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Winter is here to stay in NW Ontario. The lakes are locked up and we've had snow on the ground for over a month. I'm still holding on to my buck tag, and that's the only thing holding me back from completing the transition to ice fishing season.
We're taking bookings for ice fishing trips right now at Winoga Lodge. We've got some great dates available, so get in touch with me to set something up.
I'm excited to be running new electronics on the ice this winter. The Humminbird Helix5 G2 GPS/Sonar combo is going to be a nice addition. Onboard mapping means all the same maps and waypoints from my boat and the ability to choose between flasher mode or regular graph mode (or run both side-by-side) makes this unit stand above the competition.
Another exciting equipment addition for 2018 is a brand new snowmachine. I went with a Ski-doo Expedition Sport 900 ACE. After a lot of research I have no reservations about making the jump to a 4-stroke. The 154x16x1.5 track is going to get me where I need to go through deep snow or slush pockets.
The Humminbird 788 from the bow of my boat is going to be doing double-duty as a mapping/GPS solution on the new sled. Can't wait to have all my waypoints on a heads-up display on my snowmachine.
It's also worth mentioning that my summer 2018 schedule is filling up faster than it ever has. I have some June walleye dates available and only a few opportunities for muskie in late June, July and August remain open. So if you're thinking about booking a trip I'd suggest getting in touch with me asap. Email, call or text - all my info is here on the Contacts page.
I'd also like to remind everyone that I'm exclusively working with Winoga Lodge. Last spring I completely rebuilt the Winoga website - if you haven't already, please check it out at winoga.com to learn more about Winoga and what we offer.
Of course I'm still thinking about muskie fishing even though the season is done. Can't wait to get my hands on these new Ratzillas from Water Wolf Lures. These will go nicely with their Shadzillas to make an unbeatable 1-2 punch for big rubber baits.
Thanks for the continued support of benbeattieoutdoors.com The next update should feature some of the early season ice action from NW Ontario... and if I'm lucky and nice whitetail buck!
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Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.