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Author:  Malpal [ July 8th, 2020, 1:59 pm ]
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Though an experienced paddler, I am a very novice fisherman, so please excuse my ignorance.

I am doing an Algonquin loop from Brent in early August (Cedar > Radiant > Philip > Hogan > Burnroot > Catfish > Brent), any advice on fishing the lakes in my itinerary is welcome.

I would specifically like advice on August trout fishing in Algonquin, as I have been consistently skunked the last couple years I have tried.

What are some strategies for finding fish on a lake you’ve never been to before? I often waste critical dusk hours screwing around in a seemingly fishless part of a lake. Does anyone know where I can find depth maps for northern Algonquin?

I have a variety of spoons, spinners, crankbaits, etc. but I want to buy more and am curious to know what your "go-to" summer trout lures are.


Author:  wemet [ July 9th, 2020, 10:45 am ]
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I'm also a fishing newbie. Jon from Backcountry Angling Ontario has a fantastic video that covers a lot of what your looking for. I found it very helpful.

Author:  frozentripper [ July 11th, 2020, 6:59 am ]
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Malpal, some of Jon's vids will show how to troll deep water for trout... you'll have to search through to find them. IIRC he uses deep-diving plugs and covers distance while travelling, and after making camp.

For bathymetric maps, Friends of Algonquin has a booklet that has about 25 but most are near the Hwy 60 corridor. Stephen Molson has alsp published some, about fifty in total in two books. The first doesn't have many lakes from the north side mapped, haven't seen the second.

He's done a lot of fishing in the park, being a former tech... here's a outdoors mag report on how-to... his molsonmapping website seems to have been abandoned, you might be able to find info on the second book with some searching around.

Being a former APP fisheries tech myself, August catch can be low compared to late Sept when surface water temps cool off and things pick up, and of course after spring ice-out is another time when catch can be higher. But those who know how, do claim that deepwater trolling will produce during midsummer... anyway, good luck.

Myself, I try to cover as much distance as possible when trolling, to find where the fish are, and fishing where there's deep water close to shore will also help.

Author:  Malpal [ July 17th, 2020, 4:05 pm ]
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Thanks wemet and frozentripper! Backcountry Angling Ontario has been a really helpful resource, so thank you for sharing it with me.

Frozentripper I'm looking forward to trolling as much as possible. Thanks for the link to Molson's article, the advice is very helpful.

Author:  andrew78 [ July 30th, 2020, 3:07 pm ]
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I've done pretty well for Lake Trout on Opeongo in June and September with Rapalla deep runners, my favorite is called a Deep Tail Dancer in White/Silver/Chartreuse but I'm sure a Shad Rap or similar would work, just let out about 75ft of line and troll and they get down pretty good. August would be a bit tough, a three way swivel with a few feet of line with some big egg weights on the bottom is a popular option as well but I haven't used it much. Troll out deep don't hug the shoreline except passing by island and humps if you can find some. I'm fairly new to Lake Trout fishing but I usually get a couple each time I go, there may be better advice out there just my experience so far.

Good Luck

Author:  Captaincanadian [ July 30th, 2020, 8:15 pm ]
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Hi Malpal,

I am an avid Trout fisherman and travel all over to catch them with great success. Here are some tips to find the trout. First find the deep spots, use lake contour maps or bathymetrical maps to show you where that is until you get a knack for it. I use 15lb mono or 20lb braid line. For lures, med size Wobblers, Meps, Shad, pretty much any good action silver spoon, or diver minnow with treble hooks. Silver with some green or blue, or gold, I always find to be most effective, that and just plain silver. Trout just like the flash, and lures that look like minnows. Troll down deep, try to get the line out 150' or so to give it room to stay down , I find a soft leisurely pace does the trick, not too fast. You can also just drop it straight down to the bottom and jig it up slow. In smaller creeks, rivers, mouths for Brookies, use a nice small spoon. Fake little red and pink worms at Cnd Tire work well on a hook too at sunset, no bobber needed.

All the lakes on your route have decent fishing. Hope this info helps a little bit. Good luck!! Let me know how you make out.

Author:  Jonny [ July 31st, 2020, 11:03 am ]
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Look into drop shotting technique, i used to take a canoe downrigger bit its heavy so this is one way to get deep. It helps if you know where fish are. To that end there are compact fishfinders for canoes. I paddled all over Ralph Bice with one -in two hours I only got a couple of readings so good to know when it’s not worth the bother.

Author:  jbv [ August 1st, 2020, 10:17 pm ]
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are treble hooks still legal in Ontario? with barbs even? goodness i hope not, unless your fishing only for meat and certain to kill any fish you catch. barbed trebles are barbaric. the injury to fish leaves many of them unable to effectively feed.

switch out all hooks to singles, pinch down the barb and have at em. sure you lose the odd fish but if you maintain tension, you lose very few. that's my highly opinionated, highly informed, opinion.

Author:  Malpal [ August 20th, 2020, 11:17 am ]
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Thank you all for the advice, it was incredibly helpful to have some strategy and recommended lures to use while trying to find the fish on these lakes.

After trolling with no luck on Hogan and Burntroot, we struck gold on Catfish. Our campsite was situated on a relatively secluded bay with a very steep drop off and trolling with spoons about 20 meters off shore got us three 7-10lbs lake trout (we didn't have a scale so the weight is a guess, but they were all massive). A blue and silver little cleo and a gold wobbler did the trick.

Looking forward to getting out in the spring next year to get some real action.

Thanks again all!

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