Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!
Looking outside at the snow falling and the thermometer sitting firmly at -10 F, it's hard to believe that just a few months ago I was cooking fresh caught Walleye over an open fire at Bear Point for 25 people. Now, the lake has been transformed. The frozen tundra that occupies the lake half the year has returned. It's miraculous anything can survive in this lonely, harsh environment. In a few short months, life will return and the lake will be transformed once again to the vibrant, colorful, lively world we all cherish so much.
It seems like the 2013 season took for ever to come! A long hard winter was, in reality, a good thing but we had become accustomed to mild weather over the last few years. The thick ice and cold temperatures threw us a curve ball for opening day, May 18th.
On May 17th, we pushed ice to get to Loch Island. Our staff made it just in time to welcome our first guests on the 18th! The lake was at that point free of ice. Fortunately we were able to varnish and prepare boats at Camp Lochalsh prior to ice out!
Cold weather dominated the first few weeks of the season, causing some frustrating fishing conditions. Never the less, those who braved the elements reaped the rewards. High water wreeked havoc on our docks during ice out and kept us busy all summer with repairs. Both docks on Otter Island were ripped from their cribs and the walkway between Loch Island and the little island was sheared off completely. What was left of the loading dock near the generator was unusable and the T-dock at Camp Lochalsh was no where to be found.
High water continued for most of the summer. A slight drop in late July and early August (only about six to ten inches) was quickly replenished in September when heavy rains once again filled the lake up. With the wild flow of water spilling into Glasgow Lake from the dam, the Smallmouth Bass fishing down there was incredible! The currents from raging rivers and streams flowing into Wabatongushi Lake brought ample amounts of fresh food in for Walleye and Pike to gorge themselves on. This plumped them up fast and made for some heavy fish caught later in the season.
Returning staff this year included Mel, Big Dave, Jared and Angela. With many new faces added to our staff, the 2013 crew did a fine job in assisting us with day to day operations.
We have a lot in store for 2014. With many renovations in the planning stages, it should be a busy summer for our staff. We have new outboards already on order as well as two more 18' Giesler cedar strip boats to add to our fleet. Keeping everything up and running well is a full time job! We'll be at four sport shows this winter, so if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello. We wish you all happy holidays and are looking forward to seeing everybody next summer! Have a great winter!
Isle of Jordan!
We just finished renting the Isle of Jordan for the first season! Overall, things went very well. After a late spring, we didn't have too much time to open up the cabin before our first guests came in.
Thanks to the Somervels for helping get the dock in and the Nidzgorski's for helping out with the water pump early in the season!
For next year, we plan on adding a small dock around the backside of the island to avoid those strong south west winds. Although the new dock will be entirely within the fish sanctuary, we'll leave the old one in place for the fantastic fishing it's known for!
Inside Isle of Jordan!
A stone fireplace, right in your cabin!
New Evinrude 15 h.p. electric start four strokes on order for 2014!
New for 2014! We have ordered 15 new Evinrude 15 h.p. electric start four stroke outboards. Last year, 14 of our fleet of Mercury 15 h.p. outboards were retired. It is our policy to not rent any outboards more than three years old. This keeps our rental fleet in top operating condition for your use!
A sad farewell to a good friend
It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the passing of our long time friend and employee of Loch Island, J.P. Fecteau. J.P. started working with us back in 1999 and quickly became an integral part of our team.
His knowledge and passion for fishing shined every day he was working with us on the island. He was a great shore lunch cook, one of the best we've ever had and could fry up Walleye over an open fire as good as any in the north.
J.P. was always there, no matter what you needed. Whether we were building a log cabin or varnishing boats in the spring, he always gave his best and threw everything he had into "getting the job done"
We've spent many a night with J.P., laughing and telling stories until the we hours. He may be gone, but his spirit is still laughing on the island in those early hours of the morning We'll miss you J.P. Thanks for giving it your all!
of our daily Shore Lunches at Tee Pee Island, springtime location.
to being inside the largest game preserve in the world,
pictures like this are possible!!!
One of Amy's fine deck flowers
A great close up Bald Eagle shot!
Schaefer and Altes coming back from Shore
is a list of just some of the new items purchased in 2013!
- 3 new Giesler 18' cedar strip boats
- More Fish locators!!!
- Extensive renovations throughout Camp Lochalsh
- New Roof on lodge - Loch Island
- 3 New Mercury 15 h.p. electric start outboards
- New pontoon motor for our pick up boat!
a look at two of our portage lakes as seen from the air:
south of Wabatongushi Lake, below the spillway and a short
quarter-mile portage, is Glasgow Lake. At first, the lake
seems pretty small, but when you venture out in our aluminum
boat and traverse through the narrows, it opens up into
a larger body of water. The narrows, with their swirling
eddies and turbulent water flow, offer a perfect environment
for Smallmouth Bass. The lake is filled with monster Pike,
feisty Walleye, and hyperactive Smallmouth Bass.
Known for non stop Pike action, this smaller lake (roughly the size of Tie Bay) is crammed full of Pike in the 26" - 30" range. Our 12' aluminum boat is accessed by a short drive from Camp Lochalsh. The lake has high ground on the north side and low swampy areas to the West where a river drains it south to another larger body of water. Rarely fished, we hope to entice people to give it a try in 2013. For those whole love the fight of feisty Northern Pike, it's a must!
up to 10 different lakes to fish in addition to Wabatongushi,
the angling and exploring opportunities are limitless! These lakes
and streams are all in close proximity to Wabatongushi Lake, require
no flying to get to, and have no accommodations on them. Each
lake has a small aluminum boat or canoe, equipped with either
an outboard motor or—in the case of Andy lake—oars.
of our portage lakes are strictly catch and release!
new changes in fishing regulations for 2014
2014, the possession limits in our area have remained
unchanged and are as listed below:
fish, not more than 1 greater than 46 cm. (18.1 in.)
fish, not more than 1 greater than 46 cm. (18.1 in.)
fish, not more than 2 greater than 61 cm. (24 in.),
of which not more than 1 greater than 86 cm. (33.9
fish, not more than 1 greater than 61 cm. (24 in.),
and none greater than 86 cm. (33.9 in.)
fish, not more than 2 greater than 30 cm. (11.8 in.),
of which not more than 1 greater than 40 cm. (15.8
fish, not more than 1 greater than 30 cm. (11.8 in.),
none greater than 40 cm. (15.8 in.)
note that the Brook Trout (Speckled Trout) season now
ends on Labor Day instead of September 15.
A nice Northern!
Jeff Hanna with a Glasgow Smallmouth (Catch and Release)
of these fish were caught and released. Congratulations
to all who made the board in 2013!
US Department of Homeland Security is requiring
all US citizens re-entering the US from Canada
at land crossings to present a passport or passport
card as of June 1, 2009. To get a passport card,
here to visit the Department of Homeland
Security's passport card website.
for those of you flying your own aircraft into
Canada, be aware that the Department of Homeland
Security (US) is requiring all private flights
to notify DHS 2 hours prior to departure from
the US via eAPIS for permission to leave the country.
You will still need to contact CanPass for clearing
Now that's a face only a mother could love!
Sport Show Lineup - 2014!
Suburban Collection Showplace (formerly
Rock Financial Showplace) - Novi, MI - February 22 - March 2
Ultimate Sport Show
Devos Place - Grand Rapids, MI - March 20 - 23
Traverse City Outdoor Show
Howe Arena - Traverse City, MI - March 14 - 16
A good place for a Bear to be!
Just off the Water!
A Mother Loon on her nest
Hawk Air Rates
180 (2 people) $542.40
(3-4 people) $813.60
(5-8 people) $1356.00
note that these rates are round-trip, for the entire airplane,
including HST in Canadian funds.
you name this spot on Wabatongushi Lake?
you think you know where this is, e-mail us at NorPike22@aol.com
and let us know. The first three correct answers get a
free T-shirt or coffee mug!