2018: Week 05 Archives - Wilderness North

Celebrating 30 Years of Wilderness North  –          

2018: Week 05

D'Alton Outpost

“We had a fantastic time at D’Alton last week. The base crew did a great job in making sure all our needs were met, and the fishing at D’Alton did not disappoint.

The fish location was a little different than our past trips this time of year, because of the short transition between winter and summer. We found them predominately holding in shallow backwater basins in 4 to 8 feet of water. Our two hot patterns were fishing windblown shorelines when the wind was up, and neck down areas between shallow basins when evening came.

1/16oz to 1/4oz jigs (any color) tipped with a small minnow, white twister tail, or leech were our top producers. Casting white twisters to wind blown shores produced good numbers of fish including a healthy 26 inch master angler walleye. Vertical jigging or even dead-sticking a leach or minnow straight over the side of the boat was our most productive evening presentation. We also did very well using a slip bobber with leech or minnow. Vertical jigging produced two additional 26in walleyes.

Everyone averaged 300 walleyes and at least one walleye over 25 inches.

The highlight of the trip was getting to hang out with “J” for a week. My long time buddy Dale, brought his twelve year old grandson “J” on his first trip to Canada and we all had a blast. I truly think “J” actually out fished us by catching well over 300 fish, and is now hooked on fly-in fishing. “J” also got to experience getting his new passport stamped at the border, a ride in the cockpit of the float plane, captaining a boat, and seeing a fox, bear and several moose. He also became the leader of wanting to get back on the water to catch more fish, and further bonded with his “Grandpa Jelly Belly”. All I can say is that “J” and Dale made a great team and had an experience of a lifetime fishing together. “J” learned a ton of important things from Dale about Canada, the fly-in experience, becoming a better angler, bonding with other fishermen, appreciation for the amazing outdoors, respect for nature, and many other important life lessons. Dale is a fantastic mentor!”

-Chris Clemmons

Makokibatan Lodge

“We had excellent weather, very little rain and no high winds during our stay. The fishing was just exceptional. The average walleye size continues to increase…we boated and released over two dozen walleyes over 26” in our group of 4. We primarily used 3/8 ounce jigs with a plastic tail and minnow for walleye. Spent some time pike fishing with Johnson Silver Minnows, Mepps Cyclops and Daredevles. One the highlights this year was a river trip with our guide Joe, we had a wonderful day fishing for brook trout….caught several very beautiful brookies.

Accommodations and hospitality were excellent….many thanks to Anita and her colleagues! Great trip…thanks”

-John and friends

Miminiska Lodge

Water temps are climbing at Miminiska Lodge this week with some beautifully warm days. Luckily, the nights are remaining relatively cool and reversing the warming trend during the day. The lake is sitting at 68 degrees F. Look for pike in deeper water as the temps get closer to 70F. The Narrows have been fantastic for walleye and pike. Conventional anglers using 3/8 jigs with twister tails are doing well for walleye along with the tried and true Red Devil spoons that are loved by the northerns. Bring along some Zara Spooks as well for evening and morning topwater action!

In addition, the Freestone didn’t disappoint this past week for anglers targeting brook trout on fly. Brookies aren’t shy about taking dry flies now and will smash Moorish mice, hoppers and ants! Angler Brian Porter while on assignment for The Drake Magazine didn’t know the sheer size of the brook trout photographed below (caught and released on the freestone river) until she was in the net. This giant specimen tapped out at 23.5 inches and ate a yellow articulated zoo cougar.

– Kate and Brian

The Kates Group and I had blast up at Miminiska Lodge this past week. Fishing hot spots were the walleye mine, paradise creek and the channel by shore lunch island. Pink or white jigheads with white twister tails were the on-fire lure. Fish were found in cool deep water and in moving water. Highlights of the week included Peter’s trophy catch of a 27inch walleye and an incredible view of a bull moose.

-Guide, Alex

Mojikit Channel Lodge

MojMan Bob is reporting good things from Moj this past week. Groups in were looking to target walleye, but were happy to unexpectedly reel in some monster pike in the process! Boats were returning reporting 100-fish days, caught and released on jigs. Anglers have also found success casting suspending jerkbaits. In the land of big northern pike, a few pushing 40 inches were released this week as a happy surprise while fishing for walleye. Water is warming and the pike are feeding heavily before they head to their cooler deep-water lairs. Remember, as the fronts come and go in the north, adjust your presentation tactics. Slow things down in negative conditions and don’t be afraid to target “hot” fish in positive or stable weather by power-fishing. (fish fast and use bigger presentations)
– Bob

We also received a summary of the Dodge groups fishing success and some incredible photos:

Ogoki Outpost

Dan and the boys had a great time at Ogoki Outpost. Their pictures will have to do for now, as we are waiting for the details on their epic adventure! Congrats fellas!

Striker's Point Lodge

Striker’s Point guests did magnificently in the narrows this past week releasing a few master angler pike over the 40” mark. The water temps have been perfect on Whitewater Lake hovering in the 64-67F mark. Pike will be strapping on the feedbag in anticipation for the warmer dog days of summer where they will eventually go deeper to maintain that optimal temperature. Watch the weather when you’re on Whitewater Lake and adjust your presentations to the pressure. For example, slow down your offerings in negative or low-pressure events.


Whitewater Lodge

The Rader group had big numbers of big fish on their… wait for it… Radars!!! Whitewater lake continues to produce fantastic numbers of both big walleye and northern pike. On the northern pike side, the group released 3 master angler fish (40”, 41” and a 43”) as well as a beefy 38” northern. They kept count of their fish this past week and released all 339 pike. On the walleye side, their release numbers were well over a thousand fish with the big one of the week tapping out at 26”. Needless to say, they left camp a very happy group!

Zig Zag Outpost

Hot news right out of Zig Zag from the Colvin Group:

Day 2 Update: Just wanted to tell you how great everything at Zig Zag is. The new boats and electric start motors are awesome 😎. Also really appreciate all the work done on the new dock and the cabin. It’s the best it’s ever been.

Fishing has been outstanding. It’s not even halfway through our 2nd full day and we have literally caught 200 fish. I got a 36” and a 30” pike last night in two successive casts. Walleye are plentiful – hard to catch eaters (a nice problem to have).

Day 4 Update: Had another really good day Tuesday. My son and grandson hiked up to the upper portage on Monday and literally caught ~150 walleye in about two hours. We were skeptical. The three of us old guys hiked up yesterday and the fishing was out of this world! I personally threw out about 75-80 times and got hit about 70 times, landing around 65 walleye. I had a run of over 20 landed fish in a row. Chuck and Glenn had similar success.

In the morning, we jigged with worms and used crankbaits. Glenn and I caught over 25 fish, mostly walleye with a few >20” pike sprinkled in. Most of the walleye were over 18”. We kept 4 for eaters between 14-17”

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