Monday, May 13, 2019

Opening fishing

May 13,2019 

 Fishing Report 

Opening fishing kicked off saturday. We had a couple of our resort guests that found 
walleye in deeper water. Surface temps range from 46 to 50 degrees. Fish that were
 caught were "eater" sized walleye.  The larger post spawn females have not seemed
 to get active yet with the cooler water temps.  Although this am one of our long time
guests Ken Erwin caught and released a beautiful 26 incher .

 One guest found pockets of Smallmouth Bass in Niles Bay along rocky shorelines. He was casting small rattletrap type crankbaits. A few Crappie caught but nothing near the spawning beds . As water temps start to rise in the next week with weather forecast calling for temps in the 60s we should
see the crappie starting to move toward the shoreline shallows. 

One of the largest fish hooked but lost was off our new fishing dock. One of the guests 
was casting a Rapala and hooked a huge Northern Pike.  He fought it for few minutes but
was lost trying to get it into net.  Our employee Tyler ran out when he was fighting the
fish and got a good look at it.  He estimated the fish to be pushing 40 inches.  
It's not uncommon for guests to catch not only pike but walleyes off in front of the
Dam this time of year. With current strong due to the melt down of the ice coming
off the lake there always seems to be bait fish and game fish hanging in front of
the Dam . The new fishing dock was designed to be right in the current and provides
 a great opportunity for our guests to find action right here without leaving the dock. 

Resort projects going well . Completing the renovation to Knottypine, several boats
in the shop getting new floor covering, Hillside bathroom renovation, Fishing Quarters
East new kitchen cabinets, new carpet in the Aerie cabin and numerous other cabin

Monday, April 22, 2019

Spring start up , projects , projects , projects

April 22,2019

Weather has been very favorable and it appears our ice will be earlier than
 most would think( can't give my projection for it might impact the ice out
 contest we have going on facebook)...but I will say the opener should not
be impacted.  We have jumped into our spring projects which includes a
makeover to the Knottypine cabin, renovations and repairs of our fleet of
rental boats, road building into the lot next to the resort we purchased two
years ago and will be the site of a new three bedroom cabin this year. In addition
 our usual spring /go through the cabins and make a list of repairs/upgrades.
Every spring we always get surprises of unexpected repairs from Mother Nature.
  Given it was a long cold winter the frost will create issues when it starts to
thaw like pushing culvert pipes out of the ground or moving cabin's elevations
 which all require more work to correct.

In any event, we will be ready for the opener..we have a great crew and
everyone is in motion to get the resort ready for the season.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Spring is almost here !!

March 29, 2019

Just finished the NW Sport show in Minneapolis, MN.  Great turnout and it was great seeing a lot of our Minnesota guests that stopped by to say hello. Resort is thawing quickly and even though still about a 20 inches of snow in most places it is almost gone.  We have some big projects to complete
before opener and getting ready to dig in.