My family runs a float plane service, outposts and a lodge. This is more than a business; it is a life style.
Every year, every season, every day brings something new. I try to blog about life our way.

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Warm Fall at Viking Island

From the Surveyors Cabin
The Miners' Cabin

From inside the Miners' Cabin
Mallory and Gabe on the Deck of the Tower Cabin 
Fall at Viking Island is relaxing and beautiful as I put blankets away and go through the storage room.  Hugh is draining the water, checking out the motors and pulling boats from the water.  Hugh found the fishing just fantastic.  Walleye just everywhere he looked.  The lake trout were still down at 60 feet which is unusual for now, but then the weather is more like summer still.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fishing with my Grandson

Just the two of us.

Thought you might like some pictures of our trip to  Telescope.  I ran out of kids now.  It's time to start with the grandkids.  We had a great time together, had a shore lunch almost every day and even caught some lake trout.

Can't wait till next year.  Thanks for the opportunity to come up and enjoy the north country.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Florence is turning 100!

This coming Tuesday, Florence Carlson is celebrating her 100th Birthday!

We invite you to send along a letter or birthday wishes! 

Family and friends are joining in the celebration with a party in Red Lake on September 23rd. Her sister, Jeanette, and Jeanette's daughter and grand daughter are traveling from Florence's hometown of Woodstock, Ontario, for the big day. As well, Florence's grand daughters Mallory and Stephanie and their families are travelling from Dundas and Ottawa, Ontario. We are all looking forward to honouring this special and wonderful person!

Florence has many wonderful friends she's made over the years, who now live all over. Her memory is great and she loves correspondence. If any of you would like to send her a birthday greeting and/or letter by mail, e-mail, or even a quick Facebook/Blog comment, please do and we will pass it along to her. There is no rush on correspondence, as she loves to take her time reading your messages.

Phone calls are also fantastic, and best if they take place today or tomorrow, or after the 28th of September as she will have house guests.

Phone: 807-727-2237 (between 10am-7pm CDT is ideal)
Mail: Box 318, Red Lake, ON, P0V 2M0

Posted by Harriet

Monday, September 15, 2014

It was a good day when Mike Yutzy and Ron Larson showed up at Viking Island to put the new metal roof on the lodge!!  No more rain inside, no more jokes about "you can't shingle when it's raining and you don't need the shingles when it is sunny!"
They actually got the project completed in ONE DAY!!  I couldn't believe it!! 
Mike worked for us as a teenager and it sure was nice to see him out here again!!  Coffee breaks and the evening was full of crazy stories from back in the day!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September Fishing at Viking Island

Viking Island on Douglas Lake
Way back Frank Reams from Hudson WI came fishing to Viking Island. Ever since those boys have made it up here for the Labour Day Weekend in September. They always find the fish.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Agnes found a Douglas Lake Trout

This post is for Mike Martin.
Mike where are you?
Agnes found a Douglas Lake Trout.
She and Tom were fishing for walleye out by the pin.
Not quite the grandpa you found but still a nice fish.

Agnes Robertson with her Lake Trout from Douglas Lake
 It is always nice out here on Viking Island in September.  Fishing is fine.  Northern are in the weeds, walleye on the points and the lake trout are coming up to eat.  Supper is done as the sun goes down and it is time for a cocktail and maybe a game of cribbage.
She returned it to the lake of course and caught some small walleye for supper.

Oh yes Mike you should be here!

Changeover at Viking Island

When it's time to go home, call Viking Outpost Air. They get the job done efficiently, safely and with a smile. Some fog can cause a delay but this is the north country. Just sit back, drink a coffee and wait. The fog will lift.
Rory Wigle, 2nd Beaver Pilot

Mike Hooker, our main Beaver Pilot

Friday, September 5, 2014

Morning Breaks












Morning of September 5th and Hugh is off to Telescope to pick up Jim and Nathan Canarsky. I wonder what the weather will bring today.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Life on Viking Island this Summer

As usual we share this lake and island with a variety of creatures large and small.  Just yesterday, while I had my morning coffee, a little weasel came to visit.  He came right up to my chair and then spent the next half hour exploring the lodge.
Our neighbour, Charlie, comes for visits on calm evenings to snack on the clover in front of the Tower Cabin in the middle of camp. When a poplar tree fell during a storm, Charlie had it delimbed and carted away before Hugh got around to the chore.

A garter snake guards the lodge and suns himself on the flat rock outside.  Harmless to us but scary for any wondering mice.

In August the loons gather here for their annual convention.  It is not uncommon for 13 loons to float by the lodge as they conduct choir practise.
One day, Matt Creed came home from fishing and shoot this video of a bear arriving on Viking Island.  I only know of one other time that a bear visited (back in the 1960's) and then we only saw the pile he deposited. 
Note:  This summer has been exceptionally busy for me and blogging had to be postponed but now I have a wealth of material to use.  Hope you don't mind that I will often be out of date. Enid

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lewis Barbera brought a group of 22 people to Viking Island.  Trey Cotey is 9 and grandpa is in his 80's.  Good fishing, good conversation, good times.  Viking Island is the perfect place for a big group to spread out into a bunch of cabins and then cook in the lodge together. 
They are happy with the fishing.
Nick Barbera found the fish on his first day of fishing

Nick and Jace Barbera
No fish, many fly day
The portage to Hatchett is a bit steep.

Kevin and Matt Mitschke
Did catch fish, no flies

I hear lots of laughter, lots of ribbing and just relaxed times with family of all ages.   I hear lots of fishing stories, several cooks working in the kitchen, card games going in the lodge.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Crossland lake with Dan Michalak

Hi Roseanne,
I thought you would like to see a couple of photos from the trip. Probably the best fishing we ever had!
Regards, Dan Michalak

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Billy, the master Angler, and his gang at Rheaume

This is one of those videos that needs no words. 
Just watch how these guys pull in northern. 
 No Net Required.

Produced by Patrick Gunville.  For more of his adventures go to his You Tube Channel

Monday, June 2, 2014

Just another week of fishing Rheaume Lake

Billy Wennlund has been fishing Rheaume Lake since the 1980's.  Now he brings his sons and their friends.  They come the second week of the walleye season which turns out best for northern fishing here in this area. 
Rheaume Lake is 100 miles north of Red Lake, but opens a week or two before the ice is off Howey Bay in Red Lake.  It is on a river system with lots of moving water and has a depth of about 20 feet.
Guests at Rheaume keep some small walleye for eating but otherwise they release everything else.  It seems to be working when you look at these pictures.
All these northern were caught this spring by Wennlunds.

Trent comments, "Just another week on Rheaume Lake"

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Mike Martin catches a 36 inch lake trout at Viking Island

The advantage of a late spring is the cold water and excellent lake trout fishing into June.  Mike Martin caught a 36 incher yesterday, trolling in the shallow water.  He picked her out of the water carefully, took a picture and then released her.  She didn't fight much and he felt she was an elder in the waters. 

This girl deserved, and got, great respect.
An Awesome Experience to Catch
and Hold Her for a few Seconds

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Water is High for Douglas Lake

This is the highest water we have seen in years.  Lots of snow this winter might be the cause.  Portages are soggy and there is debris floating on the lake.  Docks are under water. 
We are catching walleye out here, and suppers are delicious.  The flying ants are on the water today, so we'll try for lake trout on the surface.

Water is High!  This rock is usually 3 feet out of  the water.
A Note to Brian:  remember this rock out in front of your father's camp?
My brother Niall couldn't resist checking
out the fishing from Brian's rock.
He left the bucket to mark the rock.
Well Hugh did in good job on this dock.
For the past few years, we were laughing because
you needed a ladder to get up onto this dock,
but now it is perfect!
Gramma's cabin is still dry inside but looks like it is
floating in the lake.  She loves to live close to the water.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

3 days of Fog

From the deck at Viking Island, I give not so
good weather reports to the boys in the office.
The birds look like they are floating on a cloud
with nothing else in sight.
For the past 3 days, the fog has hung over Douglas Lake and Red Lake too. The boys can't get to outposts to clean up and turn on the propane and water. The office in town is full of guests waiting to go fishing at camps that are not ready.... Still fishing is the important part and if we can get them on the lake in a boat they will be happy. Finally this morning the fog lifted, the sun peaked out and a rainbow appeared. Hurray let's fly.

Harriet needed to portage to town
to get to her first day of work at GoldCorp

Finally a ray of Sunshine.

Hurray let's fly.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

VIKING ISLAND OPENER '14 | The crew arrives!

The Beaver takes off over its passengers
The Beaver flew in to drop off Enid, Aaron, Niall, Tom, Agnes, and the cat Norman. Ice was starting to float into the middle of the lake, so the Beaver landed down the lake and Peter picked everyone up with the boat.

The rest of the crew arrives! Niall, Enid, Aaron, Norman, Agnes, and Tom
Work started as soon as everyone arrived! Hugh and Harriet went to see Douglas Creek to make sure the safety rope was still up. It was broken as a result of the high water and ice. Peter, Niall, Aaron, and Charlie hooked up the water and propane, prepped boat motor gas, and started chopping firewood. Agnes and Enid fed the crew. The island looks great, other than high water and lots of leaves. 
Hugh is checking out Douglas Creek
Charlie is hooking up water

Enid is keeping an eye on the lake

Tom is out ice smashing ice

As the afternoon went on, the ice moved very quickly. We had just enough time to fill our beer cooler with ice.