Week 11, 2018 July 28th – August 3rd

Greetings from Jim and Julies Wabaskang Camp. Another good week of fishing here at camp, we saw decent numbers of eater sized fish and some trophies as well. The northern bite is picking up steam now and the big brutes are roaming the deep weed lines looking for an easy meal. The best lures to use were large spinner baits, big orange or silver spoons, Sandcats, and Suicks. Many of our guests also caught good sized northern while trolling tiny spinner rigs tipped with a minnow or crawler. The best depth seems to be around twelve to fifteen feet. Blake Ziegleer may have been the youngest guest in camp, but he didn’t let that hold him back, he caught a chunky 26 1/2” northern and later in the week he landed a 36” brute. Grandpa Kevin also released a 36” northern but he was definitely prouder of Blake’s fish. Geoff Bray continues to improve each year in camp, he released a 34” and a 36” northern to take top honors in camp for trophy northern. Glenn Grooters released a 34” northern he caught while trolling worm harnesses for walleyes. Karson Oliver “Little O” is becoming a much better fisherman than his dad Kendall, which isn’t too hard to do, Karson released a 32 1/2” northern which made Grandma Bonnie very happy. Walleye fishing was up and down all week, we saw hot days and cold days weather wise so a reliable pattern for catching walleyes was hard to establish. Most of our gusts were jig fishing using a minnow or worm while the other guests were trolling spinner rigs tipped with a minnow or crawler, both techniques were productive especially early in the morning or late in the evening. The best depth seemed to be 10 to 15 feet along weeds or rocks. Geoff Bray started things off this week when he caught a chunky 22” walleye, his fish was quickly crushed by Sandi Paulsen’s 25 1/2” beauty she released. Ron Peterson was in camp again this week and somehow he snagged a 27” walleye, he always manages to just “edge out” the competition. I’m keeping my eye on you Mr. Peterson, and I must say you did a good job of taking everything that belonged to you home with you this time around, never would have dreamed I would ever be writing that. Bass fishing was slow this week with only a few fish being reported to me. Most of the fish were caught while trolling for walleyes with live bait. Craig Jennings mad a surprise visit to camp this week and he briefly had first place honors when he landed and released a 17 3/4” bass, his fish was eventually topped by none other than fishing legend Blake Ziegler, he landed a beautiful 18” bass that he also released, nice catch Blake. No crappies reported to us this week and no super-sized perch to report. The weather continues to be hot and dry with no relief in sight, lake water levels are down but still no issues getting around anywhere you want to go. That’s all for now, we will chat again soon, this is Jim from Wabaskang.

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