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October 16

Spectacular weather in the forecast thru the weekend---Highs approaching 70 and Sunny skies. The fall colors are still beautiful, the fish are biting and Sunrise Lodge is serving 3 meals daily until Sunday so 1 last weekend to come up and visit Sunrise in all its splendor. We hope to see you soon. Sunrise will be serving Breakfast every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday plus other days during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays! Make plans to visit us during the Thanksgiving week and enjoy the quaint shops, planned activities, and of course a FABULOUS THANKSGIVING FEAST!

October 3

Colors are pretty awesome is great, fishing is spectacular,  time to escape to the Northwoods for a few days of Rest and Relaxation before the snow flies.

September 30

A beautiful 3 day weather forecast with highs in the 60's and plentiful sunshine! It was 28 degrees this morning so awesome fall weather. Highway K from Phelps to Sayner has pretty color--some roads are still green so this next couple of weeks should provide plenty of opportunities for color viewing. We still have room for you at Sunrise  so jump in your car and visit us.

September 26

The summer weather has come to an end---the longest warm stretch of the season was in mid to late September. Highs in the 60's for the next 10 days so much more seasonable. Time to get in the woods or on the lakes and enjoy fall beauty.

September 17

Awesome September weather continues as highs in the 70's thru the weekend. Fishing is still good and the weeds are going down. Bear, Deer(bow), and  Grouse seasons are all underway. Local communities are having Colorama celebrations the next few weeks so make plans today to join us for a Fall Getaway! Some trees are bright red and leaves are falling while some are still green and have not started to change.

September 12

Fabulous weather is here with highs close to 80 degrees  and sunny skies. The colors are really changing. Bow season,and grouse season opens Saturday. Fishing is still excellent. So many reasons to visit Sunrise Lodge in the fall.

September 6

The Labor Day Weekend was nice but the past couple of days have been low 50's and misty---feels like lake effect snow is almost upon us! The good news is the forecast is for much improved weather starting tomorrow. Walleyes have been biting, crappies, bluegills, and some 45-50 inch muskies were caught and released over the weekend. The largemouth bass have been snapping on top water baits and spinner baits. Some of the trees are turning color already--especially in the wetter areas. Time to Think Fall Fun!

August 30

Sunny and 75 degrees!!! Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner.........we still have 1 cabin open for the weekend if you want to plan you last minute escape. The forecast looks good and yes the fish are biting!

August 23

Hard to believe that summer is almost over. Temps are supposed to be in the upper 30's tonite but day time highs close to 70. Beautiful late summer/early fall weather. Kids up here are gearing up for school so activities will be coming to an end for the season next week. Dave has been kept BUSY cleaning fish this week. Water temp is currently 70 degrees and the weeds are subsiding. We still have a couple of openings for Labor Day Weekend so give us a shout and we will be happy to see you.

August 15

Still lots of activities and action at Sunrise Lodge. Water levels are great and the water temps are in the mid 70's. Fish are biting, especially bass, bluegills, and crappies.

July 13

The weather has been great lately with highs near 80 and plentiful sunshine and sunburn. Fishing is still good for crappies, bluegills, perch, and bass. Water temp is in the mid 70's so water sports are in full swing. The bike ride bear hunt has been interesting as there have been many bear sightings in the area. Thanks to Paul and Jerry for my new favorite fishing lure on display in the lodge.

July 4

Wonderful weather, Great parades, fireworks, food, and fun make for a spectacular Independence Day. Happy Birthday
America! Lake temps are warming up as the sunshine and temps in the upper 70's have arrived. The activities are in full swing---still time to join us for Fear Factor, Softball, Basketball, T-shirt Painting, etc..... Shoot us an email at for availability.

June 21

The weather has shined on us the past few days....finally. Tubing, mini-golf, art projects with LOLA are all going strong. Temps around 70-75 are in the forecast. Mark and Scott have  been finding some walleyes, bluegills, and perch. The Illinois Bassmasters are catching latch of smallies up to 22 inches and largemouths up to 23 inches on area lakes. Water temps are still in the upper 60's in the main lake and weeds are down. The water in the shallows is ideal for swimming, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding.

June 15

A lucky ANGLER caught a 52 inch musky in the Musky tourney Sat---WOW!!!!

Rain Rain Go Away...come back another season---like as snow in the winter!!!

Fishing is very good. Bluegills, perch, walleyes, bass  etc.... Dave and Kip are cleaning fish for the guests almost non stop when they are not cutting grass or bailing boats.

May 30

I guess summer is officially underway even though it is 50 degrees with clouds and mist. The good news is the forecast is better abd the FISH HAVE BEEN BITING! Dale Behnke and family caught 8 species of fish this weekend from small perch to walleyes and a 43 inch musky. Water levels are high and water temps in the mid to upper 50s so plenty of good fishing to be found in the next few weeks. High 60s to low 70's for the next week so make plans to join us today!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! 

The weather has improved greatly and the fishing has been excellent. John Brust had success with northerns, crappies, and even a couple of walleyes. Paul and Mark left today and they said it was the best fishing they have had on LVD in years. Nice pike and lots of bass. The Brinkman group from Appleton said it was they best year for catching fish ever and I think they have been coming for over 20 years. The South side Musky Hawks are here and all are catching fish....even some muskies. Water level is high and the temp is approaching 60 degrees again. The BUGS are starting to come out so prepare accordingly.

May 17

50 degrees 1 minute and 70 the next. Not sure what is going on. Yesterday marks the 1st time in my memory that all cabins staying at Sunrise caught at least 1 legal walleye on the same day. Crappies and nice perch are hitting in abundance as well as largemouth bass and northerns. If you can't catch fish now you better get some dynamite.

 May 15

What a beautiful weekend here at Sunrise, weather was great and a great turn out for Mothers Day! Fishing was good and the crappies are in the bull rushes making the fishing experience fun--because they are biting! Looking like rain moving in for today but a great forecast coming up in the mid to high 70's!

May 10

A beautiful Day at Sunrise. Kellen and buddy hammered the fish today...warm and calm is key I guess. The Rundgren guys caught and released over 200 crappies, northerns and bass the past couple of days. Action is the name of the game--even on the cold windy days.

 May 8th

A beautiful sunny day in the Northwoods.  Another opener in the books. Sunny skies and windy. Cool temps near 50 did not make it great for catching but it sure did look pretty. The forecast for the next 10 days looks great so come on up as we do have opening for most May dates. The Sunrise dining room is open and serving 3 meals daily.

 April 20

The ice is off the lake--Monday, April 10th---faster than anyone predicted.
The main dock is all in the water and the  north dock is 70% in when this cold rainy spell hit so we will resume tomorrow and  be done by the weekend. The forecast is for plenty of sunshine and temps from the 50's to the 60's for the weekend. I have never seen a waterfowl display like last weekend while working on the docks. We witnessed swans, eagles, osprey, herons, many types of geese and ducks, loons, grouse, robins, and of course those darn seagulls.  The Sunrise Dining room opens for 3 meals daily Friday, May 6 and serving breakfast every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until then. I was over at Hillside Thursday and Saturday witnessing the LVD hatching operation and it was quite an impressive operation. 16 large jugs of fertilized eggs were collected in 4 days and are now being continuously monitored until they hatch, grow, and be released into the lake. It is hard to believe there are that many large walleyes in Lac Vieux Desert. A huge shout out to all of the LVD volunteers that are working hard to improve the walleye fishery.  

LVD Benefit Breakfast opening Day from 7-11am--100%  of the proceeds go to improving the Lac Vieux Desert fishery.

April 5th

What day will the ice leave Lac Vieux Desert???? I have April 15--Mark says April 17. Email your guess to for your chance to win! Supposed to be close to 70 Sunday!

April 4th

2nd straight gloomy day...but in the 40's so ice and snow is melting. Getting anxious to get docks in but it is going to be a couple of weeks yet. The lake is open about 20 feet out and more down by the dam where I can hear geese and ducks playing in the water. Nicer, warmer, and sunny weather predicted for the weekend.

Monday, March 27

Still ice on the lake and snow in the woods. Temps are supposed to rise to mid 40's to low 50's the next couple of days. Bluegills are biting and there is 18 inches of solid ice on the lake. A few trucks out there but more 4 wheelers and snowmobiles. Docks will remain on the shore for a few more weeks.

MAPLE SYRUP FEST SATURDAY!!!!!!!!! Join us for a hugely popular local festival featuring maple syrup, honey, and yummy food.!

Friday, March 3

6 degrees below 0 with sunny skies this morning. Going to get a last good winter of riding in. Game fishing season is open on WI waters thru the weekend and MI thru March 15. Panfishing is open year round.

Did 217 miles riding from Sunrise to the Mosquito Inn in Toivela and back yesterday. Snow on the Land O and Conover trails but choppy. As soon as you hit trail 3 going up into Watersmeet the groomer has been active and the rest of the trip (except around some swampy areas in Alston) were smooth and white. Tons of snow as you continue North. Thursday, March 2

Out riding today with Dug. Trails are pretty decent but this may be the last weekend so come see us while you can.
We are the only area in the state of Wisconsin that still has winter, good snow and open trails.

Tuesday, Feb 28.

Rode 80 miles with Leo and Manny today. Wisconsin trails are thin but when u get closer to Watersmeet trails were snow covered and white.
All lakes were solid, smooth, and slush free.

Sunday, Feb. 26

Winter is back. Joe and I enjoyed snowmobiling with the Florida Boyz Friday and we were back out busting some powder and enjoying temps in the 20's and 8 inches of fresh snow. Fishermen have a few more days left in the game fishing season. Pan Fish only after March 1. Kate was home and Davey and her did some cross country skiing so if you want winter fun....Sunrise Lodge is the place to be. Serving Yummy Breakfasts every Friday, Saturdy, and Sunday!

Feb. 22

Another Day...another record high. Yesterday was 55 degrees and sunny. I guess that comes to an end later today. Colder temps and snow (maybe 8-12 inches) moving in Thursday thru Saturday. Winter is not over yet.

Feb 20

Weather approaching 60 with bright blue it really mid Feb? Sunburned fishermen were all over the place. Not good for snowmobiling or skiing but they say winter weather is returning Thursday or Friday. I really hope so as the trails need a couple of cold nights and 6-8 inches of snow.


October 16

The north dock will be coming out this week---may as well take advantage of the beautiful weather. The south dock will remain in until ice starts to form. We still have rental boats and pontoons in the water. Musky time is here and should continue to improve with the water temps dropping. Water levels are high. Nice perch and solid pike are biting as well. Have not heard of much grouse success--I think the wet spring may have hurt the numbers. Tried brushing snowmobile trails Sunday but many are under water and extremely muddy.

 October 3

Muskies, Northerns, and Bass....oh my! Fishing is good--no sucker bite for the musky yet as the water temp is about 60 degrees.

September 30

I finally purchase my small game license so watch out grouse this afternoon. I heard some shooting over the lake the past few mornings so the ducks must be starting to fly. The water temp is in the low 60's. Not much luck on suckers the past few days but nice sized northerns, perch, and crappies have been cooperative. Lake level is still high. The next few weeks should be good fishing for all species.

September 26

The muskies were on a tear last week as I know of 8 over 45 inches all caught and released. Crappies and bass are still active. Some very nice baskets of perch and Ed had good luck on nice Northerns---so Fall Fishing is good. Water levels are fantastic and the water temps are in the upper 60's---10 degrees warmer that 2 weeks ago. Time to think about brushing the snowmobile trails while carrying a shotgun in 1 hand and a chainsaw in the other.

September 17

Nice perch, nice northerns, and lots of bass have been the headliners this week. Some musky action but nothing consistent yet. I did watch the DNR plant 450 muskies in the lake last week. Have not had a chance to chase the grouse yet but will get out there soon. Bow Season for deer as well as Bear Season is underway. Have been seeing a lot of ATVers and UtVers out enjoying the trails and fall colors. Fall is definitely my favorite time of the year.

September 12

Bow season for deer as well as small game hunting season starts Saturday. A young lady got a nice Wisconsin Bear Thursday and a 375 pound bear was shot by our MI hunters Sunday. Crappies, bluegills, nice perch, bass, and walleyes are still biting well. Musky action has been kind of slow but the ones they have been getting have been 45 trophy fish. Water temp is still in the upper 50's but should be warming with the beautiful weather forecast. We had our first Frosty Snowmobile Club meeting 1st night so the winter season is not too far away. Join the club early so I can get your membership number and you can buy $10 trail passes instead of $40 per trail pass.

August 30

Water temp is now in the upper 60's and the weeds are starting to go down. The Guska crew is catching northerns on minnows and beautiful perch. Guests have been getting quite a few walleyes (mostly undersized) as well as bluegills and crappies. Sunrise guests caught 45 plus inch muskies this week so musky action is heating up.

August 23

Perch in the weeds, Crappies on the south shore or around the islands, Bluegills every where seem to be the hot bite right now. Musky action has been picking up as a Sunrise guest caught a beautiful 49 inch tiger last week. Kellen and his sister and Dad caught quite a few northerns, bass, perch, and at least 1 musky last week on artificial baits. They worked for them but they got em.

May 8

Water temp is about 53 degrees and the weeds have not started to come up very much. The water level is pretty high. Andy and Taylor Miles caught some crappies off the dock and had a nice fish that got away--of course. The opening weekend fishermen had sunny skies and a 10-20 miles North wind to deal with. Heard reports of some northerns as well as a few walleyes. Quite a few panfish were caught as well.

April 5

Open water fishing season opens Sat May 6th for walleye and northerns, May 15 for Musky. Panfish never closes. Ice fishing is done for the year--just waiting til we can get the docks in. Looks like the walleye bag limit will be 3 this year with a minimum size of 18 inches.

Feb. 20

The ice fishing was great. You can drive a truck, snowmobile, or 4 wheeler any where on the ice. Snowmobile trails are shot til old man winter comes back. There are still people riding, but....I would not.

February 11

The fish have been biting. Northerns and crappies around the islands, gills galore in Rice Bay, The flags were flying on the west shore yesterday with mostly pike. Snowmobile trails are in VERY GOOD Condition. We have had quite a few cross country skiers and snowshoers enjoying the snow and the beautiful winter scenery. Looks like a few more weeks of top notch winter fun!

 February 4

Been out riding and all trails are excellent. Life is good. Heavy traffic this weekend but the groomers are out in force. The ice fishermen have been doing well on Northern, crappies, bluegills, and even some nice walleyes. Ski Hills and trails are excellent as well. Winter Fun everywhere.

February 1

Phil was out riding the trails all along Phelps, Eagle River, Alvin and Nelma and said they are great riding, this should make all the snowmobilers happy as well. Lake is in good shape no slush reported recently. Trails are good shape come up and enjoy a nice ride this weekend :)










Life is good---remember the alternative!


PHIL's Sports Report

Congrats to the least they let the Brewers hang around long enough to make an interesting season.

Another ass kickin by the Pack over the Bears.....Mitch Trubiskey is the new Bears savior??

 The Badgers and Land O Lakes native Austin Ramesh look excellent. Go Badgers, Brewers, and PACK!

The Miller Lite will be tasty and Augie looks good in Packer Green.


Augie- Here is that picture of you wearing a Packer shirt--may be a permanent switch!

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