Dano's 2012 Canada Report
Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:04 AM
Blaise with a 26 incher on a plug
Blaise with another 26" walleye caught on a plug
Blaise with his first musky
Ryan with a lake walleye caught on a spinner bait (he missed the fish the cast before, and went back and got it on the next cast!)
Ryan with a typical pike on a plug
Ryan with a typical Algonquin canoe trip bass during lunch break (he was crushing them during lunch!)
Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:13 AM
"although we didnt catch the rediculous numbers of massive smallmouth that we've been spoiled with in the past, we did our share of damage on quality smallies in the 4+ pound class."
Cut me some slack, I just got back from vacation and my brain is shut off
Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:36 AM
Nice trip. Any smallies? That river is on my list to fish.
yeah we got lots of nice smallies, just not as many as we usually tend to get up there. i'd say that when we targetted smallies, we got somewhere around 30 to 40 per boat, averging 2 to 3 pounds, with some 4+ in the mix. on a normal year, we can expect 75 to 100 smallies or more, per boat (3 anglers), per day trip, averaging close to 4 pounds, with a couple maybe pushing 6 pounds. no joke, the Ottawa and its tributaries are WORLD CLASS for smallies. granted, we have our specific spots, and try to fish them at the right time, but the Ottawa River is generally loaded with huge smallies, and its not that difficult to figure out. we have learned, however, by way of a couple down years that river conditions can play a big role in the degree of our success (i.e., location of fish). we like to have normal to high water levels, with cooler water in the main river than whats coming from the tributaries. the tribs are obvious fish magnets when they are dumping warmer water (although not the only place to find concentrations of smallies). but in drought / low water conditions, the main river water temps might be higher than the tribs, which greatly affects the location of the bait and predators, and makes the playing field much much larger. if you can time your trip for mid June, you should have ideal conditions in the river. in the surrounding lakes, however, this stuff isnt realy an issue. you can pretty much go to any bass lake any time of the year and crush. so there is always a backup plan. but the fish in the river are generally much bigger on averege then what you find in the surrounding lakes. its hard for me to believe, but the first time i fished up on the ottawa river was 17 years ago! and we've been going back almost every year since. cant always have ideal conditions, and when we dont, thats when we seem to learn the most. i know the smallie fishing up there in the fall on the river can be incredible, but i have no personal experience with it. i am sure its a different dynamic, but easy enough to figure out.
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