Family Outing

3 08 2017

Couple of Family Pics !  These next generation fisherman already are getting it!

 

Hard bottom flats with bait.

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Summer Bite!

3 08 2017

I think the summer musky bite has started in this area.  We had about a week of hot and humid weather which really shot water temps into the seventies.  At least from my experiences, the summer bites really is good when the temps get into the 70’s for the first time of the year.  We were able to get out last night for a couple of hours and raised 5 fish and boated 1.

The walleye bite on the right body of water has been fantastic!  13 to 20 foot humps are holding fish but you can catch fish shallow.  The outside edge of cabbage beds are holding all year classes of fish.  The amount of quality fish caught this week has been very impressive.

Bear baiting has started, it’s great to be back in the bush .  We are expecting another fun and exciting bear season.  Bear populations seems to be very good and all of our baits have multiple animals on each one. There is a surprising amount moose sign out there right now, especially in areas that haven’t had moose for a while.  Deer populations in this neck of the woods is still very low, maybe a faster rebound for the moose herd.





Bigger Water

8 07 2017

Mid summer is usually the time we start fishing larger bodies of water.  Why? Cooler water, more oxygen, more water flowing in.  Although, water temps are staying cool over all and our bush lakes are still producing good number of quality fish.  When fishing larger bodies of water I personally like to fish shallow humps, 4 to 15 feet with deep water close.  The key for these areas is bait fish.  It is imperative that there is a presence of bait fish on this type of structure.  As I have said before, find the bait and you will find fish.  Fish have migrated away from their spawning areas and are positioned on or near their summertime humps.  When the bite is on you are able to catch fish on just about anything but my preferred tactic is still a jig and a minnow. Once you go through all your minnows which happens often, the gulp minnow on a jig is my second choice.  Always use the lightest jig you can with still knowing whats going on.  1/8 oz. is preferred but a 1/4 oz. We were able to get out and do a bit of guiding last week.  Fish counts were good at around 70 per day but the quality 20 to 25 inch fish was awesome.  Try some mid lake shallow humps that are holding bait, it’s addicting and you won’t be around too many other boats .





Good Fishing

6 07 2017

Looking back on May and June fishing in NW Ontario I would have to say the fishing was good throughout.  We did not have to many days that were slow.  Remote lakes and rivers were excellent as usual.  In my opinion the Mayfly hatch and/or hatches did not slow things down if you were in the right spots.  I have learned that your normal go to spots may not hold fish when hatches are going on.  Try a few spots that you would never fish most of the time.  Silty bays where the mayflies are hatching can be the ticket.  Fish the  bays that have the most wind blowing into them, the fish can be anywhere.  Once you catch a fish throw a marker buoy and exhaust the area before you move on.  You would never think fish would be in some of these areas but they are.  Northern Pike and trout fishing was probably on the slow side this past spring.  Musky has been slow as well. Water temps are still in the low to mid sixties and the summer bite has not got going yet. When we see those temps reach the 70’s the muskies should put on their summer feed bag.

If you are looking to book for 2018 in NW Ontario now is the time.  We are looking to fill some spots at the outpost and here at PCC.  Our first openings start June 23rd.  We also are looking to fill a few fall bear hunting spots in 2018.  There should be openings for wolf hunts in 2019 for those interested in great winter adventure.





Warmer Water

12 06 2017

The second week of season the water temps were in the 50’s and in just one week the water rose  20 degrees.  On some lakes that quick rise sent fish deep, passing up their post spawn hangouts.  Flat and sunny hot days made for a tough bite as of late.  Every body of water is different right now.  Overall fishing is decent but not excellent.  30 to 40 walleye in a day is good right now.  Perch finished up their spawn last week and you can still find a few bass on their beds.  It’s tough to say where to fish on any given lake, it seems fish are not concentrated or if they are the next day the fish will have moved.  The bigger female walleye have started biting and your mid to high 20’s are be caught every day.  There has been several 27 and 28 inch fish caught and released in the last two days.  Not much to talk about with big northern or trout as of late.





FULL SWING

29 05 2017

With the 2017 fishing season now in full swing I would have to say the overall fishing reports have been good.  Water temps are slowly creeping  up which will definitely help the fishing go from good to great.  From lake to lake reports are different but if you are targeting walleye your normal spring depths are in play.  There have been several small hatches of early spring insects which keep the walleye feeding in shallow water.  Trout and northern pike fishing seem to be a day to day thing, we will have customers do good to day and someone else won’t do as good tomorrow.  Overall surface temps are in the 50’s, again it really depends on the day and the lake.  Water levels are still very low for this time of year.  For those of you who like to perch fish, things are still slow and need the water temps to hike up, when we  see some weed growth, the action should start up.  Outpost fishing has been excellent , big numbers and some really quality fish being caught.





COOL OPENER

21 05 2017

Even though the area had ice out a month ago water temperatures are not quite at where they need to be.  Find the warmest water on the lakes and you should do OK.  Anglers yesterday had mixed reports but a few boats did really well, 3 to 6 feet of water and south facing shore lines.  The afternoon bite seems to be better than early morning  which makes sense as the water temps rise throughout the day.  Feeder creeks that have warm water flowing into the lake is always a go to spot at this time of year.  Bush lakes are running morning surface temps in the low 50’s and some of our areas larger bodies are even cooler than that.  The low 60 degree mark is optimal and with a little sunshine in the forecast we should hit that in a week or so.  With warmer water comes the hatches of several insects that will trigger the walleyes’ dinner bell.  Northern pike fishing has been slow to average and the lake trout still seem to be deep.  We are a few warm days away from a few key hatches and the the trout will be right on top the water column.  Trout lakes are holding temperatures in the 40’s.  Water levels in lakes and streams are low for this time of year.