On this page, I will attempt to keep an updated daily/weekly account of summer fishing activities with special emphasis on species of fish being caught, depths (if applicable), water temperatures, color & type of lures and any other pertinent information that could be of assistance and a benefit to our fishing guests.
The winter report on local snowmobile trail conditions for snowmobilers can be found on the snowmobile page. Winter ice fishing reports can be found on the Ice Fishing page. Information will be limited to what's biting best this week. Ice depths will be posted as received from local anglers.
We encourage catch and release of the larger fish of all species to retain limit catches for future generations. Don't forget the camera!
All of this information should only be viewed as a guideline and should never be misinterpreted as cold hard facts in any sense of legal obligations. Absolutely no liability will be associated with this and all users assume all responsibility and consequences resulting from their own actions taken from this information.
A NOTICE TO ALL SPRING FISHERMEN:
The MNR has cancelled our spring fishing opportunities for most species, effective March 15 through the 3rd Saturday in May (i.e. the two-four weekend). This new law will do absolutely nothing to protect the spawning size females of all species; it only stops people from fishing for them for a couple months but come spring, it's open seasons on them again. As a lodge owner, this takes a big bite out of the income that is derived from late winter and early spring fishing. As a sport fisherman, it stops your enjoyment of the sport when the black flies and mosquitoes haven't began yet. Your annual fishing license should be just that ... a license to allow you to fish ALL YEAR.
There are also major changes to the fishing zones across the province. Seasons have also changed. Slot sizes on some species have also changed. READ AND UNDERSTAND these regulations before going fishing!
Full details can be obtained in the annual fishing regulation booklet available from authorized license outlets (but not from the MNR offices; it's not their job offering this info any longer) or at the following site: http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/envregistry/027028ex.htm . I URGE EVERYONE TO VOICE THEIR OBJECTIONS TO THIS REGULATION.
Possible alternatives could include:
reduction in our daily limit (3 to 2 fish, for lake trout),
slot size changes (release the spawners, all species),
reduce the number of lines for winter fishing from 2 to 1,
total ban on gorge style hooks (to allow for live release of some fish)
Contact (in writing) your MPP (if you are an Ontario resident) as well as the current Minister of Natural Resources. Encourage your families, co-workers and friends to submit a letter. You do not have to be a resident of Ontario to object to this regulation. The future of fishing is in everyone's hands!
UPDATE: Further information will be posted here as I receive it.
Occasionally, fishermen will catch a fish (usually a walleye in Temagami area lakes) that has a stainless steel jaw tag in its bottom lip. The first question that is usually asked is "Am I allowed to keep it?" That depends on the size of the fish; if it is in the slot size, then the answer is unquestionably "NO". However, if it is not a slotted fish, then you can legally keep it. Before you toss it into the live well or onto your stringer, please think of the reasons that this fish has been tagged in the first place. Whether it is a male or female walleye, it was caught in a trap net in a creek or river that is known to be used as a spawning area in the spring of the year. These nets are the property of the MNR and have been placed there by volunteers from the local Temagami and Area Fish Involvement Program (TAFIP) which collects the spawn and raises young walleye to be placed back in a number of different area lakes and to assist Nature in keeping a healthy population of fish for anglers to harvest in future years. This particular fish was stripped of some of its roe or sperm and then both the weights and measurements were recorded before being tagged and then released back into the lake. MNR supplied TAFIP with the tags. The jaw tag has a 6- or 7-digit number on it that identifies this fish and the year that it was tagged. If you do decide to keep it, please return the tag to TAFIP in Temagami so they can update their data on it. It is also requested that you report the length and weight of the fish as well as the date and name of the lake on which it was caught. If you'd like to keep the tag as a souvenir, that's also allowed but please forward on the info described above as well as the tag number.
The other option would be to weigh and measure the fish, record the tag number for TAFIP (705-569-3240) and then release it back into the lake. This will tell TAFIP how much that fish has grown since it was tagged. If it is caught again at a later date (possibly years from now) and the info is recorded again, it would greatly add to the knowledge base on the health and sustainability of the species in that particular lake. At the present time, only walleye in Lake Temagami and the Cassels-Rabbit lake system have been tagged.
The odds of catching a tagged fish are about the same as winning a lottery. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of fish that use a spawning area every year. A small percentage of these are caught in the trap nets. Of these fish, even a smaller percentage are ever tagged. As a volunteer with TAFIP, I helped tag about 30 or 40 fish in both lakes in 2009. To give us a good cross-section of all the fish in the lakes, both males and females were tagged and the weights ranged from less than a pound (a male) to one female that tipped the scales at just under 7 pounds. Needless to say, we had much bigger fish in the 10 to 12 pound range that we chose not to tag. The reason that these large fish were not tagged is because we are more interested in how fast they grow and younger ones will grow a lot faster than these older fish.
So ... enjoy your fishing opportunities and perhaps you just might catch a tagged fish. Recording the info and then returning it to the lake (after all the pictures are taken) will assist in proper management plans for a sustainable fishery not just for you to enjoy but for your children and grandchildren to enjoy for years to come. As for the walleye pictured above, it was a 17 inch, 2-pound male that was tagged and released back into Lake Temagami in 2009.
Who owns these keys?
Somebody left these two sets of keys in the grey Silvercraft boat last fall. I found them when they fell out from under the seat as I flipped the boat over for use this spring. I do not know how long they were there on the floor last summer but I don't recall seeing them at any time nor were they reported to me by other customers. Both fobs were connected but I separated them before taking this photo. All five of the keys are identical with Stanley stamped on one side and the number 810 stamped on the other side and each will open the same lock. The two key fobs are also unique. One has an ellipse with Canada stamped on both the front & back and inside is another free spinning ellipse (in chrome or shiny metal) with nothing stamped on it. The other fob appears as a lock (but isn't) with a metal roped cable that spring-releases to remove the keys. There aren't any stampings on this fob. If these are your keys, phone or email me and I will quickly send them back to you.
2016 SUMMER FISHING REPORT.
Monday, November 28, 2016. I guess most people will have realized by now that fishing is over for another summer. The boats are all out of the water & turned over, the motors & life jackets are put away and we are now waiting for a freeze-up so ice fishing can begin. Overall, it was an average year of fishing with an endless supply of bass and good catches of walleye. We didn't catch a great amount of huge walleye for the photo albums but we certainly returned truck-loads of 8 and 10" ones which will all be eating size in a couple more summers. Pike were unreasonably slow all summer for reasons unknown. Pike are my personal favorite fish both to catch and to eat and I usually catch way more that I could possibly eat but they were few and far between this year. After checking with other local lodges and even some as far away as Timmins and Barrie, all outfitters were reporting a slower year for their "slime rockets" also. But we didn't go "fish-less" for the summer; we easily filled the gaps with plenty of bass and the ocassional walleye. Another noteworthy observance about this year's pike was that we never caught a single male pike. Males are easy to identify in that they are extremely rough skinned, even under all that slime and they are a rare catch even when there are plenty of pike being caught. Here, we average 4 or 5 a year or considerably less that 1% of the total pike catches. My fishing guests are made aware of this rarity and cooperate when I ask them to return all males of any size so that there will be enough males for the spawning season in early spring each year. Nobody reported catching even a single male this past summer. Small ponds now have a thin skin of ice as do the back bays of larger lakes so it won't be long before all lakes will be froze. This will probably be the last posting on this page for 2016. Thanks to all of our guests for bringing the boats home in one piece and I look forward to cleaning all of your catches again next summer. I hope you all have a good winter on or off the ice.
Saturday, October 22, 2016. Fishing is all but over for this year as most guests are hunting either moose or grouse now. The water has really cooled off since we've been getting frosts on several nights lately. Most of the leaves are off the trees with a few yellows left in the poplars and birches. I've still got the boats in the water for anyone wanting to wet a line but they will be coming out in the next week or so.
Saturday, October 1, 2016. Fishing is winding down now at this time of year. Partridge season is open so people are spending more time in the bush and less on the waters. There hasn't been a lot of fishermen here and for the few we did have, there weren't a lot of fish caught. We are still bothered by a lot of east winds and rainy days, neither of which makes for successful catches. On top of that, lake trout season closed yesterday. Bass have left the shallow waters and are now frequenting the 20 to 40 foot depths which makes them more difficult to locate. Pike have not been a reliable catch for most of the summer this year for reasons unknown and now have just disappeared. Walleye are usually an easy catch once the leaves start turning color but again, they just aren't where they are usually located for the fall fishing opportunities. For anyone interested in a combo package for photography, hunting and fishing, the trees are about 75% prime, there's lots of birds and we still have live bait to tease the fish with.
Sunday, September 18, 2016. We haven't spent a lot of time on the water this past week due to lots of late afternoon & evening showers and also because of consistent east winds which certainly doesn't make for successful fishing. Hence, there haven't been a lot of fish brought in but bass and walleye did make up all of the catches. Leeches again outperformed worms on a bobber set-up in the last couple hours before dark which now comes by 8:15 p.m. On top of that, all the rains over the past month or so have produced good pickings of wild edible mushrooms so we have been out on the ATVs picking several varieties of mushrooms and since season opened on September 15, we've also been blowing the beaks off the bush chickens. We are eating well.
Sunday, September 11, 2016. Again this week, fishing success has improved slightly over the past few months. We're still managing to get a few smaller bass to eat while releasing countless larger ones. Walleye are attacking anything in darker colors that is tossed their way in the last couple hours before nightfall which comes shortly after 8:00 p.m. now. Even the pike which have been dormant for a month are getting hungrier now with 2 to 4-pounders being the most common size. The big surprise was a chunky 3 pound lake trout that took a liking to a black and silver body bait that was trolled about 6 or 8 feet down in 30 feet of water in the middle of a sunny afternoon. It appears that the fall feeding frenzy for all species is starting to materialize. Cool nights have caused early morning fog which quickly burns off once the sun gets over the tree line.
Sunday, September 4, 2016. Fishing has picked up lately with lots of eating-size bass and countless over-sized females that were all successfully released to spawn for years to come. We are still catching lots of 12" walleye and the larger 15 to 17" ones are just beginning to bite now that the water temperature has cooled off. For some unknown reason, pike have been uncharacteristically slow. If you're wanting to get out for a few more days of trout fishing, don't forget that the season for them closes at the end of the month. Sufficient fall rains have dampened the bush and reduced the chances of a forest fire to the minimum.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Fishing is still slow for most species but bass are again the dominant ones being caught. Radical changes in temperatures and wind direction are probably affecting our success rate. A few days ago, the afternoon temperature was in the low to mid 30's and within 24 hours it was only 10 C but quickly returned to the high 20's by the next day. The wind can also change from the west to the east and back to the west again within 12 hours. The plus side to the weather pattern is that we have received significant rainfall over the past couple weeks with several rains dropping more than an inch at a time. There are no known forest fires in the region at the present time. Hopefully, the walleye will soon follow their usual fall patterns of biting well in late August through all of September. If so, botttom bouncers in either black (on cloudy days) or orange (on sunny days) and tipped with leeches will put plenty of fish in the frying pan.
Sunday, August 7, 2016. Where are all the eating-size fish? We're catching plenty of walleye in the 8 to 12" size and comparable numbers of bass under a pound but very few 16" walleye and 2 pound bass have been brought in. The only pike this week was about 15" long and it was returned to grow a bit larger. Even the channel catfish were small with perhaps 1 in 4 or 5 being over a pound and deemed as "keepers". On the good side, temperatures have dropped from the mid to high 30's to a rather "chilly" mid 20's this week. 2 or 3 small rains have helped keep the dust down but a lot more is needed for the blueberries and mushrooms. Forest fires are still a major concern with a big one getting larger every day just north and west of here near Latchford.
Sunday, July 31, 2016. It's been a mixed bag of results all week for both quantity and species of fish being caught. It's still mostly bass and walleye with the occasional pike but one day it's the bass and then later it's the walleye with some days of hardly anything brought in. The weather has been consistant with mostly clear skies & the odd cloud and warm to hot temperatures. A good inch of rain early in the week did cool things off for a day and now it is very dry again. Campfires are still permited but extreme caution is urged to avoid a forest fire.
Saturday, July 23, 2016. Fishing has leveled off over the past week or so but it is still real good. The hot & dry weather hasn't really affected the catch count for any species but we have caught a lot more bass and walleye than pike perhaps due to the fact that they are plentiful and a real push-over for a leech & bobber set-up in the 2 or 3 hours before dark. It's just been too darn hot to sit in a boat all day long and get fried to a crisp. We have had 3 or 4 short rains of about 1/4 inch each so there hasn't been a fire ban as of yet but the forest is still extremely dry; be very careful with any shore lunch fires.
Sunday, July 10, 2016. Fishing has really picked up since the last report. All guests are bringing in lots of eating-size bass of 1 to 2.5 pounds and catching & releasing countless big ones up to 5 pounds after taking a few pictures for bragging rights back home. Pike and walleye are also hitting well and again, several big ones have been successfully released to spawn again next year. The walleye pictured below was caught this past week by Katelin B. from the Barrie area in the middle of the afternoon in 6 to 8 feet of water while she was using a bobber and a leech for bass. It was estimated to be between 8 and 10 pounds and after a couple quick pics, it was successfully released back into the lake to spawn again for several more years. We have had a couple short rainfalls of less than a half inch each but we need a lot more to ease the tinder-dry conditions in the bush. Hopefully these sprinkles will help the blueberry, raspberry and pin cherry crops that all wildlife rely on for sustinance ... and a few pies for me also. Please use extreme caution with any shore lunch fires and thoroughly soak the ground before starting a campfire on it.
Thursday, June 30, 2016. Bass season opened a week ago and Temagami hosted its weekend for the Temiskaming Smallmouth Basss Tournament Series on both Cassels/Rabbit and Temagami Lakes. Both days were well attended and fishing was at least good or better for most teams. As usual, the average weight for each fish was larger from this lake than from Lake Temagami. Since then, fishing has been better for all species although there is still room for improvement in the number of fish taken by our customers. The best "bite" times varies from day to day but is most successful anywhere from 7 to 9:30 every evening. Leeches are consistantly catching more fish than worms and the preferred presentation for both walleye and bass is simply on a hook suspended 5 to 7 feet below a bobber in 6 to 10 feet of water over a gravel bottom. This method may sound Neanderthal but we're eating a lot of fish and scrambled eggs every morning after a night's fishing. The bush is tinder dry and why the MNR has NOT paced the entire area under a complete fire ban is beyong me but some rain is predicted for tomorrow, Canada Day. Hopefully it will come tonight so everyone can enjoy the long holiday weekend. Please use extreme caution with any campfires, shore lunches or fireworks.
Sunday, June 19, 2016. Most people that I have talked with around the town and area all report that fishing has been slower than normal lately. And it's like that here also; we've been getting the odd walleye and the odd pike but 1 or 2 of each seems to be the daily limit in most cases. The bass hatched a few days ago, the male gaurded them for a few days after that before he left the area and now the small black fry are on their own. Rock bass, sunfish and perch will eat the majority of them but a select few will make it to grow into adults to breed again and others will be a meal for fishermen in years to come. Black flies are almost all gone now (thanks to hungry dragon flies) but there are lots of mosquitoes and deer flies around. We need a lot of rain as the bush is tinder dry. Please be very careful with any shore lunch fires.
Friday, June 3, 2016. There hasn't been a lot of fishing guests this week but we have 2 groups in that mainly target trout and they both say that fishing has been poor to just fair. I've been out a couple times in the evenings and have only caught a small pike on both occassions. On Wednesday morning, we watched the bass spawn in front of the docks. The male had fanned out a depression in the sand a few days prior and when the female arrived, he kept her over the nest area while he turned on his side and slowly rotated around her to release his milt and encouraged here to release her eggs. It was all over in twenty minutes and now he is busy gaurding the eggs and fanning the water over them to assist in the incubation process. Within a couple weeks they will hatch and 3 or 4 days after that, he will leave them to fend for themselves.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016. This year's fishing season opened this past Saturday and it was as close to a perfect weekend as anyone could ask for. The lake levels are at their maximum , the weather was warm and sunny and the black flies weren't much of a problem until just before dark when the winds died down. Saturday was the better day for fishing with lots of walleye caught that were eating size and even a few large ones for photos before being successfully returned to spawn again next year. Close to half of all the pike caught over the weekend were taken right off of our docks. There weren't a lot of people specifically targeting lake trout but a few were caught each day. One guest caught a beautiful whitefish that weighed close to 4 pounds on Monday. Most people got tired of releasing countless bass that were taken at a variety of depths all weekend long. This was our 30th year at the lodge and it had to be one of the most successfull opening weekends for spring fishing that I can recall. Let's hope this trend continues all summer. Rain is predicted through the coming weekend and it should reduce the chances of forest fires. We are not currently under a fire ban but the bush is very dry and extreme caution is urged with any camp fires as Temagami doesn't want to be another Fort Macmurray.
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