Eagle Lake Fishing Report 5/23-5/27

by Dustin K on June 1, 2009

We arrived to Vermilion Bay Lodge after a 17 hour drive. It was our first time here, and we were excited to see what the next 4 days held.

We got into our cabins (very nice) and headed out to see this huge body of water. ‘Bama hooked into a nice smallie and we found a few pike and small walleye.

 

Ater dinner we headed back out to a spot Gord showed us, and began trolling for Walleye (and maybe a Lake Trout). On my first cast, I took 2 cranks, getting ready to troll, and there was a pull of the line and a swirl 40′ back. “Has to be a walleye to pull like that!”. Ok, I was wrong. I found on this trip, NOTHING pulls like a Lake Trout. This was my first laker ever, and what a first one….32″ & 11.5lbs. A lifetime fish for me (great story and lots of memories tied to catching it).
The trip was looking promising!

 

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Eagle Lake Fishing Report

Sunday found us heading to Sportsman Bay. We got into some Northern and had a great shore lunch. Later in the day, I was able to land a nice 24″ walleye.

Eagle Lake really is a great body of water!

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Because Tuesday was suppose to be bad weather, we headed over to Clearwater Lake on Monday. The channel had lot more curves in than Gord drew on the map, but we had fun driving through it. Within being there about 20 minutes we had 4 fish (Lakers / Northern). We also had a rain picking up pretty bad (I can’t believe Tuesday was going to be worse)! By 12:30 my boat was ready to go, but the other boat started to catch some lakers, so we thought we’d head over to them. After 4 hours, we were soaking wet, laughing at how much fun we were having, and sore from catching so many 20″+ lakers, 28″+ Northerns, Smallies, and Whitefish….this may be the most fun single day on the water in Canada, ever.

 

The rain was so hard we couldn’t even get our cameras out for pictures, but we did manage 1 of ‘Bama’s 30″ Northern. Luckly, we got a good shot back in the fish house. The ride back to camp was “interesting”. Big waves….lots of spray…..what a great time!

 

 

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Eagle Lake Fishing Report Cont…..

We decided to head back to Clearwater Lake after lunch to see if lightning could strike twice. The weather was A LOT better on Tuesday (still glad we went Monday) but we had just as much fun. Lakers over 20″ were in the dozens and we had the lake to our-self. I don’t know if there is a spot for the place we fished (don’t worry, I’m not going to describe it here), but we named it “Hoosier Highway” after the last two days! We brought our limit of Lakers back for the freezer and the trip home.
We fished so hard on Tuesday, that we ran out of gas on the way back to the lodge. So, we had a beer, a smoke, and reflected on the last two days while the other boat went and got us a full can.

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Wednesday was our last day…we were leaving after a day of fishing. ‘Bama and I decided to head into High-rock Lake and check it out for a bit. We were going to meet Jon & Brad for shore lunch on Clearwater before a bit more fishing.
High-rock looks like a great lake. We didn’t get to spend a lot of time there, but we each got a couple of Smallies. The pike fought much harder up there, and we had fun landing a nice 32″ that made several dives near the boat, peeling line each time. We needed to get back to Clearwater, and we met the guys for lunch. We had a great shore lunch at a great spot, and then went fishing the Highway for some nice Pike to bring home. We caught a few and several lakers again.


Gord, Suzanne, Mike: Thanks for a GREAT trip! You guys really do run a first-class operation. We all were impressed how there was someone at the dock to meet us, how the boats were mopped out, and warmed up in the mornings for us. Your hospitality in the lodge was great and we had so much fun. I don’t think I’ll have a reason to ever go anywhere else!
Gord, I’m going to be sending you a CD with a bunch of pictures for you. It will be hitting the mail later this week!

 

A Great Eagle Lake Fishing Report!  Thank you Dustin!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Gord June 1, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Thanks Dustin! Great pictures. Next trip you will definately have to venture up to Caribou Lake for some smallmouth action. Too bad the cold weather delayed the bass spawn…..but there is always next time!

I’ll be mailing out the map (and your radio) shortly.

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Andy Lewis June 1, 2009 at 2:57 pm

What a great testimonial for a first time angler at VBL! Thanks for taking the time to post the pictures and stories Dustin. I wish I was there now!

Andy

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Professor June 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Hi Dustin…I’m very pleased that you didn’t let the weather get in the way of your trip to VBL. You fished some fine waters and were rewarded for your efforts. I hope you give VBL another shot for the fabulous fishing opportunities and first-class hospitality. Don’t forget to ask Gord about the special discount he offers to VBL “groupies”.

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Perchmaster June 2, 2009 at 12:11 am

Hey Dustin
GREAT report and pics. Don't know how you got all those pics to fly since we can only get up to 5 pics but great job.
Hope next year you are up a little longer there are many spots you have not gotten to yet one of them in the spring is Blind bay and the channel of Blind bay can have a few boats but can be good fishing and a nice trip to make for the day.
I am glad you were able to witness first hand to class operation that Gord and his fine family runs. As you have mentioned they do the little extras for you that makes your trip that much better.
As for running out of gas I have to admit I did smile when you buddy's said you were sitting out there without any gas, FUNNY!!!!
Glad you had a great trip!!!

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DustinK June 2, 2009 at 12:14 am

Thanks, PM. We knew the gas situation was going to be close, and the other boat didn't have enough to pull us in, so we enjoyed the quite time on the water.

I'm just glad it wasn't 24 hours earlier in that weather. We'd have got the life jackets on and hung on!

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Gord June 2, 2009 at 12:41 am

I must say Dustin that you have done a better job laying out your post than I have been able to do. I may have to pick your brain for how to do it.

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Perchmaster June 2, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Good idea Gord I was thinking the same thing on how he set those pics?
He must have picked the pics a different way than we are, but I did get more pics on just did not figure the way to do it his way. Give him my e-mail Gord so he can help us out a little?

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DustinK June 3, 2009 at 1:24 am

Gord,

I'll give you a call some night and walk you through it!

dk

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Gord June 3, 2009 at 1:36 am

That would be helpful!

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