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2022 season is on

Sorry I didn’t put a post earlier but I thought I was and the website was having a problem. I hope they have it fixed now. After 21/2 years Atikwa lake lodge will be opening. There is some monumental challenges we are facing still. The biggest problem is that u have to be vaccinated still to get in or out of Canada. I knew we would lose a few people because of it but had no idea how many of our regulars refuse to get the vaccination. I was shocked. But whatever, I can’t do anything about it so we’ll get by with what we got.
This year we made Kyle Crawford the general manager so Jake and I don’t have to be there so much. I’m going to semi retire and try to be with my family more in the summers. These last 2 years while being terrible with the Covid I enjoyed being with my family at our lake home in northern Wisconsin in the summer for the first time in 17 years.

For our guests who will be traveling across the border this year you need a valid passport and proof of vaccination. Everyone should download the ArriveCan app. You put in ur information and everything is sent to the border ahead of time. Very easy, and can really help u in ur time at the border crossing. Some other changes this year in camp is that there won’t be an American plan. Rules from the health department make it impossible and its just not worth it. We are going to have an extremely late ice out. Probably mid may. That’s great for fishing but really bad for us who have to get the place ready after sitting for over 2 years. We really have no idea what we’re going to find, everything has just been sitting in the Canadian elements. Our solar system, batteries, diesel and generator electrical systems are of particular concern. I cannot guarantee the first groups will have electricity. When I know more I will contact everyone if there’s too big of problems. Everyone pray for a miracle that everything is ok.

I can’t wait to see my old friends again

Cheers, Todd

Canadian government gives more bad news

The Canada border service agency contacted me today to say they are canceling all work permit applications until May 23 with a good chance of extension. Jake and I had applied for our yearly work permit as usual in the hopes that this border closure would end in time for us to open camp likeContinue Reading

Happy New Year

I thought I would let everyone know what’s going on up at ATIKWA. Nothing. Border is still closed with no information on when it may open. I’ve been having a lot of people asking if the border will be open by May. I have no idea, I wish I did. I hate this not knowingContinue Reading

2020 season is closed due to virus and too many cancellations

I’m sorry I haven’t updated this in a month and a half but I just haven’t had any information to share. I’ve been trying to find out when border would open and was hoping it would by June 1. It’s not going to, so the miracle I was hoping for isn’t going to happen. I’mContinue Reading

March 13 2020 Coronovirus

Its hard to believe I’m having to write this message but I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from guests about crossing the border with the Corona virus taking over and I’ve actually had some cancellations. Opening of camp is over 2 months away and I would think the world will be getting back toContinue Reading

BEAR HUNTING HAS STARTED Weather has been terrible

The bear hunt has started with 2 hunters from Oklahoma. Hudd Pfizer harvested a nice one right away but then the weather turned bad. Pouring rain and 30-40 mph winds for the next 6 days. Zach Derrick saw several bear but passed on them but then at the last minute of the last evening heContinue Reading

Bear Baiting has started.

We started our bear baiting in mid July and have made several new stands. We also have changed several single ladder stands to doubles so that leaves just a couple singles left. It’s august 15 and we have 18 baits being hit, some with several different bear hitting. We found some new, fantastic bait thisContinue Reading

Late season fishing starting

Temperatures are starting to cool off and night time temps are dropping into lower 50s. That means trout start schooling up which makes them perfect for vertical jigging, big northern drop into deeper ledges and rock piles, walleye start moving deep and will eventually head out over open water. They are still fairly shallow inContinue Reading

June 12 Cold spring

The water temperature is still very cold for this time of year. We had a few hot days but then went right back to cold. That means the fish are fairly shallow yet. Northern have been lethargic due to the water temps but we’ve gotten a couple over 40” and a bunch in the 30s.Continue Reading

June 12 2019

It’s been a very cool spring up here so far. With the exception of a few days in a row near 90 it went right back down to the 50s. Water level is about normal but the trails into portage lakes are a little wet. Things have been going well with a few exceptions. OurContinue Reading