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Good morning RSL family! Steve and I made it back safely to our homes in Wisconsin and Nebraska. After some rest and relaxation (I needed it) and our annual family trout fishing trip with my dad and family/friends, I figured I better get off my backside and get busy!



What a fast and crazy season we had. 2022 definitely lived up to the Fastest Week of the Year mantra! Somehow, I’d love to be able to slow it down but it seems like we just opened up and now we’ve been back to the states for almost a month now. I was scrolling a little bit through Facebook yesterday and Perrault Falls received their first measurable snowfall of the year. We had one day where it snowed but it didn’t stick. The fall season was absolutely beautiful and the temperatures were mild allowing us to get stuff done in a comfortable manner. Our anglers also were able to get out fishing somedays in shorts. As we all know it’s a good idea to bring a lot of different clothing since you never know what you are going to get in the fall.


We’d first like to thank all of our guests who came the last month of the season and really appreciated their patience and willingness to allow us to get some big projects completed. As much as we wanted to be down by the waterfront it just didn’t happen with regularity and thanks to Harvey for picking up the extra load on that end.


Walleye fishing this year was incredible and fish were being caught in places our guide (Bill) hasn’t seen in many years. I think the lake level early on helped the spawn and allowed the monsters to spawn and get back in the lake without being caught as easily. Not as many 30-inchers were boated throughout the season but we had an awful lot of 29 plus caught and released. Josh W caught a 29 7/8 inch Walleye and we had quite a few 29 ¾ walleyes caught. Was an outstanding season of every variety and size caught.



Northern Pike fishing was excellent and there were a lot of nice eaters brought in. I enjoyed listening to our new guest couple Jake and Amy head out on Saturday morning and on Amy’s first cast before Jake could even get tied up she boated a 22-inch pike and a 42-inch Pike at the same time. The funny thing about it was they were in the grass between us and Manotak Lodge. That grassy area has brought so much fun and excitement over the years and many people simply boat on by it looking for Pike. The weeds hold every species of fish and you don’t even have to leave sight of the Lodge!



Smallmouth Bass remained plentiful and easy to catch. Not much more to be said on that end!


Adam and Greg came up in the final week to chase muskies, and they had success. Greg caught a very nice musky! They both caught a few and had lots of follows! Big pike really enjoyed the musky lures they were throwing! Something for you pike anglers to think about. Lots of 30+ pike caught! I will update photos when they come in!


Our moose hunters had success and harvested a huge Bull Moose! Measured close to a 50-inch spread! Mike O Congratulations! We know it’s a ton of work!



Our Final Monster/Micro Fish Tournament was conducted and Dennis Stewart was awarded the Walleye trophy after he caught and released a beautiful 26-inch Walleye. I could have sworn I heard Eric laughing from across the lake when his father boated that big fish! Really nice job Dennis. Hope you didn’t rub it in too long on your journey back home! Jim Keller boated a very nice 33-inch Northern Pike to get the trophy! Jim also joined the 30-Inch club earlier in the season if you didn’t hear/read. Not a bad year for you Jim! His group came up and did some grouse hunting as well and if I remember correctly I didn’t get an invite to taste any of them. All kidding aside I think they had a very relaxing week of casting and blasting! If you are interested “shoot” us an email/phone call/text and we will assist with your plans. Ryan Perry took home the Micro prize with an 8 ¾ inch Walleye! Nice work Staci netting that huge lunker!



Steve and I are going to be reaching out to everyone in January to ensure your reservations are still solid. With the border restrictions going away we have been filling up the cabins quickly and we want to make sure as we start the sport show circuit we have accurate reservations. When you receive our Christmas newsletter we will have an RSVP on your reservation for next season. Please drop us a line to confirm your reservation and that nothing has happened which will preclude you from coming up to visit us.


If you weren’t able to come up to visit this year due to border restrictions and you want to come back please get a hold of us quickly.


On behalf of Darlene, Harvey, Bill, Steve, and I we thank you for your patronage and lasting memories you provide us each and every week/year! Turning the page to 2023! Hope to see you at the Sports Shows!

Photos: fish@rockyshorelodge.com

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Good morning RSL family! It’s a beautiful day to be in God’s country. Anglers are out searching for the most monstrous and microish (new word) fish this morning. We also have some guys up looking for grouse. I’ll update you on that in next weeks blog.



The weather has been good and the lake is dropping fast as we haven’t really had any measurable rain since early August. Getting to a point now that I’m hoping for rain and it wasn’t too long ago that I was hoping for no rain. Go figure. Camp is full so I’m sure guests prefer not to wear rain gear.



Walleyes remain in 25 to 30 feet of water. We have had guys catching them on the weed edges in 10 foot also, but usually by accident as their looking for Perch and Pike. I took Tia and Gerald out to the Sandbar Sunday evening and Gerald boated a beautiful 29-inch Walleye. There was a tad bit of smack talk towards his better half and she took it in stride as she whipped him Monday. I gotta say we tried to stretch it to the 30-inch mark but alas we failed. Photograph and released healthy. With the water temps cooling into the low 60’s and some areas upper 50’s releasing those bigger fish is much easier on them. The sandbar is such a great way to finish the day running out and dropping a line in the water even if for only an hour and a half.



Good morning RSL Family! We held our Monster/Micro Fish Tournament Monday and here are the results! Tia Marr caught 2 26-inch Walleyes! Great Job Tia! Dan Brasel came in with a whopper of an 8-inch Smallmouth Bass. He released it back in the lake actually. James Smith caught a 22-inch Northern Pike. Congratulations Everyone!



Karen’s brother made his first trip up to RSL. He brought his wife, daughter, and her husband. I believe their daughter Meredith is a natural as I witnessed her boating fish after fish on the sandbar while the other four basically watched. She did allow everyone to catch some, but her pole was on fire that evening! We had a great time during their visit.


The season is waning, and I’ve got to take advantage of the big ball in the sky so with that “Tight Lines Everyone”!


Photos: fish@rockyshorelodge.com

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It’s another beautiful day at Rocky Shore Lodge! We are working on three weeks of sunny skies, little rain, and excellent temps! This week is shaping up to be a wash, rinse, and repeat type of week. With week 16 in the rear-view window and half of Week 17 gone I realized I better start typing. Bill and JR were guiding Sunday and took their guests over to Cedar for some walleye fishing, and it looks like the lake was starting to turn over. Fish are transitioning into deeper water now, and Bill and JR disagree on whether it will be a late fall or not. The jury is still out.



The fishing has been good in the morning and evenings for walleye. Afternoons have been spent doing shore lunches and relaxing with the big ball in the sky our guests have been taking advantage of relaxing. Thursday half the camp went to Graham and Laura’s Whiskey Jack and enjoyed dinner while I weaseled my way into the Birks dinner plans, but in my defense, I politely refused at least two times before I gave in. Let’s just say lots of stories and maybe a touch of hydrating/de-hydrating took place. We really appreciate everyone for making us feel welcome, and hopefully we can reciprocate that same feeling when you come up to RSL!



Walleyes are being caught in 25 to 30 feet of water, and the best part of September fishing is most of the time your almost within shouting distance of the lodge. We had Mike and Chris (former owners) up with their good friends, and they enjoyed multiple shore lunches. I admit I appropriated some of their lunch a few times but it appeared they had plenty anyway. The sandbar is the traditional gathering place for all the lodges and watching poles bending never gets old. The banter back and forth out there in the evening is definitely worth it as well. This is the time of year Steve and I can sneak out with guests for an hour or so and fish on the sandbar. Mike and Chris always told us September fishing on the sandbar was what they looked forward to the most because they too would sneak out with guests and fish the last hour or so. Might as well not stop a good thing.


Similar to Julie boating a 46-inch Musky with a jig and minnow in week 14, Len was out and boated a 47-inch Musky on 8lb mono fishing for walleye with a jig and minnow. It was a beautiful fish! Nice job Len!



Monster/Micro Fish Monday tournament results! Dean Reiter (multiple winner) caught a 5.5-inch Small mouth Bass off the dock while relaxing. Christian Birks boated, photo, and released a 22-inch Walleye, and Al Bonifield (not shocking) caught a 29-inch Northern Pike to win yet another weekly prize. We’re running the contest throughout the remainder of the season so if you’re coming up be ready for the tournament. Great job winners!



Cabin 6 is back open and other than getting some cleaning up and digging a trench for a French drain system around the cabin our big project is coming to a successful conclusion. A big shout out for all the advice from friends, family and guests for their great suggestions on how to make a permanent fix to one of the nicest cabins we have! For some reason my Navy computer/electronics background didn’t prepare me for a lot of the projects we do up here haha. Learning something new everyday is a great practice I’ve been told. I have to agree. Now if I can figure out how to turn the clock back so my body is as young as my mind thinks it is! If anyone knows how to do that feel free to let me know!



So much left to do and the days are getting shorter before our season ends! With that being typed until next week “Tight Lines Everyone”!


Photos: fish@rockyshorelodge.com

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