[Bear Lake News 1976]
Once again it is time for the annual News Letter from Bear Lake Camp.
The biggest Lake Trout caught last year was 14 lbs. by one of our Pennsylvania fishermen, the biggest Northern was 13 1/2 lbs. and caught by one of our Michigan friends, the biggest smallmouth was 6 lbs. and caught in Beaver Lake by "yours truly" and was 18 1/2 ins. The largest Walleye was 9 3/4 lbs. and caught by one of the Ontario boys in the spring.
We were lucky to retrieve the 1 1/2 HP motor that was dropped into Cranberry Lake, but not so lucky about finding the pretty expensive fishing rod that was lost in the same lake (ether a lunker of a fish or the 1 1/2 HP motor pulled the rod from his hand, we still haven't figured that out). We also couldn't retrieve the 5 spools of wire line that one of our Michigan friend used up within 3 days. Anyhow, he says he wants to open a wire factory before he starts fishing for Lake Trout this year.
We have an aluminum boat on High Lake replacing the old fiberglass, and also plan to put an aluminum boat in Round Otter if its possible this year.
The ice at the present time in Bear Lake is 14" thick with about an 8" layer of slush, and on top of the slush is 10" insulating layer of snow. Sure isn't too good for snowmobiles as they keep getting stuck in the slush.
The season on Lake Trout this year is Jan. 1st to Oct. 10th, Northern is from May 15th to March 31st, Pickerel (Walleye) from May 15th to March 31st, Bass from June 26th to Nov. 30th and Spring Bear from April 15th to June 15th.
The month of May is already starting to full up for the Lake Trout run, so we would like to remind you to make your reservations early. We would really hate to say "Sorry, we are full" to any of the our long time guests.
Carol and I have spent the winter in Windsor and are really looking forward to getting back to Bear Lake. We plan on going up on May 5th and having the camp open by May 8th.
We would like to thank all of you for making our first season a happy and successful one. We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you again this season and we will, no doubt, have another great one.
TIGHT LINES AND HAPPY LANDINGS
Matt & Carol