A New Season Ahead

13 01 2018

Even though it has been brutally cold  in the north for quite some time there are some folks getting out on the ice.  Crappie fishing has been decent and a surprisingly good walleye bite has been had by several parties from Dryden to north of Ear Falls.  We do not have many trout reports but I’m sure their are a few getting put on the ice.   Conditions are actually pretty good for travel.  We really did need this cold spell to firm up our lakes for travel.  The amount of snow in November and December caused an insulating effect and made conditions on some lakes sketchy at best.  Most of the reports we have now are good travel throughout the area.

The end of the moose season was full of action for the hunters that were out there.  I had a successful hunt with some buddies the first week of December and many hunters in the area were able to fill their tags in those last couple of weeks.  The amount of animals seen was impressive to say the least.

Our 15th Season is just a few months away and we are already looking forward to get started and to see many of you this spring.    We do have two cabins available this spring, one in May and one in June.  Both are excellent dates to put fish in the boat.  Our wolf hunts will be starting at the beginning of March and we are looking for interested hunters for the 2019 season.  We also have a couple of 2018 fall bear hunting opportunities available.

 

Couple of Highlights from 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 Changes

22 12 2017

Some changes to the fishing regulation in the upcoming year.  These changes do not affect fisherman in FMZ4 but for those of you who fish Vermilion Bay and south the changes will affect you.

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Happy Thanksgiving

23 11 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to our friends and family south of the border.  Winter has come early in NW Ontario.  Lot’s of snow and cold since the end of October.  Well over a foot of snow on ground even more in the bush.  Smaller lakes have 6 to 8 inches of ice already but your larger lakes are not safe for travel yet.  We got out yesterday for the first time and caught just enough crappie for a small feed.  Being cautious on new ice we didn’t move around too much to locate the fish.  Moose have been showing themselves as of late and seem to be on the move.  A buddy and I hunted last week a few mornings and got to see 13 moose, 11 bulls and 2 cows.  Scouting around it seems the moose population is healthy in our small area.  Essentially there are zero deer in this immediate area which will only help our pocket of moose around PCC.

For those of you who stay in cabin #1 here is a sneak peek at the remodel job in progress.  New cabinets, countertops, floors, and beds.

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2018 openings.  PCC has two 4 person cabins available for the spring.  May 19th and June 9th are the start dates.  Ogani Outpost also has the week of June 30th available.  Our moose hunt is booked but we do have a couple of spots open for the 2018 bear hunt.  You can get on a list for 2019 wolf hunts as well.





Fall Update

25 10 2017

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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.

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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.

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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.