By Madison Karakis
The greatest self is a peaceful smile, that always sees the world smiling back.”
-Bryant H. McGill
My Favorite part about being here at Wine Lake Camp is getting to see how happy it makes people, and the huge smiles on everyone’s faces. This week the smiles were endless. Let me start by saying I am so excited to be back. The new season is finally here, and I am really looking forward to all the excitement waiting to happen this year. We had a very interesting start to the year. For starters, the ice did not want to leave. By the time it was gone, we had a week and a half to whip this place into shape for opening week, but we did it! Not only that, but it seems we skipped spring this year. It went from 40-degree weather to 80-degree weather in a matter of three days. The leaves on the trees seemed to appear over night! A very interesting start to the year.
With a new year comes new staff! For those of you who remember Colin and Jody were supposed to come back. Well, bad news for us is really good news for them! They are expecting a baby later this year! Unfortunately, that meant they were unable to come back this season, but we wish them the best! In their stead come Andrew and Justin. Look out campers, these two are an impressive pair. We are very excited to see what they add to the camp experience in these coming months!
We could not have asked for a better group to start the season this year, so thank you everyone! The water is very low, but they were troopers. By the end of the week, those with enough determination (aka Bubba and Mike) were able to make it into Mud.
As I mentioned, the smiles were endless. We had sunny days filled with beautiful trophy fish! If you follow our Facebook page, you may have already had a taste with Mike's outstanding 46-inch Northern Pike! What a beauty. His hook didn’t stand a chance!
Oh, and his partner caught a nice Walleye I guess....
As usual we had our boys from Michigan with an impressive haul. I believe between the four of them there were about 40 Lakers caught this week. Unbelievable.
My favorite picture from the week is of the first large Northern the Perri’s caught. They were so excited and giddy taking pictures and laughing that they realized after they released the fish they forgot to measure it!
I do have some sad news. Unfortunately, Ontario will no longer be doing their Angler Awards. As you probably remember, we would have you write your fish down, we would enter the information, and then the program would send you a certificate in the fall. The program had a great run, but all good things must come to an end. We are grateful for the program and are sad to see it go. On the other hand, we will still be doing pins, the brag board, and the drawing to win a free trip, so don’t forget to keep track of your fish!
Now with that, we have changed the drawing a bit to increase your odds. This year, we will draw one name from each week that will be put into the drawing for the free trip at the end of the year. We will announce the winner at the end of the week, and will have the official drawing at the end of the season.
This week’s winner that will be entered into the final drawing is Nick Perri from Wisconsin with his 36-inch Northern Pike. Congratulations!