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Walleye Update - things are heating up!

Date
Jun. 03, 2008

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Bob Matthews with the first trophy walleye of 2008  Sam Guertin with 33″ laker  Tuck and his monster pike Well we have just gone through one of the busiest openings in recent memory! The first week was full of great weather, big smiles, and big pike! We had people in every single cabin and Big Molly's bar was a lively evening hotspot. The lake trout action was and continues to be fast and furious after ice-out and should continue in more structured patterns well into August when they begin their pre-spawn migrations. The Northern Pike fishing has been hot right from the "getgo" with lots of very large fish and several Manitoba Master Angler trophies being recorded. The end of post spawn corresponded well with the arrival of our first guests. As good as the pike fishing was in May, it will only intensify until the end of June, beginning of July when the larger fish of 34 inches to 50 plus inches ( all females) will head for open water and suspend around the thermocline 30 t0 35 feet deep. They will only feed sporadically on larger baitfish such as ciscoes and whitefish and the occasional walleye lost or stranded in the WaterWolf's deadly environment and then will return to the cold of the thermocline to slowly digest their "daily catch" The trophy pike fishing will return with vengeance to shallower waters in late August and September as the lake begins to turn over with shorter days and cooler nights. June has finally arrived. The recent emergence of leaves has changed the view and the shorelines. Real heat in the 15 to 25 degree C ( 60 to 75F ) and sustained sunny days has slowly awakened the walleye fishery. After a very late spawn and a sluggishly slow post-spawn period, shorelunch plates are again generously graced with scrumptious walleye. The numbers of slot size fish and Master size fish are beginning to swell. These aggressive feeding patterns in shallow and fast moving waters will now continue until the summer peak migration occurs at the end of June, early July. The walleyes will have staged in class years by then and will be taking their act to the deeper reefs and structure where they will predictably come to feed every day until "turnover". Sam Guertin and his self-guided trophy ‘eye Double-header for the Whites A fine Back Bay beauty! Things started quickly for week #2, as the first trophy walleye was caught by Bob Matthews of Arizona. He was trolling a Bomber Long-A by Compost Island (in the Back Bay close to the dock), and the 28" hit just as the sun was going down. A 2nd trophy walleye was caught the next day by 14-year old phenom Sam Guertin while fishing with his friends at the Fastwaters. He expertly piloted their boat during the entire 3 day trip. In fact, the only thing that could top the fishing during the large father/son trip was the excitement of the nightly "soccer" games on the trampoline! Since these two trophies, we have steadily seen an increase in the walleye fishing. With temps getting to 60 degrees in the Back Bay and Stange, we expect that the walleyes are now done with their recovery stage and are now getting geared up for a voracious regeneration of their tired bodies! The dock bite, which has been very slow up to now, is ratcheting up with many slot walleyes caught every night. The old classic Honeyhole has also come back to life and produces big walleyes daily. Yesterday, despite a hot and calm afternoon where most of the fishermen ended up working on their tans, Points guided Steve and Brad White to an afternoon full of Back Bay spinner-rigging which produced over 15 slot walleyes! Things are back on track and we hope you will have the chance to come and experience it soon!

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