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2013 Kids Fishing Contest Review

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

We wanted to do a “year in review” post for the 2013 year of the Thunder Lake Lodge Kids Fishing Contest.  A huge congratulations goes out to all the kids who competed this year.  Just fantastic results from this young generation of fisherkids.  The future of fishing is bright and in good hands here in northern Minnesota!  Here are the superlatives from the 2013 season:

  • 12 fishing contests were held in 2013 on the docks at Thunder Lake Lodge
  • We had a total of 163 kids compete during the summer; an average of almost 14 kids per contest.
  • Those 163 contestants caught a total of 903 fish this summer!  An average of 5.5 fish per contestant in the 30 minute contest – pretty amazing
  • The most fish caught by all contestants in one contest was 133 fish in 30 minutes!
  • Most fish caught on year by an individual was 28 by Parker Oelrich of Minneapolis, MN
  • Smallest fish caught for 2013 was a 2 3/8″ rock bass by Bryan Oelrich of Minneapolis, MN.  This was an all-time record breaker!
  • Biggest fish of the year caught was a 3-way tie:  Halle Bohlman from Thompson, ND, Jaxson Olson of Big Lake, MN and Jackson Wescot of Bullard, TX all caught 15 inch largemouth bass.  Once again, this is off the dock.  Unbelievable!

  • “See You At The Lake”

Kids Fishing Contest Results (7-16-13)

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

On July 16th, 15 contestants caught and released 74 fish in 30 minutes in the Kids Fishing Contest on the TLL docks. Here are the headliners from last week:

  • Small fish for the day was a 3 3/8″ sunfish caught by Wyatt Hansen from Condo #3.
  • Evan Kohout from A-Frame #2 caught the most fish of the day.  He caught 22 panfish.
  • Big fish of the day was a 10 1/8″  largemouth bass caught by Kassidy Maynard from the Cottage Deluxe!

Congrats to all the participants!

“See You At The Lake”

    Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (6-12-12)

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

    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”!/ThunderLakeLodgwild

    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!

    “See You At The Lake”

    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!

    “See You At The Lake”

    Staying Busy at the Lodge

    Thursday, February 24th, 2011

    Anyone wondering what we’re doing now in the long offseason(besides moving snow around)?  People ask us all the time what we do in the winter on the resort and believe it or not, we stay pretty busy with everything.  We’ve been purchasing some new things and working on some remodeling projects for the cottages.  Here’s a brief summary of what we’re currently doing:

    • Purchased 6 new chaise lounges for down at the beach.  These will match the existing lounges we already have with the green slings.
    • Adding new fish finders to both pontoons and 3 fishing boats.  The units are the Lowrance X-4 Pro.
    • Both pontoons will also be getting new, heavy duty swivel seats.
    • Cottage #10 is getting new carpet in the living room and hallway and a new wood kitchen floor.
    • Cottage #11 is getting new carpet in the living room and a new wood kitchen floor.
    • Cottage #12 is getting new carpet in the living room and a new wood kitchen floor.
    • Cottage Deluxe will be getting a new bathroom floor and shower and tub in the back bathroom.
    • The community fire pit will be getting new home made wooden benches to replace the old, ugly red cylinders (Thanks, Bob!)

    So far, we have ripped out the old flooring in Cottage 10 and 11.  Cottage 12 and Cottage Deluxe will get ripped out next.  The carpet and wood flooring will be installed in late April and early May.  Those of you staying in these cottages will appreciate the finished result when you arrive for the sunny weather and great fishing this year!

    “See You At The Lake”

    Snowmobile Trail Report (2-4-11)

    Monday, February 7th, 2011

    Reported By:  Larry Gavin – Longville Snowmobile Club
    Date of Report:  February 4th, 2011
    Trail Conditions:  Very Good
    Snow Cover:  20-25 inches

    No new snow this week. It may be time to send a message to the big guy for a few more inches of snow before too long.

    Trails are still in very good condition. Trails continue to be groomed on a regular schedule of Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday. I did see the groomer out on Saturday morning last weekend on the Chippewa South trail. Not many riders this week until today due to the cold weather. Riders I talked to say the trails are very nice. Small section of logging on the Chippewa South trail (1/8 of a mile) and on the Triville trail just north of hwy 200. Several riders I talked to today told me the Chippewa West trail is the best it’s been in years.

    “See You At The Lake”

    Upcoming Winter Events (near TLL)

    Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

    Longville will be hosting the first of two Ice Golf Tournaments this weekend at the Anchorage Inn on Lake Inguadona.  The tournament will be held this Saturday, January 29th.  If you have questions about the events or would like to register, please Larry Gavin at the Anchorage Inn for details at 218-363-2236.

    The following weekend, on February 5th, Longville will be hosting its annual Ice Bocce tournament on Girl Lake at Patrick’s Fine Dining.  A record 40 co-ed teams participated in last year’s tournament and the weather was beautiful.  This year, a record-breaking 62 teams are registered as of January 25th according to event organizer Craig Johnson.  Please contact Craig for any questions and details at 218-363-2410.  The event also has it’s own Facebook Page.

    On February 12th, Remer will host The Mid-Minnesota 150 Dog Sled Races at the Festival of Falling Snow Flakes.  It will feature a bon fire, coin hunt, snow ball toss, snowball eating contest, sled dog rides and watching the Dog Sled race finish at the finish line.  There will also be a chili cook-off and feed from 2-5 pm.  At the conclusion of the afternoon, a Centennial Ball will be held in the evening at The Pub in Remer.  Everyone is encouraged to dress in clothing from their favorite decade and door prizes will be awarded.

    Whatever the event, please remember we are here and open in the winter to host you for your lodging needs on Thunder Lake in our condos that have Dish TV and gas fireplaces.  Only 15 minutes east of Longville and 15 minutes south of Remer!

    “See You At The Lake”

    Snowmobile Trail Report (1-3-11)

    Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

    Reported By:  Larry Gavin – Longville Snowmobile Club
    Date of Report:  January 3rd, 2011
    Trail Conditions:  Excellent
    Snow Cover:  20-25 inches

    AREA REPORT: Snow Conditions – I’ve got great news. We had 10-12 inches of new snow fall late last week.
    Snow was sticky which should provide the trails with a great base.

    TRAIL REPORT: We had a lot of riders over the past holiday week. Trails are being groomed on a schedule of Monday/Tuesday and again Thursday/Friday. With the new snow, the trails will be as good as they’ve been for some time over the next few weeks. There’s logging on the Chippewa West, South and Triville trails, but only for very small stretches. Nows the time to come up and enjoy the trails!!

    “See You At The Lake”

    Remembering Jay Legvold

    Saturday, January 1st, 2011

    We are saddened to learn that one of TLL’s greatest guests has passed away at the young age of 97.

    Despite his age, Jay Legvold led a very youthful lifestyle as he was more active than most people half his age.  He was known for taking his mile walk every day here at the resort down the gravel road.  Jay was also an avid fisherman and loved to fish for smallmouth bass with hopes of always catching “the big one”.  He also always made it a point to watch his great grandchildren in the kids fishing contest from the bench next to the lakeside of the lodge.

    Every year during their vacation over the 4th of July week, the Legvold’s and Marotz’s would celebrate Jay’s birthday with a party on the deck of Cottage Deluxe and we were always invited over to celebrate with some cake and ice cream.

    Jay had been coming up with his family for many years and we had the fortunate opportunity to meet and know him during our 3 seasons here at the resort so far.  He was simply an amazing man.  We will miss him at TLL.

    Justus “Jay” Legvold (1913-2010) at Thunder Lake.