As the colder months begin we want to keep the warm summer memories going with a few fishing stories from our guest. The Schnerre Family was kind enough to share with us their family vacation in June.
“I just wanted to thank you, the boys and I had the trip of a lifetime staying with you, and camping on Mukooda Lake 😊 the boys and I caught 18 smallmouth measuring 20″ or over/ trophies! Probably around 20 or more that measured between 18″-20”! Lots of 2- 4 1/2-pound smallmouth & (largemouth bass) 😊
Tons of bluegill, and yellow perch, and a dozen or more very big black crappie. We also caught pike and Noah managed to land 2 big pike. We caught a good amount of walleye, sauger, and smallmouth on crane. We even managed to catch & release 3 lake trout on Mukooda 😊 We released all of the bass to grow bigger if that is even possible since they are so big already? 😊 Gabriel even made friends with a painted turtle that dug a nest by our tent, laid her eggs and covered them up. Heaven on earth as far as the boys, and I are concerned and the fishing was also spectacular!”
Winter is here and we at Scott’s Peaceful Valley will be open in May for the 2018 vacation season. However, let me mention that there is no time like winter for some good old fashion hard water fishing. Ice fishing in the Crane Lake area is diverse, challenging, and rewarding to those that venture out onto the frozen water to enjoy a day on the ice.
There is a potential world’s record with every jig of the pole or set line put up. The ice conditions and groomed trails make it a safe and quick snowmobile ride to the area fishing spots. On Crane Lake ice fishermen using portable or fixed shelters find that they are rewarded with walleyes and crappies.
For those that want to venture into VNP to enjoy a day of ice fishing normally go to Mukooda Lake or Sand Point Lake in the Grassy Bay area. Unfortunately Mukooda Lake is catch and release only for Lake Trout, however there are ample opportunities to catch northerns and pan fish. Grassy Bay is the go to spot for crappies. Our Canadian neighbors to the north have some world class ice fishing available for walleyes, northerns, crappies, and the king of the winter waters the Lake Trout. David Lake, Lac La Croix, and Thompson Lake are the primary lakes for ice fishing. All are within an hour’s snowmobile ride. Most of the travel is across the frozen water with good connecting trails between the lakes.
There are only a couple of things you need to do in preparation for a trip into Canada for ice fishing. First you need to get a Remote Border Crossing Permit (RABC) and have a U.S. passport. Along with your Canadian fishing license and you are all set. You can get an RABC online or go to the Canadian Customs office at Ft. Frances.
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to enjoy our beautiful winter land and the fabulous ice fishing available in our area. You may not be able to stay with us until May, but you can probably catch me out on the ice chasing those potential trophy Lakers.
Even with the days getting longer and the snow cover dropping we haven’t starting putting boats into the lake. There is still some ice fishing going on, but it only will be a couple of weeks and lake travel will be over until ice out.
This may not exactly what the Thanksgiving dinner table looked like, but the fish on the work table and the smiles on the faces reminds us all the important things to give thanks for; family, friends, and fishing.