| Fly out fishing
outpost cabins north of Red Lake Ontario
News about the 2013 season
January 12/2013 Our snow blower is 50 years old and requires about 2 hours fixing per hour of operation. We received six inches of snow yesterday and about 10 inches last night so the snow blower had to work.
|January 18/13 We went
for a little drive on the ice and took a picture of
this ice fishing hut. If you look closely
there is a satellite television dish on the closest
hut. (Click on the picture to enlarge it)
|January 22/13 This
morning the low temperature at Red Lake was 30 below
Fahrenheit. Our old thermometer indicates lower but
with the wind chill it was rated at 44 below.
Our pessimistic thermometer can provide a bit of a
shock early in the morning, especially if you look
at the large outside numbers which are in Celsius.
Regardless of the numbers it is seriously cold.
|April 13/13 The
photo at the right was taken today. The photo
below right was taken from the same spot exactly one
year ago. Breakup will definitely be much
later this year. We set the record for early
breakup last year and may set the record for late
breakup this year.
There has been much discussion lately about when
will the ice go out. The following chart is a
record of ice out at Goose Lake.
||Photo below Howey Bay
this afternoon April 23
|1996 May 20
1997 May 16
1998 April 20
1999 April 29
2000 May 4
2001 April 29
2002 May 18
2003 May 1
2004 May 18
2005 April 21
2006 April 21
2007 May 4
2008 May 20
2009 May 16
2010 April 24
2011 May 8
2012 April 13
|May 2/13 Our
airplane is ready to go but the ice is reluctant to
|May 8/13 Do not
be fooled by the open water in the background.
We flew the airplane off the ice and landed in the
river (the only open water around.
To view the takeoff from the ice click here
|May 14/13 The picture
at right is our bay this morning. The ice is
still reluctant to leave. Some of the small lakes
have open water and we hope to get to Monroe and
Unnamed by the end of this week.
|May 15/13 This picture
of Monroe Lake was taken today about 5 pm by Dave
McLeod. The south end of Monroe is open water
and the surrounding lakes are open but the main body
of the lake still has ice.
|May 17/13 We flew to Monroe Lake this morning but it still had ice so we continued on to Unnamed Lake. After clearing the downed trees at the cabin we spent hours cutting and clearing the blown down trees on the portage.|
| On the way back
to town we landed at Monroe Lake which was almost
ice free. We still have to go back to Unnamed
to finish clearing the portage. We are not
looking forward to the two portages at Monroe.
|May 19/13 We flew to Monroe Lake and
spent all afternoon cutting out the portages to West
and U Lakes. On our return to town Howey Bay
was almost completely free of ice so we are now
flying from our own dock.
May 24/13 After a couple of days of windy weather we finished up at Monroe and Unnamed and flew to Goose Lake. Only a few trees down but no other surprises. Our machinery all started without glitches and we are up and running. The wood stove is merrily snapping and we are happy to be back at camp. Tomorrow we'll bring the floating dock back from its winter resting place in the river. We float it there in the fall to protect it from ice damage. The water level is very high and we have the boat ramps pulled right up to the boardwalk.
May 25/13 The dock is back.
|May 26/13 The reef
markers are in thanks to Jack G who sent me a
replacement transducer for my Hummingbird
4000. The Hummingbird combined with the GPS (I
marked the positions last fall) make locating reefs
a snap. Thanks again Jack
|May 27/13 The
water is six inches below the top of the dock and
Woman Falls is really flowing.
|May 30/13 We are
ready for guests this weekend. The portage at
Whitedog Falls (photo to right) had some trees down
but nothing like the portages at Monroe and Unnamed
|When reading about our
fishing and looking at the pictures, please
remember here at Loon Haunt all Walleye over 18
inches and Northern over 27 inches are released
as has been our policy for many many years.
|June 2/13 Our
first day of fishing at Goose Lake this
season. Tom C cleans up the fish house after
filleting the evenings supper. Tom's first
trip with us was 1978 our first year.
4/13 Dick and his grandson Ethan in the fish
house preparing for a Walleye supper.
Today was the first outpost check day. Unnamed Lake had a 32 inch Northern plus 26 and 28 inch Walleyes. Nothing really big at Poirier but Bob and his son having great fishing.
At Goose Lake a 40 inch Northern with several in the mid thirties. Biggest Walleye so far 24.5 inches.
Everyone reports finding fish in the summer locations.
9/13 An early changeover this morning. By noon
Ryan S was back at camp with this picture of his
25.5 inch Walleye caught below Woman Falls.
that same day Steve S not to be outdone by his son
Ryan landed this 27.5 inch Walleye in the same
spot. Ryan was on the landing net.
10/13 Not to be outdone by either his brother
or his nephew Dave S landed this 29 inch Walleye
13/13 The family that fishes together at the Honey
Hole stays together and they catch many nice fish.
14/13 The rest of the family made a
respectable showing. Dave's daughter Shannon, who
was on a roll catching nice Northerns, switched to a
slip bobber and caught this nice 26.5 inch
Walleye. Bud, the family patriarch,
scored second place with a personal best 28 inch
15/13 Meanwhile in Cabin 2, family friend,
Matt K kept the trend going with this 29 inch
Walleye at Woman Falls.
19/13 Great weather, fantastic fishing and
shore lunch as a bonus
21/13 Still light out at 10 pm and light
again about 4 am. A very long day.
Louise took this photo of something we have never
seen here before. It is a Mourning Dove and
Goose Lake is a real stretch of its normal range.
22/13 Check out this spinner bait with the
white twister body and black skirt. It was the
secret lure in North Bay this morning. Note
the lead head is almost completely stripped of
paint. This lure worked great on both
Northern and Walleye.
|June 22/13 late evening the lure above produced the 40.25 inch Northern shown at right. This great Pike was the last fish of the trip and was caught at the Honey Hole by Steve R with his son Taylor standing by on the landing net.|
23/13 Grandpa Tom set the bar high for the whole
family with this 30 inch Walleye only 2 hours into
the fishing trip. Fortunately the family was
there to supervise and video the effort..
|June 25/13 A
great year for family fishing trips. We
currently have 2 families of 8 each in camp.
We received an inch of much needed rain yesterday
and then sunny and warm today. Fishing is
still great many Northerns in the thirties and
Walleyes to 26.5 inches. Still no challengers
for Grandpa Tom's thirty incher.
Family of 8 fishing below White Dog Falls
26/13 Rain today but great fishing. This
evening at the mouth of the river going to White Dog
Falls Mark B caught this nice 26.5 inch
Walleye. This is the same place Grandpa Tom
caught his big one.
|June 27/13 On the last day
of his trip Jacob B landed this nice 38 inch
29/13 Ron and Lon on their last day of fishing
figured the secret to getting a big one was to leave
the camera behind. It worked. Ron caught a 28
inch Walleye at the Seagull rocks.
|July 10/13 Things have been
a little hectic for us lately. We have a big
forest fire just south of Unnamed Lake. The
photo at right shows the pump and sprinklers keeping
everything wet at Unnamed Lake. There are also
2 sprinklers on the cabin and one on the
outhouse. Guests booked at Unnamed spent part
of their trip at Goose lake and part at Whitelaw
15/13 We also have a smaller fire just east of
Monroe Lake. Monroe guests started out at
Goose Lake and then made it back to Monroe for the
balance of their trip. The fire is mostly out
and guests are enjoying Monroe lake fishing as well
as water bomber displays. The water in the
foreground is the small lake east of Monroe that can
be reached by pulling the boat over the beaver dam.
|July 17/13 We have had some
great rain and the fires are almost completely
out. There are still crews keeping on top of
things but the fires are no longer a great concern
|July 18/13 An approaching
cold front turned the Walleye and Northern fishing
on fire today. Kyle and his dad Greg hammered
the fish in Nechigona. Here, Kyle
shows the results of casting his spinner bait into the fast water below White Dog Falls. The Walleye went crazy for the spinner bait and he caught Walleye (18-21 inches) one after an other.
|Kyle's dad Greg reportedly lost a
couple of huge Northerns in "Walleye Alley" but did
manage to net this 39 inch beauty
30/13 Ron and Kathy are at Poirier. They
ventured out in the rain today for 4 hours and
caught Walleye at 24 to 27 feet.
They use a mixture of live minnows and frozen shiners. This year they tied in the big Walleye competition at 27.5 inches each.
14/13 Fishing report from Dave and Steve at
Unnamed Lake. They arrived Saturday August 10
fished for 45 minutes in the evening and
caught Walleye 27, 26, 25 and 3-21 inchers
plus many smaller. The highlight of the second
day was a 27 incher and a recatch of the 26 incher
from yesterday. On Tuesday they fished the Bay of
Pigs drifting with minnows on the bottom and caught
walleye continuously for 4 1/2 hours including a
really fat 28 incher.
they didn't take any pictures.
|August 18/13 The great Walleye
fishing at Unnamed Lake continues. The Kelleys
caught 20 walleye over 21 inches. The largest
were a pair of 26 inchers.
|August 22/13 Jon and Kathy
are at Unnamed Lake catching eating size Walleye
while casting for Northerns. The biggest
Northern was 39 inches. The biggest Walleye
was 27 inches.
|August 25/13 Goose Lake has a
full camp, warm weather and fantastic fishing.
What more could we ask for?
The biggest Walleye was 27 inches until Bryon J. arrived late on Saturday and landed a 29 Walleye. Then on Sunday we saw 25, 27 and 29 inch Walleye
|September 1/13 Paul N. who
has fished Unnamed Lake every third year in late
August for the past 30 years brought a group this
year that managed to land a 42 inch Northern and a
28 inch Walleye
Scott and Duke, our last guests are in camp. Louise and I are getting things ready for winter. At Poirier Lake and the other outposts that means carrying firewood. At Goose Lake the little Kubota can actually pull an entire tree out of the bush.
|September 23/13 The Whiskey
Jacks finally arrived (about a month later than
usual). The adults still remember to take food
from our hands but the young (only one this year) is
still too shy.
Camp shut down is progressing well and we should be home in a couple of days. We still have not had a frost although a couple of nights we saw 36 degrees F.
|September 29/14 We are back
in town. One item I forgot to mention is we
installed a new door in the cabin at Unnamed
Lake. The door is an additional 4 inches wider
and of much better .quality.
|October 15/13 It is so great
having a beaver house in our front yard. The
beavers work all night laying in a feed pile to last
them through the winter. They very much prefer
young poplar trees. We have a few in our yard
and they are taking them.
|After the beavers cut the trees
down they then cut them up into manageable lengths
on our lawn. Often the trees don't make it to
the ground. When this happens I have to finish
the job and drag the trees to the shoreline for the
beavers to retrieve.
|October 27/13 We removed
the engine from the airplane and took it to Winnipeg
for overhaul. We dropped the engine off at the
overhaul shop and we will take it back to Red Lake
after our trip to British Columbia.
|November 17/13 We took a
trip east to Massachusetts to visit our son Scott,
his wife Lori and our grandchildren Cam and Addie in
October. Then in November we went west
to British Columbia to
visit with our daughter Kari and
our grand daughter J.B. When
we arrived back in Red Lake we had no snow but this
morning we awoke to the first storm of the winter.
As you can see the bottom of our bay is frozen
|November 28/13 Three below
at our house this morning. Howey bay froze over
November 22/13. Check out this photo taken
from the top of the hill behind Green Airways