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 on: July 30, 2017, 01:39:23 PM 
Started by GoVols98 - Last post by GoVols98
June 25 - July 2 Fishing Report from Unnamed Lake.  Fishing was great as usual at Unnamed Lake.  Weather was typical with a mix of rain, sun and cloudy days.  We did get caught in a pretty nasty hail storm one day and it stayed in the upper 60's or low 70's for the week.  Mayfly hatch made the walleye prefer minnow/jig just off the bottom compared to how I normally like to fish for them (trolling and casting rapala lures).  Once we found the walleye, it was lights out fishing.  Pike fishing was good with 30", 34" and a 40" (caught by my 12 year old daughter) the top ones of the week.  Portage lake fishing was excellent and no issues with the motor boat.

I didn't fish as hard as I normally do because this was my 12 year old daughters first trip Canada nor did I keep count of how many we caught.  If you daughter tells you that she is tired of catching fish and needs a break; then that is always a good thing.  Only one slow day of fishing, but the rest were very productive.

I certainly appreciate the party before us leaving a map of the hot spots for fishing and we returned the favor to the group coming in behind us.

Cabin, boats and all the equipment was in great shape as usual.  Thanks Bill and Louise!

 on: June 12, 2017, 10:54:55 AM 
Started by GoVols98 - Last post by GoVols98
How about some fishing reports from those who have already been up to Loon Haunt this year.  My wife and kids are laughing at me because I've already got all my gear out, sorted, and semi packed for my trip and I'm not leaving for another 2 weeks to head up to Unnamed Lake.  My daughter will be going for the first time, so obviously this is going to be a very special trip.

A friend of mine's son stepped on a fishing lure while playing at the beach this past week (spent 4 hours at the ER to get it extracted), so this served as a great reminded to pinch the barbs on all hooks.

 on: May 10, 2017, 12:40:33 PM 
Started by NM_Shooter - Last post by NM_Shooter
Well, 31 days, 19 hours, 23 minutes to ETA of Monroe boat dock :-)

Doing well on getting my packing together.  Taking one of my kids with me this year, so I am basically doing all the packing and making sure that all the misc. spare stuff is covered.  It's a bit harder having to plan and pack everything!  (no complaints though)

Realized I sold my portable fish finder with my old boat, so I had to figure out what to do.  Got one ordered yesterday.  Bringing warmer sleeping bags this year.  Most times we just bring fleece liners and wear fleece to bed as well.  Not this year.  Going to bring regular bags with us.  I made a concession to my wife to rent a satellite phone this year too, and give her a call once a day to check in.  Happy wife = additional fishing trips  Smiley

Packing extra snacks, some gourmet food stuff, plenty of camera memory cards, and praying for good weather!  One trip up, we got rain every day, and most of each day to boot.  It made for a long trip.

These trips are amazing, and are milestone events for my outdoor life.  Special thanks to Bill and Louise for being great hosts and always making sure that things are perfect.  I don't know how they do it.

31 days, 19 hours, 19 minutes.  (But who's counting?) 


 on: May 09, 2017, 10:05:55 AM 
Started by GoVols98 - Last post by GoVols98
I'll be making my 4th trip to Unnamed the week of June 25 - July 2 and I'm always looking to share and receive tips on where the fish are biting. I'd appreciate it if anyone is going up prior would utilize the maps that Bill leaves in the cabins.  I always leave a map and notes on how/where the fish were biting for the next  group  Smiley  Pay it forward is my motto!

I'll be happy to email maps I have of past trips to Monroe and Unnamed if anyone is interested.

Tight lines everyone, and looking forward to another great fishing adventure at Loon Haunt.   

 on: March 24, 2017, 08:47:34 AM 
Started by NM_Shooter - Last post by GoVols98
I feel your pain Frank.  Flight options become fewer and fewer each time I go as well, so now I basically add an extra travel day.  I've flown into Winnipeg, International Falls and actually Red Lake one time on Bearskins airlines.

 on: March 21, 2017, 02:48:53 PM 
Started by NM_Shooter - Last post by NM_Shooter
I'm jealous of those of you who live within driving distance of the border.  Seems like it keeps getting harder and harder to get north.  Last trip up for me, in 2013 I flew Delta, and due to a flight delay I missed my connection and was delayed a whole day trying to get to International Falls.  My poor brother had to kill a day waiting for me, and I was upset that I likely screwed up Bill's flight schedule.  "Luckily" Bill needed to take his plane out of service at the exact same time to replace an engine part, so it didn't affect him adversely.  But it cost me a day at Monroe as we didn't get out until Monday instead of Sunday  Embarrassed

This year, I thought I would be clever and fly West Jet into Winnipeg.  Booked early, got flights ready to go.  Received a call last week that West Jet's partner (AA) changed a flight schedule.  LAX requires a 90 minute connection time, and due to the change, my connection time is now only 84 minutes.  Cripes.

I was able to find another route so that I could still get there that same day, but now with a 4.5 hour layover in LAX, and a 2 hour layover in Edmonton, arriving Winnipeg at 9:26pm.  6:20a MDT start and a 9:26p CDT end makes a long day. 

Eyes on the prize though... right?  Doing mid June to try and beat the heat. (Hey Bill... plant a 

I planned to come in a day early in order to make up for travel problems.  I hope this is enough time and that our bags make it :-)  I figure that my carry on will be my expensive tackle and critical items.  Reels, fish finder, mosquito nets, SPOT Radio, GPS, and I will wear my rain jacket. Fingers crossed the rest of our gear makes it up there. 

I'm recovering from ankle surgery now and am gimped up, so I am sorting, organizing, and preparing.  I'm 55 years old and am looking forward to this trip with my daughter more than any Christmas I had as a kid  Grin

Only 82 days to go.   But who's counting?

 on: February 13, 2017, 05:08:01 PM 
Started by NM_Shooter - Last post by NM_Shooter
Thanks!  We also have had good luck for pike on west lake there. 

I tie up a fly called a clauser minnow.  I tie it on a large hook... probably 1-0 sized hood with lead eyes, in chartreuse and white.  I have caught walleye there on those. 

I also tie up a deer hair topwater fly that loosely resembles a frog.  I use heavy mono on the back of the hook, and I tie rabbit strips on the mono so that it spreads out behind the fly.  When I strip it through the water it makes it look like the frog is kicking.  It is hard to fish these though, as the pike start their strike about a foot behind the fly, and I always pull the fly out of in front of them before they can grab it  Grin

I tried to get into UnNamed this year too, but I wanted a June trip and all the dates were booked.  I like Monroe a lot, but it sure gets warm in the sun. 

I stopped at Gander Mountain sports this week and bought a bunch of Havoc soft plastics and jigs, some rapalas and spoons.  Luckily I caught them during their clearance sale and narrowly avoided a divorce.  I'll send you an email for contact info and if you have a map that you can share we would appreciate the help!  For some reason, seems like my last two trips to Monroe the fish were in different spots.  Of course, those trips were 10 years apart!

Thank you for the reply.


 on: February 11, 2017, 10:53:16 AM 
Started by NM_Shooter - Last post by GoVols98
Hello NM Shooter,  I was at Monroe in 2015 for the second time and left maps at the cabin in the book indicating all the locations we caught fish.  I'd be happy to email you a map as well.  The portage lakes are excellent and both have produced the biggest pikes for my group both times we have been.

My lure of choice has been the Rapala size 11 and jigs.  I'm not much of a fly fisherman, so what lures have you been using?

I'm going to Unnamed this year with my daughter and this will be her first trip (4th trip to Unnamed for me) so I'm looking for a refresher on good fishing spots as well for Unnamed.  I haven't been to Unnamed in about 6 years. We are going the last week in June, so I'd appreciate it if anyone going before use could leave a map.

My email address is angryfish@epbfi.com if you want to get in touch to swap info directly.

 on: February 02, 2017, 05:42:31 PM 
Started by NM_Shooter - Last post by NM_Shooter
Dang!  I知 pumped and ready to head to Monroe mid June with my daughter.  My 5th trip, her second.  I was at Monroe back in 2013 with my brother.  I知 the one that posted pix with the wildfires coming up on the bank.  That was rough breathing for awhile, and all our stuff smelled like smoke.  The water bombers put down the fishing for two days (or maybe it was the smoke).  Midway through the trip, we had some sort of Mayfly hatch (This was July 4 week) and I have never seen a hatch like that in my life.  All in all the fishing was great.  I can稚 wait to go back.

Now I just need all the tips and tricks from Mapmaker to give me a refresh.  I want this to be an awesome trip with my daughter.  I think we will be fishing just a little for walleye, getting a couple in the morning cleaned and in the fridge, and then we will be casting large deer hair flies for pike most of the day.  We are sort of fly fishing nuts and want to bring up some heavy fly rods to see what we can do.  I知 sure that there will be plenty of walleye jigging too  Grin

Oddly, from 2003 to 2013, my brother and I found fish in completely different locations.  I have no clue where to start looking for walleye.  For pike, we will be working the weedy points that have access to deep water.  This has worked well for us in the past.  Walleye?  We have no clue 
Any tips / tricks / hotspots for Monroe, I知 all ears!

Yeah!  C知on June!!!

 on: September 17, 2016, 10:51:58 AM 
Started by GoVols98 - Last post by loonhaunt
Hi Jon    I am trying to remember how to post images on this sight.   You need to click on the image icon  second from left in second row.   The image you are inserting must be available online somewhere.  Find the image and copy the location then paste it between the two img from above.

This should be your 43 inch Northern from Unnamed Lake this summer.

We also had a couple of 45 inch Northerns from Monroe in late August.

Thanks Bill

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