Archive for June, 2014

Another Great Week!

June 29, 2014

Ready for take-off?


In bowling, I think they’d call this a turkey; in hockey, a hat trick; in horse racing, a trifecta…or something along those lines! We just finished a third consecutive week of great guests, great fishing, great memories, great weather…OK, I might be engaging in a bit of hyperbole about the weather;) The rains continue, and Wabaskang is still on the rise. I don’t know if lake level contributes to great fishing but if so, I say let it rain! The rains occur mostly overnight with the occasional midday shower (in fact, we just had a brief shower). I haven’t had to water flowers once this season. My lupines are looking lovely:


The weather held long enough for Cabin 9 to get her new lid! Here she is from strapping to fully-tinned:




Cabin 10 is next. The materials are all here, and Gruper and Murray and ready. We just need cooperative weather and time. We may be in luck this week–we have a fairly small camp. I am anticipating a little fishing this week! I will not fish for this little lady, though


We have a bass nesting very near the pet northerns! I watched her chase one off the other day! It’s fun to check on her. Gruper feeds her dead crawlers (she seems delighted).

This dude was running around Camp the other day


He was over by the boat launch area. I was worried about him but he proved he could run if threatened.

I received a few nice photos from week-before-last’s people (thank you). Curt forwarded a nice shot of Joanie’s northern:

Joanies northern

Mark sent along a nice pic of their perch mess, a good mixed bag to clean, and a great pic of Sandy’s northern. She is wearing gripper gloves which gave her new-found confidence in fish handling:

mintas perch

mintas mixed bag

sandys northern

He also sent along a fat smallie pic that I added to our Conservation Page (

Mark may have a bit of perch competition! Curt, Tom and Jacob visited this week. Curt had been here before. He wanted his dad Tom and son Jacob to experience Canadian fishing and, bless his heart, Tall Pines Camp:) I added Jake’s 37″ northern and 26″ walleye pics to the Conservation Page. Tom contributed a 27″ walleye release to the page as well. Curt rounded us out with a 35″ northern release. Grandpa and Grandson shared a walleye moment here:

jake and tom with walleye

The BIG story for these three, however, was the perch. I shared these two pics on our facebook page:



Here is the biggest perch we’ve seen caught at Tall Pines Camp in our nearly 11 years: 15″

Jacobs big perch

Curt reports that they will return for future fishing trips–I’ll bet!

Another Jake (we had three in Camp last week) added a great 24″ walleye to our Conservation Page. Here it is closer-up:

24W closeup

Evan added a 25″ walleye to the Conservation Page. Here’s a great picture of his release:

Evans release

Don and Linda returned after a 2 or 3-year hiatus. It was good having them back. Don added a big smallie to the Conservation Page. Here he is measuring a nice walleye for release as well:


As far as fishing information, everything seemed to be working again this week. Leeches and crawlers were hot-topic. Curt and his crew were using mostly artificials. Walleye depths were reported around 10′. Becky and Al purchased jig head colors at my recommendation. Becky liked the red/black combo after Day 1, but I think everything was working for them by mid-week. They kept themselves in nice eaters every day.

Every single person in Camp attended potluck. 40ish people, and I could name every single one of them! That’s pretty good given the late-June tireds;) We had roast pork and tons of sides! It was indeed a feed.

Moose were spotted in Mud and Ruby. Victoria and I saw a yearling calf on our way to Ear Falls.

I anticipate another entry this week since we’re quieter than we’ve been. Phyllis gave me her camera card to comb through so perhaps I’ll do a photo fest midweek. Let’s close with Curt’s “son”set interpretation:) Rumor has it that Lee released a 25” walleye yesterday, too! Maybe I’ll have a pic…

jake in the sunset


June 22, 2014

I’m going to steal my friend Tara’s Christmas letter idea and use a theme word throughout this entry:  lots.  For instance, we’ve had LOTS of rain lately which–in the words of our dear friend Karna (congrats on the clean bill o’ health!)–should make for LOTS of blueberries later this season.  OK?  Everyone play along and humor me.

Last week saw LOTS of content people again!  Folks were catching LOTS of whatever fish they sought.  Larry returned with his son Dave and granddaughter Laura.  They don’t fish as hard as some of our anglers but they certainly get out every day.  They caught LOTS of fish–over 200–more than half of which were walleye.  Mark and Sandy returned and caught LOTS of piggies (again).  Mark has a following up here; he’s even becoming legendary;)


Dan and Kari reported a day of over 70 fish. I think even they will admit, though, they spend LOTS of time fishing while they’re here. We had LOTS of big fish releases last week! I’ve posted Wayne, Shirley (hers is bigger than Wayne’s) and Curt’s walleyes on our Conservation Awards page ( At our two-turkey potluck I asked how many guests had released a walleye over 20″. Honestly, LOTS of people had–I think at least one person per cabin in fact! Folks, releasing those healthy 19-23″ walleye puts LOTS and LOTS of babies in Wabaskang. Thank you from us and future generations of anglers.
Two weeks ago, Aaron of TGF had LOTS of fun releasing an almost-36″ northern. I posted it on the Conservation Awards Page, too. This year, TGF wanted to honor Aaron’s dad Bob who passed away from cancer. They had these cool hats made:
the hats
Those three guys have LOTS of fun while they fish AND they catch LOTS of fish. Here are a few pics of Aaron, Kevin and Doug:

Kevin walleye
Note to KB: I think I’ll use this one at the sports shows…I really like it!
Kevins peek-a-boo walleye
Dougs walleye2
Dougs walleye
Those three spend LOTS of time on the water. That gives them time to catch LOTS of nice pics. Here’s a good photo of a nesting loon:
loon nest
This year they must have had LOTS of time to shop as they brought Gruper and me a gift:)
Thank you–they’ll be put to good use.
Wayne and Shirley headed home Thursday. They had spent LOTS of days in the campground. As I mentioned, each of them released a nice walleye this trip (Shirley’s was bigger…). They are one group who reported seeing LOTS of wildlife recently. Here are some playful otters:
They snapped a good picture of Eldon (or perhaps one of his relatives?):
I swiped a cute picture of their grandson Braxen from their camera (they had LOTS of pics of him):
Roger and Dee returned with LOTS of friends! It was nice meeting everyone–they said they’d heard LOTS of good things about Tall Pines Camp! We love word-of-mouth…for the most part. Roger had the catch of the week:
He is quite the angler!
Bob was new to us and brought his grandsons. They had LOTS of fun and good fishing for first-timers. They brought me a photo-first in 10+ years: a swimming lynx!
I’m working on getting a good zoom-in for Dee. She paints as a hobby and wants to tackle that beautiful cat. I’ll bet it will take LOTS of time.
Gruper, Murray and I had a cool happening at breakfast Wednesday. One of our mama golden eyes coaxed her babies from their house for their first outing and swim! She had LOTS of them:
Gruper was so inspired that he has a trail cam aimed at our other house to see if we can catch them!
Deb and John and Claire and Bud visited for the first time on a recommendation (good word-of-mouth) from Curtis (thank you). They brought LOTS of smiles to our faces when they delivered a lovely gift from Curtis’s son Chad:
Chad is an artist who visited with his dad and sister last summer. He owns White Rabbit Art ( and is fantastic! His rendition of one of our sunsets from a photo is unbelievable! He has LOTS of talent–I really like his pet portraits. THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHAD.

As always, there’s LOTS to do around here. Shirley slipped on our wet steps last week. Gruper pressure-washed them again, but we felt something more sustainable needed to happen. As a result, I have begun shingling the steps:
That gritty surface is just what the dr. ordered and it actually looks nice as well. It’s been LOTS of fun;) Gruper and Murray will have LOTS of fun this week (we hope). Cabin 9 should get its new shiny metal roof! Whoo-hoo!
I’ll close with LOTS of birthday wishes for my family! Our niece Wendy celebrates her birthday today (she was a Father’s Day present for my biggest brother Dan). Here she is:
We also have birthdays for sister-in-law Tina, great-niece Mya and niece Emily this week. Best wishes to you all! We love you!

Happy Campers!

June 16, 2014

Hi there.  We are coming off a busy week and entering an even busier one!  The weather’s been icky:  rain, rain, rain yesterday and rain/wind today, ergo my inability to get online and publish a blog entry for you.  I’m cautiously optimistic that I can get a fresh post done this evening.  The wind is dying down and the rain is hopefully done for the week.  Yesterday Gruper and I had to pump boats TWICE!  It rained fairly hard all day.  It was cold to boot…that deep-in-your-bones wet coldness.  A hot shower and sweats felt mighty good last night.

So, with weather this crappy we know what that means–great fishing!  Yes indeed, people are catching their fair share of just about every variety in Wabaskang!  It sounds like everything’s working, too.  We have folks using minnows, leeches, crawlers, Gulp, etc.  We have people trolling, jigging, casting, etc.  It all seems to be working! 

I have been horribly remiss asking people to send or give me their big fish photos. If you have some to share, please send them my way.

Quantities of fish have reportedly been great. Many of last week’s guests reported catching 100+ walleye per boat in a day. That’s fun fishing. A couple of our groups reported having problems catching good eaters; everything was too big (18+”)! We love it when folks have that problem;) TGF (also known as my guys) were catching walleye in 5-6′ of water all week. I figured at least 8′ but was wrong.

Dongot, Ed and Scott were fishing buddies all week. They had a blast…they always do. Here are some nice shots from them:
eds walleye
Dons walleye
This is Scott…thankfully, he’s got my back:
Scotts northern

Potluck was awesome last week! Aaron of TGF was our guest chef:) He and Kevin, his able-bodied assistant, prepared BBQ ribs for 40!
We ate until we hurt! We had a lovely turn-out:
Moose and Buzzy (aka Rachel and Bentley) were here a couple of weeks ago. Bentley is only 2 and has been here three times (if we count pre-delivery, he’s been here four times). We road-tripped to Ear Falls one day and saw THREE moose!! Here’s one now:
Rachel got a good shot of our pets. We have as many as five some days…
my pets
While we’re on critters, Rachel pointed out that minnows have a heart-shaped image on their wee heads:
minnow head
She saw an awesome crawdad while hanging around the dock too:
John and Nita come along to keep an eye on Moose and Buzzy. Actually, John’s been coming to Tall Pines Camp longer than we’ve been here! Here’s a nice shot of this nice family:
They do catch some fish while they visit:
Buzzy was quite the sport!
Hope to see you in the fall, Moose (you too, John):
These photos were taken from a laying down point of view (creative). The perspective totally changes on our beach:
laydown beach
laydown dock
We’ll close with a couple of sunsets Rachel caught. I really, really like the silhouette!
pink sunset
dark sunset

Here We Go Again!

June 8, 2014

Greetings and Happy Sunday!

We are cold and gray today:( We had a nice, mild week with lots of happy campers. Walleye were ON. The guys in Cabin 3 reported catching 150+ walleye a couple of different days. That’s good fishing. We saw another laker (26″) and several nice slot northerns. Ed came all the way from Washington D.C. and seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself! He shared a couple of nice pics with us:
Eds northern
Eds laker

I added a couple of nice walleyes to our Conservation Awards page–one from John Vanada and the other from his lovely bride Marie! Here are a couple of other nice fish Marie released this week:

John caught a lunker as well:

Dora was up to her old tricks–northern licking!

which apparently makes her cold and tired…

Marie was up to her usual tricks as well…catching nature at its best!
These lichens are awesome!
This columbine seems early up here:
She found a turtle…who also looks cold!

When I’m cold I enjoy salad and delicious WALLEYE CHOWDER (thanks, guys!):

I have some photos from Moose and Buzzy to share, so maybe I’ll get around to another entry this week. Cross your fingers!

I’ll close with a shout-out to our oldest nephew Danny who turned a year older today! Here’s a shot from Easter with his all-female family;) We love you!

Back in the Swing of Things!

June 1, 2014

Hi there!  I’m trying to steal a few minutes to get you all updated.  Last week was pretty darned good around here!  I posted a HUGE 42″ northern on the Conservation Page.  Karl (who is 6′, 8″) released a beauty!  He said he never dreamed he’d catch a fish more than half his height!  He and son Keith were new to us and seemed to enjoy themselves. 

Skip, Grant and William returned for their annual vacation.  Oh, yeah, they brought Bill and Steve along as well;)  Skip and the boys have grown as conservationists right before our eyes (our smiling eyes).  This year all three of them made the Conservation Page!  Get this:  William made the page FOUR TIMES, releasing a smallie, a perch, a northern and a very nice 27″ish walleye!  Grant released a nice smallie, and Skip released two smallies–one of which was very, very fat–and a northern.  Thanks guys!  You can see all of their releases on our website’s Conservation Awards Page ( included this pic of the insides of his northern’s mouth:
skips jaws

Gruper and I went fishing Tuesday!  I decided on my very special lucky shoes:


Gruper wore his usual fishing attire…
We did quite well on 2nd Lake! My first two drops “netted” walleyes! I caught several–all probably around 13-14″–and a northern in our two hours. Gruper won biggest and variety. We didn’t keep count so it’s hard to say who won most. Here’s what we kept:
Look more closely at the northern. There’s a tail sticking out of its mouth. Here we go on extraction:
Absolutely disgusting! That’s, like, a 14″ sucker all skinned and made naked by the northern. ICK.
Anyway, since Tuesday I’ve had broiled walleye, a perch omelet, and poor man’s lobster. Gruper’s had steak, a burger, and some other kind of red meat.
Look who’s back!!!!
Yes! It’s Dora:) Oh, yeah, she brought John and Marie with her;) Apparently the piggies are where they left them…
You may recall that they brought me my initial rhubarb plants. They’re doing well this year, especially considering that we had ice on the lake and snow on the ground just over two weeks ago:
Do you see who’s beginning to wander around??? Anyway, I digress. John delivered me some horse poop for the rhubarb along with a limerick. His gifts are always unique. He redeemed himself (for bringing me poop) by sharing some of his rhubarb pie:
I retaliated with raspberry pie:

John brought a little something else:
It’s a beautiful iron rose. Its leaves match the hook and wine holder he’s made:
Beautiful. Thank you:)
Guess who else is back???
Yes, it’s Bentley!!! Oh, yeah, he brought John, Nita and Rachel along too;) His mother continued to add to my yard art:
She’s so creative:) Thank you, Rachel.
This week’s weather promises to be very nice. The lake warmed considerably last week…enough for David and Allan to go for a (very cool) dip!
Who knows…maybe we’ll get some swimmers this week as well.

I’ll close with a little shout-out to Sal. There’s plenty of this where I am…