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  1. Molly Peaton
    September 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Nice catch MIKE!!!!!

  2. Mike Rogers
    September 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm Reply

    Ray excellent fish report keep up the good work…save us some big ones…Big Rock is definitely the best place to stay on Leech Lake.. yourself marty and Mary are the best. you couldn’t ask for a better resort to stay at. can’t wait to return next year take care and keep in touch thanks for making our vacation a very enjoyable time

  3. Val Osterberg
    September 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm Reply

    Way to go Ray!

  4. Val Osterberg
    September 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm Reply

    Fantastic week of fishing! Big Rock Resort makes us happy! Can’t wait to go back!!

  5. Vern Havlik
    September 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm Reply

    I taught you all I knew so you learned well. So happy you all had such a good time and great fishing . Hope to be with you next year.

  6. Val Osterberg
    September 16, 2012 at 8:38 am Reply

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your fishing reports! Wish we were there to share in the fun and excitement. Keep up the great job, Ray!

  7. Mike Rogers
    September 16, 2012 at 9:38 am Reply

    very good fish report Ray only problem is we are not there to enjoy the fun… have fun cleaning all those perch course you’re a pro at it and it won’t take you very long at all keep up on the good reports and take care

  8. Val Osterberg
    September 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm Reply

    Great job, Ray! Enjoy your reports!

  9. The Kruegers
    September 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm Reply

    Wow….Looking good. Can’t wait to be there this Friday the 28th. Excellent News!!! Thanks Ray!!


  10. Tim Kennedy
    September 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm Reply

    looks great Ray keep it up.

  11. MIKE Rogers
    February 13, 2013 at 5:39 am Reply

    Come on Ray…GER ER Done!!!!!….make June get here soonier..cant wait!!!….Save me a 30 incher!!!

  12. Val Osterberg
    May 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm Reply

    We will see you in a few weeks! Keep up with the good work!

  13. Mike Rogers
    May 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply

    Ray awesome report news sounds wonderful can you make these next two weeks go by fastI like to leave and be there in seven hours right now…enjoy reading your fishing reports keep up the good work

    May 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply

    It was another great memorial weekend at Big Rock Resort!!!! Thank you Big Rock STAFF!! Ray thanks for all the great fish cleaning. Looking forward to my next visit. The Polar Craft boats are a great addition to the resort!!!!!

  15. "Stillwater Pro's"
    May 29, 2013 at 9:44 am Reply

    Nice report! Great weekend of fishing at Big Rock. Ray, that was the most impressive fish cleaning clinic you put on. The standard knife cleaned up on the electric. We’ll be back up on June 7th. we will stop over to see you.

  16. Gil from stillwater
    May 31, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply

    As usual, fishing was awesome, big rock has the nicest accommodations on the lake and we can’t wait to get back up there! Thanks for the report. See ya soon

  17. Val Osterberg
    June 4, 2013 at 11:02 am Reply

    Thanks for the update! We will be seeing you soon!

  18. John Swol
    June 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm Reply

    10′ Sunny’s and 15′ Crappies? How do you even get them in the boat? Them are some big fish…….. Appreciate the report though.

  19. Val Osterberg
    June 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Counting the days! Thanks guys!

  20. Tracy Owens
    June 25, 2013 at 8:46 am Reply

    Only 3 weeks away, And we will be there!! Cant wait!!!

  21. Mike way
    July 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Thanks for writing the article! It was done well and very informative. Catch them fish readers visiting the resort!!! Good luck.

  22. Val Osterberg
    July 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm Reply

    See you in two days!”

  23. Vern Havlik
    July 19, 2013 at 10:15 am Reply

    See you folks in AUGUST !

  24. Scot & Kathy Bowman
    July 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply

    Hi Ray;
    Did i hear you say the perch are starting to bite. Fill up the boat!! Hope to see you soon. You guys are the BEST.


  25. Ryan Thompson
    August 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm Reply

    Great report Ray!

  26. Mike Rogers
    September 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm Reply

    Marty..Mary…and of course you RAY…it has been a outstanding year at Big Rock…whether the fish are biting or not its always a pleasure to stay with you guys you always go out of your way for everyone to have enjoyable time…but you also make it so hard to leave at the end of the week. I will come back as long as you guys are running the show. You do so much and its very appreciated. Have a safe and warm winter…make June of 2014 come soon…take care..stay in touch…and thanks again for all the good times and memories at BIG ROCK!!!

  27. Rebecca Osterberg
    September 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm Reply

    I may not make it up as often as I’d like, but I get to enjoy the “fruits of the lake” when Denny brings home the treasure! Awesome year and as always, thanks to Ray for helping clean or at least supervise the cleaning of the fishies!

  28. Kara Carlson
    December 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm Reply

    Ahh! Look at Kelli, Stella bella and me!

    • Kara Carlson
      December 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm Reply

      and Lily too!

  29. (M.R)
    May 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm Reply

    Good job Ray….keep them coming…beware..eight days..we will there…can’t sleep now so excited..keep us posted.

  30. Isaac Poldervaart
    June 3, 2014 at 12:16 am Reply

    Can’t wait to get up there on Saturday! Those guys in the picture better have saved some fish for us, and Ray you better get ready to clean all of mine. Gonna be a long week for you! 😉

  31. Kent Bohac
    June 18, 2014 at 9:48 am Reply

    Enjoy the fishing reports…keep them coming. Our annual trip cannot come soon enough!

  32. Joe Schmidt
    June 24, 2014 at 9:52 am Reply

    Great video Ray, well done.

    See you next week!
    Joe Schmidt and family

  33. Mike Rogers
    May 18, 2015 at 11:52 pm Reply

    Great job Ray. Keep the reports coming . Enjoy all what’s happening there. See you all soon

  34. Mike McNeil
    June 30, 2015 at 9:29 am Reply

    Great article Ray! See you in August.. Sharpen your knives!

  35. Jim Ramthun
    July 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm Reply

    we will be there aug1st through the 8th. any suggestions on the fishing. Jim

  36. Ray
    July 27, 2015 at 11:52 am Reply

    I would stick to the reefs and pull crankbaits, the last few days has shown quite a bit of promise. look for areas in the 8-14 foot range in the main lake basin.

  37. Ted R
    July 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm Reply

    Now that’s a fishing report. There’s a lot of mumbled gibberish on the net who call themselves a fishing report but, none can hold a candle to this honest assessment of what anglers can honestly expect. I can’t wait to get up there! Thanks Big Rock.

  38. Propbender
    August 3, 2015 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Ray, keep up the good work!! The boys love reading your posts. We’re all chomping at the bit to get back up there in a few weeks!! Bohac takes good notes – hoping he can snag a couple walleyes this trip.

  39. Scot
    August 12, 2015 at 9:16 pm Reply

    Tell Dennis to start saving his dollars. Hope to see ya all soon?

    Scot & Ella

  40. Ray
    August 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm Reply

    Scot, We can’t wait to see you again!


  41. Texas Husker
    August 20, 2015 at 10:42 am Reply

    Great article Ray! The Hot Air from Texas and Nebraska are rolling into town! Sharpen your knives!!

  42. Scot
    September 7, 2015 at 11:11 pm Reply

    Great job on the report Ray. Fishing report sounds great also. Sure hope ya have some mint icecream left? I think Denis is going to be doing some buying. Im buying lots of pink jigs to bring up. See ya soon.


  43. Robert Hanson
    June 13, 2016 at 4:24 pm Reply

    Enjoy reading these fishing reports. How often do you post them? Very helpful reading

    • admin
      June 14, 2016 at 7:50 am Reply

      In the summer and fall we try to put new ones out every week on Monday’s – thanks for reading!

  44. Michael Vandi
    July 25, 2016 at 5:46 pm Reply

    We loved our vacation at Big Rock, so many memories we make as we come together for our family vacation. Thanks for a great week of fun!!!!!!

  45. Allen Mathieu
    August 8, 2016 at 2:24 pm Reply

    This report is such a good read , it always makes me happy! Thanks Ray

  46. Kerri
    August 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm Reply

    Thanks for a great week Ray!!!
    ~Jeremy and Kerri Nordby

  47. Mike Rogers
    August 22, 2016 at 7:19 pm Reply

    Keep the cool weather coming water temps falling and fish biting!! Get that knife sharpened. Enjoy your fish reports even if a few stink!! See you in 8 days. Take care!!

  48. Russ Havlik
    August 23, 2016 at 8:15 am Reply

    We always do our best to make sure you have enough fish. Keep those temp dropping a little more and the fish will cooperate. Keep up the great posts enjoy reading them. See you soon!

  49. Mike Rogers
    May 15, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply

    Ray. It’s good to read your fishing reports again!! It’s been a long winters wait. Hope the bite this year is as excellent as it has in past. I already know the hard work and effort you give your guests to make their stay at Big Rock will be there again this year as well. Thanks to all for making our stay so pleasant and fun. See you in three weeks. Keep the bite on and the sun shinning. Enjoy looking forward to each week reading your fishing updates and tips. Thank you!!

  50. Chuck Suchy
    May 30, 2017 at 8:04 pm Reply

    Great job to all the staff at Big Rock Resort this was another 5 star weekend. Looking forward to our next trip to the finest resort in Minnesota!!!

  51. Mike McNeil
    June 3, 2017 at 7:34 am Reply

    Great article, Ray. Keep up the good work. see you in a few months.

  52. Mike McNeil
    August 21, 2017 at 6:05 am Reply

    Great articles Ray. Sharpen those knives and make sure the mothership is ready to go! See you this weekend!

  53. Joe Schmidt
    May 21, 2018 at 9:42 pm Reply

    See you in a few weeks Ray!

  54. Wilson H
    May 21, 2018 at 11:14 pm Reply

    Loved the updated Ray! The new boathouse and docks looked great as well. Keep up the hard work, see you in a few weeks!

  55. Andrew L
    May 26, 2018 at 10:00 am Reply

    The dock lights look amazing at night! The boathouse has a huge family bathroom and is a really a nice addition.

  56. John and Jackie Swol
    May 31, 2018 at 4:45 pm Reply

    We miss going up there a couple of times each year.

    June 18, 2018 at 2:22 pm Reply

    Thank you Ray for the great time we all had when we were at Big rock. Always a lot of fun. You are a awesome person with a great personality !! Keep it up and good luck !

  58. Joe Schmidt
    July 16, 2018 at 9:50 pm Reply

    So, you are a Dave Mathews Band fan?

    See you in the Fall Ray!

    Joe Schmidt

  59. Mike & Shar Vandi
    July 28, 2018 at 10:59 am Reply

    Ray, enjoy your blogs we so enjoyed our vacation at Big Rock and watch the Web Cam every day. Your hospitality is above and beyond and we can’t Thankyou folks enough! Wondered if we have any swamp babies yet. Have a great rest of your summer!!!!!

  60. Musky Mike McNeil
    August 21, 2018 at 9:48 am Reply

    Sharpen those knives Ray! See you later this week!

    Also, you better go check on Cabin 1B – I hear there’s some funny business going on down there.

  61. Brad
    January 30, 2019 at 10:39 pm Reply

    Your style is really unique compared to other people I have read stuff
    from. Thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book
    mark this site.

  62. Scot Bowman
    May 15, 2019 at 12:17 pm Reply

    See ya in a few days Ray. I ask a simple question, the truth I only wish. Are all fishermen liars or do only liars fish?


  63. Dan Diekman
    May 21, 2019 at 5:50 pm Reply

    See you Friday

  64. Dan Diekman
    May 29, 2019 at 3:45 am Reply

    Thank you Ray for your hospitality. You’re crew and you do a fantastic job. God willing, see you again next year.

  65. Steve suchy
    May 31, 2019 at 10:23 pm Reply

    Ray. Scot and myself are down in cabin 6 wondering if you could bring a couple of ice cream cones down

  66. Kevin Goligowski
    June 18, 2019 at 7:48 pm Reply

    Very good report Ray!
    But you neglected to talk about the best kept secret, what about those Colorado Crappies?

  67. Bonnie Hanson
    June 25, 2019 at 1:20 pm Reply

    Great blog Ray. Love seeing family and friends on this page with their great catches. We had a great time last week, looking forward to September. Bonnie Hanson

  68. Mike & Shar Vandi
    June 28, 2019 at 8:05 pm Reply

    The Vandi’s will be up in a couple weeks so tie up a couple walleye and stock the freezer with ice cream! We can’t wait!!!!!

  69. Dorothy Rogers
    August 6, 2019 at 7:35 pm Reply


  70. Mike McNeil
    August 14, 2019 at 11:17 am Reply

    Great blogs, Ray. Glad to hear you survived the storm.

    See you next week!

  71. Gregory J Miller
    August 15, 2019 at 6:57 am Reply

    Approx when is the jumbo perch bite (usually) and is Sheep Pastures a good place to search them out? Also, what’s ethical to keep- do we send over 12 inchers back?

  72. Scot Bowman , New Hope, MN
    March 23, 2020 at 6:16 pm Reply

    Hi Ray. I’ve seen many changes over the years. From new owners to the cormorants explosion. I have met so many great friends through my 40 years coming there. Such’s and I will be celebrating our 40th year with out missing a season. We will be seeing you in May! Thank you for your help and passion. Scot

  73. Jeff Danberg ( J D )
    April 8, 2020 at 7:17 pm Reply

    Hope you guys will be open for business towards the end of May when we come up. The guys are really looking forward to it. Hope everyone is well. Take care

  74. Susan Stieglbauer
    May 11, 2020 at 5:45 pm Reply

    Just to clarify….do we need to bring our own dishes and pots and pans or will the normal amount still be there?

    Thank you!

    • Ray
      May 12, 2020 at 8:17 am Reply

      we will have pots, pans and dishes in the cabins, we’re just going to have less than the normal amount to make things easier for us, we can provide you with any extra items you need.

  75. Bonnie Hanson
    May 15, 2020 at 6:35 pm Reply

    Ray- asking for Bob, are you still going to be selling fishing licenses?

  76. Bob Hanson
    May 15, 2020 at 6:41 pm Reply

    Ray, Don’t know if you have seen this post already but sending again just in case. Are you still going to sell fishing licenses at the lodge? Thanks B & B

    • Ray
      May 19, 2020 at 10:58 am Reply

      Yes we will

  77. Mike & Shar Vandi
    May 17, 2020 at 10:38 am Reply

    So thrilled you guys are up and running, loved the article and the pictures! Can’t wait to see you in July to make more family memories!

  78. Trista Ritter
    May 26, 2020 at 7:24 pm Reply

    Thats actually dave schinagel not John ritter lol. We were in 1a cabin!

    • Ray
      June 2, 2020 at 12:26 pm Reply

      Fixed! thanks!

  79. Mike Vandi
    September 2, 2020 at 7:40 pm Reply

    Thanks for the post, we sure enjoy reading and looking at the pictures! Feels like fall is coming and some great fishing to look forward to. Keep your posts coming miss our Big Rock fun times!

  80. Michele Odalen
    May 23, 2023 at 6:23 pm Reply

    Hey, Ray – your fishing report is spot on. We stayed with friends on Agency Bay and had a hard time finding walleye. We nailed the perch though. We swing by Big Rock but missed seeing you. We’ll stay again sometime in the future. Have a great summer.

  81. John Swol
    May 26, 2023 at 12:48 pm Reply

    Good article Ray. Keep up the good work.

  82. Will R Fredregill
    May 30, 2023 at 2:26 pm Reply

    Thanks for the report Ray!

  83. Mike Vandi
    June 5, 2023 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Enjoyed your blog can’t wait to see you in July!!