Just last week we were wondering if the water or air temperatures would ever warm up. They did! A little bit. However, the day-to-day weather has been quite fickle. In fact last Saturday all of our flights were grounded due to heavy snow squalls and freezing temperatures. To be fair, we’ve had a sprinkling of warmer days, but the evenings have dropped below 0 *c while daytime warming has pushed the water temps up enough to get the fish moving.
And move they have! Especially at big Whitewater Lake in the heart of the Wabakimi Provincial Park. We have two destinations on the lake, and since last week, 15 trophy pike over 40 inches have been tabulated – most from the western areas of the lake – near the in-flow from the Ogoki River right near our Whitewater Lake Housekeeping Camp.
However, the biggest pike of the young season has NOT come from this big lake, but from our Arril Lake, where Williamsburg, Michigan’s Bill hooked up with a 45″ senior citizen pike; missing a few teeth, but no slacker when it came to the fight. You can hear more about the historic catch in an interview with Bill.
Bonus Fishing at Base Camp. Our pilot, Fred White, likes to put it this way, “When the little green spring leaves of the aspen trees are about the size of your thumb, the lake trout are running shallow.” Well Fred’s right. Our Armstrong area base camp, on Waweig Lake coughed up 24 lake trout Sunday night to the Null party of Missouri and that was before their flight into D’Alton Lake on Monday morning. So when you get to camp in the next week or so, we’ll set you up for some trout fishing for these big and oh so tasty lakers.
Ogoki Lake, a forty-five minute, 100-mile flight east of our base camp, is really producing walleye. In fact Bruce has returned to the lake for his eleventh trip and finds the lake a little bit “new” with each visit. His interview is ready, so listen in here. Bruce brought along a guest from Ireland, John from Galloway County, who chats about his great first time experience catching and consuming walleye – the luck of Irish if you will – Click to listen in on this interview.
Anglers returning from Opichuan, ZigZag, and D’Alton registered master walleye this week as well, for a total of 6 twenty-six inch plus walleye in the record books. As for the pike we now have 19 – forty inches or longer – in the 2009 record books. Click here to request your own copy of the Master Angler list for 2009.
Talk to you next week – and as always feel free to drop me an e-mail here or contact me by phone at 888-465-3474.