After a long.. and I mean Looooong winter we finally lost our ice around
the opener (May 9th). Water levels started high with periods of rain on and off for weeks.
As of today the water levels remain higher than normal. The high water has only
impacted our ability to get in out of the boathouse with 2 inches of water covering the concrete.
Overall I would guess to say the water level is a foot above normal averages for this
time of the year.
Spring projects for us was completion of our shop for boat repairs, boat renovations and several cabin upgrades.
One long overdue project was expanding /upgrading our fish house. One group of fisherman from Dubuque Iowa ( Tommy Ball Crew)
that have been coming Up for 17 years have requested a larger fish cleaning house for several years and
we were excited to surprise them when they showed up the first weekend of June. The new fish house is
Walleye fishing started slow for the opener, but picked up by the first week of June. We have
not seen Mayflies so far but several bug hatches with the high amounts of rain. Mosquitos have been
rough right at dark…definitely have to wear your bug spray if going out in the evening. Walleyes are now taking crawlers and leaches
in the their normal summer locations ( weed edges sand bars). Best bait still remains a
single lindy rig (number 6 red hook) and half a crawler. Bass fishing has been excellent since
Memorial weekend. Both largemouth and smallmouth still are hot. Best baits are tube jigs and the old
standard Sinko..in Pearl Color. Fisherman reporting seeing large schools of perch so perch colored lures are doing
Northern Pike fishing has been excellent this year with several 40 inch class fish taken. Dave Olson and friends from Minneapolis caught
several large pike Memorial weekend including a beautiful 41 incher. With the late ice out fishing in shallow water remained excellent from
about May 23- until the middle of the first week of June. Smallmouth bass have finished spawning with water temps now into
The mid 60s. Both smallmouth and largemouth fishing was excellent last week. Three different groups of fisherman from Indy(Roy and
Crew, Cain , and Neese family) All reported fantastic Bass fishing for both Smallmouth and Largemouth. Most of the fish taking tube jigs
spinner baits and Sinkos.
Last Monday morning we had a special guest stop by the resort….Al Linder (Angler’ s Edge and In Fisherman) stop in for Breakfast with
one of the local guides Bill Rosner. Bill was shooting a show with Al on the Vermilion River. It was an honor to meet him giving what
he has contributed to the sport of fishing over the years. His personality is just what you see on the TV shows… very open, friendly and
willing to share his knowledge with anyone that walks up to ask him a question. Everyone here really appreciated the opportunity to meet
and talk with him.
On a sad note we lost a very close friend this past week…Steve Eisentrager from Blane Mn, . Steve and his wife Mary have been guests
at the resort since 2007. Steve died last Friday after a battle with A rare form of cancer. We have had the pleasure getting to know Steve
and Mary very well over the last several years. Following his retirement a few years back he asked me if we could use help in
the spring to get open and again in fall during our larger events like the Walleye School and Musky outing. For the next years
they would come up for up a month at a time to help with whatever we needed. Both Steve and Mary are great people and they
really fit in great here at the resort. Steve always had a great sense of humor and was always willing to help anyone that needed
Next blog update ..will be come much quicker….. Ed