| Fly out fishing outpost cabins north of
Red Lake Ontario Canada.
News about the 2011 season
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The picture at left was taken January 25/11 from the ice in front of Green Airways. The truck in the foreground is arriving in Red Lake from Cochenour (only a couple of miles away in the winter.
|Well, it is the end of
March and people are wondering "when will the ice go
out this year." Compare the picture at the
left with the similar picture taken in our news 10
website for April 18/10 and you will quickly realize
2011 break up will be completely different from
2010. We have several feet of snow still
covering the ice and the ice does not start melting
until the snow is gone.
|As you can see is this
picture of Howey Bay (taken from the liquor store
parking lot on March 28/11). There has been no
melting of ice in Howey Bay. The forecast for
the next two weeks is for cool temperatures just
barely melting during the day and freezing at night.
|This is a shot of the
walkway from our driveway to the house. The
snow is just starting to melt.
|To top things off I am
still keeping the old snow blower on standby.
|April 24. Most of
the snow has melted but Howey Bay is still pretty
white. We had six inches of snow a week ago
and the nice fresh snow reflects the sunlight back,
delaying the ice melting. We have had
insufficient rain to get the ice dark enough to
really help with the melting. First fishermen
arrive in 4 weeks.
|April 29. The ice
is much darker. The high temperature today was
70 F. The forecast for tomorrow is warm with about
half an inch of rain. I talked to my
sister in Fort Frances the ice is out of Red Gut
3 weeks to our first fishermen.
|A close up view of the
ice at the Government dock in Red Lake.
|May 6/11 picture taken
from Green Airways. The ice should be gone
from Howey Bay on Monday or Tuesday, sooner if the
wind blows. It is best if the ice just
melts. When the wind blows, the ice often does
serious damage to docks.
|May 8/11 9 am photo from
our dock. The ice is out.
|Sorry for the delay but
we have been busy. May 14 we flew to Monroe
Lake and got it ready for the first guests.
This year Monroe Lake gets 2 new 6 hp Yamaha
outboards. On May 15 we flew to Unnamed Lake
to get it ready for Matt Crabb and friends.
| On May 16 we went
to Goose Lake to get the dock in place, the
generator running and the water system up and
|On May 17 we ran a load
into Goose Lake and then jumped over to Poirier to
get it ready. We spent some time installing
additional rivets in the boat at Poirier.
May 18 we moved to Goose Lake. We will get Cherrington and Whitelaw ready from here.
|The nice warm weather of
last week has cooled. We finally got a nice
day on May 24 to go to Cherrington Lake.
The new steel siding did the trick. The bear
left the cabin and the gas shed alone. He did
however take out his frustrations on the water
tank. Cherrington is up and running ready for
the first guests on May 28.
|June 2/11 Great
fishing reported at Cherrington for Walleye,
Northern and Lake Trout. The Crabb crew at
Unnamed reported 12 Northern Pike between 36 and 42
inches with 2 1/2 days left to fish. Fast
action at Monroe especially off the dock.
Poirier had days with 100 fish per person per day.
June 9/11Matt Crabb at left with 42 inch Northern Pike. Final count 14 Northerns 36-42 inches and 9 Walleyes 24-29 inches. All fishermen report this year's Northerns are very fat and healthy.
More pictures at http://www.loonhaunt.com/photos01/all/
|June 15/11 The Walleye fishing at Goose
Lake has been fantastic this spring. Tons of
Walleyes over 24 inches. We hear about a 27 or
28 incher almost every day. Biggest so far 29
inches. Northerns in the mid thirties but
nothing over 40 yet at Goose. Cherrington,
Walleye and Northern fishing in the shallow west bay
has been great with a 42 inch Northern caught this
week. Nice Walleyes are being caught by accident
trolling for Lake Trout. Some Lakers caught last
week trolling over 40 feet of water. Walleye and
Northern in great numbers at Unnamed and Monroe this
week but nothing really big yet. The same for
Whitelaw and Poirier (lots of nice fish but nothing
really big yet)
The photo at left taken at Goose Lake. More photos at link above.
|July 1/11 Walleye
fishing at Goose Lake is fast and furious. Scott
Barnes caught this Walleye (over 31 inches) between
the two white markers going to White Dog falls.
|July 4/11 No fire works
but mother nature hit us with a hail storm.
Yes, we had lots of these 2 inch plus stones.
|July 9/11 Sam
Butcher caught this 28 inch Walleye on his first
trip to Goose Lake.
|July 14/11 The
weather is warm and dry. The fishing is great
and the insects are minimal. This is turning
out to be the best summer ever. We made a trip
down to Nechigona Lake to move the boat ramp further
out and wash the boats.
|Many people think I am an
old fuddy duddy. The old part is definitely
true and the fuddy duddy part is probably
true. The picture at the left illustrates why
I keep harping about pulling up the portage boats
and removing the bailer plug. This boat was
pulled up but the plug was left in. The rain
water accumulated and this beautiful green slime
grew on the bottom of the boat. Who would want
to fish out of this boat? On the
positive side there was absolutely no garbage on the
portage and everyone is really embracing our recycle
|Saturday evening July
16/11 we had a mini twister hit us at Goose
Lake. It came across the lake from the mouth
of the river as a water spout and slammed into the
trees in front of the cabins. It all lasted a
matter of seconds and we had about 20 trees
down. Some ripped up by the roots, and some
just snapped off. Only one tree fell on a
|Our wonderful guests from
Iowa, Laurie, Alice, Bob and Ed helped Louise and I
clean up the mess so the trail to the cabins was
|We dragged the branches
off to our burn pile. The trunks will be
firewood for next year.
|The haze in the air is
smoke from the fires north of us.
Twisters, smoke from forest fires, hot weather and the fishing is fantastic. Lots of Walleye action and the northerns still entertain by grabbing Walleyes being reeled in.
|The blow down of trees in
front of the cabins had an upside. We
peeled the big ones and used them for a project we
were planning on doing this fall.
|We are using the peeled
logs to replace the 33 year old posts under the
|August 11/11 The
forest fire situation west of Red Lake has been very
bad the last couple of weeks. We are getting a
lot of smoke but our outposts are not
threatened. Life goes on. The biggest Walleye
at Poirier Lake last week was 26 inches. At
Goose Lake this week Keith J caught the 28 incher
shown at the left.
|September 5/11 We are busy shutting down
outposts. Each fall we have to remove the iron
pipe pilings at Poirier. The ice will bend them
over if they are left in.
|September 12/11 The boat seats at
Nechigona were getting pretty beat up so we are
|We ran a little short of material. We get
the material for replacement seats from Menards when
we travel during the winter. We will change the
bow seats in the spring.
|September 20/11 The trees that came down in the
big wind earlier this season are being turned into
firewood. Bill took a turn at the log splitter
because Louise was busy painting the floors in all of
the cabins. We can no longer get the sandstone
colour we have used on the floors for many
years. The floors will all now be light gray in
1/11 We left Goose Lake September
23. The weather turned very warm and we are
experiencing a wonderful warm fall to follow the
nicest summer ever. Unfortunately
along with the warm weather this summer we
also had a nasty thunderstorm at Goose Lake that
damaged our airplane. So, we are dealing
with insurance companies and aircraft repair
facilities. Fortunately we are dealing with
companies we have a history with and the whole
process should go smoothly.
|October 11/11 Things are very quiet at our home
in Red Lake. We are now in British Columbia
spending time with our daughter and grand daughter.
|November 14/11 we received about 5 inches
of snow and our bay is trying to freeze
over. The wind will break up this early
ice but the bay should be frozen over by the weekend.
|November 16/11 I managed to fly to
Winnipeg on floats last week and return the same day
to Red Lake on wheels. The airplane will have go
to Minnesota to be repaired and painted. There
is a paint shop in Park Rapids Minnesota that painted
our airplane about 20 years ago and we were very
pleased with the work they did.
Our newsletter, Tremolo, just arrived from the printers. We will have it ready to transport to the bulk mailer in Duluth by the end of the week. We will continue south to Minneapolis and fly to Boston to visit with our son Scott and his family in Amesbury MA.
|December 13/11 Most people noticed
the area to the right of the highway driving into Red
Lake was cleared off and a new road was under
construction. This area now contains a Tim
Hortons Coffee shop and a Super 8 motel.
The Tim Hortons went into operation in early
December/11. The new motel should be open this
spring. If you unfamiliar with Tim Hortons think
|On a sad note. Bob Green from Green
Airways passed away on December 4/11. Bob
was the guy who weighed up the loads and kept track of
what and who went where and when.