Thursday, May 28, 2009

Passport required For US Citizens To Re-Enter US

Yep....after years of delays, it appears as though that you will need a passport to re-enter the US effective next Monday June 1 2009.

There's lots of stuff on the web regarding's one link that may help.

If you don't have one & you're stuck here in Canada - great - we've got lots to keep you busy!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Laker Update & Stanton Bay Road Closed.

I was originally going to try & work all the Quetico Park / White Otter Wilderness canoeing stuff onto our main fishing blog, but it just seems too cumbersome.

So anyway, what I'll do to start is copy over all the canoeing related blog stuff from that blog over to this blog....after this, all the canoeing stuff will be here goes.....

Quetico Lake Trout Update From Fred S

Hi Guys & Gals,Just got an email from Fred Shermock....he ventures into Quetico solo often several times a year. Over time, he's gathered some invaluable insight into the park & fishing there.Anyway, he braved the cold last week to do some lake trout fishing, and did very well - mainly from shore on one of Quetico's north end lakes.....I know lots of you inquire about spring laker fishing - both in Quetico and / or on some of the perimeter lakes. I thought his email may help paint a picture for you of what you may expect.....lot's of fun, but with the cold water etc, it can be dangerous in the park in spring....

Quent, I decided to just scat back home on Sat, so all’s ok. Overall I had a great trip with 15 lakers caught – but none trolling!The water was viciously cold, I washed my hair and froze my scalp. Got to wondering how long I would last if I capsized in that. Seems a bit dangerous.

Trolling up and down both shores Thurs & Fri of the channel produced nothing, not a single hit. I must have passed laker schools, they must have been deeper. (ed note: see our lake trout page for info on how to get depth when trolling for lakers even in a canoe & without downriggers!)

OK at the channel point campsite, I caught 15 lakers over Thur and Fri just casting from shore, and putting some twitches and subsequent drops (usually hit on the drops) in the spoon. They were all caught in a certain area lakeside of the submerged reef that runs from the camp to the island. I had an absolute blast fighting them, which every one of them ranged between 4-5 lbs and full of fight, like shiners whipping around….great springtime lakers. Easy & quick to release with barbless!

Thanks Quent and have a great summer up there! (bugs hatching in the bush at dusk bigtime eh?)….

Fred J. Shermock

Thanks very much to Fred for the email & to let me use it on the blog. BTW - there's a good chance you may hear Fred speaking on Quetico at an event someday. If you meet him say "Hi" from all of us at BSRL.

Also....anyone wanting to send me emails - particularly ones that may help others on their trips here, I'll be glad to post them here on the blog.

Oh - and those bugs that Fred refers to in his last sentence "....hatching in the bush big time at dusk....".....consider them "hatched"!

Stanton Bay Road Washout

A quick FYI - Stanton Bay Road is washed out......anyone with Pickerel Lake entry permits to Quetico will have to enter Pickerel via french Lake until further notice....

Here's an email I just received from Ontario Parks.....

In early May a break in the Stanton Bay Road grew from a hole to a full breach. Late ice melting and high water has washed out the road to make it impassable. As of yesterday a break of approximately 50 feet x 13 ft (16 meters x 4 meters) was formed. The gap is expected to widen with further rain and possible thunder storms forecast over the next few days.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Forest Companies who use this road are monitoring the situation and investigating options.

The road is impassable and will likely remain so throughout the summer. Site evaluation and project plans will be considered during this period. The wash-out has occurred in a location that has had frequent culvert and fill repairs. Potential future treatments may require bridging or similar more expensive responses.

Park users with French Lake - Pickerel Lake permits will need to enter Quetico through French Lake for the foreseeable future..

As always, I'll keep you posted with future developments!