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D’Alton Does it Again!

Our group of six friends had an opportunity to visit D’Alton the 2nd week of June and the fishing did not disappoint.  D’Alton walleye numbers and size continue to be very strong, with our group catching and releasing 207 walleyes over 20 inches, including 5 Master Anglers (walleye over 26 inches).

Dan Solecki led the charge with two beefy master walleyes measuring 29.5 and 26-inches, followed by my 28.5 inch, Michael Downey’s 28-inch and Tom Kaltenecker’s 26-inch.  Wayne Senneke and Frank Kaltenecker get the oh-so-close award with a couple of walleye just shy of 26-inches.

We also caught respectable numbers of northern pike mixed in for the fun of it, with several feisty critters measuring in the 30-inch range.

The walleyes were in transition the week we visited D’Alton.  We found concentrations of fish, including trophies, adjacent to areas of flow the first couple days, then they moved out and we followed them on their journey which took us anywhere from a half mile to three miles from where we had originally caught them.  Large pods of fish spent the remainder of the week holding in neck-down areas which we determined were their pre-summer holding areas.  Drift jigging with ¼ oz orange jigs tipped with a small to medium size minnow or half a crawler in 5 to 10 feet of water produced good numbers, while the majority of our larger walleyes were caught on slip-bobbers and jumbo leeches that the Silver Minnow Bait Shop, supplies Wilderness North.  We also had some short bursts of action on windblown island faces near the neck-down areas, where we’d cast ¼ oz jigs with four-inch white twister tails towards the shallow rocks.

By publication of this report, many of the walleyes will have probably moved out to main lake points, islands and reefs for the summer.  Look for them deep (15 – 20 FOW) during the day under calm conditions, and shallower during windy or low light conditions (5 – 10 FOW).

I’d also like to give a shout out to my buddy Dan and much credit for an assist in landing my 28.5-inch Master Angler walleye.  I was busy trying to free myself from my rain jacket when a fish took my leech and slip-bobber under.  After setting the hook, I handed the rod to Dan to reel in the fish while I continued to free myself from my rain jacket imprisonment.  However, after a short time fighting the fish Dan realized what was possibly on the other end and said “Ah, I think you might want to take this one, it feels like the Master Angler walleye you’ve been waiting for all week.”  Then he graciously passed the rod back to me to finish landing my largest walleye of the trip.  After a couple of quick photos and releasing the big walleye back to her home, we had a good laugh, and agreed we both deserved credit for that fish.  Meanwhile, in a boat less than fifty yards away, Wayne and Michael were busy landing Michael’s 28-inch walleye, which hit his leech and slip-bobber rig at virtually the same time.  It was a great morning!

The most memorable event of the trip was when we came upon a cow moose with her calf swimming across the lake and, from a respectable distance, were able to capture video of them climbing out of the water and onto shore.  It was an incredible display of mother nature at her best! If you would like to see the footage, please go to Wilderness North’s Facebook page or mine, or send me an email and I’ll share the video with you.

It was another awesome trip.  The great thing about Wilderness North’s camps is there’s always excellent fishing and you’ll always have the added story or two that will stay with you until your next adventure to one of their lakes.

Hope you enjoyed this fishing report and good luck on your adventure north this summer!

Two Personal Bests at Miminiska Lodge!

Without a doubt this was the best experience that I have ever had on a fishing trip to Canada. I have been going to Canada for over 25 years to fish but this trip was the best experience I have ever had. Lynette made our trip absolutely worry free she is a fantastic planner. The staff at the lodge could not have been more accommodating, the whole experience was wonderful. The extra trip fishing for trout on the river was a great time. Mark and Joe were so helpful! I have been in contact with some of my fishing buddies and they are excited to see what all the good news I have explained to them. As soon as we can all get together I am sure we will be booking another trip with you. Thanks again for a great time! See you on the water!!!!!

Jim Farley

Jim and his beautiful brook trout!

Brook Trout Paradise

I’ve fished all over the world – from minnows to great whites, I’ve been lucky enough to catch most of the world’s sport fish species.

The brook trout experience offered by Wilderness North is right up there with the best trips I’ve experienced. Genuine wild fish from remote, wild places – this stuff is the real deal. And all on the fly too! I simply adore fly fishing for brook trout and Wilderness North have added value by combining float planes and canoes that allow you to penetrate remote habitats containing virgin fish. The guiding I enjoyed was first rate too – all in all a five star experience for fly fishing junkies!

~Matt H~

First Timers Success at Zig Zag

Krista and Alan: Our group’s experience at the Zig Zag lake Outpost during the last week of July was an Outstanding adventure…from the wildlife viewing to the tremendous fishing we encountered.

 

Fishing Hot-Spots:

1)      The South end of Crescent lake has a large weed bed. We typically would cast in this area and it produced many pike.

2)      Halfway from the Cabin to the South end of Crescent lake is a small creek on the Western shore. This creek flows out of a small lake that has very clear water. We found trolling about 75 yards out from the creek mouth (into Crescent), and 200 yards in either the North/South direction was very productive for Pike and Walleye. (Note: You can navigate into the small clear lake if you’re careful. It holds a lot of small pike)

3)      Slightly North East of the cabin at the mouth of the Jackfish River is a small Island. It has a steep shelf running away from it for most of its circumference. We caught several walleye and pike in this location while trolling theses shelves.

4)      About ¾ of a mile North West of the cabin on Zig Zag lake there is a large weed bed. We caught several pike there, with some in the 38-42 inch range.

5)      At the far North of Zig Zag lake is a large set of rapids that flow into Zig Zag from Moule lake. We did not catch many fish here, and these rapids are essentially impassable with the boats we had.

But there is a portage to an inlet with a view of a second set of rapids farther North, and then a trail along the Western shore that follows that small inlet and then leads to that second set of rapids. This is a ‘hike’, but we went there one afternoon and found some ‘holes’ on the lee side of the rapids that produced walleye on every cast (with jigs).

The most productive bait/lures that we used were as follows:

–          Casting for Pike: Red and White Daredevils with a copper back.

–          Trolling for Pike: Red and White Daredevils with a copper back.

–          Trolling for Walleye: Hot-N-Tots (Typically the Blue/Green/Yellow Bottom), and, the same Red and Whites used on Pike caught several walleye.

–          Jigging for Walleye: Pink Jig Head with a white twister tail, with a piece of worm or leech on the hook.

Note: Our group caught several hundred fish and released all but what we kept for shore lunches ‘unharmed’ back into the water. I attribute this to ‘pinching down’ the barb on all of the lures/hooks that we used.

Thanks for a great trip!

Mark & Group

Fly In fishing trophy walleye full service lodge Makokibatan

Walleyes Abound!

My thanks to Wilderness North and Makokibatan Lodge staff for a great week of fishing and on June 15th my personal best 30″ walleye. My cooler buddy Bob and I caught around 400 of those beautiful eyes in nonstop action. I had many exciting times using a light action rod, 8 lb test and a jig and twister tail, did I tell you I caught a 30″ walleye on that rig? We also caught many northern pike while fishing for eyes which was more than enough excitement on light tackle. Again our thanks to Meryl and the staff at Makokibatan Lodge.