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Where Is This? » Where In Algonquin No. 230 » Today 7:48 pm

RobW
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Could be the north end of Ragged but you would have to be on the water already to get that angle. 

Fishing » Creatures vs. climate: The lake trout. Published on Sep 24, 2018 TVO » Today 6:39 pm

Creatures vs. climate: The lake trout. Published on Sep 24, 2018  TVO

https://tvo.org/article/current-affairs/creatures-vs-climate-the-lake-trout

Warming temperatures are affecting thousands of lakes across the province and making life difficult for species that live beneath the waves — including the iconic lake trout, one of Ontario’s most popular sport fish.

“It’s water temperatures and oxygen that really limit lake trout,” says Sapna Sharma, associate professor of biology at York University and director of the Sharma Laboratory. “With climate change, water temperatures are generally becoming warmer and oxygen levels are becoming lower, and that can stress lake trout populations.”

According to a 2009 paper in Ecology authored by Sharma and two others, lake trout populations in more than 1,600 lakes in Ontario could be vulnerable by 2050, based on climate-change projections. By 2100, there could be as many as 9,700 vulnerable populations across Canada.

And warmer water isn’t the only issue that lake trout have to deal with — the effects of climate change have also made the province’s lakes more hospitable to smallmouth bass, which can out-eat the lake trout, leaving the struggling fish without enough food to survive.

Smallmouth bass are native to North America, but over the past 100 years, they’ve spread further north in Canada. While they lack the ability to jump from one lake to another, they can travel by river between bodies of water. “They’re moving northward at a pretty rapid rate,” Sharma says. “They’re voracious predators — they eat a lot of the minnows. They can eat a lot of things.”

One of the lake trout’s most important sources of food is the cisco, or lake herring, a coldwater species that’s also threatened by warming temperatures. Smallmouth bass consume cisco in large quantities, which means there are fewer available for lake trout to eat.

Lake trout are what researchers call a bellwether species

Trip Reports » New PCI Campsite Reports From Chris Taylor » Today 4:56 pm

Uppa
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Peek wrote:

Uppa wrote:

Two of the other sites on North Sylvia are dismal. The one on the South end I thought was pretty decent, however. 
 

100% agree. The pit at the south site was pretty cool eh?

I didn't actually get out and walk around because... well, I have no idea why I didn't.  But it looked nice from the water and has a good view of the whole lake. Now I want to know what makes a firepit notable enough for you to mention it - so do tell. 

The other two sites are about halfway reclaimed by the forest and have no redeeming qualities. 

Trip Reports » New PCI Campsite Reports From Chris Taylor » Today 4:51 pm

Peek
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Uppa wrote:

Two of the other sites on North Sylvia are dismal. The one on the South end I thought was pretty decent, however. 
 

100% agree. The pit at the south site was pretty cool eh?

Trip Reports » New PCI Campsite Reports From Chris Taylor » Today 4:50 pm

Peek
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thanks man.

It's a nice site.

Where Is This? » Where In Algonquin No. 230 » Today 4:49 pm

Peek
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No.

But you are on the correct side of 60.

Equipment » Aquaquest has a website now » Today 3:57 pm

human
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I don't make fires too much hassle so good for me. Those fire pits take too much space!

Equipment » Aquaquest has a website now » Today 2:58 pm

solos
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human wrote:

Sorry for multiple posts but using the tiny pic feature on my phone was a bit weird.
Finally got to use it. No rain but a little wind on Sunday at maggie's west.
This was my first time setting up a tarp period.

The tarp seems good at a good price but I'm sure that I would be burring dozens of holes into it every time I have a fire. So currently I use a cheap nylon tarp until I can figure out how to have a big fire and avoid burn holes.
 

Trip Reports » New PCI Campsite Reports From Chris Taylor » Today 1:42 pm

solos
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The site does have a nice charm to it. I'll keep it in mind if I'm ever in the area. You seem to have taken some nice pics.

Trip Reports » New PCI Campsite Reports From Chris Taylor » Today 10:33 am

Uppa
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I popped into North Sylvia this August to take a peek around (pun not intended). I liked the look of the site Peek's talking about but couldn't explore it as it was in use. The view is pretty limited though as it's in a tiny little bay. Two of the other sites on North Sylvia are dismal. The one on the South end I thought was pretty decent, however. 
 

Trip Reports » New PCI Campsite Reports From Chris Taylor » Today 10:00 am

Peek
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It's probably more of a 'to each their own' thing, but I really like camping in Hemlock groves and red pine stands. This site on North Sylvia is very open, pretty flat, nice swimming rock.. it's not a 10/10 but I really enjoyed my time there. Who knows though, if it was raining or cold maybe I'd feel different about the site. Benches don't matter when a helinox is involved - but they do make for good tables when present.
Some pics from my stay there:


http://i67.tinypic.com/kt284.jpg


http://tinypic.com/m/kao6zp/4
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http://i68.tinypic.com/w6uqmr.jpg


http://i68.tinypic.com/id6esy.jpg


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Trip Planning » Solo fall canoe fishing trip » Today 8:34 am

i will meet you on burntroot, sometime sat. depending on the big trout winds?
 

Trip Planning » Solo fall canoe fishing trip » Today 7:03 am

ATVenture
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Peek wrote:

ATVenture wrote:

I think I may start at Kiosk for sure. .

Bruh - you've got me doing mental gymnastics with a statement like that lol
 

I had such a hard time planning this trip it was unbelievable. I now have my permit in hand and am hitting the water very early tomorrow morning, I booked the following - Mag-Shah-Shipppagew-Burntroot-Catfish-Big Crow-Merchant-Burntroot-Nadine-Big Thunder-Whitebirch . 
Managed to arrange a shuttle to Kiosk which I am very happy about, we'll see how it goes. On this route I should hopefully be able to take advantage of some tail winds.

Equipment » Aquaquest has a website now » Today 12:51 am

Thanks for the update.  My MEC guide tarp was shredded in that storm on Friday so I find myself in the market. Anyone else have any comments on the aquaquest tarps?  

Fishing » Lake trout » Today 12:31 am

In pretty well all trout and char the females will have a shorter, rounder head and colours tend to be more drab.  Though it's probably least noticeable in lakers.  Personally, I wouldn't worry about it.  If you catch and keep that same fish in the spring - it won't have eggs, but it still won't be spawning come fall.  Good luck, I'll be chasing brookies some where in the park this weekend.

Campsite Cooking » Re packaging freeze dried meals » Yesterday 9:46 pm

Foxriderz
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So the meals worked out pretty good.  I went with mountain house for both breakfasts and dinner.  Breakfasts were. Scrambled eggs peppers onion and ham.  And scrambled eggs and bacon, as well as the breakfast skillet one.     These were meh. breakfast skillet comes in first place but still could only handle 2-3 days of it on a 6 day trip.  Dinners were (best to worst) sweet and sour pork with rice. Chicken teriyaki with rice. Lasagna with meat sauce and pasta primavera. Now my fav dinner was based on flavour and how filling it was, honestly each dinner was delicious but the rice meals seemed much more filling.  The pasta primavera was absolutely amazingly good but it just didn't fill me up.
All in all the meals worked well.  We had a 30km travel day then a 20km travel day, on those days especially, the ease of meal prep and clean up was very welcomed

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