1990 Crowduck Lake
(Jack, Joe, Mark, Mark Sinning, Ron Nahe, Randy Nahe)
Jack started a fishing tradition in 1990 that lasted through 2003. Jack met Ron Nahe, an IBM account executive, while working with IBM to conduct a study on how best to establish networks of computers in all Honeywell Commercial Divsion branch offices and then network these 100+ networks nationally. Jack mentioned to Ron on one of the many trips to branch offices together that he would like to find a nice Canadian fishing lake. Ron said he had just the lake and scheduled an August trip to the Crowduck Lake Camp even though Ron had already been there early in the summer for some outstanding smallmouth and walleye fishing. It all began on the trip on which the following photos were taken.
Above is Joe posing with what the group thought would was a nice smallmouth bass. Later they would realize that this was just a baby in Crowduck Lake which was a championship smallmouth bass lake. In the center is Mark Sinning from Germany. Mark's mother Giesla was Jack secretary in Germany so Jack invited Mark to experience the outdoors and fishing offered in Minnesota and Canada. At the right is Ron Nahe showing off a 24" walleye.
Because this trip was late in the summer, the group caught mostly smallmouth bass. The walleye weren't as active as they would find out in the forthcoming years at Crowduck.
Mark and Jack did catch some nice walleye and "jackfish" as they call northern pike in Canada. But smallmouth bass fishing was awesome. The rule for Crowduck Lake Camp fishermen is that you could keep smallmouth bass up to 16" but those larger than that are to be returned to the lake. That being the case, you will only find the "smaller" smallmouth on the stringers.
At the suggestion of Char, Jack later got rid of that stupid looking "fishing" hat.