Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Pasha Lake Wrap Up

The first order of business this week it to help me settle a bet. Several of us had a heated discussion this week that almost ended in fisticuffs. You see, there are white fish in some of the lakes around here. The question is....when you go fishing for them do you call it White Fish fishing or just White fishing? 

The argument is that when you go walleye fishing you don’t call it walleye fish fishing so why would you call it white fish fishing? One the other hand, they are called White Fish, not just "White" so you would call it white fish fishing….. See the deep conversations we have over a beer(s) at night?!?! So please help us settle this bet once and for all by commenting below and let us know what you think it should be called!

This past week was our last week here at Pasha. 4 weeks just flew by. We have checked off everything we were looking forward to doing up here. Over the past 18 months we have dreamed of getting back up here and fishing our favorite lakes, catching countless fish and just enjoying nature. We have seen the leaves turn from green to red and yellow. We have seen the Northern Lights dancing in the midnight skies. We have seen the sunsets go from 9:00 at night to 8:15. Winter is definitely on the horizon.



As much as we enjoyed the hunting and fishing, it was the people who really made the trip memorable.. We had supper and beers with Chad almost every night. Probably the highlight of the last 4 weeks…..Laughing and telling stories, it is a season I will never forget just for that aspect alone. Spending time with Bob, Rob, Doug and Connie and this past week, Brian.

 The fishing was the best we have ever had up here, but it was the people that really made it a trip special. We really hate for it to end.

Besides the people, Barb said the highlight of her time up here was bear hunting and just watching the bears do bear things in the woods. My highlight was watching Barb watch the bears do bear things in the woods. I got chills just watching Barb experience that for the first time. I think Chad’s highlight was anticipating what Barb was making for supper each night and having a never ending supply of cold beverages waiting for him at the end of the day!

Dakota’s highlight was the walks down the driveway everyday where she would chase the grouse through the woods. Zoey’s highlight chasing Dakota and latching onto her neck while Dakota was chasing the aforementioned grouse through the woods.

Or perhaps it was learning how to play fetch in the cabin. I think she could do it all day long!

This week was more of an adventure week for us. We had fished all the lakes on our bucket list, now it was time to add some remote bonus lake fishing. First up was a lake that I bet does not get fish more than a dozen times a year and had not been fished at all in the past 18 months. We were sure that the fish would just jump in the boat once we were on the water.

But first we had to get to the lake which was not going to be an easy task. This particular lake is 5 miles off the main road down an old overgrown logging road which now is just a canopy covered trail. It is a two day process to get to this lake. Day 1 found Ian (the camp guide and hired hand) and I clearing the 5 mile trail of any large logs and downed trees. We also had to navigate a couple of low areas and beaver dams. 

It was not nearly as bad as we thought it was going to be and we made it to the lake shore in just over an hour. The landing is located at an old mining camp where they had core shacks filled with all their old cores samples...

Collapsed Core Shack
Each shelf is labeled in some fashion

Once we got there, we checked out the landing and the boat that had been stashed there for the past several years. 
The following day Ian, Chad, Brian (a high school friend of Chad’s) and I loaded up our 4 wheelers and headed to the lake. Since there is only one boat on the lake Ian brought another one on top of his buggy. Even having cleared the trail the day before, it was adventure just getting into the lake….

Once we got to the lake Ian and I jumped in one boat while Chad and Brian took the other and we went off in different directions to our own favorite hot spots. Once Ian and I got to ours, I dropped my jig in the water and had a fish on in less than 30 seconds. Then Ian had one on as I was still reeling in mine, double on our first cast!

Both were keeper (17-18”) fish so I got out the stringer and got it ready as the fish were flopping on the floor of the boat. I got one fish on the stringer, was reaching for the other when Ian caught another, and another, and another and another. I had fish flopping around like crazy! We had 6 fish on the stringer in less than 5 minutes, all fat and the same size!

Chad and Brian motored up to us 20 minutes later and they had had similar success. We left the lake 2 hours later with our 16 fish and 2 bonus grouse Chad got on the trail in!

Surf and Turf!

Barb and I fished the same lake the next day with the exact same results although we did not keep as many fish as we had not eaten everything from the previous day yet.

We also fished our favorite northern pike lake again and although we caught fish, we did not catch anything over 40”. When we were done, we pulled the boat up into the woods and flipped it over. It  is now ready for the long winter ahead. Over the next few days between Chad, Ian and I, we fished a couple different lakes pulling motors and flipping over boats putting everything to bed for the winter.

Chad even talked Barb into going out bear hunting again saying he really wanted a picture of Barb with a bear to be featured on his website for the following year. So off we went back to the bear woods! This time she hunted from an elevated tree stand. Unfortunately, the bears did not cooperate but we did enjoy a couple more evenings in the woods just watching nature!

Barb perched in a tree

So now we are all packed up and ready to roll again. Destination unknown…. Well, that is not totally accurate, we are heading south and east to a state that we have not been to in our 8 years of travel adventures!

24 comments:

  1. You just lived the dream of about all the fishermen out there and especially for those folks that have never been to a cabin in the woods. I bet the memories of this trip will last you all winter through. Probably the fish too!

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    1. We did indeed! The downside is that it spoils you and fishing anywhere else just does not come even close!

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  2. Well, since “whitefish” (one word) is a proper name, I would think you could go whitefish fishing. Or just call them albino salmon!

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    1. I guess I should have done a little research and known that whitefish was one word. It is like you to look it up. What, do you live with a school teacher or something?!?!

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  3. Ashliegh GrosshueschSeptember 21, 2021 at 4:11 PM

    Hi Jim!
    I would say I’m going fishing for white fish.
    Throwing a wrench in the debate with a third option.
    It’s been years since I’ve seen you but have enjoyed each time at pasha. Any chance you will be back next august? I will be there with my daughter for her first bear hunt. (She wasn’t even born the first time I met you) now she’s 13!! Maybe her and Barb can get their first bears together. Really enjoy following your adventures!

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    1. Ha! That was Barb's response as well but it makes too much sense so I did not include it.

      You guys have had some great adventures up here, so cool you can now include your daughter.

      As of right now we will not be there next fall but who knows!

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  4. To assign a fish a race is racist. It should just be called fishing. I also don't believe you stayed up till midnight to look at the northern lights. I am glad you had a good time while I worked.

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    1. Busted, you're right I did not stay up until midnight but I did see them on my 2nd or 3rd trip to the bathroom that night!

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  5. There's nothing better than fresh fish ... yup I'm going with whitefishing. One word. The debate rages on!! I swear there's no better feeling than the tug on the end of your line. As to your bears, sorry but I'm glad you didn't get any. I rather like hiding out in the wilderness waiting for them to pass in front of my camera. Besides, have you ever EATEN bear meat? It's awful and fatty. Maybe it was the cook. Happy travels to the next adventure.

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    1. We have had some really good bear meat over the years and some really bad bear meat. The last few bears I have given the meat to local families who really appreciated it.

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  6. Wow…that is some incredible fishing! Safe travels as you continue on your adventures.

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  7. Wow not that's fishing and catching! lol Glad you had a great time as usual. Safe travels back home.

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    1. We should be crossing back over into The States in two days, hope they let us in!

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  8. What a great trip. I agree with Barb and Jim B. Bummer on the bears. Will you be deer hunting in ND?

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    1. I don't think I am deer hunting in ND but perhaps ducks and pheasants!

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  9. A state you haven't been to in all these years?? Color me intrigued!!! Safe travels, wherever you are heading!

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    1. There are actually a few states right down the middle of the country we have not been to. There is a map on the right side of our blog showing what states we have been to.

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  10. I have to agree with Ashleigh and Barb! Wow looking at your map there isn't much you haven't seen! Looking forward to your pics and adventures in Michigan! We've been in your neck of the woods last several days..Gotta Love SD! The freedom is amazing along with the beauty! :)

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  11. I'm with Jim, whitefish is actually the word you want. You certainly had great luck fishing this time. So many yummy dinners. Barb looks cute in the stand. So glad she didn't get anything. I love Dakota's look in the video when she turns as if to say, Get this thing off me! Safe travels!

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    1. Dakota has that face a lot. Poor thing has scabs on her neck from Zoey’s puppy teeth!

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