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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 blackflies 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.

Ice fishing is still a popular winter activity at Northland Paradise Lodge. Lakes are usually frozen to a sufficient and safe thickness by mid December to allow pedestrian access on area lakes. Heated huts are then put on the lakes by Christmas. Please inquire about early season ice fishing conditions. Whitefish and ling (barbot) are in season all year. Northerns and walleye are open from now through to March 15 and are then closed until the May 24 weekend. Smallmouth bass are open until December 31 every year. A much reduced winter lake trout season is only open from February 15 through March 15. Depending on the year’s spring thaw and breakup, our baited huts are maintained through to the end of March for whitefish and ling.

Our spacious 6' X 8' insulated huts with 4 drilled 10” holes are situated approximately 100 yards/meters in front of the lodge in 20 to 25 feet of water, are propane heated and have padded seats as well as plenty of windows for natural light. Candles are supplied for night fishing. Tackle and tip-ups can be purchased in our gift shop while live bait is also available. A smoker is available for a nominal charge to give your day’s catch “that little something extra”.

From time to time, some of our guests are looking to either buy or sell fishing tackle and related items. When this happens, I try to help them with this by posting a note and picture on this website on the Items For Sale page which can be accessed from the top of this page. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in buying these items, please look here first.

Check-in times for weekly packages are after 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and check-out times are before 11:00 a.m. on the following Saturdays. For overnight packages, the same times apply for each day. Please inquire about any variations that can be made to these time schedules.

Responsible use of alcoholic beverages is allowed on lodge property. However, we are not a licensed outlet for the sale of these beverages

Pets are always welcome.

Have you ever caught a tagged fish?


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.

Weekly Ice Fishing Report

A weekly ice fishing report will be posted here to assist our guests in their plans for one of winter's most pleasurable activities. Ice depths, slush conditions, what's biting best, favorite lures/bait rigs and anything else associated with this sport (as it is reported to me) will be listed here.

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.

2017/2018 REPORT

Sunday, March 18, 2018. Today is the last day of winter ice fishing on most area lakes as season closes at midnight for lake trout, northern pike and walleye. There are, however, a few exceptions and you can still fish for whitefish everywhere and for speckle trout, rainbow trout, lake trout and splake on stocked lakes throughout the Temagami area. And there are lots of lakes with these stocked trout in them. Lake travel is still excellent with very few spots of slush showing anywhere. There is lots of snow in the bush and snowmobile trails are being groomed on a regular basis so there's no reason not to enjoy a few more weeks of your favorite winter sport. Ice huts have to be off of area lakes by the end of the month but late winter weather is usually warm enough to sit on a sled or a lawn chair in the bright sun. It's a guess but I'm thinking that we have another month before shorelines become unsafe and we can't fish any longer.

Thursday, March 8, 2018. It's been a slower week than normal with most of our guests coming on snowmobiles for one last ride before spring's arrival. We've only had a couple of ice fishermen and their success was best described as dismal. For some unknown reson, the whitefish have quit biting and all they were catching was the odd little walleye at 10 to 12 inches which were definitely not in the keeper size range. A few days before that, we lost more tackle to the "moat monster" that's been hanging around the ice huts. A guy was fishing by himself in one hut while 2 friends were in the other hut and he either went over there for a minute or two or went outside to stretch his legs and when he got back in the hut, his short fishing rod that was left laying on the seat wasn't there. Chalk another one up to the "monster" that enjoys his hit-and-run dining. We don't have any accommodations left for this weekend but there's still another week before fishing season closes for the winter for everything except whitefish and trout in area stocked lakes which are both open all year.

Saturday, February 24, 2018. Nothing much has changed during the past week for success rates. Again, it was feast or famine. When they bite, there's lots of them and then it's dead for a day or two. It seems that there may be a large apex fish guarding the feed bed and when it is there, it owns the feed bed. The big fish this week was a 4.84 pound lake trout and there were some whitefish but the walleye were absent. There's still plenty of ice at close to 3 feet and slush is hard to find anywhere. Snow is predicted over the next few days.

Friday, February 16, 2018. It's been a mixed bag of success this past week for our ice fishing guests. One day was very productive and then the next day had little or no fish caught at all. This pattern held through the entire week and we were wondering if last week's big fish that stole the tip-up was back on the shoal again and scaring the rest of the fish away. We still haven't caught that fish and retrieved my tackle. For the first week in a long time, we never caught any walleye but there were good catches of whitefish, one real nice 4 pound pike and then a 4 pound lake trout this afternoon. Hopefully, it will pick up through the weekend.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018. I hope everybody gets a chuckle out of this like I did.

We had folks stop in for a few days of ice fishing on their way home from a snowmobile vacation farther north. That afternoon and the next day produced nothing at all except a couple nibbles. "Are there any fish in this lake?" "Yes, but I can't make them bite and this east wind never seems to help with the fishing at any time of year." The next morning, he set one of my wooden paint-paddle style tip-ups with a 3-way spreader on the lake bottom and as he was putting another minnow on his short rod and lure, the tip-up just went down the hole, as quick as a flash, never to be seen again. That was all the excitement for that day. He told me about it over dinner and I said that we do have large dish, both lakers and pike, that are quite capable of pulling stunts such as that. He had never heard of it before. I told him that until that fish either gets caught or leaves the bay, nothing else will venture onto the feed-bed shoal that he "owns" so hang onto your rod at all times. If someone else hooks that big fish and manages to get it onto the ice, I'll get my spreader back and then I'll call Allan to let him know what species he tangled with. Did I mention that he never caught a fish but promised to return next summer for some open water fishing?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018. It's been a slow week for fishing with no guests during the past weekend due to a hockey tournament last weekend that filled all of our rooms. I've been busy with other obligations and haven't had a chance to get out so I can't tell you anything new. Lake travel is good if you're planning on setting up your own portable hut somewhere and there's lots of snow with no slush to worry about. Ice depth should be getting close to 30 inches now after the cold weather and wind that we've had over the past week or so.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Fishermen had moderate success this past weekend with equal catches of whitefish and walleye. We got about 8 to 10 inches of snow last night so there's finally lots to bank up around the huts now. I'm not sure how this much snow will affect any new slush but there's about 2 feet of ice now so it shouldn't be too bad. I'll keep an eye on it and report any changes.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018. We've had sufficient cold and windy weather over the past few days to stiffen up all the slush on area lakes. There has also been enough snow to lubricate the sliders on your sleds but barely enough to bank up around the ice huts. Hopefully, we will get 2 or 3 inches before the weekend for this. With nothing to keep the wind out of the hut, I haven't been fishing so I don't know how the fish are biting but with all the east winds that we've had, I doubt if it was good.

Friday, January 12, 2018. For the last 3 or 4 days, the temperatures fluctuated between +7 and -5C and was mixed with rain which caused a major amount of slush to appear on all area lakes. Snowmobile travel was and still is impossible. Today, we woke up to -15C and light snow and blowing wind. Although colder temperatures are in the forecast, it will take a week or more for the lakes to freeze over enough for both snowmobile and pedestrian traffic to remain on top of the slush. Unless it is an emergency, stay off the lakes and out of the slush.

Saturday, January 6, 2018. We finally had a couple days with warmer temperatures, a balmy -20C, to get the ice huts out this past week. On Tuesday, the first hut went out and naturally, we had to celebrate the event by wetting 2 lines for the last couple hours of daylight which produced 5 decent sized whitefish, all on a tip-up with minnows while the rod and lures didn't put anything on the ice. The next day, the other hut went out but it was so windy that we just came back to the warm fire in the lodge. Temperatures have been in the -30 to -35C range for most mornings all week and there's lots of snow, 15 to 20 inches of ice and no slush anywhere so lake travel is excellent if you want to try different areas of the lake.

Monday, December 25, 2017. Winter has been good to the area with lots of cold weather and very little snow for this time of year. Ice depths vary but there is around 8 inches in most places now. The slush that we had a week or two ago is now frozen and snowmobiles are travelling everywhere. Friends are coming up in a few days and I will have the huts out before next weekend.

Friday, December 3, 2017. It's been a slow winter so far with warmer than normal temperatures and minimal amounts of snow. The bay in front of the lodge is barely frozen over and opens up on sunny, windy days. I'm hoping for colder weather to get a good layer of ice ... then snow after that. It looks like it will be at least January before huts are put out. Stay tuned.

2016/2017 REPORT

Friday, April 7, 2017. I had the huts off the lake last weekend as is required by the MNR but fishing is still good with solid shoreline access for another few days. By next week, it could be too soft so it's time to call it quits for another season. It was a slow start for catches of all species but half way through the season, things really picked up and this has held right through this past week. This was one of the best winters for whitefish that we have seen in years. Catches of trout and walleye were average but the pike were slower than normal. Thanks to everyone for the good times, memories relived from years past and especially to the new guests we've met. We look forward to seeing all of you again next year.

Friday, March 24, 2017. We're still fishing. Lakes are solid right from the shoreline out but watch the mouths of creeks and rivers as water is starting to run due to melts. Trucks are driving everywhere on the ice. We got 3 inches of new snow last night so sledding is good for whitefish and getting into stocked trout lakes. All other species are now closed. I've still got the 2 huts out but will be bringing them in before the end of the month.

Monday, March 13, 2017. It was another great weekend for our guests with whitefish repeating as the predominant species being caught. One group of guys came back this weekend and again only targeted them and tossed back the walleye and lakers that they caught. Over 3 days, they kept 38 and noted that they probably released more than that number of everything else they put on the ice. I was curuious as to how they were catching that many fish so they showed me their "magic" lure. It wasn't anything that I would ever have used myself. There must be a name associated with it but I will describe it as a small, heavy body bait with the line attached in the midddle and single hooks on both ends of it that point upwards. The tail end of it had plastic "wings" (similar to the tail fins on a plane) pointing downwards in an upsidedown "v". It was blue on the top and white on the bottom. Most people have one of these in their tackle box that is 2 to 3 inches long but this one was only an inch long. They didn't jig it to make it go around in huge circles; instead they just twitched it every few seconds and it worked surprisingly well for them. You can see pics of their catch from 2 weeks ago if you scroll down to Feb. 26/17. Remember that all species except whitefish closes next Sunday night but these guys didn't care about that; they said they'd keep returning as long as the ice was good to walk on.

Friday, March 3, 2017. Great fishing opportunities continued through this past week with lots of whitefish still being caught. Trout and walleye were slower than what everybody had hoped for but a few were put on the ice. Wednesday's horendous snow storm kept everyone off the lakes but the results were a lot of fresh new snow to bank up around the huts after the previous week's meltdown. There's still over 2 more weeks of fishing left before all species except whitefish closes for another year at dark on Sunday, March 19.

Sunday, February 26, 2017.

As you can see by the number of whitefish that Mark caught one afternoon, we have had a significant improvement in the number of catches during the past week of fishing. Whitefish have remained as the predominant species being caught but lake trout were a close second and there were good catches of walleye also. Sadly, there weren't any pike this week. Like most of the province, we had another major meltdown with temperatures well above freezing for both days and nights accompanied with lots of rain but now it is much colder this morning and the surface slush has stiffened up. Hopefully, it will all freeze down to the ice below it with the frigid weather predicted over the next few days ... and then it can snow after that. Don't forget that we have just over 2 more weeks of open season for ice fishing for trout, walleye and pike before it closes for another year. Whitefish is open all year but huts have to be off the lakes by the end of March.

Sunday, February 19, 2017. Our guests' success rate have finally picked up after a couple weeks of less than normal catches. Early in the week, one gentleman had a submersible camera with a 360 degree view that showed a pair of large lake trout swimming up to the camera and circling every lure and bait combination that he put down there but refused to bite any of them. We knew they were large trout as the tails were higher than the 4 inch lures that he was using. We guessed them to be in the 8 to 10 pound range. I told him that they were guarding the feeding bed and there wouldn't be any other fish allowed in there until they were either caught or left the area. Well, I guess the lakers were tired of the area (or maybe they just missed seeing his lures) because after he went home, people started catching fish again. The next couple caught 2 average size whitefish, 2 trout that averaged 3 pounds and a 5 pound pike ... all in the same hut that he had fished in. Another warm spell is predicted for the coming week and slush has already started to show under all the snow so caution is urged when travelling off the beaten trails and be aware that there will be thin ice at any creeks flowing into area lakes.

Sunday, February 5, 2017. Fishing has been slow this past week for both customers and catches. We haven't had a lot of people on the ice and for those that were here, catches were less than what we normally expect. Again, whitefish were the predominant species along with a few walleye. A couple trout were released as their season doesn't open for another two weeks. Lake travel is excellent for those with a sled and wanting to try the back lakes. All the slush is froze and we have 3 or 4" of new snow on top of that. However, extreme caution is necessary around any stream mouths as the warm spell of 2 weeks ago will still have created sufficient current and thinner ice to sink both you and your sled. Floater suits, ice picks and snow shoes are a cheap investment for trips into the back country.

Sunday, January 29, 2017. Colder temperatures over the past week have certainly stiffened up all the slush on area lakes and snowmobile travel is excellent if you're planning on getting into back lakes to wet a line. Three inches of new snow will also grease the sliders but be wary of any possible frozen slush under this new cover. I now have the second hut on the lake in front of the lodge and both are banked up ... finally. Guests caught both whitefish and wallye this past week and said they will return for lake trout when that season opens in another 2 weeks from now.

Sunday, January 22, 2017. I've had lots of calls lately about ice conditions and success rates for the ice fishing. Unfortunately, there's nothing good to report at the present time. About a week ago, I took one hut out on the ice and parked it and haven't been back out there since. Ice was soft, slush was everywhere and there was insufficient snow in a close proximity to bank up around the hut. Since then, conditions have only become worse with above freezing temperatures both day & night and even more slush than before. Ice conditions are not safe at the present time and I would suggest staying off of it until temperatures get a lot colder for several days in a row. I did have a couple parties in last week when I was taking the hut out and they had their own clam shells to use. They did catch both whitefish and walleye but they said it was slow and hard work getting them to stay on the hook. Hopefully I can get the other hut out and we can go fishing next weekend. Stay tuned; I'll let you know when that happens.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017. We finally have a considerable and safe amount of ice (6 to 10") in most places on most lakes for ice fishing opportunities but there is also a dreadful amount of slush on it under a couple feet of snow. Ice fishermen are welcome at the lodge for meals and accommodations but I still haven't got the ice huts out on the lake because of 1)the unusual warm temperatures we have had over the past few weeks and the resulting slush conditions to pull the huts through and 2) also because of personal health problems and treatments that I am currently having. Next week is supposed to have a return to normal cold winter conditions so I'm hoping the slush will freeze up and I can get the huts out after that. The choice is yours: bring your own portable huts or brave the elements and walk out onto the lake or sit on a snowmobile and fish your hearts out.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016. We are already looking at a better ice fishing season than what last year gave us and we haven't even stepped on the ice yet. The bay in front of the lodge glazed over about a week ago (last year was Christmas Day) and it's been relatively cold since then with even colder temperatures predicted for the next week or more. The down side of all this is that we're getting way more snow than we need to help increase the ice depth. There is now about 6" of snow on what little ice formed before that first snowfall and this "insulation" is not helping to make ice over the warmer lake water. Needless to say, nobody has ventured out onto this ice yet to check its depth. When I hear from other locals that we have 6"of good ice, I will get the huts out and post it in here. Hopefully, that could be as early as New Years.

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