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  1. I just got back on Wednesday and figured I would post my findings as well. This was a split trip between Off Lake and Lake of the Woods. Roads were exactly as walt501 described, as were the mosquitoes. 615 had a few spots of standing water, but very passable. 71 to Sioux Narrows had some portions of washout on the road that had been repaired. Aside from having to slow down here and there, the roads were in surprisingly good condition. The mosquitoes on the other hand were absolutely awful. The water on Off Lake was very high, but certainly not as high as it's been historically (at least from what I've been told). It appeared to have dropped a few inches prior to our arrival based on the debris line in the yard. Fishing was decent. Seems like we are about 2-3 weeks behind schedule though. Looking forward to getting up there again soon.
  2. Heading up tomorrow morning and just curious what the road conditions are like with all the rain/flooding. Is 615 open all the way to Sportsmans Landing? Thanks in advance!
  3. I'm in the market for a custom snap cover for my boat. I will most likely be taking it into Canvas Craft, but does anyone know of other shops that fabricate quality custom covers around the metro area? Thanks in advance!
  4. @ jonboatjunkie The Navionics mobile application is currently only avaiable for smart devices running iOS and Android operating systems. If the market for devices running Windows Phone 7 grows large enough, I would imagine Navionics will develop a mobile application for that operating system as well. Enjoy your new phone!
  5. @ toddb Do you ever have problems with line twist using this particular setup? I've been looking for a more versatile configuration to adjust to different depths, speeds, etc but I've had problems in the past with line twist using removable sinkers and/or rigs with no swivel. Thanks in advance!
  6. We always bring permission slips for the kids just in case. If you are divorced, you will definitely need a permission slip from your son's mother. It wouldn't hurt to get it notarized, but the main thing is you have a document from his mother acknowledging that she is aware you are bringing him into Canada and that you have her consent. The permission slip should include your wife's name, your son's name, DOB, dates for the trip, destination, etc. Have fun on Lac Seul (or wherever you end up).
  7. My apologies for any confusion Outfitter, that certainly isn't my intent. What I am trying to clearly explain is that on June 1st, 2009 the law changes here in the U.S. regarding land/sea border crossings. On that day, all U.S citizens crossing over a land/sea border are required to have one of the following DHS approved documents in order to enter/re-enter the United States: - U.S. Passport - U.S. Passport Card - Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST) - State Issued Enhanced Driver's License (when available) - Enhanced Tribal Cards (when available) - U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders - U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business - Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card - Form I-872 American Indian Card That isn't my opinion, it is U.S. Federal Law. My opinion about how this new law will be enforced follows what customs agents have told you. I have had discussions with a customs agent on my side of the border and he told me a similar version of what you were told. But that doesn’t mean it will stay that way, or that it won’t be different from one border crossing station to the next. A U.S. citizen would be taking a calculated risk by traveling to a foreign country without a passport on/after June 1st 2009. Just because U.S. customs agents may choose not to enforce the law doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t. So for anyone on this message board to set the expectation that a passport/passport card isn’t required come June 1st would be irresponsible at best, regardless of what border agents are telling people. Having a passport for International travel is a matter of U.S. law and all U.S. citizens are obligated to follow it. There shouldn't be any confusion about that.
  8. I didn't hear that or read it anywhere, and I didn't say U.S. citizens would be denied entry into Canada if they didn't have passports. What I said in my post was that Canadian/Mexican border agents MAY be instructed to deny entry to U.S. citizens that don't have passports. If I were a Canadian border agent on/after June 1st and a U.S. citizen attempted to cross the border without a passport, I would at least ask them how they plan to get back into the U.S. knowing full well that they need a passport to get back in. I highly doubt U.S. customs is going to deny someone entry who is clearly a U.S. citizen and can prove that they have applied for a passport. It is also unlikely that Canadian customs is going to deny entry to U.S. citizens that don't have passports. However, no one can guarantee what either side is going to do (or be instructed to do) come June 1st. What I do know is that on June 1st, 2009 the final phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative is going to be implemented. If you don't have a passport on/after that date, don't expect to be able to cross the border on either side of the line. Good luck!
  9. There's no real difference in turn around time for the card vs. a standard passport. Either way, he'll definitely need to do expedited processing (and it still may not make it in time). However, all may not be lost. There are going to be thousands of U.S. citizen crossing into Canada and Mexico on June 1st who will have no idea they need a passport. While they may get a stern lecture upon their return, it's highly unlikely that they are going to be denied admission back in the U.S. because they don't have a passport. If your dad has copies of his passport application and receipts for passport fees, he'll at least has proof that he's done his part. Now, here's where it may get complicated. Border agents from Mexico and Canada may be instructed to deny entry to U.S. citizens who do not have their passports. If that happens, then your dad is going to be out of luck when he gets to the border. Just plan for the worst and hope for the best. Make sure he applies for his passport and makes copies, and have a contingency plan in place in case he is denied entry into Canada. Good luck!
  10. The main thing to keep in mind with the Outdoors card is you need to have it in your possession in addition to your Ontario fishing license tag. For 2009 and beyond, a valid Ontario fishing license for non-residents consists of the following: - An Outdoors Card, or Temporary Outdoors Card Application - An Ontario fishing license tag When you purchase your non-resident fishing license for 2009 you will receive a copy of your Outdoors card application along with a fishing license tag. You need to have both of these items in your possession or you will be considered in violation. Good luck and have fun out there!
  11. Just to set your expectations appropriately, all of the leeches I've purchased in NW Ontario are the equivalent of "lake run" leeches here in the Midwest and are about 2 to 3 times the price. Expect to pay $40 on up for a pound of mixed leeches that range in size from panfish to large. Good luck!
  12. Redline, There is a very good chance I'll be heading back up to White Birch Lodge on the same days you'll be there. A couple spots opened up in our group, and I'm just finalizing details with the boys. Assuming I go, I'll be running a black/red Pro-V with a 200 Opti on the back. I'm usually wearing a Vexilar hat and talking a whole lot of trash with my crew on the docks. Stop by and say hi and we can exchange fishing info.
  13. The areas we fish are almost entirely devoid of weeds, so the action we saw with the big fish took place over shallow rocks. Best luck was with a jig and minnow, but you may have luck with other baits as the water temps have probably warmed up to and past 60 degrees. But the old saying "here today gone tomorrow" is definitely something you should be prepared for. You might kill em one day, and then not catch a thing on the exact same spot the very next day. I think they are still moving around quite a bit, so you will probably need to be versatile. As Wild mentioned, a deadhead is basically floating debris (usually logs). Just be very careful as you travel, especially through channels and areas with current. One day we ran the Sunset Channel and it was like an obstacle course with all the deadheads, boats, and nav hazards we had to avoid. Good luck and let us know how you did when you get back.
  14. Just got back from 3 days of fishing out of the Narrows. The reports you are hearing are pretty accurate Hemlock. We hammered em on some reefs while others, in the same general area with similar composition and depth, were almost completely devoid of fish. Some of our favorite points and holes held active fish while others, which are usually part of the same pattern, held nothing. The only thing that was consistent was the 20+" fish were in shallow. Water temps ranged from 55-60 degrees. One other thing to mention, the further West we traveled the more we noticed fish belching up mayfly larvae. Many of the fish we cut open for shore lunch had bellies chock full of them. Fortunately for us, it didn't seem to slow the action down too much. Fishing was good overall. Finally, keep your eyes peeled for deadheads if you go...especially in the channels. On a normal trip we would see one or two. This time we saw dozens, of all shapes and sizes. Good Luck!
  15. Cinder: You'll need a Navionics chip if you're running on the Canadian side of LOTW since it's the only chip currently on the market that has the entire lake mapped. It won't have high-def 1 foot contours like Lakemaster does for the southern end, but it will provide you with navigation data and general information regarding structure. If you're fishing the U.S. side and/or the southern portion of the Canadian side, then you'll want to go with Lakemaster. In either case, I would definitely recommend getting yourself a paper map as well. The Canadian side of LOTW is beautiful and picturesque, but also very treacherous. You really need to be on your guard at all times or you'll find yourself in trouble in a hurry. Having a paper map for reference and route planning is critical in my opinion. Redline: I'll be heading up to the Narrows this weekend and will post results when I get back. We went the first weekend of June last year and they were still in the rivers and in transition. Judging by the reports Hemlock is getting, they're probably making their way out of the rivers now and may even be staging up on the reefs. Although I would tend to agree with him that it seems a little early for the reefs given that things are behind. Who knows though, we've found them in the oddest places at the strangest times. When they should have been shallow, we found them in 55' of water. When they should have been schooled up on the reefs, we found them stacked on the shoreline in 5'. Go figure. Hemlock: Thanks as always for providing us with inside information. It’s nice to have a local perspective on how things are going up there. You never really know what to expect when you go, but it’s extremely helpful to have a general idea of where to focus your efforts when you get there. Much appreciated.
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