In June the favourite is bluegill. It’s mostly Americans and it’s popular as it’s delicious and easy to catch. Walleye is also a favourite again because it’s delicious. Bass is a favourite in the summer as it’s just fun to catch. Most bass fishermen practice catch and release.
Which is the most challenging fish to catch in your lake? And why is that species so challenging?
I think muskie is the most challenging as there aren’t a lot of them. They’re great fun though as they put up a great fight.
What three lures are must have’s when coming to Rice Lake?
We sell the best lures, the Erie deerie, here in our store. They’re hard to find elsewhere. Most use live bait. Bluegill fishermen use coloured tear drop hooks with spikes or wax worms.
In the summertime, does the Lake have a lot of Pleasure Craft traffic (i.e. water skiing and jet skiing?
Yes, there is some pleasure craft using the lake. Water skiing and wake boarding happen but not a lot. Jet skis are here but they’re not great on the lake as it’s weedy.
How challenging is the lake to navigate? In other words, are there are a lot of prop busters guests need to be aware of?
There are a few hazards on the lake. Most are well marked. We tell them what to watch for but often props get damaged by people just going too close to shore (islands) with the boat.
Anything else you want to tell people about Alpine Resort?
Hmmm. You have to see it. Alpine Resort is unique and the longer we’re here, the more we realize that. We’re a family run business and take pride in what we do. We live here and raise our families here. The disadvantage (for guests) to this is that we don’t provide 24 hour service. For the most part, we love what we do and enjoy the people who come.