Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23

Ok, so with 14 fisherman in camp, in 5 days, here is what we have so far on the big fish wall...
Pike - 4 over 40 inches...biggest = 2 @ 42"
Walleye - 31 over 25 inches...8 that were 27" or more...biggest = 28.5"
Lake Trout - 8 total...biggest 38" 20 lbs
Perch - 3 over 10 inches

Quick summary so far...very hot and sunny weather (mid 80's) with minimal wind, so afternoon fishing is slow and overall numbers are low. However, lots of big fish being caught. Today we had our first ever 27 inch walleye double.
Yep, 2 fisherman caught fish at the same time and both fish were 27 inches...wow!! I will post pictures once they get sent to me.







Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New Pike leader...

Jeff Arch just took over top spot on our Biggest Pike board.
He landed a massive 42in pike this afternoon.
Other notable catches...38 inch trout, 30 inch trout, 28.5 inch walleye.
I hope to have an updated biggest fish tally soon. Also waiting an more pics from fishermen.


May 21


Another long day working around camp with maintenance and repairs. I will say camp is looking nicer everyday. 
The long day ended on a memorable note...
First, Josie got to go on her first solo fishing trip with 2 of our guests(no Mom or Dad). Apparently from what the guests report, she did great! Lots of stories, bragging and ribbing with her boatmates. She ended up limiting out on walleyes (many unders and an 18in). Thanks to her, Dad got to have a breakfast cheezer this morning! (That would be a cheezer on an English muffin and an over easy egg) YUM.
So, since Josie got to go fishing with the 'boys', Jeremiah wanted to fish on the swim dock for an hour. Well, as you may have guessed...he landed a lunker of his own. Using a special lure he received from a guest, he managed to catch a 36 inch pike! Considering he is only 40 inches tall himself and he used a 48 inch pole, that may be the catch of the year (proportionately)!!




And, YES, our guests are catching fish also!!
Starting to see a few more "under" walleyes but still lots over 20in.
Couple more good size pike (no 40's though) . And a couple of nice lakers.






Sunday, May 20, 2018

Guests have arrived

Well the season has officially started. Our first guests arrived Saturday afternoon and it did not take them long to find some nice fish. The action has not been overly fast and furious but, we are seeing some nice sizes. Bunch of walleyes over 20 inches, many good size pike (30-37), and one lake trout.
The biggest fish so far is Kevins 42 inch pike! I believe the largest walleye is 28 inches (with a couple more at 27).

And, as per usual, the swim dock is producing walleye. Which means, YES...I have had my first Cheezer of the year. And YES...it still tastes amazing!




Friday, May 18, 2018

All-day rain with an epic finish.

We just endured our firsts all-day rain event. It was also accompanied by north winds and temps in the low 40's. Mom and Dad still had lots of work to do...but the kids got lucky and they enjoyed the day in a nice warm cabin watching movies and playing on their iPads (only happens on rainy days).
They also made themselves comfortable in OUR bed.




The one great thing that can come from stormy weather...if the system moves out before nightfall we get treated to amazing sunsets! There is NO trick photography or nearby forest fire...and yes, this is from one evening! Enjoy...







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Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17

Feels like this is the first time I have sat down in 3 days. No matter how many times we have done this or how many days before opener we arrive...it always seems like we are scrambling to be ready for our first guests. I just can not believe we have been here for 17 days already! It feels like we only just arrived and we should be knocking things off our To-Do list. Instead...it actually has been 17 days...and things get added to our list faster than they come off.
With the weather being extraordinarily beautiful the first 2 weeks, Jillian and I have actually made some great progress and have completed many jobs that typically don't get done this early in the season. Unfortunately that means other "necessary" projects are now high up on the list. Especially since we are suppose to get our first real rain event since we arrived. We had maybe one day of gloomy, one day of snow, and a couple days of cold. Otherwise, sun, sun, and sun. That also means the fire hazard is at a dangerous level.
Already numerous forest fires in and around our area. so the incoming rain is actually a good thing. Now...where the heck is my rain gear??

Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14

Been a few days since last update...busy, busy, busy!
We got our big groceries order delivered (5 pallets worth), which took us close to 8 hours to off load and get put away to their correct spots. Also put it 9 boats (starting to look like a fishing camp), we got our fuel delivered, we cleaned a bunch of cabins, put down fresh gravel and graded the camp road, cut down a couple of trees, cut the lawn and got rid of all of the leaves and sticks, Jillian is cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and the fish house and minnow house are both up and running. And still our "to do list" is not much shorter!! So yah...not much time for pictures or fishing or blogging...sorry.

Ice update as I have heard from others...almost all ice on Red Lake is gone. With the consistent warm sunny weather and the high winds to go with it, I am surprised there is any talk of ice at all. Spring is here...lets go fishing!! Walleye Cheezer season is 5 days away!!


Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 10


Another sunny day...but a bit on the cool side (low to mid 40's) And as you can see from the pictures, the wind finally played down and we were treated to a gorgeous evening. Perfect for a camp fire and fishing with my son off the swim dock. I caught the first pike...34 inches and Jeremiah caught the second one..27 inches! Since his is a perfect under sized pike, he will be supplying us with shore lunch tomorrow. He caught his fish just as the sun went down and the temperature dropped into the low 30's. So the warmest place to fillet his fish was right in front of the fire, that was a first for me. Jeremiahs pike was definitely on a feeding frenzy...it had in its belly what appear to be 13 smelt...plus the 2 minnows he stole from me...and he still bit Jeremiahs minnow. Wow!













Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May 9th ice update.

Looks like most of the smaller lakes are completely open now. As for the main lake, Howey Bay was pretty well solid yesterday. Today, however, we had more blue skies and a tremendous amount of wind. From the looks of it from camp, the is open water on our end of Red Lake. The north wind has blown a huge ice float into our narrows. I thought it was going to make it all the way to us but it seems to be stuck in the bottle neck.

 Parker Lake completely clear of ice.

Look close...the suckers are running in Parker Creek

 

I caught three big perch on the dock today, two were
over  10 inches. This fat female measured 10.5 inches (released).

The big Pike are in the area as well. I have hooked 4 very heavy ones
but all managed to bite me off or find the dock posts. 


It is hard to tell from the picture, but on the far side of the ice 
there appears to be open water. 
White caps in the bay all day long!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Life as it should always be...


When you have 82 deg in the shade, along with high SW winds, there is no chance for any ice to remain in our bay. It also means camp is starting to feel like camp again. Jeremiah caught his first fish today, which we fried up, Yum!
We also had a picnic...with a beautiful open lake view. And of course with all of that sun and outdoor excitement, we wind down with a family movie. Life as it should always be!!