December 31, 2013

Happy New Year from Fish North Ontario

Happy New Year from Fish North Ontario

I hope the New Year finds in the great Northern Ontario bush. Maybe hunkered around the wood stove in a warm cabin with a good book and even better friends. Perhaps out on the ice on a sunny crisp day with your favorite toddy and a nice little fire, ready for shore lunch.

Keep your friends close, keep the dogs closer and slide on in to 2014 with grace, speed and, of course, tight lines.

Cheers!
Deb

December 24, 2013

Ice Fishing The Algoma Region


 That Real. That Frozen. Here's another resource for you if you are planning to ice fish the Ontario Algoma Region this winter.

Algoma Region:

  • Lodges and Camps
  • The Algoma Planning Guide
  • Links to a Train-In Trip and 
  • Links to Many Other Resources for Traveling in the Algoma Region.
 See you on the train, see you on the ice.

December 14, 2013

Canadian Ice Service


The Canadian Ice Service from Environment Canada is a helpful website for those of you who enjoy the hard-water fishing.


Ice charts and information are updated regularly. The information provided is primarily for those of you who fish or travel the big waters. Right from the site you can also link to Weather Canada.

December 07, 2013

My Favorite Rod Case

The Plano Rod Case is my favorite case for traveling in and about Northern Ontario and beyond. It's hardy enough to handle trucks, trains, boats and 4-wheelers. It has fallen off all of these, some at high speeds, and bounced right back.

Check out my favorite rod case with details here.

December 01, 2013

Ontario Ice Fishing Hut and Bungalow Rental Directory


Well here's an excellent resource. Ontario Ice Fishing has a super Fishing Hut and Bungalow Rental Directory.

It's not quite yet solid ice, but we're getting closer.

And by the way, roughing it is optional.

November 15, 2013

Monofilament, Fluorocarbon and Braided Fishing Line

Here are three outstanding videos from Thundermist Lures. There are still questions I want answered, especially about braided line and tipping with fluorocarbon. I've not really found that necessary. But hey, that's for another day. In the meantime, enjoy Ivo's video tips on fishing line. And subscribe to Thundermist Lures Youtube videos.

Part 1: Advantages and Disadvantages of Monofilament fishing line:




Part 2: Advantages and Disadvantages of Fluorocarbon fishing line:




Part 3: Advantages and Disadvantages of Braided fishing line

November 09, 2013

Secret Recipes From A Canadian Fishing Guide

Oh my, do I love this recipe book. Best recipe book out there for Northern Ontario fish.

Secret Recipes from a Canadian Fishing Guide

See my personal review if you want to learn more about the details in this great book.

November 03, 2013

A Good Filet Knife

It's my Father's fault really...

Dad instilled in me the love of fishing and, by extension, the love of a good filet knife. My current favorite is the Rapala Fish 'N Fillet Superflex Knife (7 1/2-Inch) .

Read my full review here.

October 27, 2013

Moose Population Decline. What's Going On?

For some time now, moose populations have been declining in some Northern states in the U.S. Most notably, Minnesota has been strongly affected and measures are being taken to figure this out. Lose the moose, and we lose a large contributor to the ecosystem in the North.

One theory is that our shorter and warmer winters due to global warming have assisted the parasites that feed on moose. But it's still a theory and there's much to learn.

While overall, Ontario is in pretty good shape, parts of Ontario are also being affected and moose hunting is being suspended in parts of the Northeast. Parts of the Northwest in the Kenora-Dryden area are also affected.

The Ontario moose population seems to be in better shape than Minnesota, but that state's concerns are a good warning bell for getting this figured out.

Sources:
Care2
TheStar.com

October 21, 2013

Get North

Get North is one of my favorite websites when I'm looking for a new Northern Ontario Adventure. Search by Region:
Choose from Fishing Outfitters, Hunting Outfitters or both. 

October 15, 2013

Ontario Outdoor Recreation Alliance Counters Lands for Life

Group fights for right to fish remote lakes was the title of this article appearing in NorthernLife.ca on October 2, 2013.

In the article, Mike Boudreau, President of Ontario Outdoor Alliance (OntORA), lays out his case for opening up remote fishing lakes to the public, especially in the Wawa and Chapleau areas.

These protected lakes are not closed entirely. They can be accessed by anyone, but only on foot or, in some cases, through an outfitter.

One of the big issues Ontario is facing is that after a timber company comes into an area and logs, they leave roads that were not there before. These roads then turn into easy access for remote fishing lakes. 

What do you think?
Should motorized access to remote lakes be allowed?
What about outfitters?
Should logging roads be decommissioned after logging operations are complete?

I'd love to hear your opinion here. Take a peek at the article and share with me please.

Source: NorthernLife.ca




October 06, 2013

Shore Lunch

What do you prefer for your Shore Lunch? I've done a little research. These are the items most N. Ontario fishing camps are offering for Shore Lunch. Please add to the list. I'd love to hear your ideas:
  • Fried Fish. Usually battered with a wet batter or lighter dry batter.
  • Baked Beans with Bacon
  • Potatoes, Fried with Onions and Bacon. Some do Baked Potatoes (wrapped in foil on the fire).
  • French Fries and/or Onion Rings. Usually when a deep fryer is used instead of a stove or wood fire.
  • A Vegetable (usually a salad). Many do coleslaw—some with chopped apples. Some do raw vegetables. And a few do a simple Cesar Salad.
  • Bread. I see everything from sandwich bread to bannock to cornbread to biscuits.
  • Dessert. Lots of different items. Cake, Pie, Beignets, Fruit Cobbler, etc. 
So what do you do for your Shore Lunch?
Do you have a special dish or recipe you'd like to share?
What's your opinion about cooking? Do you prefer taking along a deep fryer or a Coleman Stove? Or are you a purist and nothing but a wood fire will do? Why?
What's your favorite batter; boxed or homemade? 
What condiments are an absolute MUST for your Shore Lunch?

September 30, 2013

Removing a Barbed Fish Hook

Just in case you didn't read my last post about fishing with Barbless Hooks, or you're a dedicated "barbed hook fisher," here's a great video teaching you how to remove a barbed fish hook. This guy has it down.




And remember...DON'T COUNT TO THREE!

September 24, 2013

Barbless Hooks

There are lots of reasons to use barbless hooks. Here are some of my reasons why:
  1. Barbless hooks cause much less damage to the fish. So if you're fishing catch and release, you can get that fish back in the water faster with less damage. Remember, any time you've filled your limit for the day, you're fishing catch and release. 
  2. Setting the hook and keeping the tension is important when fishing with barbless hooks. So ultimately, this will help you learn to fish like the pros.
  3. And what if you are fishing alone and you hook yourself? Removing that barbless hook is going to be much easier. Save the stiff drink for your successful stories around the campfire, not for getting up your never to remove that hook. Yes, I know there are some great methods for removing a barbed hook. But you need two hands. 
  4. And what about your fishing buddy? Even if you're not alone, he's not going to appreciate your barbs if you hook him instead of the fish.
  5. Loose a lure? At least you know the barbs will not be threatening other wildlife. Have you ever seen a bird with barbed hooks caught in it's feet or bill? It's not pretty.
  6. If you absolutely have to cut your line, you're causing less damage to the fish on the other end. It is much more likely to be able to shake the lure.
So how do you create barbless hooks? It's not difficult. First, pinch the barbs on your hooks several times. Then simply use a small flat file to remove any edges you have after pinching the barbs. Then you can fine-tune your work with a round file and sharpen your hook with whatever hook sharpener you prefer to use.

The Barbless Hook: The Inner Sanctum of Angling Revealed

"Only by reflecting on good and bad behavior can we hope to become better anglers, better fishing buddies and better people." Dennis D. Dauble

September 18, 2013

RailRiders

I love my RailRiders shirt. I love my RailRiders pants. Check out the "Toughest Clothes on the Planet."

These wonderful clothes have pockets you didn't know you'd need. They stay clean... well at least not smelly.... for days and days. And they wash and dry in a moment. 

Blood on your pants from a difficult hook removal and a long day of fishing? Not a problem for RailRiders. You'll be impressed!

September 12, 2013

I Love My Plano Storage Box

Plano Molding 1819 XXL Storage Box

I can't say enough good things about this box. This is my rough and tough, can-take-anything-you-dish-out box when I'm heading to camp the wild north. In fact, I take three, one for food, one for fishing equipment and one for clothing, bedding, and personals.

I've dropped this box off of railroad cars, trucks and docks. It has sat outside in snow and rain. It has gone down muddy bush roads on the back of a truck and sloshed around in the bottom of a boat full of water.

Everything always gets to camp clean, dry and without damage.

Stack-able, on wheels, easy to lift handles. It's a gem! And perfect for your next rough and tumble adventure.

September 06, 2013

Electronic Fishfinders--Keep It Simple

Electronic Fishfinders can improve your fishing success.

But only if you don't become overly dependent.

Take your eyes off the screen once in awhile, folks.

And keep it simple.

Here are my opinions and suggestions on using Electronic Fishfinders

August 31, 2013

How to Removing Ticks and Leeches

It's the plight of most of those who fish to find ourselves in tick and leech country. Whether you're slogging through the bush to find that hidden lake or taking a dip to wash off a couple days of stink, you are likely to encounter ticks or leeches on your trip. Here are my simple suggestions.

How to Remove a Tick:
You'll need insect repellent, pointed-tip tweezers, and rubbing alcohol. All generally found in a well-stocked tackle box. Rubbing alcohol can often be purchased in individual wipe packets that are great for a tackle box.
  1. I like to put a little insect repellent right on the tick before I start the removal process. Some use rubbing alcohol. But insect repellent seems to force them to loosen their grip a little better.
  2. Grab the tick with the tweezers as close to  the tick's head as possible.
  3. Slowly and steadily pull the tick away from the skin. 
  4. Use rubbing alcohol to thoroughly clean the skin. If you don't have rubbing alcohol, check your first-aid kit for other sterilizing products.
Guess what does not work? Anything you've heard to put on the tick (nail polish, a hot match or cigarette, a lubricant, salt, soap, etc.) to make the tick drop loose from your skin. Well, they may work, but your goal is to get the tick off as soon as you see it, not take it for a tour of the bush country.

How to Remove a Leech:
Leeches attach quickly. Left alone, they will eventually let go. But who wants to live with that!? Did you know leeches inject a numbing agent into your skin when they attach? Did you know leeches have teeth and that's how they attach to you?
You'll need your finger nail or a small knife blade and rubbing alcohol. Again, easy items for your tackle box.
  1. Get your fingernail (of knife if you have very short nails) up under the leech's mouth and lift it off. Grabbing the leech by the body and trying to pull it off generally does not work. You'll loose your grip on the leech or tear the leech in half. Use your nail or a blade to leverage the leech off. Be careful if you are using a knife blade. If you've got a pocket knife with a less sharp tool, use that. The thinner the better as you need to get up underneath the mouth. 
  2. Use rubbing alcohol to thoroughly clean the skin. If you don't have rubbing alcohol, check your first-aid kit for other sterilizing products.
And what does not work? The same as for ticks. Anything that will make the leech let go of your skin may also cause it to regurgitate its stomach contents into your skin and cause an infection.

August 25, 2013

SKYCAL Events Calendar

One of my favorite parts of going fishing in the far north is the night sky.

NASA's SKYCAL is a handy site that gives you the opportunity to find out what is happening in the night sky during your next trip north. Simply select: 
  1. Your time zone
  2. The sky events you'd like to observe
  3. The month you will be out watching the night sky
And generate your calendar to take with you when you head north.

Yes I know, they make apps for that. But I've discovered that even if I have connection in the far north, even the glow of a small phone or pad is too much when I'm out to enjoy the solitude of a quiet night at camp.

August 19, 2013

More Women and Children Fishing

A recent article at NetNewsLedger.com says numbers of women and children fishing are increasing significantly, according to a new 2013 report released by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and The Outdoor Foundation.

Two of the key findings of the article and good news for Northern Ontario is that "Americans made one billion fishing outings in 2012, averaging 21.3 fishing days per person." Also, "Forty-one percent of first-time fishing participants were female."

Read the entire article HERE.

source: NetNewsledger.com
Americans made one billion fishing outings in 2012, averaging 21.3 fishing days per person. - See more at: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2013/08/16/fishing-hooking-women-and-youth/#sthash.aGkZMiB4.dpuf
Americans made one billion fishing outings in 2012, averaging 21.3 fishing days per person. - See more at: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2013/08/16/fishing-hooking-women-and-youth/#sthash.aGkZMiB4.dpuf

August 13, 2013

Learn To Fish At Ontario Parks


Learn to Fish programs at included as part of the Learn to Camp programs at several Ontario Provincial Parks.

Get more information and register for the Learn to Camp program here. Not all Learn to Camp programs have the Learn to Fish option available so be sure to ask before registering.

A one-day fishing license and fishing equipment is included.

If you are ready to fish an Ontario Park without the Learn to Fish program, you can get more details about fishing Ontario Parks by downloads their brochure.


Gathering Lake Outfitters has been added to Fish North Ontario's Zone 6 recommendations.

August 07, 2013

The IFishOntario App

For those of you who love apps, here's an interesting one, The ifishOntario App.

This App features:
  • Over 8,200 Ontario Lakes, with Google Maps integration.
  • Solunar Calendars and Weather Forecasts
  • Live Lake Reports from Other Anglers
  • Species Reference
  • Regulations
  • Hot Spots
  • Lake Proximity Search
  • and other fishing tips and techniques
Keep in mind that you won't have access to this App while fishing some locations in Northern Ontario. But that's okay. Some fishing adventures should be just that, an adventure, unplanned and kept a secret!

August 01, 2013

Minnesota Writer Dave Orrick Finds Solitude and Fish in Northern Ontario

Dave Orrick, writer for Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota found peace and fish in Northern Ontario's Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.

In his article, Orrick describes a week in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park to be envied for its solitude, peace and fishing.

You can learn more about Woodland Caribou Provincial Park at their website, where you can plan your own paddling trip.

Orrick also recommends coordinating with Red Lake Outfitters for route consultations, guided trips and/or outfitting your adventure.

The lakes and rivers of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park are teeming with never-before-caught fish.

July 26, 2013

The Atikokan Bass Classic, August 16 and 17

Atikokan, The Canoeing Capital of the World, is hosting their 26th "Funnest Bass Tournament," the Atikokan Bass Classic, on Friday August 16 and Saturday, August 17, 2013.

Total prize payouts for this year's "Classic" are over $37,000. First Prize is $10,000.

Atikokan, located in Northwest Ontario, is host to not only this Bass Classic, but is also the gateway to some of the most beautiful country in Ontario, Quetico Provincial Park.

I have fished the Atikokan area and paddled Quetico. Both are adventurous experiences you will never forget.

July 20, 2013

Trail-Zen Visits Wabatongushi Lake


Jonathan Schechter of Trail-Zen visited one of my favorite lakes along the Algoma Central Rail line, Wabatongushi Lake.

Read his short blog pictorial diary of a wonderful May trip into Algoma Country, ending in what looks like a yet another fabulous Northern Ontario shore lunch.

July 14, 2013

Shebandowan Smallmouth Showdown, July 20 and 21


While not one of bigger Smallmouth Bass tournaments in Northern Ontario, the Shebandowan Smallmouth Showdown is growing in reputation.

Shebandowan Lake is located between Atikokan and Thunder Bay.

Grand prize is $4,000 and the "Showdown" is open to 70 boats.

July 08, 2013

Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship in July


The 19th Annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is July 25 -- July 27, 2013 on Rainy Lake.

Rainy Lake is an outstanding Smallmouth Bass fishery and well worth the trip if you've never fished Rainy Lake. Maybe you want to enter the tournament. And for sure you want to check out Rainy Lake.

80 teams are already registered for the $25,000 Champion Prize.

July 03, 2013

July Ontario Fishing Magazine Is Out And Up On The Web


July is a great edition of the Ontario Fishing Network eMagazine. And it's free. Just scroll down and click on Get Started Today! to receive your free emagazine via email.

It is well worth reading for techniques, tips and information about:
As always, you can find links to Get North, Northern Ontario Fishing and Hunting Vacation Destinations.

June 30, 2013

Canadian Cottage for Rent and Sale

InCanada.com Cottages is an interesting site if you are looking to rent a cottage for your fishing trip. These kind of rentals are great for family trips where you might need more amenities. The cottages tend to have more complete facilities and, in some cases, larger.

Find your cottage by province and then narrow it down to region. If, for instance, you are interested in fishing Northern Ontario, simply click on Ontario on the map and then select Northern Ontario.

Each listing includes options like waterfront, pets allowed or not, or even smoking or non-smoking. Listings also include a site map.

From the home page, scrolling to the bottom, you will also find a link to cottages for sale.

Happy searching!


I've still got openings for Bigger Fish to Fry in July, August and September.

June 24, 2013

The Right Lure Color

Well this video makes it simple. So simple in fact I'm a little skeptical. But hey, not everything has to be complicated. And I adore simplicity.

So I'd love to hear your opinions and feedback.

 by Kreig Adkins on YouTube


I know what lure colors work in some of my favorite fishing lakes. Come Join Me.

I've still got some fishing openings. Join me for Bigger Fish to Fry!

June 18, 2013

Limit Chages in Ontario Fishing Zone 5

MPP Campbell and former NTOA President Bud Dickson disagree about changes in Zone 5 fishing limits for non-Ontario residents. Read More...

Download Ontario's Zone 5 Fishing Regulations and read more about the changes for Non-Canadian Residents by clicking on the 2013 Fishing Regulations link on our Ministry of Natural Resources page.

June 12, 2013

Geraldton Ontario Walleye Classic June 21, 22 and 23


The Geraldton Walleye Classic is June 21, 22 and 23 this year. Already, all 115 spots have been filled and a waiting list has begun.

But there are still plenty of activities and happenings in Geraldton this weekend. Go check it out and get hooked for next year.

 I've still got some fishing openings. Join me for Bigger Fish to Fry!

June 06, 2013

Shaw Walleye Masters Tournament in Dryden Ontario

The 24th Annual Shaw Walleye Masters Tournament is June 15 and 16 in Dryden, Ontario.

Registration is $350 per team and only 125 spots are available. As of this writing, 115 spots have been filled. Don't dawdle!

For more information, visit the website, email contact@drydenwalleyemasters.ca or simply call Jason at 807-938-7641.

I've still got some fishing openings. Join me for Bigger Fish to Fry!

June 02, 2013

Frazer Lake Walleye Classic

The Frazer Lake Walleye Classic is hosted by the Nipigon Elks on Frazer Lake in Nipigon Ontario.

This is a one-day tournament on held on Saturday June 8, 2013.

Registration is $150 per team and limited to 60 teams. There are just a few openings left.





I've still got some fishing openings. Join me for Bigger Fish to Fry!

May 29, 2013

Ontario Wilderness by Rail


The Algoma Central Rail accesses some great camps and lodges along the way.

If you're interested in combining a railroad adventure with some secluded fishing (some of these camps are accessible only by rail or fly-in), check out these great secluded fishing spots: Wilderness by Rail--Lodges Along the Line.


I've still got some fishing openings. Join me for Bigger Fish to Fry!

May 23, 2013

Resorts and Lodges for Sale in Ontario


Still looking for that special fishing place of your own in Ontario? Here's another resource at Resorts and Lodges for Sale in Ontario.

And while you're at it, check out this earlier post about another great Wilderness Camps resource.

May 17, 2013

Opening Day On Cameron Lake

May 18, Walleye opener, will find me fishing Cameron Lake with Cameron Lake Fishing Lodges.

Cameron Lake is part of the Oba River system, giving you about 6,000 acres of lake fishing and several miles of river fishing.

If you are looking for an outstanding Walleye fishing experience, here's a camp you'll want to put on your bucket list.
  • Comfortable accommodations
  • Reasonable prices
  • Secluded
  • Only 5 cabins
  • Rocky shoreline and beautiful sandy beaches



Check out my Bigger Fish To Fry Adventures and join me. There's room yet this summer.

May 11, 2013

May 05, 2013

Ontario Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Do you have your Ontario Boating License? Do you know whether or not you need one?

In Ontario, there's no special boating license required to operate a powered pleasure craft as long as the boat operator holds a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, issued by Transport Canada. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is required for all Canadians operating a powered watercraft. The course and the exam can be taken online at BoaterExam.com

If you are a non-resident who is renting a powered watercraft in Ontario, bring any boaters licenses or certificates you may hold from your state or country (not required but helpful). Then ask the person or business you are renting from to certify that they have checked you out on the boat and motor you are renting.

If you are a non-resident and operating your own powered watercraft or renting one in Ontario for more than 45 consecutive days, get your Ontario Pleasure Craft Operator Card. You'll need it.


And while you're at it, get your Ontario Fishing License online too.

April 29, 2013

Just in Time for Opener--How to Fillet Fish

Here's another great video on How To Fillet Fish by Fillet Fish.





I'm still very fond of Russel Mckay's Walleye filet method but this one is also great for those of you who do not want to cut through the ribs.


I've still got some Fishing Adventures open in July, August and September. And, I'll fillet your fish for you. Join me.

April 23, 2013

Northern Ontario's Top 50 Pike Series Begins May 4

On May 4, Parry Sound is the kick-off lake for the 2013 Top 50 Pike Tournament Series.

"Through partnership and co-operation, it is the goal of the Top 50 Pike Series to promote quality recreational and competitive angling experience while preserving the fishery for future generations by employing live release. To support economic growth of our host communities and to provide charitable organizations the opportunity to raise much needed funds."

There are loads of cash prizes as well as table prizes. Details, including this year's schedule, rules and prizes can be found at Top50Pike.com.


Do you have your Ontario Fishing License and Outdoor Card for 2013? You can buy them online.

April 17, 2013

Ice Fishing At Its Best

Yes, I know March is behind us. And we are all looking forward to soft-water fishing. 

But this video by Wintertrekker inspires me even though I'll have to wait until next season. What a great way to celebrate late ice in Northern Ontario!

And what a great year it has been for late ice.






I still have some Fishing Adventures open for 2013


April 05, 2013

I Don't Know Why I Swallowed The Fly

I Don't Know Why I Swallowed The Fly: My Fly Fishing Rookie Season by Jessica Maxwell is one of my favorite fishing reads. Maxwell shares her introduction to fly fishing and the intimacy she finds through the sport. Funny, insightful and provocative.


Bigger Fish to Fry with Deb Martin

March 30, 2013

"Sore Throat" Free Northern Ontario Fishing

If you have never fished Cameron Lake with Cameron Lake Fishing Lodges, this opportunity is for YOU!

After doing two fishing shows back-to-back, I've lost my voice. But I've got just a little ways to go in order to fill camp for our 2013 Summer season.

So, I'm giving away one Adult fishing trip in a party of 2 or more adults for the week of your choice in 2013, subject to availability.

This offer is for you if:
  • You can bring at least one other paying adult
  • You love to fish the wilds of Northern Ontario
  • You have never fished Cameron Lake Fishing Lodges before
  • You can get a week away during the Summer of 2013
  • You are at least 18 years of age or older.
Your trip includes:
  • Your cabin
  • Boat, motor and all your gas for the week for every two adults (including swivel seats, fish finder, bait bucket and net)
  • All your Canadian sales taxes
  • A mid-week Shore Lunch for you and all our guests at camp.
Your trip does not include:
  • Your Canadian Fishing License
  • Your food (you do all your own cooking--except for the shore lunch mid week)
  • Your transportation to Oba, Ontario.
This give away is on a first-come, first-service basis. Don't dawdle. 

March 27, 2013

Experimental Lakes Area

The Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) is an organization to get behind.

The ELA is facing some challenges, slated for closing this month, March 2013. Many organizations and communities are asking the government to reconsider this closing.

"Since 1968, the ELA, located near Vermilion Bay, has conducted research that has identified environmental problems, provided solutions and guided policy. Researchers at the ELA conducted groundbreaking research on algae blooms and acid rain. Some areas of current research include freshwater aquaculture, endocrine disrupters and mercury levels in fish."

Source: The Chronicle Journal

March 21, 2013

Snap, Rip, Pop Jigging for Walleye


Spring Walleye Season in Northern Ontario is 57 days out. Check your rigs, check your jigs and be ready for the big bite. Here's a Linder video to help you get started.

Then come fish with me.


March 15, 2013

The Annual Hunting and Fishing Expo in Traverse City

The annual Hunting and Fishing Expo in Traverse City Michigan begins today!

Many of your favorite Northern Ontario Fishing Camps and Lodges will be represented.

Friday 4-9
Saturday 9-7
Sunday 10-5

If you're in the area, stop by and say hi. I'll be at the Cameron Lake Fishing Lodges booth.

See you soon,
Deb

March 09, 2013

Smelt Dipping Season is Here

It's that time of year again. Smelt dipping season has arrived in Northern Ontario.

While I have not heard of any runs yet, now is the time to get ready.
  • Are you waders in good shape? No holes or rips to repair?
  • What about your nets? Same question. No holes or rips to repair?
  • Are your lamps and lanterns in good condition? New mantles? New batteries?
  • And do you know your regulations?
Here they are, copied right out of the Ontario 2013 General Fishing Regulations:
Residents and non-Canadian residents with a valid recreational fishing license may fish with one dip net or one seine net.

Dip nets may be no more than 183 cm (6 ft.) on each side if square, or 183 cm (6 ft.) in diameter, if circular.
Seine nets may be no more than 10 m (32.8 ft.) long and 2 m (6.5 ft.) high.

Smelt, Dip net and seine, (day or night)
March 1 to May 31
Fishing Zones: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (except Algonquin Park), 16, 18, 19, 20
No limit

2nd Saturday in May to May 31
Fishing Zone: 17
No limit

No open season in Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Algonquin Park in Zone 15


Download your copy of the 2013 Ontario Fishing Regulations

March 03, 2013

An Ice Fishing and Water Supply Trick. Keep Your Ice Holes Open

Another helpful video from Wintertrekker.
It's pretty simple really. Saving you time and energy.






Check out Deb's Bigger Fish to Fry Adventures


February 25, 2013

fishulo

fishulo matches anglers and hunters to their ideal Canadian adventure.

Joel Prunty will help you find the outfitter, lodge and lake for your next trip to the wild Canadian north.

fishulo makes it easy. Simply go online and Plan Your Fishing Adventure now.



Manotak Lodge has been added to our list of Zone 4 Fishing Camps and Lodges

February 19, 2013

Kirkland Lake Fish Derby is February 23, 2013

Kirkland Lake's 2013 Winter Carnival Fish Derby will be Saturday, February 23 on Otto Lake (Culver Park) from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Over $50,000 in prizes, with $25,000 going to the person who catches a specially tagged fish.

There will also be a free kids fish derby with cash prizes and trophies.

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.


Get information about Ontario fishing licenses and regulations, including buying your license and outdoor card online, HERE.  

February 13, 2013

Ontario's Family Fishing Weekend Begins Feb 16




"Introduce a Friend to Fishing" during Ontario's Family Fishing Weekend, 16 - 18, 2013.

Twice each year, Ontario offers Canadian residents the opportunity to fish license free. All Ontario fishing regulations apply, including Conservation License Limits.

For these two weekend each year, you can introduce a friend or family member to fishing without purchasing a costly license first.

If you want to make a party out of this free fishing opportunity, many areas coordinate their Ice Fishing Events with this weekend.

Get information about Ontario fishing licenses and regulations, including buying your license and outdoor card online, HERE

February 07, 2013

Wikwemikong Ice Fishing Derby is Feb 9

The 5th Annual Wikwemikong Ice Fishing Derby is on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Bayside Resort, Manitowaning Bay on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

$60 per hole. Ten prizes starting at $3,000 for First Place.

A catered dinner is included with your registration.

Toll Free: 1-888-801-9422

Get information about Ontario fishing licenses and regulations, including buying your license and outdoor card online, HERE.