It was our pleasure to welcome the Wellenreiter family of Stoney Creek, to Makokibatan Lodge this past week. When you added up all the brothers, sisters, cousins, parents, and grandparents it was a great family reunion of TEN. This remarkable family was guided everyday by four of our First Nation guides: Eli Baxter, Joe and Andrew Missewace, and Isaac Nate. Many nice Walleye and Pike were caught while the group enjoyed our beautiful weather on the lake and down river. They also booked a day trip to Fort Hope, a fifteen minute flight from here – for sight seeing and first hand exposure to the Ojibway culture. In addition to angling, there were also some yard games, a kayak race, a scavenger hunt for the kids, and on the last night a Makok staff vs. the Wellenreiter family tug of war … the game ended with the Makok staff squeezing out the victory. Okay now – back in the boats.
There were two other groups at the lodge. The Blocks, a husband and wife team from Minnesota were guided for two days by Isaac Nate on two river trips catching plenty of Walleye and a couple of nice Brookies. The Voepel group, five good friends from Michgan found some very productive Walleye fishing off sand point and in “Walleye Alley.” Mike from Ann Arbor, Michigan landed the biggest Pike of the year; a monster 47-inch on a Hot “n” Tot crank bait. (See photo on the left.) Congrats, Mike, for using the cradle to land the fish and release her alive. You truly are a Master Angler!