Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Giant Pike Spawning!




This is drone footage from last years spring pike spawn. This video was taken in may 2018, Coli Creek on Nungesser lake from Anglers Kingdom campsite. These fish are 45inch +








Cleaning up the fire mess





PUSHING TREES OVER AND REMOVING STUMP AND ALL






PULLING BOAT OUT OF WATER WITH EXCAVATOR
PUTTING BOAT AWAY




CLEANING UP TREES AND BRUSH WITH EXCAVATOR
WE HAVE OVER 200 TREES AND STUMPS TO CLEAN UP.




HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019



Hey everyone, Happy New Year. And what a year. Definitely one of the most trying in my lifetime. However I find myself looking forward to 2019 season more than ever. It was tremendously rewarding watching Hayden come into his own as he took on a huge chunk of the work and responsibilities of rebuilding what took 10 years to build. I can’t even begin to describe how much  work Debra did. Belinda really stepped up and ran the kitchen. 



What a year.
Hayden and I went in to camp early March and stayed over ice out (May 8). Hayden went thru everything on all the boats. He removed wiring and installed all new fitting etc, he fixed floors and carpeting. He cleaned all the fuel systems and lower units - everything. He had the boats in the best shape EVER.
We did a lot of work to  finish 4 bathrooms in cabin 2. We were just finishing the massive 40x20 deck when the fire happened. Debra came in the evening before and brought 4 boat loads with all the groceries to see us thru the next 6 weeks. All the frozen shiners and all the laundry. We had all the propane and gas. We had the water system and all the water heaters ready to go.  Generators were ready We even had a huge pile - 12 cords of firewood. Everything to run our small community for the season. We were ready. And then it was gone. 



The next 10 days were like the twilight zone. 
It is absolutely amazing how much we accomplished in those 10 days.
I have to give Hayden mo
st of the credit. He was incredible.Deb and my father in law Gary were awesome. Thanks to all of our guests for their patience and help. Especially Barry Hess who went above and beyond. Belinda stepped up and did a great job. Denny Burns came up and helped out. To make a long story short we came out of it in many ways stronger than before. 

Looking forward to 2019 season it is time to confirm dates for this summer.
At this time I have every one penciled in for their usual times. I have a bunch of new groups booked in and now have groups waiting for me to confirm their time. So I need everyone to let me know when they want to come up this summer. Of course we are looking forward to everyone returning. 

Thanks again for supporting Anglers Kingdom. I will continue to make positive improvements and keep the rates affordable.



 Speaking of which I ordered six new Honda 60 hp tillers. They have the idle down feature for extremely slow trolling. Plus the variable cam for quick hole shot to get up on step fast.  The variable cam acts like a shifter for increased speed and  great fuel economy  - awesome motors.



 I bought 2 more 20 foot outfitters with 90 hondas. 
Combined with the boats we bought last summer our fleet of boats is better than ever. I believe unprecedented at a remote fishing lodge. In August we finally received our larger generator allowing us to power a larger water pump.

WINTER HAUL
In late January I bought tracks and installed them on a 3/4 ton diesel truck. Starting mid February we start hauling all the re-building materials and over $20,000 of fuel for the season. The tracked truck should make this huge job manageable for Hayden and I. We definitely won’t have time to haul it in the summer. In April and before opening we plan to  build a new water tower, generator shed and repair the board walk. Plus several hundred other items. Hayden has a couple of pages on his list of things to do on the boats. 












VIDEO PUTTING AWAY BOAT WITH EXCAVATOR -

- MUCH EASIER 


Jjj



In October we built a pontoon barge and hauled in an excavator. Used it to clean up a huge part of the mess from the fire. We needed some room to at least park the boats. Removed about 100 dead trees. Many would have fallen on the boats even not taken down. Would have taken us 6 months by hand.





 We will continue to work on that and use the excavator 
or many other projects. It will help make the overall operation much more efficient. Simplify installing or removing motors for example. 


The short version is that we are continuing to make improvements even while recovering from the fire.

We plan to build the lodge/dining room next spring 2020 - another huge project. But we are taking steps now to position ourselves to make it happen. 
We purchased and installed a better faster satellite internet system. We have satellite pagers for communication in the river which solves a whole list of operational problems. 

The answer to my most often asked question is “Yes we will back to business as usual for 2019” actually better than usual. 

Happy 2019 I hope you had a great holiday season and have been keeping warm thru  January deep freeze. Belinda also says hi. She and a helper with take care of the kitchen and cabin cleaning. Hayden and his helper will keep the boats and everything running smoothly. We are all excited about this years possibiities. 
We very much look forward to seeing everyone again this summer. 
Please contact me soon to set up your dates.
Tell all your friends about Anglers Kingdom. 
It would be nice to fill every cabin each week in 2019. 
We could use a financially strong year. 

Kg

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Belinda tops her biggest walleye ever. Ginormous 30 inch beauty

Belinda has broken her record.
She was sitting at 29.5 inches until September 14, 2018 when she pulled in this humongous walleye.
I had caught a dozen 20 plus and two 27” along with a 29.5” gorgeous big fat girl like a football.
The past few weeks we had been catching plenty of big walleye near this location less than a minute from our dock. That day the walleye in 18-20 foot so I followed this trough out towards 35 feet. The first decent walleye I caught was ice cold!!?? So I continued working deeper and found a sweet spot. All the walleye were over 20” and they were all fat like footballs. Perfect in every way,
I didn’t have my camera so will post photos when Ryan and Curtis send up photos.
The next day in another spot Ryan  caught a 44 inch pike.  Rick and Mike caught a 43.5” as well.
I will post those photos as soon as I receive them.







KEVIN IS BACK GUIDING!!! JUST IN TIME FOR LATE SUMMER BIG FISH BONANZA

September 2 - 9
STEVE ALLEN AND BRENT MONTGOMERY
Were up for their first visit to the Kingdom. I guided them the whole week. (First time I have been healthy enough to guide a full week since ??) I have been feeling better this summer and might actually be on the back end of this illness that has disabled me for the past 12 years.
Anyway
Brent broke his personal best with a 28 inch walleye the second day along with a very respectable pike. Brent followed up with another Mammoth Walleye right in front of camp. Steve caught his largest walleye ever. They both “Loved everything that Anglers Kingdom has to offer. The people, the location, the cabins, the fishing, the equipment. These boats are outstanding. Unheard of in a remote camp or anywhere for that matter. The cabins are like 5 star.”
They topped things off with a few dozen 22-25 inch walleye. All nice big healthy fish with plenty of belly fat. We probably caught over 1000 walleye this week.

They really enjoyed the “Eagle Show” and the other Outdoor Encounters.










Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Sunday, August 5, 2018

More fish than her Entire life. Biggest walleye EVER



Beautiful start to a great day. Hayden is going thru the checklist with a new group. The checklist is done with each guest at the beginning of their stay to maker certain everyone is familiar with the machine and confirm everything is in onboard and in good working order. Staff go thru the checklist each evening when they gas the boats.



Kevin Wolosek with a gorgeous 30 Inch Walleye. The largest of his life. Caught directly in front of Anglers Kingdom. Literally a minute from camp. Awesome fish Kevin.
Chad Wolosek with a very nice thick heclthy example of Nungesser Lake Pike. 

















Sunday, July 29, 2018

“MORE BIG FISH THAN PAST YEARS”

“More big fish than in past years” is the most common report I have been getting from guests. That goes along with what I have been saying each year. “The more you fish this lake the better you like it”.

Brian Wolosek had a rough morning because he got a hook in his finger but he had a great afternoon because he caught a 30 inch walleye. Not a 28 or 29 but a 30 inch walleye. That is the 3rd  30 inch walleye we have caught in 2018. Which is amazing. Most lakes don’t produce any 30 inch walleye, ever. We have been averaging about a dozen per year. Actually in 2012 I caught a dozen 30 inch walleye myself!!! And a dozen more by my guests. Nungesser Lake is an awesome walleye lake. But like any lake you need to learn how to fish it and that goes back to my motto about the more you fish it. I do my best to share as much information with my guests as possible and in most cases I can help guests catch fish pretty quick. After that it is a matter of acquiring knowledge and refining your craft. It is nice to know that your chance of catching a 30 inch walleye is better here than any lake I’ve ever  fished or heard of. 27s, 28s sure lots of them 30s that is a lot more rare.

Anyway hopefully Brian’s and Gary will send me photos of their 30s.  Meanwhile here is some random photos.


Our friend he loon was around again accepting a few freshly caught walleye.



The Wolosek boys were back for the 8th traight year. Here a few photos from last year that i didn’t post.












Here is Hayden going thru the checklist with guests and explaining=ng about the rocks and how to navigate. This boat is a 20 foot Lund Alaskan with a 90 hp tiller Honda.


Here is.a new title photo I was thinking of using on our main web site. Any comments?





Sunday, July 15, 2018

MOVING BOATS ACROSS OUR PORTAGE

Many people ask how we get materials and supplies in to Anglers Kingdom. Gas, Propane, food, lumber even boats and motors. Our portage is not really designed to be having big heavy boats hauled across it.  However we had to get it done quickly so we performed some modifications and made it work. Each boat took about 4 hours. Half the time was spent fixing the areas where the wheels broke thru.  In the past we winched the boats on log rollers. But i didn’t want to chance damaging the hull on any of these gorgeous boats. So we modified our 16 foot trailer to handle 20 foot boats.
Here is a few photos of bringing a 20 foot Lund Alaskan with a 90 tiller on it. But we also had a 130 honda inside of it and a full internal tank full of gas PLUS we had a bunch of water from the previous nights rain.




Monday, July 9, 2018

FINEST FLEET OF BOATS IN CANADA

HERE ARE A FEW PHOTOS OF OUR LUND PRO V FISHING BOATS.
I believe we now have the finest fleet of fishing boats to be found at any remote fishing lodge in all of Canada. After the fire destroyed 24 of our boats including our Lund Outfitters with 50 hp Honda’s I decided to replace them with Lund PRO Vs. So we now have 18-20 foot Lund PRO Vs with 90 - 150 four stroke motors. Wonderfully outfitted with the latest sonar units with 7 inch screens, down imaging, CHIRP, and GPS.  We are also working on auto chart Scanning all of our fishing spots so guests will have highly detailed maps of the best fishing spots in the lake.
And of course the boats have live wells, 25 watt radios to keep in touch with your fishing buddies and contacting the lodge in case of any issues - (even if you run out of soda). They also have either electric or 4 stroke trolling/kicker motors.



AND HERE IS JUST SOME RANDOM PHOTOS FOR FUN 



AWESOME VIDEO MASSIVE TROPHY PIKE



CLICK THE LINK BELOW F0R THE VIDEO OF RICK CATCHING

THE BIGGEST PIKE OF HIS LIFE 

HUGE PIKE VIDEO https://youtu.be/NH3Dg_3M5V4

Thursday, June 28, 2018

HOLY SMOKES THAT WAS A BUSY MONTH

JUNE 9-16 2018

Dennis Doering with the biggest pike of hie life. ( bigger than Garys).
The fishing was outstanding as usual.


June 16-23

By the time I post this June 16- 23 will have gone by. Jack Beavers and his group were here and they reported catching well over 2000 fish. They caught more big fish this year than any of the 10 years they have been coming. Jack is usually up again in September.


Re: Jack Beavers group caught over 2000 fish Great time and weather

Kevin, just a note of “thank you” for getting the camp ready as best you could for our group. Some of us whined about the water or no hot water, we survived!

Fishing was great this year, especially for large walleye’s, despite the very warm weather and no wind. 
The guy’s are already looking forward to next year. Sam had a great time. 1st Time fishing out of a boat. It was a special time for me. 

Keep in touch when you have time this summer.  
Say “hi” to Deb. 
Again, thank Hayden, Bell, Dennis and Eric for all their work
Thanks again
Jack

Great photo thanks for sending it.
I will put it on the website
We installed a third hot water tank at cabin 1/2 and still wouldn’t work.
Finally tonight Hayden found a tiny tiny black button and pushed it.
Away she went.
So maybe finally found the trouble. 
I was getting ready to drive to menards in international falls to buy one for them.

Sorry the water wasn’t running properly for you guys.
It SEEMS LIKE WHENEVER YOU HAVE THE MOST WORK TO DO IN THE LEAST TIME MORE STUFF GOES WRONG.

Glad everyone had a good time.
Good to her Sam liked it because we need young people to like fishing.

Will keep in touch
Say hello to everyone.
Thanks again
Kg



I will try to begin describing everything about the fire. If I was to write this right after the fire It would be mostly anger. It started at 2 am on May 20th. Fire inspector reports i=the fire started at the two wires coming out of our solar system inverter. The system was not being used at the time. But had worked perfectly for 2 years?? Everything was ready for opening. We had gone thru everything on each boat. Hayden and I cameinto camp late march and had re done everyconnection on each electronic device isn’t eh boats. We had fixed seats, repaired floors, new carpets etc etc. We did more work than any previous year. The boats were READY.  We were talking about putting the boats in the water the next day.  I sure wish that we had. We lost 20 boats and 32 motors from 50 hp to 225 hp. Guests fishing boats and our big work boats. They were not insured for fire. So at the end of it all I will lose about $400,000 worth of boats and 100,000 in other stuff not covered. and an unbelievable amount of work.
We had hauled in way over 4,000 worth of groceries just that evening. Plus all th e propane, gas, other supplies, building materials etc etc. And of course the literally thousand of parts. Plumbing,  electrical, hundreds of parts for the New addition to cabin 2. All of our tools for carpentry, welding, mechanical, well over 30,000 just for tools and parts. The solar system was 20K, our water filter system was 10K 





The rebuild

We fought the fire from 2 am to 7am with every ounce of energy we had. The MNR fire crew arrived by chopper at about 7am. They helped put out the fire that had burrowed into the ground following roots . At 2pm they found a fire under cabin 3. If it had been missed it would have taken out the rest of the camp. Within a few hours we were rebuilding. We had the water and electricity to this half of the camp by that evening. Four days later we were bringing in boats. We flew some in by chopper. 
It was the beginning of a very very long month of intensive hard work. The short version is that we did it. We had 10 boats on the water ready to go in 7 days. We had rebuilt all of the systems and replaced most of the food, propane, gas etc. It was an amazing feet and I am so proud of Hayden. He was truly awesome.  Debra and Gigi were also awesome with all the help they provided. I will get into the details of the ordeal we went thru. For the whole week i felt like I was in the twilight zone. It was unreal how many things went wrong. At one point  mid week Debra asked me “ when are we going to give up. This looks like it is not meant to be.”

 


Our new fleet of  Lund PRO V’s and Lund outfitter’s

 


So we decided to rebuild our fleet better than before the fire.

We now have 

the best fleet of guest boats 

of any remote fishing camp in Canada



Back to what we come here for - the fishing










Wednesday, May 16, 2018

AMAZING VIDEO HUGE PIKE IN SPAWNING BAYS


Hard to tell from the picture but these are huge pike. They are about 43-47 inches. There was one that was close to 50 inches.  We saw about 15 big pike.  I’m sure there were many more that we could not see thru the weeds. They have finished spawning and are just laying around warming up in the shallow water.the warmth helps them recuperate. The black bottom in this area warms up fast in the sunlight.  It is very difficult to  get a boat close enough to get a photo like this. Hayden used his drone.  We have some great video as well - I will upload asap.
The little males were about fifty yards away. We saw dozens of them along the side of the creek.  The males in most lakes are all about 20 inches long. Some maybe close to 30 but 90 % are in the 20 inch range.


Hayden and I fished for literally 30 seconds and each of us hooked into nice size walleye.
Released of course. But definitely funeral to catch.







HAYDEN AND I TOOK A BIT OF TIME AND WENT LOOKING AT THE BIG PIKE IN THEIR SPAWNING AREAS. WE TOOK SOME AWESOME VIDEOS AND PHOTOS WHERE YOU CAN SEE 3 HUGE FEMALES RIGHT CLOSE TO EACH OTHER.


 DURING THE ACTUAL SPAWN THE TINY MALES (18-20”) RISK THEIR LIVES BY GETTING RIGHT UP NEXT TO THE MAMMOTH FEMALES. AT TIMES THERE CAN BE 10 OR MORE OF THESE TINY MALES SLILTHERING ALL OVER AND AROUND ONE 50” FEMALE.  A FEW DAYS OR EVEN HOURS LATER THOSE SAME FEMALES WILL HAPPILY EAT THE FATHER OF THEIR BABIES.
SO TODAY THE LITTLE MALES ARE ABOUT 50 YARDS AWAY ALONG EACH SIDE OF THE CREEK. WE COUNTED ABOUT 60 OF THEM.
 WE ALSO SAW MANY  THOUSANDS OF  SUCKERS JAMMED IN BELOW THE LILTTLE WATER FALLS.  AND ABOUT A DOZEN SMALL MALE WALLEYE IN THE 250 YARD STRETCH. I CAN ENVISION MANY HUGE FEMALE WALLEYE SPAWNING IN AMONGST THE ROCKS BELOW THAT FAST FLOWING WATER.
BACK TO THE PIKE.
SEVERAL OF THESE FISH WERE OVER 45 INCHES. WE DIDN’T HAVE MUCH BATTERY TIME ( ABOUT 10 MINUTES) AND THE WIND WAS VERY STRONG.  THE WAVES AND LIGHT ANGLE MADE IT DIFFICULT TO SEE INTO THE WATER. BUT I BEILEVE I SAW ONE FISH OVER 50 INCHES. SHE WAS IN REALLY HEAVY COVER AND VERY DIFFICULT TO SPOT.  THE VIDEO CLIP I WILL TRY TO UPLOAD SHOWS 3 FEMALES ALL IN THE 45 INCH RANGE. I HAVE SEEN MANY 50 INCH PIKE IN THIS LOCATION AND  WE HAVE CAUGHT DOZENS OF 46-48 INCHE PIKE OUT OF THIS AREA.