Archive for July, 2012

Fishing Report and Catch-up (no mustard)

July 29, 2012

Hello there.

Well, we’ve begun another week of good times.  Last week was really quite good for most everyone.  Al and Jim returned with a bunch of folks.  They ended up doing pretty well on walleye and perch.  We had a new bunch down in the Eagle’s Nest.  They, too, did pretty well–especially for being new to the lake.  Two of their guys–Randy and Tim–made the Conservation Awards Program with a 24″ walleye and an 18″ smallie respectively.  Young Trent made the CAP as well, with a lovely, FAT, smallie.  Trent’s dad Brett had been here years and years ago.  He decided to bring his family, and I believe they’ll be back!  Bruce and Debbie were back (they enjoyed the ceviche awaiting them) and had a good week of walleye and northern fishing.  Larry and Ruthie began their three-week jaunt and have moved at their usual leisurely pace.  They have caught some walleye as well.  Sonny and Kathy are still hanging around.  They fish a little, hang a little, etc.  Sonny had a lovely stringer of walleye yesterday afternoon.

Speaking of walleye, we thought they’d be much deeper by now.  Folks are catching them in as shallow as 8′.  I’d say the average depth reported to me is still only 10-12′.  Bruce and Debbie were playing with a beetle spinner (?) and worms Friday and had a blast.  They visited Doe Island and 5th Lake.  I’d say most of last week’s success came from 2nd Lake and Ruby.  Leeches were quite popular with the Eagle’s Nest guys.  One thing I heard from a few folks is that they weren’t catching fish in the same spots on consecutive days; i.e., the fish seemed to be moving.  However, overall folks had plenty of fish to eat and took home what they wanted as well.

I blueberry picked, like, five times last week!  I’d go for 1-2 hours each time and just nail them!  I limited out every time, leaving some skin on and freezing them for home.

We continue to have a good rain every week.  We had a dandy last night and this morning; Gruper and I got to pump boats twice this morning!  The rain keeps the lake level up, the blueberries plump, and Michael busy cutting grass.  We will try to send some of it down to those of you who are experiencing draught-like conditions.  This year is very different from July of last year when we did not have one drop of rain all month. 

Several weeks ago, David brought his son Andrew up for their first Canadian fishing adventure.  Andrew is heading off to college this fall, and his dad wanted to do something fun before he hits the books.  They wanted to northern fish primarily.  Andrew caught this:

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Mission accomplished!

Mark and his wife Diane brought their son Michael the following week.  This was a fishing family!  Diane was as antsy to get out there each day as the guys!  They shared some photos with me to share with you.  They got on top of some lake trout but weren’t really equipped to fish for them.  Here’s Mark’s depth finder showing the fish stacked:

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Those big blips on the bottom we believe to be lake trout.  Maybe they’ll come back and go after them next year!  They did catch some fish, though:

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Even a perch seed…

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That’s hilarious.  We’ve gotten more tiny fish photos this year than ever before!  I love them.  Here’s a good heron photo:

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Chuck, Donna and Anna were here a couple of weeks ago.  Anna had the big perch (that she wouldn’t touch) that’s on the CAP page.  I’ll share some of their photos now.  These people are awesomely conservation minded!  They truly get it!  Here’s Chuck with a prime spawner walleye he returned:

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Anna put one back as well–though Chuck is holding it;)

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They do keep some fish to eat:

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Remember Kathy’s photo of mama merganser with 14 babies?  Here’s a merganser with teenagers…maybe it’s her:

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Here’s a pretty butterfly that joined them in the boat:

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Donna got a shot of the geese doing their nightly parade in front of Camp:

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She also got a great sunset:

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It looks like the sky is squishing the sun…

Well, it’s that time of year again:  bear baiting!  Yes, Gruper began a little over a week ago.  We’re seeing activity already.  Here’s the big, bad wolf:

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Creepy, eh?

Here’s a pretty good bear followed by a little fella’:

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I’ll close with my favorite.  This was a johnny-come-lately bear…no soup for you:

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And TWICE on Tuesday!

July 23, 2012

Well welcome back!  Last week was crazy fun if you were me!  We had our smallest group of the season, and I was blu….I mean busy as a beaver!  OK, I’ll confess…it was almost like having a week off.  Our group was very independent–even the new people.  I went blueberry picking three times and fishing three times–TWICE on Tuesday!  We got up Tues. morning and Michael had things under control, so I decided I’d like a walleye scramble for breakfast.  Out we went to 2nd Lake.  We caught two eater walleye (’bout 15″) pretty quickly and came in for breakfast.  Then I went blueberry picking for a bit with some guests:) 

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Yes, I think it’s going to be a banner year for berries!  They’re earlier than usual, but everything has been this year.  Anyway, I digress.  Later Tues. afternoon we decided to head back out.  I couldn’t keep any walleye ’cause I had one in my belly and one in the fridge, which was fine with me.  It was more about getting out there and fishing!  We went all the way up to 5th Lake.  I had no luck–other than some minnow-plucking perch bites–and Gruper actually caught a seed perch or two:

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I love that picture!  We headed down to 3rd Lake to try a couple of Lee’s spots.  In the first spot I got this:

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It’s a 26.25″ northern.  We very seldom keep northern of any size ’cause Gruper doesn’t want the slime in his boat, on his net, etc.  However, Mrs. Gruper had a new recipe from Bruce and Debbie who were due in this week–Northern Ceviche:

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I found this to be incredibly delicious!  I shared with Bruce and Debbie ’cause they gave me the recipe and I shared with Sonny and Kathy ’cause they’d never had ceviche before.  I’m all about virgin experiences.

OK, back to fishing.  We moved to another spot and got into some nice 14-17″ walleye for quite a while.  It was fun, and we kept nothing but Mr. Northern (thank you, Honey). 

On our way back we saw a baby loon riding on its mama’s back.  By the time I snapped my photo it had jumped off:

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As for my footwear, what else does one wear on a beautiful July day while fishing with her best friend?

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Our guests did OK last week.  Anna put a 12.25″ perch back in…you can find it on the Conservation Awards page of our website:  www.tallpinescamp.com  She does not like to touch fish, so they photographed it on the measuring tape:)  I’ll share more of their photos next time.  It was their second year, and they found perch, walleye and nice eater northerns (go, Donna!). 

Mark and Louise were first-timers.  I think they enjoyed themselves…they caught walleye (especially Louise), we went blueberry picking, they visited a couple of local eateries, and Louise knitted:)  Nice folks.  Bill and Steve and their families take vacationing quite seriously!  They fished, partied, tubed…a little bit of everything.  It was a great week for them to be here.  They got into some walleye a couple of times as well.

Potluck was Michael’s gig this week.  He made an Aboriginal/Canadian entree:  bannock dogs

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This week’s group is a mixture of new and used guests.  Bruce and Debbie have already found some walleye and blueberries.  Brett was here years ago (before us) and brought his family to share the experience.  Al and Jim have been here before and they brought several newbies this year.  Jeff and his crew are new to us.  I think everyone will hit their stride by tomorrow.  Larry and Ruthie are here for three weeks.  They always have a great time, no matter where they are or what they’re doing.  Larry paid a fine tribute to an old friend by naming his boat:

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Let’s wrap up this week by sharing some of our buddy Mike’s photos.  He brought his brother-in-law up a few weeks ago.  It was a nasty hot week but not as hot as Iowa, so they enjoyed themselves.  They found fish even in the worst of conditions:

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Mike shared the scenery with Bob:

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Bob needed a vacation BAD!  He needed to relax…I think the mission was accomplished:

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Mike took a picture of another Mike taking a picture at potluck:

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Great sky:

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And another moonset:

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Speaking of Mike, he lost his uncle yesterday.  Jim was a good friend of ours as well, and we’re glad he was able to visit Tall Pines Camp.  Rest in peace, Jim-Bob.

Lots of Photos in This One!

July 16, 2012

Greetings and Happy Week.

I’ll start by saying we are considerably cooler today–60’s.  We had a couple of hot, still days until last night.  The rains came (again) with a bit of thunder and lightning late last night and early this morning.  There was a lot of rain all at once (again), and Gruper’s taller curb was put to good use:  we had way less washout between the Bear’s Den and our house!  There was still some but not the gully-washing, rut-making deluge previously seen.  The curb was given caution stripes this week by the team of Andrea and Rebecca:

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I’m not sure why we put the rocks in the corner but we like them there:)

Rebecca headed home Saturday.  They missed her there; now I miss her here.  I made a raspberry pie for us late in the week:

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I do love pie.

OK.  Back to last week.  Our Arkansas contingent had a good time.  Thank goodness they’re used to the head ’cause we hit the 90’s again for a couple of days straight.  Even the nights were hot which is unusual for us.  Fishing was affected a bit, but we saw quite a few walleye and lots of northern and perch.  I am comfortable saying that everyone had fish to eat during their stay.  Mark, his wife Diane and son Michael were new to us.  They like to northern fish.  They kept a tally for the week and caught 213 fish in 4.5 days of fishing!  That’s pretty darned good.  I’ll have some photos from them next time.

Duane, Jan and family were here for two weeks.  They always have a good time, and we are happy to be part of Duane and Jan’s annual world travels.  They left something interesting in their cabin this year:

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Sonny and Kathy must have gotten my not-too-subtle hints in last week’s entry.  I mentioned that I hadn’t heard from them and had no idea where their travels were taking them.  I received an e-mail asking if they can come back and stay a couple more weeks in the campground!  I am elated:)  They should arrive late this week.

Lee and Cindy also must have received my not-too-subtle hints.  They sent Cindy’s 12+” perch pic for the Conservation Awards page as well as a few more photos to share.  I’ll start with their fishing photos.  Lee was into slot northern this year:

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He found a nice smallie as well:

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Cindy learned that for every 12+” perch, you have to kiss a lot of frogs:

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Lee and Cindy stayed a month to the day.  They witnessed at least one small mayfly hatch.  Here’s the proof:

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They also captured a great sunset

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and an even greater “moonset”

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I altered the moonset a bit and got this:

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Rusty the dog and Charlie the cat provided me a great deal of animal affection.  I visited Charlie a couple of times just to get some “kitty love.”  She’s a good girl.

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Rachel finally got me some photos from their trip in early June (thank you).  She wasn’t going to come this year–having a nearly 1-year-old baby boy and all–but could not stay away!  Here are a couple of the reasons she visits:

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She also loves moose ’bout as much as Sandra:

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Here’s a cool dragonfly pic,

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the pet northerns looking fine (and probably hungry again)’

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and an awesome sunset:

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Most of all she loves her family!  Here’s mom Nita with a smallie,

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Rachel and Bentley getting ready for his first-ever boat ride,

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and Rachel, Bentley (Beans), John and Nita at potluck:

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Psst, Rachel–just between us, John is coming back again in September…

OK.  Today’s last photos will come from Mike and Gavin.  They were here a couple of weeks ago.  Gavin has a nice smallie on the Conservation Awards page.  They sent along a few more photos.  I believe Mike called their new hobby “microfishing”:

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They saw a moose in the lake:

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and captured a great sunset/reflection:

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Saturday marked one year to the day that we lost our girl Shasta, aka Stinky LaRue.  I’d like to dedicate this blog entry to her memory and share a favorite pic or two:

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Welcome Back!

July 9, 2012

Greetings.

Well, folks seem to be settled in for the week so I’ll take time to catch up.  Last week was a tough, tough week for fishing.  It began with a small mayfly hatch.  Then we had a couple of bright blue, hot, no breeze whatsoever days.  Needless to say it made for good perch, smallie and northern fishing but not so good walleye fishing.  Bob B. was able to find a 24.5″ walleye, young Gavin released an 18″ smallmouth, and Cindy released a 12″ perch (photo???)–all of which have been added to the Conservation Awards page of our website.  During their month-long stay, Cindy released a number of prime spawners:  19-23″.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.  Toward week’s end–Thurs. and Fri.–things picked up and folks were catching more walleye.  In all honesty, though, I’ve seen more walleye in two days than I did all of last week. 

Those hot, windless days always end in a tumultuous electrical storm.  We had a big storm Monday evening last week, complete with hail and hard, hard rain.  Once again our driveway bore the brunt of Mother Nature.  Rebecca and I returned from town Tuesday to an unusual sight:

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Gruper decided to build up the curb (or whatever that is) between the Bear’s Den and our house in an effort to control the water flow.  It hasn’t been put to the test yet but I’ll bet it works just dandy!  You can take the concrete guy out of Iowa but…

Here’s a nice perch photo (can’t remember whose):

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In my continued effort to catch up on photos, I’ll start with Sonny and Kathy (who owe me an e-mail, by the way).  They’re galavanting around somewhere (where???) in their motor home avoiding the heat of Georgia.  They do love to fish:

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Kathy got a pic of the May 29 snow that almost drove me over the edge:

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as well as a mama merganser and her 14 babies

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We saw a mama mallard and her very new babies yesterday.  That seems like a late hatch(?) 

This week’s weather is absolutely picture perfect:  breezy, 80ish, a little cloud cover.  The nights are perfect for sleeping and the days are perfect for fishing!  Duane’s group had their annual spaghetti dinner outside last Friday evening:

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I snapped a shot of a fine, young bull:

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and another of a lovely damsel fly enjoying the flowers I received from Sandra in May (yes, reblooming beautifully):

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This is the kind of weather and conditions I could handle year-round.  If only…

OK.  It’s time to catch up with Lori and Mary’s photos.  This mother and daughter team both get some great shots!  Not only that, they both enjoy fishing and the outdoors tremendously!  Here they are with an uncanny set of catches–they each “caught” an old rod and reel while fishing:

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Lori sent me some great bird photos!  Here’s a gathering of fine-feathered friends–there are four different species in this pic:

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Here’s a goose up close and personal:

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and a duck photo that Mary and I both think belongs in a contest:

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This next photo could be made into a poster with any number of clever sayings:

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It gets better.  Not only is there an egg on the dock, there’s one in the water just off the edge of the dock:

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I guess Mama Duck kept moving the one egg around–not sure why.  I’m certain she was very confused by the whole thing…

Lori also caught a great sky:

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I think that was between storms that week.  That was one of the two weeks when it rained and rained and rained.  In between on a couple of evenings it would be beautiful for a short time, then rain or storm again.

Now onto Mary’s photos.  Mary loves her family:

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She also loves nature.  I really liked this loon photo:

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She was able to snap a great double rainbow during their stay.  She said the pic doesn’t do it justice but I think it’s pretty darned cool:

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She liked the muzzle on this young dump bear.  I believe it’s one of triplets hanging out there this year:

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I loved this next photo.  To me, the rock on the right looks like a fish; the one on the left looks like the top of a pygmy headhunter’s head.  Stonehenge, Canada style;)

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I believe that’s plenty of sharing today.  When I start talking about pygmy headhunters, it’s probably time to be done.  I hope to have a favorable fishing report for this week.  We have a large Arkansas contingent, and I know they’ve had at least one fish dinner so far! 

I can’t leave you without this photo Mary took…simply breathtaking I say;)

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Happy Canada Day!

July 1, 2012

Yes, it’s Canada Day up here AND Niece Anna’s birthday!  Seems like cause for a blog entry, I say.

Temps are pretty warm today–mid to upper 80’s.  There is not a whisper of a breeze, so folks are going out early and later, coming in for a rest in the middle of the day.  Perch continue to be biting pretty well and we’ve seen plenty in the last couple of weeks.

Gruper caught a nice smallie off the dock today.  We see them bubble up all over the place. 

Bob A. released a nice 25″ walleye last week but it popped from his hands before his lovely bride Barb could get a photo:(  That’s OK, Bob, what counts is that it’s back in the lake!  Bob caught some other nice walleye over 20″ as well.  Cindy released a nice 22″er yesterday.  She and Lee are hilarious:  they wander out fishing mid to late-morning on the bluest-sky, brightest days and catch walleye.  Honestly, days that should be tough are easiest for them.  Must be clean living…

Several of this weeks guests are from our home area in Iowa.  Mike E. is a good friend and visits pretty much annually.  We have some newbies as well and hope that they have a successful week. 

Michael has completed his first week at Tall Pines Camp.  He seems to enjoy the job and is eager to learn.  We’ll take that! 

Let’s get started on some photo catch-up.  Kevin, Aaron and Dave were here ’bout three weeks ago.  They let me dump their camera and take what I want.  First, I think you should meet them.  They are horny,

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hungry,

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hunters of fish who catch a little bit of everything.

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They are also incredibly goofy and fun when fishing

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and in general

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They find beauty even in a week of mostly inclimate weather

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I’ll bet they have a great time wherever they go.  We’re glad they go here, though;)

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Until next time, “tight lines” as they say:

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