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Ice fishing report

Despite the deep-freeze that Sunset Country has been in over the past week, we have still been hitting the ice hard, catching several species of fish.  Conditions are not ideal, there is still a lot of snow.  Strong winds this past week really hardened things up so snowmobile travel is the only way to go until we get a good melt. 

A nice whitefish falls for a Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoon

Tom Moore with a nice lake trout

My buddy Dean Howard cooks up some walleyes for a Lake of the Woods shorelunch. 

Kyle Moore with a nice whitefish

Aaron Claus with a beauty lake trout caught inside a Frabill Predator R2-TEC Shelter


The ice report

Ice fishing season is really starting to pick up for me, I'm hitting the ice on a near daily basis and will continue to do so until the end of the season. 
Below are a few pictures from the past few days on Lake of the Woods.  

Jay Samsal holds up a MONSTER pike we caught on Lake of the Woods on Monday while we were filming an ice fishing show for REEL OUTDOORS ONTARIO to promote ice fishing in Sunset Country.  It was one of the biggest pike I have ever had my hands on.  Caught it on a BIGTOOTH RIG, below a FRABILL 10" PRO-THERMAL TIP-UP. 

Holding the big fish in front of the camera, she was released without any problem.

Drilling a few holes with my STRIKEMASTER SOLO in search of walleyes in Sunday evening.

The result - a handful of nice eaters for supper on Sunday night!   


Lake of the Woods = Lake of Slush!!!

Conditions are tough right now on Sunset Country lakes but the fishing is still pretty good!  All the snow combined with warm temperatures last week created significant slush on most waters, though things are starting to tighten up again now that it's cooled back off. 

The boys (Chad, Herm, Bernie and Todd) had good walleye fishing yesterday afternoon at the permanent house out on Lake of the Woods. 

Todd Hacault with a nice lake trout from this past week. 

Dad, with a nice lake trout.

My pal Jamie Bruce works a hole in some deep slush while we were on a mission looking for crappies last weekend.  


Mexico Fishing Adventures

I was able to get away last week for a trip to Mexico to attend the wedding of my friends Charlotte Rosewarne and Adam Bachynski.  The trip went great, wedding was good and the weather was solid.  There were a number of "fish-heads" on this trip and we managed to get out on the saltwater a few days while we were there.  The fishing was very good for a number of species...

A nice-sized Jack Crevalle caught on a #14 X-Rap.  Scott used this bait the entire trip and there was not of it left when he retired it at the end of the trip. 

A big red snapper that fell for a #12 X-Rap.  Aren't the colours beautiful on these things!

Not sure what kind of fish this guy is but I caught it on a Northland Live-Forage Minnow Trap.  It probably only weighed like 5 pounds but thing took like 10 minutes to land on my bass tackle. 

Scott caught two of these fish at the same time on his big X-Rap - they were schooled up just like smallmouths!

A large amber jack - hard fighting critter!   

Joanna and August spying on one of the many humpback whales that swam past us while we were fishing.   


successful wolf hunters!!!

Devin Delange and Randy Niewenhuis from South Dakota are two happy wolf hunters.  They scored these beauties earlier this week. 

The guys were sitting in Double Bull ground blinds with portable Buddy heaters inside.  For all the gear you need for any hunting situation, check out  It is where I get all my hunting equipment from.  -Gussy