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  1. On 9/25/2022 at 6:45 PM, JohnnyBravo923 said:

    I gotta say I'm leaning Onamons or Red Rock after doing a bit of research.  Late May to early June.

    Bauer's on Onaman is a fly-in, unless you are talking about Pasha Lake Cabins? They do have boats cached there (and many other lakes).

    A couple more worth looking at on Caribou Lake just north of Armstrong.





  2. I have been to Lady Evelyn 3x over the past 12 years - once at Island 10 and twice at Garden Island Lodge. My last trip was in August 2018 to Garden Island. Joe sold GIL the following year.

    I prefer GIL due to the central location on the lake. 

    I was a bit disappointed with the fishing on my last trip. Noticed more locals fishing as well. Of course, it had been 10 years between trips. We did alright,  but not as good as the previous 2x. I would recommend bringing meat. While I almost always fish plastics for Walleye, I think the lake has shifted to more of a meat lake. Just that little edge should improve the fishing. Of course, that is based on a 1 week trip in August. 

    The best spot for us was "The Dome" (I think it is also called Four Corners) [47.276550,-80.202684]. Island points produced as well - not surprising[ e.g.,47.345926,-80.181109] . Caught fish quite deep at times too. The saddles between the island held tons of fish [e.g.,47.297350,-80.190486] . You would probably do well at these spots in the fall. I imagine Sucker Gut might be good too if the fish are migrating.

    When we stayed at Island 10, the one spot I can recall was just North of camp. I don't recall exactly, but I believe it was probably the pinch point between the shore and the large island just west of Island 10 (my maps showed no name for the island)[47.384331,-80.156786].  It may have been the point just north of camp as well [47.389779,-80.143397]. I just don't recall.

    Good luck!

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  3. You can get inexpensive plastics that work great. 

    I caught many big pike with the Zoom Magnum Super Fluke (7") and 6"/8" curly tail grubs from Kalins/BassPro. The BassPro Shops grubs are reasonably priced. Look for the saltwater version as well. Same plastic, but just a few different colours. I fish these weightless with a single hook on a solid wire leader, but can easily add a bit of weight when needed. The BPS Offshore Angler Shad aren't too badly priced as well (watch for a sale).

    Once the water gets a bit warmer, spoons are my go to. So easy to fish and they basically last forever. The Yellowbird Doctor Spoon (4.5"),  Len Thompson Original/Platinum No. 4 (1 1/8 oz) and the Dimpled Series No.16 (1 2/5oz) work great for me.  Williams and Eppinger have a lot of options as well. I have even used Salmon spoons with great success - they just don't cast as far due to the weight.

    Flies can be fun to fish with as well. You don't need a fly rod to use them either, as you can use a spin bubble if you have trouble casting them.

    Inline spinners and spinnerbaits are great too. Tons of options.

  4. Micro tubes work great. I also use Gulp maggots, waxies, fry....all the small 1-1.5" baits work well for me when ice fishing. I put them on a dropper spoon like a Nils Master Hali, but a jig would work too. The non-Alive versions are preferable though because there is none of that nasty liquid.

  5. There are a number of underwater videos comparing various brands of stick baits to the Senko. Most don't have the same subtle action, but the Bass Pro Stik-O is actually pretty close IMO. Also the Kinami brand is the same as GYCB and a bit cheaper, just fewer color and size choices. If you can even get them still, haven't looked in a long while.

  6. I believe I was there once a long time ago for a day in the fall. It was one of the lakes stocked with Rainbow Trout, so we went to check it out. We did not catch anything from my recollection.  It was stocked in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 so you never know.

  7. Used to rent boats for the day from Muskie Bay on Rice Lake all the time. Nice boats too, not just 14' with 9.9hp. Price used to be really good.  Haven't been there in quite a few years though. There are a lot of places on Rice that rent boats. Perfect lake for a day trip. Easy drive and good bass fishing. Plenty of panfish too.

    Southview Cottages was another place on Rice that I used to go.

    I have also done day trips to Pigeon Lake. Really, any of the Kawartha lakes would be perfect.

    Not sure about staying overnight at the cottages for 1 night though. That might be harder to find.

  8. A few to check out:

    Daiwa DXSB Swimbait

    Daiwa Tatutla Swimbait

    Daiwa Kage Swimbait

    Daiwa Steez Swimbait

    Okuma Guide Select Swimbait

    Okuma SBX Swimbait

    Temple Fork GTS Swimbait

    St.Croix Mojo Bass Swimbait

    Shimano Teramar West Coast Inshore Swimbait (TMCX80MHB)

    Chaos Tackle Assault Sticks Surgical Strike

    I think Tackle Industries might have some as well.




  9. A good real-estate agent from the area you are looking should know all of this and help you with any questions. Don't get someone who is a friend of a friend etc unless they know the area well.

    Also, I hope your job is very secure and that you can keep working from home. Really think about this before you move. You could get stuck in a bad situation. Hopefully your girlfriend feels the same way (or is that soon to be ex-girlfriend? lol)

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  10. I had always had an impossible time booking anywhere for < 1 week during the summer. You basically have to make a ton of calls and see if anyone is willing to do it. Some of the larger camps might be more flexible, for example, Beachwood Resort on Rice Lake.

    The thing is, I recall working out the numbers for a week vs. Fri to Sun and the difference in price was not as large as you would think. So, if you find somewhere reasonably priced for the week, rent for the whole week and come/leave when you want. I've done that before too.

    One possibility is to rent a hotel. That's what we have done many times in the past. Not as convenient, but it gives you the opportunity to fish different lakes too.

    Otherwise, May/June and September might have more options.

    Bass is open all year in FMZ-7 and FMZ-8 as far as I recall.

  11. All braid is pretty much the same (not to be confused with the fused superlines, like Fireline), with one exception, the number of strands used. The reason this is an important distinguishing feature is that the more strands the rounder the line. This equates to the line being more supple. It also creates less noise and resistance. Probably increases casting distance as well. However, for me, this also brings the issue of rod wrap. If you are doing anything that requires you to impart action on the bait with your rod, I find the braids with larger numbers of strands have a greater chance of rod-tip wrap, which can be really annoying.

    That being said, I still use the aforementioned Daiwa J-Braid and Yo-Zuri as they are usually the best price and are great lines. They are also very round, so for jigging and jerkbaits, I prefer standard Power-pro.

    As for "expensive" baitcaster, that has nothing to do with braid. It is simply the inexpensive baitcasters just don't hold up over time when you are doing anything that puts a lot of resistance at the end of the line. Bass fishing tends to do that, fishing big plastics or ripping through thick weeds. Braid has no stretch either. Having a long rod can help re-direct some of that force though, but ultimately I think without good gears and drag system, the reel will fail sooner than it should.

    Of course, you always have to be reasonable. Get what you can afford and always consider the used market. A decent baitcaster can last a lifetime if taken care of, so buying used isn't a bad idea. Check out some of the reviews by Tackle Advisors on Youtube. He does some pretty involved testing of reels, including entry-level baitcasters.

    Good luck!

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  12. I have a couple of suggestions.

    1) Go in May or June. Big fish are shallow. September might work if you like trolling, but be prepared to work for them.

    2) Forget American Plan. Added cost and it just bogs you down with schedules and mediocre food. You can BBQ everything and eat off of paper plates. Most of us don't want to cook or do dishes. I remember eating hotdogs for lunch and dinner 7 days straight (not recommended).

    3) Go west of Nipigon (or to Lake Nipigon!) for improved chances at big fish. There are certainly some good choices in the east, but none are cheap. Although, Kag Lodge out of Nakina might be worth a look (rates are Canadian $ and I think they include tax, at least they used too, not sure now), maybe Brace Lake (rates also in Canadian $).

    4) Pick a lake that is a good size, with a deep basin but with plenty of shallower bays and inflowing water. The bigger the better in my opinion. At least 10,000 acres. You want the lake to have pelagic fish for the pike to feed on - think ciscoes, herring, whitefish, smelt. That makes for some trophy fishing.

    Couple places worth a look in my opinion:




    http://www.nighthawkcharters.ca/index.htm (Charter on Nipigon)



  13. Well, if there are panfish that's probably where they will be.  I've only fished it during ice season as well.  I'd probably fish the bottom 1/3 of the lake for panfish if that was what I was after.  The upper 2/3 is quite deep for the most part.  I did hear people used to catch rainbows near some of the incoming streams, but that was probably in the spring and maybe just people talking.  There is a nice hump near deeper water at the south end that you could always troll for some lakers :).  Rubber band with 2-3oz bell sinkers and away you go.

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