In today’s post, Scott Gardner, Associate Editor of Outdoor Canada, shares his love for and experience with kayak fishing. All photos below are copyright to Scott Gardner.
On a cloudless summer afternoon, I paddled around a point on Six Mile Lake, eased my boat through a jumble of boulders, and slipped into a long shallow bay. No more than 18 inches deep and blanketed in lily pads, it was perfect largemouth bass habitat.
Even better, the propeller-killing rock barrier made it unlikely that any serious fishing boats ever tried this spot. As my kayak ghosted silently to the edge of the weeds, I cast my lure deep into the lily field. I twitched it twice across the surface, and with a heart-stopping splash, it was ambushed by a football-sized largemouth bass.
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Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.
Fishing is a wonderful year-round activity that can be enjoyed at any age.
It’s a sport that doesn’t require much: you can get by with some basic tackle and fish from shore, or you can dive right in gearing-up with all the latest and greatest equipment and watercraft.
When introducing newcomers to the sport, there are a few key points to keep in mind that will ensure an enjoyable and memorable experience for all.
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Fishing a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, as well as a great spot to get hooked on! Unlike most sports, angling is a relatively inexpensive way to spend time in a calm and peaceful environment, yet still getting to feel the rush of excitement when landing the big one! It can help you de-stress and motivate you towards a healthier lifestyle.
It’s also the best way to enjoy delicious fresh-caught fish!
This past weekend we spent some time with the Learn to Fish team to help us round up the top ten reasons to go fishing!
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Today’s post comes from professional angler Italo Labignan and the Learn to Fish team!
When it comes to enjoying sportfishing in Ontario, some of the easiest and most plentiful fish to catch — whether from a boat or from shore — are panfish.
The most popular panfish in Ontario are the sunfish family (pumpkinseed, bluegill, rock bass & crappie) and perch.
Here’s what you need to know to catch them:
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Fishing season’s not here yet, but that’s no reason not to plan your dream getaway now.
If you’re planning a northern adventure in 2017, we’ve got a few fishing trips to add to your bucket list:
Continue reading 8 bucket list fishing trips in Northeastern Ontario
Fishing is a great way to experience the outdoors, connect with family, and explore new areas. Plus – the excitement of reeling in and landing a fish is hard-to-beat. Safely releasing it back into the water and watching it swim back into the depths is particularly rewarding too.
Fish are amazing critters, as these strange-but-true facts tell us…
Continue reading 10 wacky fish facts
Ontario Parks offers some of the best fishing in the world and with sport fishing season just around the corner, now is a good time to take stock and review how you can get the most out of your fishing experiences.
Bob Elliott, the park superintendent at Lake Superior Provincial Park and an avid, lifelong angler who believes in a fair contest (no sonar!), offers these tips for anglers eager to pull up a big catch.
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Today’s post comes from Rob Cunningham, Superintendent of Presqu’ile and Ferris Provincial Parks.
I started working at Killarney Provincial Park in 1988, and that was the start of my many wonderful experiences of angling in Ontario’s provincial parks. I’ve been blessed in my career to work at over 14 parks, and I have fished and visited over 40 of them.
And they’re among the most beautiful locations and wonderful angling experiences anywhere.
Continue reading Reflections on 28 seasons of fishing in Ontario Parks
If you live to fish and you’ve never cast your line into a lake in northern Ontario, these five spots in the backcountry you’ll want to add to your bucket list!
They come (in no particular order!) courtesy of Bob Elliott, superintendent of Lake Superior Provincial Park.
A lifelong, avid angler himself, Bob says these five parks provide unparalleled fishing, together with a true wilderness experience, which is why they attract people from all over Canada, the United States and beyond.
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For today’s post, we chatted with Trevor Gibb, Superintendent of Quetico Provincial Park (and longtime angling addict!).
You’ve spent the day on the water. It rained all morning, and you spent the afternoon paddling against that strange weather phenomenon, best described as the multi-directional headwind.
Time to make camp, kindle a fire, and relax listening to the crackling logs and sizzling frying pan.
For backcountry campers at Quetico Provincial Park, the tantalizing aroma wafting from that frying pan is the smell of fresh-caught fish.
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