The Melt is On

30 03 2017

Would love to say the fish are on but things have been hit or miss.  Ice fishing in general has been exactly like that for the most part.  We are getting mixed reports from one outing to another.  The walleye have not moved into their spawning areas as of last week but we are starting to melt and creeks are starting to flow, bringing warmer water into the lakes.  The walleye should be moving in shallow and/or staging in-front of their spawning areas.  Depending on the day and the lake,  trout fishing has been mixed.  We have experienced some great days and some off days as well.  Crappie probably have been the most steady fish to catch but even they have put up a challenge.  Pickerel Creek has opened up in the “current” areas  which is about 2 1/2 weeks earlier than last year.  We could see an early spring if  weather trends stay on course.


LAST MINUTE CANCELATION: Opening June 10th to June 17th.  Only cabin available this spring and it is a great time of year to fish NW Ontario.



22 05 2016

Just like this years spawn things are happening fast. Water temps are heating up, water levels are dropping, and the hatches are in full swing.  Last week the trout were still shallow and on the feed, good numbers and size.  Northern Pike action was  steady with several mature fish in the mid 30’s were  boated.  Hot sunny and dry sums up are weather pattern but the stable weather should bode well for the first week of walleye fishing.  It’s early and we don’t have wide reports yet but early indications are good. Our fisherman boated 15 to 40 walleyes per boat, not great but not a bad first day. We will wait a couple of days and get a more detailed report on the walleye action.  With mayflies and every other water creature starting their hatches fish shallow on mud flats that transition to rock and you will have action,  3 to 7 feet of water.  Water temps on walleye water are ranging between 58 and 65 degrees.  Lets hope for a bit of a cool down and some rain to keep things going into June.  For everyone who loves  black flies you are missing out.

Spring Bear Hunt Reinstated In Ontario

23 02 2016

Our spring bear hunt in Ontario has been reinstated for May 1st to June 15th 2016 thru 2020.  This will be a great opportunity for some outfitters and hunters alike.  Besides turkey hunting, black bear was one of the only animals to hunt in the spring.  All of our fall hunting seasons in North America are packed with opportunities to hunt birds, small game, and big game of all sorts.  Being able to pursue a  big game animal in the spring is a great opportunity.  Pickerel Creek Camp in the 1990’s was full of bear hunters every spring but now we are full of fisherman, so we will participate in the spring bear hunt but it will be a remote hunt in our north bear area which encompasses the Long Legged Lake area.  Not only can you experience excellent spring  bear hunting but you can also partake in world class spring fishing on Long Legged Lake and very good surrounding bush lakes.  Give us a call to find out more and if you know of some one that might be interested let them know.  Betty and I have always appreciated the referrals and support from all of you.




Mayday Mayday

1 05 2014

The distress call to Mother Nature for warmer temperatures is heard by everyone.  Pickerel Creek finally opened up last night and this morning all sorts of ducks have arrived.  We have not seen the creek open this late as long as we have been here, 11 years.  We have been melting for some time now and the runoff from the snow is seen everywhere.  Water levels this spring should be high and with the ground being saturated the run off should continue.  This could create some new fishing spots for fisherman this spring.  You will see feeder creeks and runoff areas on lakes that you never have seen before, at least the fisherman that are here the first few weeks of season.  Take the opportunity and fish these areas, there will be fish in front of the moving water.  

We have been fielding many calls regarding ice conditions, with opening day just 17 days away a need for warmer temperatures is an understatement. There is still 2 feet of ice on every lake in the area.  Creeks are now starting to open and the runoff will surly help with the melt but for some lakes it won’t be enough.   Many of our bush lakes including Pickerel Lake are the first lakes to open, hopefully they will be open, it’s too early to call at the moment.  I do believe some lakes in our area and to the north will have ice on them come the 17th.  Friend and tourist operator Colin Watson owns Little Canada Camp in Ear Falls which is on the English River; obviously the river is open and has been for quite some time.  If your original destination is iced in and you cannot reschedule, keep Little Canada Camp in mind.  The English River offers excellent fishing, and Colin is a great guy.  Attention Moose Hunters, Little Canada Camp also has 2 cow tags for this coming fall in WMU 3.

Mixed reports on trout fishing as of late.  Several fronts moving in and out has made fishing a little spotty.  If you hit the right day the fishing is fast but when its off, its off.  Most people are ready for open water, we are putting our ice gear away today.

Pickerel Creek This Morning



30 01 2014

With cold weather pretty much throughout North America the only thing going on is visions of springtime fishing.  The weather even makes ice fishing reports non-existence.  The cold weather and high winds have kept most fisherman at home by the wood stove.  We have heard a few good reports of walleye catches but not to many trout reports.  Ice and slush conditions vary from lake to lake.  We have an abundance of snow this year so even getting around is a challenge.  Hopefully temperatures will start to warm and we can get some nice pics of cold water walleye on the blog.  The amount of snow unfortunately will decimate our deer heard and with early reports of a poor moose count we are lobbying Mother Nature for an early spring.  After such a great year of fishing in 2013 , a poor year in 2012, it will be quite interesting to see how 2014 will unfold.  

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PCC has just a couple spots open in May and June at our main camp and has one prime week open at the outpost.  Walleye opener is always the 3rd Saturday in May,  (May 17th).  Musky season opens the 3rd Saturday in June.  Bring your 1/32 oz. gear and try for some crappie this year.  Our area has had an explosion of crappie in the last few years and now many lakes have a fishable population.

Betty and I are looking forward to get back to work and to see many of you this spring.  Try and stay warm, spring will be here before you know it.