If you are ever looking to watch a bizarre or unique fishing episode then this may very well be the ultimate. This adventure took Angelo Pike fishing up to Agich’s Kaby Kabins on Kabinakagami Lake in the Algoma region of Ontario.
Kaby Lake as it’s referred to by the locals is a big lake that’s over 25 miles long with 147 islands and under normal conditions covers over 30,800 acres of surface area. This trip unfortunately wasn’t under normal conditions. High water was the deal here. Finding post spawn Northern Pike was very tough and catching them was even tougher. Add to that a fluctuating barometer, it meant the Pike were not going to be exerting themselves, so their strike zone is going to be much smaller, and that means you have to put that bait right on their noses before they’ll eat it.
After the first day, things were looking pretty grim. Kaby Kabins Stuart Agich knew it so while Angelo was out fishing and not catching, he was out running around the lake looking for fish. At dinner that night, he said he saw something interesting near the top end of the lake: dozens of terns and seagulls diving and apparently feeding on the surface. This immediately alerted Ang that if there were baitfish on the surface with birds feeding on them… something was driving them there.
With Stuart’s directions and map in hand Ang took the ride to Boot Bay, and sure enough, after a few minutes he could see lots of birds diving in what appeared to be a swamp. It actually ended up being flooded brush on both sides with a narrow clear channel. But what really blew his mind was the sight of thousands of baitfish jumping and scurrying across the surface because they were being preyed upon by masses of pike. It was mayhem!
Ang said, “I realized that this was not a river. The bottom was actually the tops of brush a foot below the surface, and when I looked up I could see open water maybe a hundred meters away. Obviously, the high water had flooded a depression in what appeared to be a little peninsula, creating a little island out of it. What a bizarre area”!
Upon closer inspection he could see scurrying baitfish and boils from predators; Northern Pike.
Since the fish were slashing bait on the surface he rigged up a Mighty Mo topwater and commenced to catch Pike after Pike… of all sizes.
After catching numerous Northerns as well as some bonus northern Ontario Walleye, Ang capped off the show with a true giant “Gator” as he called it… it definitely was mayhem in the shallows!
If you’re interested in learning more about the mouse lure that Angelo used in this episode, see The Mighty Mo Story on www.fishncanada.com
GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to todays fantastic fishing location, I headed north on highway 400 to highway 69. At Sudbury Then headed west on highway 17 to the town of White River. I then boarded a float plane at White River Air which took to Agich’s Kaby Kabins on Kaby Lake.