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Sunday, June 24th 2018 We had a busy start to month of June.  Plenty of people and fish to go around.  Now as the month winds down we are catching up on a few chores and prepping for the big holiday week ahead.  With the 4th falling midweek it becomes a week-long celebration instead of just a weekend for many people.  We look forward to the celebrations!  We still have some space if you are wondering where to spend your holiday -  Call today! Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 We have had a busy month of May.  We have been catching plenty of nice walleyes. This week the water temperature reached the mid 70’s.  This influences when the panfish like blue gills and crappies start feeding.  They started biting this week and they are hungry!  Memorial Weekend was a busy one with a camp full of returning guests that have turned into long time friends.  Everyone caught fish and Mother Nature provided beautiful weather.  Check back often for updates to this blog and our Fish Tales pages to keep up on the latest happenings.  It’s never too early to be planning your summer getaway to get up North to go Fish Sunset!  Give us a call to see when your favorite cabin is available. Saturday, May 12th, 2018 Walleye opener did not disappoint!  Check out the Fish Tales page.  The fish came hungry and ready to eat! Thursday, May 10th, 2018 The countdown is on! Only 2 days to go!  We are anxiously awaiting our first guests to arrive tomorrow! Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 Ice is Out!  Two weeks later than normal, but at least we will be able to get in the dock and be ready to put some boats in for walleye opener next week! Tuesday, April 24, 2018 It’s official!  I believe Spring might actually arrive!  The weather has been beautiful this past week and the snow is finally starting to give up its grip.  As you can see from the lake shot posted in FishTales - there is still plenty of snow & yes that is still ICE!  In the yard, green grass is starting to sprout so we are optimistic.  I had some help yesterday digging out the sidewalk to the lodge.  You will notice TWO yellow labs.  This season when you arrive at Sunset, Lily will introduce you to her new friend Jack.  He joined the Sunset family last November. Saturday, April 14, 2018 I posted a temporary picture here in the blog - to show our current snow by the lodge.  Today there were still 3 pick-ups out on the lake ice fishing.  We are grateful we are not getting the 10+” of snow and blizzard that is gracing southern portions of Minnesota this weekend.  We’ll take our existing snow and cold weather,  while our thoughts are with all those in other parts of the country experiencing horrific tornadoes, fires and floods so early this season.   We look forward to Mother nature turning on the charm soon to send away the snow and ice and bringing on more pleasantries  - - -like hungry walleyes, northerns, crappies and bass!  Saturday, April 7, 2018 Spring is here…at least according to the calendar.  It is only FIVE weeks until the Minnesota walleye opener!  Today, people are still driving on the 27” of ice on the lake chasing pan fish.  We hope to have some warmer weather soon.  With longer , warmer days that ice will disappear in a hurry.   We know our walleye fishermen prefer boats over augers.  If you remember - last year “ice out” was April 3rd.  The late heavy snows have made a little more work for George.  He has been busy plowing and shoveling paths to the cabins. We have started our 46th year of spring preparations.  We are busy cleaning cabins, painting, replacing flooring, cabinets and other minor “fix-its”.  Sally has been busy this winter making new curtains.  What new changes will you find in your favorite cabin?  Call soon for your Spring & Summer reservations! Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Where does the time go?  Seems We were just closing down the resort for the season… And suddenly it is already 2018!  Sally & I would like to wish everyone a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We hope everyone had a chance to relax and enjoy some time with family and friends over the holiday season.  It has been a strange winter up north at Sunset.  We had an early thin layer of ice , but then it warmed up and the lake did not completely freeze over until just before Christmas.  This is the latest in 45+ years we have been here.  We finally got a cold snap that gave us enough ice that we dared put a lightweight ice house out there.   In a normal year, I would have an big heavy wood heated ice house there on December 1st.  Nonetheless, the fish missed being fed. Grin. When we finally got a house out there the fishing has been pretty decent.  I’m enjoying my morning coffee while waiting for the walleyes and big perch.  We have been enjoying following the local high school basketball team.  We make it to as many games as possible.  We also are cheering for our Minnesota Vikings to continue their good luck! SKOL! Wednesday, November 22, 2017 The air has turned colder here in northern Minnesota, Mother Nature reminds us that Winter is just around the corner.  We have a few inches of snow already and the lake has a thin layer of ice already.  As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we have much to be thankful for.  We want to once again thank everyone who spent time at Sunset this year.  We had a very successful fishing season and are looking forward to 2018.  For now, we hope everyone enjoys their turkey and some good homemade pies! Monday, October 2nd, 2017 Our last guests for the season left yesterday.  We are now closed for the year.  We would like to thank everyone who visited Sunset this season.  It seems each year goes by faster than the one before.  We finished the year with some excellent late fall fishing. We saw some of the largest Northern pike ever along with walleye limits and even large perch made the FIsh Tales page.  We look forward to seeing everyone next season. Friday, September 1st, 2017 We are looking forward the full spectrum of fall colors as the trees are starting to turn now.  We’re still seeing some nice walleye fishing, both in quality and quantity.  I Was fortunate enough and enjoyed the opportunity to go up to Lake Bemidji and watch the final weigh-ins for the National Collegiate Bass Fishing Tournament.  It was exciting, but I am proud to say that I have seen our fishermen here on Portage catch bigger bass than any caught at the tournament.  We want to remind everyone to plan those last minute fall fishing trips as soon as possible.  We are planning for an October 1st closure for the season. Tuesday August 15th, 2017 We’re still seeing some nice fish from those willing to work a little harder.   My gardens are really starting to produce .  Check out my cucumbers on the Fish Tales page.  I’m still disappointed that again I will have no apples thanks to the bear who decided to not only strip the tree, but also to bend it over and break it earlier this summer.  We still have a couple openings for Labor day.  Call us for details!  Tuesday August 1st, 2017 August 1st, marks the official beginning of fall for resorters.  Look for Fish Tale pictures on the Fall page for the rest of the season.  Not much time remains to enjoy a last minute vacation before back to school.  We still have a couple openings for Labor Day weekend - Call for details. Thursday July 27th, 2017 We had a little excitement in camp.  One of the local bears decided to visit - and not leave.  It climbed a tree so everyone could see it.  After a while it got bored and came down.  It must have been hungry because it’s next order of business was to completely destroy my young apple tree to get all the apples off it. Tuesday July 25th, 2017 Where does the time go?  The season is already half over!  We have been having excellent walleye fishing as of late.  We are seeing quality fish and some nice limits for those willing to go after them.  One of my favorite seasons is here… Berry season!  I have been picking wild blueberries.  You can see a picture of in Summer Fish Tales of one mornings results.  The raspberries were not as cooperative. Tuesday July 11th 2017 We had a busy Holiday week.  Thanks to the families that chose to spend their holiday with us at Sunset!  We are still seeing plenty of crappies. Monday June 26th 2017 Happy Birthday to me!  Tomorrow is our 53rd wedding anniversary.  Happy Anniversary Sally! We’ve been seeing lots of medium walleyes on leeches.  The perch fishing is good now as well.  The weather has been hampering the fishing a little with wind and rain.  We are getting ready for the 4th of July celebrations.  The wild flowers are in full bloom.  See the Fish Tales page for the latest catches and pics of the local Minnesota state flower the Pink Ladies Slipper. Thursday June 15th 2017 Walleye limits are common with lots of eater size walleyes.  Some super crappie catches too. Saturday June 3rd 2017 The water temperature is now over 60 degrees.  We have gotten through a batch of bad weather and onto some nicer calmer days.  The fish are cooperating nicely. We are seeing limits of northern, walleyes, crappies nearly every day.  As per usual they are coming in all shapes and sizes, but we have had several fisherman proud to show off their new Blue hats and new Master Fisherman hats. Tuesday May 30th 2017 Memorial Weekend was a busy one here at Sunset!  We saw fish of every variety from perch to sunnies and crappies onto the walleyes and northern pike.  After the hectic weekend calmed down, tonight, I had a few hours to sneak out on the lake myself with one of our guests to see what was biting. He got the season’s first BASS! As is our motto do not harass the bass - it was promptly returned to the lake. See our Spring Fish Tales as always to see our latest catches. Saturday/Sunday May 20-21st 2017 Second Weekend! This weekend was a stark contrast to the walleye opener. Wet. Rainy. Cold. However, despite the weather challenges, our hardy fishermen who braved the elements were rewarded with some nice fish and several walleye limits.  The cooler weather caused the current water temp to actually decrease.  As a result we saw only a few blue gills and crappie.  With warmer weather in the forecast for this next week - we are looking forward to a great Memorial Day weekend ahead.  We hope to see you at Sunset!  Call us for cabin availability. Saturday/Sunday May 13-14th 2017 Walleye Opener!! The weather is beautiful. We saw several walleye limits today with nice sized fish.  Check out our Fish Tales for pictures.  Serious fishermen will be interested to know the water temperature is at 60 degrees and we are already starting to see some crappies. Also check out the photo from one guests close-up encounter with the Minnesota State bird - the Loon.  They are very active on Portage Lake and their calling is a familiar sound at Sunset Beach. Friday May 5th, 2017 Today started off a very good day. Warm, sunny beautiful weather.  We wait for this kind of day each year to get our painting done.  Today was no exception.  We have had a busy week finishing up many major tasks getting ready for opening day - only 8 days away!  Unfortunately today did not end so well - Cabin #1 started on fire and was a total loss.  We are so grateful to the firefighters who saved the other cabins, and so thankful that no one was hurt. Sunday April 16th, 2017 We took today off to celebrate Easter. We went to the cities to have Easter dinner with Jody’s family and the grandkids. Tuesday April 11th 2017 Sally & I have been very busy cleaning cabins and getting ready for opening.  It seems to creep up on us every year! Monday April 3rd 2017 ICE OUT! Everyone has their theory on the timing of ice out to the Walleye opener.  This means the fish have almost 6 weeks until opening.  What does it mean?  Join us May 13th to find out!
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Sunday, June 24th 2018 We had a busy start to month of June.  Plenty of people and fish to go around.  Now as the month winds down we are catching up on a few chores and prepping for the big holiday week ahead.  With the 4th falling midweek it becomes a week-long celebration instead of just a weekend for many people.  We look forward to the celebrations!  We still have some space if you are wondering where to spend your holiday -  Call today! Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 We have had a busy month of May.  We have been catching plenty of nice walleyes. This week the water temperature reached the mid 70’s.  This influences when the panfish like blue gills and crappies start feeding.  They started biting this week and they are hungry!  Memorial Weekend was a busy one with a camp full of returning guests that have turned into long time friends.  Everyone caught fish and Mother Nature provided beautiful weather.  Check back often for updates to this blog and our Fish Tales pages to keep up on the latest happenings.  It’s never too early to be planning your summer getaway to get up North to go Fish Sunset!  Give us a call to see when your favorite cabin is available. Saturday, May 12th, 2018 Walleye opener did not disappoint!  Check out the Fish Tales page.  The fish came hungry and ready to eat! Thursday, May 10th, 2018 The countdown is on! Only 2 days to go!  We are anxiously awaiting our first guests to arrive tomorrow! Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 Ice is Out!  Two weeks later than normal, but at least we will be able to get in the dock and be ready to put some boats in for walleye opener next week! Tuesday, April 24, 2018 It’s official!  I believe Spring might actually arrive!  The weather has been beautiful this past week and the snow is finally starting to give up its grip.  As you can see from the lake shot posted in FishTales - there is still plenty of snow & yes that is still ICE!  In the yard, green grass is starting to sprout so we are optimistic.  I had some help yesterday digging out the sidewalk to the lodge.  You will notice TWO yellow labs.  This season when you arrive at Sunset, Lily will introduce you to her new friend Jack.  He joined the Sunset family last November. Saturday, April 14, 2018 I posted a temporary picture here in the blog - to show our current snow by the lodge.  Today there were still 3 pick-ups out on the lake ice fishing.  We are grateful we are not getting the 10+” of snow and blizzard that is gracing southern portions of Minnesota this weekend.  We’ll take our existing snow and cold weather,  while our thoughts are with all those in other parts of the country experiencing horrific tornadoes, fires and floods so early this season.   We look forward to Mother nature turning on the charm soon to send away the snow and ice and bringing on more pleasantries  - - -like hungry walleyes, northerns, crappies and bass!  Saturday, April 7, 2018 Spring is here…at least according to the calendar.  It is only FIVE weeks until the Minnesota walleye opener!  Today, people are still driving on the 27” of ice on the lake chasing pan fish.  We hope to have some warmer weather soon.  With longer , warmer days that ice will disappear in a hurry.   We know our walleye fishermen prefer boats over augers.  If you remember - last year “ice out” was April 3rd.  The late heavy snows have made a little more work for George.  He has been busy plowing and shoveling paths to the cabins. We have started our 46th year of spring preparations.  We are busy cleaning cabins, painting, replacing flooring, cabinets and other minor “fix-its”.  Sally has been busy this winter making new curtains.  What new changes will you find in your favorite cabin?  Call soon for your Spring & Summer reservations! Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Where does the time go?  Seems We were just closing down the resort for the season… And suddenly it is already 2018!  Sally & I would like to wish everyone a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We hope everyone had a chance to relax and enjoy some time with family and friends over the holiday season.  It has been a strange winter up north at Sunset.  We had an early thin layer of ice , but then it warmed up and the lake did not completely freeze over until just before Christmas.  This is the latest in 45+ years we have been here.  We finally got a cold snap that gave us enough ice that we dared put a lightweight ice house out there.   In a normal year, I would have an big heavy wood heated ice house there on December 1st.  Nonetheless, the fish missed being fed. Grin. When we finally got a house out there the fishing has been pretty decent.  I’m enjoying my morning coffee while waiting for the walleyes and big perch.  We have been enjoying following the local high school basketball team.  We make it to as many games as possible.  We also are cheering for our Minnesota Vikings to continue their good luck! SKOL! Wednesday, November 22, 2017 The air has turned colder here in northern Minnesota, Mother Nature reminds us that Winter is just around the corner.  We have a few inches of snow already and the lake has a thin layer of ice already.  As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we have much to be thankful for.  We want to once again thank everyone who spent time at Sunset this year.  We had a very successful fishing season and are looking forward to 2018.  For now, we hope everyone enjoys their turkey and some good homemade pies! Monday, October 2nd, 2017 Our last guests for the season left yesterday.  We are now closed for the year.  We would like to thank everyone who visited Sunset this season.  It seems each year goes by faster than the one before.  We finished the year with some excellent late fall fishing. We saw some of the largest Northern pike ever along with walleye limits and even large perch made the FIsh Tales page.  We look forward to seeing everyone next season. Friday, September 1st, 2017 We are looking forward the full spectrum of fall colors as the trees are starting to turn now.  We’re still seeing some nice walleye fishing, both in quality and quantity.  I Was fortunate enough and enjoyed the opportunity to go up to Lake Bemidji and watch the final weigh-ins for the National Collegiate Bass Fishing Tournament.  It was exciting, but I am proud to say that I have seen our fishermen here on Portage catch bigger bass than any caught at the tournament.  We want to remind everyone to plan those last minute fall fishing trips as soon as possible.  We are planning for an October 1st closure for the season. Tuesday August 15th, 2017 We’re still seeing some nice fish from those willing to work a little harder.   My gardens are really starting to produce .  Check out my cucumbers on the Fish Tales page.  I’m still disappointed that again I will have no apples thanks to the bear who decided to not only strip the tree, but also to bend it over and break it earlier this summer.  We still have a couple openings for Labor day.  Call us for details!  Tuesday August 1st, 2017 August 1st, marks the official beginning of fall for resorters.  Look for Fish Tale pictures on the Fall page for the rest of the season.  Not much time remains to enjoy a last minute vacation before back to school.  We still have a couple openings for Labor Day weekend - Call for details. Thursday July 27th, 2017 We had a little excitement in camp.  One of the local bears decided to visit - and not leave.  It climbed a tree so everyone could see it.  After a while it got bored and came down.  It must have been hungry because it’s next order of business was to completely destroy my young apple tree to get all the apples off it. Tuesday July 25th, 2017 Where does the time go?  The season is already half over!  We have been having excellent walleye fishing as of late.  We are seeing quality fish and some nice limits for those willing to go after them.  One of my favorite seasons is here… Berry season!  I have been picking wild blueberries.  You can see a picture of in Summer Fish Tales of one mornings results.  The raspberries were not as cooperative. Tuesday July 11th 2017 We had a busy Holiday week.  Thanks to the families that chose to spend their holiday with us at Sunset!  We are still seeing plenty of crappies. Monday June 26th 2017 Happy Birthday to me!  Tomorrow is our 53rd wedding anniversary.  Happy Anniversary Sally! We’ve been seeing lots of medium walleyes on leeches.  The perch fishing is good now as well.  The weather has been hampering the fishing a little with wind and rain.  We are getting ready for the 4th of July celebrations.  The wild flowers are in full bloom.  See the Fish Tales page for the latest catches and pics of the local Minnesota state flower the Pink Ladies Slipper. Thursday June 15th 2017 Walleye limits are common with lots of eater size walleyes.  Some super crappie catches too. Saturday June 3rd 2017 The water temperature is now over 60 degrees.  We have gotten through a batch of bad weather and onto some nicer calmer days.  The fish are cooperating nicely. We are seeing limits of northern, walleyes, crappies nearly every day.  As per usual they are coming in all shapes and sizes, but we have had several fisherman proud to show off their new Blue hats and new Master Fisherman hats. Tuesday May 30th 2017 Memorial Weekend was a busy one here at Sunset!  We saw fish of every variety from perch to sunnies and crappies onto the walleyes and northern pike.  After the hectic weekend calmed down, tonight, I had a few hours to sneak out on the lake myself with one of our guests to see what was biting. He got the season’s first BASS! As is our motto do not harass the bass - it was promptly returned to the lake. See our Spring Fish Tales as always to see our latest catches. Saturday/Sunday May 20-21st 2017 Second Weekend! This weekend was a stark contrast to the walleye opener. Wet. Rainy. Cold. However, despite the weather challenges, our hardy fishermen who braved the elements were rewarded with some nice fish and several walleye limits.  The cooler weather caused the current water temp to actually decrease.  As a result we saw only a few blue gills and crappie.  With warmer weather in the forecast for this next week - we are looking forward to a great Memorial Day weekend ahead.  We hope to see you at Sunset!  Call us for cabin availability. Saturday/Sunday May 13-14th 2017 Walleye Opener!! The weather is beautiful. We saw several walleye limits today with nice sized fish.  Check out our Fish Tales for pictures.  Serious fishermen will be interested to know the water temperature is at 60 degrees and we are already starting to see some crappies. Also check out the photo from one guests close-up encounter with the Minnesota State bird - the Loon.  They are very active on Portage Lake and their calling is a familiar sound at Sunset Beach. Friday May 5th, 2017 Today started off a very good day. Warm, sunny beautiful weather.  We wait for this kind of day each year to get our painting done.  Today was no exception.  We have had a busy week finishing up many major tasks getting ready for opening day - only 8 days away!  Unfortunately today did not end so well - Cabin #1 started on fire and was a total loss.  We are so grateful to the firefighters who saved the other cabins, and so thankful that no one was hurt. Sunday April 16th, 2017 We took today off to celebrate Easter. We went to the cities to have Easter dinner with Jody’s family and the grandkids. Tuesday April 11th 2017 Sally & I have been very busy cleaning cabins and getting ready for opening.  It seems to creep up on us every year! Monday April 3rd 2017 ICE OUT! Everyone has their theory on the timing of ice out to the Walleye opener.  This means the fish have almost 6 weeks until opening.  What does it mean?  Join us May 13th to find out!
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