It is hard to believe that it is nearing the end of July and that we are half way through our fishing season already. I guess when you are catching lots of fish, time flies by quickly.
In regards to recent fishing quality here at Stormer Lake Lodge, the most common comment we hear from our guests is that the fishing is “INSANE”. As Stormer Lake Lodge owners, we sometimes find it difficult to describe the fishing without sounding like we are bragging or being redundant from week to week. However, when most guests are catching 50 to 150 Walleyes each day, or 25 to 75 Pike each day, we believe it is worth talking about.
We have been experiencing warm weather here at the lodge the past few days similar to everyone South of us(everyone is South of us) but fortunately the fishing has not slowed down. Walleyes went deeper for a few days such as 25-30 feet but have now started to show up in a more normal depth of 16-24 feet. Underwater reefs and deeper points have been the best location for Walleyes and when you find them, it is “game on”. We continue to find new reefs each week and they all are producing good numbers of Eyes. These reefs are easy to find for our guests so it is not difficult to catch lots of fish and not far from the lodge. The preferred bait has been our frozen minnows but Nightcrawlers and leeches have also worked very well. Our gold and chartreuse glitter jigs that we exclusively make (thanks Mark & Danny) and use here at Stormer are killer for Walleyes. We have been using them for approx. 6-8 years now and know they catch more fish than most other colored jigs.
Pike have also been very active with many in the 32-38 inch class. Last week we had 3 Pike over 40 inches and they were all very heavy fish in girth. Rattle Traps are still our favorite lure but Spinner baits and Johnson Silver Minnow are close seconds. Most of the big Pike as of late have been caught close to Walleye locations. While we are still catching Pike along the weeds in good numbers, the bigger Pike are hanging out on the deeper drops.
We would like to take a moment to mention one special guest who has been fishing with us these past 3 weeks and is now finishing up his 4th and final week here at Stormer. Garrett is 92 years young and lost his wife a few years back. He decided to fulfill one of his bucket list items and that was to fish in Canada. He was only going to fish Canada for one year and then move on to other bucket list items but needless to say, this is his 3rd year fishing with us. Garrett has been fishing each day with our guide Mike and I believe they have caught between 3500 and 4000 Walleyes so far on this trip. His first words about the fishing this year was that it was “Insane”. Hmmm, wonder where I heard that description before?
We look forward to hearing from our previous guests, or potential new guests, so post your comments or questions here on our blog.
That is all for now.
Remember, it is not “Fishing” at Stormer Lake Lodge, it is “Catching”. (or as some guests have stated “Yanking”)
Dave & Linda