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Fishing for carp at Lakeside Cottages on Katchewanooka Lake



The “Kawartha Lakes,” as they are often referred to, are a major attraction to anglers in south central Ontario. After all, they are located less than two hours away from the city of Toronto, there are lots of lakes to choose from, and they harbour a lot of fish! 

Names like Rice, Pigeon, Sturgeon, etc are always popping up in conversation, magazine articles, and even fishing television shows but there’s a little-known lake that is every bit as good as its big sisters, with a lot less fishing pressure. It is Katchewanooka Lake.

For this Fish’n Canada episode, Pete took his oldest son Hunter along for a father son trip… which was long overdue!

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sitting by the lake
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young boy holding fish
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Their target species were primarily carp, with a backup of either species of bass. Their destination was Lakeside Cottages, owned by former residents of England Mike and Eileen Williams.

lakeside cottages dock
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As many of you know, the Brits are “carp crazy” and are also very skillful at their fishing techniques for the species, and Mike is no exception. He pre-baits his fishing areas, has fantastic access from shore for numerous anglers to set up, and has all the gear if you need it. Remember, carp fishing is primarily a shore-access sport.

lakeside cottages
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As to Pete and Hunter's trip, unfortunately they arrived dead on the carp spawn… a tough time to hook up, but not impossible. With Hunter’s biggest fish to date being a small muskie around 10-12 pounds, he was anxious to beat that number and he knew that carp were a prime species to do it.

Hunter’s first carp of the trip was a decent 17+ pounder, one that totally caught him off guard in the sense of sheer strength. Pete warned him how strong these beasts were, but as with most anglers, the fight always surpasses the hype.

young boy holding carp
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During the mid-day periods, Pete and Hunter would take the Princecraft out for a little Bass fishing as it was the first week of the season. They caught a few smallish largemouth and two very respectable smallmouth; one pushing the 4-pound-plus range. The weird part was, the smallmouth came from largemouth areas and on largemouth baits with the biggest one hitting a Megastrike Mega Bug… a very odd-looking creature that apparently smallmouth eat as well.

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young boy holding tiny smallmouth bass
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young boy holding smallmouth bass
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young boy holding smallmouth bass
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Another side adventure took them to the locks in the town of Lakeview as well as Youngs Point, which is a very touristy area.

Hunter brought his rod and reel and no sooner did he arrive than the line was wet and the current dwelling smallmouth bass were being hauled up the concrete dams. Hmm, reminds us of someone else in his youth!

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fishing off a concrete dam
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This amazing side trip is a must when visiting the area.

Once back to the carp, during one evening Hunter hooked up and ended up with a lost fish, a break-off, and finally a landed 25-pounder that was spewing milt, proving the fish were dead in the spawn. Hunter… he didn’t care what was happening. That fish was and is his biggest to date.

young boy holding carp
(Photo credit: Fish'n Canada)

On the final day’s stay, Hunter got a break from the 5:30 am wake up calls he’d been pounded with every day… he looked exhausted and asked if he could sleep in. 

“Sure you can, bud,” Pete said, “but what if we hook into another fish?”

Hunter replied, “You take it, Dad”.

Wouldn’t you know it; the only fish of the morning was a behemoth 37.3-pound gorgeous common carp, a real ripper! 

As of this writing, Hunter has yet to be told just how big this fish was; he’s going to cry when he sees the episode!

If you are looking for a great fishing adventure to a rather unknown yet fish-filled lake, then give Mike and Eileen a call at Lakeside. 

Quoting Hunter Bowman: “Dad, Mike and Eileen are the nicest people I’ve ever met”… and he’s right!

young boy looking at sunset sky
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lakeside cottages sign
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Contact Lakeside Cottages

1650 Stenner Rd Lakefield Ontario, Canada K0L 2H0
www.lakeside-cottages.com
PH: (705) 652-7160
Email: eileenmike@nexicom.net

Reservations Open:
9:00a - 9:00pm Daily

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