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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.

2017/2018 REPORT

Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Area lakes are now getting slushy by mid day and there is water pooling in several places. Morning travel is still good and shorelines are still solid. However, the snow on trails has mostly disappeared so access is very limited to the majority of area lakes. Where there is still snow, ATVs will find difficult stretches where the sun hasn't melted the snow on bush roads. Good clear ice depths are shrinking with most places showing 24 inches or less. Winter fishing opportunities are all but over for another year and anyone still wanting to be out on the lakes should travel in groups (not solo) for obvious safety reasons. This will probably be my last fishing update for this winter. I hope everyone had a successful winter with good catches and these reports will be back next year. By the way, nobody ever caught the 2 fish in this lake that pulled tackle down the holes so if you're here for open water and catch one of them, I still want my tackle back. Thanks all.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018. I talked to 2 different groups of guys this past week and both reported nice catches of stocked lake trout and brook trout. Both groups said they never seen another person on the lakes or the trails getting there. There is still 12 to 24 inches of snow on the main lakes and on the trails into stocked lakes. It is starting to get slushy but they reported 24 to 30 inches of clear blue ice below that and shorelines are still solid. Even if we get the warmer double digit temperatures that are predicted for early next week, we should still be good for another couple weeks of late season fishing opportunities.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018. For anyone still wanting to catch a few trout in stocked area lakes as well as whitefish in all bigger lakes, travel by snowmobile for access to these lakes is nothing short of excellent. Since last week, we're had a total accumulation of well over a foot of snow and more is predicted this weekend. Solid shorelines, no slush and day temperatures that are warm enough that ice huts are not even required on most days.... it doesn't get much better than that at this time of year. Call us; we have availability for another couple weeks at least.

Sunday, April 1, 2018. I've pulled the ice huts off the lake now but there are still plenty of ice fishing opportunities left for whitefish and all stocked trout lakes for lakers, speckles, splake and rainbow. Portable day huts are allowed. Ice is still 30 to 40 inches thick in most places with very little slush spots anywhere. I was on the trapline yesterday and lake travel was excellent everywhere. Last night brought 3 or 4 inches of fresh new snow. These conditions will probably last for at least another couple weeks unless we have a severe meltdown.

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.


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)
with your portable hut

Daily

$84.95 p.p.

Weekly

$79.95 p.p./day

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

Full package -
Accommodations
2 meals/day, hut rental

Daily

$100.00 p.p.

Weekly

$600.00 p.p.

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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