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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

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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!!!!!!

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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
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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.

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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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