Archive for June, 2010

Checking in

June 26, 2010

Hi there.  I can’t believe another week has passed since my last entry.  Time sure flies when you’re busy!  We had a nice group of guests last week and added three new fish to our 2010 Conservation Awards Program, including a 27″ walleye from Jerry in Cabin 6.  Be sure to check them out at www.tallpinescamp.com 

Walleye started out slow last week–maybe due to a mayfly hatch(?)  Anyway, folks fished shallower and soon we had happy campers all around.  Everyone in the Bear’s Den–a group of 12!–took home their limits.  Aerobus Lake, Gawley’s Bay and Devil’s Point were all producing walleye.  Lee and Cindy reported releasing about 30 walleye in a short time yesterday. 

Perch were still on in Mud Lake and Ruby Lake.  According to our newbies, Steve and Vickie, there were some tiny perch in Ruby.  That’s good news…seed for future years.

Smallmouth were initially elusive for newbies Robby T. and Bob; however, by week’s end they had changed strategies and began finding those fighting fools!  Apparently spawn has ended for the smallies so they’re no longer right off shore. 

There were reports of lots of slot northerns…no surprise there.

Floyd Pete and Harry K. had a great time fishing hard all week!  They were gone before we opened the dock and usually returned just before dark.  Fishin’ fools, I say (or at least I’m half right)…

Potluck was a hit!  We had a large turnout.  We smoked and fried one turkey and fried and barbequed another.  I made bear meatballs for an appetizer–gone in 60 seconds!  We had a nice batch of farmboys in Camp, and I think even they got their fill.  I love feeding young folks!

Speaking of which, we have a full-time employee as of last Monday!  Kyle is a nice guy from Ear Falls who just finished Grade 12 in Red Lake.  He’ll be with us through season’s end (we hope).  He’s a quick study and has a good wit.  He’s a bit too thin in my opinion, so I’ve got my work cut out for me:)  Maybe I’ll weigh him now and again in September;)

I promised some of Nancy’s photography…here are some great photos:

a loon nest on a beaver hut

 

checking eggs

Aren’t those great photos!  There are more where they came from and I’ll be sure to share.

We had many moose sightings this week.  Steve & Vickie got a nice shot of one swimming to shore.  They said it motored right along!

Vickie allowed two dragonflies some intimate time on her shoe…

and captured several beautiful sunsets including this one

Frankie W. spotted a turtle in our yard.  I can count the turtles I’ve seen up here in seven years on one hand.  I had to grab the camera and run outdoors for this piece of blog fodder:

My sister (who arrived Monday night) spotted this hornet’s nest built in a woodpecker hole in a tree right outside our house:

Well that’s about it for how.  I have a bunch more photos to share and should be getting some from Eric as well (I’m certain some will be entertaining).  I need to give a big shout out to Dirk.  Thanks for the shirt–I love it!

Happy Father’s Day

June 20, 2010

Hello, hello, hello!  Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there.  We hope you had a fantastic day and got to do whatever you wanted!

Last week’s fishing was very, very good.  The mayflies began making an appearance and we were curious about how things would go.  We told folks to try fishing very shallow in the areas where the mayflies were hatching.  That worked very well.  We figure the walleye go in shallow to feed on the larvae so that’s where they’re hanging out. 

One couple commented that they released about 70 walleye in a two-hour period.  Cindy outfished Lee big-time;)  Joe and his brother Bill spent two hours on 5th Lake Thursday afternoon.  They released 16 walleye between 20-28.5″ using a bobber with either a minnow or leech (both were working well) in 8′ of water.  They had a blast.  Wayne and Shirley in the campground came in yesterday with some nice walleye.  I’ll see if I can’t get some more information before they leave.

The new guys, Kevin and Aaron, had a good week.  They would have liked to see more big walleyes but caught plenty of 13-17’ers.  I took them for an evening ride and they saw two bears and two moose!  I think they were hoping for warmer weather–they left me two swimming noodles! 

Stories of BIG northern following other fish to the boat have been numerous.  Smallies are coming on strong and are enjoying coming out to play.  Piggy perch are still happening in Ruby, Mud and 2nd Lakes.  Here’s a nice one Conrad caught:

Potluck was fun.  We had a perfect assortment of food.  I made a wild rice moose loaf and a carrot cake (that stuff is like crack).  About 25 of our 46 guests attended.  None of the three dogs in Camp attended(?)  Perhaps they don’t like moose(?)

A couple of nice fish mounts were delivered yesterday.  Remember, we’ll pay the price difference between a skin mount and replica in order to keep that fish swimming in Wabaskang and to allow someone else the chance to catch the fish of a lifetime.

Justin's northern was phenomenal!

My photo's a bit blurry, but Trevor's bass was HUGE.

We had some more swimmers this week…crazy people!  Gruper and I decided we’d better get a pedal boat ready.  Bowie was in Camp but he didn’t take a spin this year:(

We might get some takers for a ride this week.  Temps are supposed to be back up in the 70’s with plenty of sunshine.  Happy day.  We have a few mushrooms in the yard.  I’ll look them up in my book but doubt they’re edible.

Houston...we have a problem.

I know I promised some of Nancy’s photography.  I have several beautiful photos from her but not the time this evening to get them loaded.  I will do them in the next couple of days, though, so stay tuned!  I’ll close with a couple of beautiful sunsets and a fresh photo of my favorite muse (mews).

My girl Shasta, aka Stinky LaRue.

What A Week!

June 12, 2010

Hi there.  We have lots to talk about.  We’ll start with a fishing report:  suffice it to say that last week’s fishing was incredible.  We had a full camp–check out the  main dock early in the morning:

The other dock was full as well.

Anyway, I digress.  We had many of our “regular” guests, some guests who were new to us but not new to Wabaskang, and some guests who were all around Wabaskang virgins.  EVERYONE did well.  Walleye were biting on anything–minnows, worms, leeches, artificials, gummy bears (OK, I made that one up).  Limits were made every day:

We overheard comments such as, “We released at least 200 walleye in the last day and a half,” and “We can’t find a place in the lake that doesn’t have fish.”  How wonderful for us to have that kind of fishing and that happy of guests!  For the most part, folks were fishing 8-12′.  Keynote is coming on nicely for walleye, and 2nd Lake and North Bay continued to be hot spots.

Perch are hot, hot, hot right now!  This seems a bit early compared to past years but maybe not(?)  They are certainly schooling up 100% better than last year.

bucket o' piggies

There’s a little bay on the top end of 2nd Lake where the perch have been hot, and Ruby and Mud both seem to be producing quite well.

One group caught a nice batch of eater northerns for making Poor Man’s Lobster (a favorite of mine):

I big, fat 39″ northern was released this week for the Conservation Program.  As soon as I get that photo I’ll add it to the website.  I’ve already added two 25″ walleyes and a couple of 19″ bass.  Check them out at www.tallpinescamp.com

Flowers are blooming nicely, both wild

Lupines are my favorite up here...thanks Steve:)

and not so wild:

The campground pavilion has its own wildlife going on:

baby robins:)

hornets or wasps

Barb, who has a big bass release on the website, brought in a tiny walleye and then released it:

Steve went fishing with Ron and the boys and snapped this photo of a very nice bull moose:

This dragonfly looked quite natural on a Tall Pines Camp toque:

Guess that makes it a "schwagonfly."

Hey, what’s that on our house?

That’s right.  We have gone officially wi-fi camp-wide.  Some areas get better reception than others but the capability is there.  A big shout out to Tommy O. for his help getting this done.  I’ll try to get some specs from him for optimum performance from laptops and wireless cards.  Obviously, some systems will do better than others but at least we’re giving it an honest “go.”

THIS JUST IN:  this week’s Wabaskang Lake virgins, Kevin & Aaron, went out for a couple of hours this afternoon and slayed fish!  That’s right, they’ve never been on this lake and came back with dinner!  They estimated they caught at least 30 fish in 1.5 hours.  Most of their walleye were small–13″ or so–but they kept two good 15-16″ eaters and a couple of eater northerns.  Good for them:)  Tomorrow we’ll send them to a new spot!  We strongly encourage all of our guests to get out and see all of Wabaskang Lake.  This fishery is phenomenal and beautiful and needs to be experienced.

Until next time.

Catching Up…

June 6, 2010

I know, I know…where have I been?  Things are crazy around here!  Steve and I are putting in a lot of extra hours until our employee can start later this month.  We’ve been nuts.

Let’s start with a fishing report.  One word sums it up:  WOW!!!  Everyone is catching fish.  All anglers–both new and used–are taking home their limits of walleye and anything else they want.  They’re finding them everywhere, although North Bay, Aerobus and Keynote continue to be hotbeds of activity.  Walleye are still pretty shallow–think 5-7′.  Ken and Eldon were using water temps as a guide–65-66 degrees found them plenty of fun!  Eldon made the Conservation Awards Program with a 26′ walleye!  He still needs to e-mail me the photo (hint, hint).  I’ve posted all other big fish releases on our website (www.tallpinescamp.com).  Here are some of the award recipients at potluck:

Are they listing to their right...or am I listing to the left?

Speaking of potluck, our first of the season was Wed.  I made boring old brats and snickerdoodles.  Sonny and Kathy had never heard of them so I had to make some!  We had a ton of good food but even more fun.  Last week’s group has become a familiar bunch.  They all look forward to seeing each other next year! 

So, John Vanada was so inspired by potluck that he wrote a song Thurs. morning.  He and his backup singers and dancers performed it for me.  The song is entitled “Potluck,” but the chorus speaks specifically of me:  “She gets popped at potluck every week!”  The song is hilarious and refers to my love of good wine, my “mean teacher voice,” etc.  I was quite moved:)  Thanks, John.

This brings me to goodbyes.  I have decided that I don’t like goodbyes and am not very good at them.  We have so many wonderful guests and I get very blue when good folks have to go home.  John, Marie and Rachel and Sonny and Kathy all left today.  I’ve been blue and miss them all already.  I enjoy seeing our incoming guests but I wish everyone could stay all the time.  Ugh.  Here’s a photo of John and Marie’s dog Dora, named by their grandkids for the famous explorer.  She loves to chase critters–birds, rabbits, anything–but her first love is northern-licking.

She would love to tell you about her fishing adventures.

Marie snapped a photo of some columbine one day:

The other Rachel V. and I went moose stomping.  We saw lots of poop and tracks.  I was most excited about this:

Yes! The pink lady slipper orchid!!!

I’ve never seen one in person before.  It was beautiful and made my day.  There were a few in this area.  I wish I knew if we could transplant successfully.  Perhaps I’ll look into it.

I also snapped this naturey photo this week:

A hatching dragonfly...interesting

So what were our guests doing after they’d fished until their arms ached?

Our version of the Polar Bear Club:)

We’re up to six pets at the dock.  Here are a couple waiting for a dead minnow:

Our group of virgins from two weeks ago sent some nice photos to share!

Smallies & Wallies. I LOVE Rick's sweatshirt:)

I took them on a field trip to the dump. Yes, we saw a bear!

Leo caught on quickly.

Very, very quickly

Perrault Falls

This photo will be in my sports show book.

Charley and Nancy arrived yesterday.  Expect a ton of wonderful pictures during their two-week stay.  They took this one at their home in Missouri:

I’ll close today with a couple of lovely sunsets.  I’ll be sure to get back to you mid-week with a fishing report and other random bits!  A

I entitled this one "peekaboo" sunset.

Simply stunning