Mid Summer and the fishing is fine…



Walleye fishing has been consistently good this summer, of which the “summer weather” has finally arrived.  The past week we’ve had sun, warm weather and high skies which has limited the best fishing to morning and evening but much to our surprise the walleye are still relating to the 12 – 16 foot shallows, as well as the more expected 20 –30 foot depths.  Minnows, crawlers and artificial have all been working well.  A group this week has been experimenting with “rip jigging” in the shallows and have produced some nice walleye on plastic tails and jig heads.   Some of the best locations are visible in the picture above…..nice and close!

What happened with the “Walleye Madness” week? 

Good question!  Due to a massive case of writer’s block I’ve been derelict in my blog duties.  I deserve to be punished….but wait, Joe and Andy will soon be here and that should be sufficient…

Martha's 26

First place went to Martha Hojberg with a very nice 26 inch walleye.  Her name will be permanently engraved on the lodge trophy to carry on the tradition of competitive women anglers such as multiple past winner Marsha McGee, who would be smiling at such an outcome. 

walleye madness awards night!


Thanks to the boys from Manitoba (George, Tim and Cam) for providing the red green suspenders and forcing me to humiliate myself at the awards night.  Even Bryce is suspicious.  Fortunately the cocktail has a moderating effect.



Last year’s big winner Erling Olson is presented with the latest VBL invention …..the revolutionary  “Butt Master”.  This self contained and portable personal cigarette butt disposal system is designed to eliminate nasty butt crap from the vicinity of the lodge entry portals.  I think Erling is confused but a quick demonstration has him smiling.





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It was a fun Walleye Madness week.  Thanks to all those who participated and to Ray at Bobby’s Corner for “cutting me a deal” on some great prizes!  Hope to see you in 2015!

12 thoughts on “Mid Summer and the fishing is fine…

  1. Gord…Andy and I completely understand your desire to be punished again. You can count on us to accommodate these special needs, as we have for many years now. We will do our very best to help you repent for being such a bad boy. You have much to look forward to.

  2. That outfit has all the makings of the Train Wreck effect.

    So bad…but you can’t help but look!

    Looks like a great Summer at VBL!!

    1. Dustin….I’ll be selling the complete outfit next year in the gift shop. Of course I’ll be offering a choice of sandals or high heels. Which do you prefer?

  3. Gord,

    If that is a Teal River rod in the picture then I might have to reconsider dates next year and claim what is rightfully mine.

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