The Algoma Region of Ontario has had a huge influence on our Fish’n Canada field team, namely Pete and Angelo, because of it’s diversity in fishing waters and its abundance of fish. In particular, Walleye, Pike and Speckled Trout… 3 species that at least one will tickle most ardent anglers fancy!
Not that long ago if someone were to say to Ang or Pete “lets go fishing in Algoma”, they would have responded with something like “huhh”? Because honestly, back then they had little to no experience there what-so-ever.
Fast forward to today and now when someone says “let’s go fishing in Algoma” the resounding response is “oh yeah!!!”
Ontario’s Algoma district is one of those unsung heroes of the fishing and hunting world. Most people think fishing in Ontario is about the ease of access to lakes, rivers and streams in the south, or the exotic fish filled lakes of the extreme north. Well, there is an “in-between” and it’s loaded with fish filled waters just waiting to be explored… and that’s exactly where this episode takes place.
The Algoma region in Ontario spans from the town of Spanish, along Lake Huron to Sault Ste Marie, then along Lake Superior to White River, up to Hearst and finally over to Elliot Lake with 25,000 square miles in between.
With thousands of Lakes Rivers and Streams and a population of around 115,000 people… the fishing pressure is very low!
That’s the beauty of fishing Esnagi, you have a vast area of lake to work with but you really don’t need to travel too far from home base. Of course over a stay at Lodge 88 one should investigate the full length of the lake if not for the great fishing then just to simply enjoy the unmatched scenery!
The first spot our boys decided on while filming was a shallow break at the front of a big back- bay. The second was a small rock-lined bay inside of a long point and the last was a double break very close to the lodge. Angelo states “when you’re fishing early season Walleye on Esnagi or any other lake in Algoma, remember to check the shallows. Normally you would associate these areas with Pike, but there are always populations of aggressive Walleye in these lakes that feed in the shallows as well. By throwing either a jig and plastic or live bait, you’ll sooner or later find ultra shallow Walleye in a very aggressive feeding mode”!
The second location they fished was very different from the first. This consisted of a huge rock point jutting into deep water. The actual point didn’t hold many fish but just inside the point was a small protected bay which was loaded with both Walleye and Pike. One of the great things about fishing in the north is there’s always the chance at more than just Walleye… but by fishing without a steel or fluorocarbon heavy leader like the boys did in this show, you’re taking a chance! That said, they feel that ultimately more strikes will be generated without the heavy duty leaders and Pike will be lost. This bay produced some very decent Walleye, Angelo caught a nice Northern and the boys lost about 2 dozen jigs to the Pike Gods!
The final fishing Hotspot of the shoot was Pete and Ang’s regular drifting grounds in view of Lodge 88. This spot day in and day out, has produced Fish’n Canada’s best numbers and biggest Esnagi Walleye to date. It’s a very small area to fish and no one really knows why it produces so well… just one of those bonus fishing areas. Here Pete likes drifting a Jig and Minnow combo while Ang prefers a live minnow on a Dropshot rig… that’s right the one that is associated with Bass fishing.
Angelo says “it only works for bass… really???”
With Ang on the rig and Pete on the Jig “we’ve got almost everything covered in a single drift” says Pete.
With a little time to spare between catching tons of Walleye, Lodge 88 decided to put on a Mega-Shore Lunch for the Fish’n Canada crew and the guests of the Kaeden Brown Foundation who Fish’n Canada teamed up with for the second time at this destination. A shore lunch is always a highlight when fishing in northern Ontario, and since the fishing is so good here … getting enough fish for the pan is no problem. Ever since the KBF has gotten together for their annual fishing excursions, they have always put on a little Big Fish contest and this trip was no exception. Since the boys went for big fish over-all, a Northern Pike caught by Al Grossman took home the bacon!
“One of the absolute best “perks” to our job here at Fish’n Canada is meeting all kinds of anglers” says Pete “people that love the sport of fishing. I had the opportunity to take out the father and son team of Wayne (owner of Carstar London East and West) and Mike Minogue who are a big reason as to why the Kaeden Brown Foundation is so successful.” “I jumped at the opportunity to take the boys fishing”.
“I took them to an area that I have never fished before but heard there were some big Northerns there” says Pete “and I had them tie on some 5″ Jerkbaits so as to get a shot at both Pike and Walleye”.
“There’s nothing better than having aggressive shallow Walleye smash Jerkbaits” says Pete “eventually both Wayne and Mike caught more than their share of these yellow thrashers!”
All in all, again Esnagi Lake and Lodge 88 produced another top quality episode for the Fish’n Canada Team.
Below, check out our guests from the Kaeden Brown Foundation Wayne and Mike Minogue.