Northern Ontario, Canada

James Smedley

Professional photographer and writer James Smedley's contributions to US and Canadian books, magazines and newspapers have earned him over 40 National and International awards. James is an assignment and stock photography represented by several top agencies. In addition to teaching photography workshops, James is Travel Editor at Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine. Visit James at www.jamessmedleyoutdoors.com

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As the long and narrow cedar strip boat cuts through the chop of Esnagi Lake, my wife and I are stricken with an anxious agitation that only walleye can fix. I throttle back when I see the bottom rise from 30 feet up to eight and then plunge down again. We drop jigs and leeches and drift. Satisfaction is instant with the protests of a 20-inch walleye. Francine counters with a larger fish, so fat…
A nervous anticipation occupies that time between landing at a fly-in destination and hooking our first fish. It's a time when we wonder if the trip will unfold the way we'd imagined. As we leave the dock at Kagianagami Lake my visions of a shallow, flat-bottomed walleye basin are immediately replaced by the reality of a wildly fluctuating bottom, plunging to well over 100 feet. As we approach a small island, a broad 30-foot flat…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 19:50

Plucking walleye in a remote Algoma Country gem

Calming waters lap against the aluminium boat as Francine and I drift toward a gravel shoal. The occasional squeal of laughter travels across the glassy water from the lodge a kilometre away. Our children, Islay 7 and Lillian 5, opted to stay at the lodge with our hosts for an evening bonfire. As the light fades the fire appears as a glow in front of one of the cabins. The sinking sun is also the cue…
"It's a pretty late spring," says Nick Orton as he slides a 15-inch walleye back into the stained waters of Northern Ontario's Chapleau River. Although it's late March it looks more like February with deep powder snow covering a generous layer of slush above three feet of solid ice. The action has been steady since we joined local anglers and Nick Orton and Jeff Hamill at a widening of the river, a stone's throw from…
Thursday, 04 December 2014 09:17

Winter at Winoga Lodge

Trying to sneak some greens?” asks Gord Ellis, on catching me with the refrigerator open, shoving forkfuls of coleslaw into my mouth. We’ve just returned from a monumental fish fry at Sioux Lookout’s Winoga Lodge after a day on the ice. It was a savage feeding session centred solely on fish. No plates, no cutlery, no salad, no beans — just chunks of walleye, pike, and whitefish fresh from the deep fryer. We had arrived…
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