Fall Update

25 10 2017

Pickerel Creek Camp's Blog

Let’s back up to September.  Walleye seemed a little harder to find this year (In September).  Water temps stayed warm and fish did not go from summertime spots directly to their fall/winter hangouts.  In these transition times of year it seems we catch a few here and a few there but really never find a school that you can sit on.  As the water cooled off fish arrived where they should be and fishing picked up.  October walleye fishing can be good as well if you can catch some stable weather.  Locals are catching some really nice females.  Deep main lake and secondary points are key spots to run an gun to.  Smallmouth bass action was awesome as usual this fall.  Bass seem to go on a feeding spree in September and October like no other.  Jigging spoons and raps off deep main lakes points is a great way to…

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Fall Update

24 10 2017

Let’s back up to September.  Walleye seemed a little harder to find this year (In September).  Water temps stayed warm and fish did not go from summertime spots directly to their fall/winter hangouts.  In these transition times of year it seems we catch a few here and a few there but really never find a school that you can sit on.  As the water cooled off fish arrived where they should be and fishing picked up.  October walleye fishing can be good as well if you can catch some stable weather.  Locals are catching some really nice females.  Deep main lake and secondary points are key spots to run an gun to.  Smallmouth bass action was awesome as usual this fall.  Bass seem to go on a feeding spree in September and October like no other.  Jigging spoons and raps off deep main lakes points is a great way to put these aggressive feeders in the boat.  Trout in September were spotty, warmer water kept fish deep but on the right day fisherman were boating fish from the 75 foot mark.

Moose hunting is going pretty well for many hunters in the area.  Several big bulls have been taken.  Moose populations seem to be OK at the present time and probably getting better from the decline over the last ten years.  Deer populations are very low throughout the north allowing the moose to repopulate.  I was fortunate to guide a couple of hunters on a fly out moose in September but things were a bit tough.  It was one of the few times that we did not have very much action and no shot opportunities.  A bit humbling we hunted hard and still had a very good time trying.

moose trip

Guiding for musky over the last week was a blast.  We hit a three day window that the fish were extremely active.  Water temps are finally cooling off which should trigger some of those tankers to start feeding as well.  Our fish only averaged between 40 and 44 inches but those bigger fish will be starting soon.

Duck and goose hunting in Manitoba was awesome.  Lots of birds and great camaraderie.

goose hunt

Grouse numbers continue to be high and you can harvest your limit in short order.  Taking Betty out this morning for her to shoot us a nice feed of birds.





Seasons Change

15 09 2017

Fall is rapidly approaching and with another part of the year gone the fish are moving to their next hangout.  Transition times of year can be tough and for many of us lately fishing has been tough.  Most fish have vacated the summer haunts and are on the move somewhere.  Somewhere is a big question.  We have been finding a few fish deep but things have bit slow in front of the fall feed.  Water temps are still in the low 60’s.  Colder nights ahead will start the water to cool down and trigger some of the best fishing of the year, although it is sometimes a short window the fall bite is fun in many ways.

Moose are already on the move and fisherman are having encounters on logging roads as well as  lakes.  Grouse season opens today and it seems there are plenty of birds for this fall.

Couple of pics from late August and September.

If you are wondering why there is a chicken in the pictures I don’t blame you.  We where out in the bush last week and came around a corner and there it was, a beautiful white rooster.  No idea how or why but I never would have guessed we would see a chicken.





THANK YOU VETERANS

22 08 2017

 

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With the help of Safari Club International, West Michigan Chapter, we were able to pull off a bear hunt for two US Army Veterans this past week.  These two vets served terms in the Middle East, it is amazing what men and women in the armed forces do for our freedoms.  Thank you SCI for helping us put such a hunt together.  Tony and Chris both are taking home their trophy bear today.  Thanks guys for all you have done and the people who are still keeping North America free.

Bear hunts here in NW Ontario are going strong right now with great reports of high number of animals.  Patient hunters can expect to see multiple animals and have several opportunities in a 6 or 7 day hunt.  Even though blue berries seem to be low this year the bear are finding enough to put their fat on for the winter months ahead.  We had five hunters in camp this week and all five shot a bear.  The animals looked very healthy with beautiful  coats.

No reports on bush lake fishing as of late and fish seem to be in a transition period again on the bigger water.  It seems finding big numbers of walleye to sit on is tough, but a little running and gunning should put decent numbers of fish in the boat.  If I were to guess the fish are going to be a bit deeper than the easier shallow fish.  I have been told 20 to 30 feet is where you need to be on some water right now.  Musky fishing is actually pretty decent, you should expect to boat a fish or two and see upwards of ten fish in a day. Outpost fishing has been excellent, even in mid August when fishing everywhere can be tough.  I did hear the crappie are starting to bite again in those local lakes that support a crappie population.

We are booking right now for 2018 bear hunts for those interested.

PCC also would like you to know there is one Bull Moose rifle tag open in 2018.





Family Outing

3 08 2017

Couple of Family Pics !  These next generation fisherman already are getting it!

 

Hard bottom flats with bait.





Summer Bite!

3 08 2017

I think the summer musky bite has started in this area.  We had about a week of hot and humid weather which really shot water temps into the seventies.  At least from my experiences, the summer bites really is good when the temps get into the 70’s for the first time of the year.  We were able to get out last night for a couple of hours and raised 5 fish and boated 1.

The walleye bite on the right body of water has been fantastic!  13 to 20 foot humps are holding fish but you can catch fish shallow.  The outside edge of cabbage beds are holding all year classes of fish.  The amount of quality fish caught this week has been very impressive.

Bear baiting has started, it’s great to be back in the bush .  We are expecting another fun and exciting bear season.  Bear populations seems to be very good and all of our baits have multiple animals on each one. There is a surprising amount moose sign out there right now, especially in areas that haven’t had moose for a while.  Deer populations in this neck of the woods is still very low, maybe a faster rebound for the moose herd.





Bigger Water

8 07 2017

Mid summer is usually the time we start fishing larger bodies of water.  Why? Cooler water, more oxygen, more water flowing in.  Although, water temps are staying cool over all and our bush lakes are still producing good number of quality fish.  When fishing larger bodies of water I personally like to fish shallow humps, 4 to 15 feet with deep water close.  The key for these areas is bait fish.  It is imperative that there is a presence of bait fish on this type of structure.  As I have said before, find the bait and you will find fish.  Fish have migrated away from their spawning areas and are positioned on or near their summertime humps.  When the bite is on you are able to catch fish on just about anything but my preferred tactic is still a jig and a minnow. Once you go through all your minnows which happens often, the gulp minnow on a jig is my second choice.  Always use the lightest jig you can with still knowing whats going on.  1/8 oz. is preferred but a 1/4 oz. We were able to get out and do a bit of guiding last week.  Fish counts were good at around 70 per day but the quality 20 to 25 inch fish was awesome.  Try some mid lake shallow humps that are holding bait, it’s addicting and you won’t be around too many other boats .