July – August, 2022

Before we try and piece together the summer of ’22 let’s back up slightly. I sent out a call for May / June photos and here’s what I received….

A slightly different perspective on the spring high water levels.
Water washing over the Government Dock on Eagle Lake.
Noelle Swanson with a late May laker (Clearwater Lake).
Brad Walker doing the “pretzel hold” with an early June Walleye.
…now the “River Monster” position…

So, moving into July / August…

Water levels eventually receded back to a more normal level and all was well in the fishing department….

Glenn Moonier with his “Walleye Madness Week” winning fish….28 inches!
Andy Lewis brought to his knees by this fine summer walleye specimen.
Wondering where the big ones are…..
Apparently they come in all sizes!
They’re getting bigger and more fun to catch…
You just never know what’s next on your line…
It’s possible to tie into summer-time lake trout…..Stacey Drew.
Not to be outdone….Jim Drew with a nice Eagle Lake trout.
Adam Hickson with a nice 40 1/2″ pike.
Nick Hamm…37 inch pike
Gulls and eagles enjoying a free lunch everyday….courtesy VBL anglers.
Foggy morning ….heading out to do battle with a monster fish…
Kentucky Tom with some Sunday Night Fish Fry entertainment.
He also plays a mean bass banjo…

So while we are on the subject of bass…

I will admit that I’m not an expert on where or how to catch bass in the summer months. Sure, in the spring fish the areas where they spawn. Shallow, warm back bays with rock rubble and reeds / weeds. What about later on? July, August? A few anglers ask every year and I have to admit my lack of knowledge. Well this year it was pointed out to me that casting to shorelines that have the rock rubble that bass love is the ticket. Here’s some photographic evidence to prove this point… After 30 years I’m finally clueing in.

While the Kentucky boys found the bass fishing to be an interesting distraction, the main goal was musky. Eric Gracey with 46 1/2″.
…and a 41″
Sometimes you catch something totally unexpected, like this rare “whistlenosed trout”.
Half a musky minnow on the dock in the morning. What does it mean?!
Under a bright full moon, the long forgotten fish cleaner waits alone for the last fishermen to return.
Nick Hamm had the walleye dialed in this summer.
The other Hamm men didn’t do so bad either.
Which brings me to another “learning moment”. Note the eater sized walleye (caught off the hump by Strawberry Island) and his diet of tiny minnows. Next time you think the minnows are too small, just consider this picture.
So the last week in July is our Walleye Madness week. Some friendly competion, with some fun and great prizes. Glenn Moonier accepting his trophy and awards!
The pot luck dinner / awards night is a good time….plenty to eat!
I seem “stunned”…..perhaps by the size of the competition this year!
We’ll end off the summer review with a few more walleye pics.
The sun is out, the gulls are flying and the fish are biting. Seems perfect to me.

So there you have it….

My attempt at covering the entire summer in one blog post. I’m sure I’m missing something. Once again, if I’ve left out something you feel needs to be here just email me the picture and I will include it in the next blog update…Fall 2022.

It was a great summer and I’ll be looking forward to the next one. If you haven’t thought about booking your trip yet don’t wait too much longer. With our limited schedule going forward there aren’t alot of spots left.

Adios, and stay tuned to the fall installment for 2022.

Due to health and safety regulations we can no longer provide the “professional grade” arse wipe to our guests unless proof of compentancy is submitted using the “I know how to use the can App”.

4 thoughts on “July – August, 2022

    1. Send me a couple Nick…..I’ll include them in the next blog. I know you gave me a bunch….that’s the only one I could find.

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