| Fly out fishing
outpost cabins north of Red Lake Ontario
News about the 2015 season
|January 13/15 It is
cold but we are still here in Red Lake.
Yesterday I talked with Mike Litwin (Petro Can fuel
dealer) and he was making a couple of half loads with
his fuel truck into Pikangikum. The ice is not
yet thick enough for big trucks and full loads.
There is a new school being built at Pikangikum this
year so between Pikangikum and Poplar Hill there will
be 1500 truck loads to go in. The winter road
also services Sandy Lake, Deer Lake and North Spirit
Lake. The winter road goes north from Red Lake
on the Nungesser road to Berens Lake. It crosses
Berens Lake and then goes north mostly through the
bush. Berens Lake is about 40 miles west
of Goose Lake.
If you look on Google Earth you can make out the winter roads even in the summer photos.
Howey Bay ice road looking back at Red Lake. The road goes to Cochenour and McKenzie Island.
|Sunday January 18/15
2 playoff football games today. At right our grandson
Cameron. One guess who we will be cheering for
today. When Cam was 3 his favourite player was
Ron McKowski. Now that he is 6 he can say
Gronkowski and he can tell you anything you want to
know about Tom Brady and the Patriots.
|January 29/15 We had a good dump
of snow. Nothing like our family in
Massachusetts but we had to get out the old snow
blower. By old I mean over 50 years old. I
have been fixing and pushing this same machine since I
was a teenager. It doesn't have all the new
features like electric start but a little fresh gas
and 10 minutes of heat and the little Briggs and
Stratton fires right up.
|Feb.15/15 We are planning a
family get together in Florida. The photo at
right is our son's yard just before the trip.
Their home is one hour north of Boston.
|Feb. 23/15 We had a great family
get together in Florida. Add 2 feet of snow to
the above picture to see what Scott and his family
experienced when they got home. Our
grandchildren at right Cameron, Addie and JB in the
Rain Forest Restaurant under the volcano at Downtown
|March 8/15 We managed to fit in
a little vacation to Cozumel Mexico where we did some
diving with our friend Freddy at Mestizo Divers.
Freddy is at the controls, James, another diver is
wearing the yellow shirt and the man in the stern is
our divemaster Carlos. The boat is an Island
Hopper. (Thirty feet long and 12 foot beam). A
fantastic dive boat with only six divers.
|March 27/15 Don't be fooled by the open water in the photo at right. I took an hour of training at Fort Langley Air in British Columbia. It is spring in BC with flowers and sunshine. We will be back in Red Lake by April 1/15 to watch the ice and snow melt.||
|April 3/15 We are back in Red
Lake. As you can see by the photo at right Winter is
still here and Howey Bay has lots of ice.
|April 10/15 Warm weather is
forecast for the weekend. The photo at right is
from the Superior Airways float plane base in the
river. The current produces the first open water
in the area. You can see there is still lots of
ice around the docks.
|April 13/16 The day of our annual
picture of the Bay. In 2012 we had open
water. In 2013 we had lots of snow. In
2014 we had so much snow I had to use snow shoes to
get to the dock. This year we still have ice but
most of the snow is gone. I am thinking at least
another 30 days to breakup so perhaps a little late
|April 28/15 We traveled from
Fort Frances to Red Lake today. Rainy Lake is
almost completely ice free. The ice was off Sand
Bay on April 17. At right is Eagle Lake taken
from Vermillion Bay.
|April 28 continued. At right is
Perrault Lake. Cedar Lake still had ice but we
did not get a picture.
|April 28 continued again. At
right is Howey Bay from the hill above Green
Airways. The little lake by Tim Horton's is ice
free as is the lake by the hospital (Florin
Lake). If the weather cooperates Howey Bay
should be ice free by the weekend or early next week.
|April 28 (last one) at right is
the Superior Airways water base. The river
appears to be free of ice and some operators have
their airplanes ready to go.
|May 3/15 3 P.M. The ice
is going out in front of our bay right now. The
ice flow in the picture has open water on both sides.
Monroe and Unnamed are clear of ice. Goose Lake
is probably open. Poirier should be ice free
soon. Whitelaw should be open in the next few
|May 13/15 Unnamed Lake is ready
to go. We spent some time cutting out the
portage putting in reef
markers and checking depths. The narrows
seem to be shallow but the bays have 30-40 foot
depths. We also created a map for Unnamed Lake
in Google Earth showing hazards and safe travel
routes. Unfortunately I cannot get the image to
open in Google earth.
Please note the reefs are sometimes large. Do not travel close to the reef markers. Reefs are often good places to fish. This image can be enlarged and printed.
|May 16/15 Monroe Lake is now
ready to go. We recut the portages, put out the
reef markers and created a map at right that you can
click on to open a larger version. Again
stay well clear of reef markers. Fishing is
often very good between the 2 markers to the
south. This map can also be enlarged and
|May 17/15 Crossing the border.
We have been informed that because of the Avian Flu in
Minnesota and several other states you cannot bring
eggs or uncooked Chicken into Canada. Just
imagine the line up of Canada Geese trying to cross
the border this spring.
Sorry guys no fishing trip for you this year.
|May 19/15 The weekend snow storm was a
little more intense at Goose Lake. The photo at
right is what we saw on arrival at Goose Lake.
|A little more looking around and we
discovered we were not the first arrivals. We
assume this pair of Canada Geese is the same pair that
has been visiting us for the past couple of
years. They visit with us until the end of June
then head north.
|May 20/15 The diesel and the
water system are up and running. We have
telephone and internet. The minnow traps are
in. The water is up, about 14 inches below the
top of the dock so there was no problem getting the
floating dock from the river.
|May 22/15 Whitelaw Lake is ready to go
for the group arriving May 23. It took 2 days
(we are definitely slowing down) but the job is
done. The water level is high (at the top of the
dock). The Walleye should be stacked at the
bottom of the rapids in front of the cabin.
|May 23/15 A beautiful calm day
perfect for putting out the reef markers at Goose
Lake. We place the markers in South Bay and then
along the south shore right to the honey hole.
It is not all work. Before heading back to do
the north side of the lake we motor up to Woman
Falls for a couple of pictures. This year we
took the time to find the big sand flats in the pool
below Woman Falls. We hope to see some great
Walleye fishing on the edges of this flats in July.
|May 24/15 Today it was time to
get things ready at Nechigona Lake. We
used the come-along to pull the top ramp up into
position. Then we did the same with the bottom
ramp. We pulled the boats down from the hill and
then went back to camp for lunch. After lunch we
flew the motors, paddles and seats over.
|May 26/15 Lots of small jobs completed
at Goose Lake yesterday. Today we flew to
Poirier and got it ready for the first guests coming
on Friday. A great day, very warm with
virtually no wind all morning.
|May 31/15 The first week of
fishing at Whitelaw is over and the Walleye fishing
was best right in front of the cabin. The first
guests are in at Poirier, Unnamed and Goose.
Strangely enough the Walleyes at Goose were off the
wall in 22 feet of water. This location is
usually best for Walleye after July 1. More
good news, we still have great sunsets.
|June 8/15 Walleyes to 25 inches
and Northerns to 36 inches but nothing really big
yet. Lots of Walleye everywhere. Weather
is great , warm but not hot (high sixties to low
seventies), hardly any rain, water levels slowly
dropping at Goose Lake. Whitelaw Lake
water dropped a foot so the dock is no longer
wet. The air is so full of Jack Pine
pollen in places it looks like smoke from a forest
|June 9/15 Rain today.
Still great Walleye fishing in the rain. 25 inch
Walleye at right. Nolan says "hey mom look at
|June 11/15 Nice weather, a
little windy from the west but the trip to the river
pays off with this nice 26 inch Walleye for Gary
M. Lots of Walleye over 24 inches and great
|June 13/15 Great weather and
fishing the last couple of days. At
Unnamed Lake as of Thursday with two days left to go
15 Walleye over 25 inches including 1-27, 1-29.5 and
1-30.25 Throw in one 38.5 northern
caught by accident fishing for Walleye.
At Goose Lake a 29 inch Walleye and a 38 inch Northern
caught on a fly rod using a spoon fly.
ATTENTION FLY FISHERMEN: 38 inch Northern caught on 9' Loomis NRX 7wt. Dupree spoon fly on 8 " steel leader w lead shot to hold deep in honey hole. Ask Louise for directions. Sent from my iPhone
|June 18/15 Great Northern Pike this
week. 43 inches at Poirier and 41 inches at
Whitelaw. Walleye fishing still fantastic.
||Please send pictures.
|June 21/15 At Monroe Lake 2-39
inch and 1-40 inch Northerns. Pictures of all 3
shown unless Nick brings different shirts with him
when he goes fishing for Northerns. All three
caught in the same area of U Lake.
Bill we had a great time at Unnamed lake. Can't wait to send you photos when we get back to Texas. Tim hooked and landed a 40" Northern and she was fat. We had over 25 Walleye over 22" and many Northern over 35". Thanks again you are the best. Rich
|June 23/15 This past weekend
when demand for aircraft was high. Faron Buckler
from Excellent Adventures helped us out with his
Otter. Thanks Faron
|June 28/15 Marty found this
rather interesting character hiding in a piece of
Thank you Marty, we will keep it on display for everyone to enjoy.
|June 30/15 We got some projects
done this week. When the cabin at
Cherrington Lake burned in 1984 we salvaged the wood
burning stove. The fire had warped some surfaces
and the stove was very rusty. An hour with
my Black and Decker Work Wheel cleaned up the rust and
a coat of stove black gave the result at right.
It only took 31 years to get it done. These
stoves work great but unfortunately we cannot get them
anymore. We now have a back up stove.
|July 2/15 We also managed to
build some new benches for the decks.
|July 6/15 This week guests at
Goose Lake are just hammering the Walleyes. Best
spots are The Wall, Joe's Island, The Honey Hole and
the Mid Lake Hump. A nice 26 incher at
right. The big Northerns are entertaining
the fishermen by attacking the Walleyes they are
trying to land.
|July 10/15 Great Northern action at
the Honey Hole again.
Dear Bill & Louise, I just wanted to send you an e-mail thanking you for making our fishing trip another memorable one. You run the “perfect” camp - remote, but with all the special touches that make you feel right at home. Fishing was great as always - I caught the largest northern I have ever caught - and I know everyone else had a fantastic time! Thanks again for everything!!! Best regards, Bryon J
|July 11/15 When you go fishing by
yourself and catch a 26 inch Walleye this is what the
photo will look like.
|July 12/15 When was the last
time YOU did something for the first time?
Frances V. on her first fishing trip to Canada. Frances caught the first fish for the group today
|July 12/15 An approaching line
of thunder storms caused the big Walleyes to go into a
feeding frenzy. Andy V landed a 26 inch Walleye
and a 27+ inch Walleye back to back at the Honey Hole.
|July 14/15 Thanks to Scott
Stouffer our camp has been immortalized in water
Thank you Scott
|July 21/15 The top of Whitedog
falls is a great spot for shore lunch if the water is
not too high
|July 23/15 Hey Grandma, look at
|July 27/15 We have some
great sunrises here at Goose Lake. We
also still hear the Loons.
Click to hear the Loons
|July 28/15 Brenda C took this
great photo of the night sky in front of cabin 2
Hello Bill and Louise. Kathy just sent 3 pictures from our trip to Unnamed. I was having problems with my laptop and was unable to send the pictures. The big one is my 41 inch fat northern, the other one with my colorful lucky fishing shorts is a 38 incher, and the one where I'm sitting is Kathy's 36 incher. We caught a total of 15 northerns over 31 inches this year. Another great trip and we are already talking about next year. Have a great rest of the season.
Jon and Kathy
|August 3/15 In mid to late July
these orange "Cheeto mushrooms" start popping up at
Goose Lake. For us it is nature's indicator that
the Walleye fishing in Nechigona Lake's Walleye Alley
is about to explode. For 38 years our guests
have made the portage to Nechigona to experience this
marvel for themselves.
|August 5/15 The Walleye Alley
mentioned above produced this nice 39 inch Northern
for Patrick this afternoon.
|August 10/15 We are very
confused here at Goose Lake. The temperature is in the
low 80's and the local squirrel is seriously getting
ready for winter. He takes the pine cones from
the trees and piles them on the ground at the base of
the trees. Then he takes the mushrooms from the
ground and stashes them up in the trees.
Did this squirrel get a message about the coming
winter that we did not get? It is still early
They're baaack and right on time. Dave and Steve have been feeding the Whiskey Jacks so well at cabin 4 they have not been down to visit us yet.
|August 18/15 New Honda four
stroke motors for Goose in 2016.
|August 20/15 August proved to be
a great month for Northerns at Unnamed Lake. Jon
landed 41 and 43 inchers. Both were caught
on a Hot-n-tot lure.
|August 25/15 In 2004 3 friends
from Switzerland tried fishing in September at Monroe
Lake. Eleven years later and we welcome them
back. They flew from Switzerland to Montreal
then to Winnipeg then to Red Lake then to Monroe
Lake. On their bucket list for this trip was
seeing a Moose. Would you believe they saw a cow
and calf beside the road on the drive from the airport
to Red Lake? The Loons greeted them upon arrival
at Monroe and they are feeding their fish entrails to
a pair of Eagles.
|September 8/15 Greg H who first
fished Goose Lake when he was 12 caught this nice 43
inch Northern while anchored behind the Two Sisters in
6 feet of water. The lure of choice was an
orange jig that Greg found in a boat while fishing
Nechigona the day before.
|September 10/15 A cold day
today 50 F. This 28 inch Walleye
warmed things up for Brick. Bob and Brick were
fishing NE of Gas Can Rock in 20 feet of water.
|September 10/15 continued just a
short distance away, Roger was busy landing his 27