Bear Paw Lake 2013 Season
Tom Franke & Family.
First, I hope I have the spelling of the names right. Second, we had a really wonderful trip. I have put many of the over 800 pictures up on Facebook, but they are on my page. Everything about the trip was fabulous, and I really do mean that everything was. This was such a good time for Maggie and I. There are not enough words to be able to say thanks enough for a great place to get away from the daily shuffle of life.
As I was unpacking, I came across this green piece of paper, and thought you might need the inventory of Bear Paw cabin:
Tomato soup - 0, Veg. soup - 0, Cream of Chicken soup - 1, Mac & Cheese - 4, Chili - 1, Stew - 0, Kilk/spork - 0, Green Beans - 5, Yellow Beans - 1, Baked Beans - 6, Peas - 0, Corn - 4, Carrots - 0, Applesauce - 0, Fruit cocktail - 3, Peaches - 1, Pears - 0, Peanut butter - 1.5 jars, Individual peanut butters - 4, Jam - 1, Individual jams - 3, Pancake mix - 2.5, Syrup - 1.5, Mustard - full container of packets, Ketchup - 3/4 of bottle and 1/6 of a container of packets, Coffee - 3.5, Milk powdered - 1/3, Crisco - 7, Vegetable oil - 0, Crackers - 2 sleeves, Flour - 1/2 container, Sugar - 1/2 container, Salt - 1 mason jar, Pepper - 1 mason jar, Handwipes - 4, Toilet paper - 10, Paper towel - 8, Small plastic bags - 10, Garbage bags - 8, Hand soap - 4 bars, Dish soap - 1 bottle of Joy, 1 jug under sink, SOS pags - 4, Matches - 1/2 box, Fantastic soap - full bottle, Cleanser - 1 bottle and 1 jug under sink, Bleach - 1, Potatoes - 1 box, Onions - 10
One item that is needed is an oven mitt ... nothing to hold the hot pans except a towel.
I hope this helps. I am already looking forward to next year :), Tom & family.Bear Paw Lake 2012 Season
Mid September: 2 friends.
Late August: 4 buddies, long time standing.
Mid August: 2 Couples from the Great State of Texas.
Late July: 4 from Minnesota/4 from South Dakota & Nebraska.
Mid July: 2 Friends from Colorado.
Late May: Family of 5 from Wisconsin. Trip summary includes:
Great trip; great time.Bear Paw Lake 2011 Season
Late July: Thank you so much for another great trip to Bear Paw Lake and KaBeeLo. It is always a highlight of the year and I'm already looking forward to next year.
I hope you can somehow find time to relax and even enjoy your summer. You guys deserver it. You work so hard to make dreams come true and create lifetime memories for so many people. The fires will no doubt change some of your plans but you and your efforts have created a lot of satisfied customers that will stick with you. I’m praying God will give you peace and guide you through all of this.
Late May: Oh Canada, 2011! Visit Bill Sherck's Blog.
We are now just 357 days away from our arrival at the KaBeeLo Lodge for our next adventure. This trip was certainly memorable... not for the great fishing, but for the great time we had as a family. My wife, Cathy, had never driven a boat, had never caught a walleye, had never used a jig, have never used a spinning reel, had never put a minnow on a jib or taken a hook out of the mouth of a fish. I would say that her experience was terrific. At one point, Maggie had a 23" walleye on the line that let go of the jig at the boat... and my wife got the net under the fish before it could escape!
I have had fun before, but not of this variety. When we were on Confederation and I asked the girls where they would rather be for a vacation... on the beach of an ocean or up at KeBeeLo, both replied that they wanted to be in Canada. Mary exclaimed that it is more than the fishing... "It is all of this," as she expansively waved her arms over the scenery. Indeed, the trip for me no longer is about catching a big fish (while that part is still plenty important), but it has become an experience of being family, being with my daughters and watching them be happy... and NOT watching tv, internet, or a bunch of kids trying to dress and act 5 years older than they really are.
Thanks so much for the extra day. It allowed my wife to slow down, and gave my girls and I good time in the boat... and we managed to rescue the bus driver. I will be back with my girls next summer... and am working on a plan to get my teaching friends up there too, but not at the same time :)
Please tell the entire staff a huge thanks. I am sending pictures of our happy moments, but there are no pictures of what is in the heart. My wife wanted to get up there and see why I am so emotionally attached to the trip, and she is still somewhat mystefied. However, when I explained how much of the trips are tied to my childhood memories, she understood a little better.
May 17- Day One
We've been coming to Bear paw for the past 24 years but, 4 of the past 5 openers we've been frozen out, and last year a foot of snow fell grounding all planes and canceling our trip once again. So, this year was on of great anticipation as the ice left in record time and we arrived to sunny skies and temps in the mid-70's. We started fishing for walleyes and found them in one of our favorite spots by the buckets full. In just 2 hours the four of us caught and released 85 wallys till we ran out of the Day One's Minnow supply. Then it was off to find big pike and they were just waiting for Jim's Bass-O-Reno. First cast, a 41". Second a 38 incher. Then in the next 30 minutes it was a pike frenzy with Jim boating a 42 incher and Pat landing a 40-incher – the longest fish of his life. What a Day One!
May 26, 2010
Day 1, 9:30pm, Dylan & Casey caught 12 Wally's in the first 1½ hr. Casey caught a 44" Pike by "walking the dog" in "Bay of Pigs"".
Day 2, 12:00pm, caught a bunch of small northerns in the Bay of Pigs (no Pigs yet today) & so far Casey is ahead of Dylan in Walleyes 18 to 9. We haven't fished really heard – still scouting & moving around a lot. Where we found walleyes they have been biting well – sometimes as fast as you can drop the jig down. We're using 1/8-1/4 oz heads w/3" twister tails. We have leeches & used them somewhat, but the walleyes bit regardless of live bait.
Day 4 Rick caught 41½" northern yesterday. Caught him by jigging for walleyes w/twister tails. Off and on rain all day. About 50 degrees. Today it was very windy and cold. Off and on rain. Casey and Dylan found a spot NE of camp and Dylan caught 43 and Casey caught 23 wallys in about an hour and a half. Used ¼ oz heads w/ twister tails. Used no live bait. Casey ended up with 117 walleyes. Dylan ended up with 88 walleyes throughout the trip.
We arrived at KaBeeLo. After a brief talk with Harald and a quick signature for our fishing licenses we were flying to BEAR PAW!!! It would be nice to start the fishing talk with a tale of a 40" Pike but that's not going to happen this time. What did happen was the best big walleye fishing we have ever done. Easily over 20 Walleye over 20" the biggest one's being 26", 25 ½", 25" & 24". Live bate
caught the bigger ones most of the time but twister tails played their part in conserving the minnow supply. As far as 4 Pike fishing, it was all snakes on any lure and style of fishing you could throw out there. We did have a lot of bite offs while fishing for walleye's so maybe on of those was big Pikey, but no visual conformation. And on the 4th Day the Northern Pike rose from the depths on a propeller Jig with a grayish silver
artificial minnow look alike. A 32" Pig that made us all smile. It wasn't the 40" we had hoped to rise up but a Fat Bear Paw Pike none the less.
Flew out to Bear Paw at 8:00. Pretty slow morning…15 fish (3 small pike) but several walleyes at 20", 21" and 22". Had anchor get stuck on island rocks, but dove down to retrieve it. After cleaning fish at noon, we jigged for Walleyes. By the end of the day…161 fish! Only 5 Pike and a few perch…incredible Walleyes! DNR stopped by for a visit…during dinner Best Walleye day ever- Vin & Tom 110, Jay & Jacques-51 At 10:40pm, black bear visited the outdoor grill - knocked it over and watched us watch him.
Windy Had a good day jigging for walleyes. Jacques and Tom caught 61 in the morning and early afternoon. Came in for a nap at 3:30. Vinne & Jay caught 40 in the morning and went fishless there after looking off rocks on the north side of the lake. Picked a calm spot to get into rain gear. Vinnie dropped a jig and got an instant hi. Jay and Vinnie fished the spot until they ran out of minnows. Caught walleyes on empty jugs, twisters and jigs, etc… Totalled over 100. The four of us went back at 7pm and fished 10 feet apart and caught 80 in 1 hour. Came in early to avoid the storm. Total for the day>240. Great spot is north of "Buffalo Rock". Thought yesterday was good until today! Bear did not return yet, but seagulls kept dropping fish heads on the dock. Stupid birds. Buffalo rock is north of eagle nest left around of north from Bay of Pigs. All walleyes there were 16-22 inches.
Jay & Tom were clear Cribbage winners!! Back to Buffalo Rock. Walleyes still there. Filled the stringer to out limit and then threw anything at the walleyes…Regales, jigs, Gulp, jigs & twisters, empty jigs, jigged the raps, spoons… anything we threw the walleyes took. Vin got a 39" northern on jig end gulp. Stopped walleyes for purpose of saving minnows. Fished the lake…trolled spoons for northerns…35" on silver Minnow, lot of snakes. Walleyes by the pound wherever wind blew in. Eagle nest, but no young yet. No bear at night. Fishing less hard now because we are conserving minnows.
No bear return. Vin chopped wood for the fire. Nice and warm in cabin after a cool and rainy day. Caught walleyes a twister tails on any windward point. Total of 110 for the day. Nothing big… except the ones that got away. Did see Caribou mother and baby swimming in the northeast bay of the lake, while a very young fawn was "stranded" on an Island. Did not fish hard today either, since we are almost out of minnows, and saving them for tomorrow(last day). I tried to boil water in big pot… over an hour and never boiled. Tom and Jay HATE losing in cribbage.
June 11 Last Day
Fished the back lake and caught a bunch of small northerns and a few walleyes. Returned to Bear Paw and finished off the minnows. Total minnows used = 720+. Caught walleyes on anything along rock lime point! Jugs and minnows, jugs and twister tails, jigs an gulp, jigs and minnow heads, jerky, jugs and ham, incredible… and on raps. Jay and Tom won the walleye invitational international hemispheric championship of the Universe… secret! Cut the minnow in half more walleyes/minnow. Two eagle young in the nest. Bear never returned. The most fish we were caught up here!! Great trip… thanks Harald and Ann. Wolves howling and loons calling … and rain at night… not in day
Ryan my brother caught as 18 inch walleye off the dock them he caught a 37 inch Northern.
Day 1, John & Barret, Jake & Adam & Jim & Ben for 3 days those were the fishing partners on Bear Paw. We arrived on 6/17 & well out fishing around 8:30. Weather was beautiful sunny with a slight breeze. The group caught nearly 200 walleye that day with the biggest being over 25". We didn't have a lot of huge fish on day 1 but there were several others over 20 inches. The biggest Northern was only 24 inches but Jake and Adam were the only ones targeting them.
Day 2, was over cast & we had rain on & off. Fishing was good again. Barrett & John took the day with well over 100 fish. They also landed many fish over 20" with the largest over 25". Many of these were caught in the same spot with in 30 minutes. No big Northern for Jake & Adam. Jim & Ben had nearly 100 for the day but nothing over 20 inches. In general the teams did a lot of exploring & had success finding walleyes & the incidental Northern pretty much everywhere.
Day 3, the beautiful weather. Before I go to day 3, should note that BT landed a 24" walleye fishing with Ben & Jim in the morning. Man! The 24" walleye are big. Back to Day 3, Sunny and calm. Another big day for walleyes. The groups didn't get out as early today. Day 2 was a long one. Alabama made a surprise visit Tuesday night and put on a performance for Adam, BJ & Ben that was mighty nice. The guys sleeping said the singing wasn't as good as we thought! Out fishing, around 9 & overall another big day close to 200 walleye combined. Fished all over the lake again. For the walleyes it seemed that fishing the breaks & rocks was the ticket. Fishing the breaks/ holes were key to nearly all of the big fish. Jake lost that big northern he had been chasing all week. Had it to the boat & it broke away. Jim & Ben finally started landing some largest fish with the biggest being over 26". 5 fish over 20 inches were caught by Jim and Ben at eh same spot BT caught the 24. We had a big fish fry on the Day 3 that fueled everyone for a late night of fishing. BJ & John again landed well over 20". Biggest for them was 24". Biggest Northern for the week was 30" caught by Ben (& Jim?) on a floating jig. Tried slip bobber fishing at night, but didn't produce much. Was a great 3 days, can't wait to get back again.
Day 1, Arrived around 8:00am – group of 4 from the Milwaukee area – most of the group have been here before – all impressed with the new cabin –Started fishing around 10:00am – both boats stared fishing off the point to the right of the cabin = caught a 26" walleye – in the bay past the point we saw a woodland caribou & calf in the water – about 2 hours later we saw a cow moose & her calf in the same spot. Gary & Ed investigated the island directly across from the cabin – they found a windblow shore - hammered the walleye – Jim and Duk joined them later – joined in on the fun. Walleye after walleye – at times all four of use had fished over fish averaged around 15" – 18" – used minnows and leeches. When we rain low of minnows we used the dead minnows the fish coughed up after being caught. Jim and Duk fished that spot till 4:30pm will continuous action – Ed And Gary had gone in earlier – they came out and caught enough fish for dinner in about 10 minutes – good evening meal – went back around 7:30pm – fished same spots – wind changed – results weren't as good but still plenty of action. Gary & Ed believe they caught over 100 walleye each for the day – afraid we are going to run out of minnows but Tuesday 26" walleye still in the lead, Gary considering taking walleye fishing lessons from Duk so he can get back in the competition – Excellent first day for all.
Day 2, 50 degrees AM High 80 degrees No Rain
Day 3, 60 degrees at 5:00AM High 80 Lots of Sunshine
After breakfast our group of 4 explored the north side of the lake caught several walleye with small northern mixed in. We went back to out "favorite spots" and pounded walleye catching 23" and 25 ½" with several about 20". Caught a 32" northern great day in the Great White North! Weather changed quickly and rain kept us in for cribbage and rest.
Day started out pretty slow. Walleyes not biting very good and wind was pretty strong. Went out after dinner to honey hole and things picked up. Started to catch a number of fish at a pretty good rate. Fishing with panfish pole that I brought up for some fast action. Was bringing in a small walleye when a great white Northern hit it and took off. Since I only had a 2 pound line on it was quite a battle. After 45 min. I landed a 40" plus northern. What a rush! My brother handled the boat and did the netting for me. Next time we will bring bigger nets!!
Dan & Randy, Great Trip. What a fantastic cabin! The old one was nice but wow, this one is incredible. Overall, not as many fish as other trips to Bear Paw. However, we had a great time and caught a lot. The biggest walleye was 24" and the biggest northern was 44" and 25 pounds. The island and the rocky point south of the cabin seemed to be the hot spots. Not much luck in the Bay of Pigs. Had some real nice walleye on the north side of the lake. It was very windy the second day. The waves were very large in the middle of the lake. Off and on rain every day. Another fantastic trip. Can't wait until next year. Thank you Harald and Ann!
July 19 - Day 1, 10:00AM Arrival Ted, Angie, Alana(17), Austin(15) Our trip started with great excitement. As the plane flew off, Austin quickly put on a gas tank & motor & too off fishing. The rest of us… we started unpacking. Five minutes later… he returns. He caught a northern & he was also "caught". A treble hook of a husky jerk rapala was deeply embedded between his thumb & pointer finger. He sat at the end of the table & we removed the lure & snapped off the other 2 hooks. Then we debated… cut the skin, push it through, call the plane? 20 minutes later he looks up & on the wall we read, the KaBeeLo Lodge "Remove a hook the easy way". Well… it works! A little first aid & we were off fishing.
Day 3, It was day III as I write this & I still have not fully figured out the map of other locations like we were told by the people before us. Quote "the big rock behind the island". Yes, there are a lot of big rocks. So, I am going to try a drawing. Maybe then you won't need to fish at every Big Rock!
- on this choppy day we could hardly keep up. Drop the line in, pull one out, as fast as we could go. The girls found the hole & the guys quickly came & crowded in!! then by the way- fish cleaning is a board on two log's – the seagulls led us there!
Hot evening games!
Day 4, We are all set for day #4 – the plane brought us much need necessities – water & more minnows!
Almost 30 years ago I visited Bear Paw. My Grandmother, father, mother & siblings. Grandma & Dad now watch from above as I return with my family. Dad would have smiled as Alana's face lit up with a 26" walleye or Austin caught his 38" northern. I wondered if the return could be as good as my childhood memories, and it was. I think of how much my mother must have added to the experience as she spoke of bears scratching the side of the cabin or exaggerated how we must "survive" in the wilderness. Dad woke and gave us the morning report, "I have good news & bad news is it isn't raining, it's snowing" and the pans of water in the old cabin were frozen solid. Yes, today's cabin is somewhat more luxurious than the old. But I am sure the memories will live on just as strong for my children.
* Another fun night activity- (on calm night) yell off the end of the dock & listen to the great echo!
A New Bear Paw Tradition
We are leaving behind a special gift for the next guests of Bear Paw. We find this #14 Rapala Husky Jerk to be very special. This lure caught 3-38" northern both by trolling & casting. This is our gift to you. Please pass on a memory of your trip to the next guests!
Jed, Angie, Alania & Austin
July 23-26, Arrived from Florida, leaving the humidity behind. Fished the big & small island directly across from the cabin in the morning. Caught 50-60 Walleyes between the three of us with the big fish being a 27 ½" hog. Also caught a few small northern on jigs. The afternoon was windy but the skies were clear & the bite shut down. Had fried walleye for dinner and made apple cobbler in the grill for dessert. Water stopped working in the cabin. Discovered hose fitting had popped off under cabin & pump lost its prime. Reattached fitting and all was well.
P.S. – Be careful, as you can easily lock yourself out of the cabin or on the screened porch.
Day 2, Morning was clear, calm & sunny. Still had decent walleye fishing off the big island in front of cabin. Be afternoon it was raining & windy. Fishing was better. Searched the bays for northern but no success. Coconut walleye for dinner & finished off the apple cobbler.
Day 3, Carbon copy of yesterday morning's weather. Fishing only medicine. Strong wind in the afternoon improved the bite off the windward side of the small islands, but made boat control more of a challenge. Caught 25 Walleyes the final hour off the small island in front of cabin. Dinner was a standing rib roast with corn on the cob & brownies for dessert.
Day 4, Windy all day today - good for fishing but work when it comes to boat control. Caught lots of walleyes in the windy cuts between the small islands. More big fish today: 24" x 2; 23" x 2; 22"; 21"; 20" Leftover rib roast sandwiches for lunch. Baked walleye over a bed of sweet potatoes for dinner & finished off the brownies. Off to Perrigo Lake in the AM for 4 more days of Piscatorial bliss!
July 27 Wade, Sherry, Collin and Coltin
We flew in from the lodge this morning, and after a lot of getting ready we went fishing. We started off good we caught lots of walleye, and a few pike. Then we came into the cabin and ate our lunch that we had fixed for us at the lodge. When we were done with lunch we went out and there was a really dark cloud over us but it wasn't doing anything so we decided that we would go out closet to the cabin. We were catching fish like crazy then it stared pouring rain. So we got to the cabin as soon as possible then it started hailing, and wind blowing. It is starting to clear off so we were going to try to go out and catch more fish.
July 30 Hasbrovck & Provinzino
Day 1, We have returned to Bear Paw for the fourth time. On the flight in, we spotted a cow moose with two calves'. The weather was perfect and beautiful. It took a little time to locate a steady source of fish, but once we did, the fishing was quite good. The largest walleye was 22 inches we also landed several pike. It's simply great to be at a perfect lake with family and the comforts of a new cabin. We look forward to tomorrow's fishing with much anticipation.
Day 2, We got out quite early this morning. Walleyes were plentiful. A pink Mister Twister with a leach worked well. After about three hours of fishing we went in for lunch. We found walleyes in abundance. The largest fish was in the mid-twenty range. Pike remain elusive.
Day 3, The wind had more energy from the west this morning. Consequently, the morning’s fishing was good. We found Walleyes off of most rocky points. Jack and Dick caught 30-40 fish in one hour’s time from a small area. We each kept a few fish for our afternoon fish tacos. Fishing was best in the 10-12 ft. range, but fish were also caught in3-5 ft. of water.
Day 4, The morning dawned clear, sunny, and dead calm. Walleye fishing was good. Those who moved from spot to spot continued to do catch fish a quick pace. The largest walleye of the morning and trip was caught by Dick. It measured 26 inches. After a quickly taken photo, she was released back to the depths of Bear Paw. We knocked off around 11:00 for some bacon and eggs. Hopefully, we'll get some wind for a hot bite this afternoon.
August 26, Windy but good fishing any rocky point shoreline was good (41) walleye and (3) Pike pickeling size. Biggest walleye 17 ½" Lots for 16s. Best times anytime you were out there. Fish for lunch & supper. Great day of fishing. Minnows, crawlers best gulp worked at times.
August 27, Windy out of south – Lot’s of Roller’s + white caps on lake. Fished AM 2 – 3 hours and eve for 3 hours – to much work during midday to keep on spot. Caught 118 eyes, 11 ± 23”, Many 17-18", 7 pike all smaller, Largest 3 lbs. And ½ dozen Perch. Larger Walleyes caught on south end in gap between main lake to east of larger island. North Shore produced the most action. Island with 2 Eagles seemed to be best. Fish caught in 6’ – 12’ of water on Rocks.
August 28, fished am (2 of us) from 8 – 12 boated 30 eyes + ± 10 Pike, did a lot of cruising to check out the lake, we would have caught a hundred had we stayed in the area they were biting. But as this was out 1st trip here wanted to see the whole lake… Very beautiful Lake… came in at noon for lunch + break, raining now pretty hard, will go out later this pm to catch a few more. Went out at 5:00 til 7:30 caught over 40 eyes. GREAT FISHING!!!!! Rain let up just in time for our last eve. Took some great photo’s of the Harvest moon and sunrise, will send some to Harald and Ann. 1st trip to Bear Paw was excellent… Look forward to our next trip here.
Summary of our trip
Sun Aug 29 – Ross Party – 2
Came in 8 A.M. got settled in fishing by 9 A.M. got some fish to eat for lunch – rained as we got back to cabin. Warm Cloudy – got to go back out around 4 P.M. got some more to take home. Rained again at night.
Monday Aug 30 – Had rain again but still able to fish in between – had good fishing on North end only - 16” or smaller use to bigger fish from other lakes we’ve been on.
Tues Aug 31 – Still rain a lot of wind today still had fishing on North end – babies but fun to catch some. Great 3 days – love it up North.
Sept. 1st – Len and Nora
1st 10 minutes right off the dock.
Rain, Rain, Rain! No Fishing
Rain overnight, Cloudy, windy
Sunny, Calm & Cool.
Frost on the Roof!