Early Spring Trip

I’ve only ever been to VBL in late May. I have no doubt any week of the season is a great time to be there, but for me early in the season offers some of the most diverse and best fishing! This year was no exception. Even with some unseasonably warm days, the walleye were findable, the lake trout were still a bit more shallow, and the smallies were very active!

The bugs were a bit worse than normal on the portage trails, but as always, the fishing on the other lakes was worth the trip. Gord even has a motor to use on Otter lake. (If you’ve made that trip…you know how big a deal that is!)

OK, enough words…on to the pictures:

 

The weather was mostly nice, but we did have some typical late-May weather that makes trips across VBL fun!
The weather was mostly nice, but we did have some typical late-May weather that makes trips across VBL fun!
Proper portage attire to fend off bugs
Proper portage attire to fend off bugs
Most pike this trip had some nice size (28"+)
Most pike this trip had some nice size (28″+)
Not a River Monster...but a great fight none the less!
Not a River Monster…but a great fight none the less!
A nice slot 'eye
A nice slot ‘eye
This makes Otter lake a thing of beauty
This makes Otter lake a thing of beauty
Smallies like this all day long!
Smallies like this all day long!
Doubles galore on our day to the Smallie lake
Doubles galore on our day to the Smallie lake

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Forget the fish...how about the shirt I won at the Fish Fry!
Forget the fish…how about the shirt I won at the Fish Fry!

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A beautiful High Rock Smallie
A beautiful High Rock Smallie
Sunsets are amazing!
Sunsets are amazing!
Average Clearwater Laker
Average Clearwater Laker

Gord and Suzanne (mostly Suzanne) were great hosts as always…and hanging out in lodge with a fire going, beverage in hand, and friends to talk to is always as good as the fishing! I’m already looking forward to my next early season trip to VBL!

 

2 thoughts on “Early Spring Trip

  1. Dustin, I really enjoyed the fishing update. Gord has undoubtedly been a very busy boy working on all of the improvements. Glad to hear things went smoothly on Otter. Those rivets on the oar locks were going to give out any day. I hope the bear proofing strategy was effective. Those bears love sniffing the gas fumes. I found that a little troubling. Any entries in the perch rodeo?

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On behalf of the Boyes Group, I would like to pass on our sincere thanks for hosting the Muskie Madness Week and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at VBL and had a great time!! This was our 7th year on Eagle Lake and we have stayed at a few other lodges but VBL takes the cake hands down! You can definitely count us in for next year. I’m happy to see you post some of my pics, they turned out well. Thanks again Gord for a wonderful week of fishing and your stellar hospitality, you run a first class operation, we look forward to seeing you next year!

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