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Fishing report for our whiney guest Evan Greiner

Ive been reminded by our guest, EVAN GREINER, that I haven’t been putting enough reports on the website and he’s sitting in Ohio, bored.

Fishing all through June has been excellent. Dan Doherty and Gary Ficken did great as always. They’ve been coming to Atikwa for years and always fished northern and lakers until the walleye recovery started. They caught some big walleye in the 24+ and northern in the upper 30s. Dan had his granddaughter along for the first time and it was so nice to meet her. Roger Futrell’s group did good but didn’t get as many lakers as usual. They’ve been catching tons of lake trout on there trips for the last 10 years but now spends half their time walleye fishing for some reason. When you fish once a year you may want to go with what you’re best at. Still they had a great time and brought some nice new people up. Roger comes from Georgia, is 83? and was the first person who took me to Canada fishing when I was 17. I’ve went at least once, mostly 2 or 3 times every year since then until we bought Atikwa lake lodge 13 years ago. He has taught me a lot and I owe his son,Jeff, a debt for still bringing him after all these years. My highlight of the year so far is guiding John Krukar to 2 40″ northern at the same time. I’ve never done that before. Ross Meyer came up with his friend Randy and caught more walleye in the portage lakes than I’ve ever seen. 200 + with some getting up to 29″. Randy caught a 29″ walleye and a 39″ northern on the same day. They are hardcore fisherman though, went out no matter what the weather and Ross is one of the best fisherman I’ve ever seen. In contrast 2 guys went in and fished exactly the same places Ross did and caught very little. One thing about people coming up I’ve noticed over the years is everyone thinks their great fisherman and rarely listen to how they should fish our bodies of water. Every body of water is different, certain lakes need certain presentations, especially for walleye. If you caught a bunch of ‘eyes on Lake Erie with 1oz jigs and plastic baits and braided line I can assure you you’re wasting your time on a crystal clear lake in Canada. You need 6-8 pound MONOFILAMENT or similar line, bottom bouncers with small spinner rigs with crawlers or leeches or know how to work an 1/8oz jig and live bait and work it SLOWLY. But you know, next week someone will come off the plane with surf casting rods all excited to catch walleye, and as long  as you have a good time do whatever you want. One thing this year with the weird cool weather the lake trout fishing has been a little slower. A little slower is still usually great laker fishing on Atikwa, but I’ve noticed their a little more susceptible to fronts. Weather fronts are hard on all fish but trout seem to be a little more.

Now Evan are ya happy? does this make boring Ohio a little better? If I lived in Ohio I’d come to Canada 10 times a year. But you’re right, I need to go on this more often, I’m not much for going on the internet. I hope I made your day!🙂And can’t wait for ya to get up here. Say hi to Dean.



Start of Season

season has started and the first guests left yesterday. Terry Holloways group caught about 400 trout and some nice sized pike. They’re almost exclusively after trout and they do great year after year. This year the average size was bigger than normal they said. They like to troll but if you want to get biggerContinue Reading

Reservations are filling up fast for 2017

Our reservation book is filling fast with may and most of June being full already. We have about 90% repeat business so it’s great to see all our old friends. It also seems like everyone has a bigger group too! Thanks to John Owen and Craig Sesemann who is bringing a huge group this year.Continue Reading

September fishing

now that cool temps are here it should finally make the lakers more aggressive. We’ve found giant schools of them but thy have been hitting slow. Had some great catches but not as many as usual. Northerns have been doing well and the bigger ones getting caught deeper. Marv Burd from California caught his biggestContinue Reading

June 22 2016

Water temp is starting to inch upward but still way behind what’s normal for this time of year. Northern are still in shallower water and not up on the reefs in big numbers yet. Walleye on the main lake has been good for Atikwa lake standards. We don’t get numbers here but do get someContinue Reading

June 8 2016 fishing report

Fishing has been excellent since we got in here this year. Even the days of huge rains only shut it down for awhile. Lots of walleye being caught in the portage lakes. Scott Sheneke group has caught several 27″ walleye and just got back today from the Musky lake where they caught 6. All inContinue Reading

Lake Trout are everywhere May 30

Fishing has been excellent! Lakers are all over the place, this time of year they can be found anywhere in the water column from right at the top to down 80′. The more active ones are from the top to 20′.  Wally divers in bubble gum color that dive to 15′ and gold and orangeContinue Reading

Terry Holloway group did great on Lakers

the Terry Holloway group from Minnesota did their usual great job catching lakers on Atikwa. They’ve come for years now and really know the lake. We like them cuz they Love Lake Trout and know how to get them. Not that it’s too hard on Atikwa in May. One person in the group caught 41Continue Reading

Early spring is almost for sure

The winter in NW Ontario has bee extremely mild. There was still open water at Christmas time and I’m told there is only about 18″ of ice on the lakes now. That’s less than 1/2 of a normal winter at this time. Early ice out means fish should be moving out of the extreme shallowsContinue Reading

2015 fishing was excellent

We had a lot of great fishing up at Atikwa this past year. Some of the best fishing in June was had by the Rodger Futrell group. They caught tons of trout again and have got trout jigging down to a science now. They have all their “spots” now over the last 10 years andContinue Reading