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November 2020 Newsletter

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

DESPITE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 and the devastation the international travel industry continues to experience due to the closed borders, we were able to make some major headway on projects at the lodge this past summer. Between structural and aesthetic improvements to log cabins, along with routine grounds and trail maintenance, we were able to pave the way to bring back bear hunts and spend some quality time on the lake, better understanding the fishery and patterns with each progression throughout the summer.

THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR US were fishing both smallmouth bass and lake trout in

late fall. Of course this is also an excellent time to target trophy pike, but this year our sights were set on better understanding where the bass are in Big Sandy Lake when temperatures drop and the cold weather sets in. This was also our first year to track the lake trout progression from pre-spawn to post-spawn. We always had an affinity for the fall fishing at Pine Cliff for the high probability at breaking the 40” barrier as the big northerns take over the shallows, but I would be remiss if I didn’t say the smallmouth and lake trout fishing is second to none in the second half of September. For those that prefer power fishing for bass, this is your chance. The bass are actively feeding on smelt around the shallow boulder reefs and windblown points with deep water nearby, and the lake trout are using these same areas for their spawning grounds. The fall is a great opportunity to experience world-class fishing for all three game fish species targeted at Pine Cliff Lodge.




To aid in financial recovery after a 95 percent loss in annual revenue, we opened an online pop-up store for you to pre-order shirts, hats, hoodies and more. Sport new Pine Cliff gear and support your favorite vacation in the wilderness.


We partnered with Calee Wilson Design, an abstract impressionist artist from Dallas, Texas, to bring a touch of Pine Cliff to your homes. Prints of this exclusive Pine Cliff acrylic painting are for sale right now in our online pop-up shop. From now until Nov 30, she is donating all her proceeds from the sales back to Pine Cliff. So go snag a print for your home and know that your purchase goes toward a good cause ;-)

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