2016 fishing reports and review

 Hello anglers!
  Jamie here.  I'll be adding more to the blog as it's come to my attention that there are some faithful blog visitors who aren't into the Facebook thing.
  This edition will be rather long, full of reports taken for the Facebook page and jammed with other info.   I suggest you bookmark it and come back to it to review.
  The 2016 season was a strange one. Temps in the arctic circle were MUCH higher than normal for much of the summer. The winds at times lasted longer than usual. Huge fish were caught however...sometimes with a change of tactics such as using small lures instead of the usual grande stuff....yet the following week huge lures reigned supreme. That's the kind of year if was.

I'll add pictures later. For now I'll include direct links that you can click on that will take you right to them in a new tab.
  So here we go in no particular order....

We had a group of 6 that fished at Taltson from August 6-13. For Pete Siggelko and myself, this was our third trip to Taltson. We were joined by Brian and Derek Menzer, Rocky Chrisman and Bob Hausser. It was their first trip to Taltson. The weather we had during the week changed frequently. We had strong E, N, NE and NW several of the days. We also had two wall clouds of fog roll across the lake on two consecutive days. It only rained for 15-20 minutes the entire week. This was my first trip where weather impacted our fishing as we lost 1-1.5 days of fishing due to wind. Temperatures ranged from 60-70 during the week, with the average in the high 60's I would guess. Water temps ranged from nearly 70 degrees down to 62 in the deeper weeds. After the strong winds out of the east/north, it cooled the water down to about 66 for the majority of the week. Nights were cool as most of us had fires for half of the week. 
Brenda did a good job with the meals and was prompt every day. Anything we asked for, she did her best to get it. 
Okay, now for the fishing. For me, the fishing was a lot different from the previous two trips. My numbers were a little down, but it was still an unbelievable trip. If the weather cooperated a little better, the numbers would be in line with previous years. It was a pleasure fishing with Pete Siggelko for the week. We had not met before, but it didn't take long for either of us to figure out that we were diehard pike fisherman. 
Due to the wind, we couldn't fish the rocks nearly has much as we would have liked too. When we were able to fish the rocks, we were able to get quality fish up to 45". We caught most of our fish on the flat out in front of Tower Island as well as the weedbeds that are on the flats. How we caught the majority of the fish was interesting. We had released a high 30's pike and we decided to move to the next weedbed. I threw out and we decided to troll our spinnerbaits to the next weedbed. Within a few seconds I caught a 40" pike. After releasing this one, Pete caught a 45" trolling and then a 42". We were on to something. Due to the size of the flat, trolling spinnerbaits in 1.5-2.5oz variations turned out to be deadly. One evening, the Menzer boat got 7 trophies, two 41's, two 42's, two 43's and a 45". All three boats for the next two days boated several trophies this way. 
The trolling bite at night was very slow for us. I think we were 21 for 38 for the week. Last year I had one night I was 22 for 36. They just weren't in there yet like normal.
I broke my personal best twice during the week with a 45.5" and 46". Pete caught the biggest in our boat at 47" in 4 ft of water near weeds on a spinnerbait. When I hand landed this fish, I new it was big as I lifted her out. Her tail was curled on the bottom of the boat and this pike had some of the largest teeth we have ever seen. It was a hog!
Even though our numbers were down, it still topped any other trip I have taken to other lodges across Canada. 
For our boat, we landed 521 fish, with about 20 of those being accidental walleyes fishing for pike. Here's how our boat numbers broke down:
285 fish caught
21 fish 41" or bigger
7 - 41"
7 - 42-42.5"
3 - 43"
2 - 44.5"
1 - 45.5"
1 - 46"
10 - 40"
236 fish caught
18 fish 41" or bigger
8 fish 40"
Largest 47"
Brian and Derek Menzer Boat
218 pike caught
31 fish 41" or bigger
10 - 41"
6 - 42"
9 - 43"
2 - 44"
2 - 45"
1 - 46"
1 - 47"
Rocky and Bob's boat
They didn't keep track of fish, but estimated approximately 100 fish in the boat
10 were greater than 40" with the largest being 46" All three boats caught at least one 46" pike!
The hot lures were:
1.5-2.5oz spinnerbaits - Firetiger, black/orange, Black/Gold, Orange/Gold, Silver, White Tinsel
Orange/Black bulldawg (Trolling)
Xtreme 6" and 8" crankbaits (Trolling)
Johnson silver minnow
Some were caught on spoons
The vast majority of fish in all 3 boats were caught on spinnerbaits


  Here is the direct link to the reports and photos on Facebook

 This link goes just to photos...waaaaay too many to put on here!  Go Look!

Kevin and Rena Goldberg have taken some awesome videos over the past couple years... check out some of the hits! And check out his entire youtube page!!! 

 More videos??   All you have to do is GOOGLE" Taltson Bay Pike Youtube"
  Ill do it for you.... CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE-PIKE

   Have you heard about this INSTAGRAM thing that's all the rage?

 Well it's the rage at Taltson as well. Check out some of what Bruce has been doing while working the camp!!  
Click here to see INSTAGRAM PIKE

 And not to be outdone, Garet has been manning the Taltson Instagram pics!

  Check out Garet's work!!  CLICK HERE!!!

  More info to follow....  and remember to make plans to hang out at the All Canada Show with John and I ! We are looking forward to sharing more tales and getting you booked for your 2017 trip of a lifetime!!

 Tight Lines!

  Just a couple of pics to wet the ol' whistle..