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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.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Lake Whitefish and Mayflies

The average length of the Lake Whitefish is 15 inches and seldom weighs more than 15 pounds although the generally accepted commercial weight is 2 pounds. An older fish will develop a hump behind the head. The overall coloration is silvery with a pale greenish brown to light or dark brown back.

The Lake Whitefish is widely distributed throughout British Columbia and Canada.
Spawning occurs in the fall in shallow waters at depths of less than 25 feet. The female Lake Whitefish lays 16,100 eggs per pound of fish and loses roughly 11% of her body weight at this time. This species is predominantly a bottom feeder. The major predators are lake trout, northern pike, burbot, yellow walleye, and even whitefish themselves.

The Lake Whitefish is the most valuable commercial freshwater fish in Canada. Sport fishermen actively enjoy the catch of this fish and report the flesh as an exceptionally fine flavor. Whitefish eggs are sometimes marketed as caviar.

Since Whitefish are a deep-water fish and go deep during the summer. Its recomended using a 3-way swivel system with a Zero Mepps, Blue Fox, or small black and silver Rapala. You can troll very slowly in about 35-55 feet of water. Small baits and lures must be used to catch this fish. Whitefish will sometimes hit a bigger lure like a Rapala or Thunderstick but generally the hooks on these lures are too big for the whitefish's tiny mouth.

When the May Flies start to hatch, the Whitefish will move out of the rivers and stay just below the surface of the lake feeding on the hatching flies. When the May Fly hatch is complete, the Whitefish go deep.

You can catch Whitefish on the surface in the spring with small spinners, 1/16 oz jigs, tiny Rapalas or putting a May Fly or Waxworm on a hook and a small float and just cast off the dock. Generally, the Whitefish will be everywhere there are large populations of May Flies hatching on the surface. This is a perfect time for Fly-Fishing for Whitefish with your fly-rod.

Use your regular fly-rod and regular line but the lead line should be 4 pound test. Use a fly that looks like a May Fly. Other flies might work well but remember, the Whitefish's visual acuity this time of year is for the shape and movement of the May Fly.

Mayfly, common name for delicate insects that often emerge in great numbers from lakes, streams, and rivers. The approximately 1500 species range in length from 1 to 3 cm (0.4 to 1.2 in) and have two or three long tail filaments; transparent, upright forewings; short antennae; and bulging, light-sensitive eyes. Both adults and larvae are important food of trout; because of this, artificial lures have been patterned after mayflies for more than 400 years.

Mayflies usually spend one to three years as underwater nymphs, breathing by means of gills and feeding on microscopic plant life. After 10 to 20 molts they emerge from their nymphal skins on the water surface and fly to nearby plants, where they go through a last molt, shedding their downy, waterproof skins. (Mayflies are the only insects to molt in a winged stage.) Now fully adult, they cannot feed, but instead they form male and female swarms that mate over water. After mating, the males die; the females live a few more hours, depositing the eggs in water and thus starting the next generation of nymphs.

Mayflies are among the oldest insect groups and have been found as fossils dating from about 300 million years ago. At lake and river resorts, expiring mayflies often accumulate in "snowfalls" under outdoor lighting.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Moose & Dragonflies

Well the weather up here at Wabatong has been wonderful. Their have been many sightings of moose with their calfs, and a yearling bull was also spotted.

Also, another note, the dragonflies have hatched and are quickly eating all the mosquitos and blackflies. Which is great! Lots of dragonflies means no bugs for us.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Fish Fry!!!

Fish Fry is one of the most exciting times in the week. Fish fry is every Wednesday night and the food served is delicious.

Fried whitefish, and provincial, along with fiddleheads. Fiddleheads are young frawns (ferns) that are just starting to emerge from the ground (they taste earthy). They are picked locally from a young man on Mile 209 and sent up to us. Other food served is greek, potatoe, coleslaw, spinach and macaroni salads. Along with a veggie tray, pickle tray, olive tray, homemade beans, and bannack. Dessert is 'Haiwaiin Dreams' which you need to try to enjoy, their sooo delicious!

After supper, we have 'Minnow Races'. Minnow races is a game invented with a track, starter and minnows. We have 6 heats, and the winners from all the heats race in the last one. Bets are placed on different fish and overall a good time for everyone.
Here are some pictures from yesterdays' fish fry.

Common loon
(Gavia immer)

Here are two picture of the same bird. The loon on the nest is in its breeding colors and will remain like that until they migrate. The other loon is in its winter plumage.
The loon has a white breast and belly, with dark webbed feet. Loons weigh 2.7 to 6.3 kilograms this is because of their solid bones which is unusual in the bird world.

Common Loons live throughout Canada, from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia, north to the Yukon, Northwest Territory and Nunavut. Common Loons can also be observed in the northeastern United States during the summer months. It is estimated that Ontario has about 65,000 pairs of Common Loons living in the province during the summer months. Near the end of summer, loons will gather on many of larger lakes prior to migration. Adults will usually migrate before young birds, which may need additional time to mature before migration. On warm spring days, Common Loons can be observed flying north in search of ice free water bodies. In many situations, loons may then retreat south should they find ice covered lakes, or should cold wintry weather return. .
Loons feed on fish such as Yellow Perch, Smallmouth Bass, and assorted smaller fishes usually referred to as "minnows". In addition, some loons feed on naturally fishless lakes, which contain crayfish, frogs, leeches and aquatic insects.Loons hunt by swimming after their prey using their webbed feet. They have been known to dive to depths of 70 metres and stay submerged for more than three minutes, but the average dive is less than five metres deep and 40 to 45 seconds in duration.
Loons have been spotted nesting on different parts of the lake and by the end of July or early June they should hatch!

Dragonfly's emerging at Wabatong

A dragonfly has a life span of more than a year, but littleof its life is an adult. Three stages of the dragonfly life cycle are the egg, nymph, and adult. Most of the life cycle of a dragonfly is lived out in the nymph stage and unless you go looking for them you won't see them.

A male and a female dragonfly will mate while they are flying in the air. After two dragonflies mate, the female dragonfly will lay her eggs on a plant in the water, or if she can’t find a suitable plant she will just drop them into the water.

Once the dragonfly eggs hatch, the life cycle of a dragonfly larva begins as a nymph. A nymph looks like a little alien creature. It hasn’t grown its wings yet and has what looks like a crusty hump hanging onto its back. Dragonfly nymphs live in the water while they grow and develop into dragonflies. This portion of the dragonfly life cycle can take up to four years to complete, and if the nymph cycle is completed in the beginning of the wintertime, it will remain in the water until spring when it is warm enough to come out.Dragonfly nymphs live in ponds or marshy areas because the waters are calmer than in a stream or river. Sometimes they can be found in the calmer backwaters of rivers, too. Dragonfly nymphs may eat smaller dragonfly nymphs as they develop.

Once the nymph is fully grown, and the weather is right, it will complete the metamorphosis into a dragonfly by crawling out and finding a suitable place to Metamorphicize. The nymph will shed its skin onto the stem of the plant and will then be a young dragonfly. The skin that the nymph left behind is called the exuvia and you can find the exuvia still stuck to the stem for a long time after the dragonfly has left it.Once the dragonfly leaves the exuvia it is a full grown dragonfly. The dragonfly will hunt for food and begin to look for a mate. Once the dragonfly finds a mate, the female will find a body of calm water that will be a good place to lay her eggs, and the life cycle of the dragonfly begins all over again. Adult dragonflies only live about two months.

Depending on how healthy a lake is directly coincides with the amount of dragonflies emerging. Dragonfly nymphs are gill breathers and are very sensitive to water chemistry. If the lake is polluted, usually nymphs, stoneflies, and mayflies are the first to die. If the water is healthy, more dragonflies will hatch, Wabatongushi is considered a very healthy lake.

Kayaking trip 2009 (con't)

Here are the other pictures I took on my adventure.

Kayaking trip 2009

Yesterday was a bright sunny day, I took it upon myself to take a kayak out and enjoy the weather. I'm so glad I did, not only did I get some great pictures, but I also ended up seeing a lot of wildlife.
I started out my trip with going in the back marsh behind cabin 1 & 2. It was here I took some shots of the red-winged blackbirds, and their nests. Not to far from the lodge, I veered around the corner and bumped into a moose. I took a few pictures and went along my way. I went to 'Boy Scout' island and noticed a mother and 3 babies walking along the shoreline. \On my way home home I stopped and resting along the rocks and introduced myself to a curious mink. It was a great day for fishing, kayaking and generally just an amazing day. I'm so happy I went kayaking, but the sun just ended up kissing my skin a little too much :-)

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Trophy Walleyes

Derek Losalo has broken the tie for largest walleye caught and released so far this year with a 30 inch Walleye. Derek is up with his Grandfather on a family fishing adventure for the week.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Well the weather at Wabatong has been stunning. We witnessed a lovely rainbow here, and managed to get a few shots of it. Rainbows are made when light is refracted through millions of droplets in the air. White light is made up of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet light, so when it is split into its components by the water droplets, it is seen as a rainbow. Rainbows usually occur when their is moisture in the air, such as after a rainstorm, when the sun is out.
Another bird has managed to hatch a brood of nestlings (Swamp Sparrow) these little young ones had just hatched and another egg was along the way to peeping his way threw. As you can see, even with their eyes sealed shut, they still have one thing on their

Saturday, 13 June 2009

A lovely walleye!

Here is Judy Deware holding a 29 inch walleye (caught and released) on Lake Wabatongushi. Janice Maneke caught the lovely fish and took a picture of it, shortly before releasing into the water. This is their third year coming up to the resort, and won't be their last.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Steve Bartnicki is now the frontrunner in our Walleye Catch & Release trophy fishing. Steve released this beautiful 29 inch Walleye today. She really is a beautiful and very healthy fish with that large girth.
Up here she is probably about 25 years old and from the looks of how fat she is, at least 10 lbs. She will be a great spawner again next spring.
Steves buddy Bill Halling is doing well too. He caught and relaeased this 24-1/2 inch Walleye yesterday which would have been about a 17 years old. Spring is is a great time for Walleye fishing and Steve and Bill are regulars this time of year because the Walleyes are plentiful and a lot of fun to catch.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Fish 'n Canada comes to Errington's

FishnCanada is here at Errington's Wilderness Island Resort. Angelo Viola, Pete Bowman and Mike Miller are here to do a wilderness fishing show for their television program Fish n Canada. They got off the train late this afternoon and they will be here for a couple of days before flying out for another fishing adventure. What a life. We are excited to see the show they put together and will let everyone know when it is on TV and avaialble for download off the internet.

Monday, 1 June 2009

"New passport rules cause few border delays"

US Passport crossing United States Canada Border
From the sounds of this article from the Windsor Star, US Border Services have a good handle on the passport issue for returning to the US from Canada and there are no extra delays at the border entering the United States.

"Both passenger and commercial traffic were flowing normally, with only brief warnings issued by U.S. border guards for those without the proper documents.

A small paper information leaflet with a banner of "non-compliant" was given to anyone who failed to produce a passport or other satisfactory documents under Washington's Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative rules, which also allow for use of enhanced drivers' licences or NEXUS cards to enter the U.S. at land borders.

"The new rule has not affected our traffic at all, and we don't anticipate it will," said Chief Ron Smith, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in Detroit. "We know we are going to have people crossing without documents. It's not our goal to stop traffic, but instead, go through an informed compliance period so people know what they need to do."

Hope this article helps anyone contemplating a vacation in Canada this summer who does not yet have a passport, enhanced drivers license, or NEXUS Card.

Passports to enter US starts Today

Well June 1 is here and the enhanced identification requirement for going into the United States by land started today. Again you only need normal ID like a birth certificate and drivers license to enter Canada from the United States, but you now require either a passport, enhanced drivers license, a US Passport Card, a Nexus card, or a FAST/EXPRESS card to enter the US. The enhanced drivers license is probably the best alternative because it is fairly inexpensive, quicker to get, ant it is an ID you already need that fits into your wallet. Unfortunately enhanced drivers licenses are only available from Michigan, New York, Vermont and Washington State at this time.
This enhanced identification requirement does not mean you cannot get back into the United States if you have been vacationing in Canada. It is constitutionally illegal to bar a United States citizen from entering their own country. But you may be significantly delayed while they check your citizenship so it is best to have the appropriate identification.
We all hope to see you this summer!
Al, Doris, Devin & Morgan Errington and the staff at Errington's Wilderness Island Resort