Moose Best Ontario Fishing

Moose!

Check out the majesty of this big guy.

This is the kind of amazing outdoor wildlife action you’ll see in Ontario, folks.

Some great Pasha Lake moose right there (photos captured by Wade Boardman).

Come see it for yourself! All of Ontario awaits you–but Pasha Lake Cabins is your go-to destination.

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Until next time…

 

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Total Family Experience

By Scott Turner

It is beyond true that Pasha Lake Cabins has some of the best fishing and hunting adventures imaginable. I think anyone who has made the trip there would have to agree. With that in mind, though, if your family is anything like mine, not everyone in your clan may want to fish or hunt everyday.

Our family trip in late August found us traveling west to Thunder Bay midweek of our stay. So with a little internet research and a conversation with Michelle, we planned our day trip activities. (As a side note, these quick little adventures we went on would make great spots to stop at on your way to or from Pasha Lake Cabins as well).

Our first stop was Eagle Canyon Adventures which is about 90 minutes from Pasha. Eagle Canyon offers three great attractions: two suspension bridges over 300 feet in length, Canada’s longest zip line, and absolute fantastic views. You can stay as long as you want and cross the bridges as often as you would like. There are plenty of picnic tables, clean restrooms, and not many people.

And if anyone has a fear of heights similar to my wife Tracey, this may be your opportunity to conquer it!

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Our next stop was Panoramic Amethyst Mine which Michelle highly recommended. Once we arrived, I could see why. With a modest entrance fee of $8, you have access to view the mine and take a brief but very informative tour. The gift shop features jewelry, as well as polished and carved stones at reasonable prices. The mine also sells garden to nearly boulder sizes of rock containing the purple gem.

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Now here comes the fun part–the mine dumps tons of overburden over a large area and you and the kids can “mine” your own Amethyst for $3 a pound.

As per our tour guide a pound of Amethyst is equal to a very large handful. The gems can be found on top as well as below the surface, and they are plentiful and very easy to find (just like the walleye at Pasha!)

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Our final stop was the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope Memorial (also doubles as a rest stop) just west of Thunder Bay and less than a minute off the highway. I would highly recommend everyone to stop for a moment at this very tasteful tribute to one Canada’s greatest citizens. Terry Fox lost a leg to cancer at the age of 18 but never gave up his hope of helping others.

At the age of 21 Terry began his Marathon of Hope. Terry ran a marathon almost every day from April 20, 1980, to September 1, 1980. This feat lasted for 143 days and 5373 km. These marathons took him from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to almost Thunder Bay. Terry had planned on running across Canada but his cancer came back and could continue no further. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981, at only 22 years old. Terry’s legacy continues today, and to date, the foundation that honors him has raised over $650 million towards cancer research. The view alone makes this a good pit stop, but Fox’s legacy and his memorial will leave you awestruck.

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Whether you make a day of these side trips or use them as breaks on your ride, I would highly recommend any of them to enhance your overall experience to Ontario’s North West and Pasha Lake Cabins.

About Scott Turner: I have been married for 18 years to my wife, Tracey, and we have two talented and beautiful daughters, Jessica (15) and Jacqueline (12), as well as Sadie, our German Shorthair Pointer. I am currently the president of the Greater Windsor Track & Field Club which includes 200 youth athletes.

A conservative estimate of the days I spend afield would be in the neighborhood of 200, spread between fishing, hunting and trapping. I would have to say my favorite fish to pursue would be the one that is biting the best! I consider myself a generalist, I fish whatever species I can when I can. I am very excited to be a member of Pasha Lake’s Pro-Staff team. My goal is to fish as many lakes in the region as possible and report back to you. I hope some of my experiences at Pasha Lake Cabins help enhance your next trip or maybe encourages you to come up and try Pasha Lake Cabins for the first time. It’s a trip you will not regret. 

Follow me on Twitter: @turnerscott2009

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New Girls on the Block

By Scott Turner

Lake Onaman–Round 1

Trying to wait out the weather again seemed to be a good idea on a windy, rainy morning. By lunchtime, cabin fever was kicking in and mother nature had settled down to a nice steady mist. Seemed like the perfect time to get things on the move.

I loaded up the truck full of gear, the girls jumped in, and we were on to a very anticipated adventure to the legendary Lake Onaman. My crew today was going to consist of two 15 year olds– my oldest Jessica and her best friend Chloe–with my youngest, 12 year old Jacqueline. If we weren’t going to catch any fish, they were going to look good trying!

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After a “brisk” walk to the lake (they are track and field athletes and I am no longer one), we were ready to tie into some of the great fish that we had been telling Chloe about.

On our way to the main lake, we pulled up along side and chatted with a couple of other Pasha guests that were fishing only a few minutes from the boat launch. This group of two boats was having some pretty good success both casting and jigging. I had thought of staying there but past successes of the main body of the lake had me on the throttle again.

The gentle breeze that we enjoyed while walking through the woods ended up turning into some solid two foot plus waves the wind-swept shoreline I desired. I tried a few spots that I could safely get to while keeping everyone in good spirits. Several moves and several different presentations just couldn’t get a bite going for us. I just couldn’t hold good boat position in the wind–and boat control is just so important. In the wind, I felt even if we did get into a good bite with these young anglers they may not be able to detect a hit, opting instead to head back to the shelter of the islands and bays close to the launch.

My fellow Pasha guest were still fishing so I decided to try a couple of drifts at a respectable distance from our new found friends. I have found over the years that Pasha guests are more than happy to give you any intel they may have to help you catch a few more fish. Is it the good people that come here or is it that there are just so many fish? I think it is a whole lot of both!

Chloe–or shall I refer to her as “Chloe the Walleye Slayer”–got into them first. Two drifts and she had three fish. I had everyone on different colors. Chloe was using a hot pink and white Northland Oddball Jig. Funny enough on the next drift so was everyone else!

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Chloe the Walleye Slayer

I always try and put everyone in the boat on a different color presentation to start to increase our odds on find that right color. The first fish gets my attention, and the second one on that same colors makes me take action. I picked up that tip while sitting in a seminar of another repeat guest of Pasha Lake Cabins, Mark Romanack of Fishing 411.

After a bit of a soaking, the rain stopped to our relief. The crew had boated a few fish, the bite was not bad at all, and things were looking pretty good. Then the bite stopped, I changed colors again for everyone, moved my drift a bit and still nothing. We were fishing in shallow water at about 7 feet so maybe the motor spooked them? I can’t answer why it happened; it just did. And I was not about to waste any time trying to figure it out. Time to move again!

I have a great amount of patience or very little depending how you look at it. I will fish all day but seldom in the same spot if the fish are not biting consistently. This quirk served us well as we stopped at two more spots that afternoon. The first one served us nothing so we only stayed there for ten minutes.

That old secret to successful fishing “fish where the fish are” is an adage of mine. My crew was growing cold from the earlier rain, so I knew I had a limited amount of time left. We headed to a small wind-swept island.

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Now by small I would say it was the size of a tennis court. What I liked about the look of it was there no waves crashing into it and the water was flat calm for about 10 feet. I thought two things: little bit of depth and easy boat control. We pulled into our spot, quickly killed the motor, and dropped back in our hot pink minnow tipped jigs. Within two minutes we had our first fish hooked.

My youngest, Jacqueline, had not landed a fish yet, and I was really hoping she would get into one here. Things lined up perfectly for Jacqueline and she caught the biggest fish of her life, a beautiful 26” Onaman Walleye. Once the commotion was over, Jacqueline–still grinning–laid down her rod
and said “I’m good.” I asked her if she was going to fish any more and she just looked me in the eyes with a smile and said “nope.” I think a lot of us could take a lesson there. The joy of catching that one fish had made her day and she didn’t want to change it. At least that’s what I made of it but I never did ask her.

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We boated a dozen fish within half an hour of this spot when I noticed the girls were all starting to shiver, and I knew it was time to head in–regardless of the walleye still having their feedbags on. The remarkable thing about this spot was we were consistently getting bit in only five feet of water.

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Is anybody having a good time on this boat?

Mother Nature was definitely challenging everyone on this day. The walk back to the truck, the fish, and the laughs and memories simply just added to this successful adventure.

About Scott Turner: I have been married for 18 years to my wife, Tracey, and we have two talented and beautiful daughters, Jessica (15) and Jacqueline (12), as well as Sadie, our German Shorthair Pointer. I am currently the president of the Greater Windsor Track & Field Club which includes 200 youth athletes.

A conservative estimate of the days I spend afield would be in the neighborhood of 200, spread between fishing, hunting and trapping. I would have to say my favorite fish to pursue would be the one that is biting the best! I consider myself a generalist, I fish whatever species I can when I can. I am very excited to be a member of Pasha Lake’s Pro-Staff team. My goal is to fish as many lakes in the region as possible and report back to you. I hope some of my experiences at Pasha Lake Cabins help enhance your next trip or maybe encourages you to come up and try Pasha Lake Cabins for the first time. It’s a trip you will not regret. 

Follow me on Twitter: @turnerscott2009

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Not a Bust

By Scott Turner

A few weeks back, I asked my 15 year old daughter, Jessica, “How many fish do you want to catch when we go to Pasha?”

Her response: “100.”

“So, 15 a day Jessica?“

She quickly replied back, “That’s not very many for up there!”

We both had a laugh and carried on our business.

Well, after watching the rain for the better part of the first day at Pasha Lake, Jessica, her friend Chloe, and I thought we should give it a try around 3 o’clock. Jacqueline, my youngest at almost 13, decided to stay dry along with my wife, Tracey, back at the cabin. A fairly persistent drizzle was still happening, so we opted to head to a little “boat in” gem right out Pasha’s back door step. I had been to this spot a couple of years ago so I was pretty excited to get back there again.

With a short portage into this little back lake and armed with our Panther Martin spinners, we were ready for the hot action I had encountered there before. Now what do I mean by hot action? I would estimate I averaged about a bite every third cast. Our quarry was to be the brook trout–not monsters like you find on Lake Nipigon, but quantity was almost assured.

Famous last words? “Assured.”

I guess it should have been more like never count your chickens… you get the idea. After 2 hours of fishing we had amassed 6 trout in the boat. Now don’t get me wrong–we missed quite a few fish that we had some chances with. However, many of us would count this outing a bust.

The girls where getting cold and wanted to head back to the warmth of the cabin. I didn’t want to push the envelope with them by staying out in the elements, so we headed back.

After dinner, the weather broke. I spoke to Chad and we thought I should take another shot at it. I had seen a couple of nice fish rising on our first venture so I had to give it a second chance.

I was just about to push off when a young man named CJ (Chad & Michelle’s oldest) ran up and asked if I was going to fish because “he does some guiding on Pasha Lake.”  I told him I was going to a different lake, but I asked for a couple of points on Pasha which he was more than happy to offer. When I informed CJ where I was heading off to, he told me he had never fished it before and asked if he could come with me. I said of course but he would have to ask his parents first–I was happy to have the company.

I have to say I have not seen a kid move that fast in quite a while!  Within minutes CJ was running towards me at full tilt, fishing pole in hand, and his life jacket ready.

The result, one brook trout caught by my new buddy CJ! I think the changing pressure was just too much for the brookies at this point.

When we were heading back CJ said something that really stuck with me “thanks for taking me, I had a really good time.”

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Now this may be easy to say or sound like a cover up because we didn’t catch a lot, but these three kids actually had a good time not catching that many fish. My daughter and Chloe were laughing with or at each other most of the time they were in the boat. As a bonus Chloe, caught her first ever brook trout and could not believe how beautiful they actually are.

CJ had the opportunity to tell an adult about the sports he plays, the fish he has caught, and his plans to bring his brother back to this spot. The boys cleaned up on the trout later during the week. CJ and I heard wolves calling and a moose crashing through the bush so loud it sounded like a bulldozer.

I have definitely caught more fish on other Pasha Lake Cabins adventures, but I didn’t really mind because we all had a really good time! The time is worth it, everyone. The adventure is more than worth it. Get out and take a kid fishing.

About Scott Turner: I have been married for 18 years to my wife, Tracey, and we have two talented and beautiful daughters, Jessica (15) and Jacqueline (12), as well as Sadie, our German Shorthair Pointer. I am currently the president of the Greater Windsor Track & Field Club which includes 200 youth athletes.

A conservative estimate of the days I spend afield would be in the neighborhood of 200, spread between fishing, hunting and trapping. I would have to say my favorite fish to pursue would be the one that is biting the best! I consider myself a generalist, I fish whatever species I can when I can. I am very excited to be a member of Pasha Lake’s Pro-Staff team. My goal is to fish as many lakes in the region as possible and report back to you. I hope some of my experiences at Pasha Lake Cabins help enhance your next trip or maybe encourages you to come up and try Pasha Lake Cabins for the first time. It’s a trip you will not regret. 

Follow me on Twitter: @turnerscott2009

 

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Unbelievable Bear Harvest and Amazing End-of-Summer Fishing

Bittersweet. That’s about the only way to describe this time of year. As I type this, Michelle is packing up the van and loading the kiddos. Hard to believe, but it’s that time of year. The end of summer is here, school starts Tuesday, and the Thompson family is once again spread out over two countries–the US and Canada.

With this blog post, there are SO many things I want to update everyone on, from jaw-dropping fishing adventures to close-in counters of the black bear kind and everything in between. In fact, the last 3 weeks have got to be some of the most memorable our guests have ever experienced. That’s quite a bold statement considering Pasha Lake’s history of remarkable fishing and hunting.

A quick glace in the Pasha Lake reservation book and I am reminded of those unforgettable stories.  Allow me to touch on a few.

Gary Ellefson (Ashland,WI) – First time guests, now life time guests.  Walleye fishing that knocked everyone’s socks off and made them anxious for next year.

Wayne Miller – “We’ve never caught so many walleyes” – statements uttered almost daily as they returned from their adventures.  Wayne and his crew have been coming to Pasha 10 plus years. 

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Justin Mcmillion – Two years in a row he’s downed a black bear the first night in the stand.  This year he bagged a beautiful 250 lb boar.

Austin and Rob Sinning – Coming here since Austin was 7 years old, this father/son teamed up to bag his second black bear in as many years. Austin’s 2015 boar tipped the scales at 230.

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Brian and Torri Skaggs – Brian comes here multiple times a year.  This hunting season he brought his daughter Torri (a fanatical hunter in her own right) on her first black bear hunt. They downed one of the biggest bears of the year, a brute of a boar at 330 lbs.

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Pat and Conner Lalonde – Don’t let Conner’s age of 11 years fool you; his passion for fishing trumps most of us adults. He and Grandpa Pat were a dynamic dual to watch as they slayed fish daily. Conner’s favorite lake? Onaman, of course!

Chad Levos and Brian Hanke – Bear hunting at Pasha for the 7th straight year, these long time buddies nailed two gorgeous black bears on the same night, within minutes of each other.  Brian’s harvest stands as the biggest to date (350lbs) and Chad’s not too far behind (305lbs).

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Chris and Zac Prickett – Yet another father and son team. Both killed their bears on the same night within hours of each other. After filling their bear tags, they spent the day on the Walleye Dream Trip and added 3 northerns to their trophy collection. To top it off, Chris and Linda celebrated their wedding anniversary and her birthday during their week. How cool is that??

Troy Winchell & Tommy Kruger – Hunting with us every other year. They did it again in 2015 and spent their rest of time using their 4 wheelers to access some remote, world class fishing.

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Joseph McGuffey – “All my dad wants to do is catch a big northern” — and that’s exactly what happened. All 43 inches of a big northern. Congrats, guys!

Jim Jechorek – Between him and buddy Dave, their fish counter rolled past 850 walleyes for the week. Folks, that’s not a typo. 850! Wow!

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Kurt Bill — who, in 2014, spent a whopping 45 hours in a stand without seeing a bear, nailed his first-ever this year within the first hour of his hunt – 270lbs boar. Good things do come to those who wait.

Norman Huges – First time bear hunter who had a bear come within 3 feet of his ground blind. He literally had to push the fabric down on the window to get a shot. The bear piled up so close he could reach out and touch it from his seat.

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And finally, Brian Kofal – his annual comments are copied here directly from his email:

Summary of the week

Saturday evening

– 30-40 walleye, biggest was 24.5” 

We could have caught more, but left two boats working on fish for dinner while we went looking for larger fish

Sunday

Onaman 150+ walleyes between the boats

Our boat had over 80 when I stopped wasting time on the clicker and we still fished for 2.5 more hours

Largest fish in our boat was a 25.5” an extremely thick walleye which was followed up with a 25” deep golden walleye. That was my cousin Jeff’s personal best.

Most of the fish were in 4-7 feet of water on the wind-blown side of the lake

The other two boats caught a pile of fish as well

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Monday

We split up between two different lakes

The group that I was with caught around 50 walleyes between the two boats.  We had the wind switch out of the North and the fishing was tough. We could catch 3-4 fish in a spot and had to move to the next spot. Largest of the day was a 24.5” walleye.

The other group had a good adventure and experienced similar fishing once the wind switched.

Tuesday

We split between two different lakes

The group I was with went to Onaman…  All I can say is wow. It was crazy…

My dad and his friend were with and we dropped them on the point we had luck on Sunday that was a little out of the wind. We proceeded out into the bigger part of the lake and started fishing on a point in the wind.  The waves were large enough to splash over the boat and the only way I could control the boat was to back troll, which just allowed the boat to fill faster (we could fish for about 30 minutes before we had everything in the boat floating and had to take a spin to drain the boat).  We kept fishing because it was crazy…  On that one point we caught over 70 fish with a couple dozen in the 24-25” range… The biggest was a thick 26” fish.  We fished 3 other spots on the lake and ended the day with over 100 in our boat.  Now back to my dad and his friend…  They ended the day with around 60 walleye in the boat, so also a pretty solid day. They ended up with 9 walleye over 26” for the day and 3 right at the 27” mark. That is some big fish.

The other group took a more relaxed day and went up to some falls for an amazing shore lunch spot with two waterfalls as the backdrop…  They caught a pile of walleyes, with the highlight of the day being a 28” incredibly thick walleye coming in the backwater below the falls in 5 feet of water.

Wednesday

We split between two different groups again

My dad and his friend went on the River Trip with Gus and had a great time. Too many walleyes to count at the River and finished the day going after some pike. My dad’s friend Ron ended up catching a 40+” pike to join the trophy club.

We took three boats up north for the day and had a great trip!  I don’t even know how many walleyes we caught that day, but it was a pile…  The size averaged around 19.5-20.5 inches with a bunch in the 22-23” range.

Thursday

Back to Onaman for some more fishing

The lake was calm for the first time, so we had access to any spot on the lake and started fishing on some of the water that was inaccessible the previous trips. Between the three boats, we had to pull in over 200 walleye with the largest a 27.5” pig caught by an eleven year old…  You couldn’t wipe the smile from his face!!  My cousin caught the biggest walleye of his life as well a 26” really thick walleye (he actually caught his personal best 4 different times over the course of the week). The day was ridiculous and was a little difficult to operate the boat when we had 3 fish on at the same time numerous times throughout the day.

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Friday

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We ended up on ———- for the day and caught a pile of fish. We left numerous points looking for bigger fish despite the constant fish on the end of the line…  Best fish of the day was a very thick 24.5” walleye. The best catch might have been the 24” blue walleye that Jeff caught in the morning (very pretty fish). On that day, we caught walleye in 3’ of water all the way out to 28” of water…  All that we had to do was find the structure and there were fish.

I am absolutely floored by the events of the past few weeks.  It has been unreal, and a blessing like no other. Congratulations to all those people and the ones not mentioned, we are truly honored to be part of your awesome experiences. 

But, don’t go away just yet folks.  We are staring down the gun barrel of a spectacular fall season.  Archery moose opens in two weeks.  The wolf hunters arrive around the same time and did I mention fall fishing?  Some of the best angling opportunities of the year are still to come.  Stay tuned and of course

Until next time…. 

Chad