Sunday, 5 October 2014

End of Season 2014

Scott's end of season, wave good-bye to our last guests of 2014. Snow accumulation, cold and windy, not quite what we'd like but can't control nature. Unfortunately no moose again this year, just one of those things. Our hunters gave it their all but luck wasn't on their side.

Scott and I would like to say "Thank You" to all of our guests this season for your continued loyalty and dedication. We look forward to seeing all of you again in 2015.

We had a slow start with the ice not going out until the 24th/25th of May. Even with a late beginning to the fishing opener, Caribou Lake never disappointed any of our guests. Walleyes were up in the outlets, Brockway, Campbell Creek, anywhere fresh water was flowing. It took awhile for the water temps to warm up but once they did, the fishing was fast and furious. Caribou Lake is one of those deep,cold water, Oligotrophic lakes-(Meaning: characterized by a low accumulation of dissolved nutrient salts, supporting but a sparse growth of algae and other organisms, and having a high oxygen content owing to the low organic content). It takes a few months to warm up and once the surface temp does warm, the fish mover deeper to cooler depths. 

Although this late Sept, our fishermen where finding walleyes in shallow, between 5-10 ft of water. Lake Trout seemed to be more difficult this year to find. The majority were caught while long-lining  in about 50-70 ft and being caught on spoons. We had some nice size Northern Pike caught AND released for more fishermen to enjoy next year.

Many of our fishermen stated this was one of the best years they've ever had, lots of bigger fish and more quantity being caught, and released. To those who released Walleyes over 18" and Pike over 40", Thank You! By doing so, you help preserve our fishery on Caribou Lake for many years to come for all to enjoy. Remember, fresh is better than frozen. Let em' go, let em' grow!

So, once again,  Thank you to all our guests, past and present, for making the last 14 years worth all the blood, sweat and tears. Scott and I have put a lot of hard work into making Forrest Lodge a quality, relaxing, enjoyable place for your well deserved vacations.

See you again in 2015.

Scott and Mary Jo, Forrest Lodge

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Last ice update.....

O.k, this is from about 5 pm and I just looked out again and the ice is out of the mouth of the bay, OPEN! But, still ice along the east shore and of course right in front of our water pump house. Sooo, well water for now to some of the cabins. This is a picture of our first guest of the 2014 season. Tom from MI. Eat your heart of Kevin.... although Hawaii does sound more fun Sunday SHOULD be all ice out. Suppose to storm so the rain will help. This will be it for updates on the ice, next, fish pics!!!!!

Friday, 23 May 2014

It's still there......

Well, the top 3 was at about 3 this after noon, darker but still lots of white areas. Some small openings but no channels yet. The last picture is our neighbor , Kerry from Caribou Lake Lodge about 350 yards from the mouth of the bay. Lets just say he gave up after busting up his prop and messing up his paint on the boat. The white stuff is over a foot thick,dark stuff his easy to get thru. There's always tomorrow, try, try again. Hopefully with the warm temps and some storms moving in for Sunday, maybe Monday will be the day.

Thursday- Caribou Lake....waiting for ice to go

Top photo is looking towards the sisters, the 2nd off our point at the entrance to the bay.
That's not open water in the distance, it's deceiving with the sunshine. A small opening did open later in the day way up by Eagle Point. Will post more photos later today. Suppose to get in the 70's today and tomorrow and then some thunderstorms. I'm predicting late Sunday or Monday. Last year it was May 24th when ice went out. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Updated photos of Caribou Lake Ice out

Getting better , hopefully by Sunday or Monday..... hoping...... Overcast and raining, sunshine for the rest of the week. Stay tuned for more updates.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

2014 Season Openner!

We arrived yesterday afternoon after an exciting drive up Hwy 527. The new pavement is great but the frost heaves will launch a 3/4 ton like the Space Shuttle. When you see the caution signs SLOW DOWN! The generator fired up with no issues and our little cabin warmed up quickly. The house takes to long to warm up so I left it go until this morning. All services are on and working fine. We no sooner got the generator going when the phone started ringing. Remember to try to call in the early morning or after supper time. We are busy this time of year and make every effort to get to the phone so just let it ring for a bit. "rumor watch" there are cell phone towers going up in town and maybe sometime mid summer we might have cell service. I would be happy to give an opening day report but the fishing is difficult right now. Some of the smaller lakes are open but Caribou Lake is tight. We dropped well below freezing last night so we waited until mid day to take a few pictures. Yes you can walk on it. The forecast looks good with temps above freezing and some periods of rain and drizzle. The frost is deep on the point and some of the cabins are surrounded by snow. As long as it doesn't freeze I can energise the water system from the well and MaryJo can work her magic in the cabins. We brought a few flowers with us and I had them sitting on the deck this afternoon. I guess the groundhog figured it was time to show his face. Remember "Caddy Shack"? The furry little bast#*d ate the flowers already! As conditions change I'll try to post more pictures. In the mean time check your tangle box, get your reel spooled with fresh line, check the web site and check back here often and remember....THINK WALLEYE!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

2014 Walleye Opener?

What a winter! And it's not over yet! I'm sure by now you have had enough of the -30f temps and snow. Hard water fishing has been tuff with heavy snow cover and the slush hidden underneath. We have been busy doing the Shows and talking to alot of great people. With the cold and snow outside it is a good time to take your fishin buddy to a Sport Show. There are many opportunities to see new gear and talk to experienced guides and outfitters. A Saturday afternoon at a show is a great way to beat cabin fever. And now is the time to get the gang together and finalise your fishin trip plans. If you have your dates in mind be sure to call MaryJo and get your reservation in.  Also remember to renew your Fishing Outdoors Card when you purchase your licence, just follow the MNR link on our website. When your at the local Friday Nite Fish fry Joint remember to "THINK WALLEYE"!