| Fly out fishing
outpost cabins north of Red Lake Ontario
News about the 2014 season
|January 19/14 The
start of another year. Already we have had 30
consecutive days of below zero
temperatures. When the temperature does warm up
it snows. The old snow blower is getting regular
workouts. We celebrated Christmas in Massachusetts
with family (we had serious snow) We did luck
out on the bad airline travel weather and had no
|January 29/14 It has finally
warmed up to above zero so of course now it is
snowing. We have had enough of winter and I will
not be posting any more winter pictures. The
picture at right is a typical morning at Goose Lake
and for the rest of the winter I will be thinking
|February 3/14 Sherry and Greg
fished at Poirier Lake the last week of July/13. They
took this great sunset shot and forwarded it to us a
couple of days ago. Sherry also got to see a cow
and calf moose walking past the cabin.
|February 12/14 In keeping with the
warm theme we are in Florida with our son Scott, his
wife Lori and their children Cam and Addy. We
still get our email and the telephone call forwards to
our cell phone here.
|February 23/14 We are back from
Florida. What a culture shock! 80 degrees in
Orlando and well below zero with lots of snow in Red
Lake. After all these years it
finally happened in Florida this year. First, a little
background. Joe and Nell spend a week and a half
at Poirier Lake each year in August. They have a
grandson Andrew who is the same age as our grandson
Cam. Last summer at Poirier I recommended that
they take Andrew to Lego Land instead of Disney World
as Lego Land is geared toward younger children.
Guess who we ran into when we went to Lego Land
this year. Joe, Nell and Andrew. Joe and I
could pass for brothers with our matching Tilley hats
and white beards. Photo at right Joe, Nell and
|March 10/14 It is still
winter here in Red Lake and probably where you are
too. In keeping with the no snow theme please
see the photo at right of one of the amphibious
Cessna Caravans that we will be using in 2014.
They are operated by Superior Airways and will fly
right from the Red Lake airport. The Caravan has 8
seats, it will haul a ton to any of our camps and it
is very fast.
|March 25/14 We are in British
Columbia visiting our daughter and grand
daughter. The weather here is great. It is
warm when the sun shines and still warm when it rains.
The spring flowers and the Japanese Cherry trees are
in bloom. Red Lake is still cold and snow bound.
|April 5/14 We are back in Red
Lake. The snow has started melting. Our
aircraft is ready to go. The overhauled engine
has been installed. Now we wait.
|April 13/14 Today is the day we
traditionally take a picture of our bay. This
morning Louise decided to take the picture and this is
as far as she got.
|April 13/14 continued. So I
pulled on my snowshoes and trekked down to the dock.
|April 13/14 continued some more.
This is the picture I took of our bay, compare it with
the pictures taken in 2012 and 2013. Sorry for
the winter pictures but it is mid April. The
next four of five days will be below normal but after
that the forecast calls for warmer weather.
|May 6/14 We decided watching the
ice melt would not make it happen any faster. So we
made a last minute trip to visit our
grandchildren. Two live on the east coast and
one on the west coast. The flight from Boston to
Seattle was very long. This flight was
almost entirely over Canada and we flew over
Dryden and Kenora. Thank you Jet Blue for the
$199 each fare that make our whole trip
possible. Photo at right Howey Bay from
|May 8/14 It is time to get the
airplane off the ice. The wind was wrong
yesterday so this morning we added fuel and took off
from the ice and landed in the river. Our first
guests arrive May 23 so we should be fine with ice
out. I am a little worried for those planning a
season opener trip.
|May 9/14 The view from our dock
looking out to Red Lake
|May 11/14 The same view as
above. Several operators have their airplanes in
the river and are ready to go as soon as we get some
open water. So far we have not had much wind so
the ice is melting in place. As soon as we get a
good wind many lakes will open up.
|May 13/14 First, the good
news. The small lake by Tim Horton's was ice
free yesterday morning. The lake by the hospital
(Florin Lake) was also ice free. The ice is
still melting in place (no wind). The bad news,
last night it snowed and it continues to snow this
morning. We expect a change to rain this
afternoon. The forecast is calling for sun and
warm temperatures on the weekend.
|May 14/14 The new snow has
melted even though it has not been very warm.
Our bay is about 1/3 open. There is some open
water around. We hope to get to Unnamed Lake
this weekend. Once we get Monroe and Unnamed
ready we will move to Goose Lake for the season.
|May 16/14 The ice is out at
Unnamed Lake. We worked all day getting ready.
The reef markers are in and the portage is
cleared. The water is very high (within a couple
inches of the top of the dock). Monroe Lake is
still iced over but should be open in a couple of
|May 17/14 The photo at right is
Monroe Lake this morning. By afternoon the ice
between the island and the closest shore was mostly
gone. We will go to Monroe tomorrow.
|May 18/14 We made it to Monroe
Lake today. The quick time video at right was
taken traveling to put in the reef markers and clear
|| Video traveling through the ice
|May 19/14 I know I said no more
snow photos but when I arrived at Goose Lake today
there was a huge snow bank across the ramp and I had
to use the mini excavator to open a trail through the
|May 21/14 We are at Goose
Lake. The water is very high and the north wind
blew the last pieces of ice into our bay.
Tomorrow we go to Whitelaw to get it ready for the
fishermen arriving Friday. We had one and a half
days of bad weather which put us behind
schedule. The first fishermen for Goose Lake
|May 25/14 The ice is all gone from our
lakes. The first guests are in. The water
temperature is in the low fifties. The water
level crested today. When we got the Nechigona
boats ready the water was running down the
portage. Rubber boots are definitely required.
It was 86 degrees yesterday and in the seventies
|May 27/14 Today we went to
Poirier Lake to get it ready for the first
guests. At the last minute, after positioning
the marker for the hump, I looked up at the eagle nest
and spotted a white head. This nest has not been
used for the past couple of years.
|June 3/14 fishing is fast and
furious. At Goose Lake the action is at the
first set of white markers going into the river and
Coon Ass point in south bay. I visited Howard at
Poirier and he is having the best Walleye
fishing ever and he has made 17 trips with us over the
years. At Monroe Lake the Walleye are in shallow
water close to shore.
|June 4/14 True fishing story
about the people in the picture above (Christopher and
his father Chris) and Grandfather Roger. Action
at Coon Ass point slowed down so they decided to fish
the cut south of Joe's Island. The whole party
of 5 in 2 boats really got into the Walleyes in the
cut. Several times they had 4 fish on at
once. Christopher, who fishes with ultralight
tackle, announced he had a big one and he was ignored
until a huge 28 inch Walleye broke the surface.
Roger set down his pole and netted the 28
incher. Then Roger noticed he had something on
his line. He set the net down and reeled up his
27 incher then picked up the laden net and netted his
Walleye as well. A 27 and a 28 inch Walleye in
the net at the same time. Pictures were taken and the
|June 8/14 Jeff and his crew
arrived at Goose Lake this morning at 6 am. They
had great Walleye fishing at Coon Ass Point in
the morning. They had Walleye for lunch
and Jeff caught this 42 inch Northern before 6
pm. A great first day.
|June 9/14 Whitelaw Lake called
on the radio last night. They need more minnows
and they caught a 29 inch Walleye.
|June 15/14 Fishing has been
great. Walleye to 30 inches and Northern to 42
inches. Yes, even lots of great eaters.
|June 20/14 The photo at right is a
Luna Moth. In 37 years this is only the second
one we have seen. The Luna is one of the largest
moths in North America. The adults live for only
|June 25/14 Another first for
us. Each year we have a few Lady Slippers
scattered around camp. This year we have this
great clump of flowers which we have never seen
|June 26/14 It has happened
again. A 28 inch Walleye and a 27 inch
Walleye caught within minutes of each other. This time
it happened to long time guests Lon and Ron (they are
twins) Lon caught the 28 incher and less than 10
minutes later Ron boated the 27 incher.
|Lon and Ron have fished with us for
the past 25 years and were fishing a spot they had
never fished before. They want to the name the
island 2 hogs island. It is the island just
north west of the shore lunch island. They were
fishing the north shore just a little east of the
beach. Both fish were caught on Gulp Minnows one
chartreuse and one orange.
|July 1/14 Sometimes the water
adventure begins even before you get to Red
Lake. The photo at right was taken driving on
the flooded highway 105 just north of Vermillion Bay
|July 2/14 Bob and Laurie caught
195 fish today. (Laurie 100 Bob 95) they quit
when they ran out of minnows. Most of the fish were
caught by the reef in the center of the lake where we
feed the seagulls.
|July 7/14 Over time, the bow of
the boats wears from sliding on the ramps and now is
the time to weld on a new sacrificial strip to extend
the life of our boats. The last batch of boats from
Lund came with the strip already welded on and most
have worn through.
|July 13/14 The photos for the
second week in June at Unnamed lake arrived.
Barry H caught this nice 30 inch Walleye. See
more pictures at our photo site. http://www.loonhaunt.com/photos01/all/
|July 16/14 Kathy called over
from Poirier. The fishing is great but the eagle
nest was blown down by the wind yesterday. No
sign of the one young eagle that was in the nest or
the parents. All is well here at Goose Lake
people are still catching fish and the sunsets are
|July 19/14 Duct tape use number
???. These boots just need to last one more day.
|July 21/14 Tom arrived
yesterday, Sunday morning,at 7 am. After waiting
about 4 hours for the thunder storms to clear he
ventured out to the wall and his first fish of the
trip was this 27 inch Walleye.
Recipe for a memorable fishing trip:
2 loving fathers
enthusiastic boys of varying ages
Combine grandfathers, fathers
and boys into 3- 16 foot boats. Rearrange
The trip is done when one of the boys starts seriously missing his mom.
|July 27/14 Our granddaughter JB
came to visit and caught a small walleye at the honey
hole. It was her first fish. JB used a 3/8 ounce
yellow jig with a minnow. Her fishing rod was
the light action DORA spin cast.
|August 1/14 We had fog in Red
Lake this morning so the airplane was an hour late
picking up here at Goose Lake. Some people used
the time to chat but the wise used the time to nap.
|August 4/14 A quote from Josh
V. "Dad, If there's fishing in heaven I bet it's
just like this."
|August 8/14 Fishing is
great. Lots of Walleyes in the 20 to 26 inch
range. Numbers are impressive too. The new
fishing spot in the middle of the lake is producing
very well. Great weather, sunny and warm.
The bugs are almost nonexistent compared to June.
|August 10/14 Yesterday, Terry
and Rhonda had the best Walleye fishing they have ever
had both for size and numbers. The great fishing
happened less than a mile from camp. Across
South bay opposite the Wall.
|August 17/14 Ken with a
nice Walleye. If you have fished Goose
Lake you will recognize this spot. Doug suggested I
tell Ken to not bother fishing here. The hot
spots change everyday. Great Walleye fishing in
deeper water this week (20 feet plus). Lots of
Walleye over 20 inches each day.
|August 24/14 We have some great
Walleye fishing along Joe's Island. We are
often asked "who is Joe" and "what do I have to do to
get an island named after me?" Joe, pictured at
right, found some great fishing along the skinny
island on the east side of south bay. In five
days (July 12-17/09) Joe caught a 27 inch Walleye and
a 30 plus inch Walleye. If you can catch 2
Walleyes totaling over 57 inches you will get
something named after you too.
|August 26/14 Mark
and his father Mike fished Unnamed Lake August 20-24.
Fishing was fantastic. We got about 500 walleyes with 37 being over 20 inches. Dad got a 27 incher and I got a 25 and a pair of 26's.
No bugs, No rain.
Boat ran well.
Hard to get better than that.
Thanks for everything.
|August 31/14 This August Maurey
Halsey (photo at lower right) came to visit and
retrace his son's steps. Maurey and his wife
Jean have stayed with us several times over the
years. We first met their son David and his
friend Pete Souchuk in 1978 (Our first year of
operation at Goose Lake). They were on a trek
across Canada from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
The trip took 2 years and they completed their
adventure at Tadoussac Quebec in August of 1979.
Dave's favourite camping spot was a small unnamed lake
on the Berens River less than 20 miles from Goose
Lake. He liked to call it Good Site Lake.
After Dave died tragically in 1983 his parents
successfully campaigned the MNR to have the lake
officially named Good Site Lake. Since 1983 Bill
has flown them to Good Site Lake several times so they
can feel closer to Dave. If you are looking for
a good book or are an armchair explorer this is one
book you should definitely read.
|September 9/14 Yes, we have
great Walleye fishing in September. Check out
the photos at right. A 27 incher at top (Jeremy)
and a 26 incher at bottom (Michael). Fishing was
fast and furious with many over 20 inches. Most
of the action was at 21 feet deep but the honey hole
and below the falls saw lots of action.
|September 12/14 Our wireless
internet allowed the last group to watch "dabears"
lose their season opener in OT. The OT caused a
serious delay for the start of the shore lunch.
|September 15/14 We are still
here taking care of dozens of projects. Our good
friends the Whiskey Jack family visits several times
|September 18/14 We brought the
boats from Nechigona up to Goose Lake for
repairs. Louise and I along with our very good
friend Mr. Lewis Winch moved the boats over the
portage in about 3 hours.
|September 21/14 The boats are
back at Nechigona. We welded on a double rubbing
strip at the bow so we will never have to bring the
boats across again. Click this link to see how we
portaged the boats.
You know the end of the season is near when the wood piles mysteriously grow and the floating dock leaves. The beaver house in the river by White Dog falls has a new feed pile. It is warm ( in the sixties and warmer still coming). Strong winds from the South, but the Geese keep flying over complaining about the head wind all the way.
|September 27/14 We left camp
today. The weather has been beautiful for the
past 10 days (warm and sunny), we didn't even
have a fire at night. Forecast for Sunday is
cooler and rain. We accomplished a record number
of projects this fall.
Once again another successful season thanks to our great guests. We know you have choices and we thank you for choosing us.
|October 31/14 Sorry about the
lack of postings. We have been busy. On
October 12/14 we (Louise and I plus my 2 sisters)
landed at Heathrow airport in London and the next day
we left by bus for Europe. After a whirlwind
week in Europe we returned to England on the Eurostar
from Paris by way of the Chunnel. We spent a
couple of weeks in England visiting historical sights
and connecting with family.
|November 11/14 As you can see by
the photo at right our bay is trying to freeze.
The north wind, which blows directly into our bay, has
not let up and the waves prevent freezing.
|November 18/14 Howey Bay is
frozen over this morning. Cold weather and no
wind overnight. All of our lakes should be
frozen over by now as well. The photo at right
was taken from the hill behind Green Airways looking
east toward the bridge.
|December 2/14 We are
back from spending Thanksgiving with family in New
England . We had a great snow storm and the kids
built a snow man. In a couple of days the
weather warmed up and the snowman was gone.
|December 25/14 Santa managed to
find us in British Columbia. Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year to all.