Press Lake Camp
Fishing and Hunting Camp

August 26, 2020

Posted on August 26, 2020

Hi All,

I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. Camp has been slow, which is to be expected during these times, but we have managed to stay quite busy despite. Last week my Mom’s family traveled up from Southern Ontario to spend a week with us relaxing and fishing. We had lots of campfires and spent a good chunk of the week on the water or exploring different beaches around the lake and swimming. We caught and ate lots of fish, and everyone had a great time. It was an absolute pleasure getting the kids on a few fish and watching them have so much fun running around camp and using the paddle boat and kayaks.

Here are a few pics from throughout the week:

In other news, the border closure has been extended until September 21, and at this rate I can’t imagine that it will open at all this season. We are just remaining hopeful that everything will return to normal over the winter months, and come next spring we can open back up as normal. Or whatever our new “normal” will look like after Covid. Despite not seeing 99% of our guests this year, we have had a few groups of Canadians come down this summer to do some fishing and to support local business. It has been a big help and we are very grateful to everyone who decided to spend a little bit more money to go fishing than they normally would, and to support local business! We are also very fortunate that we have a handful of groups of moose hunters coming in, which will be a nice way to round out the season and help us be prepared to open back up next year.

The weather is beginning to feel like fall. When the sun comes out we are still getting sunburns and hot temperatures, but the temps are dropping a lot at night, and the days are beginning to get shorter. We have had a very dry summer this year and the lake level is low, so we are hoping for a little rain over the fall to help bring it back up before winter. We have had a few inches over the past couple weeks and would like to see that trend continue, as long as it isn’t too much to ruin going outside!

The fishing has been very good all summer, and that has continued into the fall. The walleye are found in the deeper water, roughly 20+ feet, and on the sides of reefs when actively feeding. I would pretty much describe the fishing as typical for this time of year. Numbers are still really good, and we are catching the occasional bigger walleye out of the deeper water.

Otherwise not a whole lot is new up here. We are beginning to get ready for hunting season as ducks opens on September 10, and grouse and rabbits (hare technically) on the 15. I am fortunate enough to have a moose tag this year, and after our group didn’t having one last year, we are pretty excited. Lindsay and I both have bear tags we plan to fill as well, and both have deer tags to spend down at the cabin once we close up shop this year. It’s looking like it’s going to be a bountiful fall and we are going to fill the freezers up, I can’t wait!