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June-Fishful and Thankful
We cannot begin to tell you all how good it was to see everyone in person and the handshakes, the hugs, the laughter, the fish stories-just everything about seeing so many people again-it was like a normal year. Well-almost normal. Everyone flying into Canada didn’t need any Covid tests but fishermen flying from Canada back into the states did-we had Covid tests on hand trying to make things easier for our customer’s travels. We were all ecstatic to hear that a week and a bit into June the testing requirements changed making it easier for all to return to the states without covid tests.
Speaking of travelling easier-all guests going to Caribou or using the Caribou Falls Landing as a gateway to get to Kettle, One Man or Dufault’s found it a lot easier to get across the road where the water was 32” high in May. We were hauling with our trucks our guests, their luggage and their boats as the water was too dang high. We were relieved when a company had been hired to come and fix the road after almost 2 weeks. The road was built up about 6-8’ in material and now we have lots of dry tires coming and going from camp and now our delivery trucks can get through too!!
Forest Fire Season Flooded OUT
We sure didn’t have to worry about a fire season this June -we saw sun and rain throughout the month. Which is a good thing as compared to last year it was way too dry!
Kettle Falls Lodge
Guests were having a blast at Kettle Falls this month as the fishing was great and people were hooking into the fish! Still, a favorite of our shore lunches are the Canadian Maple Cream Cookies! The total trophy count at Kettle Falls was over 300 fish!! That is a lot of trophies!! Not only was the fishing good in quantity but the trophy count shows quality was there too – 30.5” walleye caught by Steve, a 42” pike caught by Nate and LOTS of 20” smallies!
One Man Lake Lodge
We had some awesome guests at One Man! Lots of return guests-the McCoy brothers were catching piles of nice bass-multiple, multiple trophies!! The Thompson group came up-this is multi decades of coming here to Halley’s Camps!! We actually had a couple of groups that were booked by the high school graduates as their high school graduation presents-how cool of a present is that??-a fishing trip to Halley’s Camps!! SCHOOLS OUT for SUMMER – which means the Halley kids’ guiding days are BACK!! Louis, Jonny and their cousin Seth started guiding lots of days! Louis guided a 3 generational family trip, the McCollums, and really caught the heck out of the fish – check out this large northern pike!! One Man guests enjoyed the new finishing touches around the lodge and had fantastic fishing!!
Caribou Falls Landing
Guests at Caribou Falls Landing and Dufault’s Island Outpost had some whopper stories of big fish and the Dickson group sure caught large exceptional bass and had walleye and pike trophy registries too. The Nelson brothers also had some great fish-37.25” lake trout was their monster and a pile of other trophies. Multiple northerns were caught at 40” and there were some over the 40” mark too-definitely picture worthy!
Our outpost camps were sure busy this June! There were lots of smallmouth bass caught at Rex Lake and Moosehorn Lake. We had quite a few guests catch 19”+ smallmouth bass at the outposts. The bass were on the top water with the cold spring time waters and the bass spawned in mid-late June. The walleye were hitting amazing on Trapline Lake where we had guests hooking into the walleye one after another. The largest walleye caught at Trapline was 29” in the month of June.
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May at Halleys
We have to admit the ice situation here was a little thick in the beginning of May. Chris and staff went to Kettle Falls Lodge to start the preparation of opening. They had to push a boat over 250 yards of snow and ice to get to the current where they hopped in the boat to go down in the current. Chris and Seth broke through the ice in a lot of the way to Kettle Falls. Within 4 days it was open enough where we could use the big boat to go back and forth. We were not using our normal access way to Kettle as the big section of Umfreville Lake on the English River was still frozen solid. For many days, the staff would go in and out of the lodge by boat. Finally in mid-may we had strong south winds and warm weather that was the perfect equation for melting and pushing the ice around enough that the entire river was open shortly after.
We were able to put bear hunters at Rex Lake on May 14th and they were successful at their hunts. They were our first guests of 2022!! It was so good to see that we have people staying at all of our outposts and that they are fully operational after sitting for almost two full years.
We also had bear hunts at Kettle Falls on the 15th of May and our fishermen were due to come in a few days after that. One of the bears got close enough to bite the hunter’s bow and arrow case on May 18th at Caribou Falls Landing.
Our May guests were able to see the aftermath of the forest fires from 2021. Over 500,000 hectares burnt and can really take in how much the fire burnt. We lost a couple of boats and some shore lunch shacks, but we are happy to report we didn’t loose any buildings. Through the burn you can see the cycle of nature as the patches of clover are sprouting and some of the trees are budding.
The school projects
Our 2 teenage sons were in shop class in high school and they had mentioned that they were running out of projects so we bought all the lumber for the class to build picnic tables. These picnic tables have been placed at all of the shore lunch shelters that we lost in the fire. The class also built new corn hole tables that are at the lodges—pictures to be coming in June!
We had so much snow over the course of the winter that we had so much run off that we knew we were going to have a little higher water levels. The month of May we had double the rain that we usually do and the amount of water that we had kept rising. This didn’t effect the lake levels too much where our locations are it was our access road to Caribou Falls Landing. The water started creeping up over a week and finally starting to cover the road a bit and then the next morning we had over 6” of water. Every day the water was getting higher and higher. We notified many customers that there was some high water on the road and we were playing taxi for many. We would drive through the water and then pick them up on the other side and if they were pulling a boat, we’d pick that up too and bring the customers to Caribou Falls landing. The water eventually was over 30” of water-and then turned into 32” of water. What we were saying is think of the inseam on your pants—that is some high-water levels on a road! It took 3 days but the road was eventually fixed by adding more and more layers to the top. We will never forget this summer with the ducks swimming over the road, our kids at night having to canoe across it, and customers waving from their boats while we would bring them through—our Halley’s Camps parade!
FIRST Fishing Reports in 2022—it’s been a while!!
The fishing reports were that the northern for the first week of fishermen hadn’t even spawned some of them! The water temperature was 41° and soon it warmed up to 50-55°F in a week. The big northern and all northern pike were biting this May. It was an awesome thing—you could catch a different size northern in almost every cast!
THE FIRST TROPHY FISH RECORDED AT CARIBOU WAS A 32” WALLEYE!! 14-year old Jake was so excited and we were proud to give him his trophy walleye pin, his trophy hat and certificate!! This was Jake’s first trophy he has registered. This May as the water temperatures warmed, the smallmouth bass and walleye really turned on!
At Kettle Falls the guests were catching so many trophies—we had to print more certificates!! The fishing reports were awesome!! The largest pike caught at Kettle this year was over 46”!! That fish was a BRUTE! The fish were in the shallows and were fun to catch. There are many returning staff at Kettle Falls this year and everyone whether it was staff or guests, were happy to return to Kettle Falls after 2020 being closed and partially open for less than 4 weeks in 2021 due to the border and fires.
Trapline Lake we had John and Julie catching lots of walleye fishing at this outpost this May. Julie caught a beautiful 28” walleye and John caught the hefty 31.5” walleye!!! They had amazing fishing the first week of opener!!
After the bear hunt was wrapped up at Rex Lake, we had a group that has stayed with us many times in the past and did they ever hook into the fish!! They caught multiple, multiple trophies!! They caught a huge stinkin’ heavy northern pike and they couldn’t believe it was only 37” long but Doug caught it on a fly rod!!
All in all, it was great seeing people walking through the doors and excited to be here again fishing with us. Thank you to all who were so supportive and helpful to organize their fishing trips. Chris and Amber feel extremely grateful to all of our Halley’s Camps guests and are also helping us ring in our 75+ year anniversary!!
April at Halleys
Checklist for the border:
- ArriveCan – this is a downloadable app or you can use the website to fill out your information within 72 hours BEFORE crossing the border. You will need your passport and pictures of your vaccination cards to fill out. It will ask you where you are staying:
Loc KM279 Umfreville Lake
Minaki, ON P0X1J0
↑ this is our postal code and has zeros not the letter “O”
Just a reminder that Canada has not changed the rules for unvaccinated fishermen yet.
- Bring your passport
- Bring your vaccination cards or your vaccination proof
We are excited to see everyone again!
Canada, “Chickens Out”
Canada has banned visitors from bringing in chicken products including eggs. Please don’t bring your eggs or chicken across the US border!
We are feeling lucky this month as the covid testing requirements to get into Canada have been removed as of April 1, 2022. All of our 2022 guests should have received their email of information on border updates and travel information.
The most common way to get to us are the following for 2022:
- Drive to Kenora and fly into our all-inclusive lodges and remote outpost cabins by putting in your google maps Halley’s Camps fly in Location
- Drive to our Caribou Falls Landing for your stay or use this as a “landing” to get to our all-inclusive lodges or our boat in outpost.
The other options of flying into Winnipeg or Fort Frances can be emailed to you by request.
Having to test the waters—twist our arm!
Well I don’t know if you would call it testing the waters or making sure we still know how to catch fish! We had an amazing time in March fishing and were the fish ever biting. The walleye tasted amazing!
Many people have been asking if we still have ice and yes, we have ice! The snow is starting to melt and looks like spring—some grass is showing. The lake levels should be up this year (or back to normal after the drought from last summer) as we had so much snow over the winter. The creeks and rivers will really be flowing in the next couple of months.
Nature in its raw form spotlight
While getting to go out and enjoy the outdoors here as the temperatures have really warmed up, we have seen quite the wild life viewing.
Chris was flying to One Man and saw that there was a deer kill by a bunch of wolves. You can see here in the picture that there are 8 wolves some laying on the ice and some walking around. We have seen moose walking as we were snowmobiling in the north as well. Here is a picture of a moose taking advantage of nice weather.
Here minnow, minnow, minnow! Chris is cutting the ice here to be able to minnow trap through the ice. Chris wanted to minnow trap to prepare for this spring’s walleye fishing! Check out how cool this is!!
So Much Snow!
Shoveling snow became perfected this month along with plowing as we had SOOOOO much snow!
We have been keeping warm in the office getting preparations done for the spring. We hope we will have some positive border news for our American friends that fish with us!! We will keep everyone posted in March!
We are happy to report that we will be offering some newly renovated bathrooms at One Man Lake Lodge. We will have new flooring, vanities and some bonuses for our guests for this upcoming summer.
What kind of winter would it be without some ice hockey? Kenora put on an outside ice hockey tournament that got lots of hockey players involved including our two boys. What a fun event—they had a food truck and music and it was great to see the turnout of people to support this fundraiser!
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