When you set the hook on a fish, and you feel the tug that you’ve been waiting for, time seems to slow down. It’s probably your brain speeding up, but for that brief moment, relative to what is happening, time does seem to stop.
Our idea is unique in delivering what’s first and foremost a fishing trip. You’ll have an incredible opportunity to relax and experience the natural beauty of the Kawarthas.
If you’re looking for white linen or pampered luxury, you’re not going to find it here. But if you’re looking for clean, comfortable accommodations, outstanding service, equipped fishing boats on a lake with the most diverse fishing, my friends you’ve found us.
You’ll spend quality time with quality people like yourself and you won’t believe what a special lake you fished and the fish you caught. You will leave with a smile on your face that I can guarantee, and if you’re like the majority of our guests you will return.
Our facility is nestled right smack in the middle on the shores of lower Lake Dalrymple. Stunning views of the lake are had right from our patio including incredible sunsets. Guests sleep in a comfortable bedroom cottages. Our location provides a comfortable spot for relaxing, unwinding after a day’s fishing, and enjoying the evening meal.
Our second location, new for 2010, is on Pigeon Lake, with the same award winning service as on Lake Dalrymple. Only a few minutes away from Bobcaygeon. You can catch big musky right from the dock, I’m not kidding. This Lake produces some big fish. The fishing is the best, in the Kawarthas.
Fishing Lure Lodge has Two locations in the Kawarthas. Our first is on Lake Dalrymple, long considered the most diverse lake in South Ontario. Our location is only 80 minutes away from the GTA. Only 15 minutes east of Orillia. Located in the Carden Alvar.
Our Second location is located on Pigeon Lake, 10 minutes from Bobcaygeon. Only 80 minutes from the GTA. Both location produce big fish.
by The Captain…
Fish Blast has blasted off to a successful start. I take people fishing to my favourite lake in the Kawarthas, Lake Dalrymple. On Friday I had the pleasure of having Aisling, her boyfriend James and her dad Dave come fishing with me. Aisling and James are from London, England and were transplanted to Toronto by their companies. They have been here for 18 months; Dave is Aislings father and is here for a two-week visit. Aisling found me by googling “fishing, Kawarthas”, and she booked a weekend for the three of them.
I picked them up at 7pm at Wilson Subway station and in a few minutes we were on the 400 and on our way. Dave is from Ireland and is an avid fisherman, mackerel and trout he tells me. This was his first experience at fishing in Ontario/Kawarthas. James is from Nottingham Forest area, Robin Hoods hang out, and he has never fished in his life.
The weatherman was scaring us with a wet forecast. After a quick stop in Orillia for food and brown pops we were on our way to Dalrymple. Friday evening was just lovely, perfect night to gaze at the stars and enjoy a few brown pops. After chatting about anything and everything we hit the sac.
Saturday morning was overcast but warm. I provided the tackle and asked them what and how they wanted to fish… I gave them the option of working the rod and reel or getting some live bait and doing some lazy man fishin’, as I like to call it. Lazy Man fishing it was, after a quick stop at the minnow shop we were on the lake, the first hour produced a couple of perches but nothing substantial. After a great BBQ lunch, we headed back and hit the lake at 5pm. After a few minutes Dave was stuck in the weeds, at least that’s what everyone thought, accept Dave, he new he had a whooper. After a 20-minute fight he landed what was his first ever northern pike, 26″ and a fatty. After a few photo ops we send the pike on its way. Not sure who was more excited, Dave, Asling or I. I was glad that at least one big monster landed in the boat. Dave couldn’t stop talking about his catch. A few minutes later I landed a largemouth bass and just before we were ready to head back a catfish, nice size too. We headed back to a pork chop BBQ. The rain starting just before we got settled to watch “The Perfect Storm”. Thought-out the movie, Dave was rubbing it in to his future son in law, about his lack of luck on the lake, all in good fun.
Everyone slept in, and by the time we got the coffee and breakfast, thanks to Aisling for a tasty one, we we’re on the lake at a respectable 11am, all the fisherman have gone for the day and we were getting started. Everyone was happy to take a few photos, watch the Osprey fish, with no expectations. Well 20 minutes later, boom, James caught his first ever pike/fish, than another 15 minutes later. Well there was a lot of excitement from Dave telling James how to land the fish, Aisling taking video and holding the net to bring it in. Dave made sure to take the hook off and get a few photos of himself with the fish. James was ecstatic.
After a great chicken breast BBQ, if I do say so myself, we decided to go back out for another hour and do some more fishing. The sunset was great as always, and everyone got himself or herself in a picture. The loons were out fishing and nature provided an amazing backdrop as the leaves started to change colour. Just before heading back in we had a few strikes but didn’t land anything until James caught his third pike of the day and declared himself the champion of the weekend. Dave did point out that his one was bigger than the three James caught put together.
The weather held out, a little rain, but overall another great weekend. The company was great, the Lake produced as always (I practice catch and release and encourage everyone to do so too) and the food was outstanding. On the way back we talked about the fish and the ones that got away. I dropped them off at home, we said our goodbye’s and they promised to send me the pictures of the fish. After a group hug, Dave tells me he’ll be back next year and might bring a couple of friends with him next time.
“Fish Blast” is a T.O. Sports Magazine’s sponsored event. Every day we take you fishing. It’s our NOboat, NOcar, NOproblem promotion. We provide everything (you bring your own food and brown pops). Round trip transportation, two nights accommodation, boat, fishing rods and tackle too, if you don’t have your own. The cost is a very down to earth $219/pp. We are booking for next year already and have a “daily fish blast” package for $129/pp. Same as the weekend accept only one night accommodation. Get in touch with us, and come fishing to the Kawarthas…
NOcar NOboat NOproblem…
Kawarthas produce some of the best fishing in the province. With just over 130 lakes in the area, the Kawarthas are a fisherman’s paradise and only 90 minutes away from the GTA. The Kawartha lakes region of Ontario is comprised of many lakes, namely Dalrymple, Pigeon, Rice, Canal, Buckhorn, Stoney, Chemong, Sturgeon and Balsam. Most of these lakes are very similar in composition, with the majority being fertile, both with weed and rock structures.
The Kawarthas region provides anglers with an array of fishing opportunities.
Walleye – a.k.a. Pickerel is the most popular and arguably the most beautiful game fish in Ontario, the walleye is best known for its delicious meat. Average weight of walleye in the Kawartha Lakes is 3lbs but walleye over 10lbs are not uncommon.
Bass - Without doubt, the largemouth bass is the best known fish in the Kawartha Lakes. Largemouth are brawling fish, aggressive strikers and are mostly found in the warm, weedy, slow or still waters.
Northern Pike - One of the greatest fighting fish with a vicious strike, the Northern Pike can be found in shallow water along the shores and marshes of Stoney Lake and in Lake Dalrymple. Although their average weight is 2-4lb it’s not uncommon for catches over 25lbs to be found in the lakes.
Muskellunge – a.k.a.: maskinonge or muskie. A voracious predator, the Muskellunge has become a Kawartha Lakes legend and has been a hot topic and the centre of conversation of anglers around the area for hundreds of years. These long slender fish average 5-10lbs but catches over 45 inches have been caught in many of lakes.
HOT Spots - Gannon’s Narrows (located between Pigeon and Buckhorn Lake) - This area is a definite hotspot come opening day, with many boats and anglers vying for the walleye’s attention. The number one choice of lure in this deeper-water area is jig and minnow combination, slowly and deliberately bounced on the bottom.
Burleigh Falls (located on Stoney Lake) - This is another tried-and-true area with the abundant current holding many walleye in place. Jigs and minnows seems to produce best, although casting with minnow baits does pay off in big dividends, especially for those willing to go out after dark.
Causeway (located on Chemong Lake) – Shore casters have been making the journey to this hotspot for years, as it offers a chance for those without a boat to scrape up some walleye. Fishing live bait under floats and casting crank baits seems to be the best presentation during spring.
Weedbeds at Red Rock Island (located on Buckhorn Lake) - Casting crankbaits and jigging in the weeds are the keys to cashing in on this area. Watch for the sudden depth changes, and present you bait at these key spots.
Lake Dalrymple, always produces big fish, real quality lake. Try Upper Dalrymple and you just might be the only boat on the lake.
Fish Blast - come fishing with us, the spring is the best time to catch the BIG ONE!
By Taro Murata… If you’re living in the downtown Toronto area, you can buy your gear
at the Canadian Tire at Yonge and Church. Bass Pro Shops at Vaughn
Mills and AV Fishing at McCowan and Sheppard are also good resources.
- a decent rod and reel will cost about $50. Get a 6 foot 6 inch
spinning rod and a spinning reel that can take 10lb test line.
- fishing line - cost $5-7. (10 lbBerkley XL Tri-line)
- a package of steel leaders $3
-two 5″Husky Jerks - colours- one in any natural colour and one in
firetiger colour $8 each
- two spinnerbaits 3/8 oz colours- one white and one chartreuse $5 each
- a package of bait hooks $2
- a package of split shots $1.50
- a package of slip floats $5
- live worms, minnows or leeches (not available at Cdn. Tire but available at
AV Fishing Tackle and Bass Pro Shops) $3 each
- canned corn (for carp) $1.50
- an 8 day basic conservation fishing licence if you’re older than 16
This basic assortment should be enough to get you started to catch
pike, bass, panfish and carp.
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Bass Pro Shops at Vaughn Mills
AV Fishing Tackle
4830 Sheppard E Scarborough ON.
839 YONGE ST.(AT DAVENPORT)
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By Martin Avery… “”Excuse me, I said. I thought you were a trout stream.”
“I’m not, she said.”
— Richard Brautigan (Trout Fishing in America)
The Zen-like experience of fly-fishing can be experienced by other fishermen and non-anglers, too, of course. Here’s my guide to fishing in Ontario.
With this year’s trout fishing season set to open, it’s time to get out the tackle, find your waders and head for the stream. Maybe you are thinking of getting into the kayak craze.
A kayak let’s you get into remote hot spots no other angler can reach.
Springtime in Canada can be a wild time in the outdoors, with winter slowly giving way to longer days and warmer weather. For trout fishing enthusiasts, that often means dealing with hazards, from lingering ice to cranky bears emerging from their dens.
Many trout waters are most productive right at ice-out, but you need to be extra cautious about lingering ice and be ready for a challenge.
When a large portion of the waterbody is still covered in ice, or chunks are still floating around, vertical fishing with a jig may be your only option, since casting and trolling will be too difficult.
Use a stable boat and avoid heavily iced areas. When wading this time of year, keeping an eye out for fast, high water, as well as chunks of ice.
There are many types of trout to fish for in Ontario. Our lakes are teeming with both Lake Trout and Brook (Speckled) Trout.
Lake trout like the cold, dark depths of deep lakes. The bigger lakers in the region can exceed 30 pounds.
Community activists are giving the Ontario government low marks for its response to a series of attacks on Asian anglers since 2007. A number of Asians had been harassed by people demanding to see their fishing permits and inspect their catch, resulting in some anglers being pushed into the water or attacked in other ways.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission released its final report on the Inquiry into Assaults on Asian Canadian Anglers. Entitled Fishing without Fear: Follow-up report on the Inquiry into Assaults on Asian Canadian Anglers.
Those warnings and that controversy aside, here’s my top 10 list.
1. The lakes and rivers around Tweed, north of Belleville, beside The Zen Forest, are famous for muskies, but the trout fishing is also good.
In 1996 the town made news when it applied for a CFL team, in an attempt to become the Green Bay of Canada. Had the attempt been successful, the team would have been known as the Tweed Muskies.
Tweed is also known for some good swimming and awesome fishing spots. Lake Stoco, which borders the town, is home to the popular sport-fish, the muskellunge or Muskie
Perry’s Tackle Wholesale Distributor - Perry’s Tackle is a Canadian distributor of wholesale tackle located in Tweed, Ontario.
I don’t know if the Zen Forest Retreat is open. It appears to have disappeared. I can’t find it on-line and a machine takes phone messages.
2. Lake Scugog, pronounced skew-gawg, beside Port Perry, is a man-made lake. The old river bed is marked by buoys.
The lake is shallow and the waters are murky and very weedy. The dark waters are a perfect home for the elusive walleye.
3. My favorite fishing hole is the Muskoka River, around Bracebridge. It has the most waterfalls of any municipality in the world.
Fishing here is focused on smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye, on Lake Muskoka, Rosseacuh, Lake of Bays, and Lake Joseph, as well as the Muskoka River.
4. Owen Sound is Salmon Fishing City but it’s good for trout fishing, too. This part of Georgian Bay is very deep, cold and clean, making our tasty fish 100 percent edible.
The Sound is sheltered from prevailing winds and the waters over Owen Sound are remarkable for several reasons.
Lake Effect Snow with 80 inches of snow and long, long weeks of dull gray weather doesn’t deter salmon anglers on Owen Sound.
To combat the Great Gray Funk (or the Seasonal Affective Disorder) lots of locals go salmon fishing. There are heavy runs of salmon and trout.
5. Lake Huron: The top 25 fish in last year’s CFPS Chantry Chinook Classic on the east end of Lake Huron weighed in at more than 22 pounds each, with the largest tipping the scales at 26.08 pounds.
There’s over 90 miles of shoreline on the east side of Lake Huron. Off Sauble Beach, a runs of five to six miles is required.
6. The Almaguin Highlands, north of Muskoka, in the Near North of Ontario has been ranked by many as one of the top 10 places to fish in Canada.
There is a series of lakes that stretch for miles giving you a hundred miles of shoreline with great fishing spots. Six-pound small mouth bass are not uncommon here.
Almaguin Highlands has hundreds of lakes, rivers and streams is probably one of the most overlooked in Ontario for its quality sport fishing
7. Lake Nipissing, north of the Almaguin Highlands, is the fifth-largest lake in Ontario. It is relatively shallow for a large lake, with an average depth of only 4.5 m (14.8 ft).
The little city of North Bay sits along the lake’s northeastern shoreline. The lake has over 40 different species of fish.
Most anglers target walleye, smallmouth bass, muskie, and northern pike.
8. Lake Ontario: Held each summer on Lake Ontario, the Great Ontario Salmon Hunt is Canada’s largest tournament.
Last year approximately 14,000 anglers vied to be the first to reel in a specially tagged salmon worth $1 million.
The biggest fish caught during last year’s 50-day event, meanwhile, was a tournament record: a 46.38-pound chinook.
The most popular harbours are Bronte, Port Credit, Bluffers Park (Scarborough), Oshawa, Port Hope, and Wellington.
9. Fishing in the nation’s largest urban centre may sound strange but there are lots of places to go fishing in Toronto.
Tournament-worthy smallmouth bass surround the Toronto Islands. There are pike in Toronto harbour.
Big carp haunting the Humber River marsh in the west end and in G. Ross Lord Park.
The Rouge River is known for perch. So is Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Spit) in the inner lagoon just after ice-out.
10. Lake Simcoe, off Jackson’s Point and out from Willow Rocks, in water between 65-75 feet deep, is very popular. You’ll see a flotilla of boats.
P.S. I haven’t been fishing for decades but I’ve been to all of the above places, over the years, for the Zen experience of fishing. I’ve kayaked and canoed in these places and eaten trout or salmon from the northern spots.
By Taro Murata… Just because you live in the city and don’t have a boat or car, it doesn’t mean you can’t catch giant fish. Trust me, I grew up in the concrete, where it seemed impossible to dram of any decent fishing experiences.
In reality, though, there are great fishing opportunities in Toronto and its surrounding areas. The TTC, GO Train and Ferry boats are all options for getting out to the shore, even if you do happen to have a car. Some good places to look for big fish are the Toronto Islands, Ashbridges Bay, Credit River, Rouge River and Leslie Street Spit.
Depending on the time of year, the species you can catch include Pike, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Carp, Sucker, Sunfish, Crappie, Salmon, Brown Trout, Drum, Chub, Steelhead, Bullhead Catfish, Silver Bass and Perch.
The next time you go down for a walk to the water, bring a rod and you might be surprised to see the beast you pull out of there! For more information, email me at or check out http://www.fishcity.tv. And remember…Get fish or die tryin’!
by Taro Murata…
If you’ve never ice fished before and have a preconceived notion of freezing your a$$ off you have it all wrong! Yeah sure if you go out by yourself and drill a whole in minus twenty you will definitely freeze! It doesn’t have to be that way though. Lake Simcoe has hundred’s of ice hut operator’s that take you out to heated huts in there heated vehicles. Some of the huts are so comfortable you wouldn’t believe it! I get so hot in there I often end up jigging in my tank top. The huts are heated by propane stoves, so if you bring a pot you can cook all day in there. I usually bring instant noodles or cook some Chinese style hot pot. But if you wanna’ do it ol’ school Canadian style you can bring your canned beans and fry the fish up also! I always bring my portable DVD player too, it doesn’t hurt when the fish aren’t biting. It’s pretty cool to be fishing and playing your favourite tunes and movies at the same time!
Most operators charge around $40.00 per person and that includes the minnows for bait, some operator’s even have lines for you to use! I know some hut operator’s have huts that are suitable for the handicapped and have wide ramps and fit wheelchairs in ease.
Lake Simcoe is so popular for Ice Fishing that it is considered the Ice Fishing Mecca of the world and it’s where The Canadian Ice Fishing Championship is held as well as several other ice fishing tournaments. This year it will be held on the 21st and 22nd of February. I participated in the event last year and had a blast doing it and would recommend to it anyone! Check out the info @ http://www.georginafishingseries.ca/
As for ice hut operator’s I always got to Steve’s Fish Huts, they have great service and know where the fish are. Randy’s Huts are also great and have wheelchair suitable huts! I think that’s just awesome!! There are so many operators but these are just a couple that I like. Drop me a line if you’d like more info on this subject.
Get Fish Or’ Die Tryin’
by Daniel Sturges… The fall is around the time when serious Musky fishermen and women are replenishing their stocks of bigger baits, braided line, leaders and possibly a new Musky rod designed to take the abused that these water-wolves consistently dish out!
Primarily the presentation of choice is, trolling because you may become exhausted rapidly if you have to cast your assortment of bigger baits for very long.
However we have all heard that a Musky is only caught once every thousand casts and a Figure of Eight is the last resort to convince a Musky to strike on a follow up!
Please allow me to assist you in improving your success rating?
My Musky season consists of steady fishing from mid-September to the middle of November. This time of the year offers a Musky Hunter, lakes that are void of cottagers, Jet-skis and general boat traffic. So this will allow us to focus on our quarry!
First, I pull out the best Musky Rods I have ever owned. They are called BACKWOODS Warlock Musky Styx and are available in a 6’10”, 7’, 7’3” and 7’6” that will allow me to present, every variation of baits in my Musky tackle box.
I’m using, Buck tailed Spinners with single and tandem hook placement in colors that are earth-tone to very bright red, yellow and chartreuse. Casting these Bucktails using my 6’10” Warlock to points, weed edges, tree falls and deep drop offs and by counting them down and beginning my retrieve as they drop into their Strike Zone. I begin a rapid retrieve and then slow down to a normal speed for several yards and bring the bait home with a fast retrieve as it nears the boat-side. In an effort to boat more fish I will insist on saturating my hooks with Game Fish oil based scents to simply eliminate all follow ups! Yes! ALL follow ups! I have never ever used a figure eight maneuver simply because, I haven’t had to!
My second bait choice is a variation of baitfish colored Jerk Baits using my seven foot Warlock I will cast these about ten feet from shore and let the splash settle and then begin with various rip/stop actions all the way back to the boat.
Again, I will add fish scent, to these baits, to ensure a vicious, crippling strike! More times then not, I will see the wake of a following trophy Musky and adjust my retrieve speed to remain just out of reach in an effort to trigger a fierce strike.
Next if these methods appear to be less then productive, I will bring out the Big Guns which is, my 7’6” one piece Warlock Musky Styk with a twelve inch jointed body sub-surface crankbait with a white under belly and natural minnow imitation colored body. The fast tip on this rod allows for an extremely long cast with a lot of commotion upon the point of entry. We will be concentrating on tree falls and ambush points near various transitions such as docks, cattails or in and around dying lily pads.
The key to all of these presentations is to travel in the direction of the breeze using it to your advantage by involving a trolling motor to keep you in the main areas of concentration.
If you are able to apply any of these methods of presentation during your next outing you will come off the water with a bigger smile, brought on by your improved success!
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