The weather is warm and the fish are biting. As those guests who have stayed with us in the past few weeks know, the fishing has been great! The numbers are not quite like the walleye bite of May or the Northern feeding frenzy in September, none-the-less you will read about big walleye in the Striker’s Point report below and the trophy northern pike at Miminiska Lodge in next week’s newsletter.
This past week we have found the pike are out feeding off new growth, in deeper holes, near the weed beds. Unlike the pike, the walleye have left their warm spring hideouts and are now established in the cooler deeper waters of their summer homes. Although the humps, sunken islands, sand bars, and under water structures may wreak havoc on your equipment, the reward of a beautiful catch is well worth it – what’s fishing without a bit of a game of hide and seek? Other sweet spots for walleye include steep drops and transitions from gravel or rocky to sandy muddy bottoms.
This coming week a few soldiers, with Project Healing Waters, will join us again….this time at Striker’s Point. We are looking forward to welcoming the soldiers to Thunder Bay and here at Wilderness North. The mission of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is to assist in the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans. This year’s “Healing on Ogoki” starts Tuesday afternoon, July 24th, I will be sharing some of their stories with you in the weeks to come.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. was established in 2005 by retired Navy Captain Ed Nicholson at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. His passion for the water and combined with partnerships between the Federation of Fly Fishers and the National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited have allowed the program to grow. Today this program helps facilitate the rehabilitation of veterans from across the United States and, as of 2008, Canada.
We are proud of our involvement with PHW and are pleased to be able to open our doors to these fallen heroes for the fourth year….and grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a beneficial program. I would like to personally thank all of our guests and community partners who have so generously contributed to Project Healing Waters and helped ensure this event continues to be successful. If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile cause, send me an email.
As always its great to hear from you,