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.





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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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 On!

2 08 2016

Depending on where you are things have picked up a bit.  I usually don’t mention bodies of water by name, most of you can figure out where I’m talking about anyway, but the English River in Ear Falls has been bang on as of late.  Big numbers and quality fish are being caught.  Talking with Colin Watson from Little Canada Camp he says August is a great month to fish the river.  Lac Seul has had much improved reports.  Local trout lakes have been producing some good fish in the 45 to 65 foot range.  Some bush lakes are doing surprisingly well and other are just average for this time of year.

Pictures never do fish justice but its well worth to show you Dan Yffs 31 1/2 Walleye.  It’s always awesome to see a fish caught and released like the fish below.  Way to go Dan.

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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.