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Ice Out Contest

Charlie goes swimming.

Congratulations to Nicole Kazmierczak for choosing the correct date that Charlie went swimming. He broke through the ice around 12:30 PM on Wednesday, May 2nd. Thank you to the 90+ people who entered the contest this year. It was a long wait. Here’s the past Ice Out dates:

2010 – March 25th

2011 – April 15th

2012 – March 19th

2013 – May 6th

2014 – May 5th

2015 – April 11th

2016 – March 30th

2017 – April 6th

There is still a good deal of ice that needs to melt before the fishing opener this weekend. Depending on the temps this week it will be close.

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Ice Fishing

It’s been a pretty good ice fishing bite this year. It was bitter cold (-20 degrees) for a couple of weeks and then got warm (38 degrees). Pan fish, northerns and bass were all active. I fished afternoons and found a pretty good bite between 2-4 PM. Medium size shiners for northerns and waxies/spikes for pan fish. I prefer Glow type jigs with chartreuse and orange, but many other also work. My son likes gold. But my very favorite is………

Wishing you warm fingers and toes. John

 

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Wildlife and fish

Our son, Brian and his girlfriend Missy were up visiting for a couple of days. They love to take the canoe out and fish area lakes. They shared some of the wildlife photos they took while fishing, along with some of the fishing success they had.

Unaware he's being watched.

Unaware he’s being watched.

Taking a drink.

Taking a drink.

Bristling up now that he knows someone is watching.

Bristling up now that he knows someone is watching.

Great spring crappie fishing.

Great spring crappie fishing.

They came across a loon sitting on it''s nest.

They came across a loon sitting on it”s nest.

There's a big one on!

There’s a big one on!

Bringing it in.

Reeling it in.

A 27 inch walleye brings a smile to Brian's face. The fish was released.

A 27 inch walleye brings a smile to Brian’s face. The fish was released.

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Ice Fishing still going strong

Even though spring is officially here, ice fishing is still going strong. Last weekend our son Brian and John’s good friend Todd came up for some late season ice fishing.

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Ice Fishing a Success!

I apologize that it has been so long since I have blogged anything. November and December seemed to just fly by! Our oldest son, Brian was here on vacation  January 1-9. His friend Jim joined him and they had a fantastic week of ice fishing. There may not be a lot of snow up here, but the ice is in great shape. John even managed to get out for a few days to enjoy the fishing. We have had many great meals of fish this last week. Brian, who is a chef, even made us walleye for breakfast one morning! Enjoy all the photos.

Never tried ice fishing? Maybe this winter can be your first. We’d love to have you come stay with us and enjoy some ice fishing.

Jim having fun arranging the fish.

Jim having fun arranging the fish.

Tea party on the ice :)

Tea party on the ice 🙂

Walleye and crappies

Walleye and crappies

Waiting to be filleted.

Waiting to be filleted.

Nice size on the crappies.

Nice size on the crappies.

Jim's 22 inch walleye made for a great breakfast!

Jim’s 22 inch walleye made for a great breakfast!

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The best bite of the week was right at sunset.

The best bite of the week was right at sunset.

Bluegills filling up the hole in the ice.

Bluegills filling up the hole in the ice.

Jim's nice bass

Jim’s nice bass

John and Travis had great luck on Ballard!

John and Travis had great luck on Ballard!

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Smallest fish of the year

It doesn’t matter what size fish you catch, it’s the fun of being on the water with family. Grandpa Bill was all smiles with his small catch because he was enjoying time spent with his granddaughters.

 

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Searching for a Musky

 

A musky was hanging around the beach dock all last week. One night there was a fishing pole in the water at each pier slip with everyone fighting to be the first one to catch the musky. Mr. Musky eluded them all. It was a sight to see. The kids were so excited about it. they kept coming to me giving me a minute to minute report.

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Fishing in the Mist

One of our guests shared this great picture, so I thought I would post it. A picturesque day to fish.

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Fishing with John

One of our 30th Anniversary celebration activities is a night fishing with John. Names can be submitted for a raffle drawing at our weekly picnic. As John says: “I am not a guide, we will just go out for a fun night of fishing.” Depending on interest he will either go out on White Birch Lake or take his canoe to a carry in lake.

Last night John and Curtis went to a carry in lake and had great success catching walleyes. guess what’s for dinner tonight? 🙂

A successful night fishing.

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Crappies are biting

John and our two sons, Brian and Chris, went crappie fishing last night. They each got their limit and we know have 75 more fish to eat. Yum! John’s fishing report: Crappies are spawned out and the Bluegills are now on the beds.

Sure am glad I don’t have to clean all those fish. I just get to eat them.

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