Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd.
The 2011 Season has come and gone and it seemed to go by really fast. The weather was warmer than usual and we had very few bugs. Due to the lack of rain we had many forest fires around the region and several days when the smoke was thick and the air hazy. Also, partly due to the lack of rain the water in the lake is unusually low this year. By the end of season we had gone through more than thirteen lower units.
It was also fairly warm the week of August that we had bear hunters but both were successful and very happy with their animal. The largest walleye for the season was brought in the week of July 8 to 15, 2011 and measured thirty one inches. We have a few pictures of big northern’s but nothing official for size. Several groups have told us that this year was the best fishing they have ever had, right from the first week to the end.
During the last week of season we had terrible weather where it was cold, rainy, and windy, it may have even snowed a little, a real challenge. Sorry, Troy and crew! Of course, the week after it turned warm again and the week in October that Doug went moose hunting the weather was almost too warm. He and his boys did manage to bring down a nice bull.
The 950 John Deere tractor that we bought last Fall sure turned out to be useful. The trail has never looked better, stumps are now pulled out with ease and taking out the docks, which used to be an all day event, took under an hour.
The siding on the house has FINALLY been completed, and we are working towards other projects. The entire endeavour took the help of many people, father-in-law, two brothers-in-law, two sisters, several staff members from staining the actual siding to everything put up. Cathy’s daughter Carolyn, who is taking Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in Dawson Creek, did a work placement for the months of July and August at Red Lake Seaplane Service and came on the weekends to stain windows and help with the finishing touches.
Winter projects we have in mind include completely renovating the Lodge cabin in order to get rid of that small, hot bedroom and to make the space more efficient. We will be posting pictures on Facebook as we go along.
The HST forms, which presented a problem last year, are now being successfully reimbursed. You can get more information by going to www.cra-arc.gc.ca and finding form GST-115. All the instructions are on that site. If you did not keep your receipt please contact me for a replacement.
The newly finished Deluxe Cabin 9 was heavily used this year and we got some fine compliments on it. We will be making some changes that had been suggested to us and they will be completed for the 2012 season. There still a few weeks that this particular cabin is available.
The ice machine died during the hottest week of July. We had a technician try to revive it (he spent all day) but ended up purchasing a new one. That one worked fine for about a month and then had to get the new one fixed too. There was something wrong with it right from the factory. We sent Justin into town that day to get ice for everyone to use and there was a power outage in the Red Lake area so he ran around and cleaned various stores out before they closed their doors. We ended up delivering ice via airplane out to groups on the lake.
The old minnow chiller also couldn’t keep up with the heat so we ended up replacing that as well. So far, everything else seems to be able to keep up and is working, or has already been replaced.
We will be attending the All Canada, St. Charles Sport Show from January 12 to 15, 2012. Further information for this show can be found at www.allcanada.com. We are at the same booth as in other years.
February 24 to 26, 2012 we will be once again attending the Iowa Deer Classic in Des Moines. Attendance was amazing this year and we are hoping for the same next year. You can check outwww.iowashows.com to find out more information.
We may be doing a presentation again in March at the Crystal Bar and Grill in Mora, Minnesota. We are not sure exactly when but we will be advertising once more in the same newspapers we did last time. If we end up doing something different we will post it on Facebook and advertise in the local area newspapers.
We are also looking into alternatives for the frustrating phone system. If there will be any changes we will be contacting you by e-mail to let you know and posting it on the web site and on Facebook.
The Opening day of fishing season is May 19, 2012, with the first week being May 18 to 25. The effective prices have been posted on our web site.
There are a few bear hunting spots still available. As well, there are some weeks that we have room for fishing parties. Bookings change from time to time so if there was a particular week that you were interested in please check to see if any openings have come up.
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