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Why aren’t you here?

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

great start and only about 270 more days to go! 

See you on the hard water

Paul Trinkner

Muskie Bay Resort



New Fishing Regulations for 2018

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.

No changes for the other species. Here is a link to the 2018 rules for our area…/fishi…/2018/2018-fmz-5-english.pdf

If you have any questions give me a call at 1-877-228-2076 or my cell at 1-608-469-3644

Paul Trinkner

Muskie Bay Resort


Ice Fishing has begun.



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.

Happy New Year to everyone!!

Lets fish hard water.

Paul Trinkner

Muskie Bay Resort





Yes! 11-22-17 and we are ice fishing on Lake of the Woods.

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.


I Can’t believe I am saying this.

But I will see you soon on the hard water

Paul Trinkner

Muskie Bay Resort



The end of Deer Hunting 2017.

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!!


Snow! Snow and more Snow!

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.

Looking forward to our next group of hunters.

Your guide

Paul Trinkner






First Fall Frost

Had our first frost of the fall on Friday. As most fishermen (especially muskie fishermen) know, the fish activity usually starts to increase after the first heavy frost of the season. Still going to be LOTS of season left the way it looks as our temps aren’t going to cool down much anytime soon. We are open year round so come on up and hunt or fish! Here’s the weather forecast

Open All Year ” We leave the lights on for you.”

Well, many resorts are closing for the season. Not Muskie Bay Resort, we are open all year. So, don’t hesitate to make a reservation for a fall muskie, crappie or walleye trip. Because everything closes up so early this time of year, we have everything you will need or forgot.

We also still have openings for a all inclusive deer hunt, or a hunt on your own. Seeing a lot of chickens this year, which is always fun to add to your deer hunt.

Here’s a little secret! Fish are starting to migrate to their winter locations and are on a feeding binge right now. If you plan on fishing at Muskie Bay Resort this winter on your own, a great tip would be to head up there in the next couple weeks and bring a portable GPS unit to mark your spots. Chances are the hotspots now will be the hotspots in the first part of the ice season.

See you on the water Paul Trinkner