Got Some of the Best Fishing in Ontario
Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass, Perch, and more!
Island Lodge and Camp Lochalsh, located on the shores of Lake
Wabatongushi in Ontario, Canada offer some of the best walleye
and pike fishing to be found.
lake is 22 miles long and over 10,000 acres, with an average depth
of 22 feet. The 3-mile long by 1-mile wide basin in front of Loch
Island is over 100' deep, with the deepest hole coming in at just
over 175'. This area is surrounded by points and sunken islands
that are perfect habitat for Walleye. Northern
Pike are plentiful in the long, weedy, shallow bays that
line the shore. Whitefish, Jumbo Perch,
and Burbot also inhabit this large body of water.
For more information and a detailed map of Wabatongushi Lake, visit
our lake page.
addition to Wabatongushi Lake, we offer over 10 different portage
lakes and streams that contain additional Walleye,
Northern Pike, Whitefish, Perch,
Speckled Trout, and Smallmouth Bass.
These lakes and streams are all easily accessible via portage and
all have either aluminum boats with motors or canoes to fish from.
Your Trophy Walleye
The Walleye here average 1½-2 pounds, which is the
the best eating size there is. However, it's not uncommon for our
guests to catch the big ones.
clean, northern Ontario water not only adds to the flavor but also
eases the mind as to its absence of harmful contaminants. Fish fillets
from Wabatongushi Lake are as clean and fresh as it gets!
are many different techniques for Walleye fishing.
In our area, it really depends on the time of year you are fishing.
most common question we get is what is the best time to come up
fishing? Well, that depends! If you like shallow water fishing,
then May and June are the times for you. That time of year, we use
a lot of jigs with live bait, mostly minnows and leeches. Chartreuse
or Orange color in the ¼-oz. range works well. During May
and June, casting or "twitching" with Rapalas is also
productive. Most of the fishing that time of year is done in 5-10
feet of water. Walleye are numerous and easy to catch. It is a very
popular time with fishermen of all levels.
in July, August and September, the Walleye migrate into deeper water.
This migration begins sometime in late June or early July. During
this time, the fish are leaving the shallow bays and heading for
cooler, deeper water in the main lake. Sunken Islands, points and
deep water dropoffs are great spots that hold schools of Walleye
this time of year. Our larger Walleye are usually caught during
this period. Jigging with live bait is still a good way to catch
fish, but you will have to use a heavier jig to get down deep, 15-40
feet. Crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers tipped with night crawlers
work very well for deep water Walleye. Many people will also troll
with weighted Hot-N-Tots or deep running Rapalas. Gold color always
seems to work well.
For Northern Pike, the season
is pretty consistent. These monsters have been referred to as assimilation
machines. They will devour anything that crosses their path—when
they feel like eating. At other times, they just lay in the shallow
water and "sun" themselves. They are at the top of the
fish food chain in our waters, and anything else near them is fair
game for a meal. They average 4-5 lbs. and go up to over twenty
pounds. Their long, powerful body is a naturally designed aquatic
missile perfectly adapted for quick attacks on their prey. We have
cut open Pike in the past and found whole Chipmunks inside!
are plentiful in Wabatongushi Lake and are also present in a number
of our portage lakes. Crankbaits, big spinners with or without bucktails,
or large "Suicks" work well. Another easy way to catch
Pike is a big sucker minnow on a bobber. It's a bit lazy, but what
addition to Walleye and Northern Pike, we offer exceptional Whitefish
fishing in June. During June, usually when the mayflies hatch, the
normally deepwater Whitefish come to the surface to feed. It is
that time that they can be caught on a fly rod or light spinning
rod with artificial flies or a dead mayfly from the surface of the
lake. They have very delicate mouths, so you have to be very careful
not to set the hook too hard! Whitefish, when properly cooked, are
fantastic eating. They are also wonderful smoked.
known as Brook Trout, specks are found in several portage lakes and
steams, they average 10-12" in the streams and larger in the
lakes. We've had Specks caught up to 7 lbs. in some of our outpost
lakes. They are extremely aggressive and pound-per-pound will outfight
anything else in the area, including the Northern Pike. Well known
for their delicious fillets, they are well worth spending a day or
Perch are some of the best eating fish available anywhere. They
are abundant in Wabatongushi, yet underfished. Their size is what
limits most fishermen from pursuing them. Most Perch average in
the 8-12 inch range, although some get to be much larger. The small
size requires more to make a meal. Generally found in shallow, weedy
bays and easily caught on spreader rigs with worms, the larger ones
sometimes forget their families and school with Walleye. Those fish
can be much bigger. The largest we've had in our fish shack was
a whopping 17".
Another species of aggressive fish located in two of our portage
lakes is the Smallmouth Bass. Similar to their southern cousins,
the Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth tend to congregate around rocky
points and will favor more flowing waters. They are an aggressive
fish and can be caught with the same techniques used for Northern
Pike. Spinners, Rapalas, and small spoons work well. We do have
a two-fish limit on Smallmouth Bass,
but you can catch and release all day!
all the water we have in our area, it would take years to explore
and fish. It would be easy to spend an entire week just fishing
our portage lakes, then years to tackle Wabatongushi. All of this
is yours to explore for three days, four days, a week or more. Use
of any of our portage lakes and equipment is free of charge, so
get out there and explore!
to Loch Island Lodge and Camp Lochalsh!