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  2. smitty55

    Beauty of Lake Kipawa Quebec + 1 fish!

    Love the pics Scuro, specially that sunset one. My first thought was looking north from Thompson island toward Corbeau, but I couldn't make out the little island in the pic. Where did you stay? Did you fish for Walleye much? That's a real shame about the Laker fishing, certainly not the norm. However, unsettled weather and specially that heavy pollen dump would certainly have an effect. Even then, only one fish at 20" is real bummer. Like you I'm not happy at all about the 65cm minimum size for trout, in fact I haven't been back there since. It was always our main reason for visiting Kipawa and we used to really enjoy our feeds of fresh trout fillets after the morning fish. Regardless, I envy you getting two weeks in up there. Every time I went there for a week the thing I wanted most was to stay for another. Floater there is no daily fishing rate on Kipawa. You'd need to be in the zec for that. Also I wouldn't worry at all about warm water. First week of August was always my favorite time to go. If anything the fishing is more stable for Lakers and Walleye, as the thermocline is well setup and the Walleye are well established into their summer haunts. Plus the swimming is great and best of all no skitters and black flies. Drew, yea it's similar to Temagami, but much more secluded, tranquil, intimate even, and there's just something about that waterway and it's character that Temagami can't touch. It's hard to explain, there's like this magic touch that seeps into you and keeps drawing you back. Ask Scuro, he's done his fair share of traveling to fish and he just went back there for two weeks. The watershed just screams explore too if you look at maps, full of islands and narrows, it takes many years to learn it well, a big reason why I love trolling for Greys. Its how I toured the lake over the years and learned all the different runs and hot spots and even found some good Walleye structure too along the way. For trout it's certainly not a trophy fishery, that's never been my goal there, but it's always been a good fish. Carl at Alwaki had his 22lb on the wall behind the bar. But being just over 4-5 hrs away from Ottawa, it was like paradise being so close. I had one in the boat over 10, and it won the biggest of the week at the Corbeau Lodge weekly derby for my partner. Same year I got my PB Walleye, over 11lbs. Lol my 14ft tinny took the whole thing. As for Walleye are Walleye, yea maybe but Kipawa Walleye seem special.hehe... Again I don't know anywhere within a 5 hour easy drive for a vacation where you can have shots at 40+ fish evenings anchored and sipping a pint. Big ones are there too though I find best to target at night. Bunk I'll leave with this. For a close drive family vacation for your clan I can guaranty you a memorable experience. Either Alwaki at 14 miles or Kipawa Lodge at just over 20 will be more than you could want. Cheers
  3. Old Ironmaker

    Question for smallmouth guys

    I choose to suffer for our friends here. I have a short attention span from watching too much Sesame Street.
  4. Dutch01

    Question for smallmouth guys

    Thanks for the time spent! I've got all these ideas setup in my tackle trays now. Except live bait (which I like). Pain in the rear in a kayak. You can do it, I just don't want to deal with it at least until fall when it's cooler.
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  6. Hack_Fisherman

    What’s up with Belwood lake?

    Hey guys, new to the board here. I hope to get some help as I can’t catch fish in the lake to save my life. I’ve tried targeting bass, pickerel and pike. I’ve been hitting this lake hard for the last 3 - 4 weeks with nearly everything in my kit. Embarrassed to say only ONE FISH! HELP
  7. misfish

    Question for smallmouth guys

    And you cant watch a 6-10 minute video? HA HA HA HA
  8. Old Ironmaker

    Question for smallmouth guys

    Something I know a bit about. 1) Topwater. Early in AM and a few hours before dusk, the water doesn't need to be dead calm but I like it like glass. I use Rappala. 2)Tubes. When they are lockjawed I find tubes in natural colours best. Pumpkin seed, green metal flake and a tinge of blue. Softshell Crabs in Ont. have a blue tinge to them. 3)Jerkbaits. Many swear by them and they work. 4)Dropshot with live bait. This time of year a 2 or 3 in that is natural to the lake. By the fall I will use the biggest shiner I can find. 5) Spinners/Spinnerbaits. Black Fury is #1, #2 any mid size SB with Colorado blades. 6) Floating Rappala jerked across the surface. Art or Blue it took ma 20 minutes or more to type this
  9. misfish

    2017-2018 Hockey Thread

    35 and gone. Sad RIP Ray https://www.tsn.ca/hamilton-police-former-nhl-goalie-emery-dies-at-35-1.1139647
  10. Had some time for a quick fishing trip before flying to Orlando for a week of amusement parks and punch-you-in-the-face heat and humidity. "Come on dad, the fish are waiting…" Second trip with his baitcaster (may have to click on link to watch video): We didn't have a lot of luck with the largemouth in the pads but some smallmouth played on top. The fight: Solid bass on a super spook: The release: Had to get a shirt for the trip: Lots of fish at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Feeding the gators at GatorLand (click on link to watch video): What Else would you have with fried gator???
  11. misfish

    Question for smallmouth guys

    I cam only post what I have experienced on Simcoe. Guess I,ll find out again this fall.
  12. BillM

    Icast 2018

    Shimano has been making 'DC' reels for a long time. This one is just affordable
  13. adam lancia

    McCarthy lake in Stratford

    That's all I've found too. I was hoping there might be a few on here who might have fished it a few times. Worst case, I bring some soft plastics and hope for the best. Thanks!
  14. BillM

    B.O.A.T.

    I busted two of my fav rods on my last trip, cursed the trolling motor and a few other things. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do about it, lol!
  15. AKRISONER

    B.O.A.T.

    im not even complaining because I knew exactly what I was signing up for when i bought a late 90's boat...plus i actually enjoy working on the boat its a labour of love to be honest...and i put some serious hours on it so I expect things to break. But I had a tournament this weekend and... went to plug in the bow light and the plastic receptacle snapped right through the bow lol went to fish...fished all day i personally didnt get one qualifying fish...on the way back i notice something ever so slightly seemed off, looked back...no water pumping...impeller is blown. Call my buddies to come tow. tow to the docks, go to throw in the trolling motor...to drive it to the ramp...its dead (wires somehow came loose...easy fix, opened up the panel and rewired, already done) put the boat on the trailer, go to plug it in to charge bank 3 on my charger is smoked. good times ahahaha 😂 funny when i got back for a beer at the trailer, the guys were razzing me about how bad of a day I had...i said "i had about as bad of a day as you can have fishing...which is still a pretty damn good day"
  16. BillM

    Question for smallmouth guys

    Mid to late Oct is always my best smallie bite. August is good as well when they're schooling shiners and other spawning bait fish.
  17. AKRISONER

    Question for smallmouth guys

    I find around labour day the topwater bite literally vanishes Its like someone turns off a lightswitch and you wont hit a thing topwater till opener next year. Maybe im weird by my best topwater time is always opener until the lakes get too hot. August i do really well on jerkbaits and then september when the topwater bite shuts off i know its time to go dropshot shoals.
  18. AKRISONER

    Question for smallmouth guys

    fished north end of pigeon for smallies yesterday. That soupy water is so settled on top of the cool water below we couldnt get anything to bite unless we broke through the thermocline. I think we hit 1 or 2 on the jerkbait, absolutely not even a single bite on the topwater and everything else on drop shotted megabass hazedongs. They were being so finnicky we could hardly get them to bite cross tail shads. if i had 4 rods? id be running topwater jerkbait dropshot craw on a jig
  19. misfish

    McCarthy lake in Stratford

    https://www.hookandbullet.com/fishing-mccarthy-lake-newbury-on/https://www.hookandbullet.com/fishing-mccarthy-lake-newbury-on/ Hope this helps. I just searched quickly
  20. misfish

    Sweet start to the morning

    Already on my spot, sipping java What took you so long to show up..
  21. Consider the weight of the 4 stroke compared to your 2 stroke. I have a 1989 Ranger with a two stroke 150 and with all of the fuel, batteries 3 , charger and person fishing on the back deck it is balanced. With another 150 lbs of 4 stroke 150 motor I could have a boat wake while docked wash into the boat if it is pointed nose inward. Just a though before you decide. I decided to rebuild Because of this fact so my gt150 became a GTX 150 with SS tuned prop. I can hit 60 mph on the water it is almost fast enough. Art
  22. misfish

    Question for smallmouth guys

    Interesting. This whole year is screwed up. Lakers are late and smashing baits now. 🤣
  23. Dutch01

    Question for smallmouth guys

    I've actually been doing pretty well on suspended bass using topwater lures this summer so far. Plus it's so much fun! But of course if it's not producing I'll switch it up.
  24. misfish

    Question for smallmouth guys

    WOW There is a name from the past. Hello Terrance As for smallies Tubes,spinner baits and jerk baits. I would save the top water stuff for late Aug/Sept.
  25. Dutch01

    Question for smallmouth guys

    Very cool, thanks
  26. DropShot'r

    Question for smallmouth guys

    60 degree jig heads......
  27. Dutch01

    Question for smallmouth guys

    Funny you should say that, 3 of my 4 rods have six pound test on them! The fourth is my baitcaster which has braid with a flouro leader. I'll try the tube on that one.
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