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Good afternoon rocky shore lodge week 9 blog.   Another beautiful day at Rocky Shore Lodge.  Guests are out enjoying the weather and catching fish.  Last week fish were back in their normal summer spots and few spring spots.  By the later stages of Week 9 anglers were finding fish in the 15 to 20 foot range and they were feeding on minnows, leeches, and crawlers.  Looks like the Rainbow ends at RSL or Todd’s boat.  You decide!

As everyone is aware the leech shortage is real, and we had guests procure their leeches at bait shops on their way up to the lodge.  We apologize for the major inconvenience for those who want to use leeches.      

The original Rich Award winner was none other than Jim and Sam from C-2.  Nothing like Jerry when he decided to do a personal water temp check but losing 2 anchors in one week deserves a bit of a spot light.  We attempted to retrieve the anchor to no avail.  Someone beat us to the marker buoy Jim put on it unfortunately.  Not to be outdone this week, but I think a special mention should go out to Todd who lost his plug unknowingly.  Fortunately, he had to go down to his boat for something and it was midday.  Walking down the hill (The Green Mile I’ve renamed it) Todd noticed the gunnel of his boat was aligned perfectly with the dock and not sitting up 6 to 8 inches like normal.  Bilge pump was engaged and Todd found out the issue and threw in his spare plug.  Crisis averted.  I’m glad it didn’t happen after the completion of the day.  Spare plug=good idea.

Walleyes returned to their normal spots and were being caught in numbers depending on whether you were over the active school or not.  Some guys caught nice numbers in the middle of the afternoon in 10 to 15 feet of water and some were caught in the 18 foot range in large numbers.  When you see boats back on the midlake humps and they don’t move for a couple hours that usually means good things.  The smaller Smallmouth bass (bait stealers) are hanging in the shallower water on the humps.  A great place to take the kids if they don’t care about size, but want to catch numbers.  Mike from P2 darn near made the 30-Inch club and I really believe with the shape of the tail and it being a little tattered if it was in tact it

would have been 30 but alas 29.5-inches.

We had lots of nice bass caught and eaten this week, as well as perch being caught in good numbers and sizes.  Pike weren’t as prevalent this week.

Lots of Perch this week were brought in because of the beautiful weather.  People just wanted to be on the water with the low wind and sunny skies and I can’t blame them. 

Week 9 Monster Fish Tournament results:

Erin (newcomer) caught a 5-Inch Smallmouth bass to capture the Micro prize.

Mike from P2 boated and released a monster 29.5-Inch Walleye!

Ethan from C-1 landed a nice 25-Inch Pike to bring in the Pike/Musky trophy!

Congratulations everyone!


               The summer fish are getting picked off with slip bobbers and drop shots.  Jigs are always welcome as well.  Take care and we’ll see you soon.  Facebook is not happy with the way I’m doing these posts.  I’ll try and figure out a way to get them on Facebook if they keep deleting them.


Don’t forget to send pictures!

Tight Lines everyone!     

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Good afternoon rocky shore lodge week 8 blog.   As I look out the window and type this last week was probably the nicest week of weather we’ve had all season.  Other than a 1 hour stretch of rain resulting in almost an inch the sun shone, and the clouds were not present most of the week. 

If you have not seen Steve’s Video Blog (VLOG) we are having no luck in procuring leeches this summer.  Our number one supplier is done for the season, and we haven’t been able to find anyone else that supplies leeches.  In other words, my biggest recommendation would be to try and get your leeches on the way up to camp.  Call bait shops ahead of time and see if they will set some aside for you.  I have a few pounds left but they will not last long and I doubt we will be able to purchase any more.  We are very sorry for this inconvenience.  Our proverbial hands are tied.  On a positive note, fish were being caught this week on minnows, leeches, and crawlers so there are options.

The original Rich Award stayed home once again this week and that might not be a bad thing.

Carma from Penthouse 2 was deemed the Goby master from Karen’s cousins as she was not very successful in landing any fish until the last day.  She had 2 Gobies to her name.  I smell something fishy and it was probably her husband derailing her chances to catch fish, but with no proof all I can assume is she has an aptly named title!  Congratulations Carma? 

We had a young lad by the name of Jay who was schooling Harvey and I on the finer points of river fishing in Missouri and the lures he was going to be using to land his walleye up here.  I have to thank Larry for bringing Jay up as we enjoyed his company immensely! 

Walleyes were caught in 4 feet of water all the way to 30 feet.  A very intriguing week for walleye fishing as they were literally everywhere!  As I mentioned the previous week the fish were around 19 foot, but this week scattered.  Not sure the reasoning but anyone who wants to venture a guess I’d be interested in hearing it.  Week 9 will be more normal, but that’s for next week.

Shannon and Zane were targeting Smallmouth Bass and cleaned house on them pretty much all week.  They got their walleyes for eating but keyed on Bass!  Their friends Larry, Jay, and Jason were multi species fishing and had some good results with Smallmouth as well as other fish and for their first trip to RSL I’d say not bad.  Especially considering the fish this week were all over the lake in unusual spots!

Lots of Perch this week were brought in because of the beautiful weather.  People just wanted to be on the water with the low wind and sunny skies and I can’t blame them. 

Week 8 MFT results:

Really happy to announce youngster Jay Rizzo landed a 26-Inch Northern Pike to grab the Northern prize. He was quite excited!

John from P2 hauled in a monster 5.5-Inch Small mouth Bass to capture the RSL Plaque!

Mike from C-2 landed a very nice 26.5-Inch Walleye to claim the Walleye prize!


Don’t forget to send pictures!

Tight Lines everyone!

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  Good afternoon rocky shore lodge week 7 blog.   Time flies and I find myself staring at Wednesday already.  Camp was full and we had some ridiculously great walleye weather.  In other words, if you came to sun bathe this was not the week for you.  We had a couple days where the sun poked through but mainly clouds, drizzle, some rain, and cool temps.  Definitely a different year compared to this time last year.  This week has been the opposite but that’s for next weeks update.

P2, C-2, C-5, C-4 (family, and friends) were out hammering the walleyes every morning on the humps, and also catching them in the evening as the bite was quite solid.  Every cabin that wanted walleye caught walleye, and of course I personally love that considering most people come to RSL to target Walleye.  Seems the magic number was 19 feet plus or minus a little bit.  Tons of fish being caught this week as the fish have finished their transition. Trevor and Sarah had a 126 Walleye morning Sunday! We still haven’t got to the 30-Incher yet but several 29’s were boated and released again this week.  The trophy walleye season is quickly approaching as we boat most of the monsters in late July into August so it will be interesting as we head into the later part of the season.  Who is going to be the first one this year?  Standby is all I can say.

Another week without the Original Rich Award being handed out, and I’m sure it’s been pure luck.  However, we did have an improperly stowed folding chair take flight while Dan was headed up the 502.  Where it landed no one knows but it wasn’t found so if you are in the market for a new (slightly worn and torn) chair you can drive up the 502 and keep your eyes peeled.  Dan said it’s free to whoever might come by it. 

Tom and James from C-1 were up chasing muskies and boated a couple.  Tom saw what he considered to be the biggest Musky he’s seen chase his bait up to the boat only to miss the lure when it struck.  It always amazes me how a musky can violently attack a lure with 9 hooks and miss them all! 

Perch were being caught with some regularity and the orchestrated cleaning station was on full display. These guys with Harvey can carve up some fish in quick fashion!

Week 7 MFT results:

Trevor hailing out of Penthouse 1 boated (and released) a 5 7/8-Inch Small mouth bass.

Trevor also captured the Northern Pike prize with a 23-Inch fish. It sounds like a few other larger fish were caught but our guests didn't think they would win so never took a photo and put them back in the lake. Please take a picture of all your fish on tourney day folks.

Duane in Cabin 6 boated a very healthy 27 3/4-Inch Walleye for the Walleye prize!

Congratulations to our winners!

The season is truly flying by and I meant to get the blog written and posted earlier, but we got into some projects and I didn’t want to stop to come and write this.  We all hope you had a great July 4th and were able to spend some time relaxing and celebrating our Independence!  Freedom isn’t free!

C-6 Dan, Mark, or Diesel you left your chair up here.  Let me know if you want me to bring it back to Wisconsin or keep it up here until next year.

Take care and Tight Lines everyone!

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