We will start putting a few things away as we approach, yes the winter season. We will start scouting for the 2018 hunt and look forward to seeing snow and think ice fishing. Difficult to believe how winter comes up so fast here in Nestor Falls. One day 86 the next 44 and sleet. We love the diversity.
The weather went from 86 to 44 in one week, sunny days to rain and talking about snow.
We had 13 guys in for the week and did well from Lake Trout, Bass, Pike and Walleye. They fished almost every lake in the area. South Narrows, Girard, Jesse, Cedar Tree, Whitefish Bay and Stevens Bay both on Lake of the Woods and a course Crow Lake. The guys were from Virginia, Florida, New York, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. The enjoy the variety of experience and adventure each lake provides. And these aren’t young guys most are retired in there late 60’s or early 70’s. They inspired me to think I too can still hike, climb and fish and get back up and do it again when I get older. So, when I start complaining, I think about them and how they never complained and enjoyed their stay. Until next year thank you for coming.
Some of the best reasons you should stay at Muskie Bay Resort is we are in the middle of fishing heaven. You can go out to Rowan, Caviar, Whitefish Bay, Sabaskong… This past week we had groups going in different directions. Catching Lake Trout, Pike, Walleye, Perch and Crappie. It was a good time for all, the weather was great. The ice is about 20 inches as an average depth and with the warmer weather we have experienced some slush. Things are tighting back up with the cooler temps at night. There is enough snow to get the back lakes. And you can drive down your vehicles and trailers down to Stevens and Whitefish Bay, we have them plowed. Remember you need a key for Stevens Bay.
Why aren’t you here? The fish are MOVING!!! For opening day we had one group chasing Trout and landed 12 and missed another 5. Their largest was a 34″er. Another group Trout fishing needs a little coaching. They ended up with a 42″ and a 45″ Muskie on back to back drops! They were released immediately to make sure no slime, fins or gills got frozen. Gotta take care of these big girls so they get even bigger! Had one other guy bring 3 Lakers through the hole. Remember the new regs on Lakers with only 1 per day and 2 in possession. The Lake Trout season is off to a
There are some important new fishing laws you should be aware of when you are in the Nestor Falls area:
Lake Trout: Standard Licence – 1 in one day, possession
limit of 2, not more than 1 greater than
65 cm (25.6 in.) and Conservation Licence – 1, any size. Live bait is prohibited on Whitefish Bay and only barbless, single hooks are allowed.
Walleye: Standard Licence is 2 per day with a possession limit of 4 and Conservation Licence is 2 total. Walleye and Sauger are considered the same and only 1 greater than
46 cm (18.1 in.) is allowed.
Lake Trout has been open one day and everyone is catching fish but being tight-lipped so we will have to give it a couple of days for them to loosen up! Crappies: best bite is in the low-light periods in the morning and evening. Schools are scattered so it is best to move around a lot to find them and stay on them. Couple good year classes showing up so you will get a variety of sizes. Walleyes: best bite is just as it starts to get dark. As usual for up here, the best plan is to trout fish in the morning into early afternoon and then head over and chase crappies and walleyes in the evening.
It isi ice fishing time 6 1/2 inches on Stephens Bay Lake of the Woods. There is a light snow covering no problem with four wheelers of snowmobiles. Those of you that have used my landing on Lake of the Woods there is now a gate and you must have key. There is no turnaround once you get down by the gate.
Two good ones at the end of the 2017 deer hunt season. It was the coldest hunt that I could ever remember.
If you are going to come half way across the continent and freeze your butt off you might as well shoot a really big, fat whitetail! That is exactly what these boys from the state of Virginia did. If this ‘fat boy’ (and all the deer in our area are like this) is any indication, we are in for a ‘real’ winter. When they pack on the pounds like this, Mother Nature has told them to get ready because a hard winter is coming. This bodes really well for our ice fishermen and women!
That’s a wrap! After our coldest last week of the hunt in 18 years.
Thank you, all of you for coming and making it a memorable hunting season.
Happy Holidays to all of you and your families. Now on to Ice fishing!!
Last week Thursday we had our first major snow storm. The wind, ice and snow knocked out the electricity in the area for about a week for some people. It was nice to know that we were prepared to weather out the storm. It didn’t stop us from deer hunting. Here are a few more photos of deer caught on camera.