I'm looking at rebuilding my outhouse and possibly giving the ladies an alternative to the fly-filled pit privy. As far as I'm concerned as a guy, dropping a deuce in the hole once a weekend is no big deal. For ladies it's a different story since they go several times a day. I'm not excited at the prices of composting toilets but am doing the research. Mostly I'm trying to figure out from all of you if any of them work well in our part of the world. I see the Sun-Mar, Nature's Head, Incinolet, Envirolet, and Biolet toilets available. Does anyone have any experience with any of these?
Anyone use the access at Trout Lake on the Whitefish Chain? If so have you had issues with turning around in the parking lot due to the inspector parking in the no parking zone that is marked off with yellow lines? I get into arguments every time I am at that access because the inspector feels they have the right to park in an area that is not to be parked in. It is becoming annoyingly fun for me to get on them and educate them on where to not park! This has to be one of the worst accesses in the state when it comes to traffic, space, and inspectors. Many times they have an inspector there that will give you a 15 minute lecture on invasives even though you have heard his speech before!!! Power trip and then some!!!! I respect most inspectors I come into contact with, but WOW are some just go a little overboard on their inspection. I have to laugh my ass off when the inspector runs us over about water in our livewell (talking about drops of water around the drain ring) saying we could get fined $800 if we leave the access like that, yet what do the inspectors say to the wake boat that pumped in 1000 gallons of water into it and most certainly cannot dispel all the water and an inspector cannot see!! Not sure what it is about this particular access but I have had the worst experiences there and do not have similar experiences elsewhere, so I just had to ask if other see this too.
Hi all have a day of Thursday with the wife would really like to get some cats on the chain are they spawning now shallow? try around the bridges?, Was there on Saturday after the rain got 1 kitty cat that was it. any guidance would be great.
Since my leukemia diagnostic my son has been a champion helping out. I asked him was there anything I could do for him. He said an underwater camera would be nice. I ordered parts, improved camera resolution, faster camera movement (20 RPM to 30 RPM motors), USB phone charge port, aluminum verses plastic case. Only took 2 weeks to build. His only comment was awesome, bring on some ice, when I gave it to him.
White pulleys, mounting frame fabricated out of Walmart cutting boards, green drive belts are 6mm round polyurethane belt. 2 remote camera controllers.
While the grandkids were here we got pizza from the landing. Good thing we got two for the four of us. Their 12 inch pizzas were about 8 or maybe 9 inches. And over baked on top of that. Pushing 20 bucks each. I hope the rest of the menu isn't as disappointing as those pizzas.
Stayed on the west side last week. Perfect weather for most of the week. Light winds, cool mornings and 70-80 during the day. Plenty of sunshine - no rain to speak of.
Of the ~20 Walleye we caught, 60% of them were in the 10" to 14" range. Everything else was 22" to 26". Trolled plugs but mostly fished spinners slow w/ Crawler and Leeches.
Fished mostly deep reefs all over the main basins. Kept moving. Biggest take away was a large scale bug hatch going on (not mayflies) and the largest small perch population I've ever witnessed. Both of these lit of the electronics with pure clouds... 4-6" perch literally everywhere. Pretty amazing to be honest.
Every fish was very healthy...stuffed full. Gonna be fun in a few years. Also caught several nice Bluegill, Small and Largemouth Bass and a few Pike. All larger than past years. 1 50" musky stopped by to say high in calm weather middle of the day.
Did make it to the East side a few days with little success but the timing of the day didn't help. Definitely marked plenty of fish off deep reefs in 16-30 mainly in Big Bag. No bug hatch there and not near the bait fish population.
If I was there this week, I would fish reefs near deepest water adjacent to defined points. That's my 2 cents.
The most interesting thing I've seen on the lake is loons flocking up to fly south. Saw this on Norwegian Bay October 9, 2018. There had to be at least 200 of them, including some clearly too young to make the trip.
I've been having good luck with lead core as well. I use Suffix 832, with line counter reels. Each color is 30 feet of line. As a rule of thumb, every 1 foot of depth requires 5 feet of line, so if you are fishing at 30' FOW you would let out 150' of line, or 5 colors. Trolling speed affects how deep your crank is running as well (slower is deeper). I usually run between 2.2 and 2.5 mph. As a check, you can keep letting out line until your crank starts bumping bottom and then reel up 10' of line.
I hear ya on the difficulties fishing any lobe of Whitefish on the weekends! Just have to get up and be done before 10am or go back out after 6pm and the lake settles a little. We trolled "lower" WF on Thursday evening and only caught 1 northern. Didn't appear to have as thick of a gathering of fish...
We went back out on Saturday morning to try our luck on Whitefish for Whitefish and in 2 hours caught 1 3.5lb'er and missed a few bites. Wow can they be fun to pull out of 50-70 ft of water. We use jigging raps but wow do whitefish bit lightly but put up a good fight...and there are plenty of them on the big lakes!!! Good fish on the smoker too!!
I sent fish them suspended in the basin areas. Do get a few any off bottom near weed edges and suspending near flats that drop sharply. Like Bobt I have had good results trolling cranks over and around weeds. Also, midlake humps with spinner rigs/crawler or jigging raps can be very good.
Panfish can be awesome. However I had trouble pinning down many nice ones today. So even they are not a guarantee. Maybe I will have a better report soon as I will be up through Thursday evening.
Well we launched there this weekend and the inspector made sure he was off the tar and parked out of the way. We thanked him and he said "it sure would make things a lot more difficult if someone were parked in the lined off area to pull around in!" WOW!!!! was nice to have an inspector with common courtesy and common sense!