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Waltons Kay Vee Lodge
Reprint of a story published in Midwest Outdoors. Midwest Outdoors: January 2002 issue By Bob Holzhei The fishing action at Nagagami Lake consistently produced walleye in the 18 to 21 inch range and when a 12 or 13 inch perch hit on the floating 1/4 inch lead head jig topped with a minnow, I wasn't sure if another nice walleye was on until the fish was reeled to the surface. Orange, green or white lead head jigs produced consistent action, and time of day didn't matter to the hungry fish. It took Ed Stubelt from St. Joseph, Michigan 45 minutes to boat a 41 inch northern pike topping the scales at just over 15 pounds. Of course, Ed is having the fish mounted and Brad Walton cut a board long enough to attach that pike to, in order to freeze it and transport it home for mounting. Just what is the secret to running a successful fishing camp? "You've got to talk to customers and be out front" stated Rob Walton who owns the camp with his wife Donna. "One year a customer needed batteries, so I flew to town and got him the batteries. Another time we ran out of minnows so I flew to town, bought more minnows, landed next to the boat so they could continue fishing" stated Rob Walton. One customer said "You're doing too much for us" "It's your holiday," Walton replied. It was obvious in talking with the Walton's one afternoon following a buffet shore lunch featuring walleye, baked beans, carrot salad, homemade bread, and relishes that teamwork within this family was a key element in the camp's success. "My wife's the axle, and I'm the wheel" stated Walton, It's obvious that son and daughter Brad and Pam Walton are important spokes that make that wheel go round. They run to meet your boat as you return from fishing, help you tie up, and then clean the catch of the day. Walton's Kay Vee Lodge located on the 13,500 acre lake with 33 miles of shoreline was our destination where a fishing adventure of a lifetime awaited. It didn't take long to locate the fish either, and anglers that brought a GPS with them did incredibly well on both walleye and perch. Anglers are limited to taking six walleye home and there is no limit on the number of jumbo perch you can take back. Rob and Donna Walton, who with the help of of their son Brad and daughter Pam, operate the lodge offering both a housekeeping and an all inclusive American plan featuring three, four or seven day packages. An underlying philosophy of customer service, friendliness and honesty keep bringing anglers back to this fishing hot spot. The Walton's just don't pass out a lake chart marking the fishing hot spots; they make a point of personally taking you there, and putting you right on top of the fish. Anglers travel from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Germany. Many anglers re-book future fishing trips years in advance to insure an opening. Fishing Nagagami Lake, an Indian word meaning "big water", must be a stop on the way to heaven. The fishing action, accommodations, food, and service provided by the Walton family was unmatched. Although we were guests, the Walton's treated us like an extension of their own family, and as my wife Shirley and I left Nagagami Lake, the Walton's had become and extension of our family.
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