Week 7, 2024 June 29th – July 5th

Another summer update from Jim and Julie’s Wabaskang Camp. Week number 7 saw more rain and cool temperatures but the fishing was good. The lake is holding steady or slowly falling but more rain in the forecast may change that.

We are experiencing plenty of mayflies right now and that has affected the walleye fishing a bit. Many of our guests are using large plastics around the 5” range to entice the bigger walleyes to bite. Smaller eater sized walleyes are being caught on spinner rigs using a minnow or crawler as bait. The best areas are weed edges in about 12’ of water and the deeper sunken humps in the 18’ to 24’ depth. Cory Ogle made his first trip to camp and he released many chunky walleyes this week, his 25 1/2″ beauty he released on Sunday was only the beginning of a great week for him. Melissa Luchtenburg released a nice 24 1/4″ walleye, her personal best. Mark Schellhorn caught a 25″ walleye, Kristy Lammers, Mark Bjorklund, and Jeannie Snyder all released 26″ walleyes this week. Riley Cutsforth Neuhaus landed a 26″ walleye, Mike Lammers released a 26 1/2″ beauty. Tim Bruns struggled this week without the expert guidance of his parents but he did stumble onto a beautiful 28″ walleye he released. The biggest walleye of the week was caught by second-year guest Dan Bjorklund, he released a giant 29″ walleye to edge out his buddy Tim.

Bass fishing was fast and furious this week with many trophies being caught as be released. Crank baits and twister tails caught the majority of the fish but a bobber and worm also caught fish. Mark Schellhorn released a pair of 18″ beauties but Mark Bjorklund caught and released a fat 18 1/2″ beauty claim top honors for the week.

Northern fishing is coming into its own now with lots of giant toothy critters being caught and released. Some guests used giant plastic baits and some used giant stick baits but either way saw plenty of action. Melissa Luchtenburg released a beautiful 35″ northern, Phil Turnquist and Kristy Lammers both released chunky 36″ northern. The big winner if the week sorry to say was Mike Lammers, he released a pair of 40″ monsters to easily out-class his competition.

 Only a few crappies reported this week but Kevin Snyder brought 4 crappies in on Friday that were all right around 14”, great catch Kevin but maybe next season let your wife Jeannie catch a few as well.

To all our guests bringing their personal boats to camp please have your live wells clean and dry and your boat plugs removed before you leave home, the border officials are particularly concerned about invasive species entering Ontario waters via U.S. watercraft. Remember to get your license before arriving at camp, Clark’s Bait and Tackle in Dryden or Vermilion Bay can help you out or just run up the road to Dutchies General Store for your license and beverage/grocery needs. The Whiskey Jack Restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday so take a break from fishing and let Laura and Graham fix you a great meal.

I’m recovering from my little mishap seven weeks ago and can get around without my walker some now, still hard to lift and twist but each day is better. Just wanted to thank all our guests who have been so kind and helpful since my accident, Julie will surely need a vacation at the end of this season. That’s all for now, this is Jim from Wabaskang. 

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