| Fly out fishing outpost cabins north of
Red Lake Ontario Canada.
News about the 2012 season
Winter arrived with a vengeance this week. Up to now we have had mild temperatures and little snow. This morning we had 40 below.
The picture at left was taken January 17/12 from the ice in front of Green Airways. Our vehicle is on the side of the road that crosses the lake to Cochenour. This cold weather will be much appreciated by the people who count on getting freight in on the winter roads. Yes, there are Ice Road Truckers in Red Lake.
February 5/12 We are in Fort Frances waiting for the weather to improve so I can fly the airplane to Park Rapids, Minnesota for repairs. The picture at left was taken yesterday morning at Red Lake. It took one hour to fly to Fort Frances and then all day waiting for weather and dealing with customs to get the airplane to International Falls. By the time I had everything taken care of the weather in Park Rapids had deteriorated to the point where I could not fly. More to follow.
February 6/12 I made it to Park Rapids in a little over one hour. Louise drove down to pick me up and we drove back to Fort Frances.
February 7/12 we are back in Red Lake and apparently the airplane is having the paint stripped right now.
||February 11/12 Great news. Read the government announcement concerning crossing the border into Canada if you have a DUI conviction by clicking on the link at the left. Greg Rickford, referred to in the article, is our local federal government representative|
We are vacationing in Clearwater Beach, Florida with
Our daughter Kari and her daughter JB. Our son Scott with his wife Lori and their children Addie and Cam
We are still checking email regularly and our telephone call forwards to our cell phone here in Florida
|March 14/12 Red
Lake has had very warm and sunny weather for the
past week with more on the way. Everyone is
talking about a record early break up. It
would be great to get some serious rain in what
remains of March and April. The water levels
are very low. When we left Goose Lake in
September the water was at the lowest level we have
ever seen. We had very little snow this winter
and the old snow blower was never used. BUT
check out the old news09
and see what happened on May 15/09
|March 19/12- 4 p.m. The
temperature outside is 76 F. The picture at
left looking from our dock north to the lake. Most
of the snow is gone from our yard. The ice is
looking very dark. The weather should cool
tomorrow. The heat wave was great while it
|April 3/12 The
weather has cooled off a bit but we still get
melting during the day and lots of sunshine but not
much rain. The little lake across from the new
Tim Horton's is open and the lake by the hospital
(Florin Lake) will open about 2 or 3 days later.
Howey Bay will follow in about 4 or 5 days.
So, I have been predicting ice our April 10.
If the weather turns really warm the above schedule
accelerates, if it turns cold things take longer, if
the wind really blows the whole schedule is blown
away along with the ice. Walleye season closes
April 15 so everyone wants to go fishing by boat
before then just because they have never done it
||April 5/12 We
sold our outpost cabin on Cherrington Lake to Eddie
Showalter. If you are interested in fishing
Cherrington please contact Showalters.
For everyone who fished Cherrington with us in the past, thank you very much for including us in your vacation plans. We enjoyed being part of your holiday experience.
|April 8/12 We
received both winds and cold weather so the ice is
still hanging in, but broken into large
pieces. The picture at left shows the ice is
gone from McNeely bay. East Bay is also ice
free but Howey Bay still has ice.
|April 13/12 Howey
Bay still has ice but this shot of our bay shows
only one patch of ice floating out in the
middle. We could fly from our base to our
lakes now if we had an airplane. There would be no
point because it is more than a month until fishing
season opens and the first guests arrive.
||May 7/12 We drove
to Park Rapids to pick up the airplane. The
new paint looks great. As you can see we kept
the same paint scheme. I flew from Park Rapids
to Fort Frances to clear customs then to Selkirk
Manitoba to change from wheels to floats.
|May 10/12 We are
back in Red Lake. Louise and I went to Monroe Lake
today to start getting it ready. We had to do
some serious chain saw cutting on the portage to U
Lake. The water level is just perfect about 10
inches below the top of the dock. We will take
tomorrow off to rest our old bodies and then go to
Unnamed on May 12/12. Our first fishermen
arrive on May 17.
|The price of Beer
||Originally this season we
quoted the price of beer as $43.00 US per
case. The US dollar has strengthened and so
far we have not had a beer price increase so we are
now quoting a beer price of $40.25 for most brands.
Some premium brands are a bit higher.
All the above refer to a case of 24 cans.
Crabb crew in Red Lake Thursday May 17/12
|May 19/12 We are at
Goose Lake and we are getting our much needed rain
(about an inch so far). Fortunately we got the
Crabb crew into Unnamed on Thursday. I am sure
they are still fishing and smiling in the rain.
Poirier Lake is ready to go. The eagles were
circling but we did not actually see one on the
May 22/12 Howard and Don to Monroe Lake. Check flight to Unnamed Lake. The Crabb crew is doing great on Walleye. So far the largest was 28 inches but not much action on the Northerns. The water at Unnamed Lake is very low.
We are getting some much needed rain. Unfortunately we are also getting very poor flying weather with the rain. Strong East winds with low ceilings and visibility.
|May 27/12 Change over at Unnamed Lake
this morning. The Crabb crew had great Walleye
fishing but never did get into the big
Northerns. Yesterday we made a trip to Whitelaw
and it is ready for the first guests.
Look closely at the picture on the left and you will see why it is called Goose Lake. Picture taken in front of the camp.
|June 4/12 The
outposts are all up and running. Goose Lake is
ready for a full camp on Sunday June 10. A
couple of happy groups have been and gone. See
pictures at our photo site.
|June 10/12 Goose
Lake. This 28 inch Walleye was caught by Ron
Weeks, first cast of the trip in the Honey
Hole. Water depth 13 feet. Bait- Jig and
Minnow. Water temp 66 degrees. The group
also caught a 26 and 27 inch as well.
The Goose Lake bragging board for the time June 10-14 shows Walleye 2-26", 2-27", 1-28", 1-29" and 1-30"
Bill and Louise
Once again, this years fishing was fantastic. I can not tell you how much enjoyment I get from bringing up a new friend every year. Everyone in our group landed a trophy fish, and what a great feeling to take a photo and release it back for the next group. All the accommodations were first class as usual. We look forward to our return trip next year. Thanks again for making dreams come true.
|July 1/12 Sorry for
the shortage of posts but we have been very
busy. Check out the bragging board to the left
and go to our photo album to see the great Walleye
fishing at Goose Lake the last week in June.
Both Monroe and Unnamed have produced 40 plus inch Northerns
Already today we have had another 28 inch Walleye here at Goose.
|July 24/12 Three
years ago when Bob R was 89 we built the railing at
Poirier for him. Now Bob is 92 and still
enjoying Poirier. He is limited to about
2 hours per day fishing. Yesterday Bob and his
friend Dave managed to land 50 Walleyes in those 2
hours including a 26 incher for Bob.
|July 30/12 We just
had a visit from our daughter Kari and our
|August 9/12 For
those who have fished Nechigona Lake from Goose Lake
and noticed that this year the Walleyes were not in
the channel like years past. The Dawson crew
in the photo caught 578 Walleyes in the channel
22/12 All is right with the world. Jon and
Kathy are back at Monroe and the walleyes are at the
dock. Not off the dock but at the dock.
For a history on Jon and Kathy see
|August 30/12 The
Kelley/Armstrong crew fished Unnamed Lake for 3
days August 26,27 and 28. Their largest
Northern was 43 inches and they caught 12 Walleye
23 inches and over. The largest were two 27
inchers. More pictures on our photo site.
12/12 The season is almost over. We are
cutting and splitting firewood for next year.
We also poured some replacement concrete anchors for
our reef markers.
13/12 Now that the season is almost over
Louise's flowers have decided to put on a show and
they are looking great. There is probably less
than a week to go until the first frost will kill
20/12 We are almost finished at Goose
Lake. Today we replaced some more cabin
supports and washed the decks with deck wash
solution and the high pressure washer. We are
very pleased with the results. The decks look
23/12 We closed down Monroe Lake today.
We also cut and hauled 3 boat loads of firewood for
next year. The fire killed trees make great
firewood but they are very dirty to work with.
Cam and Annadele
|November 13/12 We closed
camp and flew to town on September 29/12. We
managed a flight to Massachusetts where we spent
time with our son Scott, our daughter in law Lori
and our grandchildren Cam (4) and Annadele
(2). Then it was back to Red Lake to pull the
airplane out of the water, remove the propeller and
take it to Winnipeg for overhaul. We then flew to
Abbotsford BC to visit our daughter Kari and our
granddaughter JB (3). Then back to
Winnipeg to pick up the overhauled propeller and
drive back to Red Lake.
You can see by the photo that our bay has frozen over but the main lake is still open. Goose Lake and the outpost lakes should be frozen over by now.
JB as Spooky Witch
|Big change this year. We
have decided not to print and mail our newsletter
(Tremolo). It will be available online
Our newsletter Tremolo is now available online at
Please click the above link
We hope everyone had a great Christmas and offer our best wishes for the new year.
We have had some very cold nights (20 below) and after being away for 3 weeks we returned to only about 4 inches of snow in the driveway. Cars are now regularly traveling on the ice and the ice fishing huts are getting a serious workout.