22 08 2017



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.


A Little Off

29 07 2016

Painting with a broad brush the reports we have been getting is that fishing is still tough.  Bush lakes are average for this time of year but our go to larger summer lakes are still off.  I’m not sure why but a guiding trip on Monday revealed very little bait.  Main lake flats and humps are targets for me personally and when there is bait around fishing is usually fantastic this time of year.  We were able to grind out about 40 to 50 fish but it wasn’t fast at all and had to move to many spots to do so.  Weed growth is slow and its tough to find numbers of fish.  Just like every bass tournament in the south, someone always finds fish but for the rest of the field it is still a grind.

Musky fishing has been difficult as well, anglers are not seeing the numbers of fish that they normally do and not putting quality fish in the boat.  Smaller fish are being caught but the real tankers are elusive.  Water temps are cool, high 60’s.  Personally the summer bite for me is closer to the mid 70’s for active fish.  Times of day are definitely important, early and late will be the best chance to see some fish.  The mid day action is brutal.

Bear season is just around the corner and we will start baiting this weekend.  The blue berries are plentiful so finding good concentrations of bear should not be a problem.

Pickerel Creek bridge work will start on Tuesday and there is still lots of construction in the area.  Be safe and watch out for for the construction workers.

Couple of pics from Mondays guiding trip, a 28 1/2 inch walleye was the highlight of the day.


Spring Bear Hunt Reinstated In Ontario

23 02 2016

Our spring bear hunt in Ontario has been reinstated for May 1st to June 15th 2016 thru 2020.  This will be a great opportunity for some outfitters and hunters alike.  Besides turkey hunting, black bear was one of the only animals to hunt in the spring.  All of our fall hunting seasons in North America are packed with opportunities to hunt birds, small game, and big game of all sorts.  Being able to pursue a  big game animal in the spring is a great opportunity.  Pickerel Creek Camp in the 1990’s was full of bear hunters every spring but now we are full of fisherman, so we will participate in the spring bear hunt but it will be a remote hunt in our north bear area which encompasses the Long Legged Lake area.  Not only can you experience excellent spring  bear hunting but you can also partake in world class spring fishing on Long Legged Lake and very good surrounding bush lakes.  Give us a call to find out more and if you know of some one that might be interested let them know.  Betty and I have always appreciated the referrals and support from all of you.




Little Update

11 02 2016

The mid- winter fishing report is pretty good.  The consensus is really good fishing for trout and good fishing for walleye.  Trout are being caught throughout the water column but the 55 foot range is a great place to start.  Depending on the lake, I have buddies that are catching fish as deep as 100 feet.  The Walleye bite has been late in the day as usual and 5 to 15 feet will work, shallower as the sun disappears.   The crappie craze is still on and if you are lucky enough to have found the spots you are having a ball.  The information on crappie has been secretive and by no means will I be the guy to spill the beans, but if you find them you will catch them.  Travel is challenging, lots of slush and some creeks are not safe.  We had high water in the fall so many of the creeks have flow.

We had a cabin open the Week of May 28th. There is also room for a small group of bear hunters in August.   Please inquire via email.

Long Time

3 09 2014

Thanks to everyone that is staying on me to write, sorry for the long delay.  Backing up a bit, July fishing was very good for the most part except for about a week or so in the middle of the month.  Really the slow down did not last long, after the transition period from spring to summer the fish kept on the feed and everyone was catching fish throughout NW Ontario.  Many lakes in August had there normal slow downs but many lakes surprised us.  If you are planning a fishing trip in August you really should know where you are going, make sure that the lake is an “August” lake.  I have always thought the first 3 weeks of August are tough fishing over all.  The last few days have been very tough fishing around here, a front or two moved through last weekend and fishing slowed considerably.  Water temps are cooling and the fall bite is not far away.  Many reports of algae blooms are happening in the area which is a sign fall is near. 

We have been in the bush bear baiting since the last week in July and our hunt is just about over.  This years hunt was tough and full of missed opportunities.  In our BMA’s the blue berries were extremely thick which added to a tougher than normal year.  Our hunters are seeing bear but just not as many as usual. 

Archery moose season is right around the corner and we will be guiding for the first two weeks and hunting ourselves the last week of season.  Moose population in this part of our unit is still very strong and we look forward to a great hunt.  

A couple of July and August Musky

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Bush Lakes in July were very good fishing this year.


Betty took the girls out fishing this week.



Summer time fun with Ken and Joanne Kansas with Floyd Heppner


Young Bull taking a stroll.













It’s Been A While

11 09 2013

Fishing in 2013 has not changed in August or September. August is usually the slowest month for fishing in NW Ontario, and although it might not have been like a June bite, fish were still being caught.  Good numbers but the story of the year has been BIG fish.  The number of quality walleye that have been caught throughout the region is really unprecedented.    Weather you were on Pickerel Lake in Perrault Falls or the English River in Ear Falls or anywhere else for that matter, you caught big fish.  Looking back I cannot remember a week that was slow throughout.  The water temps had much to do with an extended bite this year.  Mid July to mid August was unseasonably cold which brought water temperatures back down into the 60’s.  Quality fish stayed active and shallow, 8ft of water was the ticket the entire year for many people.

Busy with our Bear hunt kept a void in fresh blogs.  The first week of our bear hunt was business as usual, everyone seen bear and had great hunts.  The second week was a different story.  We experienced the heat wave that many of you had in late August and for us the bear turned nocturnal for the most part.  Although we went 2 for 4 that week our hunters in my opinion did not see enough animals to call it a good hunt.  Jason Carr (MN) did stick out a tough week and shot his first bear which was a mature boar close to 300 lbs.

We really only have two more weeks of fisherman and the archery moose hunt will already be starting next week.  Another awesome year is winding down and fall is right around the corner.  A trip to the outpost yesterday showed signs of leaves changing, moose rubbing, and ruff grouse on the roads.  We are looking forward to good hunting stories from all of you.

Bradley and Ashton Spidel (IA) are pictured below with some nice September fish.



Jason Carr (MN) and Brian Sindt (IA) with there mature black bears.