I feel like it’s been AGES since I’ve done an entry! Forgive me. I know I did a quickie last week, but there’s a lot to tell you.
Last I talked with you, I had added April and Tim’s big perch to our Conservation Awards page. April and her dad Steve fished a few weeks back. April estimated that they had caught about 100 northerns one day! They were using red spinner baits. They also caught some nice perch using crawlers. Here’s a photo of Steve with a nice slot northern, followed by a photo of Karna (Ron’s wife) with a nice one as well:
I don’t remember where I got this photo but I LOVE it:
Mike’s group was here a few weeks back. They were first-timers and had a BLAST! Tim released a big perch and here’s a look at some that weren’t so lucky:
Speaking of not-so-lucky, here’s a photo of Randy’s bear shortly before he was hunted:
OK, back to fishing! Walleye fishing’s been quite good for a couple of weeks now. The fall bite is on–so soft I’ve missed a few–as are the fall spots. Gruper and I have hit 2nd Lake twice in two weeks (!). We’ve done well both times. I released a 20.5″ walleye last Friday:) He caught first and most, but I caught biggest. His best was 17″, and we had several in the 14-16″ range. 19′ continues to be our magic depth. We’re still using 1/4 oz. jigs and will probably stay with that through the season. Minnows and leeches worked for us.
3rd Lake is “on” like crazy right now! We’re hearing everything from 19-30′. Bob who just arrived Saturday said he released a ton of walleye yesterday. He said he fished around 19′ in the a.m., then found them around 30′ in the p.m. Ron’s been here about a month. He and his Bob have been releasing biguns regularly. They use minnows. I added Bob’s 24″ and Ron’s 26″ to the Conservation Awards Program page (www.tallpinescamp.com). They released four over 24″ yesterday! Those two guys sure have a blast fishing together.
Speaking of having a blast fishing together, our Red Hat Guys were back last week. It’s always a pleasure to have them in Camp. They fish hard, play hard, and have a very good time. Can you pick me out in this photo:
I’ll help you out a bit:
Dawn and I asked to see the backs of their shirts:
Dawn's a pervert...
Their tight little fishing club bears the name of a good friend:
I wonder what they’ll do if he ever joins them? Change their name? Anyway, I added Jim big bass and Rich’s big northern to our Conservation Awards Program page as well:) Good job, guys!
Neal, Marji, Dick, and Linda returned as a foursome this year. These folks also have a better-than-good time together. They fish pretty darned hard, then come in and just have fun. They initiated more than one “social hour” down by the fish-cleaning house last week. Here’s a nice photo of a mixed bag they brought in from the Doe Island area:
We are now a honeymoon destination! Bob and Barb have been visiting us for several years. This year they decided to get married in the middle of their two-week stay! They headed to Kenora last Friday and tied the knot! It was very exciting around here. At Wednesday’s potluck, everyone had a swig of sparkling wine and we toasted the couple-t0-be.
Ergo, the heart shoes…
These make me smile for a lot of reasons.
Many in Camp discussed trashing the newlywed cabin while they were in Kenora. I then realized that I’d be the one cleaning up our mess in another week! Scratch that idea. I went for a classier, less messy look:
The happy couple returned Friday afternoon all smiles and looking extremely dapper:
This boy of ours is a mouser! He’s caught at least one outside and one inside that I didn’t even know lived here! Marji saw him with one last week and gave me the heads up. Stinky LaRue never was one for having to chase her food. I still haven’t decided if he can stay but had him fixed today just in case. Here’s a photo from last week, happier times for my all-night party boy:
I’ll close with a rainbow shot from a couple of days ago. The photo doesn’t do it justice, though. The colors were vivid.