It's hard to believe my time here at Tazin Lake is coming to an end. I feel pretty lucky to be able to spend two weeks in this place. This place spoils you in so many ways, amazing food and too much of it, huge fish and unbelievable scenery and sunsets. You try to take everything in but you just get overwhelmed. Even though the sun only sets for a couple hours there isn't enough time in the day.
And it's that time of year again, time to head to Tazin Lake Saskatchewan. The excitement grew a little more as we traveled from airport to airport, seeing the lodge as we flew over on our float plane, we knew we had an amazing two weeks ahead of us.
So far this summer has been a blur. I've been trying to squeeze in as much fishing "and work" as I can.
This year was the 35th year for the Camp Confidence Fishing Classic, and I can't imagine how many stories and memories have been made in that time. I know in my 10 years or so that I've met some great people and have had great days fishing, and not so great days. But if you think it's all about the fishing you are wrong. It's about seeing familiar faces in the morning, and meeting new anglers and guides. But most times the new guides end up being there year after year, it's just that much fun.
And summer is turning real fishy, real fast. With events running into each other and throw in a few guide trips, the boat has been loaded for bass, then walleye, and then repeat over and over.
Lately fishing has been, well, just fishing. But the heat has been something to talk about. With temps going from winter right to hot summer days, I thought it would be good to go over some things to help you stay cool on the water.
My way of celebrating Memorial Day once again took me to Ely this week. This year was the 51st annual DAV veterans fishing trip held at Veterans on The Lake Resort on Fall Lake. This is a traditional trip I really look forward to but, as usual, I had to come home way too early. It would be nice one of these years to spend some time exploring the Ely area. So much to see and so little time, so maybe next year.
Another "opener" has came and went without a lot of anglers finding a good walleye bite. The good thing is the panfish bite is there to give anglers something to target after a long winter. With water temps climbing faster than I've ever seen it won't be long before the walleyes are in their normal pattern. Many lakes have went from ice off to temps in the mid to high 50s in a short time. This week guiding starts for me, so I'm looking forward to a great summer meeting new clients and getting to fish with my fellow guides at S & W Bait.
Introducing kids into the world of hunting when it's cold and hoping a deer comes by before they get cold can be challenging. That's why last weekend we started them off with turkey hunting. Four lucky hunters from the Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji made the trip to Park Rapids to try something new to them. Actually it would all be new to them.
So it's finally time to make the switch from ice to open water. With the opener coming fast I should be getting the boat rigged but there is one problem—it's time to chase some turkeys. This weekend we are doing a hunt for the Boys and Girls Club for some first time hunters, with toms gobbling pretty good I have some high hopes for this hunt. Then hopefully Tammy and I can go chase some birds next week before guiding takes over.