Ice Out, 2016

With today being the first day of Spring it’s time to roll out our annual “Ice Out Contest”. 

The rules are simple so that even the average fisherman will be able to participate!  You have one chance to predict the day that Vermilion Bay will be ice free.  What’s critical is that you are the first one to pick the correct date, as there is no second place glory.  The dilemma is whether to bide your time, monitor the ice out updates that I will be providing, and hope nobody scoops your prediction……..or take a leap of faith and send in your guess right away.  Your prediction should be emailed to Gord  ( ) and will remain secret till the conclusion of the contest.

To get you in the mood here’s a few shots from last week…

March 7, 2016
Conditions as of March 2016


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Taking in ramp repair supplies to Clearwater Lake


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Metal gas cans delivered to Caribou Lake


Contest Update!

Since taking these pictures a week ago several things have happened.  Firstly, the Electric Beaver site went down and I was unable to start the contest.  Secondly I spent an enjoyable week down in the Baja, Mexico with Susanne.  Thirdly while away we had rain storms, warm temps, and a nice 15 inch dump of snow.

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A small, but tasty yellow fin tuna.


Good Luck…. and stay tuned for updates!


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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!

Trevor Benner

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