Archive for August, 2009

Comings & Goings

August 30, 2009

Cam’s last day was Friday.  We were both sad to see him go.  What a good kid!  He took a construction job.  We only needed him for a couple of more weeks, so we can’t blame him for moving on to something that will get him to winter.  We do hope that he hates it though, and calls us in the spring:)

Our bear visitor was back.  This time he punctured two empty oil jugs on the deck.

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I can’t figure out why Steve doesn’t just set up a tree stand in our yard.

We had great fishing last week!  My new friend April, aka “The Survivor,” released a couple of very nice fish:

A big, fat 29" northern!

A big, fat 29" northern!

And a nice bass to boot!

And a nice bass to boot!

She also caught some good blueberries with me.  Way to go, April!  Hope to see you at Camp again and at the Madison Fishing Expo.

Nate, a newcomer to Camp, nailed walleye all week.  He and his girlfriend Staci caught a ton of good fish.  His best catch all week though was Staci, ’cause Nate proposed to her on Wabaskang Lake while fishing on Thursday (a first since we’ve been here)!  Congratulations!!

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Of course, while Nate was fishing on Friday he released a 29.5″ walleye!  He still said Staci was his best catch but he had to think about it a bit…  You can view his monster fish from the Fishing link of our website.  Staci caught a fantastic sunset during their stay:

So many colors!

So many colors!

My birthday came and went as well last week.  Steve and I were able to sneak away on Tues. and Thurs. to find some walleye.  I’ll start by saying I was horribly outfished both times; Steve caught first, biggest and most both days.  It was windy and the fish were deep (20-24′), so I had trouble with my hook-set.  I had a bunch of fish on but couldn’t get them to the boat:(  I still caught a lot, but my husband caught A ZILLION.  He even tried ignoring them as I became more frustrated but eventually his pole would bend enough that I’d notice he had ANOTHER fish on.  Ugh.  I’d say we fished about two hours each day.  Steve easily released 25ish walleye 14-16″ each of those days.  I probably released about 10 each day and lost that many as well.  Thurs. Steve was really on. 

That's a 19"er.

That's a 19"er.

21"

21"

24"...qualifies him for a TPC Conservation Award!

24"...qualifies him for a TPC Conservation Award!

All in all, it was still a great birthday.  It was quite cold and windy out there and I had chosen inadequate footwear.

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Took them two hours to thaw out when we got back!  I regained feeling just in time for a lovely dinner with Mike and Lynn–plenty of wine and cake (thanks again, you two).

Fishing & Bears (welcome or not)

August 24, 2009

Last week’s great fishing has continued into this week.  Guests–new and used alike–have been doing very well on walleye, northern and perch.  Nathan and Staci, a new couple this year, went right out to 2nd Lake on Saturday and caught plenty of walleye and a big northern.  They commented this morning that they threw back a bunch of walleye yesterday:)  Good for them!  They’re fishing spots that are new to us.  Last week’s guests were finding walleye shallow–around 12-14′.  Nate said they are finding theirs 15-20′.  The water temp is only mid-60’s, so we figured the fish wouldn’t go that deep(?) 

Jim Flory’s group last week continued to do great!  Lee, who I’ve dubbed the Fish Slayer, made the Conservation Awards Program with both a walleye (26″) and a northern (36″).  You can see those fish–as well as some nice perch and a couple of other northerns–on our website’s “Fishing” page.  Flory’s guys (Junior, Lee, Rich and Jim) are busy planning next year’s trip already.  Of course, they’re concerned that their buddy Crabby Tom won’t do well if the weather is as crappy as last week’s.  That’s OK, he can cook meals for the guys and keep the cabin tidy.  Here’s a photo of these nice guys:

Junior, Lee, Jim & Rich...a great group of guys!

Junior, Lee, Jim & Rich...a great group of guys!

We had a lovely, social bunch of folks last week.  Potluck was an incredible success!  I made about 25 lbs. of wild rice mooseloaf–good thing, too, ’cause we had only a couple of pieces left over.  Bob from Cabin 9 took some nice photos:

Mary & Jim (he's a dirty picker), Jim, and George and Betty got to know each other.

Mary & Jim (he's a dirty picker), Jim, and George and Betty got to know each other.

Jim, Bob & Mike had a very nice time.

Jim, Bob & Mike had a very nice time.

A somewhat familiar sight on Wed. evenings.

A somewhat familiar sight on Wed. evenings.

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Despite cold, rainy days, last week's sunsets were incredible.

Despite cold, rainy days, last week's sunsets were incredible.

OK.  Let’s talk hunting.  Both Rick and Kraig took bears on Wed. evening!  They had seen lots of action earlier in the week as well.  Kraig had even had some wolf action!  We were very excited for both of them.  I was excited for Steve as well, ’cause I know how hard to works to make these hunts successful.  Kraig was so pumped that he already book a hunt for next year.

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Rick & Kraig pumped after the hunts!

Rick & Kraig pumped after the hunts!

We had a little bear action of our own this morning:(  Steve went out to the deck at 7:00 and found this:

Those are tooth puncture marks in a cooking oil container.

Those are tooth puncture marks in a cooking oil container.

That's bear poop located near the punctured oil container...

That's bear poop located near the punctured oil container...

Needless to say, Stinky LaRue is spending the day safely in the house after last night’s show…

I don't do bears (or dogs, other cats, some people...).

I don't do bears (or dogs, other cats, some people...).

Saturday morning we had a neat fog over the lake.  Steve snapped a good photo:

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Saturday evening was another great sunset.  I nabbed a photo of it:

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Weather & Fishing & Hunting (oh my)

August 19, 2009

Well, summer was nice and lasted approximately six days.  Fall arrived last Saturday and is here to stay I think.  Temps have been around 60.  We’ve had a ton of rain this week; the lake has risen 8+” in less than a week.  Today it was fairly windy, and we all know what that means!  Fishing was phenomenal!

Actually, fishing’s been pretty darned good this week.  Today, however, seemed to put smiles on lots of faces.  Roger & Nancy reported a very good day, with Roger catching the biggest but Nancy catching the most.  She even hedged on berry picking tomorrow ’cause she doesn’t want to miss out on the action!  Jim Flory and his buddies are newcomers to Wabaskang.  They’ve been doing great all week–limiting out on walleye Sunday or Monday.  They’ve also played with some nice northerns and are already talking about next year.  Music to our ears.

We have a real group of go-getters this week.  Even with the cold, wet weather, everyone is out fishing early.  The women are right out there with their husbands and stay out all day! 

We have two bear hunters in Camp this week.  Both have seen bears.  One has seen some wolves.  They’re the real troopers this week–sitting in a tree in the driving rain.  They’re being patient and choosy about their bears.  Cross your fingers for them.  Here’s a trail cam photo that I almost threw away ’cause I thought it was nothing…take a closer look…

Where's Waldo?

Where's Waldo?

Look up in the tree.

We ladies have been doing a little hunting of our own.  We have been blueberry picking with abandon!  Today we picked in the rain for a couple of hours.  We were soaked to the skin!  It’s just too much fun to stop. 

Jenny's checking her progress.

Jenny's checking her progress.

Shari and Mary use different picking techniques:  kneeling and bending.

Shari and Mary use different picking techniques: kneeling and bending.

Blueberries and moss

Blueberries and moss

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Just look at those things!  Nice big berries this year!

Just look at those things! Nice big berries this year!

Fishing, Bears, SUMMER!!!!

August 10, 2009

Happy August to all!  I guess I should start with a fishing report.  Last week the walleye played hard-to-get.  Have I mentioned that we had a mayfly hatch on Aug. 4?  What’s next:  June bugs in Sept.?  Our new guys from Missouri found some, including a 24″.  They were die-hard anglers, though–even going out in some pretty foul conditions.  They tried live bait but ended up using grubs for the majority of their fishing.  The true champs last week were the ladies!  Theresa, Kim and Judy released 38″, 39″, and 40″ northerns respectively!  Wow!  You can view all three on the website.  That’s Kim and her husband Chris with the 39″.  They’re newlyweds–you can tell ’cause they wanted their photo taken together;)  The fish-only pics belong to Judy and Theresa.

The walleye have gone to 15-20′ this week, although one new guest found them at about 12′.  They’re coming on to their fall spots, and 5th Lake is the place to be right now.  We think that 3rd Lake’s spots–Doe Island and Devil’s Point–will be lighting up very soon. 

This week the perch have begun schooling and behaving like perch.  Our Bear’s Den group, four nice couples from Wisconsin, have been finding Piggy Perch!  They caught 64 this morning–none smaller than about 10″.  They found them right here, on 1st Lake.  They are also finding nice northern and some walleye.  Our Cabin 4 couple, Corky and Rosie, came in with their two walleye over 18″ today as well as some eaters.  We have a father and son from Tennessee who dropped in for a couple of days and decided to stay a week.  They’re doing very well and are quite the fish “hunters.”  They like Wabaskang; can’t say as I blame them.

Let’s talk bears.  Season opens officially this Saturday (15th).  Steve has been performing his baiter duties with gusto.  All of his baits are being hit very regularly, and we think we’ll have a lot of success this year.  We have some more shots from the trail cameras.  A couple of them make me very nervous.

This one's cute but small.

This one's cute but small.

This one and the raven seem to be looking at something.

This one and the raven seem to be looking at something.

This is a good-sized bear.

This is a good-sized bear.

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This one looks cranky--maybe all the bait is gone.

This one looks cranky--maybe all the bait is gone.

OK.  Here’s where it gets a little scary.

This photo was taken mid-morning.

This photo was taken mid-morning.

There were LOTS of night photos with this kind of activity.

There were LOTS of night photos with this kind of activity.

OK.  Let’s talk SUMMER!  This week is supposed to be in the 80’s and sunny!  I know that doesn’t necessarily bode well for fishing but it sure puts a smile on my face.  I do believe that the sunny warmth is why the perch and behaving like perch.  I picked blueberries yesterday!  They’re just coming on and it looks like we’re going to have a good crop! 

Blueberries and blue toes:)

Blueberries and blue toes:)

So I’ve finally started using the new camera I bought in May.  I was afraid of it and left it in the box until my old camera finally quit (in fact there are photos on there I want and can’t get).  I fear this camera as much as I feared my pressure cooker when I bought it last year.  I’m not sure if these are unnatural fears or fairly typical(?)

Judy, catcher of last week’s 40″ northern, made me a beautiful plant hanger.  I still have the lovely begonia from Sandi and Eldon’s spring trip (your fall trip is just around the corner, Woman).  I paired the two for a photo op.

How happy is that?!!!

How happy is that?!!!