Gunflint Pines Northwoods News
Guest who were here for the Memorial weekend got a real treat!! Who would believe that the ice went out on May 19th and the temps were in the 80′s by Memorial weekend. Memorial weekend was great with hi temps, sunny days and virtually no bugs!
Fishing is well on it’s way with people catching Lake Trout anywhere from the surface to 30ft. The Walleye are still in the shallows finishing up their spawning season. Lake temps are changing quickly. The past 80 degree temps changed the shallow lake temps from the upper 30′s to the mid 50′s over night.
Trolling floating stickbait is still the preferred methods for the evening Walleye bite. Lindy rigging live baits seem to be the best bet for daytime Walleye fishing. Lake Trout seem to be responding to stickbaits, spinners and spoons. The bass are still a bit slow, but we’re finally hearing of some movement, and the Northern are crusing the shorelines.
More to come!
A memorial service has been planned for Dennis Todd June 7th 10am at the Gunflint Conference Center at 143 S. Gunflint Lake Rd, Grand Marais MN. Dennis was a fishing guide on the Gunflint Trail for 20+ years.
Dennis Ray Todd of Appleton City MO. & The Gunflint Trail MN. died as a result of a boating accident on Nothern Light Lake in Canada on September 12, 2013. Dennis and a friend were enjoying a day of fishing when the accident happened. It is not completely clear of what happened but they were both ejected from the boat. The passenger was wearing a life jacket and was able to make it to shore. Unfortunately Dennis was not and in an apparent attempt to retrieve the boat he succumb to the cold waters and drowned in Traflagar Bay.
Dennis was a graduate of Appleton City High School. After serving his country in the United States Army he worked various jobs in Kansas City before finding his true calling. Dennis has been employed with Gunflint Lodge for the past 25 years as a fishing guide. It was apparent to many repeat customers that Dennis had a true passion, he loved to fish. “Bobber down” was soon echoed throughout the Midwest from those who were fortunate enough to go north fishing with the “Walleye Jedi”.
Friends and family alike enjoyed fish fries at Dennis’ and he was always able to provide someone with fresh fish. Dennis was quick with a joke or story and always had a helping hand for anyone that was in need of one.
Dennis was born to Raymond and Betty (Harris) Todd on February 12, 1954 in Appleton City, Mo. He was proceeded in death by his father Raymond and an infant sister Janet.
Dennis is survived by his son Cameron and step-daughter Laura (Scott) Campbell, his mother Betty Todd of Appleton City, sister Judy (Steve) Adams Bloomfield IA, brother Dave (Lisa) Todd Butler, nephews Matt Brownsberger, Brian and Kyle Todd, and four grandchildren. Many cousins and friends as well.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Cameron Todd Educational Trust Fund at the Community First Banks in Butler and Appleton City Mo.