Cory Christianson

Co-owner of Skyport Lodge

Cory Christianson used to write a weekly column for the Cook County News Herald entitled 'Tales from the Track'. His column focused on the North Shore and it's wildlife, as well as his extensive experience as a fishing guide on the Gunflint Trail for 23 years. Cory has decided it's time to focus on his responsibilities at Skyport Lodge and has since retired his column, but his articles are still available to read below. Enjoy!

Fins and Feathers

Hard to decide between chasing birds and fishing for outdoor sports enthusiasts this time of year, especially on those magical days when the sun shines. Small game hunters and anglers have overlapping seasons for the next few weeks as the leaves ...

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School’s Out

You might have noticed a little extra energy from Cook County kids this week since school is out for summer break. The next 90 days will be filled with a variety of activities for our little ones including: basketball camp, T-ball practice, riding ...

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Golf or fish?

The rains have subsided leaving a muggy, and buggy, mess in their wake as the grass and leaves are exploding with life. Wildflowers are knee high and blooming in some of the more wooded areas as the weather settles into a slightly more stable ...

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Where are the fish biting?

Monday, July 23, 2018 will go down as a magical day for Julie Collman and her daughter Jessica Berg Collman. The two were fishing for walleye on Saganaga Lake but weren’t having any luck. Because of busy schedules, it was the first time the ...

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Memorial Fishing Report

Fishing reports varied greatly depending on where anglers decided to drop a line this past holiday weekend. Tourists flooded the Gunflint Trail and Grand Marais area trying to beat the heat wave happening in the metro area. There was a major ...

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Slow Green up

  The woods are reluctantly turning green this week as leaves begin to sprout from tree limbs and the grass, although spotty, begins to grow. Conditions are dry, and there is very little precipitation forecast for Cook County to help aid the ...

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Rods to Rifles

Fishing rods are being traded for rifles this week as “Buck Fever” spreads across the county. The woods will be filled with blaze orange as the 2018 firearm deer season opens this coming Saturday, November 3 in Minnesota. The forecast ...

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Turkey Day at Sea

Nice days are now a matter of opinion, and I am happy with any day the sun decides to show itself— even if only for an hour. Morning frosts have taken a toll on the vegetation, exposing the wilderness and reminding us of how close we are to ...

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Brrrrrrrrrrr!

Winter is near. The leaves are gone, the swamps are freezing, and the snowbirds are already sipping on poolside piña coladas somewhere in Florida or Arizona while working on their tans. This could be the coldest fall I can remember, and the ...

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Wild Weather

The leaves are mostly still on trees this week which is a huge surprise considering the gale-force winds and early snowfall. It has been a nasty October so far, and the forecast is not expected to change any time soon. High winds tore through Grand ...

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First Snow

The fall colors are popping but the weather has been less than enjoyable with cold, wet, and windy conditions and little reprieve in the forecast. If a cold fall is any indication of an early winter, then we should be getting ready for snow ...

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Chilly fall

The bite of fall has sunk its teeth deep this week and there are more wet, cold, and windy days ahead in the forecast. Traditionally we get a week or two of late summer sunshine during the leaf season, but it might be a short window this ...

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Seasonal Changes

Post Labor Day summer has become my favorite weeks of the year. The kids are back in school with many activities to keep them busy while the lodge and restaurant begin slowing down, allowing me to get some things done before the snow begins to ...

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The last day of summer

The Pincushion maple trees are beginning to turn, and the lakes are cooling off while we enter the beginning stages of fall. Leaves will change colors as the forest ripens, and the wildlife begins to prepare for a long winter ahead. It feels much ...

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Rainy day fun

This is the last week of summer vacation for Cook County students, and I cannot believe how fast the season has gone. We tried taking our kids swimming on Seagull Lake for an end-of-summer family day, but instead were faced with misty cold weather ...

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Help Wanted in Cook County

Residents of Grand Marais are saying goodbye to the summer heat as temperatures drop near Lake Superior this week. Tourists are still lining the streets and waiting in line for a chance to purchase anything to show they have visited the coolest ...

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Perfect Summer Days

Lake life has been great this week with warm water temperatures and beautiful weather to enjoy boating, hiking, camping, and anything outdoors. The skies have been bright with a beautiful moon and plenty of stars to gaze at while enjoying a nearly ...

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HydroFlight returns

Grand Marais has survived another Fisherman’s Picnic, and everyone in the service industry looks a little worn out. I witnessed the massive amounts of people and vehicles on Saturday while filling a few much-needed gas cans for our rental ...

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Pickers Beware

The window of opportunity is closing fast if you have yet to fill a bucket of blueberries this season. Saganaga Lake patches are quickly drying and most of the ripe berries have fallen to the ground making berry picking difficult. A few miles ...

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Angling Inspiration

Summer is escaping rapidly, and the window of opportunity for activities to share with my children is closing as well. Operating the lodge and restaurant takes most of my time, but it is important to make memories with my family despite the daily ...

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