Fishing Reports ~ Lake of the Woods
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October 20, 2014: Happy Birthday
Matt Grimlie!! Super fantastic walleye bite this weekend
for all! Lots of people fishing and fish being caught all over the
south shore. All groups went home with their limits and many slot
fish caught also. Todd's group did well at Light house Gap in
shallow, fishing 14 feet of water, and they had nice fish. Corey's
group also did well. Craig, Sherry, Cindy and Gary had a good time
fishing with Brian each day. They caught lots of fish and had a
great time. Craig's group did well fishing in 21' off of Zippel Bay,
anchored and jigging. Metallic gold and silver were the best
colors. They limited on walleyes and saugers and David released
a 25" walleye. Way to go David!! Jim's group also caught lots of
fish. Pete and Terri just returned form a week of pheasant hunting
in North Dakota. There were lots of birds and easy to get your limit
each day. The weather was sunny and warm, almost too warm. Only one
windy day that was tough hunting with wind gusting to 55
mph. It was a great trip!!
October 12, 2014:
Finally some nice weather for the weekend after a week of
rain, wind and cool temps. Brian took out Jose', Kathy and Bill (his
grandparents) anchoring in front of Pine Island and jigging. They
had a good day with many boats fishing nearby. They caught their
limits of walleyes and saugers and Kathy also caught a perch. No
slots today. Yesterday Brian, Ryan & Cody fished in 20' of water
and did very well in front of Pine using frozen shiners. It as
a bit wavy with a south wind but not cold at all. They caught their
limits of walleyes and were just one sauger shy. Each guy threw back
a slot fish too. Chuck, Terry & Duane had a tough week fishing
the river mostly due to high winds. Friday was finally a better day
and the bite turned on in the river and also out at Light house Gap.
They caught their limits today plus one pike. Chuck caught his
biggest walleye measuring 28 1/4". He kept the fish. Way to go
Chuck!! They fished in 17' and 20' of water using frozen shiners and
anchoring. Terri & Pete fished a couple of hours this afternoon
and caught around 30 fish, keeping 4 nice walleyes/saugers. The fish
were snapping pretty good today. It was nice to get bac k on the
water and feel the warm sun! Lots of boats on the water. Ted,
Alexandra and Christopher went grouse hunting and got one bird with
their dog Louie.
October 6, 2014: It's been cold and windy here since Friday morning. 40
mph gusting winds and some rain. Chuck, Duane & Terry are here
from Iowa and trying to get out fishing but lake is way too rough.
Some are fishing the river. Water is dirty on river and lake. Robby
has been having some good success with
duck hunting the past few days. He has shot a
widgeon, a few buffleheads, redheads, a canvasback and a mallard. Lots of ducks
flying over. Pete and Ronny are working on putting new bombardier tracks on
machines and repairing fish houses, getting ready for ice fishing!
October 5, 2014: Brian,
Troy & Chris tried fishing the river today as the lake was too
rough. They had a slow day and very cold. Troy caught 1 pike, 1
perch and 1 walleye. Steve, Mike & MacKenzie went grouse hunting
today and got 1 bird. They also fished the bay and caught 2 pike.
Pete and Rod went grouse hunting today and they each got one bird.
October 2, 2014: Pete,
Terri & Brian went out fishing this evening leaving the dock at
6pm for about an hour of fishing. There were around 20 boats out
there and we figurured we better go out after hearing the weather
forecast for tomorrow. Looks like this is our last nice day. We
fished out front of Morris Gap but the bite was very slow. We had 3
bites and caught 3 fish, keeping one. We were forced to come in as
it was getting dark. Crystal and Scott were also out there fishing
after they went to Pine Island and picked wild grapes to make some
homemade wine. They got one keeper walleye.
September 29, 2014: Ed,
Heather, Diane & Lowell spent a few days fishing. They had a
good day catching 50 fish but keeping only 3. They also released 22"
and 20 1/2" walleyes. They also caught perch, pike and two 11"
crappies in 19 1/2 ' of water. They biggest keeper walleye measured
old Ethan's 30 1/4" walleye - kept
Ross Hedin with 28" walleye -
Neil Hedin with 24 1/2" walleye
Reed Hedin with 24 1/2" walleye
Becky holding two nice
Gale with 2 nice keeper
walleyes (both 19")
Jim Long holding 25" walleye -
Brian with 29
3/4" walleye and Camreon with 30 1/2" walleye
Troy with a
nice keeper - downrigging
with their catch of the day!
Rusty, Jeff, Greg, Joe & Jake - other Jake was
with his 29 1/2" walleye - released
26" walleye - released
22" walleye- released
Drew (8 yrs
old) with his 29" walleye - released
30 1/2" walleye (released)
Jean with 28
1/2" walleye (released)
1/2" walleye (released)
caught 56" sturgeon while fishing with Jesse (center) and her
son Waylon and daughter Ella (not pictured)
Matt with his
30" walleye - released
his 29" walleye - released
Fischbach with his 60" sturgeon!
Randy with 29
1/2" walleye - released
September 22, 2014: Brian,
Greg, Dale, Harry & Steve went out for about an hour this
evening and fished out front of Pine Island. They kept 2 fish and
put back some small ones.
September 21, 2014:
Pete, Terri & Brian fished for about 3 hours in
front of the Morris Gap but no bites so we moved over in front of
Pine Island and then started getting some bites. We kept 8
walleye/saugers measuring 13-16" and also put back lots and lots of
small fish. Terri released a 25" walleye. Paul was fishing alongside
of us and he caught his limit. Matt was also fishing along side of
us and he had 2 fish when we left. Went berry picking today and
picked a bunch of wild grapes to make jelly. Warmer temps finally
and sunshine!! Yeah!!! The tree leaves are changing rapidly and are
very pretty this year. Pete and Jiggs went hunting for an hour this
morning and got a grouse. Happy Anniversary - 23 years- Scot
Scot, Tanya, Todd
& Patrick had excellent fishing across the lake near Garden Island anchored and jigging
with frozen shiners anywhere from 19' to 29 feet of water. They caught
their limits of nice walleyes and saugers and put back lots
of slots. Patrick caught a 27" walleye for the biggest fish of the
day. Way to go Pat!!!
September 15, 2014: Mike
& Kim boarded the charter boat with Pete and had a good day of
fishing right out in front of Pine Island in 16' of water. They
anchored and jigged with frozen shiners. They caught their limits of
both walleyes and saugers and also put back 20 1/2" and 20"
walleyes. Kim caught and released an 11" crappie and she also put
back a 32" pike. Way to go Kim!! Maury, Scott & Linda fished the
river today and did very well catching their limits of saugers plus
they caught 9 nice crappies! Never heard of anyone getting that many
in one day!! They had a fun day. Scot, Todd, Tanya and Pat fished
and did well getting some nice fish across the lake up near Garden
Island. They said it was rough though. It has been windy here all
week and cool temps. What happened to summer anyway? Sure didn't see
much of a summer here this year. Pete, Tyler, Chris, Jim, Mark &
Kevin fished the south shore of the lake Saturday as it was too
windy to head north. They had a slow day but did bring in 12
keepers. Robb and Nicole caught their limit of walleyes and saugers
in 18' of water off of Pine Island. Nicole released a 26 1/2"
walleye which she caught right away. Way to go Nicole! Time to pick
wild grapes and make some jelly! Made apple jelly today.
September 13, 2014:
Frost on the rooftops this morning - got pretty cold last
night. Blueberry picking is done and the tree leaves are changing
color and starting to fall already. Has been kind of chilly here for
the past week or so. Not much for customers since school has
started. The lake level has dropped dramatically; at least 2 feet.
No more worrying about flooding for now. Grouse season opens today.
Haven'[t seen too many though this year. Lots of geese flying over
every evening. We have a few cabins in camp this weekend. Strong
south winds today gusting to 25 MPH with high around 60
degrees. Brian is chartering a group out of Sunset Lodge on Oak
Island for the weekend. He called to report they did very well
yesterday near Norman Island and off of Rabbit ears. They got their
limits of nice 17-19" walleyes while anchored and jigging with
shiners and his boat got the big fish of the day. They have a large
group fishing on 6 boats. They did a shore lunch back at the resort
and go out today again. Too rough for crossing the lake and
fishing the islands today. Brian called this morning to report
the waves were 4-5 footers out of the west so Pete opted to stay on
this side of the lake.
September 8, 2014: Pete,
Terri, Dennis, Gale, Judy, Skeeter, Kathy and Robert headed across
the lake to do some bait fishing and then have lunch at Oak Island.
We headed across with a south wind and rode some pretty big waves;
around 6 footers. We tucked in behind Garden Island out of the
wind and caught around 6 keepers with spinner rigs and crawlers.
Then the bite died down and we switched to downrigging which
produced more fish, but lots of small ones too. We headed to
the island for lunch and then had the long ride back against the
waves. Took us 2 hours to get back. We ended up with 14 keepers in
the box. Skeeter caught the biggest walleye which measured 20
inches. He also caught the first fish of the day! Way to go
Skeeter!! Everyone had a good time. Brian fished the southwest end
of the lake near Zippel taking out Walter's group. They had an
excellent day fishing only til 2pm and coming in with their limits
plus putting back some big fish. Kevin also did well in the asme
area today. They also fished yesterday but it was slower- they had
enough for a fish fry.
September 1, 2014: Very windy
out of the north today so not much fishing going on. Terri, Tim
& April headed south in the car to do some exploring in the
Beltrami Island State Forest. We took along our metal detectors
hoping to find some treasures today. We drove all the way to Trapper
Petes location and did some detecting there but only found shotgun
shell cartridges, flattened pop cans and a sardine can. Then we went
for a drive thru the Norris Campground, the old school and the
Norris CCC camp. We were surprised to see all the buildings are still standing and in good condition. Very interesting and fun
August 31, 2014: Pete
ran charter boat taking out the CrossRoads Ag group from Iowa. Mike,
Jay, Joel, Nick, Greg and Ben had fun fishing a half day today and a
full day on Saturday. They kept 20 very nice walleyes the full day
and today it was rainy, windy, rough and fish not biting well with
the cold front that moved in. They kept 2 saugers. Brian ran charter
for the Woodford/Thompson group on Saturday fishing over near Long
Point using live bait. They kept 6 fish and released a 24" walleye.
Jesse, John, Tanner and Jeff fished north of Garden Island and did
well and they also went toSunset Lodge on Oak Island for lunch.
Jesse, Kelli, Cassie, John, Tanner, Jeff, Lisa and Nicole had a fun
weekend. Jeff released 22" and 24" walleyes and they kept 12 fish
Sunday evening fishing straight out in 26 feet of water. Tracy and
Cindy did well downrigging right out front in 30 ft of water. They
got their limit of walleyes in 4 hours, all measuring 15-19" using
Purpledescent. Happy Anniversary to you two!! John and Kelly
fished and did well. They got their fish and also put back 24"
and 26 1/2" walleyes. John landed a 40" sturgeon and had
fun battling it.The boys Johnnie and Tanner fished from the
dock on Friday and caught 20 perch and 1 small walleye. Way to go
August 28, 2014: Pete,
Terri, Gale, Dennis, Sherry, Merlin, Sharon & Rolland went
fishing today north of Garden Island using spinner rigs with
crawlers. The bite was slower than it ahs been but we still got
fish. The group kept 19 walleyes for 4 hours of fishing. They
headed up to Oak Island to Sunset Lodge for Sharon's Birthday
luncheon and then headed back to the resort. Everyone had a fun day.
August 23, 2014: Nice
weather this weekend, not too hot, just right but some wind at
times. Brad, Billy, David and his two young sons Ethan and Tyson
were here for a few days fishing. They had motor problems on
Friday so stayed on shore waiting for the marina to fix their motor.
Saturday they had a good time launching their boat out of Long Point
and fishing just off that area. They bobber fished and
did well keeping 9 fish. 10 yr old Ethan landed a very
nice huge walleye he caught on a pink hook with a leech. It
measured 30 1/4" and went right to the taxidermist! Way to go
Ethan!! He had a good fight getting that big walleye into the boat.
They ended up keeping a total of 24 fish for the group and had a fun
weekend. Shane, Dave, Joel and Dave fished Friday off of Long Point
and kept 9 fish. Dave (Red) released a 25 1/2" walleye. Way to go
Red!! Saturday they boarded the charter boat with Pete and
went across the lake fishing north of Garden Island. They bait
fished first and then switched to downrigging in the afternoon which
worked better, getting them the fish they needed. No slots caught
but they did well bringing in their limits of nice fish. Only
the two groups in camp this week. Busy weekend in Baudette with
"Pay it Forward" event for the veterans, who all went charter
fishing for 2 days and were entertained each night on Main St with
blues performers, beer gardens, walleye fry and Crazy Days
going on. Still some blueberries to pick but they are on the "down"
August 16, 2014:
bite still on up in the islands. Pete, Brian, Walter & Paul
tried fishing the south end of the lake starting at Lighthouse Gap
straight out in 28' of water baitfishing. No bites there so they
moved up to Knight Island and tried that. Pete caught a few and
Brian got one, then nothing so they moved again. This time they
headed north of Garden Island and got the downriggers
working. The bite was on with them finishing out the day
getting their limits of walleyes and saugers. They released a 26"
walleye and a couple of 20". Chuck and Linda have been here fishing
for a week on the south shore and have had slow fishing using frozen
shiners and also crawlers. They mostly fished near Lighthouse Gap
and behind Pine Island on the windy days. Wednesday they had a good
start getting 19",18" and 15" walleyes right away and then the bite
stopped. They spent a lot of hours on the water and ended up with
around 6-7 keepers. They caught lots of small fish. Craig, Donna,
Andrea, Justin G., Callie, Brendan and Justin R downrigged this
weekend and caught lots of fish but mostly throw backs. Callie
released 23" and 24 1/2" walleyes and her brother Brendan
released a 22" walleye. Friday Craig, Jay, Steve and Justin
went out and fished off the southwest end of Garden Island
downrigging. They caught 19 fish and kept 3; the rest too small or
too big.They released three 22"s, 25" , 26" and 28" walleyes! Way to
go guys!! Deb, Steve, Kristine, Jay & Zac and Blake caught
some fish and the boys got to reel some in. The three boys spent a
lot of time catching frogs. It was very windy today so smaller boats
stayed at the dock. Jose' and his two partners fished around
Pine Island and Lighthouse Gap pulling lures. They caught one
walleye measuring 26".
August 14, 2014:
Bob, Tom & Gary went out fishing with Brian. They had a
good time and went home with their limits of walleyes
after fishing up near Four Block with
August 11, 2014:
Very windy today out of the north so most charter trips
were cancelled. Yesterday started out with heavy rain and
thunderstorms giving us 1and 3/10" rain and some received up to
4" depending on where they live. No charter trips as it rained til
noon or so.
August 9, 2014:
Pete took out Melissa, Jamie, Dave, Jay, Jim, and
Sandy for 2 days of charter fishing up in the islands north of
Garden Island. They did well both days getting on nice walleyes
using crawlers on spinner rigs.They kept really nice fish
measuring 15-19" Dave released a 22" walleye, Jay
released 21" walleye and Jim released a 21 1/2" walleye. Way to
go guys!! They had nice weather with lots of sunshine and two
awesome days of fishing. Jesse, Kelli, Johnny, Connor, Cassie &
Brooke spent the weekend fishing and did well on Friday afternoon
getting their limits with spinners and crawlers. They had a fun
weekend. Wayne, Julie, Preston and Shane spent a few days on the
lake fishing around Pine Island and at Lighthouse Gap. They
fished with frozen shiners and did well getting close to their
limits. Wayne caught a 15" sturgeon and he also put back a 23 1/2"
walleye. Shane released a 21" walleye. Way to go guys!! Julie,
Shane, Preston and Terri went blueberry picking at Zippel Bay State
Park. They picked for a couple of hours and came back
with pails full of beautiful berries! Shane say's he can't
wait to make pancakes.
August 6, 2014:
Pete, Terri, Sharon, Roland, Kevin, Becky, Dennis &
Gale went on the charter boat for a day of fishing and also a trip
to Oak Island for lunch. We headed north of Garden Island and bait
fished with spinner rigs and crawlers and started catching fish
immediately. Becky has never been walleye fishing and she caught the
first fish of the day which was a keeper and she proceeded to catch
her limit very quickly. Everyone caught lots of fish and we had 30
walleyes in the box by noon, then headed to Oak Island for some
lunch. After lunch we fished another 30 minutes or so to get
our last two fish and headed in. We had all our walleyes plus
one sauger. Gale released a 20" walleye and all her keepers were
right around 19" and were just beautiful fish. Pete released a 21"
walleye. What an awesome day!! Suny and light to hardly any wind
2014: Brian ran a charter for Cyrus Resort taking out 4
guys. They had a good day of fishing coming in with their limits of
walleyes and also putting back some big fish. The winds really
picked up in the late afternoon and it started raining so they came
in. Only got 2/10ths of an inch. No one else in camp this weekend.
Pretty quiet around here for a few days. Everyone is getting lots of
blueberries right now. Lake level has remained the same and no rain
for another few days!
August 1, 2014:
Pete took Neil, Ross and Reed fishing the past 2 days. They
bait fished and tried quite a few different spots on the lake,
getting a few keepers at each one. They caught some nice keepers and
went home with limits of both saugers and walleyes and also ate
fish. They caught 50-55 fish on Thursday and another 70 fish today.
Neil released two 24 1/2" walleyes, Ross released a 28" walleye and
Reed released two 24 1/2" walleyes! Way to go guys!! They enjoyed
good weather while fishing. Brian, Dale & Greg went out today
and did very well seeking out trophy walleyes. After anchoring on
Lemm's Rock pile Greg caught the first walleye which
measured 27 1/2" followed by a 25" walleye! Dale released a 26"
walleye and Brian released a 29 1/2" walleye! Way to go guys! They
said they have never had so much fun catching so many big walleyes
jigging with frozen shiners.
July 31, 2014:
Pete took out Brent and Mary for 2 sunny days
of fishing. They had a good time bait fishing and did well. The
first day out was very slow and they stayed out all day. The
second day was a better bite but the wind picked up and Mary wasn't
feeling well so they came in around 1:30. Mary released 21" and 23"
walleyes and Brent released a 22" walleye. Way to go! They had a fun
July 26, 2014:
We had a group this past weekend go out fishing for a
bachelor's party. Pete took out Jeremy (the bachelor), Spencer, Tim,
Donny and John for 2 days. They had some pretty good fishing with
the group catching lots of nice walleyes and some saugers. They put
back some slot fish too. Brian took out the remainder of the group
which included Matt, Jerry, Tom & Pierce. Both groups did well
having a fish fry and taking home their limits of walleyes plus
their saugers. Pierce landed two big walleyes just 5 minutes apart
the first day. He released 29" and 30" walleyes! Way to go Pierce!!
Jerry released 20" walleye, Tom released 27" walleye and Brian
released 24" and 25" walleyes. Way to catch 'em you guys!! Everyone
had a fun weekend and the weather was very cooperative. Blueberry
picking in full swing with lots to pick.
July 23, 2014:
Beautiful day on the water with light winds and lots of
sunshine. Pete, Terri, Jim and Jessica went out for the morning and
did some bait fishing first, catching some walleyes and saugers on
crawler rigs and also on frozen shiners. We put 4-5 in the box
and then switched to downrigging going out deeper where we got
into the big walleyes with Jim landing a 25" walleye followed by a
23" walleye. Terri released a 23" walleye she caught on a shiner. We
did get some more nice keepers and were back in by 2pm. with 8
keepers in the box. It sure was a nice day out there. Jim, Jim, Eric
& John have been fishing off of Long Point and have found a hot
spot where they are getting some really nice keepers and throw backs
while anchoring and jigging with shiners and a plain lead head jig.
They are keeping nice 19" fish and have released lots of slots
including 19 3/4", 22", 23 1/4", etc. They have caught their limits
and are eating lots of fish. It is blueberry picking time!! Bring
the bug spray - lots of mosquitoes!!
July 19, 2014:
Been a little quiet here for the past few days. Brian ran a
charter trip taking out Jake, Brittany, Dan and Dani. They bait
fished off of Pine Island and came in with 12 keepers and they put
back a few slots in the 20" range. Pete, Terri, Steve, Scott &
Helen bait fished in front of Pine Island and did well keeping 18
walleye/saugers including one nice smallmouth bass. Pete put
back a 24" walleye. Scott released a 25" walleye. Way to go Scott!
Lots of boats on the water today.
July 17, 2014:
Pete, Terri, Brian, Troy, Blake & Camreon went out
today and tried some downrigging. We did pretty well getting some
nice fish and putting back some big ones too. We kept 8 keepers and
were back in by 2pm.
July 16, 2014:
Brian has his 3 sons here and they are having a blast
catching some really super walleyes. B4rian caught a 29 3/4" walleye
today and his 13 yr old son Camreon caught a beautiful 30 1/2"
walleye. Both fish went to the taxidermy. What a day for them! They
also put back lots of slots releasing 7-8 walleyes measuring 25-26"
and they kept enough for a big meal. Troy caught a jumbo perch. They
had a blast anchored and jigging with frozen shiners. Pete ran a
charter today taking out a group of 4 and also doing a shorelunch on
Garden Island. They caught 21 keeper walleyes today and 4 saugers.
They also released over 10 slot walleyes.
July 12, 2014:
A spectacular day of walleye fishing for Pete's charter
group. Jeff, Greg, Rusty, Jake, Joe and Jake 2.0 (whatever that
means) went fishing with Pete off the west end of Garden Island
using the downriggers for the first time this summer.
They caught walleyes measuring 15-19" and also put back many
slot fish. They also caught their saugers and they were big ones.
Rusty caught the largest walleye measuring 29 1/2" (released). Way
to go Rusty!! Brian ran a charter trip for the Wigwam taking out
Tom, Brian, Kelly, Casey and Daryl. They bait fished and did well
bringing in 6 saugers and 16 walleyes. They also put back lots of
slot fish and said they had a great time. The wind picked up this
afternoon and the waves were pretty big out of the west. Scot, Todd,
Tonya, Patrick, Kedrick and LouAnne had some fun fishing and caught
lots of nice fish including lots of 19" walleyes and lots of nice
saugers. They released lots of 26" walleyes and many 20-21"
walleyes. They downrigged the west end of Garden Island, Stony
Point, Long Point and near Zippel. LouAnne kept a 28 1/2"
walleye for mounting. Way to go LouAnne!!
2014: Pete took out Mark and Jim (brothers) for a couple of
days of charter fishing using bait. Jeff also went along for one
day. They did very well getting their limits of some nice walleyes
and also some saugers. They released many slot fish and had a great
time. They had beautiful weather.
July 6, 2014:
Very windy out of the northwest today with big waves. Pete,
Howard, Jana and Brian went on the boat for about 4 hours. They
fished out front and had a slow bite, saying it was pretty rough.
They brought in 6 nice keepers. They used crawlers again. Scott,
Tonya, Todd and Pat went across the lake downrigging near Garden
Island. They did very well in 26' of water, keeping their limits and
putting back 4 slot fish. They also caught one jumbo perch and a 30"
pike theyreleased. Rick, Amy, Brian and the kids had a great weekend
catching lots of fish using crawlers mostly. Jesse & Kelli
and the kids had a fun weekend. They caught enough fish for a
meal and went to the fireworks, which were awesome again this year.
July 5, 2014:
Pete, Terri, Jana & Howard went out for a
half day fishing near the Lighthouse Gap. We drifted with spinner
baits and crawlers, leeches and frozen shiners. Crawlers worked best
but the bite was tough. We came back in with 7 keepers. Must have
been hundreds of boats from Lighthouse Gap to Morris Gap.
Brian, Sue, Andrew, Ryan, Erika and Taylor fished a few hours
before heading home. They had a good trip and caught lots of fish.
They had limits for all of them and released some slots. Taylor
released a 33" pike. Erika released 25" walleye, Andrew
released 21" walleye and Ryan released 25 1/2" and
26". Very hot and humid today with south
2014: Pete chartered today taking out Kevin, Jose', Sam,
Mark, Sam & Dave. They did pretty well coming in to the dock
with 20 keepers and each person catching a nice slot fish using
bait. Scott, Crystal, Chris, Sam and Nick went out and caught some
fish keeping 6. Eain's family went out and had a fun day swimming
and fishing. They kept a pile of fish. Jesse and his family also
went out and got a bunch of fish.
July 2, 2014:
Happy Birthday Sherry Johnson!! Even with high water and
all the rain the fish are still biting. Scott, Crystal, Sherry, Nick
& Jake went out at 4pm and fished 3 hours, coming back in
with 19 keepers. They had a pretty steady bite and said they
put back slots and little fish going through 3 bags of frozen
shiners and then using crawlers; both worked. Gold, orange and green
jigs were used while anchored in 14' of water. Nick released a 22"
walleye, Sherry released a 21" walleye and Crystal released a 24
1/2" walleye. Way to go!!! Brian, Susan, Ryan, Taylor and Erika
fished today and did well catching some fish and bringing in 8
keepers. They fished in front of Pine, along Long Point and then
back to Pine. They released 26" and 27 3/4" walleyes while pulling
spinner rigs. Way to go!! We had northwest winds Tuesday
night that brought the water level up so that water was all the
way to our fish cleaning shack. Luckily the wind died down by
morning on Wed and the water receded back enough so that 2 feet of
cement on the boat ramp was exposed. The water level rose so fast it
was to the bottoms of our docks. Pete saw a mother robin with a worm
in her mouth that was trying to get a worm under the dock. To his
discovery there was a baby robin squeaking from under the boards so
he removed two boards and got the boby out from under there. The
baby bird flew up to the nearest tree where it was joined by it's
mother and father. They were all squawking and very happy. Please
remember to navigate slowly through all bays, rivers, etc. Docks are
being destroyed by the high water levels and waves.
June 29, 2014:
Pete ran charter taking out Rich, Ryp, Charles, Pat, Jason
& Terry. They fished a half day today and finished off their
limits. They also fished yesterday and caught very nice fish but got
nicer fish today. They kept 23 fish the first day out, needing one
more fish but a storm was approaching so they came into the resort
and had a fish fry. They threw back lots of slot fish both days.
Jason released a 26" walleye. Way to go Jason!!
June 26, 2014:
Fantastic bite right now in front of Pine Island in 8-11'
of water! Pete ran a charter taking out Ted, Tom, John & Ryan.
They used spinner rigs with crawlers and/or leeches and had a fast
bite, bringing in fish after fish plus putting back many slot
walleyes. They had their limits after 2 hours of fishing and
then headed out deeper to see if they could get some saugers. They
were back to the docks by noon. They had a great time. Terry, Zona,
Gloria & Scott also fished the same area and did well getting
some nice fish and limiting on walleyes. Larry, Kurt, Kris &
Jeff spent a couple of days on the lake and did well at Lighthouse
Gap getting their limits. Kurt released 5 slot fish and Kris
released 4 slots with the largest measuring 25". They used gold
spinner blades with crawlers. Jim & Dean fished a couple of
dayaa d they also did well getting lots of fishLadyslippers are in
full bloom right now and they are pretty! Lake level has remained at
the same height. Our permanent docks near the boat ramp are still
above water by about 8 inches. The floating docks are still okay to
use. One of them broke free the other day and we had to retrieve it
and tie it up. We have had light south and eastern winds lately
which are moving the debris away from the southern shore. The older
dock behind cabin #1 is under water. Sheriff Fish has declared an
"emergency no wake" for any boats within 150 feet of
shorelines. Please navigate slowly through docking areas. Many docks
on the river are now under water and they are getting
June 25, 2014:
Pete ran charter boat for Morris Point Resort taking out a
group of 5. They fished in 8-11 feet of water in front of Pine
Island and did well getting their limits of walleyes plus one
2014: Eain and his family went out today and did
really well. They kept 17 fish and threw back 12 little ones. They
had a great time fishing. Scott, Gloria, Zona and Terry were out
today. Scott and Gloria did well getting their limits fishing
near Zippel. Terry and Zona kept 6 fish plus they released 3 slot
fish. Terry relased a 27" walleye! Way to go Terry!!
June 22, 2014:
Pete did a second day of fishing with the same crew as
yesterday; Mike, Ed, Art, Dave, Lonny & Dave. They needed 12
more walleyes plus their saugers today. They had a fish fry last
night. It was slower today and they had to travel farther to get
them. They caught around 20 slot walleyes and brought in their 12
keeper walleyes plus 9 saugers. Yesterday they fished near Long
Point ending up in 32' of water to get nice keeper walleyes and some
nice saugers. Brian did a half day morning charter taking out Chris
and his two children; Tabitha and Griffin. They have never fished
before and really enjoyed the experience. They caught quite a few
fish and came back to the dock with 6 walleyes and 6 saugers - all
very nice size. Chris released 21" and 22" walleyes and Brian
released 23" and 28" walleyes. Way to go guys!! Jessie, Jenny,
Chrissy and Jason fished the evening and did really well getting
some great fish. Ross, Darren & Dave spent the weekend fishing
and did very well. They tried several spots including west end of
Garden Island and also Little Oak. They used crawlers with spinners
getting their limits and throwing back lots of small fish and also
put back some slots in the 24-25" range. It was a beautiful weekend
with sunny skies and light winds. We did have a short thunderstorm
Saturday evening. Lake water level rose this week but we are still
good here at the resort. No flooding.
2014: Today Steve, Abby & Drew boarded the
charter boat for a second day of fishing along with Jose. The first
8 fish they caught were all too big to keep while fishing Long Point
area. They had lots of fish in the 20-24" range. They used leeches
and frozen shiners were the best. Abby released a 24" walleye and
Drew released a 29" walleye. Way to go kids!! They came in with 15
keepers. Kelli and Traylen fished out of Zippel and Long Point and
had a slow day. Traylen released a 34" pike and Kelly released a 12"
pike and also a 24 1/2" walleye. Way to go you two!! Yesterday
Pete ran charter taking out Richard, Lynn, Steve, Abby and
Drew. It was a slower bite today and they fished all day coming in
with 14 keepers. They caught many slot walleyes with the largest
June 18, 2014:
Very windy today again. Traylen and Kelli fished near
Zippel along with around 10 other boats. They said only one boat was
catching fish. They came back with no fish. Indian Mocassin flowers
are blooming right now and so are the water irises. More rain on the
way. Lake level is getting higher each day and have been told it
will rise another 6-8 inches this week.
June 16, 2014:
Pete ran a charter today taking out Dennis, Jerry, Casey
and Harley. They worked hard for their fish trying the Zippel Bay
area and then north towards Long Point. Got a few in the box there
and then headed across and north. They caught lots of slot fish with
Jerry releasing a 26", Casey released two 26", Harley released 24"
and 24 1/2" walleyes and Pete put back a few also. They came in with
18 walleye/saugers plus one jumbo perch.
June 15, 2014:
No fishing today- has been raining steady all day and very
June 14, 2014:
Very windy today and lots of big waves on the lake. Pete
ran a charter trip for the Wigwam Resort taking out 6 people. He
headed across the lake and fished near Bridges out of the wind with
Capt Tom and Capt Mike. They caught very nice fish and released
around 30 slot fish today, having a spectacular bite. At least 8
foot waves out of the east today. Traylen went out this evening
alone and trolled, getting one 19" walleye and 3 more smaller ones
while fishing near Pine Island. The Hasch family spent a week at the
Retreat having a great time. Gary, Nick, Devin, Tyler and Taylor
went across the lake and fished in front of Garden Island and off
the west end. They had a fantastic bite and limited on super nice
walleyes. They also released slots measuring 22", 24" 24 1/2" and
two 26". Way to Go!! Tyler caught a nice 13 1/2" perch and aGary
caught a 13" perch. Arnie caught a nice 40" pike. Darlene
caught her limit this trip and she doesn't even hardly fish! Monica
also caught her limit. They had a good time and all caught fish.
Ken, Nick, Howie, Rick, Jim and Roger caught lots of fish and
everyone got a slot fish. Jim released 21's and 22's. Howie released
24" and 25" walleyes and Ken released 24" and 26 1/2" walleyes. Way
to go Guys! They fished Knight and Bridges. Steve, Jeff, Doug &
Mike caught lots of small fish and some keepers, having one
fish fry. It was rainy for most of their stay and windy. Steve
released a 28" walleye, Jeff released a 28" walleye and several
24's. Doug caught all keepers in the 16-18" range and Mike released
a 19 3/4" walleye. Brian, Kevin, Chad, Charlie & Cody fished in
the wind just north of Pine Island along with about 10 more charter
boats. They had a slow bite all day keeping 5. They put back
lots of tiny fish. No slot fish caught on their boat
June 13, 2014:
Pete started out the day with some bad luck, hitting a log
in the bay on his way out, but still able to run the boat for the
day. Pete, Charlie, Cody, Chad, Kevin & Brian had a good day
keeping 18 walleyes using spinner rigs with crawlers and leeches.
Lots of slots released with Pete putting back 20 1/2", 21" and 22"
walleyes, Charlie released 6 slot fish in the 23" and 24" range,
Cody released 21", 23" and 24", Chad released a 22", Kevin released
22" and 24" walleyes and Brian released 22" and 23" walleyes. Chad
struggled thru the day with his spinner rigs. Cody caught his 4
keepers and Pete got his keepers and the rest of the group all put
some in the box too. Pete pulled the boat out that evening and
put on a differrent prop. Lots of logs floating out on the lake and
the river. Water levels are very high and are supposed to rise
another 12-15" by Tuesday due to all the rain.
June 10, 2014:
The Hasch family is here for a week and are catching lots
of fish. George released a 37" pike, Taylor released a 33" pike and
they got a couple of walleyes. Devin caught a nice jumbo perch
measuring 13 1/2" that he is getting mounted. Tyler, Devin &
Taylor got some nice walleyes measuring 17", 19" and 19 1/4". They
have also caught 3 smallmouth bass at 15" and 17". George got a 35"
pike! Braysen is 5 yrs old and has caught a few fish also. Pete ran
a charter today taking out Kent, Jean, Caroline & Chris for a
half day. They had a slow day and kept only 3 walleyes. Yesterday
Pete took out the same 4 along with Randy and Archie. They kept 14
walleye plus 2 jumbo perch and released some slots including 23's
and 24's. Chris released a 23 1/2" walleye, Kent released a 30 1/2"
walleye and his wife Jean released a 28 1/2" walleye. Way to go you
guys!! This was a first time for the group and they had a great
2014: Pete ran a charter today for Wheeler's Point
Resort taking out 5 people. They anchored jigging with frozen
shiners til they were gone, then leeches and crawlers. They came in
just one fish short on their limit of walleyes and put back 7
slot fish with the largest measuring around 29 1/2" to 30" caught by
Pete and released it. They also put back lots of saugers and
walleyes. Brian ran a charter taking a group of 6 from Bayview
Resort. They fished off of Long Point and did well getting some nice
sized walleyes in the 15-19" range, keeping 17. They put back quite
a few slot fish with the largest measuring 28". Jim, Gary,
Kevin & Troy fished the past few days and did well getting
their limits but said it was hard to get the 1618" walleyes. They
ate fish too. and put back lots of little fish. They released 24",
27" and 28" walleyes while using frozen shiners. Jack, Randy &
Charlie fished a few days and did very well, trying a few different
spots. Wednesday they caught their limits using frozen shiners
off the 12 footer. Charlie released a 23 1/2" walleye, Randy
released 23 1/4", 23" and 25" walleyes in 26-32 feet of water. They
kept nice fish and said they caught saugers in the deeper water.
Jack did well in the evening with an orange/yellow jointed rap in 8
feet of water. Thursday they fished the 12 footer catching a
dozen slot fish with Jack releasing 6 walleyes with four
measuring 24", Randy released five slot fish with his largest
measuring 25 1/2" and Charlie released one slot fish.They moved to
find some keeper walleyes. They fished in front of Garden
Island on Friday and and caught anotehr 15 slot walleyes. Randy
caught the biggest measuring 26 1/2". They ate lots of fish while
here and had a fun time. Pete ran a charter taking out Al, Joyce,
Mark & Ron and Brian. They had a beautiful day with sunny skies
and a light breeze, fishing off of Long Point and did very well
getting some nice fish and catching 6-7 slot fish. They kept 5 jumbo
perch and Ron kept a 20" pike. They kept some walleyes to
replace what they had eaten the day before. A loon visited
them, swimming near the boat and underneath it and even trying to
steal their baits. Mark and Ron fished in the rain on Friday and
kept one 28" pike. They already have all their walleyes and saugers
to take home. Bruce & Eric fished a couple of days and did well
anchoring and also trolling. The first night they caught a
couple of 19" walleyes. They ate fish and said they caught their
limits. Lots of logs and debris floating on the lake with the high
water level. Be careful on the river, bays and on the
June 3, 2014:
Pete ran a charter today taking out Al & Joyce along
with Brian as first mate. They fished right out front at the Morris
Gap and anchored , jigging with frozen shiners. Pete said he tried a
leech for about an hour but no bites so switched back to shiners.
They released 6 slot walleyes and came in with their limits of
walleyes and saugers. Mark & Ron have been fishing all week
pulling #5 shadraps. Today they caught two 21"and a 22" walleye, a
little musky, one small mouth bass and a dozen walleyes in the
15-16" range while in 8-8 1/2 feet of water. Yesterday they didn't
fish as it rained all day. Friday evening they trolled for a few
hours and came in because of rain, bringing in 4 keepers. Satruday
they caught some nice fish with Mark releasing a 25" walleye, Ron a
23" walleye plus Mark released a 40" pike, 36" pike and Ron
kept a 28" pike. They also kept two 18", two 17" and one 19"
2014: Jesse, Jenny, Waylon & Ella spent the day on
the water. Jenny caught a 56" sturgeon today that was a 20 minute
battle. She also caught a nice 19" walleye, Waylon got a 19 1/2"
walleye and Jesse released a 20" walleye. Sherry, Merlin &
Eain kept 8 today. Mushrooms are popping and lots of asparagus
right now. Lots of mosquitoes too so bring the bug spray!
May 31, 2014:
Eain, Jesse and Crystal went out and kept 12 today. Pete,
Terri, Greg, Sharon & Paul fished yesterday morning pulling
shadraps in the Morris Gap area. They did well bring in 8 keepers,
allmeasuring from 17-19". We also put back a few slots. Paul is here
from California for a visit and she caught the firest fish, the
biggest fish at 21" and the most fish today! She had a blast! Deb,
Mona, Bob and John had a great week of fishing and said they caught
nicer fish yesterday. Deb released 22" and 26" walleyes! Way to
go Deb! They had quite a few 20's and 23's and
two 24's they released. They caught over 150 fish.
May 27, 2014:
Bill & Gary had an excellent morning of fishing, being
the first boat on the water and catching lots of nice fish. They
kept four 19" walleyes and released two 22"s, 24" and 25" with Bill
catching the 25" which is their largest walleye so far. They are
having the best walleye fishing ever in the 20+ years they have been
coming up here. Gary also caught a 4 foot sturgeon today! Jesse
& Kelli brought the kids with including Cassie, Dani,
Johnny and Owen. They had a great time this past weekend having a
fish fry and taking some fish home. Johnny caught a 26" pike and
they got 24" and 26" walleyes. They had a great time. Mike and Jodi
fished the weekend and did well, getting their limits and eating one
fish. Mark & Lan limited out keeping nice walleyes measuring
17", 18" and 19". Lan out fished Mark this weekend and released two
walleyes measuring 22" and 25". Donna, Craig, Mike, Angela, Deb
& Steve fished a few hours today and kept 7. Deb released
two 22" walleyes, Craig released a 24 1/2" and Angela released a 25"
walleye. Way to go! Pete, Terri, Ruth and Matt fished on Saturday
trolling with shadraps in the bay on the way out to the lake and
getting two nice keepers. Then switched to anchoring and jigging,
catching big and little fish and just not getting any keepers. So
they switched back to trolling and got 3 more nice ones, then headed
in with bad weather approaching, high wind and rain but only lasted
a brief time. They kept five walleyes measuring 17-18 1/ 2' and
released 21", 23" and 24" walleyes. Ruth caught a nice pike. Keith
& Kathy spent a week fishing everyday and had a great
time, catching lots of slot fish. Ross and Tom even fished in the
pouring rain one night last week; they hammered them. They ate lots
of fish and took home their limits. They really enjoyed
themselves. Getting reports that the morels are up! Eain and Brice
filled their bag half full on Monday. The weather has been pretty
nice. Seems like we went from a winter thaw right into summer,
skipping spring. The ice chunks are all gone on the lake. Everyone
still fishing right out front at the Morris Gap and along Pine
Island down to Lighthouse Gap. Some are fishing in Four Mile Bay and
doing well also.
May 24, 2014:
Craig, Donna, Mike, Angela, Deb & Steve went out
fishing today and kept 15 fish. They threw back 5 including 22" and
23" walleyes. Gary & Bob went out this morning and
limited. They were the 4th boat on the water this morning and said
the bite was on. Gary released a 20". Deb released a 26" and
Mona released a 22". Kevin, Naomi & Pat fished for four days and
said it was "the best ever for big fish". They ate fish while
staying and went home with their limits on walleyes and were 2
saugers short. 8 feet of water was most productive for them using
live shiners. They released multiple walleyes measuring from 21" to
28" including 23", 24" 25", 26" and 27". Naomi had a super
great week catching 26" and 28" walleyes. Way to go Naomi!! The
fishing was "awesome and excellent". Pete, Ruth & Terri went
mushroom hunting but found only 1 today.
May 18, 2014:
Pretty nice day with just a few small sprinkles in the
afternoon followed by sunshine. Still some ice on the big lake but
getting less and less. Lots of big fish being caught. Kent,
Matt, Rick, Matt, Myron & Richie fished Thursday night for a
couple of hours- they brought in 13 keepers. Friday they caught
lots of fish. Pete took them on a charter Saturday; they caught lots
of big fish and came in with 12 keepers. They put back lots of slots
and small fish. Richie released 25", Myron 24 1/2", Kent 26 1/2",
and Peter released a 28" walleye. Way to go guys!! They also put
back lots of 22's and 23's. They fished Red Lake on Thursday on the
way up (for just a couple of hours) and kept 17 nice walleyes.
Chartreuse and gold jigs worked best. They had a couple of meals
while here and took home some fish. Jesse, Matt, Ken, Derik, Matt
& Travis fished the weekend and had a great time landing lots of
big fish and getting lots of keepers. They ate lots of fish ahd took
home 20. Ken released a 29" walleye and a 50" sturgeon. Matt
released a 30" walleye and the other Matt also released a 30"
walleye. Jesse released a 26" walleye and Derik released a 24 1/2"
walleye plus Travis released a 24 1/2" walleye. Way to go
guys!!! Lots of sturgeon being caught right now. Pete, Terri,
Brian, Charlie and Cody fished today. They kept 10 keepers and put
back many slot fish. Brian, Charlie & Cody went out yesterday
and kept 8 fish. Gold is hot and also white. We are having nicer
weather the past few days and the ground is starting to dry out. The
trees are just starting to bud. Not warm enough for mushroom hunting
yet though. Lake level is high so plenty of water for boats in our
May 16, 2014:
Pete, Charlie, Cody & Brian went out fishing for the
evening. Cody battled a huge sturgeon and after 45 minutes they got
it in the boat and ended up measuring 60"! Everyone on the lake
cheered for him when they held the fish up. See photo
above. Pete released a 30" walleye and Brian released a 26"
walleye. Cody released a 25" walleye and Charlie released a 24"
walleye! Plus they put back lots of slots over 20". They kept 5
keepers. What a night for Cody! His biggest fish ever!
May 13, 2014:
Woke up with snow on the roofs and frozen ground this
morning. Temp came up a little, snow turned to rain but still
pretty cold today with high around 42 degrees. Lake water
levels are coming up and will be plenty of water for our bay. Water
is getting brown from all the runoff right now.
May 12, 2014:
Happy Birthday Terri!! Been raining all day but some
still went out fishing. John, Jerry & Carl went out and got
soaked but said the fishing was still good. They fished 3 days
catching a total of around 150 fish; including 50 fish in the 24-26"
range and another 15 fish measuring over 26". Carl released a 29"
walleye! Way to go Carl! Greg also put back 27 3/4" and 28 1/2"
walleyes. Way to go Greg!! They used frozen shiners, rainbows,
chubbs and sucker minnows saying all worked. Red and white jigs
worked well. They also said they tried some ice lures, using
"stopsigns" and catching fish right under the boat. They fished
anywhere from 4 to 18 feet of water. Today the north winds blew
the ice into Four Mile Bay and pushed all boats off the
lake. Tony, Mark & Andy fished 2 days and caught lots of
fish, mostly in 5-6 feet of water. They caught 24 walleyes measuring
23" and up with their biggest at 25". They also caught a 40"
sturgeon. They used frozen and live shiners and also fatheads.
Cory, Randy, Tim & Culen had excellent fishing with the group
eating 2 meals and taking home fish. They caught lots of fish over
20", most 21-25". They caught most of their fish in 5-6 feet of
water. Tim released a 26" walleye and Randy released a 29 1/2"
walleye. Way to go guys!! They also released two sturgeon that
measured around 34-35". Walleye Retreat Bowling Team took first
place this year and won the trophy!
May 11, 2014:
Happy Mother's Day! Jerry finished getting his limit to go
home (2 fish) and said it was a bit slower today. He said the
rainbows weren't working as well so he used frozen shiners. He
released a 29" walleye today! Way to go Jerry!!
May 10, 2014:
Pete, Terri & Brian went out around 4pm today to
fish with around 200 other boats. Still ice on the lake but
able to get out past the red & green buoys with ice starting
around 20 feet of water. Still ice in front of Pine Island. We
caught lots of big walleyes today, in fact more of them than
keepers. Brain started us out with a 24" followed by 25", 23" and
more. Terri caught a 23" and Pete caught quite a few big walleyes
also with his biggest measuring over 30 inches! We had a great time
coming in around 7pm. Must have put back around 20 big walleyes
today and a few small ones. We kept 4 walleyes that measured 18, 19,
17 and one 15" sauger. We also lost a couple of keepers at the boat.
Beautiful weather with light winds- couldn't ask for a nicer day on
opener. Everyone catching fish with most limiting out and putting
back big walleyes. Saw lots of big fish caught today. John &
Greg kept their limits today plus put back lots of big fish. Jerry
fished alone and did very well with him catching 13 fish and keeping
5; 4 saugers measuring 15-20" plus he kept one walleye. He
released walleyes measuring 22", 24", 28", 28" and 28
1/2". What a day!!
May 5, 2014:
Just about time to wet a line and we can't wait. The Rainy
river is open all the way to the lake with Four Mile Bay totally
open also. There is a channel going out of Morris Point about a half
mile or so onto the lake and looks like open water over to the shore
of Pine Island on the west end. Supposed to rain the next few days
so hopefully will melt all that ice on the lake. Lots of boats
fishing the Rainy for sturgeon right now and the word is they are
biting pretty good. Should be a great walleye opener!
Charee & Greg
with 29" walleye (kept)
Arne with 37"
pike - released
30" walleye - released
Ethan holding 27"
her and Scott's catch.
28" walleye (released)
her 40 1/4" pike
his 28 1/4" walleye
23" walleye (released)
holding her 28 3/4" walleye (released)
23" walleye (released)
holding her 27 1/2" walleye (released)
measuring a walleye in sleeper house
holding 25 1/2" walleye (released)
From left to
right: Lucinda, Terri, Crystal & Sherry after a day of fishing.
This is Walleye Retreat's Bowling Team which is in first place right
now! Looks like they know how to fish too!!
8 yr old
Stephanie with her 22" walleye (released)
23" walleye (released)
April 1, 2014:
Must have gotten around 10 or more inches of snow yesterday
with 4 foot drifts around the resort. We have closed our doors
for the winter season. Thank you to all our great customers who
visited us this winter. We appreciate your business! We are looking
forward to a great spring
and summer season and hope to see you all! Reports will be back up
after fishing opener. Hope the ice is gone by then!
March 30, 2014:
Our last fishermen left this morning saying they had a
pretty good weekend, enjoying the warm temps for sitting on the ice.
Doug & Brad did very well getting their limits of walleyes and
nice saugers while fishing near Bridges. Brad released a 23"
walleye. They fished the "washout" in the evening and caught lots of
small fish, some keepers and Doug released a 25" walleye. Way to go
Doug & Brad. Jay released a 22" walleye at Bridges and Rick
caught a nice pike. Randy caught a 13 1/2" perch and Tim says they
caught lots of small ones with an 18" as the biggest keeper. They
had a good time. Bill, Jerry & Karl fished on Friday and kept
March 23, 2014:
Dale & Lenny were in a sleeper house saying they
caught 2 nice saugers right away when they arrived at the ice
shack. They kept 4 walleyes and 4 saugers on Thursday and went home
just 3 short of their limits. Paul, Matt, Joe, Jason, Nick, Tim,
Bruce, Dylan, Tim and Mike used their sleds and portables going
out of Adrian's road. Matt said a charmer worked well his first day
out with him limiting easily. They kept 40 fish for the group and
also had a big meal of fish while staying. No slot fish caught.
Luke, Zach, Jordan, Eric & Paul had slow fishing keeping 7 the
first day out and then keeping another 10 small fish the second day
out. Lyle & Brad used portables and kept 8. Jeff & Mike
arrived early Friday and went out of Adrian's to set up portables
but said the wind was pretty strong and the roads were blowing shut,
so they opted to go to one of our day houses. They only fished a
little over 3 hours and brought in 4 keepers; 3 saugers and a
20" pike. Their second day they caught 24 fish and kept 6 with the
largest being a 15 1/2" sauger. They also had one tullibee and said
they had steady action. Randy & Sue fished a full day on Friday
keeping 7 fish. They fished a half day on Saturday and kept another
7 saying they had bigger saugers and one pike. We have plenty of ice
at around 37" or more. Need your extension. There are some slushy
areas being encountered where the snow is deep. We have taken all
our sleepers off the ice and will be bringing in most of our day
houses this week. Cyrus Resort has closed down their plowed road to
pickups/wheelhouses. Only letting out ATV's and sleds. Adrians'
plowed road is still open so far. Morris Point is letting out
pickups but no wheelhouses. Their road is in good shape.
March 19, 2014:
Greg & Charee spent a couple of days in a sleeper house
and did well getting their limits of walleyes plus some
saugers. This morning at 5am Charee woke up to the rattle reel
making noise and slowly turning. She woke up Greg and he discovered
they had a big walleye on which ended up being 29". Caught on a pink
& black jig. See photo above. Greg said it came up the ice hole
very easy. The first night out Charee caught a 21" walleye. They had
lots of 13" fish and their biggest keeper measured 17". They had a
great time! Julie, Kyle & Jason stayed in a sleeper house and
did very well. They limited plus Kyle released a 29 1/2" pike. Way
to go Kyle!!
March 18, 2014:
DuWayne & Chad spent a night in a sleeper house and did
very well eating some fish and taking home 14; all measuring 14" ato
12". Sue, Jim, Bob & Renee fished two day, catching 30 fish the
first day out and keeping 6. The second day they caught 20 fish
(slower) and kept 5 plus they took home 7 tulibees. Their
largest walleye measured 15 1/2". Laird & Bob fished a half
day yesterday and kept 2 fish. Today they fished a full day and kept
another 5. Pretty slow. Marvin and his two daughters, Jessica &
April fished today and kept 5 saugers and 2
March 16, 2014:
Ross, Reed and Neil fished Friday and Saturday - was slow
on Friday with them bringing in no fish. Saturday they caught 30
fish and kept 8. Joel and his 3 sons, Kaleb, Will & Carter
stayed in a sleeper house for a couple of nights. They did okay
keeping 19-20 keepers with the biggest fish measuring 16 1/2". Wayne
& Owen fished a half day (afternoon) on Friday and caught 10.
Saturday they caught 21 fish and today they caught 25-30 fish. They
kept 13 fish today and Owen caught a nice 18" walleye. They also
kept a big perch. Frozen shiners worked well. Greg, John & Brad
fished out of Adrian's plowed road and kept 24 fish. Barb & Gary
fished the afternoon on Friday and kept no fish. They also fished a
full day yesterday and the morning today. They caught enough for 2
meals. Barb released a 32" pike. Dave, Charlie and Cody fished the
weekend doing pretty good. They ate 8 fish and took home 16
measuring 14-16". Cody released a 23" walleye and he also caught a
very nice sauger. Way to go Cody!! Jake's group used portables and
went out of Long Pint Friday. They caught 9 fish and a few
March 14, 2014:
Arne, Derrill & Doug fished two days, catching 31 the
first day; keeping 11. They caught 30 the second day and kept
another 11. Arne said the second day they had a fast start.
Arne released a 37" pike. Way to go Arne!! Josh, Tim, Levi
& Brad were in a sleeper house. Their biggest keeper measured
16" and the rest were under that. Josh released a 28 1/2" walleye.
Way to go Josh!! They also released a 22" walleye. Jerry, Shawn
& Jerry had slow fishing using portables. Jerry released a 24"
walleye and they also caught a 3 lb pike. Warmer temps here
March 12, 2014:
Fish biting slow still but they are catching some. Brad,
Dave, Buzzy & Ray caught 14 fish their first day out and kept
another 4 for a half day of fishing today. They threw back five 8"
fish and said they kept small fish. Bob & Judy fished two days,
keeping 8 the first day and then another 5 the second day. They had
one 15" walleye and a 13" sauger and the rest were smaller. Kenny,
Scott & Wyatt fished 1 1/2 days keeping 12 the first day
and another 12 the second day by noon. Tom, Steve & Chris fished
two days. They caught 20 the first day, eating 10 of them. The
second day they caught 20 more and ate 12 of those. They kept 14"
fish and under. Jon and Kyle were in a sleeper house catching mostly
small fish. They used their sled with portables and moved in for the
shallow bite each morning and evening, catching all their fish
shallow. They got their limits plus caught a couple of pike and Kyle
released a 24" walleye. Way to go Kyle! Jerry & Vicki spenbt a
few days out in their wheelhouse. They did well getting limits with
lots of saugers in 16' of water. They also released a couple of 22"
walleyes and Jerry released 24" and 30" walleyes! Way to go Jerry!
It got slushy on the lake-warm temps-but back to cold and the lake
firmed back up for easy traveling.
March 9, 2014:
Very slow bite again this weekend but much nicer days with
lots of sunshine and warm temps up to 42 degrees. Scott & Steve
fished yesterday and did okay catching 35 fish and keeping 9.
Jamie's group caught 50-60 fish and ended up with 15 walleyes and a
few tullibees. Their fish measured 14" and up. Mick's group
used portables and fished out of Adrian's Road going way
out and caught some fish keeping 18 walleye/saugers and 21
tullibees. Kevin's group had slow days keeping 14 saugers. Bob
released a 24" walleye. Way to go Bob!! Logan & his
girlfriend were in a sleeper house and did well. Jack & Ray used
their wheel house and had a slow bite. They caught a couple of
saugers and 12 tullibees. Carl, Brad, Amanda, Jade & David were
in a wheel house and had a slow bite from Thursday on thru Sunday.
They caught 70 walleye/saugers; keeping 5 with the largest measuring
13 1/2". They also caught one pike and a "RockStar". Tim, Mark,
Jim,& Tony caught some fish keeping their limits of
walleye/saugers with most measuring 13-14" and also one 16" and one
18". They also caught 16 tullibees and Jim caught an 18" smallmouth
bass. Mark released a 25" walleye. Way to go Mark!! Luke, Nate, Max
& Eric used portables and fished out the Cyrus road and also
Long Point. They kept 21 walleye/saugers and took home close to 100
tullibees for the smoker. Wes' group were in a sleeper
house and kept 2 walleye, 8 sauger and 1 tullibee. They said it was
slow but had a good time.
March 2, 2014:
Slower bite this weekend and very cold temps with lows at
-34. Getting pretty sick of the bitter cold wind, as I'm sure
most of you are! Dennis, Sherry & 10 yr old Brittany stayed in a
sleeper house for the weekend. They had a fun time, catching
lots of small fish and keeping 8. Brittany caught a 15" walleye and
Dennis caught and released a 25" walleye. Way to go Dennis! Hi to
Charlotte and John (her parents) - we miss you guys! Tyler, Justin
& Tom fished a couple of days. They kept 13 fish the first
day out and another 14 the second day. Their largest walleye was
just under 19 1/2". Happy Birthday to Tom!! Josh, Brian & Jason
were in a sleeper house and threw back lots of fish including some
13-15" saugers. They set their standards high. Their largest
walleye measured 17 1/2". They caught 40 fish and kept 15. Bernard's
group were in a sleeper hosue and did okay but was kind of slow.
They did have a fish fry and not sure how many they had to take
home. Mark, Marilyn & Marv had pretty good fishing, catching
mostly saugers. They kept 16 on Friday and another 9 on Saturday.
Marilyn caught the biggest fish which was a 4 1/2 lb pike. Mark had
a 16" walleye. They had a good time.
March 1, 2014:
Kevin & Brian used their portables on Wednesday and had
a slow bite, saying they had a hard time dealing with the high
winds. They ditched the portables for the next day and Kevin went to
one of our heated houses on Thursday, going out alone as Brian came
down with flu. Kevin caught 20 fish and kept 4. Scotty's
group had slow fishing on Friday with them keeping 16 fish. John
released a 23" walleye. Way to go John!
February 23, 2014:
Steve, Beau & Mike used their portables and fished
the "washout" at Morris Gap. Their biggest walleye measured
25". They caught lots of 16-20" walleyes and had plenty to eat.
Jerry, Kyle & Mark plus George, Andrew & Mike were in
sleepers and had a good time, catching lots of fish and eating fish.
They kept 33 total and had 2 tullibees, they also caught a big
pike. Biggest walleye measured 21" which was released, of course!
Chartreuse and white jigs worked well and also gold ants. Chad &
LaVon were in a sleeper house and did really well saying the
had a good weekend and they limited out. Drake & Jenny had a
slow bite on Monday and said that Sunday was better. Jennifer
released a 23" walleye. Way to go Jennifer!! They had a good time.
Justin, Todd, Paul, Jake, Fran, Mark, Keith, Brian, Jeff and Brent
fished two days and said it was slow for them. They kept 16 nice
ones. Ed, Jeff & Joe caught 80 fish, keeping 16. Their largest
February 19, 2014:
Scott & Michele fished two days and had a fantastic
time. They caught 29 saugers and 12 walleyes; keeping 8
the first day out. Their second day they caught 16 saugers and 6
walleyes and said they were nicer fish. They also caught 2
tullibees. They kept their limits and said they also missed 3 nice
fish. Kyle & Chris stayed in sleeper house and did well. They
ate a meal and took home their limits. Wayne, Julie, Preston and
Shane were in a sleeper house and did well. Said they had to work
for the fish. They kept all 13" and up with 17-18" the biggest
keepers. They kept 23 fish and had a great time! Jerry & Cindy
fished two days and did well getting some nice fish.
February 16, 2014:
Alan & Naomi did well catching around 100 fish. They
kept a total of 8 walleyes and one jumbo perch. Merlin, Sherry,
Carrie & Jacob fished the afternoon and did very well keeping 18
nice fish. Eain, Erica, Marissa and Eli also fished the afternoon
and kept 12 fish. Brian, John & Ethan had good fishing with them
putting back lots of 13-14" fish and smaller ones. They ate fish and
ended up getting the remainder of their limits the second day. The
first day they caught 57 fish and kept 21. Ethan caught a nice
27" walleye on a red/pink plain hook. Way to go Ethan!! They also
kept 3 tullibees. Mike & Michelle were in a sleeper house and
had "fantastic and awesome" fishing. They caught close to their
limits plus Mike released a 26 1/2" walleye. Way to go Mike!! They
had a fun time. Jerry & Vicki used their portables and also
their wheelhouse. They did well in the "washout" taking home 8
walleyes and 7 saugers. Vicki lost a big one after battling it for
around 10 minutes. Keith & his partner caught lots of fish.
Their second day out they kept 2 tullibee, 6 saugers and 2 walleyes.
Mike, Stacy and their son Daniel fished one day and caught 27 fish.
They kept 3 nice fish with Daniel getting a nice 18" walleye. Mike
released a 20 1/2" walleye. John & Sandy were in a sleeper house
and did well. They caught 76 fish, keeping 13" and up fish.
They ate 4 and took home 10 plus 2 tullibee. Chris & Samantha
went out for the afternoon and caught 4 walleyes, all
small; keeping none. Chris caught and released a 28" walleye.
See photo above. Way to go Chris!! Justin, Lane, Dan, Jordan, Eli,
Ryan, Tristan & Lincoln fished two days. They cleaned over 50
fish. Lane released a 21" walleye. John Phillips and has 3 partners
stayed in a sleeper house overnight and caught enough for a meal.
More snow on its way tonight and much warmer temps. Can't
wait! Jimmy Long fished alone in 23 feet of water and
caught all small fish, taking none home.
February 13, 2014:
Just got dumped on with about 4-5 inchs of
new snow and the wind is blowing. Pete is out plowing the
resort. No one fishing today as everyone headed home and new groups
checking in tonight and tomorrow.
February 12, 2014:
Dennis & Janice spent their time in a sleeper house.
They kept 14 fish and said their largest measured 16". They threw
back a fair amount also. Steve & Randy fished one day and kept
9. Rob & his partner fished two days, having a slow bite. They
kept 4 fish plus released 20 1/4" and 26" walleyes. They caught lots
of 13-14" fish but threw them back. Duane & Ed were in a sleeper
house and caught 100 fish. They ate 6 and took home 9. Duane
released a 22" walleye and he said they had two 16" and one 19" for
walleyes. Henry and his two fishing buddies kept 6 fish today. Bob,
Don, Todd & Jerry fished 2 days and did very well. They ate fish
and went home just shy a few on their limits. They kept nice 15, 16,
17" fish and had some 15" saugers. Gemini's (chartreuse with
white glow) just tipped with a minnow and left still worked great
for them. White/gold also worked well. They released 24" and 26 1/4"
walleyes. Their biggest keeper walleye measured 18 3/4". Way to go
guys! Brian & Matt fished a half day and brought in 6 keepers
plus Matt released a 26 1/2" walleye. Way to go Matt!
February 9, 2014:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRAD BARSTOW!! Fishing picked up this
weekend with most groups doing quite well. Amanda, Brad, Karl &
Nikki used their wheelhouse and did very well. They had a fish fry
and said they caught their limits, plus 1 eelpout and 6 tullibees.
All of their walleye/saugers were 15". Nikki caught her biggest
walleye measuring 27". Way to go Nikki!! Jason & Sara were in
sleeper house and also did well. They limited on walleyes and
saugers and also caught 5 tullibee. Tony, Chris, Carter and Aaron
were in sleeper house and had a great time. They caught 80 fish and
kept 25. Gold spoons and pink jig-o-bits worked best. Biggest
walleye measured 19 1/2" (released). They didn't catch any tullibees
and said they had 3 suspended fish on the vexilar but they would not
bite. Evan, Ethan & Matt fished the afternoon and did pretty
good keeping 8-9 fish and Matt released a 22" walleye. Tony, Chris
& Mike were in a sleeper house and had a good time. They kept 14
walleye/saugers and they got a couple of big pike. Mike
released a 36 1/2" pike and Tony released a 34" pike. Way to go you
two!! Ana and Josh fished two days doing "fair". They kept 6 each
day plus Josh released a 25" walleye. Way to go Josh!! They caught
tons of tullibees. Leslie, John, Brian & Tim had slow fishing.
They kept 6 on Friday and kept 3 on Saturday. Tim released a 27 1/2"
walleye. Way to go Tim. They also caught one tullibee.
February 4, 2014:
Kevin, Ed, Pat, John, Tom & Dave fished a couple of
days and had a slow bite. They kept 16 walleye/saugers and 7
tullibees and then another 4 more walleyes/saugers the next day.
February 2, 2014:
Kevin, Hose' & Mark spent a couple of days on the ice
and did well catching 80 fish and keeping around a dozen. Dallas,
Bob, Curt, Eric & John had a great time staying with us
and catching lots of fish. They kept 8 fish the second day
out, and kept 23 walleyes/saugers on Saturday plus one nice
crappie caught by Dallas. That's the 6th crappie we know of caught
out of our fish houses tis winter. Eric released a 22" walleye. Way
to go Eric!! Margie, Brian & Chris fished two days and had a
slow bite. They kept 1 walleye and 3 saugers plus 2 tullibees on
Saturday with the largest fish measruing 14". Saturday they kept 4
walleyes and 1 tullibee. Margie released a 22" walleye. Way to go
Margie!! Rick & Clarissa spent the weekend in the sleeper house.
They kept 7 fish with Rick landing a 19" walleye and Clarissa
landing a 16" walleye. Myron, Matt & Troy were in a sleeper
house and caught lots of small fish plus kept 9 fish, all 14" and up
with the largest measuring 18" and 19". Alan, Kari, Mike & Pam
fished in their wheelhouse out of Adrians. They kept 9 fish. Pam
released 19 1/2" and 21" walleyes. Way to go Pam! John, Jake &
Tim fished two days and did very well. They caught their limits
of very nice fish including a 18" sauger and some 15" and 16" fish.
Jake released a 26" walleye. Way to go Jake!!
January 31, 2014:
Al & Joyce fished two days and kept 12 nice fish. They
both lost a big walleye in the hole. Jacque & Greg went ouf
of Adrian's with their house and did okay catching some decent size
fish; keeping 7 saugers and 6 walleyes. They said they caught the
smallest fish they have ever seen, measuring 3-4" long. Jacque
released a 23 1/2" walleye, her largest walleye so far. Way to go
January 28, 2014:
Slow bite the past few days and still colder than we would
like it! Sunday we had to pull the people off the lake at
noon due to high winds and blowing snow. Pretty much a whiteout on
the lake. Doug & Jason kept 5 fish on Sunday and released a 22"
walleye. Monday they caught 24 fish and kept 5, released a 24"
walleye, and today caught 24 fish again and kept a total of 6 plus
they released 21" and 22" walleyes. Doug is from Nebr5aska and Jason
is from South Dakota. They had a great time. Doug Emerson and hsi
two sons fished two days and kept 17 fish including a couple of
ullibees. Scott and his partner kept 8 fish on Monday and another 3
today. Neil and his partner fished today and kept only 2 fish. Very
January 26, 2014:
Hoss, Doreen, Linda & Randy spent a night in a sleeper
house. They caught some fish plus some tullibees. Linda released a
22" walleye. Keith, Duane and Emily kept 2 walleyes and Emily
caught a 40 1/4" pike which was her first time ice fishing and
was her first bite! Way to go Emily! Matt, Travis, Jason &
Bryan were in a sleeper house. They ate fish twice and took
home a pail full. Matt released a 25" pout and they also had 3
tullibees. Seth, Keith, Ethan, Marv, Chip, Aaron, John, Ryan &
Dave used portables and had slow fishing. Doug & Jason caught
lots of 12" and under fish with 16 walleyes and 4 saugers. They
had 3 eaters plus they caught 24 tullibee and released a 24"
walleye. Scott & Steve kept 12 fish, saying a purple Gemini
worked best and Scott caught a 25" walleye on a gold jig-o-bit. The
fish weighed 5.6 lbs. Way to go Scott! Dave, Shawn, Jeff & Steve
kept 10 walleye/sauger their first day out and another 9 the second
day. Dave was the tulllibee King and he also caught a 19" walleye.
Shawn released a 22" and Jeff released a 25 1/4" walleye. Way to go
guys! Dave, Steve, Dan, Jason & Ryan did pretty good. They
released 20" and 21" walleyes and also caught a couple of tullibees.
Vicki, Brian, Kyle, Jessica & Travis caught 50-60 fish and said
they had a great time. Vicki released a 26" walleye, Kyle released a
25 1/2" walleye and Jessica released three fish over 20". Travis got
an 18" for his biggest. Way to go you guys! Nick & Nate were in
a sleeper house and did very well. They ate some fish, limiting out.
They lost a couple of big ones also.
January 23, 2014:
Al & Joyce had some good fishing for 2 days. They ate 4
fish and took home their limits plus Joyce released a 22" walleye.
Way to go Joyce!! We sure enjoyed having you two back! Ron &
Eldon said they did good the first day out and their second day was
slower. They kept 12 walleye/saugers, one perch and 2 tullibee.
Dave, Dennis & Joel kept 26 fish with them eating some the first
night. Dennis released two 21" walleyes. Way to go Dennis! Pat,
Roger, Dennis & Sonny got a few fish with them eating 4 and
taking home 10 walleye/saugers, 6 tullibees plus Pat caught an 11"
crappie! Sonny released a 20" walleye and Dennis released another
20" walleye. Way to go guys! Drake & Jennifer were in a sleeper
house and did very well on gold jigs. This was Jennifer's first time
ice fishing and she loved it. They ate fish tacos in their sleeper
house and took home their limits. Gold Rock'n'rolls worked best.
Jennifer released a 24" walleye and Drake released a 23" walleye.
Way to go you two!! Julie & Jason were in a sleeper house and
did very well. They took home their limits of walleyes and saugers,
20 tullibees and Julie caught one nice crappie! Way to go Julie!
Rick, Wayne & John said it was slow the first day and
did better the second day. They caught 6 saugers, 8 walleyes
and 6 tullibees. Dave, Jim, Neil, Russ & Gary got quite a few
fish plus four slot fish. Neil got the largest measuring 26",
followed by 25", 24" & 23" walleyes. Way to go
Neil!! Weather changes have been hard on the bite the past few
weeks. Walleye Retreat Women's Bowling Team took first place for the
first half of the season!
January 21, 2014:
Carol & Dude fished two days. They kept 12 fish; mostly
saugers. They also caught some tullibees. Rick's group had a slow
day, keeping a few saugers and catching around a dozen tullibees.
January 20, 2014:
Much slower bite with the weather change that came through
this weekend. Justin's group were in a sleeper house and had a slow
bite. They did release a 24 1/2" walleye and their largest keeper
measured 17 1/2". Ray, Chad, Mike & Jeff had enough fish
to eat and said they had a great time. Chad released a 29 1/4"
walleye. Way to go Chad!! Bill, Brian, Jake & Joe fished a
couple of days and said they caught some fish but was slow. They
kept 25 fish plus Jake released a 25" walleye and they also put back
21" and 22" walleyes. Way to go guys!! Steve, Dan, Jim & Jason
were in a sleeper house with the group catching lots of 10-13" fish
and some keepers. They caught a few over 20" and a few just under
20". They also caught 10 tullibee, one 10" perch and Dan released a
33" pike plus a 22 1/2" walleye. Steve released a 22" walleye. Way
to go guys!! Jeff, Steve & Marty kept 7 fish each day all
measuring 14-16" plus they had a couple of 19" walleyes. Steve
caught a nice 26" walleye around noon that he put back. Jeff
released a 23" and Marty released a 21" walleye. They said they
had early and late bites. They kept a dozen tullibees and had some
15-16" saugers. They had one really huge tullibee. They had a good
time. Junior, Cameren & Andy stayed in a sleeper house and had a
good time. They caught tons of white fish (around 20) and a big
eelpout and 2 jumbo perch. They had a couple of 16", 17" and 18"
walleyes and lost a couple of big ones.Joe, Steve, Ben & Jake
ate a meal of fish after keeping 8 the first day out and
another 6 the second day. They caught lots of tullibees (16 or more)
and otherwise said they had mostly saugers. Steve caught a 13.5"
jumbo perch and Joe released a 23" walleye. Way to go Joe!! They ate
a meal of fish while here.
January 16, 2014:
Very high winds today and blowing snow. All plowed roads
closed for the day. White out on the lake totally most of the day.
Brian & Travis came off the lake this morning from a few nights
in a sleeper house. They caught 90 fish and kept 15 plus a dozen
tullibees. They said they caught em all on "swedish Taso's"!
Sorry you didn't make it with them Taso! Dan & Gary caught 12-13
fish today; keeping 7. Dan released 23" and 24" walleyes. Way to go
Dan!! Bill, Karl & Jerry threw back 6 fish and kept 3, plus
3 tullibees.Gary, Jim & John caught 75 fish in 3 days. They ate
a meal and kept 5 to take home. They also put back 21" and 22 1/2"
walleyes. Jim got the biggest walleye and he also caught a big
eelpout around 6-7 lbs. They caught lots of small fish. Warren,
Larry, Scott, Dwight, Joe, Carl, Randy & Chad were in sleeper
houses. They caught 120 fish. Said they caught lots of small
saugers plus a couple of pike and also they released a 37" pike. Way
to go!! Larry broke his line on a big fish.
January 15, 2014:
Ed & Leanne had a good trip with them catching all
really nice fish. They caught 24 the 1st day out and kept 6,
their 2nd day they caught 10 and kept 3 (today). They came in early
off the ice with the winter storm moving in. Whiteout on the lake
with blowing snow and high winds. Dan & Gary kept another 4 fish
today. Bob & Judy fished two days and said it was the best
fishing they have had up here. They went home one walleye short of
their limits. Their largest measured 17 1/2". Don, Lisa, Tom &
Denise fished two days and kept a total of 17 fish. Don released two
22" walleyes and Lisa released a 25" walleye. Way to go Lisa and
Don! This was Lisa's first time ice fishing and she loved it. Thanks
for the jar of homemade pear jelly Lisa! Tim, Kevin & Brian kept
6 fish the 1st day out and another 8 the second day, saying they
caught 40 fish. They also had 1 tullibee. They relased a 19 3/4"
walleye and said they had a great time. Henry, Neil and Ralph drove
over from International Falls and fished for the day. They did
well keeping 12 nice walleyes with 17" and 19" fish in the bucket.
Henry released a 21" walleye, Neil released a 24" and Ralph released
a 26" walleye! Way to go guys!!
January 12, 2014:
Nikki, Carl, Brad, Amanda, Jen, Dave, Kim & Chad had a
super weekend of fishing. They went home with their limits of nice
fish. Brad released a 20" walleye. Chris, Jeff, Brad, Zach, Mike,
Matt & Tony spent the weekend in sleeper houses. They said it
was really slow for them and they kept 10 fish measuring 12-19" plus
they kept 7 tullibees. Jeff caught an 11" crappie and Brad released
a 21" walleye. They caught a couple of eelpout and a 12" perch.
Barry, Brenda, Marc, Chelsey, Aaron and Breanna ate a meal of fish
and took home 10. Barry caught and released a 25" walleye and they
also put back two 23" walleyes. Way to go!! They said the fish they
kept were nice ones. Brian, Mike & Tom had great fishing using
their portables, saying it is the best fishing they have seen in 3
years. They released 3 slot fish including a 24" and they took home
their limits of nice fish. Randy Keller and Mark Regan stopped at
Red Lake and fished doing well there, then headed up here to try a
few nights in their wheelhouse. Mark caught a 15 3/4" jumbo perch
and Randy caught a 30" walleye he kept. Way to go guys!! They went
home with their limits of fish. Kevin, Mark, Jason & Chris were
in a sleeper house and caught 86 fish. They limited. No slot fish.
Biggest walleye measured 19". Matt, Rick and Cacia stayed in a
sleeper house and did well keeping over 25 fish. Rick caught a nice
28 1/4" walleye that he kept to mount. They had a great time.
January 11, 2014:
Kristy, Ron, Tyler & 6 yr old Aidan fished two days
catching some nicer fish today, mostly saugers. Aidan caught some
saugers for his first trip. Kristy released a nice 26" walleye. Way
to go Kristy!! Jimmy stayed overnight in his fish house. He
caught all small fish in 21' of water. John & Mandy had a slow
bite keeping 2 fish on Friday and another 6 today. John released a
25" walleye. Way to go John!! Mark, Craig, Mark & Steve said
their first day out they caught 30 fish and kept 6. The second
day they had nicer fish catching 15 and keeping 7. Craig released a
22" and kept a 19"- he got the biggest walleye this trip! Brad,
Amanda, Chad, Carl, Nikki, Jen, Dave, Kim & Chad are using
their wheelhouse and fished 6.4 mi out of Cyrus Road. They had
excellent fishing with them keeping all 15-19" saugers
and walleyes. Chad released 22", Amanda released 21 1/2" and
Nikki released a 23" and she also lost her phone down the hole. Too
bad! Tim & Kevin used portables and had great fishing out
of the Cyrus plowed road, saying they got off by themselves (5 1/2
mi out) and had a grea time. They kept big saugers measuring
15-16". They ate 6 fish and replaced them today, taking home their
limits. They limited by 1pm in 31' of water. They released a 19"
walleye and Tim released a 23" walleye. Way to go guys!!
January 10, 2014:
Happy Anniversary to Dave & Erin!! Dave & Erin
fished two days; keeping 9 tullibee and 5 saugers on Thursday
and then another 9 tullibee today plus 6 saugers and 6 walleyes with
34 of them being a nice size. Jake, Don, Twig and Gino had a good
time catching lots of fish. They ate fish and took home limits
including some nice fat 16" walleyes and a couple 15". Gino caught
and released a 28" walleye that he got on a chartreuse bubblegum.
Way to go Gino!! Laird fished solo for one day and kept 7. Arne,
Derrill, Doug, Tom, Charlie & Tony fished two days. They caught
around 100 fish and kept 24 each day plus 3-4 tullibees and one
jumbo perch. They caught 6 slot fish including 21", 22" and 23"
walleyes. Way to go guys! Casey, Larry, Michael and John kept 11
fish. James, Jerid, Shawn and Cody fished two days and had a slow
bite. They kept 6 small fish the first day and another 3
fish the 2nd day. Jerid released a 25" walleye he caught on a
pink and white buckshot. Way to go Jerid!! They also put back a 23"
walleye and caught 4 tullibees. They still had a good time. Dick
& Bob also fished two days; they kept 8-9 fish in the 14-16"
range. Patrick, Chris, John & Justin spent their time in a
sleeper house and had a slow bite but did get some nice fish,
keeping 16. They released a coule of slots with Justin putting back
a 21 1/2" and Chris released a 23 1/2" walleye. They also had 3-4
tullibees. Evan, Tyler and John fished the afetrnoon heading out
Cyrus Resort's plowed road. They caught plenty of fish and kept 15
measuring 14,15 and 16". Evan released a 24" walleye and they also
put back a 19 1/2" walleye.
2014: Darol just came over to tell me about his big walleye
he caught today. He got a beauty 26" walleye on a blue & white
ball jig. His buddy Mike caught a 30" pike also on blue and white.
They released both fish. Way to go guys! Bob is also fishing with
them. They caught 30 fish today; mostly saugers and kept enough
for a meal, saying they caught lots of little fish and 6
tullibees. Ray, Reed, Larry, Dick, Dale, Adam, Derek, Pete &
Aaron fished two days and said the first day "sucked" with them
keeping only 9 fish. The second day they kept 22 fish and said green
worked best. Derek is here from Russia trying ice fishing. He caught
a nice 18" walleye. Ray released a 22" walleye. Way to go Ray!! The
group had a good time.
January 6, 2014:
Jeremy, Rick, Travis, Matt, Mike & Josh fished two days
with the first day being slow. They kept 12 small fish and Rick
released a 26" walleye. Way to go Richard!! Their second day out
they did better keeping 34 walleyes/saugers. Jim, Jason & Larry
did well fishing 1/2 day today and keeping 5 plus 7 tullibees.
Yesterday they kept 20 walleye/saugers and 6 tullibee including a
17" sauger and 16" walleye. Ron, Chuck & Jerry had a good time.
They kept 20 fish the first day and another 6 the second day, saying
they caught 26 fish. They had two 14", one 15" and a 17".
January 5, 2014:
Doreen, Linda, Randy & Hoss, spent one night in a
sleeper house. They had a good time and kept 11 fish; 5 walleyes and
6 saugers. They also had 3-4 tullibees. Doreen lost her rod down the
hole. Keith & Tim spent a couple nights in a sleeper house
and did well keeping 12 and Keith also released a 24 1/2" walleye.
Marty's group used portables and kept 10 fish and released a 24"
walleye. Way to go! Josh's group fished Saturday and kept 16 plus
released 20", 23" and 24" walleyes. Way to go !! They also caught
lots of whitefish.Yesterday they used their portables and battled
the wind and had a slow bite. Jim, Jason & Larry caught 12
fish yesterday and kept 4 plus 2 tullibees. They had a 17" sauger.
Allan, Kari, Brittni & Adam used wheel houses and had a slow
bite. They kept 6 fish; 4 saugers and 2 walleyes plus they released
3 big pike.
January 3, 2014:
Dustin, Dan & Ryan spent a couple of nights in a
sleeper house. They caught a total of 70 fish; keeping 11 saugers, 6
walleyes and 7 tullibee. They released 22 1/2" and 24" walleyes.
Bill, Kathie & Richard spent a week on the ice and had a good
time. They ate lots of fish while on the ice and took some home.
They also caught 3 eelpout and some tullibees. Laird & Bob
fished two days with them keeping 5 fish on Wednesday and 13
fish on Thursday. Bob released a 22" walleye and Laird broke his
line twice. He had a big walleye that filled the hole coming
up but spit the hook and got away! Larry & Rocky also
fished the same days. They kept 13 fish and said they had some nicer
fish the second day including 15" and 17" walleyes. The rest
measured 12-13". Bite picking up a little since the cold front moved
in this past week.
January 2, 2014:
Fishing much better today than the past few days. Jim Sr,
Adrian & Jimmy Jr fished the past 3 days catching a total of 33
fish with today being their best day. They fished Red Lake before
arriving here and caught 30 fish while there. First day on the lake
here they caught 10 and kept only 3 plus released a 25 1/2" pike.
Their 2nd day they caught 15 and kept 5 plus Jimmy Jr released a 23"
walleye. Way to go Jimmy! Today they kept 10 and Jim Sr released a
23" walleye and Adrian released a 28 3/4" walleye. Way to go!!
Alec, Dusty and Kenny had two slow days keeping only 6 fish and then
another 5 yesterday. Chanse, Bret & Darren kept 9 fish on Monday
and then another 18 on Tuesday. Bret released a 22" walleye and
Darren released a 23" walleye. Way to go!! Dean & Jane were in a
sleeper house for a couple of nights. They kept 3 fish and had
a very slow bite. Danita and Steve fished one day keeping 8 and
releasing a 24" walleye. Joe & Maria fished two days keeping 9
and then 5 the second day. They had all 13" and up saugers and Maria
caught a nice 17" walleye. This was her first time ice fishing and
she really enjoyed it. Larry & Rocky kept 12 fish, all around
13". Larry released a 24" walleye. Jeff and Charles spent a few
nights in a sleeper house. They ate 3 fish on the lake and ended up
with their limits to take home. They both released 21" walleyes.
They also caught one eelpout. Orange jig-o-bits and pink glass
jigs worked best. They traveled all the way from southern
Michigan to spend time fishing Lake of the Woods. It has
been very cold here with low of -42 this morning and high around
-10. Warm again tomorrow and then back to cold.
December 30, 2013:
Marty and his 10 yr old daughter Meghan just came off the
lake this morning after spending the weekend in a sleeper house.
They had a super great time catching lots of fish, eating fish in
the house and going home with their limits. Meghan caught and
released a 27 1/2" walleye! Way to go Meghan!! She also caught a 14"
jumbo perch this morning and is going to have her grandpa mount it
for her. Marty released a 20" walleye. They had nice 14-15" walleyes
and their biggest sauger measured 14". They also caught 2 whitefish.
Phil, Joe, Gordy & Eric had slow fishing in their house. They
kept 5 the first day and then 6 the second day. They had 14" and up
fish and also caught 2 whitefish. Jon, Jim & Jason had great
fishing, getting their limits plus 6 tullibees. They released a 22"
and Jim released a 26" pike. John, Shannon, Marissa & Alex had a
slow day on Friday keeping only 9 fish. Saturday they did better
keeping 17 fish with the biggest measuring 18". No slot fish caught.
December 28, 2013:
Jeff, Jon and Roger fished two days doing well. They caught
6 different species of fish including perch, pike, pout, tullibee,
sauger and walleye. They ate fish during their stay and went home
just 4 short of their limits. 18" walleye was their nicest keeper
and they kept 14, 15 and 15 1/2" fish. They caught 66 fish the first
day out and another 41 the second day. Jon released a 28" pike. They
had a great time. Kalin, Ken & Bob had a good time. They
kept 7 their first day out plus Kalin battled a huge pike for 15
minutes before getting it up the hole. It measured a whopping 39"!
Way to go Kalin!! Their biggest keeper measured 16". Jimmy
& Jessie stayed in their fish house on the ice Thursday night.
They caught fish continuously, leaving Friday with their limits.
They had 8 nice walleyes measuring 19" and they kept nice saugers
using orange glass jigs and gemini's. They also put back a 23"
walleye. Way to go!! Warren's group had a slow day on Friday fishing
the afternoon and keeping 10. Saturday Tom, Warren, Beau, Levi,
Travis & Dennis kept 29-30 fish and put back lots of small ones.
Rich's group did well on Friday and said they caught quite a few.
Saturday was slower but they did get 17" and 19" fish. Jonathan, Jim
& Jason caught 59 fish, kept 9 saugers/walleyes and 3 tullibees.
They also put back a 22" walleye. Grandpa Kevin, Dan and 5 yr old
Ronin stayed in a sleeper house and had a slow bite. Ronin caught 5
fish. They got some whites and kept 10 sauger/walleyes. Rod, Jeremy,
Jennifer & Eric spent one night in a wheelhouse keeping 11.
Roger's group split up into two houses with 4 in each house. Roger's
house did well catching 69 fish on Friday and 52 fish on Saturday.
The other house caught 20 fish each day. They also put back a 21"
walleye and had a 17" sauger. Jeremy, Tom, John & Jerry stayed
in sleeper house. Friday they caught 28 fish, kept 9 saugers and 3
walleyes. Saturday they caught 30 fish and kept 8 saugers and 3
walleyes. Sunday they fished til noon and kept 3 saugers and 1
walleye and 1 pout. They also released a 21" walleye. They caught 4
tullibee, 1 pout, 2 perch and 1 crappie!Way to go guys! Matt
fished in his house alone and kept 5 fish. His heater wasn't working
right so he loaded up and headed home on Saturday. Very windy this
weekend, snowing and cold. Going to be cold all next week with lows
at -35 to -40 at night and highs during day of only -10 to -15
degrees. The weather change/cold front did slow down the bite for
2013: Still some great fishing happening. Brian, Joe, Joel, Andy &
Rob did well with the group keeping 16 fish on Saturday including
7-8 nice 15-16" walleyes. Plus they put back 20", 22", 23" and 26"
fish. Their first day out they killed em" catching 70 fish. Steve
& Scott caught 21 fish and kept 10 including 17-19" keepers.
Josh & John were in a sleeper house and caught 75 fish and quite
a few burbots. They released two 23 1/2" walleyes and took home
limits. Grant, Keith, Dave & Howie had some really nice fish
with nothing under 14". They kept 30 fish and had some really nice
18-19" walleyes and some nice saugers also. They caught 140 fish
total. Crystal, Sherry, Lucinda & Terri fished yesterday
and came in with 25 keepers. They put back lots of small fish plus
Crystal caught a beauty 25 1/2" walleye. Way to go Crystal!! She and
Sherry each got a big eelpout. This was Lu's first time ice fishing
and she had fun! Terri caught two 19" walleyes and we all
caught some nice 15" saugers making a nice bucket of fish. Merlin,
Jesse, Eain & Scott fished alongside of us and they did
well keeping 20 fish. Merlin caught a nice 28" walleye on a
chartreuse whistler. Way to go Merlin!! Scott caught and released a
34" pike. Way to go Scott!! Sam and Chris fished a couple of
hours in the afternoon and kept 2 fish. Mark's group did well
keeping 18 and released 22" and 25" walleyes. Nathan & his son
Tanner fished 1 1/2 days and had great fishing catching 35-40 fish
the first day out and keeping 12. They had a fish fry, then fished
til 12:30 or so the next day and came in with enough to get their
limits. They kept all 14" and up fish and said they caught
30-35 today. They also put back a 22" walleye. Way to go
guys!! Brian, Karl, Dan
& Brendan used portables out of Adrian's and caught 80 fish on
Saturday, plus 60 more on Sunday. They had 5-6 keepers measuring 19"
and Dan put back 20 1/2" and 26 1/2" walleyes. Way to go Dan!! Laird
& Bob fished two days, getting their llimits with nice
saugers on the second day. Their biggest fish measured 18 7/8". Sam
& Chris fished the afternoon into the evening and kept 7
including a nice 19" walleye caught by Samantha. Billy, Brad, Chris
& Colton caught 52 fish yesterday, keeping 16. Monday they
caught more fish but they were smaller, around 60 fish. They kept 7
today. They also had 5 whitefish and 2 pout. They put back lots of
10" fish. Very cold this weekend with 22 below Saturday morning and
30 below Sunday morning. High of -14 today. Still only 13" or so of
ice most places.
December 18, 2013:
Linda & Keith had a good day catching 52 fish today and
keeping 11. Linda released a 24 1/2" walleye and Keith released a
22". Way to go!! Bill & Jerry had good fishing going home with
limits of 15-18" walleyes and they had very nice saugers all
measuring 13" and up. The first day out they said a plain hook
worked best and their second day the fish were agressive and it
didn't matter what they used. The Eliason family fished a half day
on Tuesday getting 5 keepers. They went home with close to their
limits. Ron & Eldon caught their limits and released a 22"
walleye. Jason, Kevin, Dale & Nate had great fishing. They
caught 80 fish the first day out, another 100 the second day
out and 71 fish the 3rd day. They kept all 14" and bigger
fish, headed home with limits and ate fish. They have bneen staying
with us for 7 years and said every year the fishing gets better!
Dale released 22" and 24 1/2" walleyes. Way to go Dale! Swedish
pimple was working well with a frozen shiner. Jack, Linus, Clarence
& Andy fished two days and said they ate fish and took home
quite a few. Andy released a 26" walleye. Way to go Andy!! Steve,
Kenny & Mike fished two days and did well. They said the first
day was slow (Monday) but did better on Tuesday and got
close to their limits. Brian, Clayton, Dale & George had good
fishing both days. Clayton and Dale caught 57 fish together on
Tuewsday. Clayton caught a 24" pike. They limited on walleyes with
nice 17 1/2' and 4 saugers all 15 1/2". Brian caught an 18 1/2"
walleye. Way to go guuys! They also caught 1 tullibee. Bill's group
kept 9 walleyes and 10 saugers - all very, very nice fish. Rod
fished two days and did well. He released 20 fish and kept his
limits of walleyes and saugers. Dan Klampe fished alone and did very
well catching 75 fish and saying he caught 25 by 9:30 am. He kept
his limit of nice 14" and up walleyes and saugers and
released 19 3/4" and 22" walleyes. He also caught a 28" pike.
Way to go Dan!! John, Ed, Al, Mike, Dave & Paul caught 36 fish
the first day out and their second day they caught 24 saugers and
walleyes with the biggest keeper measuring 18". Mike released a 26"
walleye, Dave released a 25 1/2" walleye and Al released a 33" pike.
Way to go guys!!
2013: The Eliason boys are here and having a great time.
They fished the afternoon yesterday and brought in 10 keepers. Today
they fished a full day with Gary, Dave, Peter, Joe, John, Eric &
Josh bringing in 50 keepers. They had a good bite til noon and then
from 4pm on. They kept all 14" and up fish. No slots caught today.
Bill's group did well with them keeping 13 saugers with one
measuring 19" and 11 walleyes. They had a nice pail of fish! Rod
fished alone going out around 10am. He did well bringing in 4
saugers and 2 walleyes. He threw back 5 fish.
December 15, 2013:
Very cold weekend but fish still biting! 29 below this
morning. Is it ever going to warm up just a bit? Adam, Kevin, Shawn,
Steve and Rod fished a couple of days with their portables, moving
around. Adam and Kevin caught 51 fish plus Adam released a 20"
walleye. Shawn released two 22's and a 24" walleye. Way to go guys!
Steve & Rod were also present but only kept 3. Carrie,
Sherry, Crystal & Jacob fished the late afternoon and kept 4.
Brad, Amanda, Jason, Carl & Nikki fished the morning from about
7:30 til 10am and kept 5 plus one whitefish. They are using
portables. Yesterday they did better getting more fish. Mike, Gina
& 8 yr old Chase had a great weekend fishing in one of our
houses. They caught 103 fish on Saturday! Way to go! Jamie fished
with his 9 yr old nephew Brody. They did well catching 40 fish on
Saturday before 2pm. Jamie released a 23" walleye and Brody released
a 22" walleye. They got their limits. Drue & Sylvia used their
portables and caught over 40 fish, threw back 25 and also put back a
26" walleye. Way to go! They limited. Kevin & Jose' were in a
wheelhouse with each of them catching 40 fish or so. They didn't get
any slot fish but they kept limits of all nice 15-17" walleyes and
saugers. Craig's group fished with portables and did well also.
Bring your warm clothes. Had to jump start 3 vehicles at resort this
morning plus numerous ATV's.
December 13, 2013:
Friday the 13th was unlucky day for some and lucky for
others! Jason's group started the day out with a bad twist; his new
truck caught on fire in the driveway here - they got the fire out
quick but needed the truck towed to a shop. They didn't get out
fishing til around 2pm with their portables. Brad, Amanda, Carl,
Nikki and Jason kept 10 walleyes. On the brighter side,Jim did
excellent staying in his house overnight on the ice. He caught his
limit and lost a big one in the hole. He went through 3 dozen
minnows in just over 24 hours. Tim & George used their portables
and did well - they ate fish and took home limits of all nice 18"
fish. George released a 26" walleye. Way to go George!! Mike, Gina
and 8 yr old Chase had a great day catching 40 walleye/saugers and
keeping nice limits. Their largest fish was 19". The Lakeville South
Girls Hocky Team fished today. Megan, Anna, Malia, Maile, Macey,
Emily, Taylor, Jenna, Elle, Lindsay, Kaitlyn, Amanda & Kallie
are the Dirty Dozen plus Kallie (goalee). They had a blast today!
Megan & Anna won the money for the biggest fish at 27" which was
an eelpout plus they got an extra $10 for getting a pout. A 25 1/2"
walleye was caught by the Stepfan, Reed and Boisjolie family members
followed by a 24" walleye caught by the Stepfan family. The group
came in with 78 keepers including one pike and the pout. They had a
big fish fry tonight. Tomorrow they head to Warroad, Roseau and
Thief River Falls for games this weekend. Good Luck team!!
December 12, 2013:
Ed had super good fishing today, getting his limit of nice
17-19" walleyes plus his saugers. He said some of the fish were
finicky and others were very agressive. He released a 26" pike plus
walleyes measuring 28", 27", 25", two 22" and one 19 1/2". Way to go
Ed!! He said the bite was best in the am from 9-10am and then
again from 1-2pm and from 4pm on. Missy, Steve & 8 yr old
Stephanie had great fishing.They kept and released lots of 16-17"
fish plus released a couple of 23", 22"s and 20" walleyes. Stephanie
was on her first ice fishing trip to Lake of the Woods and she had
fun. She caught a 22" walleye on a glow red/pink Gemini and her
other keepers were 17". Way to go Stephanie!! Lester, Richie &
Mike had a good day. Lester released a 23" and Mike lost a nice one
in the hole. Jimmy & Dean fished two days doing well. They kept
all 17-19" walleyes and had an 18" sauger. They released 20 1/2",
22" and 24" walleyes. Way to go guys!! Jim, Bob, Keith & Laird
did good and said they were so busy with fish they could only fish
one line. Jim had a big sturgeon on and they all got a slot
walleye. Dave's group did well getting nice fish and limiting out.
One of them caught and released a 29" walleye. Way to go!! Ken's
group also did well keeping 14 1/2" to 15" fish plus a 15 1/2"
sauger and a 19 1/4" walleye. We have 14" of ice now. Still using
Geo Trackers and carts. No big trucks going on the lake yet.
2013: Another good day of fishing. Ken, Brian &
Marvin limited today keeping all fish in the 15-16 1/2" range.
Marvin released a 23 1/2" he caught early in the day. Missy, Steve
and their 8 yr old daughter Stephanie are having a blast catching
lots of fish. Mike, Brad, Dan & Tony fished two days and did
very well. They kept their limits of walleyes and saugers plus threw
back lots of big ones. Dan released 26" walleye, Mike 22" and Tony
caught a 19 3/8" walleye. Way to go guys!! They said they kept all
nice fish. Lester and Rich are doing well getting lots of nice fish.
Lester released a 26 1/2" followed by a 27" about 4 minutes later,
right before dark. Rich released a 25" walleye and they also put
back a couple of 20" walleyes. They said the fishing is awesome.
Jesse & Travis limited on both using gold and red glow ants.
Travis released a 25" walleye. Way to go Travis!! Aaron, Scott,
Troy, Eric, Matt, Slice, Bob, Matt, & Greg used their portables
and did well getting their limits of walleyes and close to
getting their saugers, plus eating fish. They kept all 15-19"
fish and were in 14-16' of water. They released lots of 19's, 21's,
22's and figure they had 25-30 fish over 20". Scott released a
26 21/2" and he lost a bigger one in the hole. They also ate fish
December 8, 2013:
Happy Birthday Merlin Johnson!!! The fish are still
biting. Guess they don't care how cold it gets with temp of 30 below
this morning, burrrrr. Yesterday Tim's group went onto the ice
around 11am, fishing til dark. They came in with 19 walleye/saugers
and released the following: Tim 24 1/2" & 27 1/2" walleyes, Andy
released a 27 3/4" walleye and Scott released a 23 1/2" walleye. Way
to go guys!! Today they fished til noon and had another good
day keeping 19 saugers, 9 walleyes and 1 perch.They had some really
nice fish! Travis and Oliver were also along and caught lots of
keeper fish. Jerry & Vicki did well yesterday again, with Jerry
releasing six walleyes measuring 21", 22", 23" and 24". Vicki
released 24" and 25" walleyes. Way to go you two!! They caught lots
of fish and took home their limits. Sam & Chris went out around
3pm today catching 32 fish and keeping 10 with the largest measuring
15". Good colors this weekend were white & green Gemini, white
& pink Gemini and white & pink rock'n'rolls. Gold was also
great and red glow ants plus anything with red glow. We
have 6 fish houses on the lake and the rest are going out
tomorrow. Will be taking the sleeper houses out soon. Will
check the ice thickness tomorrow. Still have some portable groups in
camp and some are fishing pike today since they already have all
their walleyes and saugers. Lots of happy fishermen and women in
camp this weekend!
December 7, 2013:
Happy 50th Birthday to my brother Tim!!! The
morning started out with a bang! Fish were biting fantastic
right away! Dr. Stone and Jerry are already back in with their
limits of 8 fish by 11am, plus Ben released a 27 1/2" walleye.
Way to go Ben!! They had a great time. All other houses are slamming
fish also. Yesterday was slower with our group of 8 keeping 21
walleyes/saugers with some nice 18" plus they released a 21"
and 23". They caught lots of small fish. Jesse & Travis are in
portables. They kept two 16" and two 14" plus released a 21" walleye
and lots of small fish 12" or smaller. They took home their limits.
Jerry & Vicki are using portables and had better fishing today.
Jerry released two 24", 26" walleyes plus he released 20 or so fish
under 15" and 6 pike. He kept 4 walleyes measuring 18-19" and one
12" sauger. Vicki released two 22", 21" and 23" walleyes and an 8 lb
pike. She also released 15 walleyes from 5" to under 16". She kept
one 16" walleye. They are in the washout fishing shallow. We
started using the Geo-Trackers with the carts today. No more
wheelers!! Very cold this morning with temp of 20 below. No wind yet
December 6, 2013:
The ice fishing season is on and we have houses on the
lake. The guys took out two houses this morning and put 8 guys
out fishing in 19 feet of water. 9 good inches of ice out
there. Vicki & Jerry are here using their portables and fishing
the "washout". Jerry says there is only 5 inches of ice and after
drilling the holes the water came up and flooded the ice, then froze
over so he had a hard time getting their portables out at
the end of the night. They got setup late but did catch some fish,
with Vicki catching 10", 13" and 21" walleyes in 18 feet of water
(all released. Jerry setup in 15 1/2" feet and caught 12", 14" and
16" walleyes. He kept just the 16" fish. 13 below this morning,
not much for wind.
TOOK ALL DAY PLOWING AND SHOVELING PLUS PLOWING OFF
THE BAY, TRYING TO MAKE A TRAIL OUT TO THE LAKE. DIDN'T GET THE FISH
HOUSES ON THE LAKE TODAY BUT WILL BE ATTEMPTING IT IN THE EARLY
MORNING. WINDY TODAY AND VERY COLD. TEMP DROPPING ALL DAY.
December 5, 2013:
Lots of snow form the big storm, must have gotten around a
foot of snow here in the past few days. The snow has stopped now and
the winds are picking up. The guys are going out to the lake to see
if we can get some houses out today. The crossing was cleared
off. Right now we are shoveling and plowing out the resort.
Will give a report when they have checked the ice for thickness and
December 1, 2013:
Dan went out on his sled today and fished on the lake in 20
feet of water. He fished for 2 hours and caught his limit of both
walleyes and saugers out of Morris Point Resort. The resorts
are working on getting the crossing cleared off tomorrow. Will
probably start putting fish houses onto the lake mid week as long as
everything goes smooth. Get ready to ice fish!!
November 28, 2013:
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Pete and Steve checked the ice today,
starting in our bay. There is a good 5-6 inches on the bay all
the way out to the crossing. They walked over the crossing onto the
lake over a bunch of shoved up ice around 5-6 feet tall. Ice
measures 4 1/2" all the way out to 20 feet of water or so, then
thins out. We are also pleased to announce our two new employees
this winter; Chris Larson and Ronny Olson.
2013: Lake is frozen over as far as you can see out
from Morris Point Resort. Cold temps this weekend with below zero
temps a few nights. The Rainy River is also froze over. Will check
it later this week. Getting ready for ice fishing!
holding 27 1/2" walleye - released
42" pike - released
(right) 28" walleye - released
Joel with a
Nick with his
25" walleye - released
with a nice keeper walleye
with 20 1/2" walleye - released
family after a day on the charter boat
ready to clean the "catch of the day"!
Sam (right) with Sam's 28" walleye (released)
her 27" walleye (released)
Charlie, Sam & Julia (Julia's
November 17, 2013:
Steve and Nick had super walleye fishing yesterday out of
Lighthouse Gap in 24' of water. It was a sunny day with no wind and
Steve said they caught at least 75 fish by noon, sorting out the
small ones and keeping nice ones. The clouds moved in around 2pm and
the bite stopped. They came in with limits of saugers and walleyes.
Scott and his group didn't do as well. They fished near Steve and
Nick for awhile but they just weren't getting into them so they
headed to Long Point area and fished near the red buoy. They got
some but not as good as yesterday when they did pretty good, getting
some keepers and putting back a 25" walleye. Steve also hunted for
deer but no luck. Only 2 deer taken out of our camp this season.
Don't have anymore hunters checking in and just waiting for ice. Our
bay is now slushy/ice with the warmer temps we are having. We have
snow covered ground but just barely.
November 13, 2013:
Steve, Pete & Terri went fishing out of the river.
Can't launch a boat out of our place as we have ice on the bay all
the way out. We put the boat in at Wheeler's Point, headed toward
the lake but couldn't get on the lake. Too much ice jammed in the
gap from the river thawing out. We fished in 18 ft of water in Four
MIle Bay just off the river and got into the walleyes just before
dark. Terri caught a small pike and then Pete caught a small pike.
Then the walleyes started biting with Pete landing a nice 19 1/4"
followed by Steve with another one the same size! We caught a couple
more and one nice sauger and it was near dark so we headed in. By
the way, the docks are out at the public access.
November 11, 2013:
Greg McNevin shot a 8 pt buck yesterday. Real nice one!!
Mike in Cabin #1 also got a spike buck, a big bodied deer with small
horns. Steve saw a huge buck this morning but too far away.
Yesterday Steve, Greg, Travis, Aaron & Troy went walleye fishing
out of Light house Gap but it was slow. They caught some
small walleyes and came in with 2 keeper walleyes.
They fished from 10am til dark. Cold today with high around 16
degrees and some scattered snow on the ground. The bay is froze over
October 27, 2013:
Temps are much cooler this past week but still some fishing
going on. Brian, Troy, Chris, Eric & Aaron tried many spots this
weekend, going to the river, Lighthouse Gap, Morris Gap and in front
of Pine Island. They did best at the latter spot and kept 15 fish on
Friday plus another 8 for Saturday, which was a much slower day;
mostly saugers caught. They also caught an eelpout. Denny &
Francine grouse hunted, getting one and missing one and they also
tried fishing from shore on the river at Manitou Rapids, but no
bites. Terri & Pete fished the evening bite at Morris Gap
Saturday but only caught a few small fish and missed lots of
bites. The water was pretty dirty. No wind and pretty nice for 47
degrees. Georgeous sunset tonight. We are fall cleaining the cabins
and waiting for the deer season opener. Pete took the big boat out
of the water and put it away for the year. What a bummer! Goodbye
October 22, 2013:
Brian, Chad & Dave got out fishing today and did very
well, getting lots of bites and bringing in 15 nice keepers. Cold
today with high of 36 but no wind.
October 21, 2013
8pm: The guys tried fishing this afternoon but too cold and
too rough. They toughed it out for an hour but no bites so they came
October 21, 2013:
Woke up this morning to a couple of inches of wet snow on
the ground and temp of 28 degrees. Only one cabin in camp and they
plan on fishing the afternoon. Will let you know how they do.
October 20, 2013:
Happy Birthday to our nephew Matt!! Was a pretty good
weekend of fishing all in all. All groups battled the wind and cold
rain sprinkles on Thursday with 5-7 foot waves on the lake. Some did
fish the lake but most were on the river that day. Friday was a
nicer day with light winds but the bite slowed down quite a bit.
Saturday was slow in the morning and picked up in the afternoon out
of Lighthouse Gap. Hardly any wind and sunny. Connor, Todd, Adam
& Stevie had excellent fishing. They caught 75 fish Thursday on
the river and Connor and Stevie both had sturgeons on. Friday
on the lake they caught 117 fish and another 109 for Saturday.
Connor released a 20 1/2", Todd released 21 1/2" and 23 1/2"
walleyes and Adam released a 21 1/4" and 24". Way to go guys! They
also caught 10 perch with the largest measuring 12 1/2-13". Chad,
Brian and Seth also did well getting their limits and Chad getting
one perch. He also released a 25 1/2" walleye, Brian released two
22" walleyes and Seth had 18" and 19" walleyes. Cory, Lloyd, Tyler
and Austin caught lots of fish but mostly small fish. They took home
limits. Cory released an 8 lb pike, Tyler released a 24" walleye and
they also put back a couple of 20 1/2". Austin cuaght a sturgeon.
Jason, Ralph, Dominic & Kayla had a great time catching lots of
fish, eating meals twice and taking home limits of nice fat fish (I
saw their catch). Jason, Ralph and Kayla all released 20" walleyes
plus Kayla also put back a 21" walleye. Way to go!! Pete, Terri,
Charlie, Sam and 9 yr old Dawson kept 3 walleyes caught at Morris
Gap on Friday. The bite was very slow, mostly catching small fish.
Saturday they had better luck at Lighthouse Gap in 23 feet of water.
Charlie had on a big pike he lost at the boat and Pete caught a 42"
pike that barely fit into the net! Dawson learned how to bait
his own hook, set the jig on bottom and caught
his limit on his own today. He had a fun day and said the
best park was seeing the big northern. They brought in 15 keepers
including some nice 16-19" walleyes. Sunday morning was rain plus
sleet and everyone headed for home.
October 17, 2013:
Jack & Buck grouse hunted and got a few plus they
fished. They ate fish twice and took home limits. Buck caught a nice
18" sauger. Jim's gropup spent a week fishing the river and the
lake. They did well getting their limits and released a 20" walleye.
Gary & Karl had good fishing at Clementson on the river. Karl
caught and released a 27 1/2" walleye. See photo above. Way to go
October 15, 2013:
The wind and rain slowed fishing this weekend for
some. It was windy Friday and on thru the weekend but some still
managed to get fish. Brian took out Kevin and Hose' Friday evening
and they caught their limits of walleyes in just 45 minutes at the
Morris Gap area jigging with shiners. They also caught a nice
25" walleye they let go. Hose' called his grandparents to tell them
about the awesome bite and they headed up here on Sunday to
fish Monday. Brian took them out and they caught their limits
in 45 minute again! Super bite on right now! The shiners are running
and walleyes are stacked up out front this fall. Brian took out
Greg, Travis and Matt for the evening Sunday, getting
their limits of nice fat walleyes. It rained most of the day here on
Tuesday but then cleared up late evening and sunny skies for
Wednesday and high in 50's. Youth hunt starts Oct 17th. Pete
& Terri just returned from pheasant hunting in North Dakota for
4 days. Lots of birds this year where we hunted. Jiggs did
really well and had a great time. Pete got his limit and had
lots of fun! It was hard to leave even though the weather was cold
and rainy there.
October 9, 2013:
Awesome fishing tonight!! Brian, Terri & Pete went out
at 4pm and fished just til dark. The bite was on in 20 feet of water
immediately, just out of the Morris Gap. About the same amount of
boats out there tonight again. We caught fish after fish and got
some really nice ones. Brian released a 27" walleye. Way to go
Brian!! Terri released a 20". We came in with 9 really nice walleyes
and 6 nice saugers. It was warm today with high near 65 or so and no
wind. Beautiful sunset tonight again!! Supposed to be another great
October 8, 2013:
Roger Redpath just fished two days by himself and did very
well, catching tons of fish. He said for every 25 fish he caught he
put one in the box after sorting and keeping all 18-19"
walleyes. He went through 7 bags of shiners today by himself! He put
back a 21" walleye. Pete, Terri, Matt & Brian fished the Morris
Gap this evening and caught lots of small fish and also nice eaters.
We kept 11 walleyes/saugers. No big fish caught. Around a dozen
boats out fishing this evening and seeing the nets going out
everywhere. Georgeous weather this week. No wind on the lake and
2013: Pete did a charter today taking out David &
Cheryl with Brian coming along. Was a little windy in the morning
but not too bad when they left the dock. Forecast prediccted 45 MPH
winds arriving around 11am. They headed to Zippel to get out of the
west winds and did catch some fish but it got rough and kept getting
rougher with the waves growing. They had a hard time feeling the
bite it was so choppy. They did bring in 7 walleyes and Pete lost a
big walleye near the boat. They were back to the dock by 11:30 and
it took 3 of us to get the boat into the dock as it was already
gusting near 40 MPH. We lost quite a few shingles off the cabins
2013: Pete and Rod went spruce grouse hunting today
and did well with the dogs (Jiggs & Lucy) doing a great job.
They came back with their limits after just a couple of hours
of walking with the dogs.
2013: Pete and Terri went on a charter with Mike &
Christina today. We bait fished out of Lighthouse Gap and did pretty
good, along with lots of other boats. Christina caught the first
walleye measuring 23". Way to go Christina!! Terri followed with a
22" and then we started getting into some keepers and some small
fish. Terri released a 26" walleye and Mike caught and released a
beauty 27 1/2" walleye! Way to go Mike!! Pete also put back a
slot fish. We jigged with frozen shiners and went through alot of
bait. Around 1:30 we put the riggers down and caught more but was a
slower bite with that method. We did put 3 or 4 more nice walleyes
in the box and some saugers, coming in with 20 keepers. We were
told fishing yesterday was a super day. Today it was
cloudy with a lighter wind, as yestserday they had sunshine but high
winds. Looks like the walleyes are moving in closer and saw lots of
groups of shiners on the graph. The leaves are starting to
2013: We have retuned from our trip out west elk
hunting and trout fishing. This year Pete's sister Diana and her 26
yr old son Matt flew to the Jackson Hole Airport where we picked
them up. Matt & Pete hunted in the rain and fog, saw some elk
but never got a chance to shoot one. Terri & Diana spent their
time fishing several differeent streams for trout. The girls caught
lots of fish this year and it was Diana's first time fishing trout.
She caught a beautiful 20" cut throat for her first fish. It went
right to the taxidermy, of course! They caught lots of cut throats
and also each caught a brook trout for the first time. Alex (who
just got married to Sam (Pete's guide) took the girls fishing on the
wheeler to the creeks behind the ranch (Sleeping Indian Outfitters).
We all caught lots of fish and Alex was fly fishing. We had a blast!
No elk but lots of fish this year. We had a great time and sent
Diana and Matt back home on Saturday by plane and Pete and I
headed home by truck.
September 4, 2013:
Georgeous weather all week. Steve, Bruce & Eric fished
for 3 days and did really well downrigging. They ate fish while
staying and took home their limits. They said they didn't get any
slot walleyes but caught lots of nice keepers. Our friend Bob
Zimmerman stopped by the other day with a nice gift for the resort.
He hand carved and painted an eagle sculpture! What a
nice guy! Chedck out the phot above. Zimm did it!!
September 2, 2013:
Steve, Bruce & Eric downrigged today and came in with
12 keepers. No slots caught. Everyone else in camp headed home.
September 1, 2013:
Windy with big waves on the lake. No one going fishing
today. Raining off and on all day and high around 60
August 31, 2013:
Very nice day with hardly any wind and sunny. Pete did
a charter taking out Mike, Joel, Jay, Nick, Ben, Don & Greg.
They had a really good morning getting into the fish and putting
back some nice slots also. Joel caught the first
2-3 walleyes in the slots. Mike released a 28" walleye and Nick
released a 25". Ben also put back a 20" and they had a few more
slots. Way to go guys!! They came in with 30 keepers and had a great
day. Kevin, Jose and Mark fished around Pine Island in the evenings
and morning and did well getting around 20 fish. Their largest
meausred 16" and they had 12-14" fish.They had a good time. We had
another storm roll through tonight around 8pm with high winds and
some small hail. We have gotten close to 5 inches of rain in the
past 8 days.
August 24, 2013:
Brad & Billy used a small boat and trolled for a few
days. They released some slot walleyes including 23's, 24's and Brad
got a 26". They also had a couple of big pike and one that went thru
the net. Shane, Dave, Chris, Ben, Dave & Joe downrigged and
did good. Todd & Scot downrigged and did well limiting and
eating fish. They kept all nice 18-19" walleyes and had 16" saugers.
They released lots of slots in the 20-25" range including a
23", 24" and 25 1/2". Aaron, AJ, Tom, Olivia, Alana and Cameron went
on the charter with Pete. It was windy and rough and they came back
in at 10:30 as a couple of the kids were feeling sick. They had
already released 2 slots and put 4 in the box. They left the
dock 1/2 hour later with one less person on board and
fished the remainder of the day, keeping around 20 fish. Shannon
& Destiny and the smaller kids; Kaylee, Autumn and Hunter all
went to the beach swimming and they also went shopping in town.
Everyone had a great time. We had a severe storm last night with
high winds, and lots of rain, getting 1 3/4". Lots of branches
down this morning.
August 21, 2013:
A fun charter trip today with Pete, Terri, Robyn, Sue,
Sharon, Rolland, Jim & Kathy heading out for a day of fishing .
We headed across the lake before the wind picked up and fished off
the northeast side of Garden Island, drifting with jigs. We had a
couple of bites but was slow so Pete moved up to the west of Little
Oak. We tied on spinner rigs and starting gettting into fish with
Sharon catching the first walleye which was a nice 19" for the box.
The wind was picking up and then dying down so we had to troll
slowly with our spinner rigs. Then we got into some action. Kathy
Hill caught the largest walleye of the day measuring 20 1/2". Way to
go Kathy. We fished til 1pm or so and then headed up to Sunset Lodge
on Oak Island for some lunch. We had a wonderful meal and then went
for a ride around the island. On the way back everyone was content
with the fish in the box and we decided to head for the south shores
as it was past 3pm. We came to the docks with 15 walleyes, 2
saugers. Rolland caught 2 sucker fish today and Pete said we would
have to start calling him the "sucker king"! We had a really fun
day. Brian's charter got a late start today but they did
well finding fish off of Little Oak and they came in with 18
keepers. Beautiful weather here the past month and hotter temps on
the way. Blueberry picking is pretty much done, just a few good ones
August 18, 2013:
Brian took out John, Brittany, Ben &
Jessie fishing. They had high winds with big waves and tough
fishing. They got a few and also lost a big one by the boat.
August 11, 2013:
Craig, Donna, Justin, Andrea, Justin, Callie, Brendan &
Abby spent the weekend fishing and going to the beach. They
downrigged off of Long Point and did well despite the wind. Andrea
got sick from the waves and came in early but the others stayed
fishing. They caught 37 fish and kept 19 on Friday. Saturday
they had hardly any wind and slower fishing. They caught
21; kept 14. Craig and Justin had a double with Justin releasing a
24" walleye and Carig released a 25 1/2" walleye. 7 yr old Abby
caught and released a 26 1/2" walleye and Craig got his biggest
walleye in his life; getting a 28" that he put back. Way to go
Craig, Justin & Abby!! They had a great time. Brian ran a
charter taking out a group of 6 and doing great. They caught lots of
fish, limiting out plus putting back some big walleyes. We are
having beautiful weather with highs in the 70's and lots of
sunshine. Pete & Terri went blueberry picking today and came
home with 2 1/2 gallons.
August 5, 2013:
Another beautiful day on the lake. Rain last night but
clearing off this morning and no wind. Pete, Terri, Tim &
April headed out at 9am to try some downrigging but never even got
to their destination as they were detoured by a distrees call on a
boat being broke down 5 mile out. We found the people drifting and
hooked up a tow rope to haul them in. We decided to try downrigging
while towing them and were able to put out 3 lines with them behind
us. The two in tow also put down a couple of riggers and fished. We
caught 8-10 fish, keeping 5 of them; 1 nice walleye and 4 saugers.
The boat in tow kept 3-4 plus released a 24" walleye.
2013: Pete ran a charter today again taking out Ross, Neil,
Reed, Jeff, Matt & Mike. They wanted to do some downrigging as
they had never tried it. They had a great day, caught lots of fish
and Neil said they "had a wonderful time". They released some slot
fish as follows: Neil 27", Ross 22", Reed 23 1/2", Jeff 26", Matt
20" and Mike's largest fish was 19". Good job guys! Scot, Todd,
Ross & Andrew fished the weekend having a blast. They downrigged
and did very well releasing lots of walleyes in the 20-24" range
plus they also put back two 25", three 26" plus 29" and 30"
walleyes! Way to go guys!! Steve Sweet ran a charter for us taking
out Neil, Ross, Reed, Jeff, Matt & Mike yesterday. They bait
fished up near the islands and had a good day despite the high
winds. They said they enjoyed their day with Steve and came into
shore with their limits of walleyes. They had a big fish fry
tonight. Pete ran a charter taking out (for their 2nd day) Beth,
Todd, Keith, Lori, Nancy & Scott. They fished two days with Pete
and had great fishing bringing in their limits of fish the first day
out and eating fish that night. Beth took the lead with the largest
walleye measuring 26". They also got 5-6 more slot fish they put
back They had a great time!
August 3, 2013:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO PETE!!! Mark, Bob, Barrett & Adrian
spent a couple of days on the lake downrigging. They had excellent
fishing bringing in their limits plus putting back a few hogs. Mark
released 28" and 29" walleyes and they had a 25" also. Way to go
guys!! Rose & Larry are here for their honeymoon. They
have had windy days and tough fishing. Rose released 21" and 23 3/4"
walleyes and they kept a few saugers. Way to go Rose!! Terri,
Tim & April went blueberry picking today and filled their pails.
Still lots of berries and still about 25% of the green ones left to
ripen. Should be around for another week or more!
July 30, 2013:
Jamie & Terry spent a few days on the lake after
waiting for the wind to die down this weekend. Jamie had a 'hayday"
catching lots of big walleyes. They downrigged near the 9 footer and
did really well getting their limits. Terry released a 23" walleye
and Jamie released 26", two 27", 28" and 31 1/2" walleyes.
Wow!! Way to go Jamie!!!
July 29, 2013:
Great day on the water today with light winds, lots of
sunshine and perfect temps. My brother Charlie, his wife Wendy and
their 4 kids, Ali, Sam, Julia & Dawson are here for a few days
of fun. We went out on the boat today starting out bait fishing in
the middle of the lake in 32 feet of water. Ali caught the first
fish which was a 20" walleye. Sam caught the second walleye
measuring 22". No other bites so we headed out to join the pack way
out past Long Point where everyone was downrigging. We set the
riggers and started getting fish pretty quick. Lots of big walleyes
caught today and lots of fish on the graph everywhere up there. Sam
caught the largest fish of the day with his 28" walleye that he
released. Way to go Sam! endy took second with her 27 " walleye. Way
to go Wendy!! Ali followed behind with a 24" walleye plus a 22". The
group also caught lots of 22" and 21" and 20" walleyes that we put
back. We also put back lots of small fish., keeping 18 for eating.
We had a really fun time! Everyone out there was catching fish.
Yesterday we went out late afternoon and tried downrigging. Sam
caught the biggest measuring 24" and Ali caught a 21" walleye. We
kept 10 to bring in. Saturday was too windy for fishing so everyone
in camp went blueberry picking. Lots of berries now, the most we
have seen in years and they are aplenty. Also picked June berries
and raspberries. Jared's group fished Sunday and had a slow day
keeping only one walleye. Today they had better luck going out
deeper and bringing in a few more fish. Jamie and his fishing
partner did well on Sunday afternoon but no numbers from them yet.
Dan Lindquist caught and released a 39 1/2" pike this weekend. Way
to go Dan!! Steve's group was here a few days but had bad weather
for fishing. High winds and rain. They golfed but didn't really get
to fish much while here.
July 21, 2013:
Less wind today and sunny skies. Mike, Galen, Jim, Jay
& David went out for a second day of charter fishing with Pete.
They bait fished for most of the day but weren't getting lots of
keepers so they switched over to downrigging for the afternoon
and got some more nice walleyes, getting the 12 fish they needed to
take home limits. Tracy & Perry bait fished along Long Point and
said they ended up getting their walleyes at Lemm's Reef. They came
in with 8 saugers and 4 walleyes. Blueberry picking has begun and
there are lots this year. Raspberries are also ready. Looking
forward to nice temps this upcoming week. Lots of empty cabins ready
for you to enjoy!
July 20, 2013:
Pete did a charter taking out Mike, David, Jim, Jay &
Galen. They downrigged today and did very well around Garden Island
and west of there. They brought in 12 really fat 18-19"
walleyes and some smaller ones. They caught their limits. David
released a 22" walleye, Jay released 22" and 24" walleyes and Jim
took the lead with the largest walleye measuring 24 1/2". Way to go
guys!! They also had a couple of 21".
July 13, 2013:
Perfect day on the lake with light winds, lots of sun and
lots of fish to catch! Pete, Terri, Sherry, Merlin, Crystal, Scott,
Sharon & Rolland headed out in the fog onto the lake. We
were still able to see far enough to travel at a good speed. It was
a perfect day. We pulled up along Knight and Bridges
Islands trying spinner rigs and jigs. No bites so we
headed up to the south end of Garden Island and did a few drifts
there, getting some fish. Terri released a 21" walleye and Sharon
released a 20 1/2" walleye. We put a few in the box. Then we
headed north of Garden and fished off of Little Oak and also around
a few other islands. We did really well with frozen shiners and
jigs, putting quite a few in the box. We then headed to Sunset Lodge
on Oak Island for some lunch. After lunch we went back to our good
fishing spot and put some more in the box, coming back to the resort
with 34 keepers. Terri also put back a pike around 28" and we threw
back lots of little fish also. We saw baby pelicans being fed by
their mothers on one of the rock islands. They didn't have their
wing feathers completely yet and were all fluffy with white
down. First time we ever saw them. Brain, Tim, Gene, Gary
& Lamar went along today in another boat and they had a
great day coming in around 9pm with their limits of walleye and
saugers. Gene caught a wall mounter walleye measuring 29 1/2". Way
to go Gene! He was quite proud of that fish and is off to the
June 11, 2013:
Dave, Mike, Mark & Jim headed out with Pete for another
day on the water. They worked hard for the 8 fish they needed,
leaving the dock at 7am and taking all day to get them. They fished
along Long Point and then Lemm's Rock where they landed at least 10
slot fish, all nice big ones. No keepers there so they had to
move and searched all day, catching some really nice keepers
just before the end of the charter. They said they had a great
day and really had a fun time fishing with Pete. They figure they
must have caught around 15-20 slots.
2013: Dave, Mike, Mark & Jim (all brothers) spent their
second day on the lake with Pete having a wonderful day with just
perfect weather. They started out at Zippel Bay bait fishing and
getting two slot walleyes they released. They moved north along
Sandy Shores towards Long Point, got a few saugers and another slot
fish. Then they traveled around the end of Long Point past Twin
Islands and fished that area, then went north off of Long Point and
tried a few rock reefs where they caught big walleyes. They figured
they caught around 15 big walleyes today with the largest measuring
29" caught by Mike! Way to go Mike! They really had fun drifting and
said that leeches worked best today while crawlers worked best the
day before. Then headed south back where they caught sauger and
got into more saugers plus the keeper walleyes. They kept 8
saugers and 6 walleyes. Yesterday they had a good day but
endured rough waters and rainy skies. They tried out front first but
no luck, so headed across the lake towards Garden Island and ended
up north of Little Oak, getting into some nice walleyes there. They
came back to the dock with their limits of walleyes but no saugers.
Big waves with northwest winds, 4-5 footers. Wild strawberries are
in the woods and quite a few are getting picked. Still some Lady
slippers around too!
July 6, 2013:
The Johnson/Bock Family Reunion went well this year with
everyone catching fish and having a great time! Lots of nice 15-16"
saugers were caught and they also put back some slot fish. Delbert,
Shirley, Teresa, Kedrick, LouAnn, Todd, Scot, Tanya, Pat, Kevin,
Kristina, Ester, Diane and Raelynn all caught fish. LouAnn took the
lead with the biggest walleye at 27". Way to go LouAnn!! Shirley
came in second with a 26" walleye and two 25" walleyes! Way to go
Shirley!! Teresa released a 24", Raelynn 22" and two 24"
walleyes, Delbert 24" and 25" walleyes plus a 32"
pike, Ester 25" walleye. Diane caught a 19" smallmouth bass.
Cool! The group had a couple of fish frys and took home some fish
also. Ruth was here with Pete and I for a week and we did some
fishing. Ruth and Pete both caught 13" smallies. We pulled
shadraps shallow in the morning and came back with 8 keepers.
July 4th, 2013:
Happy 4th of July!! Went uptown for the fireworks and
street dance tonight. They put on the best show so far this year for
fireworks! Lots of big boomers that shook the ground and the
floating raft on the bay went on for at least 3 minutes with lots of
pretty colors. The guys in charge really did a super job! Yesterday
Pete, Terri, Ruth, Sherry, Merlin, Carrie & Sara boarded
Pete's boat and then Brian took on board Crystal, Scott, Eain,
Jesse, Jenny. We all planned to head up to Oak Island for the day.
Brain had boat trouble right away and we waited a few miles out on
the lake for him to get it going, throw our lines out jigging. Terri
caught a 20" walleye on a shiner. We missed a few bites. It was a
pretty slow bite and hardly no wind. Very hot out there today! We
headed up towards Knight Island after finding out Brian's boat was
out of commission. By then it was after noon and too late to head to
the islands. We bait fished most of the day but it was slow. Then
headed south towards Pine Island, passing by the other group who had
boarded a boat out of the Elk Horn. We pulled plugs in front of Pine
and got a few more, coming in with 8 keepers. The other group headed
to Garden Island and stayed out til 7-8pm. They did well getting a
bunch of walleyes and having a good time anyway.
July 1, 2013:
Todd, Patrick, Scot & Tonya had a great day of fishing
starting out with bait fishing and then switching over to
downrigging up around Garden Island. They did well using tiger,
black/silver and wonderbread raps. They brought in limits of both
walleyes and saugers for all and Scot released a 26" walleye. Way to
go Scot!! Pete ran charter boat taking out the Nielsen family for
two am half day charters. Jeff, Nick, Wade, Madelyn, Stacy, Karen,
Tom, and Zachary had a great time with the first day out being
better. They kept a total of 34 fish for the two trips with the
first day being better. No slot fish caught the first trip out but
the second day Wade released a 23" walleye and Pete released a 22"
walleye. It was much tougher today. No wind and very hot.
June 29, 2013:
Steve, Kenny & Mike went out with Pete for a day of
fishing. Pretty windy today with northwest winds so they headed over
to Zippel Bay. They got a few fish but it slowed up so they tried
several spots on the lake and ended up at Little Oak, getting some
really nice fish up there yesterday. Today the the winds were a bit
lighter and they fished several spots again, ending up back at
Little Oak, but the fish weren't there. They fished Knight
Island and then back to Lighthouse Gap and along Pine island. They
mostly bait fished plus had Brian and Chad along today. They came in
with their limits plus put back over 10 slot fish today with Kenny
catching the largest walleye measuring 26 inches. Frozen shiners are
working best and some leeches are getting them also. Not much
for crawler action the past few days. Also got 4 nice pike today.
The guys ate fish and also took home limits. They had nice sunny
weather and looks like it will be hot and sunny all this
June 25, 2013:
Pete, Jim, Jessie, Karen & Dale went out on the charter
boat. It was very hot with a high of 90 degrees and hardly any wind
so fishing was tougher. They bait fished the first half of the day
and then pulled shad raps the latter part. Jessie caught 8 slot
fish from 20" up to 23" and no keepers. They caught most of their
fish trolling coming in to the dock at 5pm with 12 keepers. No one
else in camp til the weekend. Ladyslippers are in bloom and still
getting some fresh asparagus!
June 22, 2013:
More fishing reports from Traylen and Kelly's group.
Traylen caught 3 walleyes on Thursday and Paula released a 30" pike
plus she caught a small mouth bass and a 23" walleye she put back.
Way to go Paula!! Friday Kelly caught a 16.5" walleye and Paula
caught a pike measuring 28.5". Way to go girls. Fred, Kent &
Dave tried the 9 footer today and only got one fish caught by Fred
which was a 24:" walleye. They headed to Zippel Bay area and did
good til the wind died down. Gold/pink, gold/chartreuse and plain
gold worked well for them. They caught lots of fish during their
week stay and had a good time.
June 21, 2013:
Still great fishing on the south shore and also some other
areas of the lake. Pete, Terri, Greg, Sharon and 7 yr old Eain went
out this afternoon fishing from 2pm til just before 5pm. We pulled
shadraps in shallow water out front of Morris Gap and did well
getting 16 keepers and putting back 5-6 slot fish and some small
ones. Eain caught his first walleye and then many more plus he
caught a nice pike. He had a fun day! Sharon caught the first 4-5
fish of the day with a clear holographic with rattles. She caught
two walleyes around 21-22". The group also caught 5-6 pike and Terri
caught a 16" smallmouth bass. We came into camp for a big fish fry
with all the cabins hosted by Fred's cabin. It was a great feast.
Fred, Kent & Dave have been here all week and are having a great
time catching lots of fish. Traylen, Kelly, Paula and Dale are also
here for the week and enjoying their stay. They have caught their
limits and have been eating fish too. Tuesday Paul caught a 19"
walleye and Traylen caught 4 eater walleyes, 1 small pike and 2
little walleyes plus a nice jumbo perch. Dale caught 4 walleyes and
a 24" pike. On Wednesday Paula caught one walleye just a hair over
19.5 inches that she released. Kelly kept 18" and 19" walleyes and
Traylen caught a 36" pike. Traylen also caught and released a 30"
walleye, Kelly caught a 34" pike she released! Way to go you two!!
Kent released a 30 1/2" pike and they have been catching lots of 16"
walleyes to eat. They have released two 23" and also a 24"
June 19, 2013:
Pete ran a charter taking out Chuck, Randy, Brian, Brady
and Don. They all came from different cities to spend a few days
fishing. Yesterday they went out for the afternoon jigging and got
some fish. Today they fished a full day, jigging and gettin mostly
too big or too small fish. The wind died down and it was a slow
bite. Then they tried trolling in the later afternoon with shads and
started catching some keepers. They released 7 slot fish and came in
with 16 keepers. They had a hard time getting keepers as most fish
caught today were too big or too small. Brian ran a charter taking
out Roxy and Larry for a full day. They bait fished and trolled with
spinners. Roxy caught fish on every technique they tried. They
released one slot fish and came in with their limits of walleyes and
saugers. They had fun!
June 15, 2013:
Pete ran a charter taking out customers from Wheelers Point
Resort along with 8 other boats. They headed up to Little Oak Island
and fished using bait doing really well with all the boats
getting nice fish and limiting out.
June 14, 2013:
Has been a beautiful week here with temps in 70's mostly
and just a few rain showers in the evening. Everyone is
catching lots of fish including pike, walleye, saugers, smallmouth
bass and even a muskie! Gary, Darlene, Arnie, Jan, Monica, Taylor,
Devin, 6 yr old Braysen, Mike, Joereg, Michelle, Rhonda &
Tristan spent a week fishing and having a blast. Taylor & Devin
have been fishing under the bridge right near the resort and
getting some.Taylor caught a 31" pike today and he also got a
24" walleye yesterday under the bridge. While on the lake they have
released lots of slot fish as follows: Arnie 36" pike, Jan 34" pike
which is her largest fish ever in her life, Taylor 24" muskie,
Rhonda 36 1/2" pike, Monica 34" pike & 21" walleye, Devin 24"
walleye, Mike 25 1/2" walleye plus Arnie topped Mike and ended
up getting a 26" walleye to win the family contest! Way to go
Arnie!! They also put back more smaller slot fish. They
mostly caught their fish using shadraps and rapalas in shallow
water. They did use frozen shiners and got some also. 6 yr old
Braysen caught a little pike off the dock and was very proud of that
fish! Randy, Jack & Dave spent 3 days on the lake mostly up near
Knight Island. Thursday was a great day with the 3 of them getting
their limits of 16-19 1/2" walleyes in 2 1/2 hours using frozen
shiners! Randy released a 24 3/4" and Jack released a 24" walleye.
Good job guys!! They also released 9 other slot fish and 4 nice pike in the
27-28" range. They had a great time and also got a good sunburn!
Bring your sunscreen and your mosquito spray. The mosquitoes are
terrible right now.
2013: Happy Birthday Jack Kipka!! Bruce, Eric &
Steve had very good fishing getting their limits of nice walleyes
and releasing two 24" walleyes. They caught very few
saugers. Kurt, Mike, Larry, Bill, Ben & Seth spent a
few days fishiong . They said spinenr rigs worked best for
them. They have very good fishing getting their limits. Grandson Ben
released a 25" walleye and Grandson Seth released a 22" walleye. Way
to go boys!! Randy, Jack & David fished near Garden Island
and said they got five 14-16" walleyes on shiners and the rest of
their fish measured 16-19". David released a 21" and Randy released
21" and 22" walleyes. Brian ran a charter trip taking out Harold and
his 4 boys Eddy, James, Dave & Thomas. James got a nice 18"
walleye, Eddy released a 21" and Harold released a 22 1/2" walleye.
They also put back 8-9 small fish and missed quite a few bites. They
brought in 20 keepers after fishing Lighthouse Gap, then on to
Zippel, Long Point and back to Light house Gap and Pine Island,
which was best.
June 9, 2013:
Pete had a couple of days of charters this weekend taking
out Mike, Ed, Art, Lonny, Mike & Brian. Their first day out
they caught lots of small walleyes & saugers and used up
all of their bait, coming in with 18 keepers. Today they had better
luck getting more nice fish and also catching more small fish. They
anchored and jigged using live fatheads, frozen shiners, leeches and
crawlers with all working, but the shiners were best. It was rainy
for the afternoon but they kept fishing. The wind died down around
3pm so they trolled in 7 ft of water and got into some bigger fish.
Ed released the biggest walleye measuring 25". Way to go Ed!! Art
caught the biggest fish of the weekend with a 32" pike. He also put
back 21" and 23 1/2" walleyes and kept four walleyes measuring
16-19". Way to go Art!! Lonny put back 20" and 24" walleyes and the
group also put back a couple of 22" walleyes. Way to go! Lonny says
they caught all the fish on the right side of the boat! They kept 29
today after eating their fish yesterday. Eain, Brice & Eli went
out this afternooon for 3-4 hours and came back in the rain with 12
keepers. We have other groups here fishing but no reports from them
yet. Still finding asparagus and some mushrooms. We are supposed to
have some nice weather this week so come on up!!
June 7, 2013:
John is here with his son Jake and they have been hammering
the walleyes for 3 days. He says they "killed em" on Wednesday
catching around 200 fish including 9 slot fish with one at 25". Jake
caught a beauty 27" walleye on a pink/white 3/8 ounce jig tipped
with a frozen shiner. Way to go Jake!! I couldn't get his picture to
post but will try again. They anchored in 15 feet of water and
fished the same depth each day. They went through 21 dozen shiners
the first day! Thursday they caught 80 fish including a 24" walleye
and a jumbo perch. Mark & Ronnie went with Red out of
Zippel Bay and tried that area but it was slow so they headed down
to Morris Gap and Pine Island area and got into the fish. Mark
released a 36" pike plus they caught 24" and two 26" walleyes. They
had a great week of fishing and really had a fun time!
June 3, 2013:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEGAN FISCHBACH!!! Mark & Ronnie went
out on their own fishing out front trolling with shadraps and did
well. They came in with some fish around 3pm, had a fish fry and
went back out for more. Yesterday Pete ran a charter taking out
Mark, Ronnie & Brian. They bait fished and caught their limits
plus put back lots of slots. Pete released a 27" walleye and they
also put back 22", 23" and 24" walleyes. They used live
mninnows, frozen shiners, and when they ran out of that they used
their leeches and crawlers and caught some more. Still a little slow
for catching them on crawlers. Came in with some saugers also.
Merlin, Sherry, Carrie & Jake had a good afternoon
coming back to shore with 19 keepers, all their walleyes and a
few saugers. They used frozen shiners and anchored. Still finding
asparagus and Matt found over 100 morels!
2013: Crystal, Ella, Eain, Jesse, Austin & Jenny
just got in from fishing. They did well bringing in around 20
keepers with some nice ones in there. Eain also caught a pike.
May 27, 2013:
Good bite back on after the weekend. Deb, John & Mona
are having a great fishing trip, catching lots of nice eater fish
and taking home some nice 18-19" keepers. John caught a beautiful 30
1/2" walleye this evening just before dark. He is getting the fish
mounted. Way to go John!! Craig, Donna, Steve, Wanda, Steve &
Deb all had a good weekend with today being super great for getiting
some walleyes. They struggled on Saturday and Sunday but today they
got into them jigging with frozen shiners. Gary & Bill are also
doing well with Bill saying today was their best day out. They had
some nice 18-19" walleyes and also put back a couple of slot fish.
Brian & Harry fished the evening bringin in 8 walleyes and 1
sauger. Brian released 23" and 24" walleyes. They said it was a
beautiful evening out there.
May 26, 2013:
Pete ran a half day charter today taking out Ruth, Brian,
Kevin & Jose'. They had a good morning with Jose' releasing a
20" walleye and Ruth released a 20 1/2" plus Pete released a couple
of slot fish. They came in with 10 keepers; all nice ones. Mandy,
Wade, Ryan & Sarah had slow fishing but did get some fish today.
They had 4 keepers at 13-14" and a 17" walleye. Mandy released 22"
and 20 1/2" walleyes she caught on a flourescent green with orange
& black eyes. Way to go Mandy!! Glen & Janet had an
excellent weekend getting into the fish on Saturday and Sunday. They
caught 32 yesterday, 48 today and 10 fish on Monday morning. They
released ten walleyes in the 20-25" range plus 25 1/4" and 27 1/2"
walleyes. They used jigs with minnows and said any color worked for
them. Way to go you two!! Steve, Cheri & Phil had a great
weekend also eating fish and limiting plus Steve released 23"
walleye and a 49" sturgeon. Cheri released a 26" walleye and 40"
pike. Phil released 23" and 24" walleyes plus a 39" sturgeon. They
really had a blast.
May 25, 2013:
Pete, Ruth, Terri & Brian went out for a couple of
hours. Ruth caught a 30" sturgeon - her first one. She had fun
fighting that! We alos put back 20" and 20 1/2" walleyes and kept 2
walleyes. We also threw back some small ones. We went morel hunting
and found 25 mushrooms plus we also found enough asparagus for
dinner. Man was that good!!
May 24, 2013:
Rain finally stopped and the wind out of the northeast is
finally letting up a little. Was a tough week for our people with
the high waves and colder temps. The Bonneville's did really well
yesterday with the group getting their limits of both walleyes and
saugers plus putting back lots of slot fish. Some measurements were
22", 23", 24" and 25 1/2". Way to go!! They said they found
clean water at 25 feet of water and got some out there. They also
fished Lighthouse Gap in 18 feet down to 11 feet and did well there.
They jigged with live and/or frozen shiners. Mark, Bob, John kept 18
nice 17-18" keepers and released one. They stayed a
week and only had 3 days of fishing but did good. Gary,
Deb & Mona have been getting their limits easily while anchored
in 14 feet of water out of Morris Gap. Sue, Bill, Ray and Harlen had
slower fishing but they did get their limits to take home. Ron &
Alexia headed home today after a week stay. They had slower fishing
but ate fish and took some home. Sue, Hattie & Eddy were here
during the bad weather also and had 9 keepers. They released
a 20" walleye. A few people have been finding some morels the
past couple days. Will have to get out and look for some. Pete just
got done rebuilding the motor in his charter boat and will be
putting that in the water tomorrow to take a test run.
May 20, 2013:
Windy and rainy all day long. No one fishing today. Waves
too big. We have gotten 3 inches so far. Lake is rising and should
be back to a normal level soon with all the run off from this rain.
Waiting for the mushrooms to start up as soon as it warms up a
little. Hoping the blueberries will be good this year also since we
didn't have hardly any last year with the drought. Clear skies for
Wed and on to the end of the week. Waiting for Gary & Bill to
show up and Deb & Mona!
May 19, 2013:
Rainy day most of today. Mark and Bob went for a boat ride
but didn't fish.
2013: Phenomenal fishing this past 3 days with everyone
catching keepers and putting back slot fish at every size! Tim &
George had a great time saying they caught most of their fish at
8-11 feet of water. They jigged and also pulled shap raps in 3-6
feet of water. They released 3-4 walleyes measuring 26" plus they
put back 25's, 24's and 22's. Rick, Kent, Rich, Matt and Spalding
had a great weekend saying it is the best fishing they have
ever experienced in the 15 years they have been coming to the lake.
Rick Dahl released a 30" walleye! Way to go Rick!! They also
put back 27 1/2", four 25", four 26" and a 28". Ritchie released a
28" sturgeon. Spalding released 20", 25" and two 26" walleyes. They
are taking home all nice 17-19" keepers. Way to go guys!!
Yesterday the fishing was so good they cancelled their steak dinner
til tomorrow so they could fish more. Mike, Gary & Gene also did
excellent. Gary told me they were "crushin the fish"! They
caught all sizes and said the best technique was pulling #5 shads in
6 feet of water just out front. Gary said they released many slot
fish from 28" on down! Mike caught a nice 27 1/2" walleye in Bostic
and they fished Zippel getting a 29" pike and 5-6 more walleyes. Ron
and Alexia showed up on Friday and went out for a few hours. They
came in with 2 walleyes at 17" and 18" and also a limit of
pike. Today they caught lots of 17" walleyes and their biggest
measured 18". They brought in 5 walleyes and one pike. Brian ran a
half day taking out Greg, Nick and Paul. They fished in the rain
but got 6 nice keepers. They were soaking wet when they got
back to the docks.
May 16, 2013:
Tim & George did well today with Tim landing a 26"
walleye plus they got some keepers. Mike, Gary & Gene did well
yesterday. Gary caught a beauty 28" walleye right away and he also
got a 25" I believe, They were in 12' of water and weren't getting
any eating size fish so they moved in 6 feet of water and began
getting nice 17" and up keepers. They came in right at dark. Brian
ran a half day morning charter taking out Greg, Paul and Nick.
Greg's sons flew in to Mpls airport; one from DC and the other from
Utah. This is their first walleye fishing trip. They had fun on the
boat with Nick hooking into a big sturgeon that just kept
taking the line off his reel til he could see the spool. Just before
he ran out of line the fish spit the hook so they never saw it. Paul
released a 23" walleye and they came in with 6 nice keepers from the
Morris Gap area. For the afternoon they headed down to Zippel
State Park and fished off the pier. Greg caught two nice pike around
24" or so and he also caught a nice 27" walleye! Way to go Greg! He
said he was surprised to catch such a big walleye while casting out
with frozen smelt. Today was sunny, light wind and high of 70
degrees. We are waiting for the morels to start popping up; should
May 15, 2013:
Weather has turned georgeous here with light winds and
highs in the 70's this week! Fish are still biting. The strong south
winds we had earlier this week pushed all the ice across the lake to
the north. We now have open water as far as we can see with
May 13, 2013:
Cory, Randy, Terry & Collin spent the weekend pulling
in lots of walleyes. They ate fish and took home fish saying
Saturday was cold and Sunday much better. Collin caught lots of fish
this weekend. They put back 15-20 walleyes measuring over 22". Randy
released two 28 1/2" walleyes and Cory also released a 28 1/2"
walleye. Way to go guys!! They said orange jigs and also gold were
good colors plus a glitter jig. They had a great time.
May 12, 2013:
Fish still biting and much warmer today with a lighter
wind. Greg, Travis, Josh and Rich went home with their limtis. They
said they caught 14 big walleyes this weekend. White, gold and pink
were the hot colors for jigs. Brian, Terri & Pete went out for a
couple of hours from 430 pm til 6pm. Brian caught a keeper sauger
and Pete got a nice keeper walleye at about 18". Terri didn't get
any bites. All boats around us were catching fish but seemed to be a
little slower bite today. Everyone is going home with their
May 11, 2013:
Just enough room for everyone to fish in the Morris Gap
this weekend. Ice is out in Four Mile Bay, Lighthouse
Gap, Morris Gap, Zippel. Cold this morning with a low of 25
degrees and very windy out of the northwest. Frost on the roofs.
Lots of people fishing and the bite was pretty good this weekend.
Greg, Josh, Travis & Rich fished the weekend and had a great
time. Their first trip out they caught several slot fish with Greg
catching 9 walleyes; all too big to keep! They said they had lots of
22" fish and up to 26". They came in with a dozen keepers and
had a fish fry. This evening they went shallower in 6 ft of
water on the southwest end of Pine Island getting into the
keepers and limiting. Live minnows and frozen shiners are being used
mostly. Cory's group is also fishing and came in with 10-12
keepers by this early afternoon. They were headed back out for
more in the evening.
May 8, 2013:
Finally getting some warmer weather up here the past few
days with highs in the upper 70's. Today is a bit cooler out with
high in the 60's and a northwest wind. Is a little chilly with that
big chunk of ice still out there on the lake. The Rainy River had
been busy with the sturgeon season which just ended. Our bay
has open water all the way out to Four Mile Bay and you can get
out to the "washout" according to Tom from Randall's Resort. I just
spoke with him and he said he took a boat out to 19 feet of water on
the lake yesterday but there is still ice in front of Pine Island
and most of the lake. Pete and I went looking for spawning nothern
pike and saw a few heading up the ditch a couple of nights ago.
on left, big tuna center and 70 lb tuna to right of Pete.That's the
Mississippi River in the background.
We had a fun spring vacation this year taking
our camper down to the panhandle area of northern Florida and
staying at Santa Rosa Beach for 3 days. The weather got colder with
rain coming for several days so we headed west into Mississippi and
stayed at a state park that was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina
in 2005. We wanted to see what the area looked like since we
had stayed there just prior to the hurricane. The park was open and
the guys told us it took 5 years to get the park cleaned up and
reopen. It sits right on the ocean near Waveland and Pass Christian.
You can tell they had a hurricane. Some have rebuilt totally while
some have not at all with the only thing left being the
cement steps for the front entry. Some homes still are in need of
some repairs. The next day we experienced 70 MPH winds off the ocean
with rain. The waves were slapping across the highway and made
travel difficult for a couple of hours til it died down. We
stayed there a few days and then headed into Louisiana as we were
only 45 miles from New Orleans and our friends Shaffer & Tami
were staying there. Some of you must remember Shaffer who worked the
ice for 3-4 years. We visited the French Quarters a couple of times
and rode the ferry boat across the Mississippi. That was fun! Then
we camped south of New Orleans at the end of the highway where the
Mississippi River empties into the ocean. The 4 of
us booked a charter for tuna fishing and had a blast! Captain
Josh took us out of the river to the ocean and went 50 miles out
where we fished around oil rigs in over 6,000 feet of water. Terri
got a bite, had it on awhile and lost the fish. Then Pete caught a
small bonita and he also caught a barracuda. No more bites so we
moved in shallower (650 ft) to another oil rig. Pete caught a
yellow-fin tuna around 70 pounds. Then we moved to another rig where
a couple of other boats were already fishing. We started getting
amberjacks right away with Terri catching one around 70 lbs. Shaffer
caught one around 60 lbs and Tami caught one at around 50 lbs. While
Terri was battling her amberjack a tuna surfaced near the boat,
eating the dead bait our first mate was throwing overboard. The
captain baited a hook, threw it to the fish and he took the bait -
FISH ON!! Shaffer took the pole and fought the fish for about 15-20
minutes, then said his arms were numb and handed it off to Pete.
Pete fought the fish for another 30 minutes or so and finally got it
to the boat. It weighed in at 130 pounds!! What an exciting day! We
brought in 3 amberjack and 2 yellow fin tuna to the docks and had
the big chore of cleaning and packaging them all. We couldn't fit
all the meat into our two coolers so we asked Josh if he knew anyone
who would want some fresh fish. He told us he knew of some families
in the area that would appreciate the fish and said he would get it
to them. It was a long and fun day of fishing. They leave the dock
at 6am and bring you back to the docks around 6pm. Was late getting
back to the campgrounds so we had tuna the following night on the
grill and man, is it ever good. We started to head north towards
home the next day but took our time as our family told us they were
getting another foot of snow and to stay on vacation. We
stopped in Missouri on the Elk River and spent 3 nights there before
heading back. We also did a tuna BBQ when we returned back to
MN and invited some friends and family over. Everyone enjoyed the
meal. The next day I made tuna sandwiches out of the leftovers with
mayo and pickles and it is the best tuna fish sandwich you have ever