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Mike Rose shared these pictures of the fish he caught this weekend.  This is officially the world’s ungliest muskie.  I think it had been in a few fights and its face came out the looser.  It was 39.5 and thrown back into Lower Kaubashine to keep scaring everyone with its ugly face


Mike was thrilled to catch the biggest Walleye he has ever caught at 25.5 inches.  A much prettier fish than the Muskie and was also released back into the depths of Lower Kaubashine


Loon stopping in for fishing tips from Mike

Thanks to Lauren, Mike’s daughter for being woken up earlier than she wanted to take pics of dad’s fish.  Thanks to the Rose family for sharing these great pictures!


All cabins are cleaned up and ready for Memorial Day Weekend.  If Craig looks at this picture he is going to say something about painting the facia board on the front of Birchwood but time just ran out, next week


A few last touches.  Everyone’s favorite table on the blue dock needs a touch up paint job


This cool old glider rocker I found at Island City Antique Market is going to get a paint job and ready for summer.  Not sure where I am going to put it….  Needs just the right spot.  I was glad I found it, they had just put it out for an hour before I snagged it at Island City Antiques


Horseshoes also need a quick coat of paint.  Summer here we come!


I headed down by the road to catch these pics of Doug and Rob fishing on a beautiful night.  Calm lake, cool, but not too cool temps and fish biting


They had just gotten the crappies to start biting when I got down there


Life is good!



Time to head the raft out to its spot in the lake so we have room to put the white dock in.  Towing the raft to its spot can be a comedy of errors that we have all participated in (including an infamous launching by Paul)


Hmm notice one wadder on and one off… who got the leaky ones this time?


Heading out into position.  Keep Going!


Hope this is the right spot because that anchor weighs a &%^& ton and I am not pulling it up?


You don’t like the spot, put down the camera and pull the anchor up yourself and move it.  I did it better than Paul!


After all the painting of the blue dock parts and moving them around, apparently I screwed up their order and there was much discussion about which part went where


The great architect  getting it all back together



In other news, Bayview is just about completely roofed and should be done by the weekend.  All he has left is the porch.  I am sure Murry and Tom won’t notice a few drips on the porch this summer


I was told come down to the lake and bring the camera, there is a chance someone will fall in or other blogable fodder.  I think this pic speaks for itself.  What is Steve up to?


When you don’t want to carry something and water is between you and its destination, best to use the waterways.  Anyone recognize this piece of wood?


So far so good everything headed in the right direction and nobody wet


Where are they off to and what are they building…..  Stop in to see is all I will say.


Steve would also like to ask if anyone knows what this item is or does?  It has been sitting down at the waterfront and none of us know what it is.  If it is yours email me quickly before Clean Sweep makes it disappear.


I think this picture sums up the day.  It is snowing and the lake mists are back.  We are supposed to get 4 inches of snow tonight and 3 nights below freezing. I ran up to get my telephoto to get a close up of the bird on the log but it disappeared before I could return


Snow accumulating in spider webs


Trying to cover delicate plants using everything I could find.  From a disc sled, garbage can, boxes and left over insulated minnow buckets. The resort looks pretty weird with flipped over garbage cans and tarps everywhere


It is as cold as it looks.  We have one group of brave fishermen this weekend.  We shall see if they make it out on the lake or to the casino


We had 2 days of much needed rain.  I caught these pics just as the clouds were breaking.  The lighting was great with the dark clouds, sparkling lake and the colors.  Enjoy





A few days ago the water did not come up to the first step.  With the rain the lake level came up a bit.  I hear the river is flowing again at Hilltop



Steve and Troy would like to report the white swim dock is out for another year and everyone stayed dry.  Nobody fell in.  Due to the lake being lower the water level stayed farther away from the top of the wadders


This blog entry will have everything, fall color, pontoon humor, power tools, Craig stealing things, 3 guys laying on the ground together…. and did I mention fall color…


Ya know there is a reason this boat is named Titanic..  It has been running lower in the water all summer.  The boat has been in dock all summer, ya think  it will make it over to Hilltop….  Bring a paddle


Enjoying the color while the guys talk about the boat and put life preservers on board.. did I mention the boat is named Titanic



Well if it quits you have a cell phone you can call me before it sinks.   Want to drag a lifeboat along?


I asked Troy when the motor started right up, if he would go down the shore line for a few pics.  The boat seemed to be running well…


Putter… putter…..


Motor coughs and gasps….. restarts….. coughs and gasps…. time for a lot of fall pictures while floating in the lake.  Craig is shouting advice from shore and Troy is saying a few choice words to the motor…. cough gasp…. snap more pictures


At this point we are enjoying out slow cruise with the motor not running more than a minute on slow idle before gasping out…  Troy grabs the paddle to get us moving a little faster and I sit down in the captains chair give it one more crank.. and vrooooommmmm the motor kicks in and Troy is in shock… what did you do…. I would love to say I did something but for some reason the god of motors showed pity on us puttering in the shoreline and off we went.  Troy put the paddle down and neither of us was going to slow the boat down til we made it to Hilltop


As the motor putters out just short of Hilltop, we put 2 plus 2 together and come up with the fact that the boat has not been out much all summer due to leaky pontoons and we probably have water in the gas tank


Craig once again struggling to get the trailer in straight


Fishermen from Hilltop trying their luck in the bay.  The scenery couldn’t be beat.  The loon was also not far away.

What do you do with a pontoon boat not working well and you think it is a bad tank of gas and do not want to take it down to get it fixed……  Where could be find a good tank of gas without running back to the resort


Craig caught red handed “borrowing” Tom’s gas tank off one of his boats…  BUSTED!


With out confiscated tank of gas we headed back out on the lake to run the motor to make sure that is the problem so we would not have to take the boat into the shop.  Of course Craig stayed on shore, to distract Tom if he came down to take a ride in his boat with minus a tank of gas


Motor running well… boat running lower than usual in the water… time to get it out of the lake and see what is wrong


While the guys loaded the boat up and puttered with the motor and returning Tom’s gas tank, I took a walk down to the Hilltop Creek.  I have never seen the river this low.  THere were pools of water but nothing moving


I headed a little farther down to the fill across the river and there is no water going through the pipes


At this point I ran into a place that had no water at all you could walk right across what is usually a creek.  Any folks that read this from Hilltop will recognize the fish house on the hill as to where I am standing


Pontoon out and in one piece..   Hey is that a swishing sound Troy is hearing when the pontoon goes up the hill…. water in the pontoons?


Back at the ranch the heads are in consulation and the power tools are coming out.  How to get the water out in pontoons that do not have plugs


3 guys on the ground looking for leaks


Loving having a reason to pull out this tool from the shed


Water being seen coming out


You think they will remember to put a plug in, in the spring?