Today we fished on the sister lake, North Trout lake. There is a
short portage between the lakes, so we had a guy boat us to the portage. The bugs (small flies of some sort) are pretty
abusive here, so the portage was not pleasant.
It was only about a half-mile walk, maybe even less. Once we got to the lake, there were boats
waiting for us. We put in the water, and
our boat started up right away. The
entry point is right next to the mouth of a river and one of the guides, Russ,
had told us there were sucker minnows in the stream, and there were big
Northern Pikes feeding on them at the mouth of the stream. So we cast our lines into the mouth of the
river, and sure enough, we caught Northerns. Kathy got the first fish again. Then we realized we were missing our life
preservers, so we fished and waited for Russ to come. About a half-hour later, Russ came with the
people he was guiding and he gave us our life preservers.
After that, we had a dry spell for about three hours
where we barely caught any fish. We wandered all over the lake looking for
fish, but finding none. Clint told us
the best bait to use was a Shad Rap, which is a type of Rapala.
We tried that plus many other baits, all to no avail.
It began to drizzle on and off, but not heavy rain. Eventually, the skies started to clear a
little bit and the sun came out and the fish began biting. I caught about eight lake trout and Kathy
caught a few.
was a little bit jealous because the fish were biting on my lure, even though
we were trolling the same speed, using the same lure (a white-headed Mister
Twister with a black tail) and in the same boat. Eventually the skies clouded over again and
it started raining heavily, so we boated back to the landing where Russ was
waiting to pick us up. All in all, a fun day.
The food has been fantastic. The first night we had steak for dinner. Yesterday, we ate some wonderfully tasty
ribs. The secret, they said, was boiling
the ribs in beef broth for two hours to get them juicy (with some seasoning),
then grilling them to add a little flavor.
They also had a fantastic way to cook potatoes, which was basically to
fry them on the stove in lemon juice with lots of oregano. Tonight we had meatloaf for dinner, and it
was delicious. I think they added a
packet or two of French Onion Soup power mix, plus lots of dried onions to the
ground beef. Breakfasts have been very
good too, with lots of bacon and eggs.
Tomorrow, we’ve paid to have a guide take us to