Another great week has come and gone here at Jim and Julies Wabaskang Camp. Week number nine of our 19-week season saw plenty of trophy sized walleyes being released and lots of eaters coming into camp. Our guests this week did a lot of trolling spinners rigs with minnows or a jig and minnow. Best depth seemed to be around 14’ with a few big brutes coming out of 20’ or more. Hot temperatures early in the week seemed to move the fish slightly deeper during the day and shallow mornings and evenings. We also saw plenty of storms this week, one storm on Saturday night took down almost a dozen trees along my road and also knocked out power to camp. The bad weather didn’t keep our guests from searching and catching some great walleyes. Newcomer Bob Appelhons started things off this week when he released a chunky 25 1/2” walleye, Kady Mericle did her best to represent the ladies in camp when she released a 25 1/2” walleye as well. Scott Howard released a chunky 26 3/4” walleye and his young son Henry caught a chunky 18” walleye. We had a tie for biggest walleye of the week between two fine anglers, Jon Mericle and Cody Howard each expertly caught and released beautiful 27” walleyes, great job guys.
Our northern fishing was decent this week but most of the big fish were caught while working the weed lines with a jig and minnow or spinner rig and minnow. A few fish were caught on crank baits or tube jigs as well. Lots of youngsters in camp on week nine and they caught plenty of trophy sized northern. Max Howard released a 30” northern, Henry Howard released a 31” northern, Cody Howard released a 32” brute, and Luke Howard released a 33” northern, great job by the Howard boys. Old timer Larry Dorenkamp managed to catch and release a 33” northern, Bob Appelhons impressed his gang when he caught and released a 36” brute, but the big fish of the week was caught unexpectedly by Craig Mericle, he somehow managed to catch and release a 37 7/8” northern.
Our bass fishing was a bit slow this week but we did have a few nice fish caught. The bass are staging around shoreline structure and rock piles or even the camp dock. A crank bait worked well but live bait was also effective. Craig Mericle released a chunky 17 3/4” “stinkin” bass. Jayce Mericle was the top bass expert this week, he caught and released a massive 19” bass right off the dock, great job Jayce, I think you might be able to teach the rest of the family a few things. No crappies to report on this week. Next week looks wet and cool so fishing should be good as long as the storms stay away. To our future guests please get your licenses before you arrive at camp, also pick up your poultry products after you cross into Canada. Remember no live bait including night crawlers allowed into Canada from the U.S. at this time. That’s all for now, this is Jim from Wabaskang.