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Cabin Fever -Ode to Crow Lake

As winter seems to want to hang around a bit longer, I have to say I am starting to get cabin fever. If you are experiencing cabin fever it is time to get out of this slump. You need to start thinking about that vacation and make a reservation so that you have something to look forward to.

I am 51 years old and originally from Wisconsin, my family every year went on vacation to Canada. It was something I really looked forward to every year and I thought about all year. As the time came near I could only imagine the many lakes we would fish, the campfire we would have every night, cooking outdoors, the smell that only Canada seems to have, family time, board games, catching fire flies, catching frogs, staying up way after my bedtime and the experiences we would have as a family. I didn’t need anything to entertain me, I had the outdoors to amuse me and those memories still remain with me. Those memories stayed with me enough that I purchased a resort in Canada with my husband and my family. We have been here for 14 years and I now look forward to seeing you with your family and sharing my experiences with you. We now have 7 grandchildren that spend their summers at Muskie Bay Resort and I have to say that I love that they look forward to all the things I did as a kid on vacation in Canada.

Canada is still a remote, secluded, affordable and safe place to take your family. But it isn’t all about family,Paul this time of year, when he can’t get out to fish or work on his outside projects. Paul, looks at what he can purchase to catch that trophy fish that only Canada still seems to possess. He goes on line and dreams of the latest newest equipment and looks forward to open water. For Paul Canada is about the challenge and the endless hours of fishing.

Ode to Crow Lake was a poem written by Peter Albright. Peter Albright is a previous owner of Muskie Bay Camp. I love the poem and wanted to share with you what I have a hard time putting into words; Peter found and wrote them in a poem.

Ode to Crow Lake
By Peter Albright
There is a lake – with countless islands that are nameless.
And the inlets and bays all run heaven knows where;
Where shiner minnows and chubs dart through the beaver dams,
And Northern, Bass and Muskie spawn.
There is a lake-with forests unspoiled and still,
Where the blue waters are so cold and deep
sparkling in the sunlight so clear and clean;
Where schools of lake trout challenge a fisherman’s skill.
Just drifting or trolling with thoughts all his own,
With crows breaking the silence with loud raucous calls.
There is a lake-where graceful gulls wing their endless flights;
Screeching and squabbling over discarded delights,
While the fisherman enjoys his tasty shore lunch;
Stretches his legs with hat over his eyes or picks enough blueberries for a couple of pies,
With blazing sunsets you wouldn’t believe
And the loon’s lonesome call breaks the stillness of eve.
There is a lake-Oh! How it beckons and calls;
I want to go back to Crow Lake-
And I will.

So, get out of that slump and give us a call to make your reservation. Muskie Bay Resort Po Box 83 Nestor Falls, ON Canada. Paul and Christine Trinkner owners and operators

Use your 4 wheeler or snow machine to get your favorite hot spot.

All of us up here in Nestor Falls, have plenty of ice and you can use your 4-wheeler or snow machine. You can fish pike, walleye, crappies, whitefish or lake trout.

Fish LOTW, Whitefish Bay or Crow Lake. I will be going out fishing here in a bit and I will write a fishing report this evening. See you on the ice

Nestor Falls, Canada
Crow Lake, Whitefish Bay, Lake of the Woods
Call Toll FREE: 877-228-2076
Paul Trinkner

Still Ice fishing 3-23-2013

We are in still in full icefishing mode. This season has been difficult with cold and warm fronts coming in continuously, with slush one day and great ice the next. Many trophy fish have been caught, there has not been a rhyme or a reason for the big fish being caught. I have used glow tubes, pink pearl pepper tubes, Vibrato, etc. I have fished shallow as 10 ft to 70 ft and have got fish or not. But if you love fishing as much as I do, you are out for the challenge and the adventure of catching a monster fish or perhaps dinner. I believe you can’t catch fish sitting on the couch, so the more holes you drill and the more time you put in is the answer to catching fish. You can’t tell my grandson Devin that, I have taken him out 3 times this winter and within minutes he has caught a fish, and not just a fish a few monster fish. I am afraid to taken him out sometimes that he will be disappointed in my abilities to find him fish. So, we are not all  7, we realize that it is just fishing. So, if you are looking for a challenge and perhaps an adventure, I hope you get a chance to still see me on the ice.

Crow Lake, Whitefish Bay, Lake of the Woods, Rowan Lake, Caviar,

March 2013 Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is still going strong, we have about 3 more weeks of ice fishing left.  We have had an abundant amount of snow and ice this year, which we needed because of the water being so low this past year. It has been an amazing ice fishing season with some of the largest trout, pike, bass and muskie caught.

Bob 3-7-2013
Trout 2013 002
Kevin 3-7-2013
Devin's 45 inch muskie Jan 1st, 2013.
Devin’s 45 inch muskie Jan 1st, 2013.

January 20, 2013 Ice conditions.

Well, this past weekend has been cold. The cold weather has froze everything up and the conditions for traveling across the ice are great. Getting back into Rowan and some of the portage lakes are good we have enough snow to travel across the portages. I still think snowmobiles work the best but some have brought 4-wheelers and are getting around. I suggest if you have chains for your 4-wheeler bring them with. We caught a few crappies but they were smaller this week than last weeks catch. We are excited about this upcoming weekend it is our annual Thorne Bros. ice fishing extravaganza. If you still want to get in on it we still have opening. I am heading out right now to do some prefishing/scouting before the outting. Give us a call.

And I will see you on the ice.

Nestor Falls, Canada
Crow Lake, Whitefish Bay, Lake of the Woods
Call Toll FREE: 877-228-2076
Paul Trinkner

Come on up the water is hard!!

Well the ice fishing season has officially started. It has started with a bang with my grandson Devin fishing for lake trout and what a surprise for him and myself when he pulled out a 45 inch muskie and then right after the muskie he caught a 26 inch lake trout. Devin caught his muskie

It isn’t all about lake trout or even muskie, Donny caught this 44 inch pike. Donny has been coming up to Muskie Bay Resort for the past 13 years and he has this awesome ability to catch fish.

So, come on up the water is hard !!

Devin’s 45 inch muskie Jan 1st, 2013.

Donny’s 44 inch Pike Jan 2, 2013.

Many Seasons!!

We experience many seasons at Muskie Bay Resort and I enjoy them all. I prepare myself and look forward to getting ready for each. Getting out my favorite rods and reel for each species of fish.

Ice fishing is on its way, we are currently watching ice being made. I am preparing my snowmobiles and ice fishing equipment getting out my Hummingbird, Vexilar and the Strike Master. I am looking forward to purchasing the new Honda powered Strike Master this year.

When the ice melts and spring is on its way I look forward to the song of the Loons and frogs. I love the smell of the trees ,the fresh smell of rain, the warm summer sun, open water and the endless possibility of catching trophy fish.

As each season arrives, I look forward to hunting season the most. It has its rewards, as we approach fall I prepare for the hunt. I schedule myself many hours of scouting in the secluded remote bush. This year we have added trail cameras to our arsenal. It was exciting to catch monster bucks on the camera and then with in a week we harvested that buck.  Our hunting season was a lot of fun with many trophy deer.

Now that the election is finally over we can look forward to the economy to get better and the uncertainty has been lifted. We can start planning for our entitled vacation with still keeping things on a budget.  A trip to Canada is still an affordable vacation with seclusion, beauty, shore lunch, bonfires, star gazing, sport activity, family vacation.

As we approach the holidays I reflect on what I am thankful for. I wish to express my thanks to my guests and my family for a wonderful year. I have been so blessed with the chance to be able to serve those that come to Muskie Bay Resort.  This is my wife Chris and my 14th year of running Muskie Bay Resort and we look forward to many more.

Thorne Bros. Annual Portable Modification Event

  1. THIS SATURDAY: Thorne Bros. Annual Portable Modification Event will be running from 9:00-5:00!! EVERYTHING IN THE STORE WILL BE ON SALE!!!! This is your chance to see the new ice fishing product for 2012-2103, as well as save a bunch of $!!!
    I will be there!  Come and see me this Saturday, at Thorne Bros. I will be giving away a free trip to the annual Thorne Bros. ice fishing outing on January 24-27 2013 at Muskie Bay Resort.

Set A Date For The Thorne Bros. Outting

Thorne Bros Annual

Ice Fishing Outing

Jan 24-27, 2013

Muskie Bay Resort, Nestor Falls, Ontario, Canada

     This has become an annual trip for us at Thorne Bros and we look forward to it         every year.  Paul, Chris, Jake and Ashley Trinkner and their staff do a great  job taking care of us.  This is an American Plan trip and we will have local guides bringing us to 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, we will get up and have a quick breakfast of donuts and/or rolls and hit the water early.  Lake Trout will be the primary target early in the day on Crow Lake and its surrounding lakes.  Conditions will dictate how far we will be able to travel.  We will come in for a hot lunch of sandwiches and/or soup 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’ll do the same, but that night we will have a dinner of Crappies and Lake Trout.  Sunday morning we’ll fish and then head home.

You will need a snowmobile or 4-wheeler (depending on snow/ice/slush conditions—snowmobile is usually preferred), a portable fish house (like a Fish Trap or similar), a flasher (Vexilar/Marcum/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:    Thorne Bros 42” Professional Plus, Shimano 2500 to 4000 size spinning reel, P-line FluoroIce in 8# or 10#, ice rod case, #10 barrel swivels, 3/8oz tube jigs and 3”tubes in white-ish or glow colors, Sebile Vibratos, River2Sea Glassie and Deeper Vibes and a pliers.

Crappies:       Thorne Bros Panfish Sweetheart Plus, Tica SS500 spinning reel, 3#   P-line FluoroIce, ice rod case, Lindy #10 Fat Boys and #10 Genz/Ice Worms, Hali 25mm, Little Atom or other small plastics, #2 Jigging Rapala and a forceps.

The price for the Ice Outing is $400 USD.  Taxes not included.  To book your trip, contact Paul, Chris or Jake Trinkner at Muskie Bay Resort at 1-877-228-2076.  A $100 deposit is required.  For any other questions, contact Brett Erickson at Thorne Bros, 763-572-3782 or or check out our message board at

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