ELK LAKE, Ont. — We spent the final day of our week long trip in northern Ontario on the nearest water, Lost Lake.  The camp sits along the shores of this body of water and the main highway crosses a bridge on the upper end near the camp entrance. Although we’ve been on Lost Lake repeatedly this week, we’ve been headed to other bodies of water to fish.  The boat was docked only steps away from our cabin door.  We literally walked 100 feet, untied the boat, and started fishing.

It was fairly early, the water was calm, and the breeze was light or non existent.  Hank selected the Torpedo surface lure from his arsenal to start the day.  We only had to go down the bank about 100 yards before he had one hooked.  Success can improve a man’s confidence in a fishing lure and Hank never put it down the rest of the day. He repeatedly caught fish and had consistent blow ups on the lure until we stopped fishing about 3 p.m.  The fishing actually improved after about 1:30 and the smallmouth in particular were feasting on the surface.

I selected a buzz bait and got a few hits along the way, but never put one in the boat.  I didn’t have nearly the faith in my surface lure as Hank, so I put it down and went with the crankbait and spinner bait, both were money lures for me all week.  Amazingly, the whacky rigged worms we used so effectively early in the week, never produced today.

The weather was again sunny with a few clouds.  The fish seemed to be settling down to a more active pattern after the change.  The forecast here calls for nice weather the next five days.  Consistency in weather seems to satisfy the fish in these remote waters.

Pictured above are all of the lures which produced fish for us this week.  You’ll see a Mepp’s bucktail spinner in the picture.  While it didn’t work for us, a father and son from New Jersey who fished all week with us used it with great success for pike and smallmouth all week.  When they left, they gave this one to us.  I felt obliged to use it in the picture, since it did produce quite a few fish this week.

I’ve noticed with both Hank and myself after fishing consistently for six straight days here, we are starting to understand more about what we are doing.  When we first arrived if we got a bite, we didn’t know what we had until it was at the boat.  However, today I could tell when a fish would hit we could both tell by the reaction it made after the strike whether it was a pike or a smallmouth.  The smallmouth tend to head straight for the surface when they are hooked.  The pike either take the bait deeper or run straight at you and under your boat.  At times, you have to be quick on loosening your drag or you’ll break him off quickly.

I wanted to mention a word of thanks to Tony and Melissa Thomas, our hosts here at Lost Lake Wilderness Lodge.  They bought the camp and are now into their fourth season of operation.   You can tell they put their heart and soul into the camp and making sure guests are satisfied.   Our cabin was clean, comfortable, well furnished, and dry.  The lodge is a warm, bright, and inviting place to share fishing stores and eat your meals.  The food is fantastic with a new entree every night of the week. The camp is rustic, but with modern amenities including wireless internet in the lodge and the dockside screen porch.  If you’re considering a fishing trip into a remote part of Canada I would recommend this place without any hesitation.  Lost Lake Wilderness Lodge is a strong choice for a fishing vacation.  Learn more about them or contact them here.

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  • Jesse's girl

    In the 1930's a college friend of my dad and his wife had bought an island in Rabbit Lake which is south and east of where you were. It is to the east of the road at Temagami. I still remember it as a "magical" experience. My mother finally said that she would eat fish for 2 meals a day but not 3. The island and cabin they built on it was at the end of the lake w/ no roads on the shore. During the day there were no mosquitos on the island, but at night when the breeze ended........ When we went to the mainland to get the minnow bucket, OH BOY--they were lined up and waiting. Waking up to see the pink light and mist rising across the lakes w/ the loons calling. In 1984, both Dr. and Mrs. Roach had died, but their son still owned the island. My TN brother and family picked up my parents and me in Morgantown. They had a boat and we picked up the Roaches boat at the dock, still owned and operated by Mary LaPerriere. Bill's moter was a lot more powerful and we putted down the 18 miles to the island in about 45 minutes. Sometimes you CAN go back.

  • Jeff Riggs

    Great job Chris! Have a safe trip home

  • The Answer

    I have been to Canada several times fishing.
    I believe it's one of Gods greatest gifts to us.
    Have safe trip home.

  • Rick55

    The whole experience sounds like paradise, Chris. And the opportunity to spend this kind of time with your son is truly priceless. I'm sure it's something neither one of you will ever forget.