2010
Dave Schabell
Bill Hagedorn and Dave Schabell
Spanish River Fishing Trip
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This year's trip was absolutely amazing - something right out of the brochure!
As opposed to last year, when arctic conditions, rain, wind, and bugs prevailed, this year the gods
in charge of the weather must have confused Canada with the Carribbean and sent us
unbelievably great weather, near-perfect fishing conditions, and NO bugs for the best part of our
stay.
A high pressure system planted itself over Northern Ontario providing us with sometimes hot
(80's), calm, pleasant weather for nearly the first three weeks.  Note the sunburn!
Being our 20th trip, perhaps we had earned enough brownie points with the gods that we were
rewarded, or perhaps after not being able to run us off last year with the string of plagues that
befell us, they simply gave up and smiled upon us this year.  Whatever, we will probably spend the
next 20 years trying to duplicate the wonderful conditions that we experienced this year.
In addition to good conditions, the fishing held up all four weeks and we put a plethera of fish
over the side of the boat.
With the early spring, we were able to generate action on top-water plugs from nearly day one,
which is the most exciting way to fish.
Walleye were plentiful again this year, and willingly hit on our twistertails and crankbaits, when
located.  
Again this year we did not use a piece of live bait, and had fun laughing at all of the "dew-worm
dippers" that made their way down the steps to the dock on a daily basis with their worms in hand
- probably having no clue how to catch fish other than dragging worms.     
May 12th - June 11th
2010
Deborah Matheson is the first lady of the
Blue Heron Resort.
She does an excellent job of providing for
all of our material needs while in camp.
She is the self-proclaimed 49%
stockholder who can take out a legal pad,
draw a few sketches, and a new
cabin/lodge will appear the next season as
if magic.
She, Cal, and Dennis are all kept busy by
we guests, but they truly enjoy what they
are doing, and make life pleasant for
everyone.
Walleye were again plentiful this year, and
we always had enough for dinner and a few to
bring home.  We threw back over 50 walleye
and there were stories of 100 fish catches.
The smallmouth bass are incredible.  
Although out of season, by throwing plugs we
encounter a few dandies during the course of
our stay.
Dave Schabell - Trip Twenty
Bill Hagedorn - Trip Twelve
The 36 inch Northern Pike I am displaying at left was by far our
biggest of the trip.  I caught it on the second day in camp.  After
that the sun came out the water warmed up, and the big pike
disappeared.  Normally we will catch about a dozen in the 28-35
inch range.  This year 28 inches was our largest for the
remainder of the trip.  The smaller pike were plentiful and
always added some excitement to each day's outing.
The Blue Heron Resort is the cleanest and most
well-kept fish camp in Northern Ontario.  This is one
of the reasons for our return year after year.
When I returned home, a friend asked me if we fried
our fish in a black iron skillet.  I laughed and said.
"Heck no, we fry them in a deep fryer."  Another
advantage to staying at the Blue Heron.
Deborah threw in some onion rings one night and we
were in pig heaven.  Fish, Onion Rings, and Mac and
Cheese.  Doesn't get any better than that.
Muskie continue to be in
evidence.
This 40+ inch, 20 pound
whopper was caught, photoed,
and released by one of the
members of the first week
group from Holland, Michigan.
We call their group "The
Michiganders" and they are
perhaps the most accomplished
fishermen that have been
visiting the Blue Heron for
years.
Our day starts each morning at 7am
when the alarm goes off.
Breakfast is completed by 8am, and
then it is on the lake or river until
shore lunch at 12:30pm, and then more
fishing until about 2:30pm when we
return to camp for a 2 hour nap before
dinner.
Following dinner it is back on the water
until about 9:30pm, when we wrap up
another perfect day to a brilliant sunset.
The same thing happens each day for
the duration of our 30 day trip.
You never know what is going to jump on your hook.
No trip report would be complete without a photo of a crappie
caught in "No Fish Bay."  Actually with the warm water, we only
caught 2 crappie this entire trip, whereas somethimes we will catch
two dozen.
My primary bait of choice on the trip are 3 or 4 inch twister-tail
grubs.  I will also use crank baits when the situation presents
itself, but all in all one of the reasons I like the grubs is that you
never know what your are going to catch.  I leave the surface
fishing up to Bill who delights in a big northern pike blowing up on
his Rapala Skitter Pop Frog.
In the middle of one sunny afternoon, a school of BIG channel cats
moved through our fishing grounds.  In a matter of 20 minutes I
caught a total of four cats on the grubs, including a pair of ten
pounders.
We caught walleye (pickerel), northern pike, bass, crappie, catfish,
rock bass, perch, and suckers - all on artifical bait.
During the early season walleye run, which lasted about two
weeks this spring there are up to 30 boats at the mouth of the
river, and men, women, and children are all catching walleyes
as we manuver amoung them to get to our fishing grounds.
Since we prefer to troll for walleyes ourselves, and catch them
by casting we leave the worm dipping to the locals.
Fish isn't the only thing we eat at fish camp.
Here Bill prepares to wolf down a steak.
In addition to the great fishing, we are
treated to pristine condidtions, beautiful
scenery, bear and eagle sightings, and
gorgous sunsets on a daily basis.
All of our fish, with the exception of a few
walleye, are caught, photographed, and
returned to the water in excellent condition
to fight another day.
Of the hundreds of fish caught during our 30
day stay, only one or two will end up being
fatalities.  Bill and I are meticulous at hook
removal and will often cut our hooks in order
to prevent damage to a fish.  We often team
up on a difficult hook removal and work
patiently to revive a fish until he swims off
under his own power.  
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As always we brought many fond
memories home with us and are already
looking forward to our 2011 Blue Heron
Fishing Trip renewal.
Good luck to those of you reading this page
who will be making a trip to the Blue Heron.
We wish you the success and good
experiences that we have enjoyed over the
years at this wonderful camp.
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