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As The Dutchman continues his vow of silence until sturgeon time comes....you get me yet again!! Oh, Oh, oh, lucky you guys!
Most of the Wolf Pack was out yesterday morning out by Zipple Bay,,,fishin' the mudd! Early bird gets the worm type of morning....any way, they did really good. Almost came home with all 4 limits in four hours. Anchor and Jig, repeat. 15 slot fish, 6 over 27"; 27 and 1/2" being the biggest. Jeffrey was smiling ear to ear when he came home.
Of course we had a fish fry then and it was great! The Dutchman has been doing this Ritz crackers batter which is super amazing. I woke up with another migraine yesterday morning so I wasn't up to eating too much but....oh you just can't pass up fresh fish!
4th of July is just around the corner and I can't wait. I love fireworks! The plan is to get in the boat, and head towards Baudette to watch the fireworks on the River!! We are booked up that weekend so it should be a really great time!
Then after that is OUR County Fair! July 14-17th in Baudette! Another great time in the summer. We always take in a fair or two during the summers. I love the food and all the people watching; oh and the kids love the rides! Hoping for some nice weather! We have some rooms left so come help me break in the Lake of The Woods County Fair!
Summer is going to go by fast so get your vacation lined up! Everyone deserves a good time!
"For those about to fish, we salute you!"
Sorry for the delay, I have been down with a migraine that just won't go away and The Dutchman has been doing his best to keep up with everything. I'm finally getting a little better, a couple days ago I was wearing 2 pairs of sunglasses and ear muffs, yesterday I was down to just 1 pair of sunglasses and today I can walk around the house without my sunglasses!
We've had an exciting week or two! We have new T-shirts in, love the colors and they are nice light weight ones. Prefect for summer or a bottom layer!
We checked out Zipple Bay State Park on one of the more windy days with one of the groups! Kids had sooo much fun, it was like their own personal wave pool that never stopped! I'm definitely keeping that on the list as to what to do, especially on a windy, warm day!
Jeffrey caught a gardener snake and thought he could bring it in my house....haha funny little boy...NO WAY!!!! He got to watch it and spend some time with it; I can't remember what he named it but we made him let it go. After we put the dog in of course. Pretty sure Macy (the dog in the picture), was thinking it might be a toy or a great afternoon snack. We have been trying to catch Leopard frogs with no luck so if any one has some good ideas...message us!!
We had a double family visit this past weekend. My Uncle and Aunt and Kevin's Uncle, Aunt and Cousin! We ate together, took in the TONS of Lady Slippers in my back yard, went to Clementson, chased the sunset, and much more!
Summer is over in a blink of an eye; don't forget to get in your getting away...…a time to stop, smell the roses and just plain enjoy yourself; GIVE US A CALL!
Fishing has been fair. Jeffrey continues to catch bass right off the dock. Today, Kev went with some guests and went up and down the shore lines; got some smaller northers and some small mouths. One guys hooked into a Sturgeon but it got off....either way, him and his buddy are both hooked and will be coming back!
Well, it's been great everyone but I'm really not much for words so with that being said...For those about to fish, We salute you!
The kids and I made it!! We had to leave early and abruptly when Jeffrey's allergies just blew up! It was crazy hot and soo many people cutting hay. Sorry to all those that we didn't get to see, grandparents, brothers and sisters, friends and my 2nd family at Haley Comfort Systems. There was no way Jeffrey was going to last another day!
I pulled our big Glacier Ice House and picked up a load from my dads, Walmart, Sams club, etc. Mostly at my dads.....I made out like a bandit! And it was only my 2nd time pulling a big trailer like that, other than on the farm and pulling equipment behind the tractor.....it is not the same! I found out how MUCH easier it is to haul a full trailer than a empty trailer too. Only one time did I think we were goners and at least 4 times someone pulled in front of me and I knew I couldn't stop....but those who have ever played chicken with me knows to get the #$%@ out of my way. I think part of getting your license, everyone should have to pull a trailer around and see how it is. Guarantee it would solve a lot of car/truck and trailer accidents. Sayings that came out of the trip: "slow and steady wins the race", "give yourself a buffer zone for vehicles' in front of you", "mom, you're twerking with the trailer and the back of the truck"! That's just a few; the kids were hilarious to listen to and have them tell me stories or their view points on EVERYTHING!
We were gone for a week and The Dutchman ROCKED it! But it was only Day 3 and the first thing out of his mouth was, "you can come home now"! It's a lot for 1 person but he did great! Thank goodness Mikey was around to keep him on track!!
Now, The Dutchman says he is taking a vow of silence until sturgeon fishing opens up again.....whatever I say. Just give me a couple of days to get my foot as far up as I can and there will be a post on here from him!
Exciting Side Note: We have Lady Slippers here!! The Dutchman found them while mowing and came to show me. Told me I had to close my eyes and then walked me like a quarter of a mile it seemed like....I was so scared that I was going to trip or he was going to not steer me away from objects but I have been really excited to see them since I heard how beautiful they are up here! HUGE, they are sooo big and cool looking. Love them. I don't think I've ever seen them this big before. They are about a week or 2 earlier this year from what I'm being told. It has been a hot one.
Fishing has been slow on the river but I've heard of good reports from the Lake and the best reports have been coming from Springsteel and Zipple bay area. We did get out on the boat yesterday for a little bit but never fished. Jeffrey has been catching Northern and different kinds of Bass fish right off the dock!
I am hot and when I'm not, I'm cold as ice!!! Good evening from the land of walleye!! Yesterday I broke a sweat and avoided the sun!! Today, I saw the kids off to the bus while flurries of snow flakes came down!! Welcome to Minnesota!! Love it!!
Another day of progress here at RDR, switched out a bed and a bed frame. The bed frame was only a month old and made me wonder what the words heavy duty and quality mean in today's world? It seems the saying, "they don't make them like they use to", is spot on! Welcome to the throw away generation! Speaking of throw away, me and The Dutchess have been hard at work sorting through 40 years of Dutchman's past and getting rid of much of it!! Out with the old and in with the new! The Dutchess be kind of a hoarder so we need to make room for the stuff she will a mass along this new journey!! LOL!! There is still along way to go. We are still clearing the basement and then it's off to the other side of the road and the garage!!
I am hoping that the wind will die down and with that little shot of moisture we got this morning, maybe I can get a burn permit and burn the river bank! I also picked up a mowing job for a property management company. The property is just down the road from RDR. I kind of feel like Forest Gump saying that, but I ain't doing it for free though! LOL! The Dutchess got some sweet shots of some rainbows over the river yesterday!! One was even flying! No joke! The picture won't do it justice, you got to come see it for yourself! We got your room ready!!
If I can keep myself pushing along, I should be ready to put in some work on the walleyes out on the lake before the weekend hits!! Wish me luck!! For those about to fish, we salute you!! I'll see you on the water!! The Dutchman signing out!!!
It's good to be King!!!! The Dino's of the Rainy River have new Royalty!!! Good morning from The Dutchman!! Its been 10 days since the end of The King of The Rainy and new Royalty have been crowned!! Congrats to all who participated and made it a truly epic tournament!! A big salute to Chad Buchanan for his epic fish that set the bar to the extreme!! Wear your crown proudly, you earned it !! There were many right at your heels, but none would surpass!! The Royal Dutchman brought home a crown as well!!! Humpty took biggest fish in the youth division!! He landed a 67" beast, which I will say watching him go toe to toe with that giant is right up there as the best moment of my life!! He had a fierce competitor and she took home a crown of her own!!! Congrats to Elizabeth Gallager and her impressive stringer of 3 that totaled 182.75"!! Hail to the Queen!!! I can't wait till next year!! Side note I am thinking of holding a tournament this fall and am open to ideas!! Comment or message me!!
Play hard, work even harder!! I was driven during The King of The Rainy tournament and logged some serious hours on the river!! All other things got side lined!! That has left me wishing I could split myself in two!! I have big ideas and plans for RDR and have spent the last 10 days getting back to the point of being able to think about those ideas and plans!! The power of a positive attitude can move mountains and clear some land for camper and RV sites!! That's just what we intend to do!! Anybody looking for that perfect hide away for your seasonal camper site keep your eyes open, as I will be posting about the progress being made!! We will also be adding a community shower and bathroom area as well!! We are going to put in daily sites as well!! Fingers crossed we have some sites ready for the fall shiner run of this year!! Be the perfect spot to put your ice house before the freezes up!!!
Summer is nearly here and there are many reasons to come up and visit the land of walleye!! Give Royal Dutchman Resort a call, or message us on Facebook!! Let RDR be the base camp for your adventure, whether you come to fish, bird watch, berry pick, or just pick that spot to take a load off and watch the river all day, we got all the necessities to make your summer adventure one not to be forgotten!!
That should get us caught up and put you to sleep!! LOL!! I have been missing you all and hope all is well!! 36 days till I can hunt Dinos again!!! 36 days to get busy moving mountains!!! If your looking to come chase Dinos this fall or next spring, give The Dutchman a call or message me!! Your boat or mine!! Lets go fishing!!! For those about to fish, we salute you!!! I'll see you on the water!! The Dutchman signing out!!
FYI!!!!!!! The lake is snapping good right now!! I will be out later this week!! You should be out there right now!! LOL!! Tight lines!!!
The seconds turn into minutes, the minutes into hours and the hours into days!!! The king of the Rainy tournament started out as a marathon of Dino hunters trying to build their stringer, and haus in that boss fish to put them on the top!! The hour glass is dwindling down as the we come into the last week of the tournament!! The Dutchman here to say, I've been feeling more like a mountain climber than a fishermen lately!! Trying to claw my way up to the top from 10th place!! The fish and numbers being put up on the board are truly epic!! I extend a huge salute to fellow tourney fishermen, there are some truly epic fish being entered!! You got to have a 67" average just to be in the top 5!! WOW!!! I will say the wolf pack and company, round out 5 of the top 10 spots and that's got me walking on sunshine!!! Good luck to all still on the hunt and I can't wait to congratulate This years King!!! Know this though, I will not rest till the last grain of sand has falling through the glass!!!
Fishing!!!! The Dino action has picked back up in the last few days, I feel some fish are transitioning back from spawn and putting the feed bags back on!! The walleye action should be hot for opener and we have been picking up some nice Pike while throwing out cut bait for Dinos!! The water temp is in the low 50's and the clarity of the river is mind blowing!!! Good luck to all traveling up to the Mecca this weekend!!!
The Dutchess had her dad make a cannonball run up in a plane today!! Her folks neighbor has a little plane and flew him up to check the place out and pick up The Dutchess's mom!! They just left the run way headed for home a few minutes ago and should arrive in Decorah, Iowa in about 3 hrs!! It was nice see the old boy and look forward to having him back up when he can stay more than an hour!!
Humpty is also in the King of the Rainy tournament and is currently holding 2nd place down!! I am waiting for him to get off the bus and then we will shove off to hunt Dinos till bedtime!! He is going to take Friday off of school as well!! He has his sights set on a title, lets hope the fish gods are on our side!!!
Let the good times roll, as we move into some of the nicest weather months this year will have to offer!! Make sure you take time to enjoy it!! We got your summer base camp right here waiting!! Give us a call, I guarantee you'll get your money's worth of memories!! For those about to fish, we salute you!! I'll see you on the water!! The Dutchman signing out!!!
The wind blows and the sun shines down on the land of walleye!! It's a beautiful morning!!! Hello to all you beautiful people! The Dutchman here and I got say I have missed you!! Have you ever got carried away by something and allowed it to absorb all your time??? Well lately, the Sturgeon have pulled me from reality!! The tug is my drug!!! Hi my name is Dutchman and I have a problem!!!! I'm addicted to fishing!! LOL!! I know I'm not alone so I'm thinking of starting a support group!!
The wolf pack has been on the prowl hardcore and the smell of victory is our sights!! Mitch Wilmer, fellow pack member and fishing addict, is currently in 2nd place and right on the heels of 1st. We may have to have an intervention!!! He has been living in his boat for the last week!! LOL!! Mr. James Beckman, also a fishing addict, will be back up tomorrow as well!! He is currently holding 3rd place down!! The Dutchman sits in 8th place at the moment, but I have a good feeling about the days to come!!! One good fish and I could double Dutch my way to the top 3 standing!! Humpty Dumpty is currently in 1st for the youth division!! That's my boy!!! That's HOOOWL the wolf pack rolls!!! LOL!! As Tom Petty said once "It's good to be king"!! Good luck to all in the tournament!!
The Dutchess keeps the home fire burning and pulls me back to reality every now and then!! I'm gonna get some things done around RDR today, so tomorrow I can hopefully play!! The weekend is looking beautiful, spend it on the water chasing Dinos!! You won't be let down!! The best bite report is from Frontier to the east!! The action has really slowed from Vidas to the lake!! Hopefully they turn on strong for the weekend!!
Remember to give this world the best version of yourself!! You will be pleasantly surprised by what you get back!! For those about to fish, we salute you!! I'll see you on the water!! The Dutchman signing out!!
From daylight to darkness and back again!! A view of the river from a boat that cannot truly be described, it must be lived to truly understand it's beauty and enlightenment!! The Dutchman here to tell I have lived it!! If seems like I crawled under rock and went off the grid, it's cause I did!! Only the rock was a 15' fishing boat!! I was walking a mile in Mr. James Beckman's shoes, he is the current leader of The King of the Rainy Tournament!! We started out as two strangers in a boat, we left that boat feeling more like brothers than friends I feel!! The relationship power of fishing amazes and fascinates me more than the fishing its self!! Anybody who gets together with buddies for fishing trips knows the feeling I'm talking about!! I see it in all my guest's faces when they arrive, I feel the energy the entire group is giving off, and I don't care how old you are, it's like your a kid again!! Is fishing the fountain of youth?? Come on up and find out for yourself!!
Five days of intense fishing with James Beckman!! I can't possibly fit all the memorable moments we had in those five days!! Some of the most amazing views and fishing I've had in a long time to say the least!! Beckman has about the most passion for fishing I have seen bottled up in one person!! He treats his time on the water like it is do or die!! He has a love for Sturgeon that is indescribable and that passion for the beasts goes beyond just setting the hook!! We are a lot a like and I look forward to our next adventure!!
Got the opportunity to feel like I was on an episode of Meat eaters last night!! Met up with fellow wolf pack members Mitch and Buck!! They are doing Sturgeon camp down at Birchdale!! We took in the amazing view of the river well Mitch prepared some gourmet venison Burgers!! He added Onion Pork flavored Stuffing mix and a couple eggs!! Yum!! Three guys 3lb pounds of patties= 3 stuffed dudes!! There was none left for later!! We enjoyed conversation and watched fisherman wrestle with Dinos until Mitch could take it no more!! I said my good byes and they shoved off for an evening of chasing Dinos!! Got to give Mitch a shout out on his new PB of 61.75". Alright wolf pack HOWL!!!!! I broke my PB 4 times this week!! I'm at 62.5" and climbing!! Half the wolf pack is in the top ten for the King of The Rainy tournament, with other half right on the heels of top ten!! HOOOWL!! Good luck boys and I'm waiting to hear a donkey!!
The Dutchess has been busting @$$ well I've been off the grid!! LOL!! Much love to her!! I could never find another like her that's for sure!! She tells me there's an 83" Sturgeon out there named Stanley, who barrel rolls at the surface and sucks geese up like a vacuum cleaner!! Let the legend of Stanley be known!! He is muscle bound, missing an eye, busting rods, and destroying the goose population!! Can you put a stop to Stanley??? Only one way to find out!! Get a line the water!!! For those about to fish, we salute you!! I'll see you on the water!! The Dutchman signing out!!
I almost forgot about the river conditions!!! The water has been full of debris, it was clearing little by little through the week, when I was out Sunday I had only little bits of weeds building on my weight!! The flow is up and I am now using 5/6 oz weights!! The water temp when I was last out was 43 degrees!! Tight Lines!!
The land of walleye sits under overcast skies with lingering flurries in the air!! Good morning from The Dutchman!! Humpty's day of birthday fishing was short lived!! When you run a resort, things always seem to pop up to keep you busy!! We did not get the early start we had hoped for! A mixing valve for one of the showers decided it needed some attention!! Long story short we had the boat in the water after lunch, and just in time for the wind to pick up and drizzle to fill the air!! The debris building on our lines was a pain as well!! None the less we still had a good time chatting with The King of the Croix himself Mr. Beckman!! He has traveled to the Mecca in search of another title, King of The Rainy!! He has a few good fish under his belt, and we intend venture forth from the dock this morning in search of some truly massive Dino's!! Dino's the size of men!! Dino's like our guest Luke Scott's Father-in-law caught!! He landed a massive 70" Dino right out in front of Royal Dutchman!! These boys knocked some nice eyes for a few days and when conditions turn against them, they pulled out the heavy equipment and went to war with some Dinos!! Luke landed a 60" beast on walleye tackle that they thought would be the highlight of the trip!!! Oh, how they were wrong, Luke's father-in-law took the cake when he landed the 70" beast!! Awesome job boys, The Dutchman stands proudly and gives you a solid salute!!
There have been a few massive Dinos pulled from the depths right in front of Royal Dutchman, hopefully a few more show themselves today!! Good luck to those out on the water today!! We look forward to greeting all you Dino hunters showing up here this week! If you’re not in The King of The Rainy Tournament and headed this way chasing Dino's!! Go to fishdonkey and sign up!! $40 gets you the chance to be king!!! For those about fish, we salute you!! I'll see you on the water!! The Dutchman signing out!!
April 13, 2021
April showers bring may flowers!! They have also brought poor fishing conditions to the land of walleye!! Hello and good evening from The Dutchman!! I spent the morning howling with the wolf pack on some docks alongside the mighty Murky Rainy river!! There was action to be had even with the murk and debris in the water!! Mike, fellow pack member hooked up with a 54.75" and Mitch hooked into 3 smaller Dino's, Old Dutchy was left saturated and smelling of skunk!! LOL!! That's fishing!! Even with the poor fishing conditions, the outing was a success in the sense of camaraderie!! The pack has big plans in the making, let’s just say we will be on the water for an extended length of time!! Hopefully putting on a Dino catching seminar!!
2 days!! 2 days signals the end of spring walleye fishing!! I think it's a safe bet saying no one wanted it to end like this! That being said it will come to an end, and I know for a fact that it will be a season to remember for a lot of our guests for a lot of different reasons!! Some will remember the great fishing and there new PB!! Some no doubt will remember it as the worst spring fishing they've had in years, or maybe ever!! Some guest's fishing, good or bad will be over shadowed by the hazard in the water they hit and shelled their motor!! There will be a lot of memories taking home from this year’s spring trip!! The good, the bad, and the ugly all involve one thing!! You being up here!! Surely an awesome trip this year could be over shadowed by a bad one next year and vice versa!! You just don't know until you go!! That's the true magic of fishing!! The unknown, that's what gets grown men as giddy as can be and causes lack of sleep the week before you come!! If you knew you were gonna pound fish every time it just wouldn't be the same!! The motor issues I don't wish on any one’s trip, but there's bound to be those miss haps in life. Fishermen and women are tough nuts to crack!! There's always a silver lining to be found!! What don't kill us makes us stronger!!
The land of walleye, will make a transition and the Dino hunters will be out in full force!! Epic battles will be had with mighty beasts in excess of 100lbs and reaching lengths of 6'!! Are you man or women enough to become a Sturgeon tamer!! Give Royal Dutchman a call and make this your Dino hunting outpost!! Well, I guess that about wraps things up for tonight!! I can't wait to hit the water with my little buddy tomorrow!! For those about to fish, we salute you!! I'll see you on the water! The Dutchman signing out!
April 9th, 2021
The Mighty Rainy is clearing up and heating up!! The walleye action is on fire right now!! I talked to a guy yesterday that caught 40 fish over 28" and over a 150 fish for the day!! The water temp tonight in front of The Dutchman was 45.5 degrees and fishermen I had talked said they found spots that were closer to 50 degrees!! The key I have been told is to find larger boulders on the bottom and drop it on the down current side of the rock, the hogs are catching a break there and looking to feast!!! I don't for see the rain stopping the action any!! The wolf pack was out chasing Dinos tonight and had trouble catching anything but eyes on the sturgeon gear!! Our biggest was 27", we landed 10 eyes and only one Dino!! I was feeling like a sponge out there, saturated to the bone!! I had to wait till I had full function in my hands to type!! LOL!!
Tight lines till next time my friends!! For those about to fish, we salute you!! I'll see you on the water!! Captain Dutchman signing out!!!
April 5th, 2021
Under overcast sky's on a boat anchored up in the middle of the mighty Rainy river in the still of the night!! Hunting Dinos in the darkness, Dutchman and son hoping to have an epic battle with one of the monsters lurking the depths below!! The night is filled with the sound of cackling geese and Sturgeon breaking the surface of the water!! No epic battles were had, but I can think of no better way to spend an evening with my son!!
Good morning from the land of walleye and Dinos!! The Dutchman here to report water temps and clarity are improving, along with those two things comes better fishing!! None of the reports I heard were of epic days of 100+ fish, but none the less fishermen and women were reporting putting more fish in the boat than days prior!! 15 seemed to be the magic number most have been reporting! Which is a big jump from two bites and one fish, that most guests reported earlier in the week!! The water temp on my graph read 40.5 degrees and the water clarity off my dock measured almost 12" yesterday!! I think that the fuse has been lit and by the middle of the week the walleyes will be putting on a heck of a fireworks show!! I for see fishermen with tired arms from netting healthy Rainy river hogs by the masses, and smiling faces all around and good times being had by all!!
I start my class to get my captains license today!! Wish me luck!! That's about wraps things up on my end!! For those making the trip up to the mecca, safe travels be with you!! For those about to fish, we salute you!! I'll see you on the water!! The Dutchman signing out!!
April 2nd, 2021
The land of walleye sits under clear star filled skies!! Good evening from The Dutchman!! Typing to you from the banks of the mighty MURKY Rainy river!! The Forks didn't burst with hell fire and fury this year, but they did leave their stain as they thawed from there icy winter shell!!
Clarity- The water clarity measured 3" tonight at the end of the dock here at RDR, The Dutchess ran to I Falls today and stopped at a few landings on her way back home. Manitou Rapids appeared to have 10" to 12" clarity, Birchdale was measured at 10" by a fellow fisherman who also reported dead sea conditions as did most other fishermen we have talked to. Both walleye and sturgeon action has been minimal as of late!!
The water temp- The water temp last Monday was 40 degrees, by Wednesday morning the water was 34 degrees!! That's a big swing in the wrong direction!! I feel this sudden drop in water temp is the biggest driver causing the fish to come down with tight lip syndrome!!
The one two punch mother nature has thrown us shows signs of passing, cleaner water to the east and warming temps give signs that things will be back in full swing maybe as soon as the beginning of this week!! The water temp was 37 degrees today!!
Fishing trips are like playing cards some rounds you got the cards to win the pot, some rounds you fold!! I can say you gotta be here to get them, and that a dry line catches zero fish 100% of the time!
I will be out on the prowl tomorrow with some of the wolf pack chasing Dinos, trying to bring the title of King of the Rainy home to Royal Dutchman!! I'll keep you posted on current river conditions and fish activity!! If you see us out in front of The Dutchman give us a Hooowl!! Hopefully we'll be doing some howling ourselves!! Tight lines till next time!! For those about to fish, we salute you!! I'll see you on the water The Dutchman signing out!! Oh, one more thing make sure you got your boat tied off even if you think you've got it beached up on shore!! Mine decided to go fishing without me today!! LOL!! Good thing there ain't much current!! Thank you to the guest that gave me a ride to go get it!! Happy fishing my friends!
April 1st, 2021
Word on the street is the little fork opened yesterday!! There is some slush floating by the Dutchman this morning and water clarity is done quite a bit. I dropped a bright jig over the dock and could see it to about 6" down. the slush appears to be passing quickly and warmer temps today should help dissolve it. I plan to go check water clarity upstream from the resort to try to get a timeline on when things will get closer to normal again. There is no debris to speak of and no chunks of ice, just some slush and low water clarity. I'll keep you posted on conditions as they change. Tight lines till next time!! The Dutchman signing out!!
March 31st, 2021
The land of walleye woke to the cold breathe of old man winter blowing on the neck of spring!! Good morning from The Dutchman!! BRRRR!!! Sunny and 60 degrees one day, currently as I type the thermometer says 20 degrees!! The heavy winds help the cold break the skin and chill you right to the bone!! I know it's stopped many, and slowed some on their fishing adventures the last few days!! But that select few haven't skipped a beat, and to those tuff as nails diehards The Dutchman stands and salutes!! No doubt that this cold front has slowed things down a bit, but let me be the ray of optimism you need!! Warmer calmer days are on their way!! The wheels have been put in motion and nature will follow course, more big fish are showing up every day!! Though it may not be on fire at the moment, most who have put the effort in have been rewarded with at least one nice healthy hog for their determination!!
The King of the Rainy Tournament is heating up and more fish are being registered every day!! It runs till may 15th and at $40 to enter what do you got to lose really??? To have the chance to claim the title of King of the Mighty Rainy river!! Ask The Dutchess I'm losing sleep I'm so obsessed with it!! LOL!! Good luck to all who are in it to win it!!
Don't forget if you’re up here April 10th and 11th Uncle Sam needs your help catching walleyes and bringing the Emo committee Classic Can/Am tournament title home for the American side!! Download the FishDonkey App for rules and to enter! 300 CAN per team of 2 gets you a chance at 10000 CAN!! I'd say anyone on the river has a chance at that hefty pot!! Good luck to those entering!!
I feel the whip brushing past me as I type!! The Dutchess be cracking it!! If plan to go chasing Dino's anytime soon I better get to the getting!!! For those about to fish, we salute you!! I'll see you on the water!! The Dutchman signing out!!
March 27th, 2021
A wind of change has over taking the land of walleye!! The Dutchman here to say good evening!! How was your day on the water? Most folks I talked to today reported slower action than previous days outings!! The wind blowing against the current was making boat control and anchoring almost impossible. The best sturgeon reports were up by the lake and I got mixed reports on the eyes! Some folks started slow the Birchdale way and ended decent by the lake, others said the lake end was slow and found better fish the Birchdale way!! Flip of the coin the way it sounds along with lots of moving. The winds look to take a bit of a break tomorrow, hopefully the nets are working double duty and fishermen report tired arms from flinging fat fish in the boat all day! Tight lines on the horizon!!
Big news for those up to the challenge!! This great nation could use your representation in the Emo Walleye Classic Can/AM Tournament!! Pair up with your buddy and be here April 10th and 11th to take control of the border and claim your crown as the international walleye king!! Check it out on the wonderful fishdonkey app to get the full details, it's under Emo Walleye Classic Can&AM on the fishdonkey app!! I can say it costs 300 CAN per boat with 100% pay back, minus fees and puts you in the running for 10,000 CAN, plus a boat load of other goodies (we donated a few sweet hoodies)!! Will you rise to the call to bring title home to the American side!! I sure hope so!! May the best country win!! I will post a flyer of the event as well!!
Spring is here and soon we will be on to the dog days of summer, then the falling leaves autumn, and finally the drifting snow of winter!! I guess what I'm trying to say is as long as the open water season seems, it will pass right by, take advantage of every opportunity to get on the open water!! Don't think, oh I'll just go tomorrow!! Get out there today and then go tomorrow if you get a chance!! Don't leave your boat feeling like Cinderella at the beginning of the movie!! Give her love every chance you get my friend! For those about to fish, we salute you!! I'll see you on the water! The Dutchman signing off!!
March 5th, 2021:
On the lake side of things!! The lake is holding up well giving the daily high temps we've been having the last week! Things are getting sloppy around Pine Island and rough on Four Mile Bay, but out on the main lake things are holding up well. We will see what things look like going into next week. Pike fishing has sprung into action and it sounds much the same as the walleye action, hit or miss!! If I were targeting them I'd stay in the shallows on the main lake, as they seem to be held up out on the lake and not stacked in the bays quite yet. Have a guy doing some night fishing for sturgeon through the ice on the river tonight!! Best of luck my friend hope you land a giant!! Got my houses ready to go for the weekend. I have houses at 6.5 miles and 3 miles off the island. Some folks are still trekking way north, but I honestly didn't find it any better out there. I also have a few of Barclay's Border Bait Co. houses in the shallows out in front of the gap. Hopefully luck is on the side of our guests!! They sure won the lottery on the weather!!
December 2nd, 2020:
Well ice freaks, the weather is playing into your favor a little more each day! We have fishable ice!!! In front of the resort on the Rainy River we have a solid 3 to 4 inches. My neighbor said he had between 5 to 7 inches in front of his place. Spear houses are stacked up in Bostic Bay with good reports!! The wind made a mess of the south end of the of the big lake! Resorts are staging everything up for game time! People are having good action in and around 4 mile bay! I'm sure the crusade to the lake is in the very near future. I have folks coming up to fish this weekend and intend to fish this weekend as well!! So follow The Dutchman on facebook for live action, or check back in a few days for a fresh report!! I would also like to remind folks that The Dutchman is under new ownership, and with new owners comes new things!!!! We are excited to announce that we are offering very affordable ice fishing adventure packages!! Both here on the Rainy River and on Lake of The Woods!! We have some fine houses at even better prices!! Check the rates portion of our website for a detailed pricing sheet and pictures of our houses!! Stayed tuned into The Dutchman for up to date info in all that's happening here in beautiful Lake of The Woods County!!
November 15th, 2020:
The Dutchman's Calling all fisherman's attention please!! Thought I'd dedicate a separate post to the fishing report!!! I haven't been out since I last posted an update with video! But a guest staying with The Dutchman was out yesterday and did really well!! He said he had plenty tangles with slot fish and brought himself a nice meals worth back for the fryer!! The wind is gonna die down and the weather is warming!! Sounds like the perfect ingredients for some AWESOME mid-November walleye action!!! Don't wait, and don't waste your time calling, just get up here, me and The Dutchess will be waiting!! I'll see you on the water!!!
November 6th, 2020:
Well good evening sports fans! It was the day before deer hunting and boats on the river had hot walleye action to be found! We had multiple groups have excellent days! Got to give a shout to Luke, an awesome guest staying at the Dutchman's! He landed himself a steam boat pig, 10lb. walleye today! Way to go buddy! Got a group of deer hunters staying that took the rental boat and limited out in a few hours this afternoon too! Not to forget, they also got themselves a few slot fish as well! The weather is changing and as nice as its been, I think its about time! Cooler temps will keep the deer moving and the walleyes mouths open! I predict tomorrow will bring filled tags and limits in the boats!
November 5th, 2020:
Dutchman here, I can say since the last report a few things have changed! 1st Royal Dutchman resort is under new ownership!! We would like to thank Alyse and Grant who worked hard to lay down a solid foundation for the Dutchman! We have big shoes to fill! I know we're up to the challenge!! 2nd, the weather has taking a major turn for the better!! The Dutchman was in a t-shirt fishing yesterday!! How is the bite?? Well I've been tending to the cleaning house and talking to guests, and even doing some fishing myself. The old term slow and steady comes to mind! Guys have been getting their fish with a little patience and effort! One guest Got a Hog! 12 lb 31.5" Walleye yesterday! That a boy! That's a fish of a life time! Well that's all from the Dutchman for now! Have a good day and hope to see you soon!
October 15th, 2020:
Fishermen haven’t been having the nicest weather since Sunday. They have had to battle the wind and rain but hopefully all the crazy weather is over. It sounds like this past week there has been a few good days and some slow days. Mainly smaller fish being caught with a slot fish here and there. We have had a few groups catch some nice sturgeon. Hoping for more consistent weather.
October 8th, 2020:
Despite all the wind, light rain, and gloomy days guests were able to catch some nice walleyes. It seems that everyday is different because one day it might be great and the next day is slow. But they are catching walleyes and even some nice slot fish.
We did have a group trying for strugeon the last few days and they didn't hook into any big ones but still caught a few. It was a little tough for them also.
September 23rd, 2020:
Sturgeon fishing has been slower these past few days. Over the weekend there were 2 keepers caught and many sturgeon under 30 inches. There were some walleyes caught also to make for some good suppers. Despite the wind on Sunday and Monday we had a group get out there and catch some fish. The weather is looking nice for the weekend and hope that the sturgeon fishing picks up for everyone.
September 18th, 2020:
We have a had a few groups up sturgeon fishing this past week. It has been tougher than usual with the water being low and very little current. Some groups managed to catch some keepers and the biggest one caught we heard is 54 inches since Monday. Grant and I tried walleye fishing the other night right before dark and we both missed one. We did see a boat close by that landed one. It shouldn't be long before the walleye bite is going.
September 7th, 2020:
We had a group of 6 that was able to land a nice sturgeon that was in the keep range. They fished hard and caught some nice ones despite the crazy wind we had on Sunday. Other groups said the sturgeon fishing was good on Friday and Saturday catching not only sturgeon but some walleyes and suckers. On Sunday everyone said that once the wind came up the fishing seemed to be tougher.
September 4th, 2020:
We have had a few groups up fishing for sturgeon this last week and they did really good at the beginning and end of their stay. We did have some storms which seemed to shut the fishing down some but once it settled the fishing picked back up. They also some luck catching some walleyes for dinner.
July 12th, 2020:
It was gorgeous out so we decided to take advantage of light winds and head up across the lake to the angle area. We went had lunch at Jerry's and checked out the Northern most point buoy, we explored Fort St. Charles (even figured out the code to leave a treasure behind), stopped at Flag Island and Sportsman's Oak Island. We decided to end the day with some evening fishing out in that area. We caught some nice perch, walleye, and sauger. Our friend caught a 24 inch walleye which she believes is her biggest one yet. We had a blast with some great friends and fishing has been awesome up north.
We did have some people fishing sturgeon on the river earlier this week but they didn't have very good luck. Spent 30 hours fishing and never had a sturgeon bite. They did catch some walleye and suckers. They saw sturgeon jumping during this time also. We have been hearing the sturgeon jump in front of our place while we are out at night.
May 28th, 2020:
We have a group that has been fishing since Saturday and has tried the river and the lake. On the river they have been catching some bass, northerns and a few walleye and saugers. They headed to the lake yesterday and despite the waves were able to catch some more walleyes. So far for the trip the biggest walleye is 25-1/2 inches.
May 5th, 2020:
Sturgeon fishing has been good lately even with some slot fish being caught. Grant went out tonight with a friend and was able to catch one. View our fishing pictures to see his catch. We can't believe that opener is coming up so quick! We hope that everyone is healthy and doing good. We missed all our spring customers this year due to the accesses being closed and the virus. We do have some openings for opener and now is the time to start thinking about your summer vacation. G
January 13th, 2020:
Fishing has been a little on the slow side on the lake for most of our customers with the cold spell that moved in. We did hear of some nice slot fishing being caught still.