Upper French River, Ontario

Location: Upper French River, Ontario
GPS: N46º 10.460′ W079º 56.905′
Species: Muskie

This Hotspot is a great muskie area on the Upper French River. You can try hardcore casting the entire structure both shallow and deep or you can take a break and troll the area.

Hard work and perseverance are the keys to muskie fishing success. Stick with it and you will be rewarded.

Baits: Bucktails, Plastics, Cranks
Presentation: Casting, Trolling
Water depth: 12-30 feet

3 Replies to “Upper French River, Ontario”

  1. Lonely days! Lonely nights! Where would you be without your Muskie?!

    Previously in a Fish’n Canada article dated April 3, 2019, I posted, “This “Toothy Torpedo” as you all know is quite elusive, putting the frustration level in the “Red Zone” or even the “Twilight Zone”, depending on your eagerness to land one of the brutes. A lot of highly talented fishermen after a long day out on the water, have gone home disappointed and wondering, what was I thinking? Where did it all go wrong? Do I really posses the expertise to out smart this creature?…..Yeah you do! Everyone does!

    In the animal kingdom there are creatures that hunt in packs. Others prefer a solitary lifestyle, marking and protecting their territory. Fish are no different. Many species form schools for protection against predators, while several are lone hunters of the deep….like the shark.

    It would be logical to assume the Muskellunge falls into the lone hunter category. This behemoth prefers to be scattered around a specific water body marking and protecting it’s territory, even from us wayward fishermen. (Only amassing for spawning purposes.) They are not actually evading your offerings but in a sense guarding their home turf out of aggression. Specifically on the rare occasion when they do take your bait, it may be their last resort to rid themselves of the irritation. That little pea sized brain telling the fish “If it won’t leave you alone, EAT IT !!

    The Muskellunge, one of these loners of the aquatic world has been pursued through the ages by casting every lure known to man with little thought as to their behavior pattern. Let me repeat, they are not actually evading your offering but are scattered around the specific water body you happen to be fishing while guarding their hunting territory. As you see, most successful “Musky” anglers troll their baits while covering a much larger area. Hunting down the hunters by paying them a visit in the own watery home. Going where they live not where you think they should be.

    The “Venturi Effect” aspect of this Hot Spot area seems eerily similar to those in the St. Lawrence River system. As the water flows through the “Venturi” between the islands we see here, it exits at a lower pressure on the upstream side, funneling and concentrating the forage fish to the awaiting predators while stirring up the bottom. The Muskies, like all ambush creatures, spend less time and energy chasing down a meal in these areas.

    Again, this Venturi effect is the reduction in fluid pressure that results when a fluid flows through a constricted section (or choke) of a river. In fluid dynamics, an incompressible fluid’s velocity must increase as it passes through a constriction in accord with the principle of mass continuity, while its static pressure must decrease in accord with the principle of conservation of mechanical energy. Thus any gain in kinetic energy a fluid may occur due to its increased velocity through a constriction is balanced by a drop in pressure.

    Four very important facts should always be kept in mind when hunting down these brutes :

    1) Muskies move most during spring. Fall is the next most-active season. They are least active during summer. Muskie movements do not vary much by time of day during spring and fall. Fish were more active at night than at dusk or dawn or during the day during the summer.

    2) As might be expected, movement decreases as water temperature rises. Movement increases as water temperature decreases.

    3) Muskies were more likely to be found in open water in spring. Next popular place is wood cover such as fallen timber and brush; then cames plants; and finally bare shoreline. In summer, they used open water, wood and plants equally.

    4) During the summer, muskies moved to the warmest, shallowest water of the lake. The fish are typically forced higher in hot weather as oxygen levels in deeper water become too low to support life. Yet, even though cooler water with enough oxygen for them was available slightly deeper, the muskies chose to stay higher in the water column. Muskies were likely there to chase food or to use cover, such as weeds and rocks.

    Finding one of those natural Venturi’s is as simple as “trolling” a road map. Catching the so called “Fish of a Thousand Casts” is really no different.

  2. Here is a little “Boat Teaser” question for, Angelo, Pete and the rest of the angling world.

    Fact or Fiction – Will a school of fish painted on the bottom of your boat hull attract fish?

    Many seasoned anglers believe it does. Some paint schools of bait fish or squid on their boat hulls with anti-foul paint in bright colors, even adding glitter to the paint to make the little fishy’s more noticeable.

    There are also waterproof fish stickers you can buy and apply to the hull and keel. A black hull will show the applied fish better and as you glide thru the water it looks like a school of fish going by.

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