Week 16, 2019 August 31st – Sept 6th

Greetings from Jim and Julie’s Wabaskang Camp. Week 16 of our season was another week of strong winds and plenty of rain. The best walleye bite has transitioned from shallow water to deep water, generally a depth of 24’ or more. As usual the best bait seems to be a plain jig and minnow or Lindy Rig and crawler combination. Travis Mericle made his return to camp this week but due to the fact he was stuck fishing with his brother Jon he only managed to catch a 19” walleye as his biggest of the week, Bonnie Reynolds caught a nice 20” walleye, Mike Mattila caught a chunky 21” walleye, sad to say the biggest walleye of the week was caught by Dave “Golf Cart Wrecker” Kohrt, he managed to snag a 22 1/2” walleye and win top honors for the week. Our northern fishing was pretty good this week with many trophy sized fish being caught mainly while our guests were walleye fishing. Charlie Zender released a 29 1/2” brute only to see his wife Vicky skillfully catch and release a beautiful 33 1/2” northern, Kady Mericle and Diane Howard both released 32” northern to keep bragging rights for the gals again this season, Sarah Bowen also contributed to the group when she released a 29” northern, the biggest northern of the week was caught and released by Mark Wachal, he released a chunky 35 1/2” northern to win top honors in the camp this week. Our bass fishing was spotty due to fact the bass are moving to deeper as well. Many of our guests caught their bass while walleye fishing in deep water, another group caught plenty of bass along deep weed edges on the big lake. Vicki Zender released a chunky 16 1/2” bass, Craig Mericle has a knack for catching “stinkin” bass, he released a 17 1/2” brute to take home top honors for the week, he refused to take a bass hat so I sent two hats home with his sons Jon and Travis just to remind him how much he hates bass fishing. The crappie bite has slowed to everyone except the highly skilled anglers, Larry Dorenkamp certainly falls into this category and his 13” slab crappie was good enough to take home a trophy winning hat. Next week looks cool and wet again, the Fall weather is here to stay I’m afraid. For now, this is Jim from Wabaskang.

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