Aikens Lake News Archive - May 2005

New dock coming along

Date May. 31, 2005

    With the addition of new guide boats this year, we needed to upgrade our dock area to handle all the equipment... so we decided to rebuild our fuel dock! A permanent 56ft dock will be the base of the new...

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Bonaventure Lake ready for action.

Date May. 31, 2005

Today, Julie and Pit went into Bonaventure to make sure that the boats and equipment were tuned up for the upcoming season (and to do some fishing, of course). The high water means that the creek is high and quick...

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First guests arrive

Date May. 28, 2005

Today marks the official beginning of the 2005 season at Aikens Lake! Our first guests stepped off the plane this afternoon as our army of volunteers bid adieu to Aikens for another year. The camp is in tremendous shape and ready...

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Big Molly’s Place

Date May. 27, 2005

As you are aware from recent news entries, every year we open up the camp with "Molly Maid Week". The term was coined in 1989, the first year Gerry and three of his friends opened up the camp. Mops in hand,...

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Molly Maid Cribbage tournament!

Date May. 26, 2005

...back in the clubroom, the rest of the volunteers were having a great time with a cribbage tournament. The tournament chairman, one of our carpenters named Alf, made up a rule that if your team got skunked, you would have...

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Dockbite hot while weather’s not!

Date May. 26, 2005

Today was a cold and rainy day... the kind of day that makes you want to curl up next to a fire. Despite a great dockbite that has produced many slot walleyes over the past week, only two people braved...

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Dockbite is hot!

Date May. 25, 2005

The night time is the right time to be fishing at Aikens! The big walleyes are cruising the shallows around the dock. In the past three nights, over 40 slot walleyes have been landed... but no more trophies yet. The trout...

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New lodge looking good

Date May. 25, 2005

    It has been a great week of work thus far as the volunteers have really been making the most of their time. The new lodge looks phenomenal! The hardwood floors, the pine walls, and the new furniture all give the...

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Volunteer week set to begin

Date May. 20, 2005

Although it has been a tradition for 17 years, many of our guests have never heard of this phenomenom. Beginning tommorow, one week of all-out preparation, cleaning, building, renovating, and installing is set to begin at Aikens Lake. With over 20 close...

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Flooring completed

Date May. 18, 2005

Well, the lodge looks spectacular! The hardwood floors are now completely installed throughout the dining room, lounge, and clubroom! We have purchased new light fixtures and new furniture. People's jaws are going to drop when they see the new lodge!...

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First Master Angler of the season!

Date May. 17, 2005

Maurice Ruest was an abled and skilled carpenter before he ever came to Aikens... but he had never been called a "walleye specialist" before! On this fine evening, Maurice and the gang were fishing from the dock after another day...

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New engine for Otter!

Date May. 16, 2005

    I (Pit) had the pleasure of riding in the new Walter Turbine Engine otter this past week. What a quick and quiet ride. You can actually speak to the person next to you on the plane! For a complete illustration...

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Lodge renovations

Date May. 14, 2005

It has been over a week since we first arrived at Aikens, but we have already accomplished a ton! We have stripped down the inside of the lodge and are in the process of rebuilding it! The dining room and...

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Walleyes off the dock!

Date May. 13, 2005

With limited time to do some fishing, we have only been able to go fishing for about an hour after supper. Luckily, we have not had to venture very far as big walleyes are roaming around our dock! The biggest...

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Meet your new staff

Date May. 06, 2005

We had a very successful staff party on Tuesday night where the returning staff got to meet the new staff! Everyone enjoyed the moose burgers that Gerry provided, and we were able to put together some bios and pictures of...

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New Guide Boats

Date May. 06, 2005

We are now able to provide for you, our valued guest, an even more comfortable day on the lake with your guide! Starting this summer, our guides will be waiting for you in their brand new 16' Lund Alaskans! The...

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New Season Begins

Date May. 05, 2005

    This morning, at exactly 11:32am, we received a phone call from Gerry over our satellite connection. He had arrived at Aikens a mere two-hours prior. He flew in with a work crew of 6 to begin the renovations to the lodge...

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