Putting the portage lakes to bed…



Seems that fall signals the end of trout season, and the beginning of the “put things away season”…  This year the motors from Clearwater and McGregor, along with one boat came back down the creek and home for the winter.  Of course getting the Yamaha’s tuned up a bit for 2015 is an important part of the process……


On the second to last day of trout season, Susanne and I decide to take the portage trail and check out the fishing.  First stop some of the smallmouth in Clearwater…..yes, they are where we expected them to be!


Next stop….the trout.  Nothing better than having the lake to yourselves when the action is hot and non stop.  We could only spend a short time with the trout as the call of McGregor was upon us…


Some dandy smallmouth and a nice pike for Susanne.  Way too nice out for the walleye to co-operate, but we didn’t really try too hard.  The thought occurs that maybe we should take motors back today.   Good thing, the weather has taken a turn for the worse since then.  Nice feeling knowing I don’t have to trudge back over to flip boats….


Unfortunately, earlier the previous week, the professors and I had to walk the long trek back into Caribou Lake only to find out the bear still has a taste for plastic gas cans.


While some may consider walking that far only to discover you cannot fish was discouraging, we were able to shake off the despair, flip the boat, and continue on back to fish the hell out of McGregor and Clearwater.  Later Joe was intrigued by my inventive sock dryer…



One issue has been identified as a priority…a bear proof method for storing gas on the portage lakes.  The best brains in the industry are now working on that problem for your future fishing pleasure.  2015…we look forward to the promise of gas at the end of the trail……..

“More gas in the boats….less gas in the cabins”



13 thoughts on “Putting the portage lakes to bed…

  1. Gord,
    I do believe this was the day we left you? Great post and glad to hear you are working on those metal gas cans! Either that, or drag a metal work box back in the winter for the gas.

  2. Some great Fall fishing! Sad to think about the fishing posts ending…because the non-fishing post can always be a bit suspect.

    1. Dustin…..we still have some fishing going on right now….the Perkis clan is out musky fishing, with some interesting results. Don’t forget about some of the winter fishing too……and we all know how popular my sauna photos are!

    1. Boy, this brings back some sad memories. I’m pretty sure that Gord told me the same thing happened to the Perchmaster a few years ago. And he hasn’t been back to VBL since.

  3. Maybe as part of the overall experience of true Wilderness fishing, Gord will just have guests carry the gas back every time!
    Free labor and he sell it as an “authentic backwoods experience”!
    Or maybe we need to hang the gas, like done with food in bear country. I like this option better!

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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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