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#1 Fishing Urban Ontario

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 12:15 PM

Hi everyone, I am planning a trip to Algonquin Park sometime in June Or May this year. I've been researching for days but now and starring at Jeff's map of Algonquin for days, now all thats left is one question. Is the fishing around Highway 60 actually that hopeless when targeting brookies? Every corner of the internet is saying that in order to catch a brookie there you have to canoe 1-2 days into the bush for that. But a mission like that would be dangerous for me since I have never really done something like that before and barely have a lot of canoeing experience as it is. Plus I have a tear in my left shoulder so I cant push it like crazy. I however have nothing against portaging to spot as long as its not too far away that i have to stay overnight there. Please don't try to pressure me into portaging overnight I've made up my mind. I have read on a former forum that the big lakes are empty but the smaller ones around the highway hold some trout. I am not looking for names of the lakes, I just want to know how the fishing was for those of you who have tried the small lakes and ponds around highway during spring. Were you helplessly skunked? What species did you catch there? How heavily fished are these areas, really? Did the spots look almost never travelled? Also should I be focusing my efforts more on the creeks around the highway rather than the lakes due if theres better fishing there? If you have a creek spot please DM me. Thank You all for your help. I will attach Jeffs map for you all. 

 

http://www.algonquinmap.com/


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#2 fisherman2280

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 01:48 PM

I understand your reservation about doing a back country trip I was the same on my first go but it's nothing really and you'll enjoy it far more than the cramped campaign ground along 60. 

 

Take it easy and don't rush, you don't go much faster pushing hard in a canoe. And you can rent some really light canoes to make the portage easier. 

 

I've been in 4 times now and every time the fishing has been on fire. Lakers, Brook trout and SM. The back lakes are loaded if you can read a lake right.

 

June Or May you could get murdered by bugs, August is the best month IMO but I'm one of those lucky punks who the bugs just leave alone.

 

I have pulls a real nice laker and some SM from a lake on 60 but that was years ago now and the fishing is nowhere near what the back lakes offer. 


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 02:32 PM

Hi everyone, I am planning a trip to Algonquin Park sometime in June Or May this year. I've been researching for days but now and starring at Jeff's map of Algonquin for days, now all thats left is one question. Is the fishing around Highway 60 actually that hopeless when targeting brookies? Every corner of the internet is saying that in order to catch a brookie there you have to canoe 1-2 days into the bush for that. But a mission like that would be dangerous for me since I have never really done something like that before and barely have a lot of canoeing experience as it is. Plus I have a tear in my left shoulder so I cant push it like crazy. I however have nothing against portaging to spot as long as its not too far away that i have to stay overnight there. Please don't try to pressure me into portaging overnight I've made up my mind. I have read on a former forum that the big lakes are empty but the smaller ones around the highway hold some trout. I am not looking for names of the lakes, I just want to know how the fishing was for those of you who have tried the small lakes and ponds around highway during spring. Were you helplessly skunked? What species did you catch there? How heavily fished are these areas, really? Did the spots look almost never travelled? Also should I be focusing my efforts more on the creeks around the highway rather than the lakes due if theres better fishing there? If you have a creek spot please DM me. Thank You all for your help. I will attach Jeffs map for you all. 

 

http://www.algonquinmap.com/

I said please dont ask me to portage overnight. I am aware of the possible rewards.


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 02:33 PM

i'm a tough guy, i will just bring the off deep woods and the bug suit. so i am not afraid of the  bugs in spring.


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 03:17 PM

"I just said im not physically able to do it because of a teaR IN  MY SHOULDER."

 

Then maybe you shouldn't be going fishing if your shoulder can't handle it? 


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 03:49 PM

Sorry I got a little angry with ya its just frustrating having someone pressure you into something you said you already made up your mind about. There's other reasons besides a tear in my shoulder too. Does anyone have an experience that could help me out?


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 08:24 PM

I've caught brookies off HWY 60 lakes in Spring, not 5 lbers but a few that were 2lbers so ya, there is hope.  And bring the jacket and bug dope.  Get experience and assemble a team, go deep into the bush.  Those little back lakes are just nuts if ya get 'em right.


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 10:00 PM

If you can’t handle the bugs don’t even bother.
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Posted 18 January 2018 - 12:29 AM

trust me

 

it doesn't matter how much bug spray you use

 

those flies are gonna eat you


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 08:01 AM

Goodluck. I like the post assemble a team. That would be a sick trip
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Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:28 PM

Waste of time.
Hwy 17 the way to go.
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Posted 20 January 2018 - 05:15 PM

There are many creeks near highway 60 that hold lots of brook trout. I suggest for you to buy a fly rod since its an effective way of catching them. You just need to do a little more research on where to find the creeks that are easily accessible.


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 10:56 PM

Hmm, that's not the first time I've heard that about the creeks. "There are many creeks near highway 60 that hold lots of brook trout. I suggest for you to buy a fly rod since its an effective way of catching them. You just need to do a little more research on where to find the creeks that are easily accessible" If you feel like giving me any hints on those feel free to DM me. There's so many on Jeff's map it's hard to know where to go. Also another question for everyone, has anyone gone fishing for the stocked Splakes in the park? That could be a cool catch, please tell me anything you guys know about that.
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Posted 22 January 2018 - 11:38 AM

I actually don't know any specific creek names, but I do know that they are there. In summer of 2015 I went to Madawaska (Lake/River) to do some bass and yellow perch fishing. While I was there I came across a small creek and fished some spinners, and flies, and landed a 4 small brook trout. Fishing for the stocked splake is also a good idea. Here is a link to the stocking in Algonquin I once found for anyone that hasn't seen the site before.

 

http://www.algonquin...ishstocking.pdf


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 12:21 PM

have you thought about portaging overnight?


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#16 fishfreek

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 02:12 PM

NADO I was thinking the same thing.


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 02:27 PM

Aren't there black bears you need to worry about rather than bugs?


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 02:36 PM

I have only ever had a mouse go through camp and they are monsters, He couldn't care less we were there it was his path and he was taking it.

On the French I had a black bear no more than 10 ft away but he got spooked when he saw me. Nothing to worry about.


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 03:05 PM

I have only ever had a mouse go through camp and they are monsters, He couldn't care less we were there it was his path and he was taking it.

On the French I had a black bear no more than 10 ft away but he got spooked when he saw me. Nothing to worry about.

Oh the ones that are spooked sure...it's those others that won't be spooked....


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 03:08 PM

lol


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