Day 2: Chris & Nick decide to leave the pop-up sled at home and travel “commando style”. Good thing too, since today’s plans include traversing longer portage trails into an excellent trout lake that is off the beaten trail.
You might be thinking “That sure looks like fun!”. If you have never done much ice fishing for lake trout there are three basic steps that you need to concern yourself with. Step One: You need a destination that has good winter conditions and can offer excellent opportunities to catch lake trout. Step Two: There needs to be some guidance and advice on “how to” once you get to where you are going. Even if you are a veteran angler, you will still need help fishing new lakes and getting there and back safely. A guide can make it easy. Step Three: Ice fishing for lake trout requires some basic tackle and equipment. Dealing with someone who has first hand knowledge on what you will need can save you time and money. Three steps…ice fishing for lake trout can be that simple…right?
If you are unsure of where to go or what to do let me make a suggestion. Here at Vermilion Bay Lodge we can take care of Step One & Two……..location, guidance and opportunity… here on Eagle Lake and the numerous portage lakes that we fish for lake trout over the winter. Up till now this was just something Susanne and I did but we have begun to offer this type of winter activity to a limited number of guests. Give us a call if you want to give ice fishing for lake trout a try! What about Step Three…tackle & equipment? Many stores carry the right stuff, but if you want to talk to someone who has first hand experience in catching trout here, talk to Nick (remember…Chris & Nick?) at Gene’s Sport Shop in Parham, MN (218-346-3355). I was particularly envious of the long ice fishing rods the boys had. I have never seen anything similar and it would be something I would recommend ordering from Nick.
Check out these links to some lake trout action featuring Nick & Chris…
My final post will document the final two days of fishing after the boys left……including the twist of fate at the Kinsmen ice fishing derby and the eerie experience we have at dusk on Bottle Lake. Be aware for the next installment of “ice fishing for lake trout”!
Nice Job again Great vids.
Looks like fun.
Just so you know Gord these vids/pics make it hard for a guy to concentrate when your having so much fun us there in gods country!!!
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This is a first class resort located on Vermillion Bay on Eagle Lake. The cabins are very clean and well kept. The boats are new with new motors and are in great shape. The owner will also clean your fish for you after your day on the water. Make no mistake the fishing on Eagle Lake is world class.
The Lodge is owned by Gord and Susanne Bastable who will make you feel welcome and before you know it you feel like family. They are the best of hosts. The atmosphere is low key and laid back leading to a great vacation.
This is my 19th year of enjoying the hospitality of the lodge and i can’t think of going anywhere else on Eagle Lake.