While it is true that our busiest time is in June, the early July fishing – considering the unusual weather – has been basically pretty good for our remote cabin anglers.
At Arril Lake, Jimmy Oliver’s party of three from Indiana, caught some nice 20-22 inch walleyes and a few northern. Nothing Master Angler size, but good solid numbers of fish. Fishing was very consistent when you fish slowly and fish deep. Bright coloured jigs with large profile tails or Gulp work the best.
From Illinois, the Dermanuelian party headed out to Dawn Lake and they are experienced walleye anglers. They got into large numbers of walleye with some 24’s and 25’s but claimed no master anglers. They caught some feisty pike, but that 40-inch master angler big girl was not among them.
Musgrave Lake provided the Plennes party from Wisconsin with some nice size pike and quite a few fat and juicy walleyes but they had trouble finding and getting the over 40-inch monster in the boat. Weather may have played a major role in the slowdown. The guys did not spend as much time on the water reeling in the fish as they had hoped for since big winds and hard weather conditions were part of their trip.
The JAchten Party from Kansas were at Moose Crossing/Mojikit Channel up on the Ogoki Reservoir. These guys were new to Canadian fishing and they turned in good results after Boyce, our Mojikit Channel manager put them on some fishing hot spots. They definitely had their first year learning curve to deal with, however, they got a few 38-inch pike and some 22-inch walleye to give them the “Canadian fishing bug.” Overall, they had good times and good fishing and are ready to plan their next trip.
In reviewing our Master Angler 2009 records we currently have 59 walleye in the record books and 30 pike. We have placed the Master Angler list on our website for you.
…Joe Pichey, Outdoor Specialist