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The Traditional CANADIAN FISHING Shore Lunch

Do you dream of…

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The sizzle of fresh fish over an open fire at a shore lunch spot?  Or, the heart pounding excitement as the waters of a calm bay explodes with the first fish of the day?

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One of the highlights of your trip will be the traditional shore lunch served in the great Canadian Wilderness!   On many occasions throughout your trip your group will meet up with other party members for lunch. You will gather at a picturesque sight outcropping on one of the most famous lakes in Ontario –  Wawang Lake.

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The anticipation of a delectable lunch of fresh caught fish will having your mouth watering far in advance of the prepared food upon your plate.  Sit back, relax with a beverage, and enjoy the sights as you and the group prepare the most mouthwatering fresh food EVER!

Sometimes preparation of the shore lunch is interrupted by the excitement of a member of your party hooking into a lunker while casting from a boat anchored nearby .   Party members scramble for nets and plenty of advice is offered as the drama plays out!

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The traditional  shore lunch consists of potatoes, baked beans or corn, bread, and maybe even dessert, if there’s any room left in those bellies. The fish is normally fried in lard or liquid shortening; however, for the health conscience, you can use your own favorite oil.

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Don’t be afraid to streamline the batter or coating with some of your favorite spices. All in all it will be a outdoor dining experience that you aren’t likely to soon forget and eaten in the outdoors with a view to remember doesn’t get any better!

So is it any wonder that folks comment that the shore lunch was the best part of the trip they talk about most when they get home?  Good food and good friends in the most spectacular setting at Wawang Lake will implant a memory that will last forever!

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Kayak PIKE Fishing

If you’re a fan of fishing for pike and own a kayak, blending the two together is an excellent way to access phenomenal fishing opportunities.

imagesMany large pike roam waters off limits to anglers with powerboats, and getting into back lakes or small- to medium-sized rivers is easy with a kayak. More often than not, these unpressured fish are willing to hit baits with unbridled predatory aggression, only heightening the fun of kayak angling!

Kayaks let you access lakes and rivers off limits to powerboats, which often equates to phenomenal angling action.

A Bit About Kayaks

Kayak fishing is booming in North America. The growing popularity exists for several reasons. Being able to access waters cut off to powerboats is one. In a kayak any public access spot on shore is a launch site. Then it’s just a matter of paddling to biting fish. Another reason kayak fishing is growing is their low-cost advantages. No motor or trailer means lower fuel costs with these small boats. The ability to customize kayaks into fully functional fishing machines is another reason more anglers are taking up kayak fishing. Lastly, kayak fishing is fun! You’re closer to the water and battling even smaller-sized fish can be a blast in these low-profile paddleboats.

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Kayaks Access Prime Pike Waters

There is no wrong time to target pike using a kayak. Look for pike around creeks and bays where they’ll recover after spawning in spring. Come summer and autumn, bays and weed lines are good areas to paddle and cast baits.

As kayaks glide through extremely shallow water, use this to your advantage and work shallow, weedy, and sand bays off the beaten track. Also, don’t be afraid to explore up small rivers or lake tributaries. Sometimes these connect to lakes with undeveloped shorelines. It’s spots like this where non-stop pike action is common as fish aren’t likely to see very many lures in their lifetime.

Top Kayak Pike Gear

Fishing pike from a kayak begins by having the proper gear. Medium-heavy to heavy bait cast or spinning rods are good. Some prefer longer rods of at least 7 feet to help them control fish and keep them a safe distance from the boat until they’ve played them sufficiently and safely, and it’s time to land them. Use braid starting at 30-pound-test and either use wire or heavy-duty fluorocarbon leaders of at least 60-pound test to prevent bite-offs.

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Kayak Pike Baits

As you’re fishing much closer to the water, try and use lures featuring single hooks, or pinch down barbs on trebles. This makes releasing fish easier, but also lessens the chances of an angling accident.

Good top water lures include frogs and buzz baits. Soft-jerk baits rigged on single hooks are excellent to twitch around weeds or wood for pike as well. Spinner baits are another great single-hook option and are always pike magnets. To work the bottom or along weed edges, buck tail jigs bulked up with twister tails are my favorite choice.

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The Right Release Tools

It’s important to carry all the necessary release tools when fishing out of a kayak. This ensures you can quickly remove the hooks from a fish and resume fishing. The longer you take to land and release a fish at boat side the greater the chances for mishaps. Pliers are a must, and floating models are available. Keep them on a lanyard so they’re always within reach and carry a spare set. Jaw spreaders are important for pike as well to quickly open a fish’s mouth and remove a lure. A net is also a good tool to carry in the boat. Many handles easily stow in flush mount rod holders. If targeting big fish, it’s often best to angle with a partner so assistance is nearby for landing and removing hooks.

Fishing pike from kayaks is exciting. These predators often aggressively hit lures and back lake fish are sure to be more aggressive than ones found on pressured waters regularly angled and exposed to plenty of boat traffic. Whether you own one or not, if you enjoy pike fishing, try angling them with a kayak.

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You might be surprised how much fun it is, not to mention the size and number of fish you’ll like catch if you get on less pressured waters.

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Happy, Happy New Year!!

Time is like a flowing river, no water
passes beneath your feet twice, much
like the river, moments never pass you
by again, so cherish every moment that
life gives you and have a wonderful
NEW YEAR!

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Poached Pike Recipe

8288931770_d69d0c9956_zWithout a doubt northern pike are a delectable table fare.  They are a voracious elongated torpedo that patrols the fresh waters of the North. Pike are fish-eaters and grow massive in  Wawang Lake. But for all their bravado, pike’s taste is very delicate — delicate enough to be appreciated when cooked simply in broth.

Prep Time:
15 minutes

Cook Time:
45 minutes

Total Time:
1 hour

Ingredients:

  • Fillets from a 3-4 lb. pike
  • 1 qt. fish fumet, stock or broth
  • 1 cup white wine, such as Chardonnay or Riesling
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 t. cracked white pepper
  • Chopped fronds from one bunch fennel
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced into half-moons
  • Salt
  • Lemon wedges to serve
  • 1 T. finely chopped fennel fronds for garnish

Preparation:

In a long, shallow pan that will hold the fish fillets without crowding, pour in the wine and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce by half, then turn the heat down to medium.

Add the fish broth, salt, white pepper, onion and half the fennel and bring to a simmer. Do not boil it. If you have a thermometer look for a temperature between 170-180 degrees. Hold the broth at this temperature for 30 minutes. If it looks like this may not be enough broth to cover your fillets, add water.

A word on saltiness. Your broth should taste as salty as the sea. The fish will pick up this saltiness and may not need further seasoning later.

Add the lemon juice and the rest of the fennel, then add the fish. Turn the heat off and cover the pan. Let the fish steep for 15-20 minutes or until it flakes.

Slide the fish out of the pan gently — this is tricky, so be careful and take your time — and onto a platter. Pick off any old fennel fronds sticking to the meat. Garnish with the fresh fennel fronds (if desirable).

Serve with potatoes, the lemon wedges and, if you’d like, a little horseradish sauce or grainy mustard on the side. Steamed  vegetables is a perfect to accompany this dish.

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Fishing Maps Is The Key to Success

No Other Resorts, Homes or Cottages on our 5,000 acre lake.

No Other Resorts, Homes or Cottages on our 5,000 acre lake.  This fishing giant is for our guests only!  Join us at Wawang Lake for some sensational fishing!

Catching fish starts with preparation! Yes, a big statement…but in the end successful anglers have discovered a tool more important than custom fishing rods,   “secret” lures or state of the art depthfinders. Preparation spent   studying quality contour fishing maps is always important. This time spent reading and learning from researched fishing maps is the most significant key to improving skills so fish are caught on most outings- for gamefish in our lake such as walleye and northern pike.

catchIt has been said before but deserves repeating. A quality fishing map has been compared to the pirate’s treasure map, leading us to the spot that yields our special prize…treasure in the form of the fish we want to catch. Good anglers take that next step in skill by challenging themselves with new waters – whether a family vacation to northern Ontario or serious fishing trip to Wawang Lake located in NW Ontario. And going to new water without studying the contour map is like going to fight a grizzly bear armed with a pen knife.In the last 30 years hydrographic maps (with contours) have come into their own as fishing equipment has moved through a sea change of technology – quality depthfinders, GPS, underwater cameras, along with huge   changes in rods, reels and terminal tackle. Much of the push has come from the incredible success of walleye tournaments and further enhanced recently by other fishing organizations promoting tournaments. While all of us can get swept up in the latest fad, lure or gadget, fishing maps and map books provide the basic knowledge for everyone –  from novice angler to the pro’s.Satellite mapping is now being used but remains limited because of the inability to “see” and map below the surface of stained water. New computer created mapping technology has enhanced accuracy, but  most fishing maps remain based on Ontario or Provincial efforts, which originally came about not for fishing but boat navigation.

A quality fishing maps  starts with the fundamental framework – an accurate representation of the lake outline and contours. Contours are no more than a series of NaturalStructurelines that depict the lake slope from the shoreline to the deepest basin.   With contours in place, quality fishing maps providing superb clues to fishing success – displaying submerged islands, reefs, humps, flats, elongated submerged   points, flats, and more. These basic components are loosely called “structure” – a term dear to the hearts of any fisherman – beginner to expert.

Each map – no matter whether detailed or hand- drawn will  have some form of legend and compass direction – the arrow pointing north.   The contour map is far from the whole story. Most lake maps get to the contour stage, including some of the newer computer generated on the market…but won’t take the next steps, which require research, study and   understanding of the relationship of fish to their environment throughout the seasons.  This fish migration of information that we’ve gathered for over 40 years has been detailed on our lake map specifically for our guests.

All of us quickly discover the fundamental law – no   “food” – no fish. With the sole exception of spawning, gamefish will always – and “always” is a strong word – be relating   to “groceries” and weedlines tend to be the most important attracting cover. Fish will never be far away from their next meal…except for the most unusual circumstances, not important to our discussion. The forage or prey ranges through the whole cycle – from   microscopic zooplankton for fingerlings to juvenile fish and large minnows for gamefish. All are available on the weedline cover and the legend of a good map must display the symbols of the three basic weed types.

verticalChanges in bottom  materials can be everything to fishing success. As anglers ourselves and host to many fishermen, we know where one component transitions to another is and where fish will be caught. The change from shoreline sand to gravel or gravel to broken rock, or sand to mid-basin muck, for example, creates edges attractive to all fish. Walleye will often move loosely along transition zones of gravel merging to broken rock or cobble. All pertinent bottom materials and shoreline structure is shown in detail on our lake map.

Let’s pause for just a moment. Everything said before   indicates that gamefish are creatures that relate to objects –   boulders on the lake bottom, humps, submerged points, weedlines, docks,  well you get the idea. Let’s think of “edge” as the key concept….fish relate to anything that provides an “edge” and all of these structure and cover elements provide something different…our “edge.”

With that said, contour lines are the tools that allow us to visualize the slope and shape of the lake bottom. To visualize we have to “see” below the two dimensional world of the lake surface. One must create a mental image of what lies below…the gradual slope that drops sharply to the lake bottom; a hump that rises from a bottom of 20 feet and tops out at 10 feet; the long underwater point that is shown by the contour lines, a lake hole surrounded by shallower Mark%20Courts%20-%20Shorline%20Jigdepths; an inside turn depicted by the contour lines, and so forth. For example, a submerged point – usually an important lake structure for a variety of gamefish – will appear as a series   of contour lines pointing away from the shore like a finger or knife blade.

Remember the basic rule   – the closer the contour lines the steeper the drop-off edge…or conversely the wider the interval the more gradual the slope…perhaps to even a region very flat. The numbers on the contours tell us the contour interval – if one line indicates five foot depths and the second line 10 feet, we have a five foot contour interval. This interval again helps develop the visualization of how steep the slope.

When a good fisherman sits down to study a fishing map, they are looking for those “edges” already mentioned.  An edge or change in bottom or cover (weeds, drowned wood, docks, etc.) will attract and hold fish for a number of reasons although the most important one usually revolves around attracting forage.   While looking at the contours try drawing the hump, inside turn, submerged point, basin hole, etc. depicted by the contour lines. This exercise really helps in learning the visualization process.

But a restrained comment about angler behavior is needed.  Pulling out a map book or fishing map while motoring away from the dock is too late…unless serious time has been spent studying the map to formulate a plan for fishing.   They will plan every detail, including favorite “secret” lures but not look at the map to formulate a game plan based on the basics – what species and what season.

Catch fish by solving the location puzzle. The basic parts are quite simple:

A. Study your favorite species seeking several answers. When do they spawn, what is their forage, what is the water temperature preferred, where are their locations on a seasonal basis. Significantly, where does your favorite species live in the   lake – weeds, drop-off edges, drowned wood, docks, cribs, deep underwater   points….well, you get the picture. Expert anglers are knowledgeable about the fish to be pursued.  It can’t be said more forcefully – know the habits of the fish you’re after.

B. Obtain a quality map book or fishing map that shows species and forage available and describes structure and cover (weeds, drowned wood, etc.)

C. Learn the map and mark areas to begin fishing…again based on where fish should be located based on the season – spring, summer, and fall. If provided marked fishing areas, fish them and add to the areas by marking the map with information important to you.

D. Seek information –   ask questions for the lodge host. Are the fish in the shallows yet? Is spawning complete? Are the walleye still relating to the shallow weedlines…or have they moved deeper yet? What are the lake levels….because if down 3 feet;   we have to be aware of possible “new” hazards because of the change in depth. Go over a map with the lodge personnel, asking good questions on location of your favorite fish.

A researched product –  map – is a library of information – far more than a mere depiction of contour lines. It starts with species…is there a good walleye population on this water.  Our fisheries is sustained by natural reproduction and YES, we do have a slot policy on the lake   What are the trends – is the fishery up, have   populations improved…or have changes occurred? What are the growth rates –   fast or slow. Each question answered opens the door to success – fish caught.

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Successful anglers use a combination of tools for success. Obviously, a quality depthfinder is a must…as is learning to interpret what is being shown. However, knowledge about your favorite gamefish coupled with location details and the fishing map – is the real key to success. No secret lure, new rod or reel, or gadget can match knowing your fish and their aquatic world. The location question is easily solved when equipped with great information based on solid research and analysis.

We at Wawang Lake Resort believe our lake map provides the absolute best combination of years of researched fishing information with accurate details showing fish species migration for the different seasons and contour lines accurately showing depths that many fisherman have found to be quite helpful during their fishing trip.

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THE AQUATIC MOOSE

Moose feed on a large variety of foods. They browse on the twigs and leaves of many kinds of plants.. Grasses and marsh plants are also sought.

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Aquatic vegetation growing in lakes and streams is particularly relished in summer. During this season of the year, animals are seen at the edges of water or feeding in it.   Adult moose will stand virtually submerged in deep water, lowering their heads underwater, grazing for long periods of time on underwater growth.   Where a moose cannot reach these succulent plants, it can actually dive in deep water (up to 20 feet), remaining below for up to one minute.

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The Bald Eagle Takes a Swim

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A majestic bald eagle is captured on video as it swoops down to pluck a fish out of the water. What happens next is totally unexpected.

Fish are a common meal for the eagle. Yet this old bird seemingly bit off more than he could chew when he chose the wrong fish for dinner. But the clever bird has a wonderful trick up his sleeve. Watch the video and prepare to be impressed.

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