Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Tuesdays For Travis

Travis Erwin likes to fish, and has made mention on another blog that he would like to know how the fishing is in other areas. As a response to that remark, on Tuesdays from now on I will be posting something that relates to this topic within Canada.

Manitoulin Island is located at the northern edge of Lake Huron in Northern Ontario. Manitoulin is the largest freshwater island in the world at 180 kms long (112 miles) and 50 kms wide (31 miles) an area of 1,068 square miles (2,766 square km). The name Manitoulin is derived from an Algonquin Indian word for “island of the spirits.”

Anglers can test their skills fishing Lake Kawagong for smallmouth bass, northern pike, jumbo perch and walleye (pickerel). The open waters of Lake Huron and the North Channel provide outstanding fishing areas for king salmon, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead. There are many local charter boat services to provide the fishing enthusiast with a fully equipped day of big water fishing.

The following information is from the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources website:

“Ontario is home to 2,000 lakes that contain lake trout, more than 3,500 lakes with walleye and 400 lakes and rivers that are home to muskellunge. Despite the abundance of Ontario's fisheries resources, they are in high demand.

Fish are an important part of the province's economy. Ontario's fisheries sustain the sport fishing and tourist industries, as well as the commercial fishery. About 1.4 million anglers fish in Ontario each year. These anglers spend more than $2.3 billon dollars annually on fisheries-related expenditures.

The Ministry of Natural Resources, as the manager of Ontario's fisheries, works to maintain healthy fish communities so present and future generations will enjoy high quality fishing and viewing opportunities. One of the ways we can ensure healthy fish communities is to manage our fisheries on a broad, landscape level.

Ontario has thousands of remote lakes where wilderness fishing opportunities abound. Tourist operators can fly you into a solitary retreat where your cabin will be the only one on the lake. Or, you can canoe into the interior of Ontario's magnificent wilderness. As an added attraction, you will have a chance to see Ontario's incredible wildlife in truly natural settings.

If you're looking for that absolutely unforgettable fishing experience there's plenty of trophy material in Ontario waters. Record fish are a real possibility here: muskellunge in Northwestern Ontario, brook trout in the James Bay Frontier or walleye in the Great Lakes. Fish in Ontario and you could be telling the tale about the one that didn't get away.

Some of Ontario's larger lakes and lake districts have become recognized as premier tournament waters, with anglers from across North America competing for recognition and some impressive prizes. These tournaments emphasize 'catch and release'.”

[Rice Lake, Ontario fisherman with muskie - click to enlarge - Derek Purdy CC=nd-flickr]

Ontario has Fly-In lakes that are truly the land of giants. A fishing enthusiast can test their skills and strength with huge Northern Pike and Muskie. Anglers in these remote locations boast catches of 50-60 pound Muskellunge and 30-40 pound Northerns. These catches are not anomalies but occur on a regular every day basis. Looking for deep water trophy fish action? Northern Ontario continues to produce one of the largest Walleye populations on the planet.


Reb said...

Hi Barbara. I just noticed that you commented on my Legislature post. I thought I would drop by and visit.

I can understand you missing the wild west, but OMG it has become so expensive to live here. Our rents in Edmonton are on par with GTA now and so is owing a house!

Love the top photo in this post. I don't fish, but the lakes in ON are beautiful.

Barbara Martin said...

Reb: Thanks for your visit.

It's the quiet of the wide open spaces I miss; besides I have family there I could bunk with.

The outer areas beyond what passes as civilization here is quite beautiful, especially the lakes. There will be future posts of lakes, animals and panoramic scenes.

Travis Erwin said...

I'm honored to have spawned a post on fishing. I'd love to visit Canada and get in a good bit of angling. Great post and love the pics.

Charles Gramlich said...

As a hermit in training, I've always imagined myself living on an island like this. Fishing, writing, reading, napping. I wonder if I'd take life easier if I did. I hope so.

Sam said...

My son and husband are mad about fishing - I like lake fishing, but get seasick on the ocean, lol.

Barbara Martin said...

Travis, the fish are waiting for you.

Charles, I had that thought myself. I'll see if I can get some close-up photos of Manitoulin. I expect the winters might be a bit nippy.

Sam, welcome. Being on the Great Lakes is like being on the ocean. They are very deep; who knows what lurks in their depths. Certainly an ocean-going freighter: the Edmund Fitzgerald which sank in 1975.