Week 12, 2022 August 6th – 12th

Hello again from Jim and Julie’s Wabaskang Camp. Week 12 of our 2022 season has come and gone with plenty of trophy sized fish to chat about. We are still seeing plenty of rain each week along with storms and wind, seems the lawn needs mowing every two days this season compared to last season when I never had to mow from July 14th to the end of September. Water level is good but still higher than normal. The weeds in the lake are thick and abundant compared to last season and our northern fishermen are catching plenty of the toothy critters in any of the weed beds. Week 12 was a week of dry weather for once and light winds. Most of our guests were using crank baits and spoons but a few of our die-hard northern fishermen were tossing or trolling huge Muskie baits. Tom Esterl was guided by camp legend Charlie Zender to a beautiful 32” northern, his biggest ever. Vicki Zender released her chunky 36” northern that once again Charlie Zender was the guide, he is getting good at taking credit for other guest’s fish. Kenny Hartling had the unfortunate task of fishing with his “California Dreaming” son Jason, Kenny did manage to catch and release a nice 35” northern but spent most of his week watching his son Jason release big northern. Jason released 3-35” northern, a 37” northern and a monster 39” northern to take top honors for the week, all his fish were caught on Muskie baits. Our walleye bite was decent last week but we didn’t see any giants being caught. Our guests used many baits to catch the walleyes including spinner rigs and minnows or worms, jigs and minnows, crank baits, and even twister tails. Rita Esterl released her 25” beauty, Andrea Scheit landed a chunky 24” walleye which kept her husband Steve in good graces. Kenny Hartling released a 24” and a 26” walleye but once again his son Jason store the show by releasing two 26” walleyes to claim two honors for the week. Our bass fishing is always exciting and we saw some very nice fish caught this week. Most bass were caught while trolling live bait for walleyes but a few were caught using top water lures or even big musky baits. Gene Katzung impressed his wife Darlene when he landed a 151/2” bass. Paul Augustin managed to catch a 17 1/2” bass that put a big smile on his face. The biggest bass of the week was caught by Jason Hartling who managed to catch and release a crazy 18” bass that attacked the Muskie bait he was throwing. Next week looks like a return to storms but our guests always manage to catch plenty of fish. Remember to have your license before you come to camp and bring us a copy or we can copy it here. Also, most poultry products are not allowed into Canada right now so pick up what you need after you cross the border. Use the ArriveCAN app to preregister your vaccine status before you cross into Canada. That’s all for now talk again next week, this is Jim from Wabaskang! 

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