Archive for July, 2009

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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Kids Fishing Contest Results (7-23-09)

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Last Thursday’s Kids Fishing Contest had 16 contestants giving it their best efforts off the Thunder Lake Lodge docks.  Once again, everybody caught at least one fish, which is a good accomplishment given the weather we have had recently.  The following were the award winners for the week:

  • For the second consecutive year, Mason from Cottage #8 caught the biggest fish.  It was an 8″ bluegill.
  • Riley from Condo #3 caught the most fish.  He ended up landing 5 total fish in a sudden death overtime tie-breaker with 3 other contestants.
  • Madi from Cottage #11 caught the smallest fish.  It was a 3 7/8″ sunfish.

Thank again and congratulations to all the contestants who participated!

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Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (7-23-09)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Last week’s cold front combined with last week’s and this week’s substantial rainfalls, have dropped surface water temperatures 7 – 8 degrees.  Temps were in the 71-72 degree range only a week and a half ago.  Immediately after the cold and rain last week, temps were around 65-66 degrees.  Last night’s reading was 68 degrees.  This obviously has affected the fishing as well, although some very nice fish are still being taken throughout the lake.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing have still been good all over the lake.  The majority of this week’s photos are smallmouths……GIANT smallmouths.  One of our guests from last week caught 3 dandy smallmouths in the 18″-19.5″ range.  You will notice Logan from Condo #4 in consecutive photos.  Each of those fish are different smallmouths taken on 3 different evenings.  Quite the week of smallmouth fishing for any angler.  Soft plastics have still been the key for bass in 10-15 feet of water.

Panfishing has been average since the last report.  Crappies have been a little more difficult, although we have seen a 12 3/4″ and a 12 1/2″ crappie in the last couple days.  Lots of numbers have been difficult to come by.  Sunnies and bluegills, as well as perch and rock bass are still being caught by everyone on bobber setups tipped with crawlers and leeches.

Walleye fishing on Thunder has been VERY difficult with this weather recently. Although this has been the case for all lakes in the area (yes, even Leech Lake has slowed down).  Only a few have even been caught since our last report, with a couple of them being nice “eater” sizes.

If the weather gets to be more stable and we get some weather more typical of July, I expect to have fishing maybe pick up in the next couple weeks for crappies and walleyes.  I think the weather has really screwed them up and put them off their normal feeding patterns and locations.  However, getting normal July weather might be asking a lot.  🙂

Remember to click on the individual photos to see the larger versions.

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Fun on the Sandbar!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Thunder Lake has a sandbar that many our guests frequent throughout the summer.  It’s an area in the main basin of the lake where anchored boats and pontoons from all over the lake congregate to socialize, swim, grill out, play games and just flat-out relax and enjoy the sun.  Here are some photos of the fun from a couple weeks ago:

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Kids Fishing Contest Results (7-16-09)

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

This week’s kids fishing contest had 19 contestants.  The kids braved the wind, overcast skies and some intermittent sprinkles during the competition.  They were rewarded with some nice-sized perch, crappies, blue gills, sunfish and rock bass.  The notables were as follows:

  • Emily from Cottage #4 caught the most fish with 13.
  • Amber from Cottage #12 caught the smallest fish.  It was a 3 3/8″ sunfish.
  • Matthew from Condo #3 caught the biggest fish, which was a 9 1/2″ crappie.

Congratulations to all the participants!

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Water Quality Testing Results

Friday, July 17th, 2009

The Thunder Lake Association membership recently had our testing results for water quality returned from Cass County.  RMB Environmental Laboratories, Inc. conducted the testing.  Instead of trying to summarize the report and ultimately giving the wrong information, I will just post the links for those who are interested.  There is a lot of interesting information in the reports.

In the end, it basically states that Thunder Lake is in the top 5 for water quality in Cass County for lakes over 1,000 acres of surface area.  Clarity and quality are increasing, and phosphorus levels are dropping.  In case you are wondering, this is good news.  The TSI, or Trophic State Index is one of the more important gauges of water quality and Thunder Lake rated very high in that category.

Below is a map of all the testings sites.  At testing site 206, which is directly across from Thunder Lake Lodge, the highest water clarity taken was 30 feet on the Secchi Disk reading!  It was consistently the highest average clarity on the lake.

Also, here is the last survey data taken on Thunder in 2006 by the DNR Fisheries Department.  Thunder gets stocked for walleyes during the fall of odd numbered years.  Another walleye stocking will take place this fall.

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Kids Fishing Contest Results (7-9-09)

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Yesterday’s Kids Fishing Contest proved to be one of the most exciting of the year.  The biggest and smallest fish of the year were both caught in this week’s contest.

  • Mariah in Cottage #3 landed a 15 1/4″ Largemouth Bass!
  • Zach in Cottage Deluxe caught a 3 1/8″ Sunfish!  It was the smallest fish I think I have ever seen caught on our docks.
  • Ayanna in The McCleary Cabin caught the most fish with 19 total fish!

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Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (7-5-09)

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Water temps are 70-71 degrees now on the surface, and fishing for walleyes has hit a screeching halt.  A few are still being brought in on lindy rigs and spinner rigs in 20-30 feet of water.  However, they are few and far between.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are still hitting on crankbaits, soft plastics and spinnerbaits in 6-12 feet of water.  Bass are also still being caught on live bait rigs in deeper water as well.

Panfishing is still pretty good.  Bobber setups have been producing crappies, bluegill, perch and rock bass in the shallow water of the bays.  The docks have also still been consistent for the panfish bite.

Three northern pike were caught this week by guests, which is more than have been caught all year at Thunder Lake Lodge.

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HOT DEALS!

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Book now for the week of July 4th – 11th, or the week of July 11th – 18th and save up to 15% off your base lodging cost for full week rentals!  All you have to do is refer to this blog entry to get the savings.  Our current availability for those weeks are as follows:

July 4th – 11th: A-Frame 2, Cottage 4 (5th – 11th), Cottage 12 (5th – 11th), Condo 1, Condo 3 and Condo 6.

July 11th – 18th: A-Frame 2, Cottage 5 Annex, Condo 1 and Condo 3.


Be sure to check back to the blog every now and then to check on new deals.  Feel free to call or email us with any questions.

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Scenes From TLL

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

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