Archive for the ‘Fishing at Bearskin Lodge’ Category

Summer, summer, summer

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Our 2 year anniversary of buying Bearskin Lodge came and went on July 20th. As usual, we were way too busy running a resort to celebrate the day.  But surprise, surprise, 2 years have gone by and Bearskin has survived us. We know of many resorts that are having a tough summer so we’re endlessly thankful for our loyal guests who return year after year after year. 

It’s been a summer of good fishing.  Of all the surprising fish this season, this fish is probably the biggest and best.  The 31 inch walleye was caught by Harley Handegard (who does take his fishing pretty seriously) in a “not-to-be-disclosed” location. 

Big walleye, caught by Harley Handegard

Big walleye, caught by Harley Handegard


Moosilyn, our moose mother with her calf, has not been sighted on the resort for about 3 days now.  We don’t know if we miss her or are relieved.  Many guests who checked out last weekend reported they had  somewhere between a hundred and a thousand pictures of our moose.  She provided almost a month of great resort entertainment, sort of a Disneyesque “Moose World” for our guests.  But it did get a bit old for some guests to stay perpetually on alert for an immense animal crashing and crunching around their cabin.  Brandon spotted Moosilyn and her calf back by the brush pile yesterday, which may be a better spot for her.

The moose and her calf, in the garden behind the lodge

The moose and her calf, in the garden behind the lodge


Everyones a photographer when theres a moose around.

Everyone's a photographer when there's a moose around.

For those of you who are following Erik Simula’s 1000 mile Arrowhead Journey, Erik has safely completed most of his trip and blogged about it on the Arrowhead Journey blog.  Lots of pictures, too.  He is finishing the final section between now and August 7th, when he will arrive at the Grand Portage Rendezvous.  

The last leg of the trip will be filmed by Justine Curgenven, of cackletv.  She uses Twitter to update readers on her current projects, so watch for news about Erik.  Quinn is along for this filming project also.  Hmmm, hard choice….paddle for a filmmaker on the Pigeon River for a couple days or  spend the days working at the resort washing boats, hauling garbage and dumping fish guts?   Such a tough choice. @@

Big fish!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Big brother is holding the fish, but little sister caught it.

Bearskin continues its tradition, started last year, of “girls rule” when it comes to catching big fish.

 Meredithe really didn’t even want to go fishing today. She caught the fish on her new PINK fishing rod.

Photo contributed by the Ester family.



 (Read previous posts

and from last year to see what we mean about girl’s fishing luck at Bearskin.)

Bearskin Fishing — new guide!

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Our new fishing guide, Curtis Blake.

Our new fishing guide, Curtis Blake.

Bearskin’s former fishing guide, Mark, would sometimes return from a fishing trip on East Bearskin Lake grumbling about it being like “fishing on the Dead Sea.”  This was in spite of the fact that he almost always came back with a nice stringer of fish. The lake has always had a good supply of fish, but sometimes catching those fish has taken a little extra sffort.  Plus, some years the fishing is just better than other years.

So far, this is a very good fishing year.  It’s been a cool start to the season, with many folks saying we’re 2 weeks behind the normal fishing schedule.  That just means that the easy fishing season could extend farther into the summer.

This year Bearskin has a great new fishing guide, Curtis Blake. Curtis has lived on the Gunflint Trail for 20 years, where he was taught to fish by his father, Mike Berg, the owner/operator of Seagull Fishing Camp.  Curtis has been fishing area lakes almost all his life.  He’s been successfully guiding on Sag, Seagull and Northern Lights Lakes for the past 5 years.  Curtis is knowledgeable, articulate and helpful. 

Curtis_Hawg_004[1]If you haven’t hired a guide before on a Bearskin visit, this might be a great year to do so.  The fishing has been excellent, if you know where to find them and what to use on this lake.  Many guests hire the guide when they first get to Bearskin so they can find out right away where the fish are hiding, then continue to use that knowledge all week on their own. 

Our rates for guided fishing trips can be found at here.   If you think you’ll want a guided trip with Curtis, call our front desk to schedule it now so you’re sure to get the times and dates that you want.

Fishing advice from YouTube

Monday, September 8th, 2008

The Mazarra family of Edina posted this short video on YouTube of their fishing success last week while staying at Bearskin Lodge.   This is not exactly the likely lure our fishing guide would have suggested for fishing on East Bearskin Lake — but obviously, this fisherman knows which tackle to use to catch the big ones!  Very nice fish.