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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.  🙂

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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!

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HOT DEALS!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Book now for the weeks of August 22-29th and August 29th – Sept 5th and save 15% on 3 night minimum stays and 20% off full week rentals.  Just refer to this “Hot Deals” blog post upon booking to get the savings.  All specials are subject to our current availability as posted on our website.

If you book a reservation for the week of August 29th – September 5th, we will throw in Labor Day Weekend  for free.  That’s 9 nights for the price of 5!

Call or email with any questions.

NOTE:  Specials only applicable to new reservations.

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Kids Fishing Contest Results (8-6-09)

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Eleven contestants toted rod, reel and life jacket to the docks this week for the kids fishing contest.  Here are the award winners for the week:

  • Bella from Cottage #4 caught the smallest fish.  Her sunfish measured 3 7/8″.
  • Jacob from A-Frame 2 caught the biggest fish, which was a perch measuring 8 1/4″.
  • Samantha from Cottage #12 received the award for most fish caught.  She totaled 19 fish.

Congratulations to all contestants who participated!

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Kids Fishing Contest Results (7-30-09)

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Rods were bending for 14 successful contestants in the Kids Fishing Contest last week on the docks at Thunder Lake Lodge.  Here are the results:

  • Cade from Cottage #4 caught the smallest fish, which was a sunfish measuring 3 3/4″.
  • Brianna from Cottage #9 caught the biggest fish.  It was a 7 3/4″ perch.
  • Charlie from Cottage #11 caught the most fish.  He reeled in 7 total fish.

Congratulations to all the contestants who participated!

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Scenes From TLL

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!

“See You At The Lake”