Happy Spring and Summer to everyone! We have been hard at work on the resort (no different than any other resorter) for the last few months, so we apologize for the lack of blog posting lately. Some of our followers on Facebook, Twitter and the blog have scolded us lately for not being on top of the blog posts. We will for sure be more on schedule throughout the course of the summer months from now on with fishing reports, kids fishing contest results and miscellaneous photos of the resort guests, wildlife and the outdoors in general.
Fishing this spring has been up and down so far. Opener was cooler as always and the bite was a little lethargic overall. The following weekend we had some guests finally start to get a few walleyes here and there on jig and minnow presentations.
Memorial Day Weekend seemed to be a turning point for the crappie activity here on the lake with multiple guests having success in 4-6 feet of water with jigs and slip bobber/minnow setups. The walleye bite was still tougher, but the largemouth and smallmouth bass bite has been solid since then and the most reliable bite in terms of action. Bass of both species were caught in every way imaginable using live bait rigs and artificials. Northern Pike fishing was at fever pitch over on Big Rice Lake as always. In terms of numbers, we aren’t sure if we have ever heard of or seen more pike caught over there than what we saw from the Olson Family Reunion this year. Size and quantities were plentiful and the bonus walleye and perch action over there was noteworthy to say the least.
While the weather was hot and humid all last week with surface temps around 74 degrees, the recent rain and following cold front has dropped water temps a few degrees. We still feel the best bite for Thunder Lake walleyes is yet to come and will keep you updated in the next couple weeks.
Feature Fisherman of the Week: We had 2 guests potentially vying for this presitigious award. Both caught walleyes for their nominations, however one of them gets the nod over the other based on the ‘story’ behind their catch. Gregg Lundquist from Cottage #3 caught the biggest walleye of the 2012 season thus far with his 28 incher, which was caught with a lindy rig and crawler – a great fish in any circumstance or time of the year. However, our award goes to Trevor Zimmerman, (pictured below) who caught his first ever walleye on his own in the boat with his dad John and grandfather Denny tutoring him along the way. The 7 year-old landed his 17 inch walleye on Sunday morning in a boat with 3 generations of Zimmermans from The McCleary Cabin. What a great family story and photo – the Thunder Lake Lodge ‘experience’ at its finest.
“See You At The Lake”