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  • Steve & Mike

Good afternoon Rocky Shore Lodge friends and family! Week 16 is gone and Wow has the time flown by. Fall fishing is hitting on all cylinders. Water Temps are reaching low 60’s to high 50’s now and the evenings are cool and beautiful. We enjoyed the opening of NFL season last night with pizza in the Beach House as the Pack beat my Bears yet again. I’m used to it so as much ribbing as the Pack fans wanted to give me it was for not. Should be a fun season, nonetheless. Jackie Kaster caught a nice 36-inch Musky while Mike was busy catching a Seagull…by accident… He threw his jig and minnow into the water and before the jig could sink a seagull (Carl Lewis relative) swooped in at mach speed and grabbed the minnow. The seagull ended up getting line wrapped around its leg, so Mike had to reel it in to get it off. The bird was having none of it though and chomped down on Mike’s hand. Jackie to the rescue gave him some gloves and he successfully released the bird unharmed. The story was much funnier when Mike told it then how I’m describing it, but needless to say it was funny. We had another camp cookout in the garage, and I think I may have gained a few pounds I lost this summer unfortunately. LOL. I’ll be better this week….I hope.


Callie found a skunk in camp and escorted said skunk out of camp and over the septic field albeit with a little smell attached to her fur. I believe she scared the... out of that skunk. As people were coming back from the sandbar the could smell the skunk a ways away from the camp. I could actually hear them in some of the boats commenting. Fortunately, the skunk is gone, and Callie only took a very light glancing blow of stink. She is allowed in the house. Callie 1 Skunk 0.

Walleyes were staging in the 25 to 40-foot range on the steep drop offs. The deeper water has to be fished cautiously. We will be making sure anyone fishing in that depth takes care to reel slowly so the fish can be released safely. You don’t want to blow the insides out of those gorgeous fish. Patience is a virtue that’s for sure. Plenty of fish in the safer ranges of 25 to 30 feet anyway.


Smallmouth and Perch were caught with ease. Dan and his better half Jeanine (or Jean Nine as I pronounce it) crushed the perch. They kept mostly 10 inchers and above with a few 8’s in the bucket as well. Minnows worked better to get the bigger fish according to Dan. Stan (Dan’s father) and Tom the gauntlets been thrown down and Dan says you won't beat their catch (or maybe I threw that in)! You have work to do when you get up here. Monster Fish Monday results: With the end of our Monday night BBQ we are concluding the Monster Fish Monday contest for 2019. With that being said, Congratulations to Diana Schultz with a nice 23-inch Walleye, and PeeWee boating a great 24.5-inch Northern Pike fit for the frying pan. Jay Weber won the Micro Fish swimbait with a 7-inch Perch. It's been a great contest this year and we appreciate the competition and fun everyone had during the summer. Congratulations to all our MFM winners in 2019.


Week 17 here we come!!!!!



Navy history/trivia: Name the 7 animals on the forecastle (foc’sle) or front end of the ship.

1. Monkey Fist

2. Bull nose

3. Rat guard

4. Wildcat

5. Pelican Hook

6. Mousing

7. Turtle Back

There are more but that’s enough for those of you studying for you Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designation.

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  • Steve & Mike

Good afternoon Rocky Shore Lodge friends and family from God’s country! The week turned out to be windy on some days. Despite the wind there were some very nice walleyes caught. The fall pattern is definitely taking shape and we are seeing aspens starting to turn colors. This morning was 42 degrees when we woke up so fall is definitely around the corner. What a beautiful day today. We got up to 66 and light winds and the anglers all had great success. That’s the best part of August fishing. Some days you might have to tangle with Mother Nature, but she is willing to hand over lots of nice fish when you get on the water. Rain gear was good to have as we received about 2 inches of rain one day last week. We needed the rain as I stated the previous post and we got it.


We enjoyed 2 garage shore dinners this week as cabins pooled fish and other delectable items and we all strapped on the feedbag. It was very nice and so enjoyable we did it again Wednesday. I just hope I don’t find the weight I lost like I did last year. Too much of a good thing though…..


Our Bear hunt wrapped up with what I can only surmise that a few hunters canceled, and I missed it, so I fed a few bears some yummy concoction for our ghost Hunters who didn’t show up for their hunt. If you want to come up for 2020, I might have 1 tag left. Let us know.


Walleyes were staging in the 25 to 30-foot range on the steep drop offs. We had some new guests that had good success and landed some wonderful walleyes and perch. This time of year, the fishing doesn’t turnoff it just goes a bit deeper. I know I know the best fishing is in May and June blah blah blah. I can attest that I’ve seen great fishing all season, but I’m sure there are plenty of folks reading this blog that would agree the fishing is great in Northwest Ontario all the way through freeze up which I will not be here to see…(hopefully)…


Smallmouth and Perch were plentiful again.

Monster Fish Monday results: Congratulations to our double hat winner Rob Holman! He landed a very nice 26.25-inch Walleye, and a 20-inch Northern Pike. He was tied in the Pike/Musky category with Jeremy/Tristan Steindl with a 20-inch Pike. Steve Holmes, and Jeremy Steindl both caught 5-inch Perch to grab the Micro fish prize! Congratulations

Week 15 is in the rearview window as we steam into Week 16.


A little known Naval trivia for ya:


What is the oldest commissioned US Navy ship?

USS Constitution Over 200 years old, originally launched October 21, 1797.


What is a spook?

Cryptologic technician ratings (CTT, CTA, CTM, CTO, CTR, CTI) work with some of the most sophisticated and complex systems the Navy has to offer in performance of their mission. All of the CT career fields offer impressive training pipelines, excellent promotion opportunities and diverse job assignments.

I was a CTT and EW btw.


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  • Steve & Mike

Good morning Rocky Shore Lodge friends and family! Another beautiful weather week. We did have wind but the temps, and sun amount was very agreeable to most. Bear season kicked into full swing as we had a father and son raffle winners up here for their first ever Canadian experience. Fishing was still good, but we need some rain to get the Walleyes to strap on the feedbag. Bill (guide) mentioned the way the moon phase is in August that precipitation really turns the fish on. I’m writing this blog as we approach 1 inch of rainfall today so as Bill commented the rain started to fall.


One story while out baiting bears that I look back at and can laugh now. Normally, when I’m walking through the woods, I attempt to make enough noise so nature knows I’m trampling through the woods and not headed to Grandma’s house and no horse drawn sleigh (too early for Christmas jokes?). Anyway, I was approaching Roger’s bait which is set on a large granite rock the size of our camp. When I busted through the trees there was Roger's big bear laying down facing away from me licking his paws. Needless to say, I had 2 buckets of food that I’m pretty sure he was waiting for so I turned around and beat feet back to the truck thinking the whole time there is a bear thinking I’m a great tasting lollipop he could eat. It didn’t happen and I baited the bear bait an hour later without said bear. I will admit I was a bit shaken. In case you’re wondering we can’t have guns up here for personal protection according to the law. The bear was seen on our trail cam 3 minutes later wandering off so apparently, he was too busy grooming himself to even realize I was within 20 feet of him. LOL.

Our biggest Walleye this week was 29.5-inches by Marvin Cooley. He said Dave didn’t measure it right and smashed the lips into their board as to ensure he didn’t reach the 30-inch mark. LOL. I asked Dave and he said he’s just jealous he fell a half inch short. No, I’m not thinking of any jokes about that comment but some of our readers might.


If you like minnows and are coming up for fall fishing, you’ll be happy. The minnow is king again and lots of walleyes are gorging on them. Crawlers are still fine as well. Leeches are done this season. Lots of eyes being caught with jigging raps, and shiver minnows as well.


Smallmouth fishing hasn’t slowed down and if you find rocks, you’ll find smallmouth bass.


Musky anglers had success, and hopefully I’ll get some of their pictures from last week. We haven’t had any 50-inchers this year, but there is still plenty of excellent Musky fishing through September so stay tuned.


We had 3 Bear Hunters in camp this week. Congratulations to Ryan, Kaleb, and Roger for harvesting 3 nice bears. Roger took aim at a big 400 plus pound bear. Wolves found it before the posse. Sometimes nature wins folks. Fortunately, Roger got enough of the Bear to get a very nice mount, but he won’t be eating bear chili this winter. Ryan and Kaleb faired better on that end with nice respectable bears. Ryans dressed out at 240 lbs, and Kaleb’s dressed out at 150 pounds. Very nice gentlemen.


I only got 3 fish photos this week so please don’t forget to email Steve and I pictures at fish@rockyshorelodge.com. You can also tag us on your Facebook posts or just simply drop them on our page for all to see. Thanks.


Monster Fish Monday results: Congratulations to our winners! Dan Brasel landed a gorgeous 23.75-inch Walleye. Charles Helm boated a 25.75-inch Northern Pike, and after chasing fish around the lake Doug Wellenreiter put his particular set of skills together and boated a beautiful tank of a perch measuring 5.5-inches to capture the Micro fish lure! 2 more weeks to go with our fishing contest folks. Congratulations Anglers!


The season is slowly starting to fade but with the minnow bite is back and the cooler water temps means the big fish are strapping the feedbags on and the eaters are providing us with camp shore lunches. If you are coming up still this season and want to entertain a camp shore lunch let us know and we will ask around camp. It is fun and a great time to break bread throughout the week with different folks.



Onto Week 15!

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