Tuesday, June 23, 2015


One of the things we really like about our lifestyle is the number of great people you meet. Moving every week or so you get the opportunity to meet people almost every week. Other times you get to meet up again with people you met previously. Such is the case here at Pasha Lake Cabins. The exception being is that we are stationary and the people are coming to us. A stay at the resort is typically Saturday to Saturday so each week a fresh batch of guests move in. I would say about ½ of the guests are repeat customers while the other ½ are new so many times it is like seeing old friends in addition to meeting new ones. 

Speaking of old friends, we had our first visitors from Wisconsin last week. My friend Doug and his son Brian stayed with us while Barb was gone for a few days. Although I only got out fishing with them once we absolutely slaughtered them! In our last post mentioned that I could not wait to get out on Onaman Lake. I am happy to report that I got out there twice last week on consecutive days. One day was with Doug and Brian while the other trip was with some customers I had met up here last year Pat and Duke. Between the two days I am guessing we boated 150+ walleyes with an average size of 22”. The largest of the two days was 26”. We actually struggled to catch our “keeper” fish under 18”.
Doug with a 23

We managed to get a few under 18"'s for eating

Duke with a 24
This guy popped out of the water for a close up
A pair of gull nesting on an island

One interesting thing happened when I was walking the mile and a half trail back from the lake with Pat and Duke. I had seen some fresh bear tracks on the walk back. How do I know they were fresh? They were actually over the tracks that we had made on the way in so I knew they were pretty fresh. I was in the lead and rounded a corner to see the bear about 50 yards in front of us on the trail. Pat and Duke stopped dead in their tracks when they saw the bear. I kept walking to scare it off the trail and it just stood up on its hind feet and stared at us. Eventually as I got closer it got down on all fours and ran I don't know what really scared it off, me walking towards it or Duke telling me to stop! It was actually quite humorous. We saw a total of 7 bears that day on our drive to and from the lake including one feeding on a road kill moose along the side of the road.

I also got out on Northwind Lake two times. Once with Barb and once with a group I had met last year from southeast Wisconsin. It was a little slow with the group I went out with but Barb and I had a stupid good day. Although there are big walleyes in this lake it is known for its numbers and the rare blue walleye I wrote about last year. However on this outing we caught mostly big fish. Barb had the biggest with a 26, we had a 25, a double of 24’s and numerous fish between 21 and 23. We decided that we were not going to take pictures of anything under 24 and eventually moved to a different area to try and find smaller fish to take home!
Daisy got to come too!

We doubled up on 24"'ers!

A 26"'er to top of the day
Barb’s trip to Minnesota was somewhat productive. Her main goal in going down was to follow up on a lead she had on a dog that we were interested in. For the past several months we have been looking for a 3-5 year old female Golden Retriever and Barb had been talking to a breeder in Minnesota about a 3 year old that she was willing to sell. So she went down there to look at it and decided to buy it. Unfortunately after a day, it became evident to Barb that this was not the dog for us and ended up returning it. So…… our search continues…..

While she was down there she was able to visit some friends and do some work. Also, the check engine light came on with a message about the diesel exhaust fluid being low. The light stayed on even after she filled it so she took it in to have it looked at. It ended up being a couple of sensors to the tune of over $800 plus labor! Luckily, it was all covered under our warranty and she was good to go. I am glad this happened while she was in the states and not when we were pulling the rig down the road..


  1. Jim,

    As much as we DEARLY LOVE Goldens, we are gun shy to have another, as they have become so prone to cancer. Our first two lived to 13 and 12, and Jenny only made it to 10. We were shocked to read that this is the norm now, with many not even making it that far. Research before you buy. It is so sad, because Golden Retrievers mean so much to us.


    1. Our last one only made it 10 years, we thought we would have at least 14. We are still searching and will not pull the trigger until we find the right one.

  2. Definitely some great fishing going on there:) You were calm with your approach and writing about the bear! I guess they are semi use to people!? Be careful out there!!

    1. The bears typically take off as soon as they see a person or vehicle. The only bears that really make me nervous are the sows with cubs as they can be a little more unpredictable.

      Fishing has been fantastic but I need to find something else to write about!

  3. Not being an avid fisher person, why do you keep the smaller ones to eat and throw the trophies back? Do they expect them to grow to enormous size? And what if they become humongous and there is a tornado over the lake? Haven't you seen "Sharknado?" Now you will have Walleyenado. Just think about it. Did I tell you we where in Colorado?

    1. We typically don't keep anything over 18" as those are the best eaters and don't hurt the breeding population. The big ones are usually females so we try to put those back into the lake.

      Walleyenado, I think I just found the title to my next YouTube video!

      Colorado? Do you stop by any "shops" while you were in the state?

  4. Sounds like some great fishing! Not too sure about the bear sighting though. Scary. Hey, if you have any cancellations for bear season, remember to give Randy & June, from LA, a call! That Daisy, what a face!