2017

15 01 2017

 

We hope everyone is having a good start to 2017.  We wanted to let you know that we have been having problems with our phone.  For the time being if you can’t get through or get a busy signal please shoot us an email.  It seems the problem is only from some parts of the US.

Winter has pretty much settled in, cold and snow is surly the theme.  Trout season opened on January 1st and the first week of season was action packed for most.  35 to 50 feet of water with the old standard white tube jig seemed to be the ticket.  Mixed reports for walleye and crappie thus far this year.  Fisherman north of us struggled a bit on some normally excellent winter hot spots and some friends have been putting fish on the ice in the Dryden area.  Ice conditions vary along with slush conditions.  High water levels this past fall again will make some of those creek passages a bit iffy.  I have not heard of any excellent crappie reports but the season is definitely early.

Our Spring bookings are solid but we do have a cabin avaiable the week of June 24th.  We will keep you informed of any cancelations .  If you are looking for something to do in 2017 Dave will be guiding a spring bear hunt, and will also be guiding mid-summer and fall musky trips.  We are also expanding our wolf hunt by a couple of hunters so if anyone is interested let us know.  We have a couple of spots avaiable in March of 2018.  For those of you who like to bird hunt you should really think about a fall grouse/fishing trip.  Season starts the 15th of September.  It is a great time of year to be in NW Ontario.

 

 

A buddy of ours was trying to make us a bit jealous with an openning day lake trout.

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Report

11 04 2016

Pickerel Creek This Morning.

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If the weather man is correct it looks like we have just a few more days of winter like conditions.  We received about 6 inches of fresh snow over the last two days and things look a lot like December.  Augusta, Georgia sure looked pretty nice yesterday although Jordan Spieth probably wishes it was still December.  Fishing reports have been good.  We fished Saturday and had a great day catching the new little green fish in our area and then  a quick trout fish in the afternoon, which panned out as well.  Walleye reports have been decent.  If you were to ask me a month ago if we would still be on the ice I would have said no way.  Ice conditions are very good, still averaging 16 to 20 inches, but you need to be careful anywhere there is current.  We will be experiencing a warm up towards the end of the week and the long range looks to be average or above.

Pickerel Creek opened up this year on the 17th of March and it took until the 29th for our waterfowl to arrive.  The creek is teaming with mallards, golden eye, hooded mergansers, Canada geese, and even a pair of trumpeter swans.  There are not any signs of northern pike spawning yet but with warmer weather on the way it won’t be long to see the bull rushes dancing with another year of spawning taking place.

Couple of reminders: Be sure to check your passports to make sure they have not expired and Highway 105 will be under construction north and south of Pickerel Creek Camp this summer so watch for workers and drive safe.

 

Just a couple of weeks left for these good times.

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Hello April

4 04 2016

With April 1st already past we are only about 6 weeks away from the start of the 2016 fishing season .  Backing up a bit we have to tell you that we had a successful wolf hunt in March.  Although our hunters did not take an animal home they did get to see wolves and triggers were actually pulled.  We were unsuccessful at recovering one animal and two other wolves caught two hunters before they got off a shot.  One of our hunters had the thrill of seeing a pack of 11 wolves come out on the ice to his bait.  We will be running a hunt again in 2017 but have limited spots.

 

Ice fishing has actually been pretty good for our group of friends.  In NW Ontario you will always get mixed reports ice fishing.  Time of year and species targeted vary from lake to lake.  Its amazing lakes that you may think are awesome in June and they may be, but are really tough to catch a fish in through the ice.  We were able to find a few new walleye lakes for ice fishing and joined the rest of the crowd finding the crappie in the area.  I remember writing a blog a few years ago about crappie and how they have expanded in our area.  Well, it is no secret now nor is it a secret where they are being caught through the ice.  The next challenge will be finding crappie where you have the spot to yourself.  Trout fishing on the right body of water has been excellent, much slower this time of year on some.  Walleye season will be closing mid-month and the evening bite is still the best opportunity to get a nice feed of cold water eye’s.  We went into the fall with high water so many of your feeder creeks and systems have been flowing for quite sometime.  Looking at the long-range forecast for what its worth, looks like we should have average ice out or slightly early.  We still have 16 inches of good clear ice on average and it doesn’t look like we will have a melt any time real soon.

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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. pickerelcreek@xplornet.com





HAPPY EASTER

5 04 2015

Betty and I would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Easter!!!!

Walleye season will close the middle of this month and even though creek mouths are not open the walleye bite is on.  Fish are staging close to their spawning areas and the prime time bite is fast and exciting.  Good size slot Northern Pike are being caught in the same areas before the walleye move into feed.  Trout are back on the feed after a few slow days in the past week or so.  Ice conditions are still very good, 30 inches of ice on average, getting around is easy, four wheelers or fan cooled sleds are the way to go right now.  Our long range forecast is above normal and lakes should be open a week or so before walleye season in May, my opinion anyway.

Walleye season always opens the third Saturday in May here in NW Ontario.  This year the date is May16th,2015,  but for all of you who book a year in advance be sure to recognize that the date will be May 21st in 2016.  This will make a difference for people who book on spring holidays.  Those weeks may not be open because season is pushed back a whole week.  Because of our repeat business we book by the week of season, not necessarily the week on the calendar. If you have any questions give us a call. 807-529-3132.

We have 2 openings at PCC this spring and one at Ogani Outpost, for those interested give us a call or shoot us an email.

Good luck to all you Wisconsin Badger fans tomorrow night!  We’ll be rooting for ya!

Borrowed this pic from a buddy’s trail camera.

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Couple of nice pics of our buddy Cole from Little Canada Camp.  13 3/4 inch perch and a 34 inch Northern Pike.

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Wishing all of you a safe, happy and healthy holiday!!!!

See you soon,

Dave and Betty





Ice fishing ?

5 05 2014

A couple of buddies made it out ice fishing yesterday and the trout were on.  Fish are still in the 50 feet range. Ice conditions were sloppy but the ice was still 2 feet thick on a local trout lake. Creeks are opening up and water temps are slowly rising.  The temperature off the dock this morning is 35 degrees F.  Generally we have Northern Pike spawning in our water system by now but we have not seen such activity as of yet.  Northern Pike will spawn right in Pickerel Creek, you can see the cattails and reeds blowing up as the spawn hits a peak.  40 Degrees is a general temperature when Pike will be spawning.  Fisherman on opening weekend will probably hit the tail end of the Northern Pike spawn.  Males will be hanging around their spawning grounds but as usual the females will head out to rest shortly after their spawn.  Walleye will probably be spawning as our first customers arrive.  The optimal temperature for walleye fertilization starts at 43 degrees F.  With the excessive run off this year and high water levels walleye should have all kinds of ideal places to spawn.  When targeting spawning grounds keep oxygen in mind, windy shoals and feeder creeks are ideal.  Flooded marshes and/or bays with a prevailing wind or small feeder systems should not be over looked.  Let’s hope the weather warms and the ice disappears so we can get on the water and try a few of these spots.

 

Pics from a May 4th fishing trip.

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Mayday Mayday

1 05 2014

The distress call to Mother Nature for warmer temperatures is heard by everyone.  Pickerel Creek finally opened up last night and this morning all sorts of ducks have arrived.  We have not seen the creek open this late as long as we have been here, 11 years.  We have been melting for some time now and the runoff from the snow is seen everywhere.  Water levels this spring should be high and with the ground being saturated the run off should continue.  This could create some new fishing spots for fisherman this spring.  You will see feeder creeks and runoff areas on lakes that you never have seen before, at least the fisherman that are here the first few weeks of season.  Take the opportunity and fish these areas, there will be fish in front of the moving water.  

We have been fielding many calls regarding ice conditions, with opening day just 17 days away a need for warmer temperatures is an understatement. There is still 2 feet of ice on every lake in the area.  Creeks are now starting to open and the runoff will surly help with the melt but for some lakes it won’t be enough.   Many of our bush lakes including Pickerel Lake are the first lakes to open, hopefully they will be open, it’s too early to call at the moment.  I do believe some lakes in our area and to the north will have ice on them come the 17th.  Friend and tourist operator Colin Watson owns Little Canada Camp in Ear Falls which is on the English River; obviously the river is open and has been for quite some time.  If your original destination is iced in and you cannot reschedule, keep Little Canada Camp in mind.  The English River offers excellent fishing, and Colin is a great guy.  Attention Moose Hunters, Little Canada Camp also has 2 cow tags for this coming fall in WMU 3.

Mixed reports on trout fishing as of late.  Several fronts moving in and out has made fishing a little spotty.  If you hit the right day the fishing is fast but when its off, its off.  Most people are ready for open water, we are putting our ice gear away today.

Pickerel Creek This Morning

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