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Crow Lake Ice Classic

Muskie Bay Resort & FishingMinnesota.com present the Crow Lake Ice Classic. January 28-31, 2016.

Want a REAL winter adventure? Come join us in Nestor Falls, Ontario at Muskie Bay Resort and fish the famous waters of Lake of the Woods, Crow Lake and surrounding lakes for lake trout, crappies, perch and everything else this area has to offer.This American Plan trip leaves nobody hungry and the local guides will be bringing us to all the hot spots.

As a group we will decide what we want to do but the basic plan will be as follows:
Show up on Thursday and fish or get your gear ready. Supper will be provided. Friday and Saturday we will get up and have a quick breakfast and hit the water early. Lake Trout will be the primary target early in the day on Crow Lake or it’s surrounding lakes. Conditions will dictate how far we will be able to travel. We will come in for a hot lunch and then head to Lake of the Woods for an afternoon of Crappie fishing. At dark we will come in and have a hot supper. Saturday we will enjoy some of what we have caught and will have fish for supper. Sunday morning we will fish and then head home.

You will need a snowmobile or 4-wheeler (depending on snow/ice/slush conditions—snowmobile is preferred), a portable fish house (like a Fish Trap or similar), electronics (flasher like a Vexilar or Hummingbird), heater/propane, ice scoop, warm clothes with waterproof boots (temps can get to less than –40F and have very slushy conditions) and the following recommended fishing tackle:

Lake Trout: Clam Outdoors Dave Genz Split Handle Rods in 40” Heavy or 36“ Medium Heavy or similar, Shimano 2000 to 3000 size spinning reel, P-line FluoroIce 10#, ice rod case, #10 barrel swivels, 3/8oz tube jigs and 3”to 4“ tubes in white-ish or glow colors, blade baits like Heddon Sonars and a pliers.

Crappies/Perch: Bring your favorite ultra-light set up but also bring a lighter walleye combo as you can target the larger fish by upsizing to baits like Hali 25mm, #2 Jigging Rapalas, smaller Northland Buck-Shot Rattle Spoons, etc. Tipping baits with plastics like Little Atom or other small plastics works well.

The price for the Crow Lake Ice Classic is $450 USD. Taxes not included. To book your trip, contact Paul & Chris Trinkner at Muskie Bay Resort at 1-877-228-2076  A $100 deposit is required.

 

Deer Hunting 2015

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One more week of Trophy Deer Hunting. The weather has been warm getting a lot of nice bucks on camera. 1 nice buck shot yesterday 11 points, 245 field dressed, rough score 152. Nice Deer, super mass. Definitely a trophy Deer. We’re are excited about the next few days a even larger deer in site. 11-3-2015

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Muskie Bay Resort Ice Outing January 28-31 2016

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Muskie Bay Resort’s 

Crow Lake Ice Classic 2016

January 28-31 

Want a REAL winter adventure? Come join us in Nestor Falls, Ontario at Muskie Bay Resort and fish the famous waters of Lake of the Woods, Crow Lake and surrounding lakes for lake trout, crappies, perch and everything else this area has to offer.This American Plan trip leaves nobody hungry and the local guides will be bringing us to all the hot spots.As a group we will decide what we want to do but the basic plan will be as follows:
Show up on Thursday and fish or get your gear ready. Supper will be provided. Friday and Saturday we will get up and have a quick breakfast and hit the water early. Lake Trout will be the primary target early in the day on Crow Lake or it’s surrounding lakes. Conditions will dictate how far we will be able to travel. We will come in for a hot lunch and then head to Lake of the Woods for an afternoon of Crappie fishing. At dark we will come in and have a hot supper. Saturday we will enjoy some of what we have caught and will have fish for supper. Sunday morning we will fish and then head home.You will need a snowmobile or 4-wheeler (depending on snow/ice/slush conditions—snowmobile is preferred), a portable fish house (like a Fish Trap or similar), electronics (flasher like a Vexilar or Hummingbird), heater/propane, ice scoop, warm clothes with waterproof boots (temps can get to less than –40F and have very slushy conditions) and the following recommended fishing tackle:Lake Trout: Clam Outdoors Dave Genz Split Handle Rods in 40” Heavy or 36“ Medium Heavy or similar, Shimano 2000 to 3000 size spinning reel, P-line FluoroIce 10#, ice rod case, #10 barrel swivels, 3/8oz tube jigs and 3”to 4“ tubes in white-ish or glow colors, blade baits like Heddon Sonars and a pliers.

Crappies/Perch: Bring your favorite ultra-light set up but also bring a lighter walleye combo as you can target the larger fish by upsizing to baits like Hali 25mm, #2 Jigging Rapalas, smaller Northland Buck-Shot Rattle Spoons, etc. Tipping baits with plastics like Little Atom or other small plastics works well.

The price for the Crow Lake Ice Classic is $450 USD. Taxes not included. To book your trip, contact Paul & Chris Trinkner at Muskie Bay Resort at 1-807-484-2332. A $100 deposit is required.

Summer is still going strong

Restriction on imports from certain US States affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

 

If you’re planning a trip to Canada or Ontario’s Sunset Country this summer from the United States you need to be aware of new food restrictions currently in effect. The highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been discovered in many states in the USA. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has implemented measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources from an outbreak of the Avian Flu.

Restrictions are products from the following states: 

  • Arkansas
    • California
    • Idaho
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Minnesota
    • Missouri
    • Montana
    • North Dakota
    • Oregon
    • South Dakota
    • Washington
    • Wisconsin
    Map of US States with Avian Flu as of April 14, 2015

    Products restricted from  these states are all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, or packaged from the above states are under restriction until further notice. The last update was on April 14, 2015 and it seems like the ban may be a lengthy one

Examples of restricted items include:

  • live birds and hatching eggs
  • eggs, yolks, egg whites
  • poultry meat (other than fully cooked, canned, commercially sterile meat products)
  • raw pet foods containing poultry products
  • feathers
  • poultry manure and litter
  • laboratory material containing poultry products/by-products

 

Raw poultry and eggs are not allowed into Canada at this time

I called the National Import Service Centre to see if a person can bring in eggs from a State such as Tennessee, which is currently not on the list of affected States. Technically, if you could prove that is was bought in Tennessee and that is was not produced in one of the affected States, you could potentially bring them.

However, it is strongly suggested you don’t.

For one, the line-ups at the border are longer in the summertime and will probably be a bit longer this summer with people that don’t know or follow the new regulations. So, for everyone’s sake it’ll save time if you don’t bring any of the affected products into Canada at this time. Plus if you are coming into Ontario’s Sunset Country by car this summer, you are mostly likely going through Minnesota or North Dakota, both States with the ban on. This would increase the chance that the border official may not let you bring in the product. Ultimately, it’s up to the border crossing guard to say whether or not you can bring it in as they are enforcing directives from the CFIA and attempting to keep the food safer for everyone visiting and living in Canada.

I don’t know about you, but when I am on vacation, the last thing I would want to do is to drive back into the United States and dump the food. I’d want to just get up in Canada and go fishing! Please just buy your eggs and raw poultry in Canada this summer. (The strong US dollar gets you a great deal too!)

 

Keep the line-up at the Canadian border short by following the rules.

If you want to know the wait time at the borders into Canada, you can follow the updates on Twitter. If you are crossing into Canada at the Fort Frances, ON/International Falls, MN follow @CBSA_FFB if you are crossing into Emerson, MB/Pembina, ND, follow @CBSA_EMR

What Types of Food Can I Bring into Canada?

Visitors to Canada are required, by law, to declare all plant, animal, and food items they bring into the Country. This includes items related to plants, animals and food, or their by-products.

If you bring these products into Canada, you may go through further inspections at the point of entry (that is, border crossings, airports). Be prepared for delays if further inspection is required.

Common Food Products Allowed into Canada:

  • Dairy Products: up to 20 kgs (44 lbs). Please not that quantities in excess of $20 may be subject to HIGH duty rates.
  • Fish and Seafood: all species except pufferfish and Chinese mitten crab
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: one bag up to 4kgs (8.8 lbs) of US #1 potatoes/person in a commercial package, 15 packages or less up to 250 kgs (550 lbs) of fresh fruits and vegetables per person (excluding potatoes), restrictions on some fresh fruit and vegetables from California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
  • Frozen or Canned Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits – up to 15 frozen packages or 15 cans per person, but not more than 250 kgs (550 lbs), Vegetables – up to 20 kgs (44 lbs) of frozen vegetables per person
  • Dried Fruits and Vegetables Including Herbs: Up to 15 packages per person, but not more than 250 kgs (550 lbs)
  • Spices, Tea, Coffee: Permitted
  • Meat and Poultry Products (Jerky, sausages, deli meats and patties, fois gras): Up to 20 kgs (44 lbs)/person, packaging must have identifying marks, indicating what the product is, proof of country of origin may be required. Raw or uncooked poultry are not allowed at this time.
  • Meat and Poultry Products (Fresh, frozen and Chilled): Up to 20 kgs (44 lbs)/person, packaging must have identifying marks, indicating what the product is, proof of country of origin may be required. Raw or uncooked poultry are not allowed at this time.

 

For a complete list of which food products you can or cannot bring into Canada, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s websiteBecause pest and disease situations are constantly changing, these requirements may be adjusted at any time. Please check back often and before you leave home the United States.

Have a great trip to Canada, drive safe and enjoy your stay! Please share this article with your friends who are going to Canada this summer.

When will the ice go out??

I see everyone has cabin fever and heading to the Rainy River to do some walleye fishing. We just got home yesterday afternoon and we were surprised to see some open water on Caliper Lake and just a small amount of snow left. It always amazes me how I was driving on Whitefish Bay on April 3rd. I really think we will see some open water before May 5th. When do you think the ice will go out? Weather this next week will be in the 60’s F all week that is 15.56 C.