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.
2019 SUMMER FISHING REPORT.
Friday, September 6, 2019. Water temperatures in the lake are cooling off now since we've had several nights lately with single digit numbers. Hence, the fishing has changed because of this. Most of the larger bass have left the shallows and are hanging out in the 10 to 30 foot depths ... right where most of the bait fish are found. There are still a few bass under a pound closer to shore. The pike also have migrated to greater depths with very few being found in less than 10 feet of water. Surprisingly, there are lots of walleye in the shallows. The vast majority of the fish that I have cleaned for guests during the past couple of weeks have been walleye with some days being the only species showing up on the cleaning table. As expected, the majority of them were caught within a 2 hour slot before dark and black & gold body baits were the preferred lures. Worms on a black jig or a brass spinner with a yellow-spotted black blade were close second choices. For the lake trout fishermen, don't forget that the season closes at the end of September in most lakes. We've had lots of rain lately so forest fires are not a big problem. Blueberries are still plentiful but smaller this year while mushrooms are just starting to show for the fall harvest.
Thursday, August 22, 2019. Cooler weather has really turned on the walleye which are the main counts of the fish being brought in now. On different occasions, they were the only species showing up on the cleaning table. Guests were all saying that it doesn't really matter what you toss at them; the important thing is to be there at the time of the bite which lasts for less than an hour before dark every night. Black, gold and silver were preforming best for color. Bass and pike are also being caught but in lesser numbers. Along with the cooler weather, we've received appreciable amounts of rain on a regular basis so the blueberries are getting bigger and sweeter now. There are also a lot more mushrooms everywhere now with excellent showing of some of the more delicious ones. Look at the mushroom page report if you're interested in some of Natures finest delacasies.
Friday, August 9, 2019. Fishing success has remained well above normal for this time of year. As expected for the hottest days of summer, walleye has slowed somewhat but bass and pike have remained constant. Again, it doesn't really matter what shape or style of lures you prefer such as spoons, body bait or spinners, colors can predict your chances of filling the stringers and blacks & gold work well for walleye, yellow or chrome attract more pike while greens, oranges or reds are bass magnets. Blues are a poor color choice when waters are warm enough to swim in. All species are still being found in depths of 3 to 10 feet near drop offs, weed beds and underwater structures like logs or rocks. We've finally received the much needed rains we were hoping for with 2 major downpours of 1.5 and over 2 inches during the last week. This will definitely help the blueberries which have been small & sour so far this summer and late summer wild mushrooms will soon be plentiful. Forest fires have also been reduced or extinguished with these rains. It has been nice to see an unusual amount of the Monarch butterflies during the past few weeks with lots of milkweed plants being munched on and several pupae hanging under protective overhead structures.
Saturday, July 27, 2019. These past couple weeks have seen some of the best fishing that we've experienced in years. All species including bass, pike and walleye were producing well and hitting on anything that was tossed their way. Worms, leeches or artificial baits in all profiles and colors did the trick. One group of 5 guys caught 153 fish on one day and brought 4 of them home for dinner that evening. Let's hope that this trends continues for a few more weeks to come. For anyone having a shore lunch or campsite fire, please be extra cautious with all fires as the forest is extremely dry. I'm really surprised that we haven't had a complete fire ban yet. Black flies are gone but mosquitoes and deer flies took up the challenge for them. Blueberries are hard to find and are small and not very sweet due to the dry conditions but they are just starting to produce fruit.
Sunday, July 14, 2019. It's been a few days since the bass have hatched and all the small fry are everywhere along the docks and shoreline now. Some of the males have left the area while others can still be seen gaurding their offspring and can easily be caught. Again, I've asked guests to leave them alone and if they can see bass in the weater, to please go fish somewhere else in a lot deeper water. Blackflies are basically gone with only the occasional ones showing up in the last light before evening darkness sets in. We do have plenty of deer flies and some horse flies to deal with. A serious lack of precipitation has left the bush very dry and although we are not currently under a fire ban as of yet, please be very careful with all campfires and shore lunches. Fishing remains good to excellent for all species and there's not any particular color of lures that are producing better results than others so get out there, enjoy some time on the water and bring home dinner.
Sunday, June 30, 2019. It's been good to excellent fishing lately with equal catches of pike annd walleye. I've been telling guests that if they're catching bass, then they are fishing too close to shore as the males are still gaurding their nest sites and the eggs haven't hatched yet. There aren't any fish, including even minnows, in less than 10 feet of water so stay farther out from shore to catch fish. Black flies and other pesky biters are plentiful and the dragon flies are just starting to emerge and eat every one of them that they find. Be patient, they will disappear eventually.Basss season has been open for a week now and I'm still asking guests to release all bass caught so they can protect the eggs and then the little fry which should be hatching within another week or so.
Sunday, June 16, 2019. Fishing has continued to improve all week with pike being the big leader in total count with walleye coming second. The largest pike that made it into the boat was estimated at around 12 to 14 pounds, but was quickly released after a quick cell phone pic. It was Nick's personal best weight for pike. Although it weighed more, that pike was small in comparison to a monster whitefish that was caught a couple days earlier. Gord M. from Orillia was bouncing a jig and a minnow off bottom in 20 to 25 feet of water when it hit and soon he had the largest whitefish ever caught here at the lodge in the 33 years less 4 days that we've owned it. It's the beauty pictured below that tipped the scalles at 6 pounds. Congratulations Gord!
Monday, June 3, 2019. Fishing has picked up a bit over the weekend and the walleye are finally starting to bite. Chrome & blue lures and worms worked equally well during the last 2 or 3 hours before sunset. Lots of bass were tossed back as that season doesn't open for another 3 weeks (fourth Saturday) but they haven't even started to spawn so they'll still be on the nests at that time. A couple pike made it up to the side of the boat but self-released when they seen the net coming their way.
Friday, May 24, 2019. This past opening weekend for fishing had probably the poorest catches in recent memory. Of course, the weather didn't help with non-stop rains and high east winds both of which didn't make for ideal fishing conditions. It was close but the ice did go off the lake a day or two before people arrived for the Saturday opener. For those that did venture out for an hour or two each day, results were dismal with only one lake trout weighing around 4 pounds being caught. Nobody has been fishing this week either, partially because of more rains and gusty winds. The last residual snow in the yard finally melted yesterday. Warmer temperatures and more agreeable weather is predicted for the next week so let's hope the fish bite better.
Monday, May 13, 2019. The ice is melting but not nearly as fast as a lot of people would like to see it leaving. The bay in front of the lodge is 90% ice-free tonight and any slight breeze tomorrow will clean it all out. As for the main lakes, there's still plenty of ice from shore to shore. We need wind and sun to disolve that ice and the weather report is calling for rain tomorrow with clouds for the rest of the week. The good news is that temperatures will be above freezing both days and nights. Stay tuned in a couple days for another update.
Friday, May 10, 2019. I've been receiving several calls lately about when will the ice be off the lake and can people start fishing next weekend when season opens. I don't know .... but it is getting thinner every day and as of tonight, the bay in front of the lodge is about half free of ice. The main lake still appears to have white ice and my guess is that it will all be open for next weekend if we get suffucient sun and wind to break it all up. Water levels are presently at normal summer levels as hydro is probably holding back as much water as possible in this lake system to ease the flooding downstream, particularily around Mattawa. Water temperatures in Net Creek, a prime walleye spawing area, is at 2 C. It's doubtful if will be warmed up to 7 C. which is the preferred temperature for them to spawn. This means the fishing season will be open and they haven't had one last chance to dump a huge amount of eggs before the MNR says it's legal to keep and eat these large females, most of which are over the slot size of 23 inches. That makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? I'll post again when this bay and the main lake is ice-free.
2018 SUMMER FISHING REPORT.
Sunday, October 7, 2018. We have had very few fishermen over the past few weeks now that bird season is open but for those venturing out in brisk autumn winds, everybody is catching something. There hasn't been much difference in the head counts of walleye, pike or bass. The occasional whitefish has also come across the cleaning table. All fish have left their traditional summer hang-outs along shorelines and are now found in waters over 10 or 15 feet deep. Preferred colors have also changed with very few hits on bright greens, oranges and reds. Blues and blacks are better choices along with the predictable chromes and golds in any body shapes. Bass are still hitting tube jigs in purple kool-aid or motor oil colors at depths in the 20 to 40 foot range.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Fishing guests have slowed down considerably since Labor Day but those that did venture out, all reported good catches across the board of walleye, bass and pike. The odd whitefish is also being caught. Worms and artificial baits were equally effective. There's only 4 days of trout season left for this year in naturally reproducing lakes but stocked lakes are open all year. A few recent mornings of frost has put an end to the mushroom harvesting for another year.
Saturday, September 1, 2018. We haven't had a lot of fishermen over the past couple weeks (lots of photographers, hikers and canoers tho) but for those that were out on the lake "washing lures", it was productive. Bass are still #1 and walleye are #2 but the pike have finally starting to bite after a noticeably slow summer for them. As usual, all the predictable colors of yellow, chrome and reds were the better choices in any lure profile. The best news of the past week is that the fire ban that we've endured since early July has finally been lifted. I guess the MNR has finally stuck their heads out the windows and realized that it has rained a considerable amount over the past 3 weeks or so. For anyone wanting to enjoy a feed of wild mushrooms along with their shore lunches, the bush is full of these delacadies. If you're not sure of the good/bad ones, check the mushroom page on this website. Lobsters, chanterelles, slippery jacks and strap coral are plentiful in amazing amounts everywhere.
Thursday, August16, 2018. Fishing has picked up this past week or so. The water is beginning to cool off a bit and the walleye are hitting much better now. Bass are still the bigger numbers that I clean for the guests on a regular basis and pike are still slow. Worms and artificial lures are equally effective and there's not any preferences in shapes or colors for the lures. We've had a fair amount of rains but everywhere in northern Ontario is still under a complete fire ban. Mushrooms are plentiful and there are several varieties to pick and enjoy if you are familiar with these wild delacisies. If not, please refer to the mushroom page on this website for guidelines to edibility.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018. I haven't seen much change in the fishing over the past week or two. They are still biting well and we're getting equal numbers of bass and walleye. Pike are seen in lesser numbers but that may well be that there's a lot more bass coming in. The bait suppliers have run out of leeches but worms are doing the job for those using live bait. As for artificial lures, nothing is standing out above the others as to body shapes and for the colors, everything is better than blue, which is a favorite color of winter. We're still under a complete fire ban so there's no open fire shore lunches allowed. Blueberries are ripe now but hard to locate due to the extreme dry weather conditions. We've had some rains and mushrooms are starting now with one of my favorite summer delacasies, the bright orange Lobsters in plentiful supply everywhere.
Sunday, July 22, 2018.My apologies for the delay in updating this page but due to other more important business, I never found the time to do it. However, things have returned to normal and, hopefully, the reports will be more consistent. Fishing has been good for the past couple weeks except for yesterday which was a real disappointment and I think it was due to high easterly winds all day long. Nobody has yet to figure out how the fish know which way the winds are blowing from in both summer and winter but they never seem to be hungry with an east wind. Bass and walleye are plentiful but pike have been slower than normal. Worms and leeches are working equally well for live baits while red, green and yellow are the preferred colors for artificial lures in all shapes including spoons, body baits, spinners and rubber tubes. With the warms water temperatures, blues are the least productive color. Please remember that everywhere in the north is under a complete fire ban for campfires, brush piles and fireworks due to the extreme dry and windy conditions. Fines start well up in the hundreds of dollars and there is no cap to the costs if you are found guilty of starting a fire and you will be required to cover all costs of putting it out, Helicopters and fixed wing water bombers, along with the ground support crews, are not cheap to operate!
Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Fishing has been good for everything since bass opened a while ago. Guests are even catching walleye in the middle of the day, which is unusual for this species that prefers to hit better just before dark or in the night. Catches of pike are slow but steady and, as usual, are hitting best in bright sunlight. The black flies are all but gone with only a few showing up just before dark. Mosquitoes are still plentiful but the dragon flies are keeping both down to a bare minimum. The bush is extremely dry due to a major lack of precipitation over the past few weeks. There are currently 6 forest fires in the Temagami district. Please be extremely careful with any outdoor fires or shore lunches.
Sunday, June 17, 2018. I know it's been a couple weeks but I was busy and there wasn't a lot to talk about. The water has finally started to warm up a bit and fish are biting better now. Pike are still the most common catches but walleye are just about as common. Both bass nests along the dock fronts have hatched and there are literally thousands of tiny black minnows everywhere. In a few days the adult males will leave them to fend on their own. Season opens this Saturday for bass, by the way. The black flies and mosquitoes are thicker this year than most people can recall in several years. For some reason, dragon flies, their main predator, are rare this spring. We've has sufficient rain over the past couple days to ease the chances of forest fires but, as always, vigilence is stressed with any shoreline campfires.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018.I guess it's about time to start this year's fishing report. My apologies for not posting a report as the ice was going off the lake. It was a very late spring with open water finally arriving a mere few days before the long weekend and black flies appearing about 10 days after that. The walleye were still spawning when season opened and we haven't caught one yet this year. All the rod and reel catches so far were pike with the exception of one nice whitefish right of the dock. This past week we had some lake trout fishermen in and when the wind died down long enough to venture out on the water, the results were poor with just 2 or 3 released under a pound and then one 4 pounder kept on their last day, Sunday, The big surprise this year was the total lack of driftwood that is always floating around on the lake every spring. We've had a small amount of rain showers over the past week but the bush is still drier than normal so I'm urging everyone to be real careful with any campfires or shore lunches. Black flies will be back with a vengence when the temperatures warm up later this week.
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