicker…

 

The next day we awoke to horrible weather and couldn’t fly at all so we opened Cherrington Bay.  We always save some work where we are staying in case we have a bad weather day. But it got colder throughout the day.

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As the temperature dropped the rain began to get heavier and fluffier….

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And it proceeded to snow all night, all day and all night again!  The wind howled from the North and the water froze up tight.  Great.

We stayed busy for most of the day and got some things done we normally would not have, and also playing a few games of cribbage while inside drying off. 🙂

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After the 2 day weather delay we got right back at it preparing for the busy season ahead!  Here is Julien hauling a big JackPine out of the bush for firewood at Cobham River.

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We are home for a night to get some rest before heading right back north to open the rest of the camps!  Some of our fishermen must be peeing their pants  about now.  The forecast is for very warm temperatures!  THE MONSTER PIKE ARE WAITING!!!!

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We are continuing to fill our remaining holes for this summer.  If you are  interested in going on a trip this summer just click here to enquire about dates to a great fishing vacation!

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