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September 13…

Happy Friday the 13th!

It’s been a couple weeks since my last blog post.  Things are slowing down and so am I!!  Our recent weather pattern can be best described as “cool, with a lusty breeze and backdrop of wetness at times verging on torrential”.  Perfect musky weather!

We did have some nice weather last week though…

The mountain ash berries are particularly bountiful this fall which makes me suspect that we might be in store for a harsh winter….or is it the amount of hair on the back of a squirrel?

A highlight of this week was a backwoods excursion.  Susanne & I, Bruce and Sally, and George from Pinawa spent a day chasing after trout and whitefish…

The portage trail was in good shape…not sure about the rest of us!

 

 

Bruce in a tangle.

Susanne with one of many.

Oh baby…

George with a whitefish.

Bruce and Sally with our morning’s catch.

Sexy time!

Guess who gets to clean these…

George works his magic on cooking the bacon…

Shore lunch!

What else is going on at VBL?  Well, the renovation of cabin 8 is underway with a bit of “gutting” as the first step…

No walls!

Nothing like a view from the toilet!

 

September 1st… What the heck, it’s a crappie!…

The past week could be characterized by gusty winds, rain and cool temperatures.  The fireplace in the lodge has been fired up and it sure feels like fall is here.  The Hamm family from Manitoba made the best of it on their first trip to VBL…

As you can see it wasn’t all bad in terms of weather.  Even so, the walleye were cooperative.

Something Unusual…

Randy Edwards may have his name in the record book as the first angler to catch a crappie on Eagle Lake.  Not sure if this is a good thing, and it seems by the size of the fish (13 inches) it was likely transplanted to the lake by some misguided (I have another descriptor, but will not use it here) angler.  What does it mean going forward?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

We reported in the last blog that the boat on McGregor was out of commission due to motor issues.  Well, Hugh and I made the trip back to swap out the motor and tank with a replacement…….

Hugh G. on the verge of having a stroke after carrying gas cans over the portage trail.

My thoughts on those who used the boat but didn’t put the lock back on or tie up the boat….this is what it should look like when you are done! If the boat was tied to shore we wouldn’t have to do these rescue missions!!!

On the ramp, and tied to shore….ready to go for the next adventurous anglers.

Thanks to Bob  Wilson for entertaining us at the Sunday night fish fry!

Still time left to hit the lake…….

 

August 25th…Fall is in the air…

Is fall around the corner?  With days getting shorter, water temperatures dipping (now below 70 degrees) it surely means some interesting fishing ahead of us.  Walleye fishing continues to be good with a very nice 29 1/2 incher caught and released this week.

Joe P. scores!

Some other good fish as well…

“Smiling” Bob looking serious

Now that’s how you smile!

Possibly a touch of lip movement…

Smiling is easy!

….perhaps it’s an upside down smile?

Nice fish….great smile!

It wasn’t all about the walleye.  Andy had his sights set on some backwoods adventuring.  ***WARNING*** The following images may be disturbing for some viewers.

A chunky Clearwater trout.

Man with no pants.

Now, to be fair to Andy, he was actually in rescue mode retrieving my boat on McGregor which apparently drifted off possibly during the 7 1/2 inch deluge a few weeks back.  Unfortunately some water in the gas tank made fishing there impossible.  In the future I will be more diligent in making sure guests tie things back up and use the lock!  Stay tuned for photos of guests being flogged  for disobedience.

Perch Rodeo Update:  As the season winds down the tension mounts.  Here Stu basks in the glow of taking the lead with an 11 1/2 inch bull perch…

Unfortunately his lead was fleeting….

That’s right…”uber” competitor, and ex good friend Andy Lewis becomes the usurper with an 11 3/4″ lunker.

Possibly wearing no pants is the key?

….or is it the frame of mind you get when you bring your action toys along on your fishing trip?  Here “fisherman Dan” holds the lead perch.  Still a few weeks left to wrestle the title away from Andy…bring on the competition!

On the musky front here’s a nice photo from early in the week…

One could easily say this photo is of a 50 plus fish….but in reality 47 1/2″ Still a great photo…..and fish!

Not all fish have to be big to be fun!

Let us conclude with a bit of “beef cake” for the ladies.  Proof that lake temps are still pretty nice…  ***WARNING*** More photos that some may find disturbing…

Joe P. after a hard day of pounding walleyes…

In conclusion if you are still thinking a fall fishing trip might be fun you had better act soon.  Don’t be like these two..

The sleeping dog catches no fish! Confusious.

August 18th…Fishing the full moon…

Moon phases are said to have an effect on fish behavior.   Musky anglers especially subscribe to this “musky magic”.  This past week was prime with positive fishing voodoo.  Plenty of musky were on the move…unfortunately this did not always translate into biting one’s lure, but that’s musky for you.  Here’s a pictorial visit of some of last week’s nicer fish…

Good job Adam…50 1/2 “

As you might recall there is no night fishing allowed on Eagle Lake, which means you have a half hour after sunset before you need to stop fishing.  During last week sunset was around the 8:35 mark…so 9:05 was the stop time.  Some discussion around the fish house table revolved around some controversial musky photo’s from Eagle Lake that featured a totally dark background.  Is that legit?  Was it the fault of the flash?  Here’s an interesting example of a musky photo taken 10 minutes before the cut off time….Nick Stemper and a 45 1/2 incher…  Plenty of light still.  My conclusion would be that a dark photo is likely a rule breaker…no need for that.

This past week wasn’t all about the musky.  Walleye were active and surprisingly shallow…10-15 feet in some locations!

You might notice the VW beetle in this last photo. I’ve finally taken delivery of the 1973 bug, and it’s immaculate!

Apparently I am reliving my youth….here’s an oldie from the archives (note the 1974 bug in the background…..I bought that new for $2995!)

August 11th…

The past few weeks have been a blur.  Fishing has had it’s ups and downs with the only constant being the large number of mosquitos that have descended upon us.  Some relief in sight though…..the dragon flies are showing up in greater numbers with large appetites!

Some good musky activity along with a fairly consistent walleye bite (they seem to still favor the 20-25 foot depth ranges)…..with a few token bass thrown in for good measure.  Let’s check out some images of the past few weeks….

Spoiler Alert:  Here’s a couple of pictures from this week to wet your appetite for the next blog post.  After seeing these you might wish you were here!

Still wishing you were coming but haven’t got off the couch to book?  I still have a few openings left after the  24th of August and into September….plus one (only one) for the last week of September which is “Musky Madness”.  Time to bust a move!

August 5th…It’s a heat wave!

We’ve had a stretch of super hot (for us) weather that has seen some lake temperatures in around 80 degrees!  Fortunately this weather has dissipated and water temps are back down around 75 on the surface.  A much better condition especially if you are trying to release big fish.  The two week forecast shows highs in the low 70’s and overnight temps around 60 degrees…..perfect!

On the fishing front walleye continue to be found in various depths but the 20-25 range seems to be the most consistent, especially early morning and evening hours.  The Wesling gang did well on jigs and leeches while others had luck with either minnows or crawlers.  A few muskies were caught and the report is that the weed beds are at their prime for the season.

For some reason this past week I neglected to collect fish pictures from our guests so I’m left holding the blog bag……no photos.  In it’s place I present to you a sunset collection from Eagle Lake…