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Friday, 16 September 2011

Big Northern Pike "Jeff's Despair"

From Ronda Huston about their fishing vacation last week:
Attached you will find my 32+ a smidge Northern Pike that I forgot to put in your catch/release book.  But better than that is the image of my husband Jeff in the background hanging his head in dispair.!!!   Something wonderful is really going on at Wabatong---this will be my second consecutive trip that I beat him in NUMBERS and SIZE of fish.  Funny, though, he always has some kind of excuse--much like a fisherman's tale. 
Ronda Huston

Great Fish and Great Picture Ronda!
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Saturday, 10 September 2011

The Northern Pike Fishing Bos Brothers

Jeff Bos with 39 inch Northern Pike.
Jeff Bos with 36 inch Northern Pike
Jon Bos with "smaller" Northern Pike
The Bos Brothers, Jon & Jeff, arranged a last minute, end of our season fishing vacation, and what a vacation they are having. Great weather and lots of fish. Jeff is doing especially well with this 39 inch Northern Pike, the largest caught and released this year, and a 36 inch Northern Pike caught earlier. Jon looks like he is  feeling a bit more challenged but actually has been catching more fish than Jeff, just not bigger.

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Thursday, 1 September 2011

Fishing in the Weeds

Here is Fred Morris , a guest I was guiding earlier this week , with a northern pike of 33 inches. This fish was caught fishing right above a 12 ft. deep weed bed .These larger walleye and pike are hanging out in these thick weed beds in search of bait fish such as perch.The perch are still hanging around the weeds, but will soon move out to deeper water as the shallow water begins to cool. Once this happens , most of the walleye will start to move into shallow Rockie areas in search of other bait fish like large minnows and also crayfish.These are the same feeding patterns that you see with walleye in May throughout June. In the winter months , perch move to the deepest parts of the lake where the warmest water is. In the summer the weeds start to grow as the shallow water warms up , that's when the perch move into the weeds as they offer structure, which will help them hide from predators , feed on smaller bait fish and also spawn. When this happens its a prime feeding area for these large pike and walleye. A really effective bait to use is the rapala husky jerk size 14 or the rapala x-rap clackin minnow. The clown pattern has been most successful as of late but the green and silver and black silver can be really effective as well.

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Monday, 22 August 2011

Canadian Geographic

We have another special group of guests staying at Errington's this weekend. Ray , a writer for Canadian Geographic has came up by train with his son Cam and photographer Stephanie. Ray is looking to produce an article which expresses what a wonderful experience it is for a father and son to not only go fishing together but enjoy the beautiful wilderness that northern Ontario has to offer. Right now is a perfect time to take in the beauty of lake Wabatongushi,as the leaves are beginning to change color, the air temperatures have cooled down and so have the water temperatures. When the water temperatures drop like this it also makes for some of the best fishing. I have been out guiding Ray, Cam and Stephanie for the past couple days. The first day was slow fishing but we still managed to land several decent size walleye, enough to fill everyone at shore lunch. The Weather did not permit us to go out fishing that evening , so it was another morning trip for us. This particular morning was much better fishing. Between Cam and his father, they landed over a dozen good size fish, mostly walleye but a couple nice northern as well. It seems as though the group is really enjoying themselves , Stephanie is getting some great shots of not only fish but wildlife, families enjoying themselves, kids jumping off the" jumping rock" and also some beautiful scenery's.
The group is leaving in the morning, so hopefully tonight we can get some more good shots of wildlife and maybe even more fish who knows....
Further details on issue dates are still to come.
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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Another Great Show

The New Fly Fisher has headed home, and are very pleased with the outcome of there stay at Errington's. We finished off the trip landing over a dozen walleye on the fly. The fly that was most productive was the green deceiver.What we were trying to do is imitate a small perch or bait fish , and work the fly over top of weed beds, where there are feeding fish. So for all the fly fisherman out there looking to land some great walleye and northerns on the fly , Erringtons Wilderness Island is a great opportunity for you. The New Fly Fisher is already talking about coming back next year, possibly in May to do some great walleye , pike and also whitefish fly fishing. Word is that The Fish TV and The New fly Fisher episodes will air sometime around December or January but further details are still to come.
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Saturday, 13 August 2011

The New Fly Fisher

Well , the Fish TV trip has come to a conclusion. Lots of fish were caught and the guys had a great time. It should make for a great episode. Ron James finished off the trip with a beauty. Here he is with a 28 " walleye. Just as I finished up with Fish TV , Al and Dorris informed me about another television program that I would be guiding. The New Fly Fisher has arrived , as you can tell by the title , this is a fly fishing only show , which makes for an interesting experience. I had Bill Spicer (host) out very early this morning to make sure we covered the right areas while the walleye are feeding aggressively, which is very important when fly fishing , due to the fact that you are trying to draw the walleye closer to the surface. We had a good morning landing several beautiful walleye. The New Fly Fisher has only booked a 2 day trip so we have tonight and tomorrow to finish the show and it doesn't appear were going to have any troubles. So I will be posting more pictures soon.
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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Great Evening With Fish TV

The evening fishing was much better,we were set up along a sheltered bay fishing in high winds which created a nice break for the fish to move into.When a large school of walleye move into a break like this they start competing for food, and we knew this was the case soon as we started fishing. We were getting nice 16"-18" walleye coming right up from the bottom racing to strike our rapala's. We tried a few different jigs and lures but the one that seemed to have the most success was the blue and silver husky jerk or the clown husky jerk. Ron managed to close of the evening with this gorgeous 24" walleye.
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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Update on Fish TV

Here is one of the hosts from Fish TV Ron James holding up a small, healthy northern pike with bright futures. This is one of about a dozen other pike caught around the same size this morning.
Although it was beautiful last evening, and allowed for some enjoyable walleye fishing, the weather was not as permitting this morning as we were only able to film for a few select periods of time and then we headed to the resort with high hopes for the evening.
The weather does look like it is going to clear up for the next couple of days , so I will be posting more photos and updates.
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Monday, 8 August 2011

Fish TV

Everyone at Erringtons is very exited today as we wait upon the arrival of the very popular television program Fish TV. Hosts Leo Stakos and Ron James will be arriving via train at about 5:00.
Fish TV has been a hit Television series for a quite a few years now. I personaly have always followed the show. Growing up I have seen many episodes , most of them in beautiful northern ontario lakes just like Lake Wabatongushi.
Being a hockey player, one feature that always attracted me to watching the show was they usually would have an NHL player co- host the show. I have seen long time legend Owen Nolan , I have also seen popular ex leafs Alexei Ponokorovsky and Nik Antropov whom at first was believed to be joining us this week but right now were not too sure if he is going to make it.
Al and Doris have been generous enough to give me the oppurtunity to guide Leo and Ron, so there will be updates and pictures to come.
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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Walleye Father & Son Team

trophy walleye fishing Ontario Canada
Dave Smith with 25 inch trophy Walleye
 This is Dave Smith's largest Walleye ever, a beautiful 26 inch Walleye he caught with the help of his son Ben.

Caught on a jig with a chartreuse tail, Ben took this quick picture before his dad released this prime spawning size Walleye back into Wabatongushi Lake to continue contributing to great fishing.

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Northern Lights at Errington's Wilderness Island Ontario Canada

We had a great evening for Northern Lights last night. The moon went down early and about 11:30 pm the Aurora Borealis started it's show. Here are a few pictures we took.
We have the perseids meteor showers coming up the end of this week as well. Great time for night skies.

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Friday, 5 August 2011

From Errington's Wilderness Island

This is a picture of a baby bear that was at bear point, her name was fluffy and had some of the longest fur that i have ever seen on a bear cub, she is now a full grown adult and is completely independent from her mother.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Moose & Bears on First Agawa Canyon Train Tour of our Season

Bull Moose in Northern Ontario Canada
Magnificently Tall and Powerful Young Bull Moose
Bull Boose in Northern Ontario Canada
Bull Moose in Velvet Ontario Canada
Diane and Roger Reynolds vacationed with us on our first Agawa Canyon 2-Day Train Tour of the season yesterday and today, and it was a very auspicious start to our train-in wildlife and nature tours. Besides seeing many loons, some with newly hatched chicks, and both mature and immature bald eagles, we sat on the pontoon boat at the end of Long-Time-no-See-Um Bay for almost an hour watching this magnificent Bull Moose. This Young Bull Moose's antlers are about 2/3 grown and at least 4 feet across, the paddles will grow a bit more through next month and he will grow more points. The lines and layers in the velvet fur on his antlers are formed by the antlers rapid growth. Basically Bull moose grow these antlers in a little over 2 months. The antlers stop growing about the end of July and the then start scraping off the velvet so they are ready to impress the lady moose in the fall. The antlers fall off in late November to December after mating season. This bull Moose is probably just coming into prime age about 6 years old.
Black Bears in Northern Ontario Canada
Young Black Bears "Playing?"

This morning Roger and Diane went on our morning Pontoon Boat tour over to Bear Point and these two young bears were "playing?".  A great start to this years train-n Nature and Wildlife Tours.

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Walleye makes Grandpa Proud

Canadian Trophy Walleye Fishing Ontario Canada
Chris Myles caught and released this 29 inch Walleye Friday while fishing with his grandfather Wally and father Bob. This was Chris's second big Walleye of the week, he had also released a 26 inch Walleye on Sunday. 
Wally felt this was the best fishing trip he had ever had with over 500 fish caught between their boat and their friends Mark and Ben Althoff.
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Friday, 24 June 2011

Expectant Nature Mothers

Great Day on Lake Wabatongushi for George & Christine Cook. George & Christine do a little fishing, enough for shore lunch, but their passion is nature. Today they got wonderful videos of a pregnant moose at the end of Long-Time-No-See-Um Bay, and a loon sitting on and turning her eggs on the sand bar off the East Point of Big Sandy Beach Island.

Both the Loons and the Moose should be having their babies in the next few days. We have already seen on Moose with a new-born calf as well as a few Loons with chicks already.
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Sunday, 19 June 2011

Trophy Walleye Memories with a Replica

Replica of Pete Buley's Trophy Walleye
Pete Buley with 2010 Trophy Walleye
Pete Buley Caught & Released a 30-1/2 inch Walleye last spring, the second largest Walleye released last year. Pete's brother Bob had a replica made of Pete's Walleye and gave it to him for Christmas. What a great gift of a timeless memory.
Replicas of trophy Walleyes are great. They generally look more like the real fish than a real mount does, replicas last forever unlike real mounts where the skin dries, shrinks and cracks over time, and the large Walleye that is a prime female spawner almost 30 years old is released.

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Saturday, 18 June 2011

Tom Holden Walleyes-Up Again!

Canadian Trophy Walleye Fishing Ontario Canada
Tom Holden with Trophy Walleye
 Tom Holden did it again. First night of his fishing vacation with his brothers and other family members and he catches this 28-1/2 inch Walleye, off the dock at their cabin. Largest Walleye Caught & Relesed so far this year. Needless to say this kind of put a challenging damper on the Largest Walleye bet for the rest of his family's vacation.
It wouldn't be so bad but Tom caught & Released the largest Walleye of their vacation back in 2008 as well with a 31-1/2 inch Walleye that ended up being the Largest Walleye Caught & Released in 2008.
But Tom should know that you have to be careful in the Holden Clan fishing as Tom's brother Mike found out last year after playing a prank on the rest of the clan. Read the 2010 post - Revenge is so sweet.
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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The Conquering Cunninghams

Jerry Cunningham with 35 1/4 Northern Pike

Pike not smiling, wants back in water
Jerry Cunningham and his father, Bill, arrived full of smiles and determination. They took on both sun and rain in a catch-and-release search for trophy pike and walleye. All of their hard work paid off when Bill reeled in a 22" Walleye, and Jerry a 28" Pike. If that weren't enough, Jerry fought a 35 1/4" Northern Pike and won! I think his smile says it all! 
What I'll remember most about the Cunningham's is the amount of fish they caught, as I'm the lucky girl who got to clean and package a good number of them!

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Sunday, 5 June 2011

Great vacation [wildlife & awesome scenery] great fishing, and great friends. Thanks to Team Tomas assistance, I went home with these 2 nice pike (32.5" and 22"). Just a sample of the great fishing and wonderful experience at Errington' just doesn't get any better than this.

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Thursday, 26 May 2011

Great Canadian Walleye Fishing Spring 2011

Joe Douville with 27 inch Walleye
Our first fishing week of 2011 is starting out well with lots of Walleye as well as Northern Pike and Whitefish.
Steve Douville with 25 inch Walleye
Steve Douville usually vacations here with his wife Shirley during the summer but this year he wanted to do some Spring Walleye Fishing with his dad Joe. Steve got Larry, one of our guides, to take them out their first day and they have been having a great time with both the Walleye and the Whitefish. Joe Caught and Released a beautiful 27 inch Walleye on Tuesday and Steve is right behind Joe with the 25 inch Walleye. These Walleye were probably spawning a couple of weeks ago. They are nice prime spawning females about 17 and 22 years old. Great to see such beautiful fish go back to maintain our quality fishing.
Joe Douville with Nice Whitefish
Everyone has been getting quite a few Whitefish as well. Spring is a good time of year for whitefish and most of them are caught while fishing for Walleye with Jigs. Whitefish are a tremendous fighter and a lot of fun to catch. Here is Joe again with one of their Whitefish.

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Monday, 23 May 2011

Errington's Lodge Open for Season

View towards Castle Rocks past Dog Island
 Hello Everyone,

Well we just opened for another season, our first few guests came in on the train Saturday. It has been beautiful up here, nice temperatures and just a little rain every few days. Here is a picture we took yesterday looking out east past Dog Island. You can just make out Castle Rocks way in the distance to the left close to the far shore. When I took this picture Doris and Morgan were actually fishing for Walleye's in one of Doris's  favourite Walleye holes close to Castle Rocks. They caught a few Walleye's that Morgan filleted and cooked up for a snack. Walleye fishing is starting out pretty good although nothing big so far.

Have a Great Day!

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Sunday, 24 April 2011

Canada Fishing Last Year

Canadian Fishing 2010
at Errington's Wilderness Island Ontario Canada
Largest Walleye 2010
Catch & Release Fishing Canada

Future Father-inLaw and Son-in-Law Team on Largest Walleye Released in 2010

Long time guest Tom Quaderer brought his future son-in-law John with him last spring, sort of a pre-welcome to the family and bonding with the future husband of his daughter. They bonded great on this 32 inch Walleye they caught in the evening off of Campsite Island. It was getting dark and they had had a good day of Walleye fishing but they decided to take one more turn with their rapalas along the shore before heading in. John hooked into this 32" Walleye. This was very streesful for Tom because missing on the net for his future Son-inLaw's Trophy Walleye does not set a good precedent in a relationship, and this Walleye was not coming in easy. But Tom got a good scoop on the net, and they laid it out and stared at it in either exhaustion or shock, they were not sure which, but they were very happy. They measured her, took a quick picture, and returned her to the lake to contribute to future fishing. A 32 inch Walleye around here is about 31 years old and a prime spawning female according to our Walleye/Pike Fish Size/Age Chart.

Largest Northern Pike 2010
Catch & Release Fishing Canada

Largest Northern Pike of 2010

Ken Champagne, vacationing with his son Chris, caught and released the largest Pike of our 2010 fishing season. Ken Caught and Released this 38 1/2 inch Pike Trophy Walleye Catch & Release Fishing Ontario Canada.

A couple of days earlier Ken's son Chris Caught and released this 26 inch Walleye, the first and largest Walleye Chis has ever caught.

2010 was definitely a great fishing year, especially for Walleye. For more Great Canadian Fishing stories and pictures, as well as some great wildlife stories and pictures, go to our Wilderness Weblog and click on our archives at right for June 2010, July 2010, and August 2010.

Here are the largest Walleye and Northern Pike Caught and Released by our guests fishing at our resort in our 2010 fishing season. It is great to see all these trophy fish going back after some great fights and quick pictures. The biggest walleye and pike are the really prime spawners so retuning them too back to Lake Wabatongushi enures great fishing for future vacations.

Catch & Release Trophy Fishing Largest Walleye and Northern Pike Caught & Released in 2010

Largest Walleyes

Released in 2010

Largest Northern

Released in 2010

John Blair 32" Walleye

Gentle Fisherman Fishing Award Winner

Largest Walleye Caught & Realeased in 2010

Ken Champagne 38 1/2" Northern Pike

Titus Fishing Trophy Winner

Largest Northern Pike Caught & Released in 2010
1/2" Walleye
Northern Pike
1/2" Walleye
Northern Pike
Northern Pike
29 1/2"
Northern Pike
29 1/2"
Northern Pike
For more information on Fish maturity and spawning ages go to our Walleye & Northern Pike Fish Age-Size and Male/Female Ratio Chart in our website at:

Random Draw Catch & Release Fishing Winners

Here are the remainder of our 50 recipients for our 2010 Catch & Release Fishing Awards. We draw these recipients from random draw from our Catch & Release Fishing Log Book. Each of these guests will receive a 10% Catch and Release Fishing Discount on their next fishing vacation at our fishing lodge.

Pat Allett

32" Northern Pike

Joy Aukland

27 1/2" Walleye

Jill Batchelor

24 1/2" Walleye

Eric Blackall
27" Northern Pike

John Bos

30 1/2" Northern Pike

Mark Bowman

27 1/2" Walleye

Tom Buley

20 1/2" Walleye

Tricia Cooney

31" Northern Pike

George Cross

35 1/4" Northern Pike

Don Donagrandi

24 1/2" Walleye

Mark Fabrii

26" Northern Pike

Len Federer

30" Northern Pike

Gary Giles

28" Walleye

John Hofer

30 1/2" Northern Pike

Ronda Huston

30" Northern Pike

Doug Jones

29" Northern Pike

Mike Kelley

32" Northern Pike

Juanita King

22" Walleye

Dan LeBlond

25" Northern Pike

Chris Light

18" Walleye

Patrick Luea

27 1/2 Walleye

Brian Mack

34" Northern Pike

Janice Maneke

20" Walleye

Gary Maske

28" Northern Pike

Matt McIntosh

32" Northern Pike

Joe Molitoe

19 1/2" Walleye

Kevin Norman

30" Northern Pike

John Porter

20" Walleye

Chuck Pullen

29 1/2" Northern Pike

Tom Quaderer

23" Walleye

Dixie Rudnicki

26 1/2" Walleye

Ed Sedlacek

28" Walleye

Brent Shockley

28" Walleye

Terri Smetana

30" Northern Pike

Cathy Snow

25" Northern Pike

Gary Soles

26" Northern Pike

Damian Starr

29" Walleye

Sue Tilley

34" Northern Pike
For this draw we separate all entries into their respective weeks, draw 2 entries from each week, all remaining entries for the year are combined and we draw the balance of the winners from the remaining entries. We thank everyone who contributed to the ongoing fishing quality of Lake Wabatongushi.

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