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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.

There will be some major changes to our ice fishing packages for the coming 2019/2020 season this year. For the first time ever, I will not be having ice huts on the lake for rentals. I will still offer the usual all-you-can-eat meal and accommodation packages and I will have minnows for guests but all fishermen will have to bring their own portable (pop-up) huts this year. The reasons are simple: I spend way too much time replacing the styrofoam insulation after idiots leave the heaters pointing towards it and burning holes in the insulation. Other idiots leave the heater running at full power for 15 hours all night long ... so the hut is warm in the morning. Note: It takes less than 5 minutes at -35C to warm up a hut. A hundred pound propane tank burns out in less than a week instead of lasting all winter. Last winter was an abnormal brutal one but I couldn't keep up just lifting and blocking the huts above the slush and banking up the sides with snow. And lastly, with most fishermen having their own pop-up tents, small heaters and augers which lets them fish at several locations on any lake, hut rentals have been way down over the last couple years and it has reached the point where it just isn't economically feasible to continue with rentals. My apologies for any inconveniences this may cause but with Marg's failing health and just me here to do all the cooking & dishes as well as all the laundry, this decision is final.

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. Please inquire about early season ice fishing conditions. Whitefish and ling (barbot) are in season all year. Northerns and walleye are open from then 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, fishing opportunities will still exist through to the end of March for whitefish and ling.

Tackle and tip-ups can still be purchased in our gift shop. 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.

2020/2021 REPORT

Monday, March 15, 2021. This coming weeknd will be the end of ice fishing for walleye, lake trout and pike on area lakes across Temagami with the exception of stocked lake and speckle trout lakes which are open all year. Whitefish and herring are open all year everywhere. There's still over 2 feet of ice and after last week's meltdown, all the snow has turned to frozen slush so you can drive ATV's and light trucks anywhere. Shorelines are still solid. Warmer temps are predicted later this week but I doubt it will have any effect on ice. The snow in the bush is close to gone now and trails have rocks showing in a lot of places. All OFSC trail are closed for the season so permits are not required to access lakes. I've noticed snow fleas for the past couple weeks so we could be in for an exceptiionally early break-up soon.

Thursday, March 11, 2021. What a change a few days can make in the weather and ice conditions! Warm weather and temperatures up to +9 C daytime and +5 at night has certainly melted all the snow on the lake .... and a couple days of rain didn't help either. It's cooled off now and the slush has froze up again which makes it just glare ice everywhere. There isn't any snow to grease the snowmobile sliders and nothing for traction for ATVs. Even walking in a bit of wind could be an accident waiting to happen. Please exercise caution when on the ice. We still have 2 weekends of fishing before it closes on Sunday, March 21 (third weekend) for all species except whitefish and stocked trout lakes which remain open all year. I have lots of availability for accommodations since all the snowmobilers have cancelled.

Saturday, March 6, 2021. Fishing has been good this week with plentiful catches of whitefish and herring. Lake trout was a very close second and the big surprise was the comlete lack of any walleye. Everybody had lots to eat all week and still had some to take home to their families. There's still about 10 days left before season closes until mid May for most species so call for reservations.

Monday, Febuary 22, 2021. The lock down is over and we are open again (finally!) for ice fishing. All the social distancing and mask rules that everybody is well aware of are in effect. Availability is still open for this weekend but some units are already booked. There's 24 inches of ice in most places on the lake now so travel is good for sleds and light vehicles.... no dump trucks, please. Snow depths vary but there's an average of a foot so ATVs are not an advisable transportation. All species, except bass, opened a week ago and will close on March 15 except whitfish and lakes with stocked lake and speckled trout which are open all year. Again this year, I will not have huts out so it's bring your own pop-up tents, augur and heat source. Accommodations with and without meals are available at the lodge. According to the locals that I have been talking with, catches of lake trout are slow to moderate right now but whitefish and herring are good.

Friday, January 22, 2021. I guess most people have heard by now that all of Ontario is locked down tight with travel and accommodations restricted for tourism purposes everywhere. Yeah, that means Temagami also. So I'm sitting here watching the slush spots get bigger and bigger on the lake every day and very little local sled travel on it. When the news changes and says we can get back to making money and paying the government employee's wages, I'll be open for business. In the meantime, I hear that the LCBO has a bunch of new varities of wine in stock so slip down there and pick up a few because the government says that collecting that ridiculous amount of taxes is "essential business".

Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Here it is, the first ice fishing report for this winter. There is now sufficient ice on area lakes for foot and snowmobile travel but I would caution against being out there with cars and trucks. I found 3" of clear ice in front of the dock today and 5 to 7" out further in the lake. Other locals had told me yesterday that there were 6" on Cassels in front of the boat ramp and I was surprised to find only 3" here by the lodge. Snow depths range up to a foot in various parts of the lake mainly because of wind and drifting. None of it is stuck to the ice so be careful when walking or sledding because it is very slippery. I did find a few slush spots but not many or of any major size. I seen a few huts dispersed at various locations but all were vacant so I didn't find out if fish were biting yet. Again this winter, I will not be putting huts on the lake so please bring your own pop-up tents, auger and heat source. I can supply accommodations and a meal plan for anyone not wishing to do their own cooking.

2019/2020 REPORT

Thursday, April 2, 2020. Although sesons have closed for most species, whitefish and stocked lake & speckled trout are still open. Over the past couple weeks, fishermen have reported good catches of all targeted species of these fish. Lake ice has excelllent travel conditions and ATVs are now the preferred means of travel since the snow has all melted down into ice and there's little to nothing to grease the sliders on sleds until at least noon every day ... and then not every day either. Ice depths are still averaging over 24 inches everywhere but caution is urged near creek mouths where ice can be thin due to melt flow. Snow depths in the forest can vary widely from sparse to a couple feet. It's only a guess but there should be 2 or 3 more weeks of safe ice travel left in the season.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020. I guess it's been a while since I 've updated the ice fishing page. My apologies here. Overall, fishing has been good this past winter with the typical slower days as can be expected. Right now, walleye and whitefish are still biting well. People tell me they have caught an overabundance of small foot-long lake trout this winter with very few in the 2 to 3 pound range and even fewer of the larger ones. There are still 2 more weekends for ice fishing before everything except whitefish closes on March 15. Permanent huts have to be off by the end of March but pop-up day huts can be used after that.

Friday, December 6, 2019. Most lakes are already froze over in the Temagami area and even the big parts of this lake system and Lake Temagami have ice on them now. Talking with permanent residents on Lake Temagami recently, they estimate that their ice will be safe for shoreline travel by snowmobile withing a week or so. As for the bay in front of the lodge here, we've had ice for a few weeks now and ice depths vary from 4 to 6 inches in most places. This will easily support sleds and huts but there is also plenty of slush on top of all that ice. Watch for slight depressions in the snow as indicators of sink holes where the water is coming out onto the ice... and stay away from these areas or you could "sink" in the "holes".

2018/2019 REPORT

Friday, April 19, 2019. All the snow on top of the ice has now melted down into more ice and these past couple days of heavy rain has only added to this scenario. Lake travel is still good although there are the starting signs of water puddles forming along the shorelines. Fishing has reportedly been good by guys that I've talked with who were on stocked speckle and lake trout lakes which have open seasons all year. It's a guess but I think these conditions should stay for another couple weeks. Although there is still plenty of snow in ther bush, travel is less than perfect as it has turned to frozen snow which doesn't grease the sliders as well as fresh snow does. To acess these lakes with ATVs, travel is good until it breaks through the top crust and you're stuck in 2 or 3 feet of mushy wet snow. Snowshoes will get you in the trails and back out from the stocked lakes.

Tuesday, March, 26, 2019. Although the season has closed for all species except whitefish and stocked lake and brook trout lakes, plenty of fishing opportunities still exist in the Temagami area. Ice thickness is still well over 3 feet in front of the lodge and although there's little snow cover to grease the sled slidders, ATV's can go anywhere on the lakes now. If you're going to venture off onto the bush trails, you're on your own there.

Monday, March, 18, 2019. Yesterday, Sunday, ice fishing opportunities closed for most species of fish including walleye, northern pike and lake trout in the Temagami area. However, there are still open seasons on any stocked lakes for lake trout, speckled trout, rainbow trout and all lakes for whitefish. We have had well above average catches for whitefish this winter and we will still encourage you to visit us and catch a few more of these delacasies. Huts will be out until the last day of March and there's no need to worry about falling through the ice with depths of 3 to 4 feet (yes, feet!) everywhere. It will be a while before we see open water this year and hopefully that will happen before the two-four weekend in late May. Even after April 1, we can still sit on lawn chairs or snowmobiles and catch more whitefish right through to the end of the month or maybe even later.

Sunday, March, 10, 2019. Fishing has picked up this past week and customers were happy with their catches. Again, whitefish were the predominent species but we also caught walleye and some trout. It's been colder than normal for the past week or so and the lake has now froze up enough that all the slush we've endured for weeks has finally stiffened up enough to drive a snowmobiole anywhere on it. If anyone is itching to try some back lakes, then this is the time to do it before season closes next weekend for everything except whitefish and stocked lake/brook trout sites. Snow levels are close to twice the twenty year average for depths so it could be tricky getting through bush trails to these lakes if nobody has been in there before you arrived. As I mentioned, season closes for most species next weekend but I will still have huts out until the end of the month for whitefish, and late season whitefish are usually plentiful before the ice thaws out. After huts have to be off area lakes at the end of March (I know, this is a ridiculous MNR regulation), We can still stand or sit on a sled and catch fish for another month or more this year.

Sunday, February, 10, 2019.There's been some highs and lows in fishing success lately but overall, it's been a great year so far. The whitefish have been nothing short of phenominal and we're getting decent catches of walleye also. Pike and trout have been noticable slow but trout season doesn't open until next weekend anyways. Snow depths have been way past normal this year. There's 30 to 36 inches of ice on main water bodies now but the dreaded slush monster is still out there in a few places. If you're sledding on existing lake trails, you should be okay but you're on your own if you get into fresh snow and get stuck.

Friday, January 11, 2019. I can't give much of an update as there hasn't been anybody fishing this past week. Not that it would be an easy walk to the huts as we got a lot of heavy, wet snow last weekend and warm weather since then until this morning when we woke up to -30C temps. Hopefully, that will stiffen things up and we can return to normal conditions.

Saturday, December 29, 2018. We've had lots of good ice for a while now and there is currently about 8 to 10" of ice where the huts are but due to an unreasonable amount of slush this winter, I could not get the huts out without getting stuck real bad. Fortunately, things got better over the past weekend and I finally got both huts out a couple days ago. Right off the bat, the fish were hungry. Our first customers, who have been repeats for the past several years, worked their majic and over an afternoon, an all-day and then for a couple hours this morning, put 39 whitefish on the ice, excluding countless smaller ones that were returned to the lake. They didn't see any walleye but other guests did. All in all, everyone was quite happy with the fish they caught. The following pic shows the fish that the party of three caught yesterday.

Monday, November 26, 2018. I've had a few calls this past weekend asking about ice conditions on area lakes. Most small and a few mediuum lakes are now froze over but I would not say that any of them are safe to walk or snowmobile on as of yet. We have had unseasonally cold weather over the past couple weeks but we are presently going through a warm spell and it's not scheduled to get much colder for at least another week or more. A week ago, I checked ice depths off the end of the dock and there was only 2 inches so I'd assume there would be less out farther in the lake. This past weekend had tempratures at or above freezing and we had more rain than snow. Like everyone else, I'm anxious to bust a few holes and wet some lines so my advice is to wait a while longer as it's still November and not the end of January so there's lots of time ahead to partake in our favorite winter sport.

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