The “Kawartha Lakes” as they are often referred to are a major attraction to anglers in south central Ontario. After all, they are located less than 2 hours away from the city of Toronto, there are lots of lakes to choose from, and they harbor a lot of fish!
Names like Rice, Pigeon, Sturgeon, etc. are always popping up in conversation, magazine articles, and even fishing television shows, but there’s a little known lake that is every bit as good as it’s big sisters, with a lot less fishing pressure. It is Katchewanooka Lake.
For this Fish’n Canada episode, Pete took his oldest son Hunter along for a father son trip…which was long overdue!
Their target species were primarily Carp, with a backup of either species of Bass. Their destination was Lakeside Cottages in Lakefield, owned by former residents of England, Mike and Eileen Williams.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
As many of you know, the Brits are “carp crazy”, as well as very skillful at their fishing techniques for the species, and Mike is no exception. He pre-baits his fishing areas, has fantastic access from shore for numerous anglers to set up, and has all the gear if you need it. Remember, carp fishing is primarily a shore-access sport.
As to Pete and Hunters trip, unfortunately they arrived dead on the carp spawn… a tough time to hook up, but not impossible. With Hunter’s biggest fish to date being a small Muskie around 10-12 pounds, he was anxious to beat that number, and he knew that carp were a prime species to do it.
Hunter’s first carp of the trip was a decent 17+ pounder; one that totally caught him off guard in the sense of sheer strength. Pete warned him how strong these beasts were, but as with most anglers, the fight always surpasses the hype.
During the mid-day periods, Pete and Hunter would take the Princecraft out for a little Bass fishing, as it was the first week of the season. They caught a few smallish largemouth, and 2 very respectable smallmouth; one pushing the 4lb plus range. The weird part was that the smallmouth came from largemouth areas, and on largemouth baits, with the biggest one hitting a Megastrike Mega Bug… a very odd looking creature that apparently smallmouth eat as well.
Another side adventure took them to the locks in the town of Lakefield, as well as Youngs Point, which is a very touristy area.
Hunter brought his rod and reel, and no sooner than he arrived, the line was wet and the current dwelling smallmouth bass were being hauled up the concrete dams. Hmmm, reminds us of someone else in his youth!
This amazing side trip is a must when visiting the area.
BACK TO THE CARP…
During one evening, Hunter hooked up, but ended up with a lost fish, a break off… then finally landed a 25 pounder that was spewing milt, proving the fish were dead in the spawn. Hunter… he didn’t care what was happening, that fish was, and is, his biggest to date.
On the final day’s stay, Hunter got a break from the 5:30 am wake up calls he’d been pounded with every day… he looked exhausted and asked if he could sleep in.
“Sure you can bud” Pete said “but what if we hook into another fish?”
Hunter replied, “You take it dad”.
Wouldn’t you know it; the only fish of the morning was a behemoth 37.3-pound gorgeous common carp, a real ripper!
As of writing this, Hunter has yet to be told just how big this fish was; he’s going to cry when he sees the episode!
If you are looking for a great fishing adventure to a rather unknown, yet fish-filled, lake, then give Mike and Eileen a call at Lakeside Cottages.
Quoting Hunter Bowman “Dad, Mike and Eileen are the nicest people I’ve ever met”… and he’s right!
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GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to today’s fantastic Carp fishing on Katchewanooka Lake, Hunter and I first drove east on hwy 401 to hwy 115 North. We next turned east on hwy 7. We then turned north on hwy 28, south on Road 29, and finally north on Stenner Road. Follow Stenner to the water and you’ll end up at Lakeside Cottages on your left.