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Cedar Lake 'Lunge

Jim Saric and Charlie Buhler teamed up for this 52-inch muskie on Cedar Lake in Northwestern Ontario. • Credit: Jim Saric
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Cedar Lake 'Lunge

Fishing Muskie on Cedar Lake in Northwestern Ontario



Cedar Lake is a gem of a muskie lake located in Northwestern Ontario near Perrault Falls. It's 6,000 acres of fishable muskie water with a trophy size limit of 54 inches. The big muskies have been protected and it's clearly evident that the muskies are getting larger every year. Filming an episode of The Musky Hunter television show I was pleasantly surprised, as we caught a bunch of muskies over 40 inches, along with a monster 52-incher. That's one of the things that make this water so special. It has a solid population of muskies, so you'll have lots of action, and a chance at a giant. We had lots of follows and caught muskies every day.

Cedar Lake is horseshoe-shaped and has a variety of watercolours and cover. Western Cedar is deep and clear, similar to "lake trout" water, central Cedar is stained or dark water, and eastern Cedar has stained water. So, depending upon your preference or weather conditions, you can fish either clear or stained water. Another advantage of Cedar is that it is situated in a valley and surrounded by high and beautiful bluffs. It's probably only about one mile at its widest; therefore, no matter how strong the wind you can always tuck away and find a quiet spot to fish.

Some of the key areas to find muskies include deep weedy bays, as well as weed associated with islands and points. You'll find the weeds grow in the 10- to 13-foot range in west Cedar and the 7- to 9-foot range in east Cedar. Also, don't pass on rocky points and wind-blown rocky shorelines. Finally, Cedar is often known as a "walleye water" and many of the classic walleye rock humps hold muskies, so don't make a few casts around them. Some of the key lures include large in-line spinners, topwater lures, and jerkbaits. Perch and walleye patterns work very well. However, in west Cedar don't be afraid to use black and white lures in the clear water.

We stayed at Cedar Lake Camp, which was great as we were able to drive in and use their boat ramp. There are other lodges such as Cedar Lake Lodge that keep pace with the musky action.

For more places to stay and fish, click here.

One of the best things about Cedar Lake Camp, besides the easy access and manageable size, is simply the overall beauty. In three days I saw more bald and golden eagles than I have any seen on a lake in Ontario.

Whether you are a diehard muskie hunter or a casual angler who wants to try a little muskie fishing between walleye and smallmouth outings, Cedar Lake is for you.

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