Trout Lake, Ontario Canada

Trout Lake, Ontario Canada

This week I wanted to share with everyone a message that my Uncle (the Hamm’s Beer jingle-singing uncle) Paul sent out to several of the fishermen among friends and family. These trips to Canada have been going on since I was a little boy and even before.  I was green with envy thrilled to receive these pictures and an account of the week.

There is some great information here that will be useful to anyone who is interested in visiting Trout Lake. There’s also a link to the Sandy Beach Lodge website. Be sure to tell Wade (he runs the place) you heard about Sandy Beach on Sport Fishing Americas.

Enjoy…

Fellow Fishermen,

PJ with a Pike

PJ with a Pike

Attached are pictures of our recent fishing trip to Sandy Beach Lodge which is a place many of us have fished in the past.  Mario B., Steve Q. and his sons Mike and Tom, Joey B., Kim W., my son PJ and I went from June 26th through 30th.  The fishing was great and but the weather was the worst I have experienced there is my 5 or 6 to Sandy Beach trips but that’s the way it goes,.. you pay your money and take your chances.  The following is a short chronology of the trip:

Day 1

Arrive in Red Lake.  Stay the night at the Norseman Inn.  At a good dinner at the Balmer Inn in Balmertown, Ontario about 4 miles from the Norseman Inn.

Take-off from Red Lake

Take-off from Red Lake

Day 2

Went to Chimo Airlines (which is about a block from the Norseman) and took off at about 7:30 for Trout Lake.   Got our licenses and gear ready and were fishing by 10:00.  Weather beautiful at about 78 for a high.    We caught well over 100 walleye and could have caught 200 if we wanted.  Also caught Northern Pike and Lake Trout.   Had a good shore lunch (pictures included) and were in by 5:00 or so.

Shore lunch.

Shore lunch.

Day 3

Weather turned bad and it rained hard all day.  The temp was good at about 65 and the FISHING CONTINUED TO BE SPECTACULAR.  Again all species and in great quantity.  We had to go back to camp for shore lunch which the guides cooked in the guide shack.  Fished the afternoon in the rain.

Day 4

Pike and Walleye

Pike and Walleye

The weather turned worse.  FISHING STILL GREAT FOR ALL SPECIES but easier in bays and rivers out of the wind.  The temp dropped into the 50s and we had to come back to camp again for shore lunch.

Day 5

Last day of fishing.  Colder yet with the lows in the low to mid 40s and highs in the low 50s.  No rain in the morning but still very windy.  FISHING WAS STILL GREAT.  Out of the wind you could catch all species.  Since there was not rain shore lunch was held on the lake again.  In the afternoon it rained again and PJ and I were happy to be in the cabin playing cards and not out fishing in the cold.

Day 6

Got up, finished packing and had breakfast at 7:00.  Got out on two planes by 8:45 (despite continued bad weather) and were on the road home by 9:30.

Civilized Gentlemen (most of them)

Civilized Gentlemen (most of them)

As I said above the weather was bad for the most part but that is unusual.  Frankly it has been bad all over the upper midwest and east this year and you just have to live with it.  A lesson learned is that in Canada it is CRITICAL to have good rain gear and waterproof boots.  Fortunately we all did.  Despite all that, the fishing was great as usual and we had a ball.

Office and Dinning Room

Office and Dinning Room

For information on Sandy Beach Lodge go to sandybeachlodge.com or Google “Sandy Beach Lodge Red Lake Ontario” and the website will come up.

Looking forward to seeing many or all of you next year.

Paul

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