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.
2017 SUMMER FISHING REPORT.
Sunday, September 17, 2017. Fishing has been slow this past 2 weeks with both fewer fishermen and fewer fish being caught. There are very few fish available in depths of ten feet or less. However, perseverence paid off quite well for those who found where fish were congregating in deep pools and decent catches of both walleye and bass were brought in. For lake trout lovers, remember that the season closes in 2 weeks at the end of the month.
Sunday, September 3, 2017. There's been a lot less fish to clean lately due to fewer fishermen out on the water and a big change in water temperature. Cold nights in the single digit range has cooled the lake off and we are all done swimming for this year. That will affect all fish, especially the bass, which have now dropped to warmer depths and can mostly be found in the 10 to 20 foot range. Put away your spinner baits and grab some tube jigs with the 2 best colors being motoroil (dark gold with brown flecks) and kool-aid (light purple with darker flecks). The only bass left in shallow waters are the under 8 ounce size and they also are quickly disappearing. The big surprise is the lack of walleye that should be increasing, not decreasing in numbers. Last weekend, we had a fairly large group of all women anglers that caught lots of bass and fair numbers of pike but not a single walleye. This week, we've only caught 2 walleye, both of which were over the 17 inch slot size and were successfully returned back to the lake to spawn in future years. If you get tired of fishing for a day, the fall colors are just starting to appear and there's also lots of edible mushrooms to pick now.
Friday, August 18, 2017. Again, nothing has changed much since the previous report. We're getting lots of walleye and bass and the occasional pike on anything you toss at them. It hasn't quit raining long enough for the ground to dry out let alone be a cause of forest fires. Blueberries are plentiful and mosquitoes are all done for this year.
Sunday, August 6, 2017. Fishing is still excellent and has been for most of the summer this year. This past week has not been an exception. Although we have had several major rainfalls over the last 10 days that have dropped between 4 and 5 inches in total, guests have consistently came back with either limit catches or close to limits for both bass and walleye. Nobody has been seriously targeting pike but there's been a few of them brought in. It is also that time of summer when channel catfish are starting to be caught in the predictable same areas again this year. Most of these are in the pound range but we know from past summers that there are several over 2 pounds out there. With all the rain we've had, fires are non-existant and blueberries are plentiful.
Sunday, July 23, 2017. It's been another great week of fishing with lots of walleye and bass everyday and night. Worms, leeches and a wide variety of lure colors and shapes are all producing limit catches. Pike have been slow but I think it's just because the other two are outperforming them. One guest caught her first ever lake trout, a hefty 5.94 pound fish, and that pic will be posted on the "first fish" page. Occassional rains have kept the forest moist and there's little chance of fires happening around Temagami. And blueberries are a bumnper crop this year so take a day off fishing, grab a pail and pick lots. For unknown reasons, mushrooms are less plentiful this year and hard to find but the mosquitoies have slowed down so it's a lot easier to look for them now.
Friday, July 7, 2017. Fishing has finally picked up and it couldn't get much better that what we've had for the past few days. Everybody is getting their limits of both walleye and smallmouth bass and there's also lots of pike coming across the cleaning board. I haven't had any serious trout fishermen but one couple were paddling a canoe across the lake, dragging a lure behind it and ended up with a nice 4 pound laker. As for live bait, leeches are outperforming worms a bit but both are working well. For artifical lures, there doesn't seem to be a unifying preference among all guests. Whatever they have works well as long as it isn't blue. The pine pollen is over and the water is clear again so anything in green, orange, red, yellow and the usual gold or silver metals will put fish in the pan. It never seems to stop raining for more than 24 hours so the bush is quite damp and we have no danger of forest fires at the present time. However, even with all the rain, there is a definite scarcity of any mushrooms anywhere in the forest.
Saturday, June 10, 2017. Fishing has been abnormally slow throughout the Temagami area this spring and our lake is no exception. We have caught a few of all species except whitefish but the catches have been few and far between. The bass have spawned in shallow waters of less than 4 feet and the males are now guarding the nest sites and keeping all fish away. Because of this, there is nothing to catch in less than 10 feet of water. Stay deep and you will find walleye, pike and lake trout. Surface temperatures are warm enough now that the trout have left any beaver houses and are looking for minnows in much deeper waters. There are 2 or 3 times as many black flies and mosquitoes this year but the dragon flies have just started to emerge so they will soon have them all eaten up, hopefully in the next 3 or 4 weeks. Don't forget that bass season opens early this year on June 24, the fourth Sarurday. With luck, the fry will have hatched by then and the adults will be back in deeper locations. We have had plenty of rain so far this spring and at the current time, the danger of forest fires is low.
Monday, May 22, 2017. I'm sorry to report that the fish just weren't biting for the opening weekend of the summer fishing season. In 31 years of owning the lodge, this was definitely the poorest fishing we've ever had for opening day(s). There was nothing all day Saturday and only 5 small pike that evening, all under 2 pounds. Sunday was a repeat of yesterday with none that evening. Ditto for Monday. Although there were a few bass caught over the weekend, that season is closed until the end of June so those numbers were not factored into the catches. The biggest surprise was the lack of trout that are quite common in front of beaver lodges where they look for minnows in the sticks of the old feedbeds. I've talked with other fishermen on both this and other lakes and all are reporting the same thing: no fish. Hopefully, it will pick up soon and we can return to the superior quality of fishing that this lake is known for and can offer.
Thursday, April 27, 2017. The ice finally melted on the bay in front of the lodge today and I would expect the whole lake to be ice free in 2 or 3 more days. Water levels are within a foot of the normal summer operating range so the walleye should have a good spawning season when the water temperature reaches that magical 7 C. Most of the snow is gone now but there is still some on the trails through the bush where the sun doesn't shine on it. Mosquitoes are already out and blackflies will probably be here in about 3 weeks, or right in time for the opening of fishing season.
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