So this last week I was able to get away from the lodge and guide some clients from my home town of Avonlea. They made the trek up last year, splitting the 3 days of fishing into walleye, lakers, and pike. This year was the same, however, but with another year of ice area knowledge under my belt. My future guide - nephew Avery- also tagged along and was learning the ropes.
Our first day started out for walleye. The lake we went to generally doesn't have that great of an early morning bite. We got geared up and were on the water by 10 am. The bite started hot and heavy, but slowed down around noon. It stayed constant throughout the day, and we ended up packing in around 4pm. Our count was done, and we landed just over the 50 walleye mark. Not a bad way to start. This lake I am keeping anonymous, due to the fact that local pressure can easily take this spot over.
Day 2 had us heading to Reed Lake, going for Lake Trout. A week prior I scouted out a spot and we lost a monster monster trout right below the hole. We headed back to this spot and did fairly well. We landed 12 trout, lost just as many, and had one 34" x 18".
Day 3 had us heading to Krug Lake for pike and walleye. We did land some nice pike on the tip ups, nothing huge huge but very respectable. The biggest pike was a 39" that had insane girth. The walleye were biting okay as well, but nothing over 18". It is good to see that the lake is coming back with a good walleye population.
Ice conditions were close to the same on every lake. Just over 2 feet of ice, and between 10" to 2' of snow on the lakes. Some ice is solid right through, and some is flaky slush ice. So how long will the ice be here? No idea. It will all depend on March weather.
My next guiding trip is mar 5-8. We will see what happens then!