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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 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.

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.


Key Benefits

  • Modern clean accommodations.

  • Close proximity to the lodge (walking distance).

  • Free fish cleaning services offered to all our guests.

  • Marg's internationally famous ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT home cooked meals.

Prices

Description

Prices

Ice Hut Rental

Daily

$40.00

Weekly

$225.00

Accommodations
(Includes 2 meals/day)

Daily

$84.95 p.p.

Weekly

$79.95 p.p./day

Kids under 16 are half price. Under 6 is free.

All reservations require a 50% deposit by credit card.
Cancellations with refunds are accepted prior to 30 days before date of arrival.

No monetary refunds for early returns on rentals.

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