Big Turtle Lake Smallies 2021

Stacey, Joshua, and I made our fourth family vacation/fishing trip together to Arcadia Lodge up on Big Turtle Lake. This was probably by far our best trip to Arcadia Lodge! We stayed in the Rustic cabin for the second time.

Stacey was brave and went on the new big swing drop and big slide of the many water toys. Joshua loved swimming every day and floating around with his life vest. Ice cream in the lodge was our treat and playing foosball, billiards, and ping pong kept our family entertained for hours. Joshua created another Arcadia tie-dye shirt to add to his collection. Stacey and I are going to make our own shirts next year.

Weather was in the low-50s to mid-80s for most of the week. The first two days a cold front came through putting temps in the low 40’s. The smallmouth fishing was slow early in the week but as the week progressed the fishing got better. Most mornings started off slow but the action picked up later in the day, especially when we had a little bit of wind. The 1/8 oz. skirted jig or the 1/4 oz. mushroom jighead rigged with the X Zone Lures Muscle Back Finesse Craw worked slow with twitches and long pauses did exceptionally well.

The highlight of the week was on Thursday evening, July 24th the night of the full moon, I saw several nice smallmouth all packed on the point and channel where I happened to be fishing. Several surface activity spotted of bass slurping bugs and baitfish off the surface around the 8:30 pm mark. I quickly put on my favorite topwater, the Rebel Pop-R. With that tied on, I caught 4, lost 2 at boatside, and had 1 snapped off. Check video below for the full action.

We really enjoyed our stay, rebooked again for next year before we left. Looking forward to our next trip!

JT’s First Lunker

A proud daddy moment. JT caught his personal best “Big Toad!” When he set the hook we watched the bobber stay down and deep moving along in the ultra clear water. Seconds later the bobber emerged and a big leap of the 5 pounder had daddy all panicked reaching for the phone and fumbling it in the canoe. (Wanted to get a video of him reeling it in.) JT stayed all calm and cool while the bass peeled line and surged under the canoe bending his ultralight rod in a perfect horseshoe. A couple of slow-mo head shakes underwater, the bass finally surfaced and I lipped it for him. I must have been way more excited as I quickly gave JT praises and a couple “daddy proud” pats on his shoulder. lol Anyways, the fish measured just over 20 inches. JT was awestruck! I will never forget his expression. A quick photo and JT put his trophy fish back in the water as he watched it swim away. I am certain this will be one of his many true fish tales and a memory that will last a lifetime.