|Shadow inspecting the East Portage on Central Lake|
The second major issue we faced from winter damage was, no internet. A shift in the cabin from ground frost and an ice sheet from the roof caused the dish alignment to point awry. Now calling a technician to come and tune in a dish is no small matter, as only TWO exist in NW Ontario. An area almost the size of Texas and only two people are able to assist thousands of customers. Needless to say Dad and I took it upon ourselves to solve the problem and after dozens of hours on the roof we managed to snag a signal from the sky. It was an enjoyable moment to say the least.
|Blue filter shot while having lunch.|
Those of you unfamiliar with 185 Cessna airplanes may find it interesting that the battery is located in the tail. So, for our jump to work, one person (Dad) had to sit in the tail of the aircraft and touch the wires to the old dead battery while the pilot (myself) starts the plane. Well, sounds easy right? Mother Nature decided to challenge us by suddenly notching the winds up to 20 mph right in our direction. After several different dock tethering scenario's we successfully started the plane and were able to make it home for a late dinner. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity in the northwoods to solve a problem.
|A beautiful Burnt Lake CPR|
FishingFishing the week of May 30th-June 6th started rather slow after a wicked cold front. Water temperatures fell 17 degrees from May 28th-May 30th after snow, ice pellets and sleet bombarded us. However, the week ended on an uptrend after stable warm weather moved into NW Ontario. Water temperatures are now back around 60 degrees on most lakes and the fishing has been excellent. Walleye are holding in shallow mud flats or areas with rapids or current. Pike have invaded sun struck shallow bays chasing bait and can also be found close to schools of walleye.
Most lakes reported several 40+" pike being boated and released; with hot lures varying from bucktails to delong eels. Baits with slower presentations seemed to have the best success for trophy fish. Largest pike reported to me was a 43.5" from West Lake on a jig.
Walleye have been hot after 1/4 oz jigs with smaller 2 or 3" tails. Color hasn't been much of a factor as they seem to be striking just about everything. I always have white, yellow, pumkinseed and flouro orange tails stashed in my tackle box. Slow trolling #5 shad raps has been effective along 5-8 ft flats. Fish should continue to hang in the shallower water for the next several weeks until the may flies hatch.
Good luck on the water everyone and make sure to send us your best fishing pictures.
Oh yeah....it takes 22 days to receive windmill parts from Oklahoma to the Opasquia Provincial Park, the windmills are now in full operation.