2002 Hunting/Sportfishing Report:
Our sportfishing season started on a cold note
in 2002. We still had ice in Andre Lake until
June 19th. As a matter of fact I could have walked
across it on the 17th. The good Lord sent us high
winds on the 19th, which broke up all the ice
and cleaned the lake in a day, just in time for
our first anglers on the 22nd.
We were a little apprehensive about sportfishing
for that first week but our misgivings were laid
to rest with our first outing. The river systems
were full of huge Lake Trout and Landlocked Salmon.
This was a real learning experience for us with
regards to first ice-out. Now we know what’s there
at that time of year. Typically ice has been gone
for 2 or 3 weeks prior to start up.
The low water temperatures kept Brook Trout activity
quiet until mid July. Mid July to mid August was
our best slot for Brookies. Our water did not
get too far beyond the mid 50’s for most of the
season resulting in less than the spectacular
Brookie action usually experienced at McKenzie
River Fishing Lodge. This was not unique to McKenzie
River Fishing Lodge but was experienced by the
majority of fishing lodges in Northern Quebec
and Labrador. We rounded off the season in late
August with tremendous Landlocked, Lake trout
and Northern Pike fishing.
Caribou hunting was another resounding success
with a 100% success rate attained. This gives
us a 100% rating for 5 years in a row.
We attribute some of this success to the smaller
numbers of guests being hosted in our hunting
camps at a given time. All our customers are very
pleased with our accommodations in both the Remote
and Schefferville Hunting areas.
The last week of August and the first week of
September were our prime caribou hunting weeks
in 2002. We really had to hunt for the other weeks.
That’s why they call them hunting trips!!!! It
is gratifying when your hunting hard and have
positive results. I owe the greater part of this
years success to the hard work of our hunting
guides and the persistence of the caribou hunters.
Ruby and I attended sport shows in Denver (January
23 – 26), Reno (SCI January 29 – February 01),
Harrisburg (Feb. 08 – 16) and Springfield (February
20 – 23) in 2003.
Good hunting and fishing for 2003
Wayne and Ruby Watkins
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