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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

See and Hear us on FishnCanada and Outdoor Journal this weekend

FishnCanada Television Fishing ShowFishnCanada Television Fishing ShowOutdoor Journal Radio Fishing ShowWe will be on radio, television as well as live Radio on the Internet this weekend. The Radio and Web Program is Outdoor Journal which runs from 8:00 am EST to 10:00 am EST. On the web listen to our live interview just after 9:00 am EST on Saturday February 20 at or if you are in the Toronto region listen to us on the Radio on FAN 590 AM.
The Television show on us will run February 20-21 on the Global channels on the FishnCanada Show. The show will air Saturday February 20 at 8:00 am EST, and Sunday February 21 at 7:30 am EST. This 1/2 hour episode is all about our resort. Taking the train or float plane in from Hawk Junction, staying at our resort, the accommodations, meals, services, fishing, wildlife etc. The first part starts with some video of our lodge and accommodations as well as the train or float plane and goes into Catch & Release Walleye fishing. It is very entertaining with FishnCanada Hosts Angelo Viola and Mike Miller Catching and Releasing lots of Walleyes.
The next part is shore lunch where FishnCanada hosts Angelo Viola, Mike Miller and Pete Bowman sharing shore lunch with our guests and enjoying fresh Walleyes, home made baked beans, seasoned wedge potatoes and bannock all cooked over a campfire on a secluded island.Canadian Fishing Shore Lunches Ontario Canada
The third part is the most entertaining when we introduce FishnCanada hosts Angelo Viola, Mike Miller and Pete Bowman to our neighbourhood Black Bears. We have a very practical relationship with the Black Bears in the area of our resort. In order to avoid problems with Black Bears coming over to our island resort for food, we keep our resort very clean by ensuring that no food waste goes into our garbage or is around our island acting as an attractant for Black Bears which could lead to problems. Black Bears Wildlife Viewing and Photography Vacations in Ontario CanadaWe collect all of the food waste from our entire resort every day and bring it about 3km across Lake Wabatongushi to a peninsula called Bear Point. We leave it for the Black Bears, Bald Eagles, Ravens and Seagulls. Our guests can watch Black Bears right from their boats. To bring the food waste up on the peninsula requires us to be very aggressive with the bears and chase them into the woods using Leaf Rakes, which we find is the best Black Bear intimidation tool. On this FishnCanada Episode we get Angelo and the FishnCanada crew very close to a Mother Bear and 2 cubs for some great video.
The Radio program is a live interview by Angelo Viola and Mike Miller of FishnCanada on their Fan590 AM Radio program Outdoor Journal Radio Saturday February 20. The show runs from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and I am expecting to be on the radio a little after 9:00 am. We will be talking about our resort and their experiences with fishing, Black Bears, Shore Lunch etc. People can tune their radios to Fan 590 AM or they can listen to us on live streaming audio on the internet at

From Errington's Wilderness Island Resort

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Spring & Fishing Are Coming Soon

From Errington's Wilderness Island Resort

I am counting the days until I can relax in the lodge and look out on the lake.
Even if it is not a great day for fishing (even though there is never a bad day for fishing), it is always a rewarding day to sit and visit with good friends at the resort.

Walleye & Northern Pike Fishing in Ontario Canada Last Year

Great Canadian Fishing Last Year
and Catch & Release Fishing Winners

Trophy Walleye Fishing Vacations Ontario CanadaLargest Walleye Released in 2009 a Beauty
Walt Canon had been hearing about our resort from his friend Ron Kokelaar for years, so last year Walt decided to join Ron. They were having really great fishing, landing a lot of Walleyes and quite a few nice Northern Pike through their stay. Then they topped off their vacation with this really beautiful 30 1/2 inch Walleye that they quickly released after taking this picture. Walt said it came almost all the way to the boat like a heavy log, then went crazy with multiple hard runs where they thought they would lose the fish, and when Ron netted her the little silver Mepps slipped out of her mouth. This Walleye is probably a prime female spawning size Walleye about 28 years old.
Trophy northern Pike Fishing Vacations Ontario CanadaLargest Northern Pike of 2009
Joe Wojt has been fishing here for many years and it was his turn to fish with "the newbie" of their decades old fishing group, Jim. They were on the north side of Timber Wolf Island and got into some weeds, when Joe noticed a small black leech in the tangled. Was this a “good omen”? Joe put the leech on the spoon he was using and a few minutes later got the “Strike”. She made three or four good runs, then rolled as she was getting tired.She was a little large for the net so Joe reached down and grabbed her behind the gill plates. Great fish, 37 inches long, about 17 years old and will probably be laying lots of eggs next spring.
Trophy Walleye Fishing Vacations Ontario CanadaWhat a thrill!
Kim Colby caught her largest Walleye ever, and the 3rd largest Walleye caught and released in 2009. When Kim's husband Mike asked what she had on, she told him, “Just a pike... wait... oh, I think it’s a log.” Then the Walleye took off! Around the boat... under the boat... then finally by the boat. That’s when Kim finally saw her. “It’s a huge walleye; get the net!” She’s 29 1/2 inches long and between ten to 11 pounds! She’s probably 26 years old. She’s still out in the lake to live many more years. Wow!
Trophy Walleye Fishing Vacations Ontario CanadaTrophy Walleye Fishing Vacations Ontario CanadaTwin Walleyes
Erik Born not only did it, he did it twice. Two 28" Walleyes caught and released on the same 4 day vacation at our resort. Erik and his father Rick have been vacationing at our resort since Erik was about half the size he is now. This was a really great Walleye year and Erik caught and released his first 28" Walleye the second day of their vacation which really highlighted their vacation. Then Erik and Rick were supposed to fly out at 11:00 am on the last day of their vacation 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 catching & releasing a 23 inch Walleye, then, about 30 feet off the dock coming back into their cabin, Erik tied into another big Walleye. This one fought very hard right off the bat and it took about 15 minutes to get in. It was another 28 inch Walleye. Erik and Rick took this picture and quickly released it as well, 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.
Northern Pike Fishing Fun Vacations  Ontario CanadaDouble Pike
On August 24th fishing in Dibben’s Bay, Ed McIntosh caught a 15 inch Northern Pike. While reeling in a larger Northern Pike swallowed the smaller Pike up to the gills. We were able to land both fish, and both were returned to the lake and swam away.
Fishing Fun Vacations Ontario CanadaTrolling Too Slow
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 that evening about his unique Catch & Release.

Catch & Release Fishing 2009 Awards & Winners

Large fish are almost exclusively females which means they can produce a lot more fish. With Walleye especially, it is now generally accepted that the larger the female is, the more successful spawner she is. They generally produce less eggs per pound but their eggs are larger and healthier with a much higher hatch success. Large fish also tend to be genetically larger which increases the growth rate of the general population.

Largest Walleyes Caught & Released Fishing 2009
Walt Cannon 30-1/2"
Derek Losalo 30"
Kim Colby 29 1/2"
Janice Meneke 29"
Steve Bartnicki 29"

Largest Northern Pike Caught & Released Fishing 2009
Joe Wojt 37"
Jeff Bos 36"
John Bloodworth 35"
Matt McIntosh 34 1/2"
Jan Futz 34"

Random Draw 2009 Catch & Release Fishing Winners

Here are the rest of our Catch and Release prize recipients for our 2009 random draw. Each will receive 10% discounts on their next vacations at our resort. Thank you everyone for your continued commitment to high quality fishing. You make the difference.

Sally Berthusen - 26" Walleye Frank Utter - 22" Walleye
Shawn Olar - 20" Walleye Lee Bowman - 28" Pike
Bob Andres - 28" Pike Pat Allett - 18" Walleye
Ronda Huston - 22" Walleye Mike Light - 17" Walleye
Garrett Benz - 17" Walleye Beth Vehre - 24" Walleye
Terry McTaggart - 27 1/2" Walleye Joy Aukland - 28" Pike
Jim Gilbertson - 22 1/2" Walleye Paul Osborn - 31 Pike
Brian Schubert - 16 1/2" Walleye Kevin Norman - 30" Pike
Doug Hoppa - 20 1/2" Walleye Zeke Copp - 29" Pike
Craig Conrad - 26" Walleye Daniel Palmer - 26" Pike
Andrew Goodell - 30 1/2" Pike Aaron Blackall - 26" Pike
Karen Schlaack - 18" Walleye Doug Jones - 20" Walleye
Lori Urbaniak - 16" Walleye John Kelley - 28" Pike
Kelly Cooney - 24 1/2" Pike Donna Pudue - 31" Pike
George Spangler - 29" Pike Kathy Stelow - 24" Pike
Cindy Knuth - 19" Walleye Jack Harris - 19" Walleye
Dawn Walling - 18" Walleye Keith Baggett - 27" Pike
Mike West - 33" Pike Nick Burzeze - 33 " Pike
Joyce Kroups - 33" Pike Linda Pullen - 26" Pike
Patrick Luea - 19 1/2" Walleye Mark Nelson - 19" Walleye

From Al & Doris Errington
Errington's Wilderness Island Resort

Monday, 8 February 2010

Errington's on ESPN Radio Chicago Chauncey's Great Outdoors

Hi Everyone,
If you missed us on ESPN Radio Chicago 1000 AM)) Chauncey's Great Outdoors, here it is We are the first interview. Two notes, coming north from Chicago you make a right, not left, through Michigan's Upper Penisula to go to Sault Ste Marie and cross into Canada, also, we are only 1-1/2 hours by train from Hawk Junction. Enjoy the interview, we did! You can also listen to it our download it in the ESPN Archives here:

From Errington's Wilderness Island Resort

Friday, 5 February 2010

ESPN Chicago 1000AM Radio Chauncey's Great Outdoors Interview

Hi Everyone,
Tune in your radio or internet tomorrow morning. We are scheduled to be on ESPN Chicago Radio tomorrow morning at 6:00 am Central, 7:00 am Eastern Time. If you are in the Chicago Listening area tune your radio to ESPN 1000AM, and if you are anywhere else in the world "tune" your browser to ESPN Chicago Streaming Radio on the web at:
ESPN Chicago Radio 1000 Chauncey's Great OutdoorsYou can listen to us being interviewed by Chauncey Niziol on Chauncey's Great Outdoors, a popular radio program about everything outdoors. It will be fun to share some of our stories about fishing, wildlife and fun vacations at our wilderness resort up in Northern Ontario Canada.

From Errington's Wilderness Island Resort