Vol. 3, No. 4
Who Pulled the Plug?
When you come up for some late season fishing, the first thing you'll notice is the level of the bay. It's down! It's still within the normal fluctuation levels, but this spring it was on the high side of average, and now it's far below. Many favorite fishing spots have disappeared, and others have reappeared, as the fish adjust to the new conditions. Fisherman have to adjust too... staying away from places where underwater obstructions make safe boating impossible.
Another big change this year is the weather. We're enjoying unusually warm days and nights, and so far the locals aren't even talking about ice fishing. Boats are still going out on the bay and fisherman are reporting good catches. Jon Muffler of Rapid River stopped in at the bait shop in late November, to show off the 13-lb 2-oz. Walleye he landed. No one at the resort can give eyewitness testimony, but there are reports of a trophy size 15-lb. 4-oz. Walleye caught recently. Many of the men and women who stop in at the shop have reported good luck, with 8 to 12 pound walleyes common. The best spots are in the north end of the bay, and the DNR has made it easier to get there by leaving the dock in at the public access site next to BayShore. Connie and Naomi asked that the dock be left in, and have promised to alert the crews at the first sign of ice so they can pull the dock out of the water.
Good Fishing this Fall
Many area anglers are expecting the unseasonably warm days to continue, and guess that around the first of the year they'll be putting out their ice shanties. Walleye fishing has been good this fall, wrapping up another good year. It seemed that during the periods when the walleye weren't biting, the Bass were, so most of our guests had fun. Night fishing has increased in popularity, as word-of-mouth reports get passed around. Perch fishing was sporadic, but recent forecasts for the winter show strong expectations of a good catch through the ice.
Watch for us on TV
Fans of the "Practical Sportsman" TV show know that the producers regularly check with the resort for weather and fishing conditions on the bay. This fall, show host Fred Trost and producer Matt Radzialowski spent a few days fishing in the area, and filming a segment they'll be airing sometime in early 1999. Watch for it.
World MWC Championship to be here in June
The top fifty teams from the 1998 MWC circuit will be fishing the bay in June next year for the 14th annual Master Walleye Circuit World Walleye Championship. The five-day tournament is scheduled for June 8th through the 12th on the bay. The championship will be highlighted by indoor weigh-ins in the Exhibition building at the U.P. Fairgrounds. Later next year, the bay will be the fourth stop on the 1999 circuit, August 28th and 29th. The top fifty teams will again be welcomed back to the area, when the MWC Championship returns to the bay in June 2000.
New Items in the Bait Shop
In the bait shop there are many new items that'll catch your eye the next time you're up. Of interest in the next few months will be the display of Iverson Snow Shoes, made right here in the U.P. You've seen them in the LL Bean catalogs, but you'll find them in the bait shop for less! New displays of Yozuri lures, Hopkins spoons, and new colors for the Storm Thunderstick and Lightning Shad lures are in stock. There are new styles and colors available for Rapala lures and the variety of "make your own" blades, beads swivels, and snaps, has grown. Be sure to check out the new "BayShore Resort" Sweatshirts, T-shirts, and Hats.
It's Not to Late for One More Fishing Trip
It's not too late to get in one more fishing trip! Give Naomi and Connie a call to see if there's a cabin available for a couple of days, a week-end, or maybe a full week. Don't forget you can save by getting your registration in early. Reservations and deposits received by February 1st will be at 1998 rates! When it comes time to wrap up your fishing vacation at BayShore, please remember that there will be a couple of other fishermen coming in to use your cabin. The deadline for checking out is Saturday at 10 am. That leaves just a couple of hours for the cleaning people to get the cabins in shape for the next group... so anyone not out on time really gums up the works. Thanks for your cooperation. The misuse of towels has become a problem. From now on, guests will be encouraged to bring their own towels, or may use resort towels after paying a deposit. The deposit will be returned at the end of your stay, when the towels are returned in good condition. A number of guests in the last year apparently used resort towels to wipe out the bottom of their boats, or other dirty jobs!
Woody celebrated her 14th birthday in November. Connie says that for the first seven years she and Naomi were training her. For the next seven Woody has done the training. And, Connie said, she's done a much better job.
The Old Recipe Box
* 1 1/2 lb Northern Pike or other lean fish fillets,
about a half inch thick, shin removed
* 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
* 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
* 1 16 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
* 2 tbls snipped fresh parsley
* Dash of pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the fish into serving sized pieces. Arrange the pieces in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Pour the spaghetti sauce over the fish. Sprinkle with parsley, basil, oregano and pepper. Top with cheese. Bake until the fish flakes easily at the thickest part, about 20 to 25 minutes.
Goes well with a rich red wine, heavy Italian bread with lots of garlic butter, and friends.