Northern Ontario, Canada

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.

Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:42

A piece of bass Heaven on Lake St. Clair

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…
Monday, 09 February 2015 20:05

Lake Huron offers dream 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…
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…
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…
Huddling in front of a spruce tree to break the stiff wind, half my body is protected from the elements by a snow pit I have dug. My .257 Magnum Weatherby Vanguard rifle is cradled in my arms protecting the Quigley-Ford scope from the driving snow. A short while ago, the thermometer in the truck told us it was -38C. Sound cold? Am I warm? You bet I am! Internal heat is maintained in combination…
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