The Melt is On

30 03 2017

Would love to say the fish are on but things have been hit or miss.  Ice fishing in general has been exactly like that for the most part.  We are getting mixed reports from one outing to another.  The walleye have not moved into their spawning areas as of last week but we are starting to melt and creeks are starting to flow, bringing warmer water into the lakes.  The walleye should be moving in shallow and/or staging in-front of their spawning areas.  Depending on the day and the lake,  trout fishing has been mixed.  We have experienced some great days and some off days as well.  Crappie probably have been the most steady fish to catch but even they have put up a challenge.  Pickerel Creek has opened up in the “current” areas  which is about 2 1/2 weeks earlier than last year.  We could see an early spring if  weather trends stay on course.

 

LAST MINUTE CANCELATION: Opening June 10th to June 17th.  Only cabin available this spring and it is a great time of year to fish NW Ontario.

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Wolf Hunt

9 03 2017

Joe Bruan from Minnesota hunted hard and connected this week on a beautiful mature black wolf.  A trophy like this is what some hunters only dream about.  Wolf hunts are not for the faint at heart.  Long cold sits from dark to dark create a mental challenge that is extremely gratifying when things come together.  Way to Joe!

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Ice fishing has been pretty good.  Crappie have been steady and trout fishing has been steady as well.  We do not have many walleye reports.  Trout have been suspended over deep water.  Fishing over 70 plus feet but working the 40 feet column.  Electronics are a must.  The crappie bite comes and goes, waiting for a school to come buy takes a bit but rewarded when it does.

SPRING AVAILABILITY : JUNE 24TH TO JULY 1ST  UP TO 8 PEOPLE





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