Fishing Trip 2019

Welcome to Holinshead 2019 fishing trip in Ontario Canada!!

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to enjoy the beautiful scenery and fishing at Holinshead lake. This is a summary of our schedule for Thursday July 25th  through Tuesday July 30th. Thursday and Friday’s schedules are quite rigid as we have dinner plans away from the hotel and there are 39 employees, vendor partners and customers driving 11 vehicles to the resort. Please plan your travel accordingly and contact Todd’s cell phone (608-220-5616) if you will be late on Thursday. Our departure Friday morning is very early. We appreciate your efforts to be on time.

We will fish primarily with salted and live minnows, but we may use some leeches and night crawlers. Holinshead Lake is a catch consume lake, so we will keep approximately 2 fish per person per day to eat.  We are not allowed to take any fish home with us.

The boats provided by the resort are 14’ long with 10hp motors.  They are equipped with a map of the lake and known hot spots (5 or 6).  They each have 2 swivel seats and are comfortable.  The resort owner will take 4 to 6 individuals on a pontoon in the evening where he will anchor and you can enjoy catching fish without having to operate the boat.

North Central Utility will be your host.  We will prepare your meals, and do our best to accommodate you on the trip.  We may ask for help taking out the trash or icing down a cooler.

There are no TV’s at the resort.  The owners have a satellite phone for emergencies.  The cabins are rustic and clean, and the grounds are very well kept.  You are certain to enjoy the scenery along with the quiet and peacefulness of the wilderness.  Greg and Charlene (the owners) will share stories with us on occasion.

Check Out Our Trip from 2014

What to Expect

Thursday July 25th

4PM to 5PM: Arrive at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites
Hotel Address: 4725 Market Street, Duluth, MN
(Conner and Todd Schefflre will be in the hoptel lobby with room assignments and keys)

5:15 PM: Introductions for all guests and employees

6:15 to 8:45 PM: Cocktails and dinner at Luckys 13 Pub

Friday July 26th

5 AM – Depart hotel

5:15 AM – McDonalds breakfast

5:45 AM to 1:30 PM – Drive to Holinshead

1:30 to 2:30 PM – Unload, boat training, cabin assignments

2:30 to 6PM – Fish

7 to 8PM – Dinner

8 PM to whenever – Cards, dice, bean bags or camp fireD

Saturday July 27th and Sunday July 28th

5AM to 9:15 – Fish (Optional)

9:30 to 10:15AM – Breakfast

10:30 to 4PM – Fish

5 to 6PM – Dinner

6:15 to 9PM – Fish or Cards, dice, bean bag or camp fire

Monday July 29th

5AM to 9:15 – Fish (Optional)

9:30 to 10:15AM – Breakfast

10:30 to 4PM – Fish

5 to 6PM – Dinner

6:15 to 9PM – Fish or cards, dice, bean bag or camp fire

9 to 10PM – Pack and load trailer

Meals We serve 2 meals per day. Breakfast will be either eggs, pancakes or French toast, fruit paired with bacon or sausage. Breakfast will be served at 9:30 each day Banana bread and a few small breakfast items will be available for those that require something to eat first thing in the morning. Buns, cheese, mayo, sliced meats, chips and fruit are available for you to make sandwiches to bring on your boat. Dinner will be served between 5 and 5:30 each day. Our evening meals will be fish (2 nights), chicken and steak paired with fruit, vegetables, potatos and or salad.

Beverages. We have 50 cases of beer, various soda, coffee, milk, orange juice and hard liquor plus 4 – 20 ounce bottles of water for each person per day. There are other large jugs of water to use as needed. We have a finite amount of beverages. Please finish all beverages that you start. Small coolers will be provided to keep your bait and beverages cool on the boat.

Food pantry There is a food pantry in the largest cabin. Feel free to grab snacks for the boat or while you are waiting for dinner. We will have fresh pico de gallo with tortilla chips, salsa, salted nuts, pistachios, potato chips and dip, granola bars and mini candy bars for snacking.

Shared duties We will enlist the help of employees and occasionally guests to assist in food prep, cooking, stocking coolers, icing down beer or clean up. We appreciate your willingness to lend a hand when needed.

Head count 3 times per day Everyone must be at camp at 9:30AM, 4PM and 9PM every day. We do a head count at these times each day to make sure everyone is accounted for. Holinshead is about 5000 acres with 30 islands and we want everyone to be safe.

Boat gas Everyone is responsible for topping off their gas tanks on the boats each morning. Please be aware of your fuel level at all times to avoid being stranded on the lake.

Keeping fish Holinshead is a catch consume lake. We will only keep fish that we plan on eating each day. Todd Scheffler will let everyone know how many fish to keep per boat per day.

Tackle Jigs, lures, hooks and bait are supplied by North Central Utility. Fishing rod and reels are the responsibility of the guest unless organized in advance. We recommend 8 lb test on the reels.

Biggest fish contest We will have a biggest northern and walleye contest for the trip. A white board in the main cabin will be updated each day to keep track of the leaders.

Bait It is imperative to keep the leeches, night crawlers and salted minnows cool/cold. We have a finite amount of bait on the trip. Please be responsible with your bait.

Cabins The cabins are not air-conditioned. There are fans in all of the sleeping rooms. It can be warm so be prepared to lay on top of your sleeping bag when it warm and snuggled in if we have cool nights.

What's Provided

Holinshead Resort provides the following:

All necessary cooking equipment, pots, pans and utensils
Kitchen dish towels
Firewood and garbage collection
One fishing boat, motor and gasoline for every 2 people
Gas barbeques
Fish Fryers
Paddles, life jackets and anchors
Landing nets and minnow buckets
North Central Utility provides:

Dish Soap
Toilet Paper
Fishing Jigs
Depth Finders (limited quantity available)

What You are Responsible for:

Guests Should Bring

Bedding for single bed (sheet, pillow, blanket or sleeping bag)
Bath Towel and wash cloth
Bug Spray and sun block
Hand soap / shampoo
(2) Fishing Rods (unless prior arrangements were made) / 8lb test
Rain Gear
Small Flashlight
Fish Finder if you have one
Any prescribed Meds
A Valid Passport (This is required to enter Canada)

Note:  Fishing Trip attendees must not have a DUI or Felony charges on their record as Canadian customs has the right to refuse entry at the border.

We are delighted that you are attending and look forward to seeing you soon!