Morning dawns at Peffley's Wilderness Camp

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Week 4 in the books....

...and what a week it was! Without question the best fishing week so far of our 2013 season. The guys in week 3 sure had it right when they kept saying: "next week things are really going to take off here".

We have been extremely busy here in camp taking care of guests, which has left little time to devote to special projects around camp. Some general maintenance items have been attended to, most notable being a rebuild of the ramp that transitions from the permanent dock to the ATV road going up the hill which we use when transporting your luggage. Much nicer now!

Water levels are high for this time of year, with water well into the motorhouse already. Nothing new there and we've learned to work around it until the water recedes some.

We did have an unusual occurrence in camp last week too as we had a gentleman who is a camp regular have his hip come out of socket while in the cabin putting on his raingear. Very freak accident, but fortunately as he told us, not painful. It did however require the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) to transport a couple of paramedics to the camp to provide him the necessary medical attention. Apparently, as I found out, the paramedics could not be transported on our boat, unless it was a life or death situation. So out came the OPP and the paramedics and within a couple of hours, our guest was on his way to the Dryden hospital where they X-rayed him, popped his hip back into socket and by 7:00 pm that evening he was back in camp having dinner with the rest of the guys. By 8:00 am the next morning he was on the dock, climbing into the boat and off across the lake for some more fishing! I hope I have that much determination when I am 79 years young!

Just a few shots from the last couple of weeks. The photo gallery on the website is way behind but between the photo gallery, the Facebook page and the Blog we hope your able to get your fix of Peffley's Camp news, photos and such.

Dan Worth with a quality eye from last week

Ed Flynn about to release a big northern from Week 3

Momma moose walking the shoreline

Mean Lake sunset.

Mr. Bear approaches the Bowen vehicle on Hwy 502 heading towards camp

The "Hotel". Make a reservation- the walleyes are always biting!

Cathy Connor with a nice walleye from week 3

As mentioned on our Facebook page...When these Wisconsin guys weren't catching perch by the bucketfuls they were slayinig walleye

And when they weren't fishin' they were relaxin' about camp...

Or shore lunching with the rest of the guys

See why it doesn't take long to fill a bucket with these perch...WOW!

Perry Tonn about to give the long-drive contest a shot. He would later win the closest to the pin contest. Congrats Perry!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A two week blur....

That's my best description of the first two weeks of the season. Starting off with the late ice out which dug us into a hole for starters, and compounded by a staff change just one week into the season, there were many times in the first two weeks that we felt so far behind we thought we were ahead.

 Fortunately there weren't too many "unexpected situations" to deal with, although we would like to have a chat with the beaver that took two trees down atop of Cabin 8 and was well on his/her way of bringing down a third when we arrived. We were extremely fortunate that there was very minor damage and other than a few hours of wood cutting, brush hauling and cleanup we came through that situation in pretty good shape.

A broken water line under Cabin 2 was also somewhat problematic as there is little room under the cabins to work on that kind of stuff, but after a couple of hours the necessary fittings were replaced and water was completely installed throughout the camp.

A couple of other minor "surprises" were thrown into our opening for good measure, but let's not sweat the details of those!

The bottom line was this: Camp opened on time and we even got some guests in a day early (Friday afternoon)!!

So the 2013 season is underway and who would have guessed that with such a late ice out that water temps would already be around 46 degrees. It sure provided the conditions for a fantastic opening week with A LOT of big walleyes caught and released, in addition to the ever present great eating 15-18 inchers that Wabaskang Lake is known for. Our second week of the season found the post spawn fish dispersing to their various late spring/early summer haunts and while the fishing was still very good overall, it did require some moving around to intercept these post spawn fish.

I'm not going to repost any pictures on the blog right now from the first couple of weeks, but you can see many of them in our photo gallery at or a few highlight shots on our Facebook page at

As usual, we don't have many "new" guests with us in the months of May/June but we want to mention that we had a really good time hosting our newbies during these two weeks. Great people, great times and we thank you for choosing us for your 2013 fishing trip.

It feels good to be "caught up" with getting camp opened and we also want to say a special THANK YOU to a few of our early season guests who pitched in with a little help. I won't mention any names, but you guys know who you are, and we hope you know how much we sincerely appreciate the help. THANKS again!!

Until next time, tight lines....