When is the border going to open? That's the question on everyone's mind. My client base is made up of 90% US citizens.... 90% of my customers can't reach me. Needles to say it's been crippling for my business - and the entire tourism industry in Northwestern Ontario.
We are expecting another announcement about the border on or before June 21st. There have been unofficial reports that another 30 day extension to the closure is expected.
If that's the case, I'll be opening my schedule (for dates affected by the border closure) to Canadian residents.
The silver lining to this whole situation is that I've been able to fish with my family more than ever - and my boys are loving it! They are turning into multi-species anglers and it's great to watch them enjoy it so much.
Some other good news.... I'm on the cover of Ontario OUT OF DOORS magazine again! Check out the July 2020 issue. This photo was taken on Lac Seul by my colleague at the magazine, Tim Allard, while he was here on assignment a few years ago. The cover shot accompanies a feature article written by Justin Hoffman about making a living as a fishing guide.
I recently did a podcast with Steve Haigh from The Destination Angler Podcast. Be sure to check it out and give a listen. It's all about Lac Seul muskie fishing!
I'm also excited to announce that my 2021 Lund Pro-Staff boat is being built right now and should be here in Sioux Lookout sometime in July! This year I'm going to be running a 1975 Pro-V powered by a Mercury Pro XS 225.
This is what it will look like, except in all Black!
I'll be running this boat for a full year, from July 2020 until July 2021. I know it will be a great boat for myself and my clients. Thanks to Lund Boats and Mascotto's Marine in Sioux Lookout for their continued support of Ben Beattie Outdoors.
Muskie opener is just around the corner.... when the real season begins.... stay tuned!
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Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.