Posts Tagged ‘ice fishing’

Ice, Snow and Fishing

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Winter is in full swing now after 8 inches of snow fell in our area yesterday.  Lots of the fluffy white stuff needed to be plowed on the resort.   This was actually a good thing as the snowmobile trails needed a solid base for the groomers to work with.  We would imagine the snowmobiling activity will start picking up this weekend.  A new snowmobiling trail report should be coming in the next day or two.

Last week, ice conditions on Thunder Lake were becoming much better as I measured 7-8 inches pretty consistently throughout our bay and into the channel.  There was only about an inch or 2 of snow cover, so moving around was easy on the ATV.  Had a chance to get out again yesterday and drilled a hole in the middle of the lake in about 50 feet of water and had 10 inches of solid ice.  Some smaller area lakes have measured 12 inches already.  It’s a little more difficult however to get around on the ice on an ATV now because of yesterday’s snowfall.  Better have good tires and/or chains for your wheels if you plan venture out on an ATV.

Haven’t heard much regarding actual fishing reports yet.  Didn’t get out and do any serious fishing yet for myself.  Still waiting to hear some word of mouth reports to pass on to the blog here.  We are noticing that the ice houses are starting to make their way onto the lake.  The snow on the lake now however has made it more difficult now to get houses out on the lake.

We’ll keep you updated!

Happy Holidays to all!

“See You At The Lake”

Ice Condition Update

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Had a chance to get out ice fishing for the first time over the weekend.  Thunder Lake had around 6-7 inches of ice in most spots, while a couple other smaller lakes had the same.  Caught some crappies and northerns on Saturday with a friend.  With this cold spell, it won’t be long before the ice is 12″ thick with people towing out their permanent ice houses for the winter.  In fact, on some smaller lakes in the area, there are already some smaller permanent houses being put out.  The ice-making process is in full speed.

Today, the ice on Thunder was 8 inches thick in 30 feet of water and the first permanent ice house was seen across the bay from us.

Hope to get out fishing again this week/weekend.  We’ll keep you updated.

“See You At The Lake”

Winter Is Here

Friday, December 11th, 2009

This calendar year was really crazy in terms of the weather.  June was hot and muggy at times, July and August were uncharacteristically cool, September was gorgeous, October was cold and rainy, November was nice and balmy, and now December has brought the winter in a hurry.  As I am posting this, the temp outside is 6 degrees below zero.  Thunder Lake basically went from this….


to this…..


…..overnight.  Those photos were taken on back to back days earlier this week.  It’s been pretty dang cold.  With ice fishing now entering my mind, I decided to go out on the ice to see what the ice conditions were like.  In the shallow water in front of the lodge, the ice was 1″ – 1.5″ thick.  Thick enough to hold me, but not thick enough for me to want to venture out into deeper water to see the ice thickness out there.  However with this cold weather, the ice making process should be sped up dramatically.  I have heard reports of 4 inches of ice already on shallower lakes that tend to freeze a lot earlier and faster than Thunder does.

We will keep everyone updated on ice conditions throughout the winter, as well as any fishing reports we come across.  Also, you can expect to see the first snowmobile trail report sometime this month.

Remember, we have the condo units available all winter for snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country skiiing or for just relaxing and cozying up for the weekend next to the fireplace. We are also running a two person special throughout the winter.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

“See You At The Lake”

Timberwolf Sighting

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Back in early August, our guests in Cottage #7 had an extraordinarily rare encounter on their drive back from town on County Road #7, only a couple miles away from Thunder Lake Lodge.  One person in the car pointed out the gray wolf on the side of the road.  So they got as close as they thought they could get to take a picture.  After taking the first photo, they decided to try get a little closer and get an even better photo.  Amazingly, the wolf did not run as they approached closer.  Apparently, the wolf didn’t really pay much attention to them.  I still have yet to see a wolf myself, although I know there are plenty in the area as our deer hunters in November see them quite frequently.

Thanks for the photos, Dolan family!

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TLL Scenes

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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Kids Fishing Contest Results (9-3-09)

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

It’s hard to believe that summer is over already, but the weather was fantastic for the participants in the final Thunder Lake Lodge Kids Fishing Contest of 2009.  The contest commenced last Thursday with 7 contestants showing off their angling skills for one last time off the docks.  Here are the results:

Jacob from Cottage #7 caught the biggest fish of the day.  It was a 7  1/2″ rock bass.

Lyndsey A. from Cottage #7 caught the smallest fish, which was a 4  1/2″ sunfish.

Sydney from Cottage #10 caught the most fish.  She caught 7 total fish.

Congratulations to all the contestants who participated throughout the summer.  We look forward to to having all of you in next year’s contests.

“See You At The Lake”

Kids Fishing Contest Results (8-27-09)

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Eight contestants caught scores of fish in last week’s kids fishing contest.  Here are the results:

Brooke from the Cottage Deluxe caught the most fish.  She reeled in 8 total fish.

Stella from Cottage Deluxe caught the smallest fish, which was a 3  5/8″ sunfish.

Nikita from Cottage #3 caught the biggest fish.  His smallmouth bass measured in a 11  1/8″.

Congratulations to all the contestants who participated!

“See You At The Lake”

Kids Fishing Contest Results (8-20-09)

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Mother nature brought rain with her for last week’s kids fishing contest, but that didn’t stop 6 brave and persistent kids from trying their luck off the TLL docks.  Here are the results:

Isaac from Cottage #11 caught a sunfish measuring 3 3/8″.  It was the smallest of the day.

Noah from Cottage #11 caught the most fish.  He totaled 10 fish.

Caleb from Cottage #11 caught the biggest fish.  It was a 7 1/2″ perch.

It should also be noted that Santino, Michael and Jerah were all first-time anglers who did a great job catching a lot of fish between the 3 of them.

Thanks again to all the participants.

“See You At The Lake”

Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (8-16-09)

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

I don’t know about you, but my gauge for when the “dog days” of summer officially arrive is not when the weather becomes really hot, humid and sticky.  For me, it’s when the fishing action takes a dive (although I realize they are usually both related).  While the fishing off the docks for the kids has continued to produce lots of fish, general fishing action over the last few weeks has slowed considerably, especially for walleyes.  This has pretty much been the case for all area lakes.  Nothing much to report on that end.  A few little ones have been caught sporadically, but nothing consistent like in the spring and fall.  If anybody really wants to work and catch some walleyes right now on Thunder, I think trolling or casting with crankbaits at night is probably the way to go.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are still being caught along with panfish.  Suspended crappies are being caught on small jigs in 18-30 feet of water.  The bass are biting on soft plastics with slower presentations.  However, certain nights have also produced a topwater bite on poppers and buzz baits.  Bass and all panfish will still hit a live bait bobber rig on any day.

Surprisingly though, northern pike action picked up a little in the last couple weeks as we had a few guests bring in some nice-sized pike.  As many of you know, Thunder Lake is not known for producing a whole lot of northerns, but the ones that are caught are usually big fish.  A 36 inch pike was caught and released by our guests in Cottage #10 two weeks ago.  That was the biggest fish reported this year at the resort.

Stay tuned for the fall fishing reports in September and October when water temps will drop and walleye fishing will be picking back up.  I will be sure to keep everyone posted on how our guests do during that time.  I might even get out a little too.  🙂

“See You At The Lake”

Kids Fishing Contest Results (8-13-09)

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

A season high 20 contestants entered the kids fishing contest last week on the docks at Thunder Lake Lodge. The award winners were as follows:

  • Kian from Cottage Deluxe caught the biggest fish, which was a 9 inch rock bass.
  • Thomas from Cottage #9 caught the smallest fish.  He caught a 3 1/2″ sunfish.
  • Connor from Cottage #4 reeled in the most fish during the competition.  He caught 11 total fish.

Congratulations to all the participants!

“See You At The Lake”