Updates & News

FALL 2017
The rain let up the end of June and pretty much quit by the middle of July. About the middle of August a forest fire started about 20 miles north of the main lodge. Natural Resources in Manitoba has decided not to fight fires that don't threaten a town. The fire burned until we got rain starting September 19, which was the first day we brought moose hunters in. The water level finally went down so we could use our dock at the main lodge. We rebuilt the dock at our Plumbtree Outcamp in 2016 and we thought it would take a hurricane to move it but the high water and ice took it out so we had to rebuild it this year. We also built a firepit and smoker at Plumbtree. We also have a generator, deep freeze, and an LP gas heater. At the main lodge we built a new deck onto one of our cabins. It is three times the size of the old deck. We also repaired and shingled our electrical shed. We then built a 10' x 12' wood storage shed beside the main lodge and have it three fourths full of wood. The garden was great again this year. We harvested 50 lbs of potatoes, 50 lbs of tomatoes, and lots of green beans, peppers, broccoli, rhubarb, cucumbers, cabbages, squash, lettuce, and over a 1000 onions. We had a lot of strong wind this past summer and fall. The poly cover over the garden was pretty much gone by fall. Everything grew until early October as we didn't get a hard frost. We had another great year here!

We had a 100% success rate up until the last two years. I really believe we have an abundance of moose and the 2018 hunters should have a very successful hunt. The following is an account of our 2017 moose hunt. The moose hunt this year was very difficult. As I said in the past, the one thing I can't control is the weather, and it raised it's ugly head at us for the second year in a row. We did get one moose at the end of the third week of the season. I called him in for Paul from Minneapolis on his last night of hunting. The moose was just barely in the rut by coming to the call. His neck was not swollen at all. The moose were just starting to go into the rut and that was October 5 and the season opened September 18. They are suppose to hit peak rut around September 26. In a normal year the Lake Trout fishing is fantastic, however this year we had to work to catch them as they were still deep. We had a water temperature on October 2nd of 53 degrees, which is really warm for that time of year. We started our hunt on September 19th as usual. I had the two hunters in camp by noon. By mid afternoon it started to rain and the wind started to blow, so we could not hunt. The next day was Wednesday and it rained and blew all day so we could not hunt. We had not had any measurable precipitation since the third week of July. There was a very large forest fire that came within four miles of our lake to the north, and it burned for about five weeks. The rain during the first hunt finally put out the fires. It rained and drizzled the first eight days of our hunt. To me the biggest problem was the warm weather. We never got a hard frost throughout our entire moose hunting time. The coldest we got was thirty degrees on only a couple of nights. The wind was also a big problem, which did not allow us to do near as much calling as we would have liked to, although without any cold weather to put them into the rut, calling was not working like it usually does. The second hunt had only a couple days of rain, but a lot of wind. Up until 2016 we had had a 100% success rate. The last two years the weather was really bad for moose hunting. There were hardly any moose shot by Lynn Lake residents for the second year in a row. I know of one outfitter that didn't get any moose, so considering the conditions we had I think we did as good as could be expected. We seen four cows and two calves so we know there are moose in the area and this lake has been excellent for us for years. My feeling is there are just going to be more moose in the area next year and with any cooperation from the weather we should have a great hunt in 2018. We give our hunters 110% effort. We can give you references to support that. I did my first moose hunt over forty years ago and my wife, Lori has been hunting moose with me for over 25 years. We know how to hunt moose. In Manitoba a non-resident can not hunt moose without going through an outfitter and must be with a licensed guide. If you would like to book the a hunt, talk with us, or have any questions please feel free to get back to us. You can see pictures of Moose taken in past years in our hunting section.

Spring/Summer 2017
Hi from Northern Lights Lodge. John, Lori, and Koda arrived in Lynn Lake on April 3 and took a helicopter out to the Lodge the morning of April 4. Temperatures were in the high twenties and stayed nice for a few days and then it turned colder. We had plenty of wood and stayed nice and warm. We had a couple of nights that hit -15 and plenty of nights that got below zero. We had a lot of snow and were pretty much confined to the lodge for about three weeks. We can't tell you how beautiful it was up here that time of year. With the water moving so fast past the lodge to the rapids we had a couple acres of open water in front of the lodge. About a week after we arrivied we had some Canadian geese in the bay, along with ducks and an Otter. We had quite the site when we watched an Eagle swoop down and try and pick a duck out of the water. The weather stayed cold all of April and most of May. We had hoped to be able to take the Argo on to the ice and get wood and do some ice fishing, but we had about four feet of snow in March and April and it put so much weight on the ice that the water came through and created over a foot of slush, and we could not get on the lakes. The ice did't go off until May 29 and John got a ride to town from a friend that has a floatplane on Tuesday the 30, which was the first day in about four days that we could fly because of the weather. John drove to The Pas, Manitoba (450 miles) Wednesday morning to get our floatplane and do a lot of shopping for supplies that afternoon. Thursday morning he flew out of The Pas to the lodge and arrived around noon.

With the large snow fall the lakes are really high. As of today, July 16, our docks are all still under water, so we have to beach the plane and boats on shore. We have had a plenty of rain, so no problem with forest fires. The water is about two feet higher than normal, but with that fishing has been as good as we have ever had. The water has stayed cold as the temperatures have been. Our guests are still catching Lake Trout near the surface while trolling for Northerns. The biggeest Northern so far was 42 inches caught by Loren of New Ulm, Minnesota. We have had several Lake Trout over 30 inches also. The Walleyes have really been hot and big. We have had several caught in the mid 20 inch range with the biggest coming in at 28 inches.

As usual Lori's cooking at the main lodge was a huge success with everyone putting on an extra pound or two. We have plenty of openings the rest of this summer at the Main Lodge or our Plubtree outcamp. If you can't make it this year now is a good time to book next years trip. We also have two bear hunts left for 2018 and four moose hunts for 2018. You can reach us by phone or email. We are always excited to talk about the fantastic hunting and fishing we have. If you want references we will supply them. Most of our guests will tell you that you just can't find better fishing than at Northern Lights Lodge.

John & Lori Frank


Lori's cookbook "A Taste of The North" has been a big success, selling many copies this past summer. If you are looking for a collection of wild and tame recipes, you'll want this book. To order a copy of "A Taste Of The North" for only $13 with FREE shipping, click on the "Buy Now" button below or mail a check to:

Northern Lights Lodge
36 Hillside Drive
Winnebago, MN 56098

John & Lori Frank
36 Hillside Drive
Winnebago MN, 56098
e-mail john@northernlightslodge.com

I would like to pass this along to you.

I’m Going Someday
A cowboy poem for all those
sportsmen who dream of someday
taking "that trip of a lifetime!"
Gunnison, Colorado

Some days come and some days go,
But Someday never gets here.
Someday is just a dream away.
Someday is always next year.

Someday, we’re all goin’ fishin’.
I’m taking my family with me.
We’re heading to the lunker lake,
Where that trophy’s sure to be.

Someday, we’ll all raft the river,
Or maybe paddle by canoe.
We’ll soak up fun and challenge.
There’s nothin’ we won’t do.

Someday, I’m heading up North,
Or maybe I’ll head West.
Take my son on that dream hunt
Where hunting is the best.

We’ll go by boat, we’ll go by plane,
Or maybe mule or horse.
Somewhere where, big game is big,
In the wilderness of course.

Someday, I’ll win big in the lotto,
And when my ship comes in,
I’ll find the time, I’ll find the money,
I’ll be gone with the wind.

Yet something says there’s work to do
And bills that must be paid.
That time and money can’t be found.
They both must be made.

So the time had come for action.
Someday would soon be here.
I’d go for broke. I’d make my move,
I’d overcome my fear.

Then I called the man to set it up,
to confirm our coming date.
He said, "Someday’s been booked for
years," That we were way too late.

He says, "Everyone’s going someday."
The most popular of days.
He suggested I try firsts or seconds
Of Junes, Julys or Mays

And, when I cursed in great frustration,
He sensed that I’d turned red.
So he agreed to confirm a date for me –
that someday – I’d be dead.

And on that day we’ll be together,
my family and my friends.
They’ll toast the times that could have
been and say their last "Amens."

They’ll say, "Ol John was quite a guy.
He knew how to set a goal!"
Then bury those dreams right with him
inside a six foot hole.

Cuz some days come and some days go,
And Someday will finally get here.
Someday when your dreamin’s done.
Someday there’ll be no next year.

So make the time, take the money,
make your dreams come true.
Because every day is some day.
The decision is up to you.

Remember, last years next year is this year. We will give you the hunting and/or fishing adventures you have always dreamed about. If you have any questions, or would like to book a trip to Northern Lights Lodge, please feel free to give us a call any day or evening. If you call and we are not in, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You could also e-mail us at john@northernlightslodge.com