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.

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Fall Fishing and Hunting

24 09 2016

Fall is here, this time of year is awesome in NW Ontario.  Grouse hunters are experiencing tons of action.  Lots of birds as predicted.  Moose hunting is on the way with mixed reports.  I know a few guides that have tagged out early and a few are still at it.  I’ve been out trying to get some video but have come up short so far.  The best is yet to come.  Fishing for walleye on the bush lakes has picked up and our outpost fishing has been very good.  The female walleye  are on the feed  and  fish in the mid 20’s are being boated.  Crappie and Musky are still on the feed, we had some stellar crappie fishing lately.  I have not had any trout reports lately but if the water temps continue to drop we should get some action in before the season closes on the 30th of this month.

Colin Watson from Little Canada Camp guided this lucky hunter to a beautiful mid-40’s bull moose.  She arrow this animal on the first morning of her hunt.download-2

 





Bright Spot

14 09 2016

It seems the only bright spot in the last few weeks is the Musky fishing.  September is one of my favorite months to fish for walleye but so far fishing is still slow.  Water temps have dropped and the fall feed should have kicked in by now but it just hasn’t happened.  Fish are still deep and fishing is tough.  The fish that are being caught are on the smaller size and it seems like your august patterns are still holding. I am talking about bush lakes being slow, some of the larger bodies of water are experience fair to good walleye fishing. I have heard a couple of very good crappie reports, it won’t be too long and we will be catching numbers of crappie in many local lakes. The musky fishing has been pretty darn good though.  The evening bite seems to be the best action and anglers will see several fish and should be boating one or two in an outing.  Surprisingly the musky are shallow and still in the cabbage.

Construction on the Pickerel Creek Bridge is going a bit slow but should rap up by the end of October.

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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.

 





JULY ALREADY

7 07 2016

It’s hard to believe the first week of July is already in the books.  Bush lakes have been producing all year, I expect that to start slowing down as water temps are creeping up into the low to mid 70’s.  The region has just experienced inches of rain in just a few days which is allowing access into some great “July” water.  All lakes have their own personalities, some are good in the spring, some are good in the fall, and yes, some are better in mid summer.  There are not to many lakes anywhere that fishing is good all the time.  The secret to this is knowing the lakes and when to get the most out of them.

Outpost  fishing this year has also been outstanding.  A quick trip up there a few days ago for wood cutting and maintenance  allowed us to wet a line. Walleye are still easy to catch and northern pike in the 30’s were abundant.  

Musky fishing is spotty mostly because of weather fronts that pop in every other day or two.  Action will be more steady as our weather heats up and levels out.  A quick outing last night yielded a buddies first musky , but we did not raise any other fish.  Weed growth is getting there and water temps are just about where they need to be for the summer feed.

Lac Seul out of Scout Bay is a bit off so far this year, I expect this to turn around shortly.  Even being a little off,  fishing is still good but could be much better.  I have had mixed reports from the north end of the lake and mixed reports out of Williams Bay as well.

The amount of moose sightings have definitely been encouraging.  Our customers have seen several cows with one or two calves in many different areas.  Grouse have had their chicks and seem to be everywhere.

 

 





Waiting for Spring

1 04 2014

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We caught this cow moose on the way home from trout fishing a few days ago.  She is patiently awaiting spring like the rest of us.10 inches of fresh snow last night with high winds put 2 feet snow drifts everywhere on top of the 4 feet of snow that is still on the ground.  Pictures of snow are getting old and really don’t do the landscape any justice, you really have to be here to appreciate how much snow there is.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 

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Local Musky Lake 

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HAVE A GREAT DAY!





The Rut is ON!

9 11 2013

Just a quick update on our deer movement.  November is Deer Time and we hope those of you in the woods are having a safe and fun hunting season.  Although most deer movement happens at night, November is the time to catch that buck of a lifetime with his guard down during daylight hours.  Deer movement is not bad in our area, but sighting and sign of mature bucks is awful.  We really cannot sugar coat it any other way.  I have hunted 6 full days and one morning and have seen 10 different bucks and one of those was at least 4 ½ years old, really not that bad right?  The sign just is not there and all the reports from our region are the same.  2 out of 3 winters were bad but the length of winter last year took its toll on older bucks.  I’m still having fun and getting to see a good number of bucks, I hope all of you are as well. Get out and enjoy the outdoors, life is short, November is shorter and December is usually Yes Dear Time.

 

A couple of younger bucks that I rattled in the last two days.

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