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And the Winner of Best Big Fish Picture of 2019 is….

January 18, 2020

In 5th place we had a tie:

Dave Stobb’s walleye caught in May
Kay Chappa and her walleye caught in June

In 4th place:

Heath’s Yarger’s Tiger Muskie, caught in June

In 3rd place:

Bruce Haan’s Northern Pike, caught in July

In 2nd place:

Zach Yarger and his Northern Pike, caught in June

And in 1st Place, the winner is…

Congratulations to Paul Evers who caught this walleye beauty measuring 26.75 inches. Paul caught the winning fish in May during opener week! Paul gets to spend $100 on us in our tackle/gift shop. We also will display this picture at our sports shows this season!

Thanks to all who voted! It was some good fun tallying the votes and so we look to continue this for next year with maybe a few more categories.

Annual Newsletter

November 27, 2019

We just shared our annual newsletter with Tall Pines guests via our current email addresses on file. It’s full of some exciting updates and announcements. If you did not receive it, there is a small chance it is in your spam folder. If not, please let us know your current email address so we can add you. For those that don’t use email, we are attaching it here as well, so enjoy reading.

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Good luck surviving winter everyone! I’ll be doing some Facebook and Instagram pics over the next few months, and the tallpinescamp.com website continues to be updated, so follow/like/share and help pass those snowy nights. God Bless.

November Nostalgia

November 3, 2019

As we all have some nostalgia about our home away from home this time of year, I thought you’d appreciate a Wabaskang Update:

The water is Ripping! Check out the falls as seen on our Instagram page in this short video by clicking here:

Long time generational Wabby’ers (I’m making that a word) commented that they’ve only seen the water level this high once in their 60ish year span up here. The levels are so high, that combined with the winds, our docks that Ryan had moved unsecured from their anchor spot. Luckily Ryan spotted them with his binoculars and was still there to handle the situation. A secondary anchor system was needed and problem solved.

Ready or not, it’s beginning to look like fall is over…

Of course, a little snow hasn’t stopped Ryan from his projects. I had hinted in an earlier blog that Ryan was working on a cabin- here is the new porch on cabin 2 in progress. We are excited that it will double in size creating the perfect space to enjoy the stunning views. This is a major undertaking as we want to make improvements while maintaining the history by keeping it’s original structure:

So, there are a couple things I wanted to throw out there:

You may have caught a Facebook post about the 2019 Big Fish Gallery. I admit that there may have been some pictures sent to me that unintentionally didn’t make it on the Big Fish Page on our website, especially during the busier weeks. If this is the case, I apologize and didn’t mean to exclude anyone. Please resend me the pic via the info@tallpinescamp.com email address. Just a reminder to qualify, fish must be released, and their measurements should be at least or greater than the following:

Perch= 12″

Northern Pike= 36″

Walleye= 23″

Smallmouth Bass= 18″

Some of you others may have caught a big fish, took a pic and then released it, but just never got around to sending the pic to me. So if that is you, take advantage of some down time this fall and go through those pics to send.

Another way we are trying to improve communication is by updating our guest information. Many of you filled out our guest book in the office while you were visiting this summer. And many others may simply have the same phone/address/email as last year. Still there are numerous guests that let their group leader do all the correspondence but they would like to be included. We will be sending out a couple emails over the winter- newsletter, contest info, 2020 updates, etc. So if you don’t get an email from us by Thanksgiving, please let us know your contact info so we can update our records and include you!

As we update the tallpinescamp.com website with new pictures, we also are updating some other pages as well. Our 2020 Sports shows are now listed on there. There is a slight chance we’ll add more, but those ones listed are definite. Keep checking back in to see other changes as well.

Finally, while we hope everyone is in good health, we will continue Steve and Andrea’s newsletter tradition of sharing info of any guests that have passed. I have been notified of two already, so please let me know if there is someone else’s name you would like honored.

Stay tuned folks…

October Frenzy

October 20, 2019

As we in the Midwest are just starting to see fall colors and leaves changing, up at Tall Pines, the last leaves have fallen, and they are preparing for winter. That doesn’t stop a certain two individuals from tackling the Wabby. While trying to get into North Bay, they encountered four foot waves, so they were forced to tuck back into Aerobus and some other calmer areas and commit to dissecting those. Dedication or craziness? I’ll let you be the judge…

Ryan commented that a ton of fish were caught in less than 15′- the shallow bite appears to be good all year. And notice how much fatter the jumbos are this time of year:

Of course perch weren’t the only fish they got into this week:

(I know some of you might be shaking your head at his head attire. Ryan says this is for all the Green Bay fans out there. Bears fans are willing to fish late season cause they are tougher- wink wink.)

In Melon’s iconic words, “It was insane”; yesterday was an epic day- crazy number of walleye. And congrats to Melon for catching his personal best walleye- a 23incher.

And messin around, they reeled in some decent northern too…

This here is truly a one of a kind friendship! 24 years ago Opie and Melon, (nicknames that have stuck) became fast friends. Though it started out with a common love for fishing, they have been there for each other through life’s up and downs, and have supported the different paths they’ve each taken. I honestly don’t know two more passionate and positive individuals than these two:

Now keep in mind that I’m down here in the states, and missing my husband terribly. He says he’s working. Yep. Such dedication, right? So, I’m not sure what his definition of “working” is these days, but clearly he’s not working 24/7. But it does let me appreciate the farmer wives out there, who may feel single during harvest, hardly getting time with their guys. Hang in there ladies! All joking aside, I think most guests would agree that he’s worked hard over the season to earn this playtime. And in between playdates, Ryan finally got a calm enough morning to move the docks. You can see from below how high the water level is:

Til next time folks…

Encore to Fall

October 12, 2019

So after the last blog’s “Finale”, I continue with an encore of some recent pics and winding down of Perrault. Dutchies officially closed for the season, and other camp owners whom we’ve befriended have also closed up and headed home this past week. We are blessed to still have some hunting guests for the season that aren’t afraid of a little cold. Ryan is relishing this quiet time at camp to not only work on some projects, but also get in some quality bro time.

Ryan and his brother Sean are double trouble together:

And just when we thought we could close up the fish cleaning house, this happened…

Check out this 13incher perch:

Look at the vivid contrast in colors:

And what a mysterious looking waterfront:

We’ve had a lot of recent rain, and thus the falls are much like they were in early spring, ensuring healthy water levels will remain for the 2020 season:

A little cause-effect action: the falls were just insane this week:

Resulting in this (what happened to our beach?):

And speaking of insane…check out this sunset:

The first dusting of snow hit this week…

Fodder came in from one of our staple hunters who came a few weeks back:

Who I can’t help but think of Bugs Bunny Cartoon, Elmer Fudd:

Lots of mushrooms among the fallen leaves:

One of Andrea’s favorites, taken by none other than Andrea:

Hope all our Tall Pines family is enjoying all things Fall this season. Wishing everyone a nice long weekend thanks to good ole’ Christopher. My Dad and I have a long running debate over the Columbus Day meaning and who actually “discovered” America. I don’t think either of us will ever concede, but it’s always a good laugh. I may have another expert in my court now though; Dad, jusk ask Alexa 🙂

Fall Finale

September 29, 2019

Well we are officially wrapped up for fishermen this season at the Tall Pines. A few hunters will remain as the days up here are dwindling. With water temps in the 50’s and outdoor temps about the same, we are bundling up more than ever now. If one can bear the weather though, the sights are pretty outstanding. On a clear Friday night with a new moon phase, Van Gogh would have had a field day with such a starry night. Glimpses of the Northern Lights appeared too, making it one of Ryan’s favorite nights to be in Canada. There’s also more wildlife signs- an eagle reclaiming its territory on our tallest pine, lynx tracks on the driveway, and a mink down by the docks. The fall foliage is absolutely beautiful this time of year down the Highway 105.

This past week the walleye were sure to be had, but they took patience. After getting some babies, and adjusting depth and techniques, fishermen got into some good sized ones. There’s still been two bites going on- the deeper bite as well as some shallow spots. Ryan is still catching nice ones between 12-15′.

Here, Bob caught and released a gorgeous walleye:

And check out Kevin’s beauty he reeled in:

New guest Eric and his fishing buddy Barney were up for the challenge of taking on the Wabby and caught some nice sized walleye as well as smallies:

Another Tall Pines newbie, Ed, didn’t hold back in nailing some quality walleye:

This might be the biggest smallie caught this season at just under 20″:

Fly Fishing success:

and a grouse or two…

On a sunny afternoon, Ryan got out for a quick shorelunch:

On a colder day, he caught and released this 19.5″ one:

Fall at its best:

Now that we can say we survived our rookie year as new owners, I’m deciding to share a few happy moments from earlier this summer:

And cheers to the two guys who made it all happen:

This week’s sunset pic was sent in by Eric Peele and took advantage of the panoramic scene:

As we are in transition, new deposits can once again be sent to our fall/winter address which is P.O. Box 1028 New Lenox, IL 60451. The direct camp line number will work for a couple more weeks, but feel free to reach us at info@tallpinescamp.com or 888-413-3454 now and all winter long. I’ll continue the blog, though not weekly anymore. Please send any pics you may still have that you want to share, and thanks as always for supporting Tall Pines!

Autumn Anglers

September 22, 2019

Sorry I left you hanging last week! I’ll try and make up for it this week. As we are already wrapping up our first season at Tall Pines, I found this quote appropriate: “Don’t cry because it’s over; Smile because it happened.”

Those that took advantage of our fall fishing and hunting definitely came back smiling:

So these three nicknamed themselves “F.L.O.W” for Fishing Ladies on the Wabby:

Sue, Sue, and Cherie sure knew how to fish:

As well as have a good time at the Whiskey Jack:

And a few nights of games and drinks in their cozy warm cabin:

They also took advantage of seclusion with shore lunch:

And sure had some fun with Earl:

They also had some good laughs with Ryan:

And enjoyed the evenings’ full moons and sunsets:

Andrea and Colton, last year’s honeymooners who returned for an anniversary trip, fared pretty darn well with the walleye:

While fishing, this couple really soaked in all the wildlife as well:

Observing multiple bald eagles together is not an uncommon sight up here:

Looks like filming for Hitchcock’s The Birds:

Love this loon washing himself:

Colton and Andrea also shot some amazing scenery pics:

This one looked a little scary to me:

I love this camp pic as you can almost feel the crisp yet clean air, and the angle shows how we really are nestled in the pine trees:

Guest Houly had so much fun earlier this season, he had to come back for some fishing and grouse hunting. As a farmer, this was a silver lining in the late planting of crops- he’s usually in the field harvesting by now, but not this year- this guy is one true outdoorsmen:

And here Houly tries our version of “farm to table”:

Glad Earl got a chance to fillet with a change in scenery that day! Ryan, not wanting to be left out, caught and released this healthy walleye:

Holy Cow Gruper! Steve and Andrea returned one more time this season, and they didn’t mess around:

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And this non-edited beauty that Ryan took is Earl’s Inspirational Pic of the Week, as I believe he was on the boat with Ryan and they were having a moment 🙂

(This is where the sappy melancholy song would start playing) This was Earl and Patsy’s last week for this season. They are returning to their other home in Newfoundland after making a stop to visit their grandbabies and daughter, Gina. We are filled with gratitude that they answered a prayer, when there were so many unknowns about what this year would bring. We had faith, and God sent us these two amazing people. Many may not know, but Patsy worked all season up in Ear Falls at Trillium’s restaurant on the morning shift. Since Earl worked many a late night, that didn’t leave much time for the two of them, but they never once complained. We thank Earl for his dedication in going above and beyond, and Patsy for her support as being a wife in this business is one of sacrifice.

Though we are wrapping up the “official” 2019 season, I am sure to have some more blogs as pictures continue coming in, and we have a few stragglers visiting still. And Ryan will remain at camp, saying this is his favorite time of year up there, so we’ll keep you posted.

September Food and Fun

September 8, 2019

With a smooth turnover into week 16, Ryan and Earl were able to do some fishing on Saturday. No one was counting or anything, but Earl outfished Ryan 13 to 8- nice job Earl! So you know what that meant for dinner:

This is actually a fish fry pic from the Duckworths

Those two knuckleheads got out later in the week again and caught 50 walleye between the two of them- Earl outfished Ryan yet again. Poor Earl was complaining he couldn’t finish a smoke because of all the activity, lol.

So, guess what they had for dinner, again:

Colors are starting to change at camp, and the crisp, cool nights are coming along with it. Many heard how the Northern Lights were showing magnificently this week. I told Ryan to wake his #ss up for it- he spent 20 minutes on the dock Sunday night just watching it; said how beautiful it was but pictures didn’t turn out, so sorry to report that. Water temp is dropping to around 60 degrees and fish are starting to move deeper. Though temps have been cooling down, walleye fishing has been heating up both in numbers and size! Check out just some of the fish caught and released by Tall Pines guests this week-

Look at this 26.25″ bad boy that Russ reeled in:

Nice hat too:

Dave caught and released this nice 24 incher:

and a 25 incher:

Tyler’s 25.5″ beauty:

Mike wasn’t to be outdone by his buddies:

And, though the pic doesn’t do it justice in my opinion, the motherload caught by Tim (look at those clouds behind him) was this guy measuring at 27.25″:

Hope everyone is enjoying the opening week of Football. Ryan loves to eat snacks for dinner during football season. So all guests who were Bears fans were invited to come over to watch the game in lieu of traditional potluck this week. Then he (begrudgingly) invited Packers fans over too. Tough game- but good heckling and fun on both sides.

Some fall projects are starting to get underway- I can’t wait to share what cabin Ryan began working on this week- but you’ll just have to wait for now. I love the great responses to last week’s Facebook post “Which is your favorite cabin at Tall Pines?” Funny, how it’s the people you shared them with and the experiences that make the cabins memorable- they each have some unique quality about them- hence why the answers were all over the place! And thanks to all who still check in each week. Fall grouse hunting is almost here- if you can get out of dodge for a few days, it’s not too late to give us a call and we’ll book you one of our heated cabins. Til next time…

Week 15 Wrap Up

September 1, 2019

I can’t believe it’s wrap for Week 15 at Tall Pines Camp. It was a busy week for Ryan and Earl with most cabins being rented as well as trying to wrap up the septic upgrade and former owners Steve and Andrea making a visit. There was a noticeable change in weather this week. Winds were pretty strong a few days making getting out tough, and fall is in the air! This made chili the perfect theme for this week’s Potluck. This week’s guests had been commenting earlier in the season to “save some fish for us” and the good news is that we did.

Don Wenger caught and released this fat 37″ northern:

Carol brought in this nice stringer early in the week:

And Dan and Carol didn’t let the wind stop them from going out for these later in the week:

And it just kept getting better each day:

A sample of what was brought in to the fish cleaning house, keeping Earl busy for sure:

Denny’s group got some great shots of fish as well as scenery:

Haven’t seen a sunset with yellow hues quite like this one yet this season:

This flower made Earl think of Ryan and so it was chosen as Earl’s Inspirational Pic of the Week:

And thanks to Dan for sharing this glorious sky pic:

Wishing everyone a Happy Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

August Adventures

August 25, 2019

While I transitioned into life back in the states, Tall Pines guests were crushing it on the Wabaskang this week. Water temps are dropping- now between 66-68 degrees. The weather has been comfortable- hovering around 70ish. The walleye were biting solid this week! Cabins 3 and 5 did really well with walleye and perch. The signs of a fall bite are there, so Ryan is getting pumped!

Colton and Andrea, Tall Pines veterans were nailing over 30 walleye a day consistently.

Chrissy sent in a few pics- here’s Jim’s 33″ northern:

Cabin 3 walleyes one day:

A basket full of sunshine:

Ryan had his first attempt the blueberry picking duties this week. Not too bad…

The previous week’s Sharon was generous enough to take a group last week. She was a two-weeker, and brought canning supplies to camp. She made 42 pints of jam on a picnic table with a hotplate:

Some pics that came in the last month:

Gabe sent this one of a 23″ walleye he caught and released last week:

And here Brayton posed with his first fish caught in Canada (we hope his first of many more to come). Love that grin:

Those that were at camp this year undoubtedly saw numerous ducks around our shoreline. The little babies have grown (and as Ryan is quick to observe there are a few missing):

Another gorgeous reflection sunset, sent by Wayne:

I attempted at what was a great idea- I thought- but probably started drinking wine too early- that darn “2” just would not cooperate:

Thanks again Dad for helping clean up this beach area; many adults and kids alike have enjoyed this thanks to you.

Carlson family-time on a rainy afternoon (and getting good use out of our new hand-crafted coffee tables):

Does our niece realize how stinkin adorable she is:

And these fine women didn’t know if they’d like “roughin it” but look at those smiles:

Ryan’s Dad and brother having a moment:

Earl, in Earl’s Inspirational Pic of the Week, breaking it down for nephew Kyle:

Jason, one of Ryan’s fishing buddies from back home, in his element:

Wayne captured this week’s featured sunset on the evening of August 8th, which had been a very windy day:

In my moment of reflection here, I just can’t help but be amazed at what a small world it can be. Just the other night, I had a fantastic conversation with someone coming up the Red Lake Road for years, but finally decided to call Tall Pines, and turns out he farms in a small nearby town of where Ryan used to help farm with his buddies. Today, I just got a booking from someone who works with one of Ryan’s college roommates, but didn’t know that before finding us. My former (and favorite) principal I’ve worked for in my 20 years, who has been retired for a few years now, heard about our venture and booked for next year. I can’t wait to see what other connections we find because of Tall Pines. God Bless everyone.