Apr2018

We’re Featured in Outdoor Life Magazine Spring 2018 Issue

Wabatongushi by train! It was great to host the Outdoor Life Magazine guys last June at Loch Island Lodge on their fishing adventures via rail. Author Dave Karczynski and friends only had four days to hit the water, but had no problem in getting plenty of fish and some nice ones at that. With them was Brian Bergeson from Rip Lips Musky Fly company. Brian’s flies are well known and worked their magic on Wabatongushi without a doubt. Besides getting a monster 41” Pike and lots of nice Speckled Trout, they also hit the morel mushroom season right on target. You can check out their article in Spring 2018 Outdoor Life which is on news stands now (or via print / digital subscription…info below). Dave has a truly masterful way of describing their adventures on and off the lakes.

Here is a snippet of Dave Karczynski’s take on fishing for Northern Pike on Wabatongushi Lake:

There’s a moment unique to pike and muskie fishing—the sudden heave of water when a fish of mammoth proportions pushes through the shallows. You know something is coming, and you know that this something is big. What’s unclear, at least to a certain vestigial reptilian part of the brain, is whether the beast is coming after your fly or you. In this case, it happens on my second cast to a grassy peninsula where the shallow water quickly drops to deep. “Big!” I yell as I set the hook again and again, holding on and not giving an inch as the fish digs and rolls. It tapes out at 41 inches, my biggest pike ever. Returning to the lodge, I’m met with all the fanfare of a dragon slayer, beginning with beer and culminating in a trip to the bait house, where with a nub of chalk I add my name and the date to the Loch Island Lodge pike fishing hall of fame.

And here is a little about their experience fishing for Speckled Trout on one our many outpost lakes:

Then we start to get our eyes. Past the oars, just beyond the visible, the shadows of brook trout dart about in the sunlit depths, crushing minnows. We go to sinking lines and weighted Muddlers, and start catching them in rapid succession. They’re all beautiful fish, and all more or less the same size and shape— plump bordering on corpulent. One of them coughs up a heap of scuds, which explains their fatness and promises a particularly succulent lunch: Few fish are as sweet as those finished on crustaceans. We fish for a few hours, and after catching dozens of fish, we retire to a shady island to build our lunch fire.

Be sure to read Dave’s complete “Anglers On A Train” article by finding the Outdoor Life Spring 2018 magazine at your local bookstore / news stand now. For other great online articles, and to subscribe to print or iPad/iPhone editions, visit Outdoor Life website at: https://www.outdoorlife.com  Also available digitally on Amazon Kindle apps and devices.

Outdoor Life Spring 2018 Issue
Outdoor Life Spring 2018 Issue

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Mar2018

Shows This Weekend: Grand Rapids & Traverse City, and Cedar Boats Available

Come see us this coming weekend in Grand Rapids, MI and Traverse City, MI.  These are our final shows of the Winter, which means ice out is coming soon enough (early May) up North — so get ready for your wilderness fishing vacation.  We are already looking forward to seeing both familiar and new faces this summer at Shore Lunch and around the lake.
See the sport show details below… we’d love to see you this weekend.

Also wanted to get the word out that there 3 New Lake Nipissing 18 foot cedar-strip boats ready for immediate purchase, already varnished and imported into the US. Price is $4400 (USD), with delivery options available. Our guests have used these fine handling boats for years and we can’t say enough about them.  With the number of boats we have, it is more maintenance for us versus aluminum boats, but the way they cut through the water makes it worth it to provide our guests with the best experience.  A variety of other cedar boat and canoe models are available as well at Whitefish Bay Boat Works.


Ultimate Sport Show Grand Rapids – Grand Rapids, MI

Thur, March 15th — Sun, March 18th
See us in Booth: 1255

Show Dates & Hours:
Thu, Mar 15: 1pm-9pm
Fri, Mar 16: 11am-9pm
Sat, Mar 17: 10am-8pm
Sun, Mar 18: 10am-5pm

Admission:
Adults: $10 | Children 6-14: $4

DeVos Place (Google Maps Link)
303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

DeVos Place is a state-of-the-art convention center located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids on the beautiful Grand River. The multilevel DeVos Place provides flexible and functional space with 1-million-square feet of new and renovated space on a 13-acre riverfront site. It is ideally equipped for meetings, conventions and trade shows as well as performing arts and touring events, and has the capability of hosting a variety of events simultaneously.


Traverse City Hunting and Fishing Expo – Traverse City, MI

Fri, March 16th — Sun, March 18th
See us in Booth: 218

Show Dates & Hours:
Fri, Mar 16: 4pm-9pm
Sat, Mar 17: 9am-7pm
Sun, Mar 18: 10am-4pm

Admission:
Adults $7 per person / day
Teens (13-19 yrs.) and Seniors (65+) $5 per person / day
Children 12 and under are free with paid adult.

Free Parking

The Traverse City Civic Center / Howe Arena (Google Maps Link)
1213 W. Civic Center Dr.
Traverse City, MI 49684
Corner of US 31 (Front St) and Garfield Ave.


We hope to see you all this Winter.  We are now on other social media platforms and we’ll be adding to our YouTube channel this year, so if you’d like to hear from us more often follow us here:

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Mar2018

Outdoorama Starts Today in Novi, and Cedar Strip Boats Now Available in US

Join us starting today at the big Outdoorama Fishing and Hunting Show in Detroit / Novi, MI, at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Show runs through Sunday, and we are in booth 5456… more info below.

Also, if you love the cedar strip boats pictured above, that we and many other Canadian lodges and resorts use for their great behavior on the water — we are happy to announce that these boats and other similar models, are now available in the US. Hand-made in Canada with a huge loyal following of resort owners and individuals alike, these cedar boats (as well as canoes and rowboats) can now be purchased at the Whitefish Bay Boat Works website. Ready for immediate purchase are 3 of the same boats that we have used at camp for many, many years, the 18 foot Lake Nipissing model, priced at $4400 USD, varnished and already imported from Canada (with delivery options available from Sault Ste Marie, MI). Click for details on the Lake Nipissing model and browse to see other models and types.

Whitefish Bay Boat Works
Hand-Made Canadian Cedar Strip Boats, now available in the US

More about Outdoorama this weekend:

Outdoorama Fishing and Hunting Show (Detroit/Novi) – Novi, MI

Thur, March 1st — Sun, March 4th
See us in Booth: 5456

Show Dates & Hours:
Thu, Mar 1: 1pm-9pm
Fri, Mar 2: 11am-9:30pm
Sat, Mar 3: 10am-9pm
Sun, Mar 4: 10am-5pm

Admission:
Adults: $10 | Children 6-14: $4

Suburban Collection Showplace  (Map Link here)
46100 Grand River Ave
Novi, MI 48347
(248) 348-5600

– Suburban Collection Showplace is conveniently located at 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Roads in Novi, MI. The facility can be accessed from I-96 at both the Novi and Beck Road exits.


Upcoming Shows


Ultimate Sport Show Grand Rapids – Grand Rapids, MI

Thur, March 15th — Sun, March 18th
See us in Booth: 1255

Traverse City Hunting and Fishing Expo – Traverse City, MI

Fri, March 16th — Sun, March 18th
See us in Booth: 218

We hope to see you all this Winter.  We are now on other social media platforms and we’ll be adding to our YouTube channel this year, so if you’d like to hear from us more often follow us here:

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Feb2018

Upcoming Sport Shows and St Louis Center

We are between shows right now and recently had the opportunity to visit one of our favorite charities which we donate to every year, the St Louis Center in Chelsea Michigan. The center’s forward thinking approach to the lives of people with disabilities is exactly where we want our contributions to go.

While we were there, the hard work and dedication of the staff at St Louis Center was really apparent. We were touched by the work they do there and their vision for the expansion of St Louis Center to include modern small homes for families of people with disabilities who are aging.

I would encourage everyone to visit their website or drop by and see for yourself what a great job these caring people are doing. https://stlouiscenter.org


Next we’ll be heading to Novi, MI again for the Outdoorama starting March 1st. Be sure to drop by and visit us at booth # 5456!  And see the other show info below…

Outdoorama (Detroit/Novi) – Novi, MI

Thur, March 1st — Sun, March 4th
See us in Booth: 5456

Ultimate Sport Show Grand Rapids – Grand Rapids, MI

Thur, March 15th — Sun, March 18th
See us in Booth: 1255

Traverse City Hunting and Fishing Expo – Traverse City, MI

Fri, March 16th — Sun, March 18th
See us in Booth: 218

We hope to see you all this Winter.  We are now on other social media platforms and we’ll be adding to our YouTube channel this year, so if you’d like to hear from us more often follow us here:

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Jan2018

Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit / Novi – This Weekend

Join us tonight til 8:00 (show is open til 9:00) and again this weekend at the Ultimate Fishing Show going on now at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.  We will be here until the show closes at 5pm on Sunday.  With me in the booth, we’ve got Eric and Spencer from camp this past summer, and special thanks to frequent camp guests, Steve & Jeff Loehr, and Joon Hur for being here as well. Hear about staying at Loch Island Lodge and our cabins, fishing our great lake, and learn about the wilderness experience we offer.

Join us at the our Booth (#1004)

 

We’d love to see you if you come to the show.  Stock up on tackle, view fishing seminars, and dream about spring!

Wednesday we head to the next show in Ohio…