Ice Out 2023: Update #2

April 5 “It’s snowing like a bastard”

…and why not? The forcast shows us climbing into the teens (Celsius) towards the end of the week but right now it’s looking very festive. Hardly what I would call “progress” in terms of ice melt but it is an update! For what it’s worth here are a few other updates:

Due to the high water and flooding last spring the Clearwater Lake boats spent the season at the lodge where they were used to run up the creek. Put your big boy pants on for 2023…the boats are heading back in! The portage trail awaits those who are adventurous and still have knees that work. Seen here boat #1 heads out…

Once the boats were back into Clearwater it was time for another project. The last time anyone was back into Caribou Lake was 2019. After that the pandemic and a winter storm that pulled alot of trees over the trail put a damper on any attempt. Time to do some brush clearing and see if there’s still a boat and motor in there!

The snow was too deep on the first hill to use the snowmachine without first packing a trail on the snowshoes.

Last year the trapper (Burton) had cleared part of the trail… this point. I did some cutting and called it a day. In retrospect, it’s probably a project best done with some assistance…..time to bring in Susanne!

Later in the week we return with a replacement motor, fresh gas and a new tank. Wonder what the bass are thinking right about now?

Anyone care to take a guess at what lake this shot is looking at? Put your guess in the comment section below…

How about this lake? Any guesses?

Speaking of guesses….there’s still plenty of time to put in an ice out guess. On a technical matter please note that I respond to everyone who makes a guess. On several occasions I get a message back saying my message was not delivered. If you don’t hear back from me check your junk folder, your computer is blocking me for some reason!

I will leave you with this inspiring photo of a baked whitefish flourentine…..a bed of kale on the bottom for those wondering…

8 thoughts on “Ice Out 2023: Update #2

  1. Honestly, thank you for the hard work on the portage trails and boats. I am thinking the bass are a bit restless and nervous knowing the big boys will be there soon. As for the lake, I believe that is the bluff that scared at least one pilot on McGregor Lake?

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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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