Vol. 7, No. 1
It's Ice Fishing Time!
Winter has finally arrived, but we didn't have ice on the upper part of the bay until after Christmas. Last year we had good ice by December 10th! The southern part of the bay is still open, and although there are a few hundred ice shanties within sight of the resort, the ice is not strong enough for vehicles. Many years much of Lake Michigan has a coating of ice by now. and without it a lot more water evaporates. Not all of that water falls back as lake-effect snow, so we're looking at another year of lower than normal lake levels in 2002. Those venturing onto the ice have reported nice catches of perch, using wigglers and perch minnows, especially in the area just north of the resort. Good eating size walleye have been taken near the Vagabond, while at the head of the bay fishermen report that northern and even a few splake have been caught recently. Walleye anglers are using Salmo's Chubby Darters. Naomi's unscientific poll of returning fishermen has three-out-of-four bragging about the walleye they caught with the Chubby Darts.
Just a Reminder
Just a reminder. February 1st is the deadline to get your reservation in at the discounted price! Naomi says she has a few cabins still available in June, and that August is pretty open. Lots of good fishing here in August, in fact last year it was one of the best times of the year. Another reminder. the resort no longer provides towels in the cabins.
MWC Fishermen Check Out Bay
MWC fishermen will be checking out the bay thruout the season, leading up to the weekend of August 24th & 25th when the area again hosts the tourney. Two of the MWC regulars, and the 2001 champions, Burt Wilson of Escanaba and Donny Solis of Perronville have been sponsored by Connie and Naomi for some time.
Marbles Outdoors Slims Down Product Line
Marbles Inc recently announced they are slimming down their product lines, and no longer will make custom products. The display cases at BayShore are still loaded with Marbles knives, pocket-knives, and safety axes, many of which will no longer be produced by Marbles. Now is the time to check with Naomi at the resort if you've been thinking of a particular Marble product, because in many cases when the last one is sold it cannot be replaced on the shelf. And for you pocket knife lovers, the last of Marble's 2001 styles, the improved muskrat, is available here. Stop in at the store, check it out on-line at bay-shore-resort.com, or call us at 428-2950.
New Lures and an Ice Auger
The store is busy every day with ice fishermen on their way to or from the ice. Many are buying crank baits, but not to use now. they're stocking up for the summer! Now that the Rapala Thundersticks in the discontinued colors are gone, the hottest lure is by Reef Runner. With 27 different custom color combinations besides the standard colors, the Reef Runner "Dipper", "Rip Stick" and "Little Ripper" are just jumping off the shelf. Naomi brought them into the shop this fall, and has had to re-order twice already. Another hot lure is by Rebel, the "jointed Fastrac" available in colors not seen in many years. Connie says to be sure to look for the new casting lures by Rapala that will be in the store before the walleye opener. One new addition to the store's inventory is a new 2-HP ice auger. The Lazer Mag Ultra is light-weight, and has three blades, to cut quickly thru the thickest ice.
"No Wood, No Plastic" Bird Feeders
If you stop in the shop soon, check out the new "No Wood, No Plastic" bird feeders. It's shaped like a fish basket, and the metal mesh sides are enough to foil even the most persistent squirrel. Connie and Naomi put them on display in the store before Christmas, and have one just outside their kitchen window.
God grant that I may live to fish another day, but when my final cast is made I then most humbly pray, when nestled in your landing net as I lay peacefully asleep, You'll smile at me and judge that I'm "good enough to keep."
It was a sad, quiet Christmas at the resort this year... Woody has left us, after 17 years on December 13th . She is resting along with her favorite toys, at the Johnson homesite on the Stonington peninsula, beneath a box elder tree overlooking the bay.
We know all of you will miss her as much as we do.
The Old Recipe Box
1 lb. walleye fillets, skin removed cut into 1-inch pieces
8 medium red potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (5 cups)
1 teaspoon instant minced onion
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 cups frozen broccoli cuts
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Serves 4 to 6
Heat conventional oven to 350&Mac251;. In a 3-quart casserole dish, combine potatoes and water. Cover and microwave on high for 10 to 13 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender-crisp, stirring twice. Drain, and set aside.
In 4-cup measure, microwave margarine or butter at high for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until melted. Stir in flour, minced onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Blend in milk. Microwave at high for 5 to 7 minutes or until mixture thickens and bubbles, stirring every 2 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Pour cheese mixture over potatoes and mix well. Add broccoli and fish. Stir gently to coat. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake conventionally, uncovered for an hour to an hour and 10 minutes or until hot and bubbly and browned on top.