Saturday, July 27, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
|Perch hit a top-water Spook for Alice Baughman|
|Sophie Kurucz took this perch on a spoon|
|I got this perch on a Shallow Shad Rap|
As these photos will attest, these tiny fish will attack anything remotely close to their own size.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
It started with the beautiful and elusive redhorse sucker. Virtually everyone who is lucky enough to hook one of these bottom fish is struck by their vivid orange colour.
Then Dennis pulls in a fillet knife! He caught it by the leather sheath while backtrolling. That's a first at our camp.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
|What does a 25.5-inch walleye weigh, Troy wondered?|
|Jane's fish shows dark golden colour|
What do they weigh? You can figure the weight of Red Lake walleyes from their length. Twenty-four inches is four pounds, 25 inches is five pounds, 26 is six pounds, etc.
Troy said he has never weighed any of the walleyes before and wondered if the 25.5-incher he holds up in the top photo would hold true to the above estimates. Sure enough, it was 5.5 pounds.
Monday, July 15, 2013
|Greg Tanko back trolls with drift sock in place|
|Roy Windhorst with 25-inch walleye taken this week|
The drift sock, also known as a sea anchor, drags in the water, reducing their speed. They call it a "parachute."
The drift sock accomplishes the same thing as an electric trolling motor, without the 60-pound lead-acid battery, 30-pound electric motor and 10-pound battery charger. It weighs virtually nothing, and takes no space in the car trunk. It is a far-more environmentally-friendly option than an electric motor. It costs a fraction as much and will probably last forever.
Our 20 hp Honda outboards troll exceptionally slowly all by themselves but the "parachute" takes them down to crawl. On windy days you can use the sock to slow down your drift too.
You can buy drift socks through outfits like Cabela's. Get the largest one available.
Incidentally, some people use electric trolling motors because they think the fish can't "hear" you. This is an example of anthropomorphizing. Unlike humans, fishes' lateral lines lets them feel movements in their environment. The turning of the electric trolling motor propeller is every bit as detectable to them as the sound of an outboard motor is to humans.
The point is that neither the propeller action nor the outboard's sound frightens them anyway. That is just something imagined by anglers.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
|Morning in the lodge dining room|
It looks like there is a good chance of rain most days this week. We have had very little rain this summer so far. Fortunately, we also have had only a few thunderstorms which would certainly have started forest fires. One batch of lightning two weeks ago has ignited a bunch of fires to the north of us. The largest of these is about 35,000 acres. None is a threat to us as they are at least 20 miles away.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Al Andrin had not been to our camp in many years after coming here yearly as a kid with his dad. This time he brought his wife, Sandi, and family to see what fishing is all about.
As usually happens, Sandi caught the biggest fish -- a 44-inch pike. Son Ethan got a 38-incher in town before they even came out to camp! Al got a 32-incher which is also a great fish.
Everybody who spends time at pike fishing seems to get some in the 30+inches and some even in the 40s.
Fishing the entire summer has been some of the best we have ever seen. Lots of walleyes, including big ones, and lots of pike like these in the photos.
The weather has been beautiful. We are having mostly dry weather with daytime temps 70-80 F and nighttime temps in the 50s.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
|Kleve Granger snapped this shot of a big bull|
|This cow with twin calves was photographed by Bill Baughman|
Mostly we see cows and calves as the bulls are more secretive.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
|Our friend Dan McConaughy snapped this Disney-like scene of a mother and her cubs eating wildflowers along Highway 105, the Red Lake Road, on the way to camp this week|
|Kleve Granger watches chopper working on the fire east of Sadler Bay|
We have been reveling in the sunny weather and having a ball fishing for northern pike which are our favourites for eating.
Pike fishing has been exceptional. The average size is much larger than normal and all of the fish are very muscular and powerful.
No sooner did a thunderstorm pass yesterday evening then we smelled fresh wood smoke. Within 30 minutes there was an Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources helicopter on the scene, just east of Sadler Bay. A lightning strike had started a forest fire there, a few miles from camp.
We all moved closer to see the action but alas, it was far back from the waterline. All we could see was the helicopter, apparently keeping an eye on ground crews that were extinguishing the blaze. They had it out within an hour!
Everything is very dry and with the hot temperatures we have been getting, I expect the MNR to call a fire ban any day now.