Archive for May 19, 2014

An ATVing we did go

Weather: Up into the 70’s today and sunshine

Trail Conditions: Fun but still pretty wet in areas

We left at noon but we never got to Iron River, we never made it past Watersmeet in fact, but we did make it home about 10pm.  Riding an atv is sure a lot slower than a snowmobile, you sure don’t cover much ground.  But we did stop many times and take in some of the sights, and sample a few beers along the way.  Below is a pic of the Eagle’s nest on east Shore Rd, there are eagles in there but I could not get a good view of them.



We took the ES trail down to the IRM trail, the access trail south of Route 2 had pretty deep water running across it but we made it ok.  We hit quite a few spots where there was a lot of water on the trail. But we all took it slow and made it through just fine.  From the IRM we stopped off at Rodger’s Bar, very nice people and a must stop if you are in the area. Below is Marty, Ken Pat, Becker, and Cindy and Chub in the background.

atv at rodgers

Marty, Ken and Pat headed back up north from Rodgers as they wanted to do more fishing before they headed back home to Illinois.  Becker, Cindy Chub and I proceeded east on the IRM towards Watersmeet.  Our plan was to stop at the Casino for a quick bite to eat and keep going.  Well…… I guess we were just too full to ride hahahaha.  We did some gambling, which I sucked at but Becker did ok I guess and then headed back north.  The thing that sucks down there is you have to sneak by on US 45 for a few blocks and pick up Bass Rd.  I try to stay legal when I ride but there is no way legally to get down the LL trail.  In Paulding you have the same problem.  You are again sneaking by on 45 for a few blocks to either pick up Sleepy Hollow Rd or Colderwood Rd.  When people ask me where to go I do not send them this way because of the illegal crossings you have to make.  I hope something gets done soon in this area as it makes a loop to get back to Bergland.  We made it back to the South Branch about 7pm I guess and had a few more cocktails before pulling back into Bergland around 10pm.  All in all I think it was the nicest day we had weather wise so far this year and we had a great time.

The only real problem I see with where we rode is you are on blacktop roads a lot.  This is not the best situation but it still allows us to get from point A to point B.  And you make better time on the roads than on the trail.  But bare with us, there are a lot of people working out there behind the scenes to make more trails, but it takes time.  The DNR did raise the price of Trail Stickers this year, hopefully the money will be well spent and we can see a lot more trails opening in the near future.

PS We were the only ones out on the trails, we never met up with another group.

Iron River we will go…… Maybe

Weather: Nice today, up into the 60’s

Trail Conditions: I’ll let you know tomorrow

ATVing we will go……..  Becker, Chub, Cindy and I are going to take a little ride today on the side by sides.  Our plan is to head down to the IRM trail and hit Roger’s Bar and then go to Watersmeet for lunch. After lunch we are going to head towards Iron River.  We have not gone that way yet so I am not sure how far we will go.  Fishing is boring to me so we are going for a ride.  I’ll try to take some pics, hopefully I don’t get caught up in the fun and forget about the camera like I usually do.

Lots of boats have been out on the lake, reports are smaller ones for the most part, but keepers here and there.  But who cares about the stupid fish, we are going for a ride


Fishing has been so so

Weather: Nice today, up into the 50’s

Trail Conditions: Drying out hopefully

Not too good of fishing reports, mostly little ones I am hearing.  But some people are catching a few.  I did take a ride over by the Merriweather Creek bridge and caught a glimpse of this fish

merriweather creek


And before I get yelled at by the ladies for posting pics of women scantly clad here is a pic for you

guys fishing

2nd Day of Fishing

Weather: Sunny so far but cool

Trail Conditions: OK to ride the grades, but stay off the trails for now

Still a bit cool out there.  High only to around 50.  Fishing reports were so so.  I talked to a few groups that did good, some that did ok and a few that said it sucked.  General consensus is the water is too cold.  To me that doesn’t make sense because last year the ice was still on the Lake May 14th.  It should have been colder last year, but what the hell do I know, I don’t fish.  I don’t even like fish.  Tuna with lots of Miracle Whip is about as far as I go, well that is not totally true, I have munched on some fresh walleye that was just cooked and that is pretty good stuff, I just wouldn’t order it if I was out for a meal.  I remember eating some of my Dad’s fish he cooked and saying, “this is good, it doesn’t taste like fish.” To which he would reply “That’s what good fish is supposed to taste like.”


The old Indian chief sat in his home on the reservation, smoking his ceremonial pipe, eyeing the two U.S. government officials sent to interview him. “Chief Two Eagles,” one official began, “you have observed the white man for many years. You have seen all his progress and all his problems.” The chief nodded. The official continued, “What do you think of all the white man has done?”

The chief stared at the officials for more than a minute, and then calmly replied. “When white man found the land, Indians were running it. No taxes. No debt. Plenty buffalo, plenty beaver. Women did most of the work. Medicine man free. Indian men hunted and fished all the time.”

The chief paused, then added, “Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that.”


Opening day of Walleye today

Weather: Gloomy, Overcast and not too warm

Trail Conditions: OK to ride the grades, but stay off the trails for now

You can see the fishermen out in front of the Hoop on the webcam.  Damn it has to be cold out there.  Hopefully their catch will be worth it.  I’ve had a few fishermen in the bar the last few days, they don’t come in like the snowmobilers, not like the old days I am told.  But hopefully they will have a good opener and catch a lot of fish like last year.  The locals told me that last year’s opener was the best that they could remember.


A woman is in bed with her lover who also happens to be her husband’s best friend. After makind love, while they’re just laying there, the phone rings. Since it is the woman’s house, she picks up the receiver. Her lover looks over at her and listens, only hearing her side of the conversation… 

“Hello? Oh, hi. I’m so glad that you called.” she says speaking in a cheery voice.

“Really? That’s wonderful. I am so happy for you. that sounds terrific…





She hangs up the telephone and her lover asks, “Who was that?”

“Oh” she replies, “that was my husband telling me all about the wonderful time he’s having on his fishing trip with you.”

Sunny today, Snow Friday LOL

Weather: Sunny

Trail Conditions: OK to ride the grades, but stay off the trails for now

OK today but a little crappy weather coming our way the next few days.  But maybe that will make the fish bite.  They have a little bit of snow forecasted for Friday but that may pass.  At least we hope it will.  Tomorrow is the Opener of Walleye season, why are you still at home reading my bullshit on the internet.

Just like my trails reports in the winter time, I will always give you the straight scoop and never try to bullshit you and give you the wrong information just to try and get you up here.  I will do the same during fishing season, I think I have a reputation for telling the truth.  With that said, I snapped a photo of a fishing person down on the Bergland Dam this morning,  it was beautiful when I woke up to the crack of Dawn, I mean Becker LOL.

girl at dam


It was a cold day in May. An old man paddled out into a cold Lake Gogebic ,dropped in his fishing line, and waited patiently for a biteHe was there for almost an hour, without even a nibble, when a young boy paddled out into the Lake next to him. The young boy dropped his fishing line and minutes later he hooked a Large Walleye. The old man couldn’t believe his eyes but chalked it up to plain luck.

Shortly thereafter, the young boy pulled in another large catch. The young boy kept catching fish after fish. Finally, the old man couldn’t take it any longer.

“Son” he said, “I’ve been here for over an hour without even a nibble. You’ve been here only a few minutes and have caught a half dozen fish! How do you do it?”

The boy responded, “Roo raf roo reep ra rums rrarm.”

“What was that?” the old man asked.

Again the boy responded, “Roo raf roo reep ra rums rarrm.”

“Look,” said the old man, “I can’t understand a word you’re saying.”

The boy spat the bait into his hand and said… “You have to keep the worms warm!”

A fishing we will go, but first Coffee

Weather: Shitty still

Trail Conditions: OK to ride the grades, but stay off the trails for now

Damn no coffee in the house.  So it is off to Ironwood.  Forecast still looks good for opening day, I still have my fishing crew from yesterday so come on up and catch some Walleye with us.

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. 

Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. 

The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”

The American then asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”

The Mexican said, “With this I have more than enough to support my family’s needs.”

The American then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15 to 20 years.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said that’s the best part. “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions?…Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

I think I am going to fish this Year

Weather: Shitty

Trail Conditions: OK to ride the grades, but stay off the trails for now

Damn Happy belated Mother’s Day, we probably had the nicest day of the year so far yesterday.  Becker and I worked out in the yard some and then settled in for dinner and a couple movies.  I hope everyone remembered to call their Mother’s yesterday, I think I called mine 3 times.

I am calling the Ice going off Lake Gogebic yesterday, May 11th, 4 days ahead of last year.  Thursday thru Sunday’s forecast is from 45 to 65 degrees.  I had a couple of my customers ask me to take them out on Lake Gogebic but I told them I do not like to fish.  They kept insisting I take them so finally I said ok.  If you are interested, grab your poles and come with, Walleye season opens Thursday.


Too Early to ATV – but bring a fishing pole

Weather: High 60’s and sunny again

Trail Conditions: Grades will be OK but the woods are going to be wet and snow.

I had a couple in that were on ATVs yesterday.  I don’t know why a local business would encourage people to come up this early.  I think a lot of the trails that are in the woods still have a lot of snow on them.  If nothing else they are going to be muddy as hell.  The forestry also has a quiet time where atvs are not allowed until after May 15th I believe.  This does not apply to the rail grades which are DNR multi use trails.  The grades are the only trails I would recommend riding at this time.

No Ice Auger needed for opening day

Weather: High 60’s and sunny

Trail Conditions: The grades would be a nice ride today

Crap, the only nice day this week and I gotta work.  Becker’s cousins wanted to go for a ride today but I am going to be stuck at the bar.  Most guys would love a wife like mine, she don’t care how long I stay at the bar.

Fishing season is back on, if the ice is not off Lake Gogebic today I’m sure it will be gone by tomorrow.  Check out the web cam page, I have 3 different shots of the Lake on there.

A farmer had 5 female pigs. 

Times were hard, so he decided to take them to the county fair and sell them. 

At the fair, he met another farmer who owned five male pigs. 

After talking a bit, they decided to mate the pigs and split everything 50/50. 

The farmers lived sixty miles apart, so they agreed to drive thirty miles each and find a field in which to let the pigs mate. 

The first morning, the farmer with the female pigs got up at 5 A.M., loaded the pigs into the family station wagon, (which was the only vehicle he had) and drove the thirty miles. 

While the pigs were mating, he asked the other farmer, “How will I know if they are pregnant?” The other farmer replied, “If they’re lying in the grass tomorrow morning, they’re pregnant. If they’re in the mud, they’re not.” 

The next morning the pigs were rolling in the mud, so he hosed them off, loaded them into the family station wagon again and proceeded to try again. 

This continued each morning for more than a week and both farmers were worn out. 

The next morning he was too tired to get out of bed. He called to his wife, “Honey, please look outside and tell me whether the pigs are in the mud or in the grass.” 

“Neither,” yelled his wife, “they’re in the station wagon and one of them is honking the horn.”