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Where Is This? » WIA #272 » Yesterday 9:50 am

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Happy Isle Lake

Where Is This? » WIA #271 » 4/18/2019 7:28 am

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"Un-named Lake"?

Trip Planning » 3 Day Fishing Loop- June 1st » 4/17/2019 11:50 am

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Yeah, mid-May would likely yield the best opportunity for trout in the park.  Some routes that might fit your bill:

1.  Opeongo water taxi to either Big Crow (OK for fishing, but Crow River should yield fish and could trip to Hogan for a workout and chance at Lakers or big Specs) or Big Trout Lake (rivers around there include Tim below Shippagew and the outlet below the dam of Big Trout or could day trip to Lake la Muir)
2.  Cedar Lake to Catfish Lake - could fish the Petawawa river for specs as well as the lake
3.  Smoke lake through Ragged to get to Big Porcupine and Bonnechere - the other lakes around Bonnechere hold lakers and the occasional spec - not much river fishing around there though. 
4.  Rock to Lake Louisa - mostly lake fishing in that area
5.  Magnetawan through Ralph Bice to Little Trout and Queer

Three days makes your desire a little tough to match.  Usually it takes a day of travel to get to the best fishing destinations.  In general, lake fishing isn't quite as productive as the river fishing but the trout in the rivers are generally smaller.  Please pinch the barbs on your hooks and practice catch-and-release with delicate handling if at all possible.

Trip Planning » 3 Day Fishing Loop- June 1st » 4/16/2019 11:17 am

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Early June the trout will be transitioning to deeper water but should still generally be accessible without any special deep-water tactics.  Especially early morning and evening - run lures at depths of 5-15 feet and if they are hitting, you should be in business.  The recommendation for Booth Lake is probably a good one...you can hit Northerns there and do day trips through Rumley and Godda if you'd like to try for some trout.

I would recommend you come prepared for an onslaught of bugs (as Eddy Turn hinted at) - black flies will likely be voraciously feeding at that time (staying in open water or windy points may help) so bug jackets and repellent are highly recommended.  Mosquitoes will also be highly active.  After a trip like this you may yearn for August Bass again.  Bugs.  Serious bugs.  Not just annoying.

Trip Planning » Suggestions on a 4 day trip with decent fishing » 4/12/2019 11:57 am

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Two options that fit the bill - both predominantly lake destinations but there is some swift water in the vicinity that is productive - your boys may not have as reasonable of a reaction as you to a fickle mother nature withholding success :

1.  One long day or a day and a half to get to Red Pine Bay - you can do day trips in Burntroot, LaMuir and Big Trout as well as a little bit of river access (getting totally skunked, regardless of mother nature or skills is a bummer with kids so a bit of jigging in rapids can erase the goose-eggs from the tally).
2.  Lake Lavieille - loop it in through Big Crow or in/out via the Dickson-Bonfield to test your mettle but few large Algonquin lakes have the catch rate per rod hour of Lavieille with the chance of latching into something huge as well.  You can also work one of the streams or inlet/outlet river as a day trip destination just to mix it up a little.

You can private message me for a few tips for each area.

Where Is This? » WIA #266 » 4/05/2019 12:21 pm

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looks a little like Longer Lake near the rapids from Big Trout.

Where Is This? » Where in Algonquin? #264 » 3/25/2019 10:39 am

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Good guess, Tripper....looks very much like that.

Catch-all Discussions » ice out 2019 - too early to discuss? » 3/22/2019 12:50 pm

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I'm with solos on this one...I used to watch the 14 day forecast and anything beyond 3-4 days out typically changed DRAMATICALLY as we drew closer to those dates.  Quit looking after that until we were just a few days out from departure.

Where Is This? » WIA #262 » 3/22/2019 9:10 am

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As usual, my clues get guessed quite quickly.  The winner is...

Tripper!  This image is taken from PCI Campsite #1 of Bonnechere Lake looking east across the bay towards the exposed Canadian shield of campsite #2 (one of the preferred sites in the area). 

Where Is This? » WIA #262 » 3/22/2019 6:39 am

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What body of water are these two young ladies paddling upon?
http://i64.tinypic.com/vhrj8p.jpg

 

Where Is This? » WIA 261 » 3/22/2019 6:32 am

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Like the old saying, I'd rather be lucky than good. 

Diana, my guidance to you would be:  whatever conclusions you have come to through careful analysis and thoughtful reflection...is probably not where Bob landed.  ;-) 

Where Is This? » WIA 261 » 3/21/2019 6:38 am

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Knowing Bob's penchant for dastardly good clues, I've conducted a geographical analysis of the locations of prior WIA's from the McElroy files to decode the inner workings of his thought process.  Due to the relatively low sample size, I cannot provide a high confidence interval with this, but it might yield clues for others with more field-based experience than me.

My data set leads me to a point on Gilmour Creek in the proximity of Brant Lake.

Trip Planning » Recommendations for a 4 day Ice-Out Trip » 3/20/2019 6:36 am

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Several options...

1.  Base camp on Big Trout or Longer Lake and fish the rapids coming out of Big Trout into Longer, on the Tim River downstream of Shippagew and below Longer before Red Pine Bay
2.  Base camp on Big Crow or Crow River and fish the rapids of Crow River between Big Crow and Crow Bay of Lavieille
3.  Base camp on Lavieille and fish the rapids of Crow River below Lavieille (certainly tougher to get to)
4.  Base camp on Narrowbag or Catfish and fish the rapids of the Petawawa below and above Catfish.  Requires a summit of Unicorn Hill to get to that one.

Trip Planning » Biggar, Maple or Three Mile » 3/15/2019 1:41 pm

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The "dark hole" comment reminded me of the trend in the Adirondacks of moving more campsites deeper into the woods to reduce shoreline impact as well as maintaining a more natural appearance to the shorelines when viewed from the water.  A big detriment for us in the enjoyment we get from sitting and looking out over the water...hope Algonquin doesn't begin to follow suit.

Where Is This? » WIA 259 » 3/15/2019 7:10 am

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Lavieille as it drains into the Crow River?  Fits the hint.

Trip Planning » looking for advice planning three day route » 3/08/2019 6:53 am

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Fishing will be best in August in lakes with Smallmouth bass.  A few south of 60 include Ragged, Whitefish and Rock.  Another nice option might be putting in at 17 and setting up camp on Booth Lake.  You actually can leave your site set up and do some day trips (through Godda, up the Opeongo river) on Saturday and Sunday.  Fishing will be good, some hiking and certainly beautiful.  Less time making/breaking camp and more time to enjoy the area.

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