December 09, 2017

Saving the Lake Superior Caribou on Michipicoten Island


The MNR and the Michipicoten First Nation are collaborating to save the Lake Superior Caribou.

Some of the caribou on Michipicoten Island will be moved to Slate Islands.

Details HERE

August 04, 2017

Gear Ratio Made Very, Very Simple

I knew this. But I could never have explained it as simply. Thanks Ivo of Thundermist Lures!


June 22, 2017

Grand Marnier and Fish. Oh, My! Gravlax

Here's a super recipe for Gravlax with Grand Marnier, salt, brown sugar and dill. Personally, I can leave out the dill. But Grand Marnier, oh my! I've got to put this recipe on my TO DO list. Thanks Thurndermist Lures.

Traditinally, Gravlax is a Nordic dish with salmon. Here it is with trout. Looks yummy.

And no cooking necessary.


April 18, 2017

Sturgeon Falls Rod & Gun Club Annual Pike Fishing Tournament


The Sturgeon Falls Annual Pike Fishing Tournament is May 26 & 27, 2017 in Cache Bay.

Over $50,000 will be awarded in cash and prizes.

The tournament is hosted by the Sturgeon Falls Rod and Gun Club.

Learn more and register at the Tournament Website or on Facebook.

Entry fee is $220 per team.

Tight Lines!

February 25, 2017

Northern Pike Cakes

"Chef Jay Barnard, of Kenora, Ont., says northern pike has become one of his personal favourite fish. It has a 'sweet, freshwater' taste, he said." Source: CBC News: Thunder Bay

Well, I'm pretty sure those are not Northern Pike the chef is holding. And I'm not sure his contention that "When you say northern pike people get scared," is accurate. Maybe for those who do not fish. But that aside, Northern Pike Cakes are delicious.

Chef Barnard does not share his recipe, but here's mine. First, I must apologize. At camp, I never measure anything. Use your best judgement.
  • Leftover cooked Pike, flaked
  • Bread or Cracker Crumbs or Panko
  • Chopped Onions and Minced Garlic, very lightly sauteed
  • Eggs 
  • Your favorite seasonings. I like Mrs Dash Garlic and Herb Blend or occasionally Lawry's Season Salt. Sometimes I use Tarragon or sometimes Curry Powder. Change is good, right?
  • A Lemon or two
  • Your favorite dipping sauce
Mix the Pike, Crumbs, Onions and Garlic, Eggs, and Seasoning. Form into patties about 3/4 of an inch thick. Lightly fry in your favorite oil, butter or even lard. Remove to a tray lined with brown paper (I usually use a cut grocery bag) to absorb the excess grease. Do not use paper towels as they become soggy. Keep warm in a low oven while you are frying more cakes. Or let everyone eat while you stand at the stove. Serve with sliced lemon and your favorite sauce.

Here's my favorite and easy Tartar Sauce:
Mayonnaise
Pickle Relish
Chopped Green Onion
Lemon Juice
Finely grated Parmesan Cheese (I usually use the stuff you can buy in the canister because it's easy at camp).
Keep mixing and tasting until you get it to your liking.

I like to serve this with a crisp salad or coleslaw to balance the fried patties.

February 01, 2017

Ontario Family Fishing Weekend


Ontario Family Fishing Weekend is February 18 - 20. If you're looking for some weekend fishing fun in your area, Ontario Family Fishing Events has a significant list. Fun on the ice in February is super way to take it outside and shake off the winter cobwebs.