December 28, 2011

Chapleau, Ultimate Fishing Town of 2011!

Readers of the World Fishing Network recently ranked Chapleau Ontario as one of its Top 5 Fishing Towns in Canada. The WFN gave "Top 5's" to five towns in the United States and five towns in Canada.

In the voting, Roscoe New York and Chapleau Ontario came out on top and named "Ultimate Fishing Towns 2011."

Chapleau earned a $25,000 donation as a result of the voting and the win! Way to go, Chapleau!

December 25, 2011

Joy and Peace from Northern Ontario Fishing

Here's hoping your stocking was full of new fishing toys.


Tight Lines,

December 19, 2011

The Coalition For Algoma Passenger Trains

If you support the Northern Ontario Algoma rail system and use it frequently for your fishing trips or any other reason, please visit The Coalition For Algoma Passenger Trains website and see how you might become more involved in protecting and enhancing Algoma's passenger trains.

And their 2012 Calendars are out and ready for purchase!

December 13, 2011

The 2012 Wawa Ice Fishing Derby

Check out the official website of the 21st Annual 2012 Wawa Ice Fishing Derby.

The Derby is March 2, 3, and 4, 2012.

Enter by January 13 and be eligible to win one of ten "Early-Bird" prizes of $500 each.

  • All entries are eligible to win randomly drawn prizes (over 150 prizes last year).
  • One entry will win an LG 50 inch HD Plasma 3D TV
  • One entry will win a 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Extended Cab Nevada Edition truck!
 Details are on the website or by calling 1-888-290-FISH (3474)

December 08, 2011

Ontario Fishing Network E-Magazine December Issue

The Ontario Fishing Network E-Magazine is out and up on the web.
  • Early Ice Pike
  • Fish Finder tips
  • Turning a Missed Bass into a Caught Bass
  • Keeping Current in the Walleye Game
  • and as always tip, deal and lodge classifieds.

December 02, 2011

Firesand Haven

While you're still in the Wawa and Lake Superior Provincial Park area, check out Firesand Haven as a possible destination.

86 acres of privacy located near the Michipicoten and the Firesand Rivers, this camp is a trout fisherman's paradise.

Canoeing and Kayaking round out a great trip. 

Rental by the week.

November 26, 2011

Lake Superior Provincial Park

Right on the heels of my Wawa post, I thought it useful to mention Lake Superior Provincial Park.

If your fishing trip takes you anywhere near Lake Superior Provincial Park, do yourself a favor and plan some time for this most beautiful park.

Lake Superior Provincial Park is 1,600 square kilometers of raw and majestic beauty, accessed by highway 17 North out of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, just south of Wawa.

Artifacts uncovered in the park have been carbon dated as early as 500 BC and you can view Agawa Rock Pictographs estimated to be between 150 and 400 years old. The park's history includes hunting, trapping and lumbering.

In addition to hiking and canoeing, the park is open to hunting and fishing, including ice fishing. You can fish for trout, salmon, pike and walleye in the park, although trout and salmon are most common.

November 20, 2011

The Land of the Goose

Wawa, Ontario sits in a beautiful area that is considered the gateway to some of the most plentiful sporting areas in Northern Ontario.

The tourism division of the Municipality of Wawa is a great place to start your trip plans if you are heading north for some great fishing.

Many folks find Wawa a good overnight stay when their drive to their fishing spot will take more than one day. Others love the fishing in the Wawa area.

The Algoma Central Railway heads north out of Hawk Junction (a very short distance from Wawa) and takes many fishermen and women to their final destination.

Wawa has some outstanding snowmobiling and hiking trails.

Wawa is very close to Superior Provincial Park, one of the most dramatic parks in Ontario.

And there are several great places to get some very good Northern Ontario food.

And if you are flying into your fishing destination, there's a good chance you'll be flying out of the Wawa area with Hawk Air, Air-Dale or Watson's Skyways.

Bookmark Wawa's  Tourism Site. Sooner or later, you will be glad you've got it.

November 14, 2011

Ontario's Off Road Vehicle Regulations

Many of us use ORV's or "4-Wheelers" to get to our favorite fishing lake.

If you are planning to use an Off Road Vehicle while fishing in Ontario, it is in your best interest to know the regulations.

Do you know:
  1. When riding your ORV in town, the municipality has the authority. And the municipality must have a by law in place to allow ORV riding.
  2. Provincial ORV regulations apply to provincial highways only.
  3. There are specific provincial highways that cannot travel with your ORV.
  4. There are provincial highway speed limits for ORV's.
  5. There are parts of highways where ORV's are not allowed like, the median and construction zones.
  6. Most Provincial Parks do not allow ORV's. Some do. Know the rules for the area you are traveling.
  7. Helmet, license, registration and insurance are required.
  8. There are ORV speed, direction, trailer towing, passenger, and drug and alcohol rules in effect.
Information about these regulations can be found at Ontario's Ministry of Transportation

November 10, 2011

November 08, 2011

How to Fillet a Northern Pike

If you turn your nose up at eating Northern Pike because of the Y-bones, here's a video for you.

How to fillet a Northern Pike with no bones.

And while you're at it, check out South Shore Lodge on Eagle Lake in Northwest Ontario. Let them know you appreciate this video.

November 02, 2011

Giesler Boat Builders

Giesler Boats have been an Ontario tradition since 1921. Located in Powassan, Ontario, these boats can be seen on many Ontario lakes.

Who knew cedar and copper could be so beautiful.

October 29, 2011

Ashes to Ammo

Leave it to "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio. This one is for my hunting friends.

"The idea was born one night when Holmes and Parnell were working the late shift, talking about how they wanted to be buried. Holmes said he wanted to be cremated, sprinkled on a nearby lake. His partner had another idea."

I've heard of turning your ashed to diamonds, but "Ashes to Ammo" puts a whole new twist in getting fired.

Do we have something similar for fishermen and women? Let me hear your comments.

October 23, 2011

Fishing In Northern Ontario--Canada's Great Outdoors

Fishing In Northern Ontario

Here is another helpful link if you're considering a fishing trip to Northern Ontario.

The map allows you to choose a region in Ontario you are interested in. Then just click on the links to find outfitters, lodges, bed and breakfast facilities and motels.

Not every provider in Ontario is listed. But if you have found your previous research a little overwhelming, this can be a good place to start.

October 17, 2011

Cameron Lake Fishing Lodges, Inc. October News

The Cameron Lake Fishing Lodges' October Newsletter is out and up on their website.

They are booking 2012 fishing trips.

There's a new and improved shower house

And Mr. Pumpkin Head visits Cameron Lake

October 11, 2011

It's Time for a Good Time!

Every once in awhile I need to watch this video by Kirt Woodman. Four Old (Good Looking) Guys on a Fishing Trip. Cameron Lake, Oba Ontario.

October 05, 2011

Ontario Fishing Network E-Magazine October Issue

The October issue of the Ontario Fishing Network E-Magazine is out and up on the web. Some tips for cold-water bass and some tips for Muskies. And an article on river fishing for Fall Walleyes. As always the Fishing Lodge Classifieds can be helpful.

September 30, 2011

The Big Bear Bar

Have you ever been to the Big Bear Bar and Grill in Hawk Junction, Ontario? They are right across from the Hawk Junction Train Station.

Many of you who ride the train north to fish know about the Big Bear. If you have never stopped, take the time. The burgers are well worth it.

This one is called The Teddy Bear Burger.

September 24, 2011

Northern Wilderness Cottages on Dog Lake

Northern Wilderness Cottages on Dog Lake provides a super fishing and vacation experience.

The Sheshequin family have been in the business of making your fishing holiday comfortable, easy and memorable for many years.

Dog Lake can be accessed through the town of Missanabie, Ontario and is accessible by paved road. Once at the main office of Northern Wilderness Cottages, you will access your cottage, in most cases, by boat.

Dog Lake is a large lake. Plan plenty of time to explore!

Give Charlie a call at 705-234-2582 or email him at

September 17, 2011

Cameron Lake Fishing Lodges, Inc. News

Cameron Lake Moose
The Cameron Lake Fishing Lodges September Newsletter is out and up on their website.

Cameron Lake Fishing Lodges, Inc. is located on Cameron Lake, 14 miles by river from Oba Ontario.

Cameron Lake is best known for its seclusion and outstanding Walleye fishing.

September 14, 2011

Ontario Fishing Network E-Magazine

The September edition of the Ontario Fishing Network E-Magazine is out.

You can check it out  and subscribe for yourself HERE

September 10, 2011


Welcome to my new blog about one of my favorite activities, fishing. Here I intend to provide information, tips, ideas, and suggestions about fishing one of my favorite areas, Northern Ontario. 

Tight Lines