June 30…Big Musky, Walleye, Bass, Mayflies, Good Times…

It was a fine week of fishing.  Weather has been steadily warming and weed beds showing some signs of growth.  We are still behind from last year though.  Mayflies have made their appearance in abundance the past few days.  The bite has continued to be shallow, although some good catches of walleye are starting off some of the closer mid lake humps.  Musky action is heating up with some great catches.  Both Greg @ eagle eye guiding and Cal @ Cal Ritchie guide service have posted some beauties.  Here’s a 55 incher from this past week…

A giant 55 incher for a lucky angler fishing with guide Cal Ritchie!

A few of the groups last week made the trek back into the portage lakes.  Some good bass action still, but the trout seem to be elusive.  What isn’t elusive is the bug population on the trail…!  On a side note the busted oars and non-functioning antique motor in Otter Lake made it back to the lodge (thanks guys for taking the initiative to haul it back!).  The oars are back in shape ready to head back in.  The motor is at the fix it shop.  Seems it must have run long enough for someone to bust the shear pin on a rock……hmmmm?  One consideration for this winter might be a bigger boat and decent motor on Otter.  Yes?  No?
So let’s see a few pictures from last week to get a sense of what is going on…

Some shots from around camp and the swimming point…

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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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