FAMILY: a group of people affiliated either by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage or other relationship), or co-residence, or some combination of these. Family members may include spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and siblings-in-law.
ANGLING: a method of fishing by means of an “angle” (fish hook). The hook is usually attached to a fishing line and the line is often attached to a fishing rod. Fishing rods are usually fitted with a fishing reel that functions as a mechanism for storing, retrieving and paying out the line. The hook itself can be dressed with lures or bait. A bite indicator such as a float, and a weight or sinker are sometimes used.
Mid-lake Walleye & Pike
Ontario’s Muskoka region is very well known as a family destination, but is hardly ever considered as a fishing Mecca… however, for those in the know, the fishing throughout this area can be phenomenal.
In this Fish’n Canada episode, Pete took the filming team to the gorgeous Muskoka Bay Resort in the town of Gravenhurst, which rests on the shores of Lake Muskoka. The show’s intent was to try to capitalize on the underutilized Walleye, Pike, and Smallmouth population in this deep cold body of water. As well, there are Lake Trout present and rumours say that even Largemouth Bass swim the shallows there.
Our accommodations for this shoot was Muskoka Bay Resort, a golf course with gorgeous overnight facilities and amazing food (no Pete didn’t get to shoot a round, too much fishing to be done).
Pete’s fishing contact for the trip was Mike Smith of Reelpro Fishing Charters, a local fishing guide who has been active in the Muskoka area (as well as many other) lakes for 17 years.
Mike’s strategy was to hit many of his mid-lake Walleye/Pike structures, since at the time of the article (late August) these areas normally produce best.
Even though Pete and Mike were fishing Walleye, they both preferred to use plastics looking for aggressive feeding fish. If the need for live bait came in, then so be it.
On the very first hump they fished, Pete fired out a 5” swimbait and set the hook on a heavy fish. Unfortunately, after what Pete calls a “stellar and brutally hard” hookset, his rod made a gunshot like cracking sound, and snapped in half. Fish and rod both gone.
Was that the start of things to come? Hope not.
The rest of the shoot went according to plan in species, but not quite the size they were hoping for. Mike Smith knows the potential of Lake Muskoka and has caught some massive Northern Pike and Walleye in this not so far north body of water. Walleye pushing over 10lbs, and Pike that measure more than 50”!
Added to the above, Angelo shot a past Fish’n Canada episode on Lake Muskoka, and he too experienced “way above average sized Walleye” (in his words) from this underutilized lake. It has fantastic big fish potential.
With lots of Pike and Walleye on tape for Pete and Mike Smith, they next decided to go for Smallmouth Bass. Mike said, “I’ve got the spots”!
Within no time they were into a bunch of rip-roaring Smallies from 2 – 3+ lbs. on Spinnerbaits, Jerkbaits Swimbaits, and Dropshot Rigs. It was easy fishing for these scrappers. Rocks and weeds were definitely the key.
Interesting note: early on one of the mornings, while Mike was delayed for their meeting at the launch, Pete snuck into a weedy back bay that Mike suggested, to see if he could catch a Largemouth (he heard they are there, but had yet to see one).
“I fished some awesome looking bass water” says Pete “but could only come up with a few kamikaze Pike”.
Just upon exiting the bay to pick up Mike, Pete set the hook into a small Largemouth and stated to the camera with a smirk “YES… there are Largemouth Bass in Lake Muskoka”.
With a mix of Walleye, Northern Pike, Smallmouth, and Largemouth Bass caught in such a “non-fishy” destination, this Fish’n Canada episode should raise quite a few eyebrows.
As said earlier, Lake Muskoka and the Muskokas are a fantastic destination for families, as well as golfers that love to fish.
Stay & Play & Fish All Day… it gets no better than that!
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GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to this episode’s gorgeous destination, I first drove north on hwy 400 and then took the hwy 11 exit just north of Barrie. I next took road 18 into the town of Gravenhurst and then turned left on James St West. Finally, I turned left on North Muldrew Lake rd, and one last left on Muskoka Bay blvd, taking me to my fantastic accommodations at the Muskoka Bay Resort. If you’re looking for the ultimate in a golfing and fishing destination, this place is definitely it! It’s a short drive from the accommodations to either the clubhouse or the public, well maintained boat launch on Lake Muskoka.