I've got a couple things to share and I'm really excited about both of them.
First, it's a real treat to share the Fall 2012 cover shot from Ontario OUT OF DOORS. This is easily one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time! Thanks to everyone at OOD and especially photographer/writer Tim Allard for snapping this amazing picture. Tim came up to Lac Seul last October to fish with me and we landed one worthy of the cover!
Look for this issue to hit newsstands on October 15th. The cover shot accompanies a feature article I wrote about world class fall muskie fishing in northwestern Ontario on Lac Seul, Eagle Lake and Lake of the Woods.
Also, I'm excited to announce that I've recently become a member of the St. Croix Pro-Staff team. I've been using their rods for a long time and I truly believe in this company and their products. I look forward to working with St. Croix to promote their products and educate anglers about the benefits of using these fishing rods. Click on the logo below to check out the St. Croix website.
Stay tuned... fall time muskie fishing is about to go off on Lac Seul!! #BRINGONTHEGIANTS
It seems like just yesterday everyone was getting ready for walleye opener. Now the leaves are changing and surface temperatures are dropping. It's official... summer is over and fall has begun.
Overall it was a great summer on Lac Seul. Lots of walleye, pike and some really great muskies hit the net. A few days were dedicated to jigging summertime lake trout on Big Vermilion Lake, which is always fun for a change.
Later in the summer the walleye fishing on Minnitaki Lake really heats up. Here's a beauty 'eye from Minnitaki. They have a hard time resisting Lindy X-Change jigs tipped with a lively minnow.
Here's another Minnitaki monster of the Essox variety. Check out this 41" pike my guest Steve caught last week!
I had a blast fishing with my buddies Dan, Kevin, Shannon and Paul on the Labour Day weekend. The boys made the trip here to celebrate Shannons 40th birthday.
Double-header lakers for Shannon and Dan.
Paul and I with a nice walleye. Paul was a fishing newbie when he arrived but an old pro by the time they left.
Kevin and a nice walleye.
And the icing on the cake... the birthday boy catches a muskie.
Also had a great time chasing muskie with my buddy Mike at the end of August. We had nice warm weather and found a bunch of muskie, and some big ones too, relating to shallow water and dying weeds. Here's a nice one that Mike got to go on a top-water.
Hunting season has also arrived here in NW Ontario. Black bear season is open so be sure to check out the article I wrote on building a bear bait in Ontario OUT OF DOORS here.
Stay tuned for a fall chalked full of muskie fishing on Lac Seul. I've got some great trips that I'm looking forward to and some really exciting news that you'll just have to wait to find out more about.
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.