R & R Fishing! 2018

Relaxing & Enjoying – Fishing In The Rain

It was the first weekend of August and raining as the thunderstorms were rolling through, but the wind was calm and there was no lightning in the sky. So I decided I would just go out and relax on the water, fishing for whatever would bite and enjoy this incredible day (I love being in the Rain). So I grab my rain jacket and my poles and off I went for anything that would bite with little effort on my part.

Catching Bass

I first tried for Bass using a Yellow/orange NORTHLAND Buzzbait (⅜ oz), which produced a lot of action, but struggled finding any bass over 2 pounds. I then tried going deep, using the Bandit 300 and still the same result, no big fish. So where are they, why are then not biting, and do I just try later and focus on something else? So I decided to switch to my Walleye rods and stayed out in deeper water, casting for Walleyes.

Catching Walleyes

Here I was using the Bandit 300 (Yellow / Bumblebee) and casting the ice fishing Rapala (green, glow, and bronze). We tied into four walleyes, one being over 20 inches but lost that Walleye when trying to net him. We did manage to land three smaller Walleyes. After an hour of Walleye fishing I decided to relax even more and grabbed the Bluegill rods and started casting for a few Bluegills.

Catching Bluegills

For bluegills I used a small jig with flashabou skirting on it, tipping with a Gulp Maggot (pink). The bluegills ran small 6.5 inches to 7.5 inches, but we caught plenty for a meal or two.

How The Day Went

It rained off and on, there was no lighting or thunder, and the wind was not to be found. The action was great, but the fish ran small, which is unusual for this lake. So a perfect day for relaxing, fishing, and enjoying the weather! “You know a day fishing beats any day working”.

Catching Walleyes For Dinner!

Fresh Walleyes For Dinner

It’s the last weekend of June, the storms and flooding have the fish hunkered down, so can I still catch a enough Walleyes for Dinner? Well yes, but it took all three of my top Walleye Baits to catch them.

Where To Find The Walleyes

From the flooding of the lake, debris everywhere, and the water looking like mud will my top three Walleye baits catch fish in the areas I typically find feeding Walleyes? Well after an hour or so of fishing the weed-lines and not catching even a bass I started to think not. Next I worked myself out to the sandbars focusing on deeper water, which did offer up a few nice Walleyes.

What Baits To Use

I started early Friday night along the weed-lines and worked my way out to the edge of the sandbars before I picked up my first Walleye. The fish were on the bottom and I had to use old faithful (Ice Fishing Rapala) as the Bandit 200 & 300 was not getting down deep enough. My first Walleye was on a silver #7 Ice Fishing Rapala.

The next morning at 5:30 am I was hoping the Walleyes would be in the weeds feeding as the water was getting clearer and I had seen a few bait-fish the night before. However, the only thing I was catching were Northern Pike, so again I headed out past the sandbars. I started with the Ice Fishing Rapala, but nothing. Next I went to a 300 series Bandit, which will dive approximately 11 feet and picked up my first Walleye of the Morning. This told me that the Walleyes were starting to come back up off the bottom.

That same night around 6 pm I went out again, but started a the sandbar drop-off. I tried the Ice Fishing jig first, no luck, then went to Bumble Bee Bandit 300 Series, no luck, then to the Red Crab 200 Series Bandit (dives approximately 8 feet) and caught my first Walleye. This confirms that the Walleyes on this lake are coming off the bottom and soon will be feeding near the weed-lines again.

I will be out there again for the 4th of July weekend. Hopefully the boating action will not affect the fishing action. Enjoy the video.

The Best Walleye Bait For All Seasons

Catching Walleyes

Catching Walleyes is not hard as long as you have the right bait. Now you can use minnows, leaches, nigh-crawlers, ect.. but if you want to limited the different types of baits then the ice Fishing Jigging Rapala is one you want to have. The Jigging Rapala is the best all Season Walleye bait out there!

Jigging Rapala

I like to get through the Morel Mushroom season before fishing for Walleyes & Bluegills, but the temperatures have been so warm this Spring I needed to get out onto the lakes. Now this year has been outstanding so far for Walleyes and as in the past years the Jigging Rapala is my top Walleye bait, then the 200 & 300 series Bandit.

Jigging Rapala In Action

When using the Ice Fishing Jigging Rapala in open water you want to find a sand bar or weed line for your casting and retrieving. Start with the #7 size Rapala and move to a #5 if you are not getting any bites. I have found in some cases the Walleyes prefer the smaller #5 Rapala over the #7.

How To Fillet a Walleye

When you fillet a Walleye you want to make sure you fillet the cheeks of the Walleye also, as these are the best tasting part of the Walleye. Then you want to remove the thin layer of bones in your fillet, these steps are shown in this video.

How To Catch Bluegills, Bass, & Walleyes – The Best Fish Fry of 2016

Fishing For Bluegills, Bass, & Walleyes On The Same Trip

Last week I was asked to take two young couples fishing for the weekend, so I asked them what they wanted to fish for? Everything was the reply, so I pulled out the Fly Rods and we caught large Bluegills for the first 1.5 days. The last part of the second day, the rain picked up and the temperatures dropped, so we then turned to the Open-Bail Spin Casting Rods and started to fish for Bass, Northern, and Walleyes.

Best Baits For Catching Bluegills, Bass & Walleyes – A Great Fish Fry

My plan for the trip was to have fun, catch all three fish types, catch enough Panfish for a fish fry, and to teach these two very attractive young girls how to use a Fly Rod and Spin-Casting Rod.

For the baits I stayed with artificial since I wanted to use something that would create a visual strike for the Bluegills, Bass, & Northern. For the Bluegills we used my homemade Dry Flies (Spiders) and for the Bass and Northern we used our homemade top-water poppers. Both of these baits worked well giving us lots of top water action. For the Walleyes we had to go deeper so I went with the 200 Bandit and the Ice Fishing Rapala, which is my number Walleye bait.

The Fish Fry

The fishing was great and we kept plenty of fish for our fish fry. We prepared the fish by first filleting them, then cutting the fillets into bite sizes, soaking those in buttermilk for a few minutes, rolling them into floor with a little seasoning, and then dropped them into hot peanut oil. Oh so good!

Fishing Ontario Canada- Best Fishing Lakes of 2017

Ontario Canada Fishing – Walleyes, Trout, & Northern

A few of you have asked about a good place to fish in Ontario Canada so I did some research and talked to a couple of my YouTube subscribers from Canada and here is what I have found.

Canada offers some of the best freshwater fishing year-round and has over 400,000 lakes and rivers to choose from. So depending on whether you’re looking for a fishing/vacation trip or a secluded fishing area Ontario has it. You and your family or fishing party can choose from luxury to roughing it as Ontario Canada offers resorts, housekeeping cabins, remote camps, guided trips, fly in trips, pack in trips, or you can even take your own boat/canoe and boat to remote areas. Whichever you decide, make sure to plan your trip (safety, maps, camp, fire, cooking, etc.).

Here are a few tips!

– If you’re the serious fisherman then spend the extra money to do a fly in trip with a hired guide. This will get
you away from the cottages, other fishermen, and the heavier fished areas. You will also find the average catch
will run larger in these secluded areas.
– If looking for a cabin make sure it’s on the water and has an indoor bathroom with a sink.
– If you want to save some money consider cooking some of your own meals.
– If you want to rough it and be secluded then plan your trip and pack a survival kit.
– If hiring a guide ask if this is catch and release with shore lunch only, or you can take a limit home.
– Pack extra food, snacks, and drinks.
– Pack warm cloths and rain gear.
– Have insect repellent for Mosquitoes and the Black Flies.

Ontario Canada Lakes & Rivers – Pasha lake, Totem Resorts, Anderson’s Lodge, Garden Island Lodge, & Algonquin Park

These are the best fishing areas in Ontario Canada that I found through my research and contacts. I have tried to cover the entire region, giving you great fishing spots throughout Ontario. I also know that Ontario has so much great fishing to offer that there are incredible fishing spots that only an Outdoors-man that lives there would know about.

Pasha lake cabins

Pasha Lake Cabins are located near a chain of thirty or more lakes in Northwestern Ontario. Here you will find the Main Lodge, the Office, a Fish Hut, Bait shop, and clean cabins. The fishing in these lakes offer a variety of large and trophy fish; Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Brook Trout (Speckled Trout), Jumbo Perch, and Whitefish.

The surrounding lakes are accessible by boat, driving, or portaging. Lake Pipigon just West, offers large Walleyes, Northern Pike, Brook Trout and Lake Trout, however, the lake is very large so you may want to hire a guide to get on the fish quickly.

How To Find Lake Pasha

Address: Road 801, Jellicoe, ON P0T 1V0, Canada (Just Northeast of Thunder Bay)
Phone: 1-807-879-1188
Website: pashalake.com
Active Map: Pasha Lake Cabins

Totem Resorts – Totem Lodge, Yellowbird Lodge and Chalet at Sioux Narrows

These cabins are furnished, equipped with cable and WiFi, and have daily maid service. There is an excellent chef in each lodge, which offers outside dining and an incredible view of the lake. You can even book the bed and breakfast plan. Food prepared for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is comparable to a very good restaurant.

Choose from Totem Lodge, Yellowbird Lodge, the French Portage Outpost, or Chalet at Sioux Narrows. These lodges are located on the Lake of the Woods and are geared more for relaxation and fishing, which means they will be more expensive. Walleyes will run 19 to 24 inches, which are just right for eating or a shore lunch. If you want something more secluded try the Fly-in fishing lodges in Sioux Narrows. Since you’re looking for the more luxurious trip you will want to consider hiring a local guide so you can get on the fish quickly. You will catch many fish, but make sure you understand the rules, as many of these guided trips are catch and release with shore lunches only.

How To Find Totem Resorts

Address: Totem Rd, Sioux Narrows, ON P0X 1N0, Canada (Lake of the Woods)
Phone: 1-807-226-5275
Website: Totem Resorts.com
Active Map: Totem Resorts

Anderson’s Lodge in Sioux Lookout

Anderson’s Lodge lies on Lake Lac Seul, Northwest of Thunder Bay and offers great fishing.. The lodge provides full-service fishing options as well as fly-in outposts on both Lac Seul and Tully Lake. You can purchase a variety of packages, which includes boat rentals, full guided service with shore lunches, housekeeping cabins, and meal plans. If you are there for fish take you own boat or rent one, avoid the guide!

The lodges are clean and very spacious. The staff is great to work with and the meals are that of a good restaurant. Fishing for Walleyes in Lac Seul will not disappoint you, as the Walleyes run larger (26 to 29 inches) and are plentiful. If you are looking to hire a guide ask for Alan and avoid Cecil.

How To Find Anderson’s Lodge

Address: ON-72, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7, Canada (Sioux Lookout)
Phone: 1-807-737-1279
Website: Anderson’s Lodge
Active Map: Anderson’s Lodge

Garden Island Lodge

Garden Island Lodge is accessible by boat or float plane and lies about 25 miles South-West from the put-in at Mowat Landing. The resort is on an Island in Lady Evelyn Lake, located in the Smoothwater Provincial Park and miles from the nearest road. The main Lodge is on Lake Timiskaming near the Quebec boundary, but you will fish Lady Evelyn Lake, which is West of this.

You will catch a lot of Walleyes (18” plus) and in addition to excellent fishing you will be spoiled with great accommodations, food, and a professional staff. The Lodge is set up to get you on the lake early and to keep you on the lake, so they will pack lunches for you. In preparation you will need to bring all your own fishing equipment and Garden Island will do the rest. The staff will make sure your boat is ready, fueled, and has bait every morning. Here you do not have a guide, but the Lodge will give you a map, and point out where the fish are. You can catch fish for taking home, a shore lunch, or even to have the lodge cook it for you.

How To Find Garden Island Lodge

Address: ON-72, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7, Canada (Island)
Phone: 1-705-672-2767
Website: Garden Island Lodge
Active Map: Garden Island Lodge

Algonquin Park

This park offers a lot of lakes, both easily accessible and those that are more difficult to reach and are not for the average fishermen. For the serious and adventurous fisherman that wants to get away from everything except Nature you will want to check this Park out. The Algonquin Park is located in Eastern Ontario, approximately 2.5 hours North of Toronto. If your are going to adventure to one of these secluded lakes you will need to be prepared, so consider safety, a survival kit, a camera, cooking, multiple portages, camping under the moonlight, and of course have fun!

Lakes in the back-country of the Park are not fished heavily because of their remote location, so this is where you want to go. Lakes along Highway 60, where fishing pressure is higher, have special regulations to ensure the populations are not over fished. As a result, Algonquin Park is considered one of the finest locations for Brook Trout and Lake Trout in the world.

How To Find Algonquin Park

Address: Ontario 60, Ontario K0J 2M0, Canada
Phone: 1-705-633-5572
Website: Algonquin Park
Active Map: Algonquin Park