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Fishing Day 3 | Travel photography | Leesburg, VA Photographer

We were up early this morning for some top-water fishing action.  The wind was basically non-existent and the lake was smooth as glass.

sunrise over Big Canon

Sunrise over Big Canon, Ontario, Canada

Today the fishing was all about diversity.  Between my father-in-law and myself, we caught over 65 fish – walleye, small mouth bass, northern pike, and lake trout.  What do you do with that many fish?  Well, some of it became shore lunch, but the overwhelming majority of it was returned safely to the lake for future fishermen/women to enjoy.

Big Canon Lake with fishing boats


Fishing Day 2 | Travel Photography | Wildlife | Leesburg, VA Photographer

Fishing day 2 was more fishing and a little wildlife watching on my part.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day. . .

This first shot was of Wally, the owner’s 1-year old lab.  I’m always amazed at how quickly dogs can figure out who will play with them and who will ignore them.  Wally was not lacking in the playmate department this week.


Play time?

This next shot was unique for me in the fact that I’ve always seen a ton of gulls (think they refer to them as River Gulls since the closest ocean is a looooong way away).  But I had never seen any gull nests, let alone, a gull sitting on her nest.

Gull in nest

Watchful Eye

And lastly, we found this young bald eagle flying around the lake near the lodge.  He wasn’t very happy that the gull was crowding his airspace though.

Eagle chasing gull

Outta my way!

eagle portrait

All secure, move along.

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Fishing Day 1 | Travel Photography | Leesburg, VA Photographer

Big Canon Lake Lodge

First Light

Day 2 of the trip was all about the fishing.  We were up early (amazing how that works when you’re out fishing and all the retired officers are chomping at the bit to get on the lake), had breakfast and were on the lake by 7 a.m.

Typically we fish from about 7:15 to 11:30 a.m.  Then we head for the designated lunch spot for a shore lunch (fresh fish, potatoes, beans and cookies!).  We’re back out on the lake or river by 1 p.m. and fish until 5.  Some days we go out before breakfast for top-water fishing, and some days we go out after dinner for more.  Most of us are still tired from the trip and spending all day in the sun, so there was very little “extra” fishing the first night.

Travel Photography | Leesburg, Virginia Photographer

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on the blog, so I thought I would start being more proactive at getting content out.

Every year, my father-in-law joins some of the men that he “grew up with” in the Army for a grand fishing trip in Ontario, Canada.  On occasion, I have the pleasure and opportunity to join the crew.

Every trip with this motley crew of retired armor officers is a journey.  One year a bunch of us got bumped off our flight and had to take a smaller flight to a different airport then cover the rest of the distance by taxi.  The next year, someone lost their gear and hand to buy stuff at the local Canadian W-Mart.  This year was no different.  We decided to fly into Winnepeg to avoid any potential problems we have experienced in International Falls, MN.  One of our guys’ gear didn’t arrive.  Another one didn’t make it at all.  His original flight was cancelled, his second flight was delayed, and when he finally made it . . . his bags didn’t.  Poor guy didn’t get to the fishing camp until a day later.

Anyway, I digress . . .

The majority of us met in Winnepeg, hopped on a bus and drove to Vermillion Bay, Ontario.  Big Canon Lake Lodge is only accessible by a river barge or float plane.  We opt for the float plane option provided by the excellent staff and pilots of Wilderness Air.

Wilderness Air, Float Plane Base

They have a number of aircraft available to haul us and our gear out to the lake.  Depending on which aircraft are in base and which pilots are on duty often determines how many trips they’ll have to make.  This year the magic number was 2 Otter trips, and 1 passenger aircraft.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the evening with Wilderness Air.

Group 2 heads to Big Canon

Otter returning to Wilderness Air Base

Flying into the Sunset

More photos to come!

Thank you Delta Airlines for making my trip to Winnepeg drama free.  Thank you to Beaver Bus Lines for shuttling the crew to Vermillion Bay.  Thank you Wilderness Air for the awesome sunset flight into Big Canon.  That is a flight I will not soon forget.