Archive for June, 2011

Kids Fishing Contest Results (6-23-11)

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Mother Nature showed she has a heart and the skies parted just in time for the 2nd kids fishing contest of the year.  Ten contestants gathered on the docks at TLL last Thursday.  It was an historical day for the contest as an all-time record for our time here was broken for biggest fish.  Here are the results:

  • Teiran Hall from Cottage #8 caught the smallest fish.  He caught a 4 inch perch.
  • Emily Ludewig from Cottage Deluxe caught the most fish with 6 total fish.
  • Brock Harner from Condo #3 caught the biggest fish in the 4 seasons we have been here for the fishing contest.  He landed a 16 3/4″ largemouth bass.  He broke Abby Hanscom’s previous record from 2008, which was a 16″ largemouth bass.  Good job Brock!

Congrats to all the participants!


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Kids Fishing Contest Results (6-16-11)

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Eight contestants gathered at the Thunder Lake Lodge docks last Thursday for the 1st Kids Fishing Contest of 2011.  This crew kicked off the season with some great catches.  Here are the award winners for week 1:

  • Trevor Zimmerman from Cottage #10 caught the most fish.  He fought with and landed 8 total fish.
  • Lauren Strei from Cottage #11 caught the smallest fish of the day.  It was a 3 3/4 inch sunfish.
  • Faith Lundquist from Cottage #3 set the bar high for the year with the biggest fish.  She caught an 11 inch largemouth bass.

Congratulations to all the participants! Way to start off 2011 with a bang!


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Thunder Lake Fishing Report (6-16-11)

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The spring walleye bite is officially “on” now as we have had multiple guests bringing in good eater-sized walleyes.  The tally for Gregg in Cottage #3 and Jeff in Cottage #8, who fish together, now is at 51 for the week with the biggest being 23 inches.  Let’s just say they have figured out the Thunder Lake walleye bite after a few years of homework.  This is the 2nd year in a row they have had success with the walleyes during this week.  Don from Condo #1 has also caught 30 or so walleyes this week, and the Zimmerman/Peterson clan have caught a dozen or so walleyes as well.

The walleyes have begun to make their transition from shallow water here into their late spring/early summer holding patterns.  Most fish are being caught in the 20 foot depth range on a variety of different presentations.  Jigs and leeches have produced some fish, as well as Lindy rigs with leeches and crawlers.  Believe it or not, soft plastics are producing a few walleyes as well.  The crankbait bite is still there to be had during the evening hours before and during dark hours.

The crappie bite is a little slower right now, but a few are being taken by our guests here and there on crappie minnows.  They might be just starting to transition to their late spring spots as well.  The crappies have moved into the docks now as of yesterday.  The kids fishing contests should start to get interesting because of it.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing right now is a good as it gets as always here on Thunder in mid-June.  If you can get a line in the water with any type of presentation, you are likely to catch both species.

We will do our best to post a report every couple weeks or so.  The fishing’s good!  Come visit us soon!

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Post-Memorial Day Fishing Report

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Cool air and water temps are still the story here.  57-58 degree temps on the water yesterday and more east winds today.  It has been a bizarre spring for winds.  We had 2 weeks straight of east winds, which I had never seen before.  Normally east winds mess up the fishing, but when they are consistent for that long, the fish tend to adjust.  The good dock fishing on our side of the lake lately explains that.

Crappies are beginning to bite in shallower water on minnows and jigs.  Had our guests here in Cottage #3 at the resort do pretty well last weekend on the crappie bite.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing is officially “on” and action has been very good lately for both.  Crankbaits have been producing the majority of the fish.

Walleyes have been tricky given the circumstances.  No real consistent bite yet, but a few have been brought in for dinner in a variety of ways.  Jig and minnow in 20-30 feet, crank baits in shallow water and slip bobber rigs in shallow water have all produced fish.  It’s a pretty unstable bite right now, but if the weather and winds straighten out soon, the walleyes could move into their spring holding patterns and the good bite could pop within the next week or so.

Our annual Memorial Day Weekend guests also did well over on Big Rice for northern pike again this year.  Sizes were down, but numbers were up and a few bonus walleyes were picked up there too, with the biggest being 26″.  As always, cane poles with daredevils were the ticket.

We’ll keep you updated!

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