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Filming new Fish TV episodes this year had us travelling all over Ontario, often scheduling around the frequent rain but as the saying goes… “the show must go on”. We were fortunate to film at some beautiful locations and we met some fantastic people.

One of our excursions took us to the breathtaking Elmhirst’s Resort on nearby Rice Lake, just 90 minutes east of Toronto. Elmhirst’s boasts a 240-acre cottage resort property including a working farm, passed along from one generation to the next for many years. It also has a conference facility and spa with world class dining and activities for the whole family in all 4 seasons right on the shoreline of the lake.


There are 30 cottages ranging in size from 1 to 5 bedrooms and every cottage offers WiFi, full kitchen, fireplace, a dock and a BBQ…you can even order fresh meat and produce daily delivered right to your cottage. There are many guest amenities available at no additional charge so go for a swim, get in a workout, go for a hike, drop a line in the water, or try a new sport. You can even go on our floatplane for a sightseeing adventure in the Kawarthas! They even have the kids covered at their Treehouse Program during the summer!


Boat rentals are available for fishing enthusiasts who want to get out and enjoy one of the best fishing areas in eastern Ontario. Rice lake is full of bass-smallmouth and large, crappie, bluegill, walleye and musky. On this Fish TVadventure, the guys targeted largemouth bass. With the abundance of weed cover, this is an ideal lake for every fish especially largemouth. We left the dock at Elmhirst’s and headed north to the Hastings River where the current was pretty strong so we looked for back bays off the river in order to find our fish. Largemouth aren’t a big fan of current so they tend to head for slower moving water.


READ MORE HERE: https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/elmhirst-s-resort-outstanding-vacations-for-the-whole-family 


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Fish TV had the pleasure of staying at the Westwind Inn

This all inclusive resort is open year round to enjoy the outdoors.

By Leo Stakos

Leo Stakos is the host of a national television series, Fish TV.


One of the greatest things about our job is the beautiful places we get to visit when we are filming. This summer, the Fish TV crew loaded up the Tundra, hooked up the Lund, and headed into the Kawarthas to film a new Fish TV episode on Lower Buckhorn Lake.


We had the pleasure of being hosted by the Westwind Inn. This resort is fantastic! It is an all-inclusive vacation resort hotel / country inn situated on 60 scenic and peaceful acres. The resort is only 1.5 hours from Toronto yet you would think you were way up North.

The fishing was phenomenal and the variety was great. There was muskie, walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappies, bluegills, and perch just waiting for us! Every day was a great day on the water! You can head out on a guided fishing trip or just travel around the lake on your own. The boat launch and docking facilities make it very easy to bring your own boat. If you don’t have a boat, there are boat rentals nearby or, if you choose, the resort offers free use of kayaks, canoes, pedal boats or water bikes to enjoy. You can even book a boat cruise if you are just looking for some quiet time on the lake.

We chose to film a largemouth and smallmouth bass show and are we ever glad we did! The lake has beautiful structure from rocks, to islands, to underwater points so, being summer time we focused on weeds in about 5 to 8 feet of water. We looked for weed flats that had big holes in the weeds and we dunked flipping jigs for the largemouth and did really well and caught fish 4 pounds or better. When we went for the smallmouth, we looked for rocky points with weeds on them in about 12-to-15 feet of water and used a dropshot rig and also swimbaits and caught a ton of fish. If you want to fish a lake that has very little pressure on it, Lower Buckhorn is the one.

In our free time,

READ MORE: https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/westwind-inn-fishing-for-bass-on-lower-buckhorn-lake

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Trouting Across Northern Ontario

Because trout are cold water fish they feed aggressively throughout the winter and will hit a variety of presentations.


Northern Ontario is a cornucopia of trout riches.




Northern Ontario is blessed with an extraordinary abundance of easily accessed, gorgeous, spruce- and pine-studded, picture-postcard lakes that are stocked with speckle trout, rainbow trout, and splake unlike you can find almost anywhere else in the world.


To give you an example, it is a distance of 1,570 kmor 1,000 milesfrom the city of North Bay in Northeastern Ontario to Kenora in the Northwestern part of the province, and the entire wild immensity in between is sprinkled with some of the finest waters brimming with trout.


And that is just the east-west extent of the cornucopia of trout riches. It is even more spacious if you look at it from a north-south perspective.


And guess what? Winter is one of the best times to target the stunningly beautiful fish.


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Northern Ontario is blessed with an abundance of lakes stocked with rainbow trout, splake, and speckle trout like this trophy Liam Whetter caught recently. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

It makes sense, too, when you consider that specks, rainbows, and splake are cold water fish that relish winter water temperatures. So, they feed aggressively and smash a variety of presentations when most other species are cozying up to the fireplace and pulling the down comforters over their heads.


But there is a secret you can employ that will increase your odds of hooking the wonderful winter trophies. It is stepping lightly when you're out on the ice.


Indeed, the very best winter trout locations are often large, shallow, soft-bottomedeven weedyflats where the water is less than ten feet deep. These food-rich fields are the most fertile parts of the lake where invertebrates like mayfly and caddisfly abound.


young angler ice fishingGord says that you increase your chances of catching trout in small lakes when you step lightly when you're out on the ice and don't make a commotion. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

In fact, as hard as it is to believe, there are often as many as 120 protein-packed mayfly nymphs crawling around every square metre of the lake bottom. For the trout, it is like someone spilled the biggest bag ever of hot buttered popcorn, or roasted and salted pistachio nuts, on the floor. So, they can slide in from slightly deeper water, or move along the shoreline and gobble up the luscious goodies like finned Willie Wonkas in a chocolate factory.

READ MORE CLICK HERE! https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/trouting-across-northern-ontario 

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First Steps on the Ice

Author Gord Pyzer, says...let the ice fishing games begin. (Photo credit: Liam Whetter)


Learn what fish species you can catch and what baits ice anglers are using.




Ready, set, let's go!


Ice anglers have already stepped out onto the first good ice of the season in Northern Ontario, while their friends in the southern and central parts of the province have their rods rigged and are raring to go.


So, what species and lakes are at the top of the list, and what baits will be the first to flutter down the holes of some of Ontario's top hard water anglers?


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Pete Garnier says a favourite early ice tactic is to focus on bluegills during the day and crappies when the sun goes down (Photo credit: Pete Garnier)

"Without a doubt, it will be a mixed deal of bluegills and crappies," says buddy Pete Garnier, who just may be the finest winter panfish angler in Ontario. "I'll focus on gillers throughout the day, but once the sun disappears, it's all about slab crappies.”


"I've had tremendous first ice success targeting the smaller, shallower lakes in South-Central Ontario and my very first drop will be a Northern Lights colour, 1.3-inch Angler's Choice Wiggle Fry. I'll rig it on a 1/32-ounce orange tungsten jighead tied to 3- or 4-pound test fluorocarbon line."

READ ON CLICK HERE! https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/first-steps-on-the-ice-where-in-ontario-ice-anglers-are-fishing-now 

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Ice Fishing Forecast Part Two

Gord Pyzer, shown here with a beautiful Northern Ontario walleye, says conditions are coming together perfectly for the start to the ice fishing season.


Will ice anglers be pleasantly surprised this winter? Keep reading to find out.




It just keeps on getting better.


Last week I reported on the early ice conditions in the Northwestern and Northcentral parts of the province and the fact that they are shaping up to be epic. This week, let's take a look at how things are coming together in Northeastern and Southern Ontario.


"I just got back from hunting deer in the Mattawa area," says North Bay ice fishing fanatic, Mat Koprash, "and I was thinking about how the weather is lining up for us to enjoy a quality winter. We have had single digit temperatures in early November and ice is forming fast. If we can continue to avoid heavy snowfall and highly fluctuating temperatures for a few more days, I think we are in for a stellar ice fishing season."


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Mat Koprash is all smiles thinking about the way the current ice fishing season is shaping up.  We’re betting he has jumbo yellow perch from Lake Nipissing on his mind. (Photo credit: Mat Koprash)

Koprash is quick to point out that ideal late fall and early winter conditions include stable sub-zero Celsius temperatures with minimal amounts of snow and rain. Heavy snow and copious rains weigh heavily on early ice causing it to sag and buckle, allowing lake water to flow up through the cracks creating slush on the surface.  The lack of early season snow and rain so far this season, however, is allowing for the formation of a stable layer of black ice on the surface of many Northeastern Ontario water bodies.


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(Photo credit: Mat Koprash)

"Once a lake has achieved five to ten inches of black ice," says Koprash, "I am more than happy to see some snow accumulation for insulation and travelling needs. The blanket of snow acts as a buffer to the underlying ice layers that continue to accumulate as the season goes on. READ MORE HEREhttps://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/ice-fishing-forecast-what-to-expect-for-early-ice-conditions-in-northeastern-and-southern-ontario

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7 Ways to Bring Back Wildhood This Winter

NOVEMBER 21, 2017

One of the joys of winter camping is the wonderland of snowy outdoor activities at your doorstep. Whether your load is light or you’re bringing all your winter gear in tow, it’s pretty easy to enjoy Mother Nature’s snow-kissed playground on your next winter RV trip.

Bundle up and get ready for snow-capped fun with the kiddos and kiddos-at-heart – here are 7 Ways to Bring Back Wildhood this winter! You’ll forget about that cold snap in no time.

Build a snowman… or better yet, a snow fort!

Who needs a welcome mat when you can build-your-own snowman to greet your neighbours at the campsite? All you need is some fresh mounds of snow and a couple of helping hands to help bring good ol’ Frosty to life! Grab a fresh carrot and a couple of grapes from your RV fridge and you’re all set.

If the kiddos are getting into the creative groove, why not build a snow fort, too? And then, how about a round of hot chocolates to celebrate? Sounds like a perfect winter afternoon.

Just around the bend

Looking for a little outdoor fun that’s easy on the wallet? Grab your sled or toboggan...SEE MORE HERE https://gorving.ca/blog/7-ways-bring-back-wildhood-winter/

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According to our resident expert, this winter is shaping up to be like the ones from your childhood.



Oh, what a difference a year makes.


Last year at this time, I was reporting on the spectacular black crappie fishing I was enjoying in Northwestern Ontario while trolling in the boat, wearing a hoodie and light sweater. This year, I've already put the Kingfisher to bed and I am trudging through more snow in the bush than we had on New Year's Day. I even took the snowmobiles out for a short run on Halloween, just to say I was driving in the white stuff in October.


The kid never leaves you.


Oh, yes, and the lake where I was crappie fishing in the boat this time last November is now completely frozen.


"The ice fishing season is shaping up like a winter from my childhood," says Fort Frances ice fishing guru Tom Batiuk. "We have seen cold temperatures since Halloween, which is exciting and encouraging."

READ MORE CLICK HERE ! https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/northern-ontario-ice-fishing-forecast 

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Located in Northern Ontario on Kaby (Kabinakagami) Lake, Pine Portage Lodgehas been operated by the Watson family for over 70 years! Since the beginning, they’ve lived by the philosophy of serving those who love the outdoors.


Pine Portage Lodge is steeped in history. After returning a hero from World War II, Dick Watson Sr. opened the lodge in 1946 with just a three-room cabin. He flew 90 missions and was shot down three times while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force.



In the decades since, the Watson family has expanded their operation from its humble beginnings to over the 13 guest cabins and a 6,000 square foot main lodge.


We arrived smoothly and in style on a DeHavilland Turbine Otter. Watson's Skyways offers flights to the lodge through their airbase in Wawa.


dick and edna watson


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Kaby Lake covers 30,000 acres of beautiful Ontario wilderness. The name of the lake comes from the Oji-Cree indigenous language that translates to lake of many bays. The waters provide top-notch fly-in walleye fishing, as well northern pike, whitefish and perch. It is the largest lake in the Algoma District, with 147 islands and endless fishing. Pine Portage even offers hunting for moose, bear and birds.


I had the opportunity to spend a few hours fishing with owner Betty (Watson) McGie. She knows the lake well, and it didn't take long before we were catching...READ MORE HERE https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/pine-portage-lodge-fishing-the-lake-of-many-bays?s=


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Oh, my, you have to love autumn in Northern Ontario because there is a never-ending list of exciting things to do in such splendid surroundings.


In just the last four days, for example, I've gone grouse hunting with my grandson, spent time with him in the bear blind, set up some new deer stands, gone puddle jump shooting for ducks and geese, caught smallmouth bass and walleyes and swept the basin clean for crappies.


I get tired just thinking about it all, but it highlights the fact that when fall rolls around, there aren't enough hours in a typical Northern Ontario day.


And I wouldn't have it any other way.


Speaking about crappies, they are one of my much loved fish and the month of October is without question my favourite time of the year to catch them.


I got onto an amazing pattern the other day, something I've been refining for several years now, and it was out-of-this-world good. So spectacular, in fact, that had we been fishing together I wouldn't have let you pinch me, because if this was a dream, I didn't want to wake up.


I call it sweeping the basin and I guarantee the tactic will work for you wherever you fish for plate-size slabs in the northern part of the province.


What I did after launching the boat on one of my favourite Sunset Country lakes was to slowly motor around while I monitored my sonar unit and looked for fish. A big mistake many anglers make is arriving at the lake or river so excited at the prospects of fishing that they drop down their lines before they've found anything to catch. Resist the urge to it and spend more time early in the day searching for fish.


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As Gord Pyzer explains, when you use your trolling motor to sweep the basin, the results can be impressive. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

Once I found them, as I suspected and is usually the case in the early to mid-autumn period, the crappies were spread out along the bottom, hanging a foot or two above it, loosely bunched up. In a couple of more weeks, they will drop down closer to the basin and congregate in much denser schools, but right now, they are still strung out in...READ MORE HERE https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/sweeping-the-basin-for-crappies?s=

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How To Take Fish Pictures PART 2





In last week's blog, professional photographer / videographer Jamie Edwards (Instagram: edwards_jamie) shared some simple things we can do to greatly improve the quality of the images we take on our Northern Ontario fishing adventures.


This week, let's take a bolder step and look at some of things we can do to make our fish photos stand head and shoulders above the crowd. Starting with turning your camera off the automatic point-and-shoot mode and taking your photos manually.


"I have to be honest with you," Edwards chuckles, "I'd have to read the manual for my camera to know how to take an image in automatic mode because I never use it. I shoot everything manually."


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To get the best photos on your Northern Ontario fishing adventure, Jamie Edwards says you should learn to shoot manually. Look at the exposure setting here and see how easily it is to dial in the perfect setting. (Photo credit: Jamie Edwards)

When I mention to Edwards that it is the opposite for most folks who are reading this, he says he gets it, but adds that shooting in manual mode is not nearly as intimidating as it sounds. And the results are so much more rewarding.


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Jamie Edwards says when you get comfortable with your camera and shoot in manual mode, you'll get great images every time. (Photo credit: Jamie Edwards)

"The easiest way to learn how to shoot manually," says Edwards, "is to take your camera to bed with you when you're watching television in the evening. Put it on manual mode and then remember what photographers call the "exposure triangle".


"The exposure triangle refers to the three things that you're going to adjust. The...SEE MORE https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/how-to-take-fish-pictures-like-a-pro-part-two?s= 

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Taking Fish Pictures





It's the bucket list moment you've waited for all of your life. You're finally settled in at a fly-in fishing resort, or perhaps an outpost camp in Northern Ontario, and you have hooked the fish of a lifetime.


Are you ready to get the perfect photos so that you can relish the moment forever?


It is Jamie Edwards' business to be ready.


While Edwards (Instagram: edwards_jamie) has forged a reputation as one of Ontario's top portrait and wedding photographers, it is his work as an outdoor photographer and videographer that has earned him especially high praise.


I've been fortunate to be involved in several projects that have tapped the Kincardine, Ontario pro's profuse talents, and I always find myself marvelling at his images. Let's not forget, too, that being confined to a boat, often under less than ideal weather conditions and totally uncontrollable light settings, is a huge challenge.

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Alberta city guts ponds of invasive 'monster' goldfish


Alberta city guts ponds of invasive 'monster' goldfish

Three-year battle against goldfish hits invasive species with freezing, electro-fishing and chemicals

By Zoe Todd, CBC News Posted: Sep 26, 2017 4:18 PM MT Last Updated: Sep 27, 2017 6:13 AM MT

For the past three years, St. Albert has tried, and failed, to eradicate an invasive goldfish species from local stormwater ponds.

For the past three years, St. Albert has tried, and failed, to eradicate an invasive goldfish species from local stormwater ponds. (Zoe Todd/CBC)


Lurking in the depths of a quiet St. Albert stormwater pond are schools of goldfish, threatening to out-compete native species if they spread.

Someone set free a pair of pet fish about four years ago. Now, the infested water glimmers gold with thousands of Asian goldfish.

For the past three years, the City of St. Albert has tried to eradicate the invasive species at Edgewater Pond on the city's northern edge.

In 2015, staff drained water so the pond would freeze completely over winter. The fish survived.

In 2016, they electro-shocked the water and then scooped the stunned fish out of the pond. Again, the fish survived.

This year, after goldfish were spotted at Ted Hole Pond downstream, the city decided to pump chemicals designed to kill fish into both ponds.

"The battle goes on," said Leah Kongsrude, St. Albert's director of environment. "I think of zombie movies when I think about [how] we froze the storm pond right to the bottom and they survived through that, when we tried to electro-fish 'em it didn't do anything.

"They're very resilient, very tough and our native fish species wouldn't have a chance if they got out there."



Goldfish cull underway at Edgewater Pond in St. Albert. About 1,000 in local storm water pond.

Kongsrude inspected Edgewater Pond on Tuesday morning as staff circled the shoreline in hazmat suits.

The province donated the chemicals, which target animals with gills. Goldfish are the only gilled species in the pond, Kongsrude said.

Before spraying the water, staff blocked all entries and exits...MOREhttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/goldfish-invasive-species-pond-environment-stalbert-infest-1.4308288

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5 Autumn RV Pit Stops for Wine Lovers

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Fall harvest is in full swing and it’s not just the fields of (canola) gold, bunches of carrots and tall, tall crops of cornhusks that are ripe for the picking. Vineyards across Canada are getting ready to harvest their bountiful rows of beautiful grapes and start the winemaking process. Round up some buddies in the RV and set out on an autumn weekend road trip to explore Canadian wine country*!

For a little travel inspiration, check out this roundup of 5 Autumn RV Pit Stops for Wine Lovers.

1. Norman Hardie Winery (Ontario)

Prince Edward County, along Lake Ontario’s northern coastline, is a charming community located in what is fondly referred to as the “golden triangle” between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Roll on over to local sommelier and wine-maker Norman Hardie’s winery in Prince Edward County for tastings of their world-renowned Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and delicious wood-fired pizza.

ps – You may recognize this gorgeous winery from Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip on Food Network Canada. Watch the episode on-demand.



2. Fallentimber Meadery (Alberta)

Off the beaten path from Calgary, you’ll find a local gem near Water Valley – Fallentimber Meadery, a member of the cottage winery industry in Alberta. Fallentimber’s mead is created by fermenting locally-sourced honey and fruits from Alberta farms. Celebrating...SEE MORE HERE https://gorving.ca/blog/5-autumn-rv-pit-stops-wine-lovers/

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13 Canadian Travel Gems to Add to Your Bucket List

JUNE 16, 2017

Where are you celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial? Our beautiful country is brimming with culture, history, natural wonders. There are so many amazing places to explore from coast-to-coast! For a little travel inspiration for #Canada150, check out this roundup of 13 Canadian Travel Gems to Add to Your Bucket List. One stellar spot for each of our stellar provinces and territories. Happy travels!
1. Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)

What better place to celebrate being Canadian and our nation’s 150th birthday than the Birthplace of Confederation! Take a stroll through Charlottetown and soak in the historic landmarks, the rich heritage and bevy of storytelling. Savour the farm-to-fork culinary scene, enjoy the bustling local arts community and wander the gorgeous outdoor playground on the shorelines just a short drive away. You’ll be proudly singing #imdownwithcharlottetown in no time!

2. Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland & Labrador)

Fun fact: Almost 20 places in Canada are officially recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with six more on the pending list. One of the most popular sites is Gros Morne National Park – nestled on the west coast of Newfoundland. Chances are, you’ll see some pretty magnificent and breathtaking scenery. Pack up your RV and get the family together for some wildlife-watching and spectacular hikes in this seaside gem on the east coast.

3. Hopewell Rocks (New Brunswick)

Flower Pot Rocks, The Rocks, Hopewell Rocks… whatever you call them, they’re definitely a remarkable sight to behold. Come here to New Brunswick to see the highest tides in the world – twice a day. At low tide, you can experience the pure wonder of walking the ocean floor.

4. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Nova Scotia)

Head to Halifax, step back into time and learn more about this iconic landmark and important part of Canadian history. From the late-1920’s through the early-1970’s, Pier 21 was the entry point for 1 in 5 Canadians – more than one million Canadian immigrants. A great educational pit stop on your next jaunt through Nova Scotia.

5. Fjord Route (Quebec)

Quebec’s Route du Fjord travels through the Saguenay Fjord – one of the longest fjords in the world at 235 km/146 mi. Jump in your camper and soak in the picturesque scenery, quaint villages and abundant natural beauty along this stunning shoreline.

6. Bruce Peninsula National Park (Ontario)

Forest dwellers, water sport enthusiasts and beach bums alike flock to Bruce Peninsula every year to #BringBackWildhood. Only a four-hour drive from Toronto, this outdoor oasis on the shoreline of the Georgian Bay is home to more than 200 species of wildlife and over 150 square kilometres of natural beauty. SEE MORE...https://gorving.ca/blog/13-canadian-travel-gems-add-bucket-list/

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Magnets for Mammoths

Mid-summer is the perfect time to catch knee-knocking pike in Northern Ontario by locating the specific structures that harbour the big fish.





Mid-summer and giant, knee-knocking northern pike go together like ham and eggs, champagne and caviar, or on my budget, peanut butter and jelly. It is counterintuitive to what anglers think: the only time you can catch big toothy critters is early and late in the season, when the weather and water are downright cold and nasty.


Give me a hot day in the middle of a gorgeous Northern Ontario summer, however, and I am in my glory. As I was the other day when grandson Liam slid the net under a magnificent 45-inch Sunset Country 'gator while a tropical sun beat down upon us.


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Winnipeg, Manitoba resident Karen Watt hooked this beautiful northern pike recently, while vacationing in Northwestern Ontario's Sunset Country, by locating structure that offered access to deep and shallow water. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

I should mention, too, that the spot where I caught the pristine pike is the same spot where buddy Bob Izumi joined me several years ago to film one of his Real Fishing Television Show and where I also guided the then Vice-President of the Madison, Wisconsin Chapter of Muskies Inc. to his personal best fish.


In other words, it is a big fish spot.


And what makes it such a mammoth magnet is an ingredient that the vast majority of anglers typically overlook. It offers quick and easy access to deep water and the plethora of forage fish that swim nearby.


Understand what I am saying?


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As Gord Pyzer explains, the best mid-summer pike locations offer quick and easy access to deep water and the forage fish that swim in it. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

While the spot has a superb section of flat, shallow, warm water, the structure also breaks quickly into the main basin of the lake. And it is the secret ingredient that makes it and other spots like it, shine. If a big northern pike or muskie wants to dine on a whitefish or herring, it can slide out quickly and grab it. But then the goliaths can swim right back up into the tepid shallows to optimize their metabolic rate.


Talk about the best of all possible worlds.


"If they are going to catch a fish out there, they’re not going to stay out there because it is not their optimal temperature," says Dr. John Casselman, the renown esocid scientist who for years played a pivotal role in Ontario's aquatic research program. "They’re going to go where the optimal temperature is, because the growing season is short and they have to take advantage of it."


According to Casselman, who carried out the celebrated muskie cliethrum program with the late Dr. Ed Crossman, from the Royal Ontario Museum, the optimal water temperature for big northern pike is in the range of 16° to 18° C (60° to 65° F). So, when they slide off shore to grab dinner, they're slipping into colder water temperatures, and thus return quickly to the shallows. The best way for them to do this is by relating to structures that offer them quick and easy access to both venues.


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Find the optimal 16° to 18° C water temperature that big pike prefer and you'll be rewarded, like Liam Whetter, with the trophy of a lifetime. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

In other words, structures with fast breaks.


"Let’s look at muskellunge," says Casselman, who upon his retirement from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources was presented with the prestigious Award of Excellence from the American Fisheries Society. "They’re usually found in shallow embayments. They require a higher optimum temperature than pike, about 2° to 3° higher, so in an area like Georgian Bay the very biggest ...SEE MORE http://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/magnets-for-mammoths-fishing-for-big-northern-pike-and-muskie?s=

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Vancouver Aquarium rescues record-breaking number of seal pups


Vancouver Aquarium rescues record-breaking number of seal pups

The rescue centre has already taken in 189 harbour seal pups

These harbour seals are just two of 189 pups staff at the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre have treated so far in 2017.


These harbour seals are just two of 189 pups staff at the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre have treated so far in 2017.

It’s been a record-breaking summer at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, with staff taking in 189 harbour seal pups so far.

At its peak, staff were admitting seven to eight new seals a day, manager Lindsaye Akhurst told Metro.

“We will get 200 harbour seals before the end of the season,” she said.

The previous all-time high at the centre was 174 harbour seals in 2005.

There is no clear indication for the increase in animals being rescued but people are likely getting better at spotting seals in distress, said Akhurst.

“There’s no specific patterns with the animals coming in – they all seem to have the usual emaciated, dehydrated symptoms,” she said.

“But one of the things we might attribute it to is maybe public awareness. People now know who to call when they see these animals.”

People who spot a stranded marine mammal are asked to not approach it and to keep pets away. They can call the rescue centre at 604-258-7325 for assistance.

Many of this year’s patients had injuries ranging from dehydration to wounds from predators. The aquarium aims to rehabilitate and release all patients back into the wild.

Staff have treated and released 38 seal pups so far this year and are currently rehabilitating another 120.

Treating so many animals helps rescue centre staff understand the threats threatening the coastal ecosystem.

“Diagnosing, treating and releasing these animals increases our understanding of the threats these species face,” said Akhurst.

“Every animal we work with can shed further insight into contaminants, biotoxins, and infectious diseases that can also affect ecosystem health.”

The rescue centre has also treated Flores, a northern fur seal; Bella Bella, a Steller sea lion pup; Senor Cinco, a blind adult California sea lion who was shot twice in the face; and Hardy, a sea otter pup.

Vancouver Aquarium staff are also sometimes called on to save animals in other provinces, including a young beluga whale in New Brunswick in June.

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As I mentioned in last week's blog, the key to fishing success most days in Northern Ontario is developing a game plan based on the specific structures, cover and depth of water the walleyes, bass, trout, salmon, muskies, northern pike, and panfish are using, and then refining your presentation to match the mood of the fish.


When you hone the pattern to perfection, just like Babe Ruth standing at home plate and pointing to the bleachers in the outfield, you can pin point all the spots on the lake where you're likely to hit a home run.


But let's face it, no matter how hard you try some days, it seems that no pattern exists.


When this is the case, don't despair, go "junk fishing" instead.


Now, if I had to tell a tale out of school, I'd whisper to you that junk fishing is my all-time favourite way to catch fish, especially big Northern Ontario smallmouth bass. I simply love it when the fish are doing many different things and it is impossible to predict where and how you're going to catch the next one.


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Junk fishing is Gord Pyzer's favourite way to catch smallmouth bass in the summertime. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

So, you arm yourself for every possibility.


And while you can encounter ideal junk fishing conditions almost any time of the year, the conditions set up more frequently and more perfectly right now, in the middle of summer.


I think part of the attraction is the fact that you can rig up multiple rods with diverse baits and catch fish. You'll also run into READ MORE: http://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/can-t-crack-the-code---go-junk-fishing

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Imagine landing a dozen dark gold bullion-coloured walleyes in the three-to-six-pound range in rapid succession and seeing several others—one in excess of 10 pounds—follow in with their noses on your bait.


To make the scenario even more surreal, picture this: it's high noon. You relax in the blazing hot sun on a gorgeous pine-infused island under an azure blue sky, and you're in the middle of a picture-postcard lake as flat as a pancake in Northern Ontario, after wolfing down a scrumptious shore lunch.


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Fresh shore lunch was cooked by three-time Canadian gold medal winning chef, Cameron Tait. (Photo credit: Jamie Edwards)

If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes or, better yet, slid six of the beauties up on the bank, I would not have believed it.


But last week, it unfolded just the way I described when the Kamooki Lure Company folks invited me to join them on a photo shoot on Northwestern Ontario's magnificent Lake of the Woods.


Talk about sticking to the script.


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As Gord Pyzer, shown here with a beautiful Lake of the Woods walleye explains, by changing the angle of your retrieve you can often catch fish you never knew were there. (Photo credit: Jamie Edwards)

Well, actually, come to think of it, it wasn't according to the script because if buddy Jordan Thompson hadn't picked up a rod and READ MORE...http://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/a-shore-thing-rapidly-landing-walleye

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Boat Rally For Kids with Cancer





For the last 5 years, Leo has been part of a great sumer weekend on the water raising money for Sick Kids. The Annual Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer takes place on Lakes Joseph and Rosseau and to date, they have raised over $19,000.00. This weekend Leo is headed back up to Muskoka to do it again with a great group of people who are dedicated to having fun and helping to raising money.



The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup in Toronto & Muskoka has raised over $19,000,000 for children’s cancer research treatment and care at SickKids.

On July 28th & 29th, 2017, please join us as we unite and join the FIGHT against children’s cancer for the 5th annual BOAT RALLY FOR KIDS WITH CANCER in MUSKOKA!


What is the Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer?

It is a unique, thrilling and exciting boating event that has put the FUN into FUNDRAISING. More importantly, the funds raised from this event will support children’s cancer research, treatment and care

at SickKids. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Boat Rally will go towards Camp Oochigeas which is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides kids with and affected by

childhood cancer with unique opportunities for growth through...SEE MORE HERE



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The fly-in fishing trip is a truly iconic Canadian experience.



I enjoy when someone asks me a specific question about fishing in Northern Ontario, because I imagine that if one person is pondering the question, others must be wondering the same thing.


So, when a friend recently asked, "Why, oh, why, should I book that iconic fly-in fishing trip? What the heck is so damn special about remote-based fishing?" I thought to myself, what a good question.


My first reaction, of course, was the easy answer. Because you'll experience better fishing than you could ever possibly imagine. But then, the more I thought about it, the more I realized there are so many other things that matter.


Most anglers, for example, have never experienced the joy and wonder of catching 40, 50 even 60 or more fish a day. Nor, have they dared ponder the possibility of catching walleyenorthern pikelake troutsmallmouth bassmuskies, or speckled trout so big they strain to hold them up for a photo.


(Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

Yet, truth be told, nearly every one of my personal best fish has come via a float plane trip into a remote lake or river somewhere in Northern Ontario.


To say it is the stuff of dreams is to understate the elegance.


Something else that many folks fail to appreciate is the fact that the best fly-in fishing often occurs in the middle of summer, when the days are gloriously long and warm in the picture-postcard North Country. It's the...READ MORE HERE http://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/flyin-high-fly-in-fishing-trips-in-northern-ontario?s=

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