Dale Hainer

Dale Hainer

Dale Hainer, born 1960 into a family of hunters, anglers, trappers and farmers, pursued a career with the Ontario Fire Service at age 19. Throughout his life, he maintained his roots to the land and shared his tales while being a professional outdoor writer, photographer and videographer. Retired at age 50 from the Service, he now spends countless hours creating more adventures to share with you. Member of the Outdoor Writers of Canada.

26/03/2015
Published in Fishing
Lush marshes and deep weedy flats surround the north shore of Lake St Clair. We slowly exit the access channel from Bass Haven Outfitters into shallow Mitchell's Bay and see no reason to get the boat up on plane. My son-in-law, Troy McAdams, drops the bow mount trolling motor and we start fishing. It's late summer and the visible marsh vegetation has started to turn brown. This pushes the fish off that structure and into…
10/02/2015
Published in Fishing
The harbour lights of Kincardine dance dimly in the wake as we motor into the pre-dawn blackness of Lake Huron. I'm aboard Dwindle's Dream Fishing Charters, and the darkness only adds to the mystery of what lies ahead. Captain Rick Dwinnell likes an early start. "Huron's Kings like to feed in low light," he states from the flybridge wheel, "with such clear waters, these fish are easily spooked." Rick has been plying these waters for…
06/01/2015
Published in Fishing
I've heard musky called the "fish of 40,000 casts," but in some areas of Lake St. Clair the description no longer applies. Thanks to biomass changes over the last two decades the once elusive muskellunge now flourishes as the top predator in these waters. From Lighthouse Cove Marina at the mouth of the Thames River, Lake St Clair appears through the July haze. I'm aboard a 30-foot Rampage Express fishing boat owned by Terry and…
05/12/2014
Published in Algoma Country
Editor's Notes: Outdoor Writer Dale Hainer has had many fly-in fishing adventures by bushplane into the far-reaching corners of Northern Ontario. Read Dale's story about his visit to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, a museum in Sault Ste. Marie-Algoma that is dedicated to the history and preservation of these aircrafts and the pilots who fly them. The success of Northern Ontario tourism is owed, in part, to the design and development of the DHC-2 de…