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Opening weekend for Walleye is one of the most anticipated in Ontario- By Gord Pyzer

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It's the time of year again that walleye anglers look forward to with so much anticipation and excitement. It's the opening of the Ontario walleye season and the countdown is officially underway.

 

Things get started this Saturday in Southern Ontario, then a week later in the central part of the province.  Finally, on the third Saturday in May, the excitement kicks into high gear in Northern Ontario. And with the cool weather we've experienced this spring, it is going to make for an interesting "opener" no matter where you choose to wet a line.

 

Or, should I say, a "predictable" beginning to the Ontario walleye season because it is a sure bet, locating the fish in your favourite lake or river will be as easy as knowing where they spawn

 

Indeed, the opening of the Ontario walleye season is typically timed to coincide with the completion of the spawn which means that in years when the ice leaves our lakes and rivers early, and the water warms up quickly, the fish have often vacated the shallow spawning sites when the big day finally rolls around.

 

But, that is not likely to be the case over the next few weeks because many fish will likely still be spawning when the season opens.

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Ryan Haines with a gorgeous early season walleye he caught in Northwestern Ontario's Lake of the Woods. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

 

Walleyes tend to lay their eggs on shallow rocks and boulders where the eggs can settle into protected cracks and crevices. They also require sites exposed to the wind or current so the moving water can clean and aerate the eggs. This makes the mouths of creeks, streams and rivers prime spots to fish early in the season, as well as below dams and weirs.

 

And while it is a good bet you're going to locate walleyes around spawning sites, don't overlook the muddy, weedy back bays and coves that lie adjacent to the spawning grounds. They are often favoured resting places that the walleyes retreat to after they have laid their eggs.

 

And what is the best way to catch them once they've pulled back into these protected bays and coves? Have I got a secret for you....

 

Read More Here!

https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/ontario-walleye-spring-spectacular

 

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WEATHER OR NOT FOR LAKE TROUT by Gord Pyzer

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Weather or Not for Lake Trout

Liam Whetter broke his "personal best" winter lake trout record with this 20-pound Sunset Country trophy.

COLD WEATHER AND GREAT ICE CONDITIONS ARE ALLOWING ANGLERS TO HIT UP THEIR FAVOURITE FISHING SPOTS



 

 

The good news this winter is that the ice conditions have never been better across all of Northern Ontario. Cold weather came early, and it has made for some absolutely beautiful, thick, safe, blue ice. Combined with a lack of deep snow in many areas, ice anglers have had little difficulty getting around and reaching their favourite ice fishing haunts.

 

But the fluctuation in daily weather conditions has made for some mighty fascinating and sometimes frustrating fish bites.

 

Last weekend, for example, we had an overnight swing of almost 50° F/ 25° C in the high for the day between Saturday and Sunday. The blast of warm weather was welcomed, but it had the lake trout behaving in wildly weird ways.

 

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The ice conditions have never been better across Northern Ontario for anglers to access their favourite fishing spots.

Indeed, at our first stop on Sunday morning, buddy Cameron Tait, grandson Liam Whetter and I were swatting away at the trout like they were pesky flies. The fish were showing up on our sonar screens as thick red bars and were streaking up to clobber our lures. But they must have been doing it with their mouths closed because when we set the hooks, our rods would bend over and then the line would go slack.

 

As a matter of fact, at the first spot we fished, I watched a mammoth red bar on my Humminbird Ice 55-unit race up to my Kamooki Smartfish and felt it clobber the bait. I paused for a milli-second to let it get the lure well into its mouth, set hard and then watched my 36-inch, heavy action Rapala R-series rod buckled over dangerously close to the breaking point. The fish was so big—the biggest I've hooked in many winters—that I couldn't turn the handle on the reel.

READ ON CLICK HERE: https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/weather-or-not-for-lake-trout-ice-fishing-tips 

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World Class Fishing On the French

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The Fish TV crew packed up and headed up to the French River to film a new episode. The area has so much to offer and the fishing is second to none, with world-class muskie, great walleye, crappie and a great number of big smallmouth and largemouth bass.

 

We always love the Bear’s Den Lodge our home away from home. The accommodations are fantastic and our wonderful hosts, Art and Brenda, prepare home cooked meals that are to die for! You will never go hungry, that’s for sure.

We arrived with our Lund boat and launched at Hartly Bay Marina. The guys there are fantastic, they put your boat in the water and park your vehicle for you, so there are no worries about leaving your truck or car there for as long as you stay. Bear’s Den also has a great variety of rental boats in case you don't have one.

We have done several shows on the French River and every time it has been great. This year we hit a cold front and some rain but it still produced fish...

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THE YEAR OF THE TROUT by Gord Pyzer

The Year of The Trout

It's shaping up to be a stellar year for trout, as Liam Whetter shows here with a magnificent 30-pound lake trout that he caught and released in Northern Ontario.

THE BITE FOR SPECKS, RAINBOWS AND SPLAKE IS OUTSTANDING THIS WINTER



 

 

Have you ever noticed how remarkably different the fishing often is from one year to the next? The conditions seem to favour one or two species over all the rest.

 

This year across Northern Ontario it is trout -- and not just lake trout, either -- but speckled trout, rainbow trout and splake as well. It seems no matter where grandson Liam and I are going these days, the trout bite is outstanding.

 

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Gord Pyzer says the trout bite is outstanding across Northern Ontario this winter, as Liam Whetter shows here with a beautiful speckled trout.

And it got underway with a bang, right out of the gate, in early December when we found hordes of husky speckled trout cruising the shallows and biting like crazy. A couple of weeks later, we unleashed the snowmachines and rode them into one of our favourite Sunset Country backwaters and the lake trout fishing was outrageous.

READ MORE CLICK HERE: https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/the-year-of-the-trout 

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WINTER FISH SCENTS MAKE SENSE by Gord Pyzer

Winter Fish Scents Make Sense 

Dr. Keith Jones says almost every time you go fishing, fish sample your lures without you knowing it.

ON YOUR NEXT ICE FISHING TRIP, TRY SPLASHING FISH ATTRACTANTS ON YOUR LURES


 

 

 

"I guarantee that almost every time you go fishing," says Dr. Keith Jones, "fish sample your lures and you never know it."

 

It is a pretty scary thought, isn't it? But how many times have you been ice fishing on a Northern Ontario lake for walleye, lake trout, yellow perch, black crappies or some other favourite species and watched a fish on your sonar screen rise up and lock onto your lure? You probably thought it was staring at your bait, sizing up whether or not to eat it. But the reality is that the fish likely smelled, tasted and spit out your bait without you knowing it.

 

Indeed, according to Jones, who is an expert in fish olfactory senses and the person who invented Berkley Power Baits, "In our test tanks, we'll pull a lure through the water and monitor it with a wide angle camera. Occasionally a fish will rush headlong in and eat it out of aggression. But more often, they will come up behind it and follow it. They're evaluating whether or not to eat it. Often a fish will nip the lure, sample it in its mouth, spit it out and you will never know it. It is not what the fish wants. But when you make a subtle change, the fish swallows the bait."

 

For certain, some of the clever changes Jones is referring to include altering the size, action, motion and colour of your lure. But it also includes enhancing its smell and taste.

READ MORE CLICK HERE! https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/winter-fish-scents-make-sense 

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TROUTING ACROSS NORTHERN ONTARIO by Gord Pyzer

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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.

WINTER IS ONE OF THE BEST TIMES TO TARGET TROUT

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.

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

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A VACATION FOR EVERYONE by Leo Stakos

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FISH TV VISITS ELMHURST'S RESORT FOR LARGE MOUTH BASS 

 

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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BASS FISHING IN LOWER BUCKHORN by Leo Stakos

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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 by Gord Pyzer

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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.

WINTER IS ONE OF THE BEST TIMES TO TARGET TROUT

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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ICE FISHING SEASON HAS STARTED IN ONTARIO by Gord Pyzer

First Steps on the Ice

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

ICE FISHING SEASON HAS STARTED IN ONTARIO

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

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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.

THIS WEEK'S FOCUS IS CONDITIONS IN NORTHEASTERN AND SOUTHERN ONTARIO

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

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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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NORTHERN ONTARIO ICE FISHING FORECAST by Gord Pyzer

SNOW NEWS IS GOOD NEWS

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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FISHING THE LAKE OF MANY BAYS

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A FLY-IN FISHING ADVENTURE ON BIG KABY LAKE AT PINE PORTAGE LODGE


 

 

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.

 

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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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SWEEPING THE BASIN FOR CRAPPIES

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WITHOUT QUESTION, OCTOBER IS GORD'S FAVOURITE TIME OF YEAR TO CATCH CRAPPIE


 

 

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

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MAKE YOUR FISH PHOTOS STAND HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE CROWD


 

 

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

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KEEP THAT MOMENT FOREVER WITH THESE PRO PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS


 

 

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

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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)

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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.

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5 Autumn RV Pit Stops for Wine Lovers

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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.

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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

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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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