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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Merry Christmas Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

We hope all of you are doing well and the Holiday Season finds you with Friends, Family and Fun. We are buttoned down for the winter here but our memories of last summer keep us warm. Here is a link to our Newsletter to share our Warm Memories:

From Errington's Wilderness Island Resort

Thursday, 26 November 2009

On TV on Fish'n Canada

Fish'n CanadaFish'n Canada visited us this summer to do a show on fishing and vacationing at our resort. Our episode is ready for release and will start airing this weekend, first on the Canadian Global Network starting this Saturday 8:00 AM across the Country.
Full Schedule of all stations:

Our episode will also be available to view on the internet come Winter 2010 online at: We will post here again when our episode's video is available online.

Here are a couple of pictures from Fish'n Canada's visit to our resort. Fish'n Canada Hosts Angelo Viola and Mike Miller eating fishing shore lunchLori is cooking a Shore Lunch forFish'n Canada Hosts Angelo Viola and Mike Miller eating fishing shore lunch Angelo Viola and Mike Miller, and Angelo, Mike and Pete Bowman eating lunch with some of our guests including Steve Bartnicki and Bill Haling.Fish'n Canada Walleye Fishing Steve Bartnicki also caught and released the 29" Walleye below that morning and he was showing the pictures to Angelo, Mike and Pete.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Signs & Colours of Fall

We are having a Beautiful Fall up here as we start preparing to close our resort for the season. The weather has been great and the colours and signs of fall are around us. The baby Loon chicks are nearly full grown. They are not fuzzy any more and basically look like a loon in winter colours. Their parents will change to the same colour, a dull beigey-grey, over the next month and then they will all fly south for the winter to the Caribean and the Atlantic Ocean.
The berries are ripening and some of the leaves are starting to turn. The Mountain Ash Berries are colourful but not that great to eat, but the Wild Rosehips (berries) taste like apples. They are very seedy so you just nibble off the outer flesh but they are very tasty and very high in vitamin C.
Another sign of fall are the freshly varnished boats that we are prepared for next spring. We are less busy in the fall so we bring up about 10 boats during September to varnish and prepare for next spring.
We hope you all are enjoying the fall weather as well.
If you are thinking about vacationing with us next year remember we have an Early Reservation Discount if you reserve for next year before the end of September.
Have a Great Day!

Al & Doris Errington
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ss Island Resort

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Northern Pike Fun

Caught & Released this 35 inch Northern Pike in the bay just North of Castle Rock.

John Bloodworth - 9/8/09

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Otters at Play

We were up at Long Time No See-Up Bay looking for Moose when Keith said "What are those birds chirping" and when I looked I saw these three beauties just sunning on the rocks.

Jack & Keith

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Friday, 28 August 2009

Cow Moose in Long-Time-No-See-Em Bay

Tracy and Brian took a half hour off fishing when they saw this Cow Moose. They did not see a calf but the Cow Moose kept looking into the bush so she probaly had her calf hidden.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Double Pike

On August 24th fishing in Dibben's bay we caught 15 inch Northern Pike. While reeling in a larger Northern Pike swallowed the small Pike up to the gills. We were able to land both fish, and both were returned to the lake and swam away.

Ed McIntosh
Clippers of Livonia

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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Trolling Too Slow? Catching Clams

The consensus is, Larry Campbell may need to pick up the speed a little. Going slow enough to catch a clam may need some reconsideration. Larry did enter this 4-1/2" clam into our Catch & Release Log Book. It was a tough release too. Larry had to use a screw driver to pry the clam open enough to get his jig out. Larry is a good sport and provided humerous dinner conversation this evening about his unique Catch & Release.

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Goodchilds First Fishing Trip!

This was a week for many first's for Justin Goodchild. he did pretty good for the first time fisherman. He saw his first bald eagle, got up close and personal with a local chipmunk, amazing view of a bear, and a pair of otters playing in the water. He caught his fist 27 inch pike on a 1 1/2 inch lure. From the moment he stepped off the train, till the moment he got back on the train he sucked in the
breathtaking scenery. For someone who's lived in Canada all his life, he didn't realize the other wonderful places it had to offer. He appreciated the "wild wilderness" away from traffic lights, cars and Blackberry's. He loved everything he saw, the wildlife, cabin 4, the lodge, and the delicious dessert he recieved (cherry cheesecake).
He was just in awe, and realized why people come back here year after year. With a view from the cabin, driving the boat, and the opportunity to come up here, I'm sure this won't be the last visit for him at Errington's.

(signed his girlfriend, Bobbi)

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Bald Eagle Fishing

The best thing about this area is that there is no reception on any cell phone and i was lucky enough to get this great shot of an eagle diving for its prey. The scenery is also amazing and the bears are cool.

Jean Savoie

From Errington's Wilderness Island Resort

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Great Blue Heron

From Errington's Wilderness Island Resort

On Monday August 10th, while kayaking I was able to get close to one of the great blue herons near the lodge.

Big Pike and Fly Fishing for Bos Family

Large Trophy Northern Pike Fishing in CanadaJeff Bos decided to go out fishing one more time before catching the train back out to civilization last Friday. It was a very good decision, Jeff caught and released this 36" Northern Pike. Fly Fishing for Northern Pike in CanadaJeff also did some fly fishing for Northern Pike during his vacation here this year and here is a picture of one of the Northern Pike Jeff caught on his fly rod, not quite as big as the 36" Pike, but a lot of fun.
Children Northern Pike Fishing in CanadaJeff, his brother Jon and their father John have been coming to our resort since they were kids. The 3 of them are still vacationing together with us but now they bring up Jon's sons Max and Ben. This was Ben's first vacation here and he was really enjoying learning to fish with his dad, Uncle Jeff, Grandfather John and Big Brother Max.

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n's Wilderness Island Resort

Friday, 14 August 2009

Lynx Swimming

August 10th 2009 Jerry & Lori Urbaniak on a romantic cruise across the lake when we spotted something swimming in the water just north of Picnic Island. When we approached to see what it was, we had a surprise to find that it was a rare sighting of a swimming lynx! Another couple that was up with us (Dave and Linda Fabbri), had just seen a lynx the day before up in Long Time No- See Um bay, so we never expected to be just as lucky as they were and spot a lynx. 20 years of coming to Erringtons, and we still are finding new and rare sights!!!!!!

From Errington's Wilderness Island Resort

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Birdwatching Site, Up and Active!!

Well, after much ado, and lots of errors, and hair falling out, the birdwatching website is finally active. Already, guests have asked for the "Bird List " and have added a few new birds onto the list. Including, the Canada Warbler and Ring-billed gull. So now, not only do we have a birding list, but a website to go with it. Yeah!! So, on your next visit, if your curious about what birds are on the lake, look at the website ding dong, I'm sure you'll find what you need on there.

Happy Birding!!

Trophy Northern Pike Released by Joe Wojt

My first time fishing at Errington Islan Resort was first week of August 2002. There was a group of Detroit Diesel employees who were going up to Lake Wabatongushi for about 15-20 years. I was not an employee of DD but got asked to tag along in 2002.

Every year was enjoyed, many fish were caught, many stories were told (all true), and a few beverages shared. I usually entered 5 to 7 catch and release fish each year but as luck would have it never got the 10% Catch & Release discount.

Plan B: 8/2/2009
Catch the "big one". The first day everyone did well, plenty of recordable fish. I caught two 28'' and one 27'' Northern Pike. Weather was so-so and the shorts were still packed. Day two was sunny but not too warm with less fish caught. Day three was back to windy, rain and over cast. I was fishing with "the newbie," Jim's first trip to the "Rough it in Velvet". We were on the north side of Timber
Wolf Island. We got into some weeds, and I noticed there was a small black leech in the tangled them. Was this a "good omen"? I put the leech on the spoon I was using; a few minutes later came the "Strike". The fish made three or four good runs, he is getting tired. Then what you're looking for, the roll, He was a little large for the net so landing is not a simple task. He was running out of gas, so I reached down and grabbed him behind the gill plates. Great fish, 37 inches long, about 17 years old. That is twice as long as I have been fishing on Lake Wabatongushi.

Result: 8/4/2009
As of now he is the largest of the year. I say to Doris "those slimier leeches do well for walleyes also". Keep'em bouncing off the bottom. Encourage all guests to fish" Wallies". I know and hear that there are some 40+" Northern Pike in the lake, good place for them.
Here is a picture of my Friend Jan Foltz with his 33 inch Northern Pike that he caught and released too.

"I'll be back" Thanks to all.�

Joe Wojt
From Errington's Wilderness Island Resort

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Unplugged in the Wilderness

As the train pulled out of Hawk Junction on its northern route towards its final destination of Hearst we were soon lulled into a hypnotic like trance by the gentle clickety clack rhythm of the steel wheels on the well worn rails. The view from our windows revealed an endless expanse of pine and birch trees periodically broken by the crystal clear pristine waters of one of the thousands of lakes spread throughout Northern Ontario. The roads soon ended. There were few towns and fewer people. The train came around once last bend a slowed to a stop at mile 206 on the Canadian Algoma Central Railway. We had arrived with much anticipation at the boat pier of Errington’s Wilderness Island lodge. The vast azure blue lake opening northward before us was Wabatongushi, covering over 10,000 acres of the 2 million acre Chapleau Game Preserve. We were soon met by a small pontoon boat at the dock captained by Al Errington, co-host of the Wilderness Island Resort. “Wilderness” is the certainly the correct name to use here as we later learned to our pleasure that we were about to spend the next few days in the world’s largest wildlife sanctuary. After a short fifteen minute boat ride across the cool waters of Wabatongushi we soon arrived at our final destination, a little secluded log cabin situated on the edge of one of the lake’s seventy-plus lush green islands.

We had chosen Erringtons for the solitude and the privacy, a short escape from the electronic webs created by our cell phones, Blackberries, computers and televisions that ensnared our time and attention. We were not disappointed. Over the next four days we traded in our SUV for a well weathered 18 foot cedar wood motor boat and explored the many islands, channels, bays, shorelines and tangled forests of Wabatongushi. While many visitors come for the generous walleye, pike and whitefish fishing the lake has to offer, we came for the wildlife viewing and photography. Again, we were not disappointed. Over the next few days I was able to focus my camera on moose, hawks, bald eagles, herons, black bear and loons.

One evening, without leaving the deck of our cabin, we were able to observe the playful antics of a mother loon and her newly born chicks. We watched for hours as the little fuzz balls fought for the best spot on their mother’s feathered back. Just yards from our dock, on the other side of our cabin, we watched one of nature’s condominiums rise from the waters of the wetlands as beavers constructed their lodge, a heron soon took occupancy with a nest on top. On another day excursion in our cedar strip boat, we headed to Long Time No See-Um Bay where we did see a moose cow. We spent the morning photographing her while she enjoyed her breakfast from the reedy floor of the bay as she submerged and rose from the cool waters like a furry brown island. A visit to Errington’s Wilderness Island Resort would not be complete without a black bear sighting. A light morning drizzle dampened our clothes but not our spirits as we boated in the direction of Dibben Bay heading towards Bear Point. With the help of our guide Larry, who helped us anchor in the tricky shallow waters off the point, we watched as the alpha bear of the clan chowed down on last night’s dinner remains, brought over each morning around 9 o’clock by someone from the lodge. Hawks and seagulls circled overhead anxiously waiting for their turn at the scraps. Some of these winged dinner companions were so anxious to join in the feast that they landed on the bear’s hunched back. Speaking of dinner, we ended each of our days, back at the main lodge with a delicious gourmet meal prepared by one of the chefs and Al’s wife Doris. It was a luxury to know that each evening we would be seated in the cozy lodge to enjoy an ample and enjoyable meal of cornish hen, pork cordon bleu and steak. Did we mention the desserts- apple pie, lemon meringue pie and chocolate cake? While we brought in our own breakfast and lunch foods, we loved the idea of not having to worry about dinner. We grew to anticipate the evening meal and good conversation provided by Lori, Al and other lodge dinner guests. To remind us that we were never too far from the teeming wildlife of Wabatongushi Lake, while we sat down to enjoy our last three course dinner at the lodge, outside our picture window, a mature bald eagle swooped down and plucked a walleye for his gourmet dinner from the waters, disappearing into the mass of pines and birch that framed the shoreline

Alan & Linda Ginsberg (Madison, WI, USA)

Guests on July 30-August 2, 2009

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Saturday, 8 August 2009

Perseids Meteor Shower this Week

This week the Perseids meteor shower will be peaking. Tuesday and Wednesday nights especially should be very spectacular. There is a possibility of Northern Lights the next few nights as well. The Moon is still on the bright side for the best night sky viewing but the Persieds Meteor Shower is something we look forward to every year. If you are not up here with us try to find some dark place to sit out and enjoy the night sky too.

From Errington's Wilderness Island Resort

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Beautiful Walleye Caught & Released by Kim Colby

July 31, 2009, 8:45 P.M.

What a thrill! I caught her with a jig head in 14 feet of water. When my husband asked me what I had on, I told him, "Just a pike... wait... oh, I think it's a log." Then she took off! Around the boat... under the boat... then finally by the boat. That's when I finally saw her. Told my husband, "It's a huge walleye; get the net!" She's 29 1/2 inches long and between ten to 11 pounds! Al said she's probably 26 years old. She's still out in the lake to live some more years. Wow!

Kim Colby

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Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Ladys day out on the lake

Hi, my name is Joyce, I am 70 and I love to FISH! My son in-law has been taking me on their family fishing trips up to Erringtons since 1998; this was my fifth visit. Their family has been visiting Erringtons since 1996. This year was my most successful year catching a 33 inch long Northern Pike. This was the largest fish I have ever caught. It was a ladys day out on the lake, Mother and daughter. My daughter drives the boat and I fish. It was a rainy cooler day and we were trolling a small cove across from the rail road tracks. I was using a blue and white spoon. It hit hard and I knew it was a nice size fish. I kept asking my daughter to bring it up with the net, but it went deep and under the boat. When we finally got it into the boat, we both were dancing and giving each other high fives. Then the camera came out to capture this picture. Our family catch and release, so someone else can have the time of there life pulling in a BIG one in like I did! My grandson Shawn spotted a furry animal in the water north of Timberwolf Island. He thought at first it was something that was floating in the water, like a jacket. He took a picture and showed it to Al back at the lodge. Al said it was a mink, so we wanted to share. Our week at Erringtons was a great way to relax and totally unplug from work. Erringtons is a true retreat from the everyday reality and so much fun and laughs for the whole family. This is one of our favorite family vacation destinations and the staff is so friendly, they are now like family.
The Wilcox Family

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Monday, 27 July 2009

Photographer's Dream

Being up here for the past 7 years, I've had plenty of opportunities to take pictures of a variety of wildlife. Not only are they amazing pictures, but when I show them to other people, they realize how beautiful it is where I work. Guests come up here to vacation...I come up here to work, but yet it's my private vacation for the summer.

Where can you work where you wake up in the morning hearing loons calling, see your boss go out and feed bears, or go for a walk and see and hear so many songbirds. It's here, Lake Wabatongushi.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Bull Moose

Here is a great Bull Moose Mr. & Mrs. Schunter photographed yesterday evening on our nature tour. This Bull Moose has been hanging the north end of Long-Time-No-See-Um Bay for about a month. There has also been a Cow and Calf in the same area.

This is a prime mature Bull Mosse with a terrific Rack of antlers almost 6 feet wide. The shovels on his antlers still have a little bit of growing to do yet, the shovels on his antlers are still missing some spikes. In the next few of weeks his antlers will finish growing and then he will start shedding the velevet or skin on them so his display will be ready for mating season this fall. He will be looking for the Cow Moose then. He will shed his antlers in late November or Early December.

Bull Moose grow a a new set of antlers each year just like the other smaller members of the Deer family and the antlers are basically just display to attract Cow Moose and intimidate other Bull Moose. We do Nature Tours by Pontoon Boat for Wildlife Viewing a few times each week. This morning we will be going out to look for Black Bears.

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Monday, 13 July 2009

Beyond Long Time No See'Um bay

This is a video of a moose up in the wetlands beyond Long Time No See'Um bay and when i got up on the reeds to see(I was on a kayak) it was scared into the bushes hope you find this video entertaining. I might also make a guide trip for guests up this bay so arrange for them now.
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Sunday, 12 July 2009

Loon Nesting

Loons nesting, at first glance, look like a rock sticking up through a little bit of mud in the water. Loons are adapted to swimming very well with their legs far back on their body for propulsion. This makes it very difficult for loons to walk on land so loons nest right on the waters edge, or as in this picture from Long-Time-No-See-Um Bay, the furthest north arm of Lake Wabatongushi, the loons just pile a little bid of mud and weeds on a shallow area and lay their eggs there. This loon has 2 eggs, we have been watching this nest for a few weeks. This is probably the male since it is a bit bigger than the other loon we saw nearby. Both parent loons raise the chicks. As soon as the loon chicks hatch they go into the water and never go on land again except to nest. If they need warmth and protection they climb up on one of their parent's backs and hide under a wing, nice and cosy and safe.
Loons are a very large powerful bird, almost as big as a Bald Eagle and much heavier because unlike most birds, loons have solid bones which makes it easy to dive 100's of feet, but flying and walking are a task. Because loons' nest are so close to the water they are very suseptible to damage from boat wakes so going into sheltered bays, channels and wetlands you should always go slowly to avoid damaging the habitat and nesting areas of loons and other wetland birds and animals.
Loons are one one of the oldest bird species Loon fossils have been found dating back to the end of age of dinosaurs over 65 Million Years ago.
When the loon ckicks hatch we will try to get a picture of them as well for here.

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Friday, 10 July 2009

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker is a type of woodpecker that breeds in Lake Wabatongushi, I found a Northern Flicker nest, and will continue to blog about them and you can watch them grow up. Unless the nest is unsuccessful.

The Northern Flicker doesn't prefer a tree over another when preparing a nesting site, although it does prefer a tree with a soft or partially decaying heart. (Inner part of the tree)

This Northern Flicker made its nest in a Eastern White Cedar tree, approximately 10 feet up. It had excavated it with its mate, and you can see just below the entrance hole, their is another hole they had started but decided against it. The period of incubation is between 14-16 days. The male incubates them during the night, while the female incubates them during the day.

When the eggs hatch, they remain in the nest for 25-28 days. You can see flickers hopping along the ground looking for and probing the ground for insects, an unusual characteristic in Woodpeckers

Northern Pike for Kevin Norman

Here's my 30" northern pike, caught here at Wabatongushi Lake. This is the largest northern I have caught to date, so needless to say I was just a little excited. The folks on Heritage Island said they could hear my victory call all the way across the lake. The funniest thing about this was that I wasn't fishing for pike. My father and I were moving to another location near Castle Rocks and I decided to throw a line out just for kicks. As soon as my Rattlin' Rap hit the water, the fish hit it. I was startled and forgot to even set the hook. I just started cranking. We barely got it in the boat. If it weren't for my father, who was on the assist, I probably would have lost the fish, so thanks Dad! We released the fish after taking the measurements and snapping a few pictures with it, so hopefully someone else can share in the same excitement that made this trip one of my greatest memories.

Great Fishing! ~ Kevin Norman

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Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Bush Plane Museum in Sault Ste Marie

The Bush Plane Museum is one of the most interesting and fun museums I have visited. It is a great place for both adults and children to spend a half day or so on your way up to our resort.
This is an interesting article "Your Kids Will Like This" about a new addition, the Children's Flight Centre.
This highly interactive area of the museum includes such items as: a fully functional flight simulator made from an actual aircraft cockpit, an Aerodrome Arcade featuring networked adventure games so visitors can play cooperatively or compete, many hands-on interactive exhibits that demonstrate the principals of flight and aerodynamics, an area for lessons and crafts, and much, much more!"
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Thursday, 2 July 2009

Wilderness Wedding

Bill Decker and Jean Knapp got married here today at our resort. It was a small but very beautiful wedding in our lodge. Chris Wray, the CEO of the municipality of Wawa who can also perform marriages, flew in by float plane to officiate the wedding.
Bill picked wildflowers from around the island for his bride's bouquet, which was a simple butvery beautiful and striking arrangement of Blue Flag Irises accentuated by Buttercups. Bill and Jean are a wonderful couple and we are very proud and happy they decided to get married here at our resort in the wilderness.

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Another Beautiful Walleye by Erik Born

Erik Born did it again. He and his father Rick were supposed to fly out at 11:00 am but their float plane was delayed because of early morning fog, so they decided to fish for a few more hours. They did pretty well including releasing a 23 inch Walleye, Then, about 30 feet off the dock of their cabin, Erik tied into another big Walleye. This one faught very hard right off the bat and it took about 15 minutes to get in. It was another 28 inch Walleye, another really beautiful fish. Erik and Rick took this picture and quickly released it, then went and finished packing to come back to the lodge to catch the float plane home. Erik says it is just luck, being at the right place at the right time. Erik's father Rick and I are not so sure, It takes a great feel and presentation to keep catching such great fish.

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Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Garrett's Walleye

I was fishing with my Dad, who is a great netter, over behind Dog Island across from Errington's Lodge.
I was jigging with a plain jig waiting for for a bite when suddenly my pole leaned forward over the boat. With a jolt of excitement I set the hook and felt the line start pouring out of my reel. It was great I brought him up to the boat and let my dad wrap him up in the net. I'll never forget the adrenaline rush the came through me when I caught the 20" walleye! We released it after taking this picture.
In the same spot about four minutes before the walleye hit I brought in a 26" northern.
~ Garrett Benz

It's interesting, Garrett is also about the same age as his Walleye, 13 years old. ~ Al Errington

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Guess who's older?

Guess who's older, Erik or the fish? Generally speaking their both the ripe old age of around 24, and one is better looking. This is a 28 inch walleye caught and released today by Erik Born, the handsome one. Since this walleye is over 21 inches, it is almost certainly a very healthy spawning size female, males walleyes generally don't grow this big. So she was released back into the lake to continue contributing to the high quality fishing in Lake Wabatongushi here in Ontario Canada.
Erik Born and his father Rick have been
coming to the resort since 2002 and know the fishing well here, but they feel this has been their best walleye fishing vacation ever for both numbers and size.
Great Fun Fishing!

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Biggest Walleye Release so far is a real beauty

Walt Cannon had a really great day fishing with his friend Ron Kokelaar yesterday. They caugh a lot of Walleyes and quite a few nice Northern Pike all day long. Then they topped it off yesterday evening by catching and releasing this really beautiful 30 1/2 inch Walleye. He said it came almost all the way to the boat like a heavy log then went crazy. Multiple hard runs where they thought they would lose her, the Ron netted her and the little silver Mepps Walt was using slipped out of her mouth, so they were lucky getting her all the way in. Ron quickly took this picture of Walt and they released her so she can continue contributing to the fishing quality here on Lake Wabatongushi. This Walleye is probably around 28 years old and a prime spawner. This is Walt's first vacation here, although he says he is already looking forward to next year. Walt's friend Ron has been vacationing here for many years, sometimes with other friends, and sometimes with his family. What a great fish and a great day.
Walt's 30 1/2 inch Walleye is the largest Walleye caught and released this year so far. We have also had a 30 inch Walleye released and 29 inch Walleye released so far this year. 2009 is shaping up to be a really great Walleye year.