Archive for July, 2009

Fishing Update & Bear Baiting

July 31, 2009

We were a fairly small Camp this week.  The weather was quite cool again, with highs around 60.  Steve and I fished TWICE on Sunday!  We went out fairly early in the a.m. and got some walleye (Steve caught a northern, too).  Then we went to jerk some perch in the evening and didn’t catch a thing:(  We’ll have to consult some perch folks on technique.  We saw some nice perch this week so it must be something we’re doing wrong.  Steve fished a couple of other times this week:  once with our group of three from Kansas (Allen, Randy and Bernie…we miss you guys already) and again with Larry.  Everyone did great on walleye!  2nd and 5th Lakes are still holding some hot spots. 

While Steve fished with Larry, I took Ruthie to Kenora.  We shopped, had lunch, and got pedicures.  I am now sporting bright blue toes:)  Larry and Ruthie leave us tomorrow after FIVE WEEKS!  I miss them already and they’re still here.

Steve has begun bear baiting.  He has a couple of trail cameras posted to give him an idea of what’s going on out there.  Last year we had cameras that used traditional film.  We’d have to wait until we went to Dryden to get the roll developed.  Often we’d get 1-2 “real” photos and a bunch of junk pictures.  This year we’re using digital cameras–no more delayed gratification!  Here are some of our findings:

The master baiter in action...

The master baiter in action...

A nosy little bunny checks things out.

A nosy little bunny checks things out.

Nevermore

Nevermore

Here's a little guy looking for a free meal.

Here's a little guy looking for a free meal.

This one's not so little.

This one's not so little.

Could be the same one as above...

Could be the same one as above...

A night shot...maybe the same bear?

A night shot...maybe the same bear?

Eye on the prize...the lower left corner looks like a big bear butt!

Eye on the prize...the lower left corner looks like a big bear butt!

Time to go do some “real” work.  We have a big week starting tomorrow.

Mid-July, Mid-Season

July 20, 2009

That’s right–we’re about half-way through the 2009 season already.  Time flies up here once season starts.  Before and after season, time seems to pass way more slowly. 

Our weather woes continue.  Last week my furnace kicked on two mornings in a row!  It was 42 F.  Can you believe that?  6 C in the middle of July.  We’d never seen it that cold in July before.  Not only was it cold last week, it was rainy, windy, nasty–perfect walleye weather.  Most of our guests chose not to fish, though, which made their stay tougher.  They’d go out for a bit but it was so cold on the Lake. 

This week’s weather is a bit more normal.  We had two bluebird sky days in a row.  While it makes guests happier, it tends to make walleye fishing a bit more difficult.  Walleye have been caught on 5th and 2nd Lakes (that I know of) in the last two days.  They’re still shallow, between 8-16 ft.  The lake temp. is cold so the fish are apparently staying shallow.  One guest this week is doing well with artificials.  Another group gets minnows and crawlers every morning and they’re doing pretty well on walleye.  They also released a 40″ northern! 

Some of you might remember Jamie who worked for us three years ago.  He came to visit overnight and brought his girlfriend, Sam.  Jamie’s doing pretty well.  He works for Dryden’s Police Dept., bicycling around public areas and parks.  I think he still works for Walmart as well.  It was nice to see him and to meet Sam. 

I’m going to share some more of Lana and Marilyn’s photos with you.  I’ll start with a great bunch of a hummingbird on their window feeder.

Incoming.

Incoming.

Great photo!  You can almost hear those wings!

Great photo! You can almost hear those wings!

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Our hummingbirds are very social.  They let me know if they need more food.  They’ll fly into the office.  They hover near Stinky and me quite often when we’re on the deck.

Here are several moose photos.  The first two are what I call “Where’s Waldo” pictures. 

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Less than 2 miles north of our driveway.

Less than 2 miles north of our driveway.

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A youngster

A youngster

Picture-perfection:)

Picture-perfection:)

I think it's worth a second look.

I think it's worth a second look.

That's all for today...

That's all for today...

Fishing, Weather, Misc.

July 13, 2009

What a week in our area.  Many of you have heard about the tornado near Ear Falls Thurs. evening.  Actually, it was about 7 miles N of here.  We had almost nothing here…darkness, wind, and a bit of rain.  However, Fisherman’s Cove Camp on Lac Seul was hit hard.  At least two people died and five others were injured.  One man is still missing.  Steve and I went up and offered to help this evening, but they’re kind of at a stand-still until tomorrow when a clean-up crew will arrive, etc.  The folks there look stunned still.  How horrible for the owners, guests, families of those lost.  Please keep them in your thoughts.

Steve and I went fishing this morning.  It was mid-morning, bright blue sky with a few puffy white clouds, and mayflies are hatching.  AND WE STILL CAUGHT WALLEYE!  We found a spot on 2nd Lake that worked quite well for us.  I caught the first walleye, Steve caught the biggest, and we probably tied on most.  I caught a perfect dinner-sized fish, 15″.  Steve released a beautiful 18″.  We had a bunch of small ones, 12-14″.  We caught a couple of northerns as well.  We started at about 12-13′ and moved deeper.  We caught them all between 14-16′; they would shut off at 17′.  We were using jig and minnow, vertical jigging some of the time and casting and bottom-bouncing back some of the time.  My jig was not my usual chartreuse–it was more yellow than green.  Steve was using a new item we found:  a mayfly-colored jig.  Both seemed productive for the short time we were able to get away.

This week’s weather looks very mild:  70’s with sun and a bit of wind.  How perfect is that?  I took a 6-mile walk today in absolutely perfect conditions.  I could have walked a marathon! 

It is time for me to add a ton of nature photos!  I have so many good shots that guests take during their visit.  Hope you enjoy them:)

Lana and Marilyn from Wichita were here for two weeks.  Lana has never come up short on nature photos and she didn’t disappoint this year!  Thanks, Ladies.

There are two babies in the nest.

There are two babies in the nest.

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A blue heron at the falls.

A blue heron at the falls.

How weird is this blue heron?

How weird is this blue heron?

Grebes

Grebes

This bear was hanging out along the road on their way up.

This bear was hanging out along the road on their way up.

Turns out he was grazing...eating grass like crazy!

Turns out he was grazing...eating grass like crazy!

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I LOVE luna moths:)

I LOVE luna moths:)

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Lana said these eagles were fighting over something (a fish?).

Lana said these eagles were fighting over something (a fish?).

Huey, Lewey & Dewey

Huey, Lewey & Dewey

Well, that’s a good bunch for now.  I’ll try to do some more tomorrow or Tuesday.  Tomorrow is a Dryden day for both of us.  I’m getting my hair cut and de-grayed as well as renewing my driver’s license.  I forgot to mention that I received a nasty speeding ticket in Manitoba when I returned Da Niece to her family.  That’s two tickets on this license…not sure what the rules are up here.  Cross your fingers for me.

Out With the Old

July 8, 2009

Two Camp dinosaurs were replaced within the last week:  the ice machine and the riding mower.  The mower just plain died.  Our marina jokingly offered us $5 per lb. for trade-in!  We kept saying, “One more season…”  Well, she decided that we had “one more seasoned” her for long enough.  Here is her replacement:

I'm sure I'll be spending countless hours on her;)

I'm sure I'll be spending countless hours on her;)

The requisite Tootsie Roll flip-flop for footwear...

The requisite Tootsie Roll flip-flop for footwear...

The ice machine simply needed to be replaced.  We had tried having it fixed up here, took it to the States last winter, etc., it just didn’t want to make ice in the hot weather and had trouble recovering if all of the ice was taken.  This is the new beast:

ice machine

Speaking of beasts…

yawning girl

OK.  Gotta’ run!  It’s potluck night.  I’ve made bear sausage balls for an appetizer and a nice roast pork for entree.  It sounds like we’re going to have a nice variety tonight!