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Pasha Lake Cabins/ St. Judes

  • jeff_huberty
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    #1312157

    Two years ago at the St. Judes fund raiser silent auction, I was the lucky winner of a gift certificate to Pasha Lake Cabins…

    Previously I had seen the show that James Holst has filmed up there and thought that it looked like an awesome trip. Well shortly after that, my wife and I attended the St. Judes fund raiser, and there at one of the tables is a Gift certificate To Pasha Lake Cabins. I entered a bid,and I won. That is where this adventure started.

    For two years I had tried to make various plans to go with each attempt failing for one odd reason or another,luckily for me on the other side of this story was Chad & Michelle Thompson, owners of Pasha Lake Cabins. Their patience and willingness to help us arrange this trip is second to none, and greatly appreciated by my son Corey and I.

    On Sept 3rd, my son and I packed the truck and headed out at 3:00 am and started our trip to Pasha Lake Cabins,it wasn’t long after we started our journey that we realized how special a trip this was starting out to be. We hit the North-Shore of Lake Superior just as dawn stated to break, on this cool morning there was a fog that was rising of the lake that hid the waters but revealed the true beauty of the Lake Superiors Islands and bays.

    We witnessed a pair of timber wolves standing on a rock outcrop along the road as we passed through the town of Grand Marais. Could it get any better? It surely did… As we crossed the US Canadian border it did not take us long to realized that we were headed out on an adventure into a land that has withstood the test of time. As we passed though this part of the Canadian wilderness it was one spectacular scene after another, the trip up Highway 11 and along the palisades, waterfalls, tall timber forests, will never be forgotten.

    We arrived at the resort and promptly unpacked and arranged all our gear for the coming days of fishing. On the first day of fishing with all our gear and minnows in tow Chad sent us to a Lake called Tyroll, we caught quality fish all day and only left because we ran out minnows. We caught our largest fish of the week on this day a 23.5”beauty.

    A jig and minnow combo from Dean’s Tackle Shop, and B-Fishin Custom Jigs put all our fish in the boat,the most productive colors were two tone black and purple, black, and white jigs. This was a continuos theme all week, there are far to many lakes in this area to name each and every lake we fished, we caught fish all day. (insert a wink and a nod here! Chad I think you know what I mean!) To be able to go to a new Lake each and every day, one you have never been to before, one that is as wild as time began, and to be the only boat on that lake, and to go out and and catch multitudes of walleye each day, well I just can’t say enough.

    However I do have to mention one spectacular Guided trip we took with Chad, and several good friends we made at the resort. That trip across Lake Nippigon and up to the Little Jackfish River will forever leave a mark on my soul. I suddenly had this wave of emotions roll over me knowing that this land is truly special.

    This is truly God’s county!

    And Gentlemen!

    I think the good Lord has forgotten to feed his walleye’s up there because they will eat all that you can feed them.

    I need to give Chad a special shout out.Thanks for the time you put into making sure that all your customers were treated first class.

    To all, I would highly recommend and encourage a trip to Pasha Lake Cabins.

    Thank You Chad and Michelle

    Jeffrey and Corey Huberty









    Brian Hoffies
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    Land of 10,000 taxes, potholes & the politically correct.
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    #994110

    Excellent report Jeff. I’m sure it’s a trip neither you or your son will ever forget. It’s these trips and the following reports that keep people traveling to resorts that service their customers! I’m sure your experience and report will be responsible for more then one booking with Chad.

    You mention you visited several lakes. Are they all connected by water or was float planes and portages involved? At my age I can ride a boat for hours but certainly have no interest in carrying one.

    Did you bring your boat or use a camp boat? How did the camp boats look to you?

    Last……..I need to hear about the Pike fishing!

    jeff_huberty
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    #994188

    Hi Brian

    Chad had all his boats at the lakes we fished, we would drive to the trails at each lake and haul our euipment in from there.Each lake we went to had various hiking distances with all of them very manageable.

    Each morning you can choose to fish any number of lakes, at that time Chad will ask you what you would like to fish that day and how much effort you would have to put in to get there. Some lakes had the boats only, others that reqired longer hikes had the boat motor and gas already at the lake.

    You get to choose the effort you are willing to put into a day of fishing.

    We fished for Walleye all week, however there were other parties that fished exclusively for Northern pike who had very good days of fishing.
    There is also Lake Trout fishing available up there.

    I have a large fiberglass boat that I left at home, and was glad I did after experiencing some of the small loging roads and access points at the lakes we fished.

    I think some guys here have brought their own boats up there before, and they would be better of explaining how they were able to access some lakes other than the ones we chose to fish.

    If you are thinking about going I would give Chad a call, also I would be willing to answer any questions you have.

    Wade Boardman
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    Grand Rapids, MN
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    #994196

    It is an awesome place isn’t it Jeff. I can’t believe Chad ever has openings between his location, hospitality and prices.

    Unfortunately I haven’t been back since 2009, but dad went back this summer and I think he’s planning two trips next summer. Hopefully I can make at least one of them. Hmmmmm, Trophy Brookies or trophy Lakers…….which shall I choose.

    jeff_huberty
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    #994221

    Corey and I hope to make it up there next fall on a cast and blast package, we just need to agree on what to blast… which shall we choose?

    As the word gets out I believe it will become harder to find openings.

    jeff_huberty
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    #994281

    Wade

    If I remember correctly, I thought that you brought your boats up with you.How did that work out,were you limited to the lakes that you were able to access?

    Wade Boardman
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    Grand Rapids, MN
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    #994284

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    Wade

    If I remember correctly, I thought that you brought your boats up with you.How did that work out,were you limited to the lakes that you were able to access?


    Yes we did and yes we were. Dad brought his boat this year and is bringing it next year. If we really wanted to hit a smaller lake we would take one of Chad’s. However we’ve yet to do that. Of course we have wanted to target trophy Lakers each time and want a big boat for Nipigon.

    However those roads are NOT friendly to vehicles or boat/trailers. As you now know.

    corey_waller
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    hastings mn
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    #994296

    Glad you got a chance to get up there and use the package. Its so great when I hear the feed back from guys that have a chance to use the Raffle and Silent auction items from our St Judes Banquet. And to make it even better you got to share that time with your son. I hope to soon make it up to see Chad and his first class operation fist hand

    jeff_huberty
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    #994474

    Hi Corey

    Thanks for the time and effort you put into such a good cause.

    Jeff H.

    Workboot
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    Coon Rapids, MN
    Posts: 357
    #994549

    Thanks for posting your story! Looks and sounds like it was the trip of a lifetime. We want to plan a trip like that sometime soon and now we know where to go

    jeff_huberty
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    #1188931

    TTT
    Return trip is being planned,

    If any of you have the chance to go don’t pass it up.

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