ctrl down video player instagram facebook youtube pinterest twitter Home Menu Where Am I? Subscribe Popular
Northern Ontario Travel
The Official Magazine
Home > Experience > Fishing

Fernleigh Lodge Fishing

Fernleigh Lodge property on Kashwakamak Lake. • Credit: Fish'n Canada
Image credit

Fernleigh Lodge Fishing

Teaching the next generation of anglers the finer points of fishing

The Land O’Lakes region of Ontario boasts some of the most outstanding fishing, hunting, hiking, ATVingand on it goes!that this great province has to offer.

Of course, since we here at Fish’n Canada shoot fishing television, that’s what we came for. In particular, we visited Fernleigh Lodge on Kashwakamak Lake just off of Hwy 41 near the town of Cloyne.

fernleigh lodge

The property here has the perfect rustic feel.
fernleigh lodge office

Did someone say ice cream???

"I used to live in the town of Napanee," says Pete Bowman, "and that’s where Hwy 41 starts. It heads straight north passing through some amazing wilderness and passing by tons of lakes, rivers, and streams teeming with fish."

kashwakamak lake

Kashwakamak has loads of great cover for bass fishing.

"As a kid," Pete continues, "we used to fish Beaver Lake, the Madawaska River, Hydes Creek, Lime Lake, and the list goes on and on. We never did, however, fish Kashwakamak… and it’s always been on my list!"

fernleigh lodge pinecraft boats

Fernleigh Lodge is equipped with a fleet of gorgeous Princecrafts.

With that said, Pete and Ang decided to give it a shot, but not alone. They brought along Nik, Angelo’s grandson, and Hunter, Pete’s oldest son.

Along with getting out to fish, the adults decided to start teaching the boys a few of the finer points of fishing. Ang was to teach Hunter how to use a baitcaster (Nik learned the weekend before on Lake Scugog with Grandpa) while Pete would teach Nik how to skip Senkos along the water for a low trajectory presentation.

hunter bowman and angelo viola

Nik V skipping one in for a strike.
boys fishing from a pinecraft boat

Hunter Bowman learning from the Baitcast Professor.

The first classroom setting was at the Fernleigh boat-docking area. Easy to access as well as easy to film.

nik viola with pete bowman

Rolling…and ACTION!
ang viola and grandson nik

And now the work begins…

"These kids are naturals," Ang says; "in no time they were pulling off what most adults take seasons to accomplish."

hunter filming

Hunter's turn for the “not so fun stuff.”

The next step was on the boat directly in front of the lodge… and again they passed with flying colors.

hunter and pete bowman unhooking smallmouth bass

Hunter lands a Kashwakamak smallie while dad takes the hook out.

The purpose of teaching these young anglers the above techniques was not to have them repeat these and only these techniques for this shoot, but more of an addition to their growing fishing arsenals. If they needed to baitcast or skip here on Kashwakamak then fine, but if not… no problem.

With the mornings being training time, it meant the evenings were fishing time… and the boys liked that!

fish'n canada host angelo viola

Coach Viola telling the boys exactly where the bass live.

It didn’t take Ang and Pete long to figure the bass were in post spawn and the mayfly hatch in full force, making their targets a bit finickyhowever… the young lads came through. Slowly working shallow bays for both large and smallmouth bass, they picked apart Kash with finesse style techniques.

The boys taking over the Princecraft.

Now remember, when taking kids on a fishing trip it cannot be all about fishing. For instance, on our lunch breaks, Nik learned how to drive a golf cart impeccably around the property. Don’t ask how he absconded with such a vehicle, but let’s just say he’s a driver!

boys sitting in golfcart

Nik and his “Goober” cab… he must have put on 20 miles!

While Nik drove around in his electric Nascar, Hunter hit the tennis court, but not for tennis. He set up a garbage can against the fence and threw hook shot after hook shot looking for that sweet sound of a three-pointer, of which he made lots! Trips like these are all about the fun!

hunter throwing hoops

While Nik was Goobering in his cart, Hunter was throwing hoops… in a garbage can.

Getting back to the fishing, on the final full day of fishing, Ang and Pete gave the boys a treat as well as the ultimate test. They walked them into a small-secluded lake and set them out by themselves in a rickety old 12-foot aluminum with a couple of paddles, an anchor, two spinning rods, and a sandwich bag of hooks and Senkos.

"We weren’t sure what to expect," says Pete.

"But the boys performed remarkably," continues Ang, "It made Pete and I very proud."

They did great on catching bass, on casting from a small boat, on netting each other’s fish, on paddling to new locations, and just plain having a good ol’ boys' fishin’ trip… awesome indeed!

boys in fishing boat

Nik V and Hunter B set free and on their own with just two paddles, two rods, a bag of hooks and Senkos, and a lake full of fish!
hunter b with largemouth bass

Hunter holds up a spunky largemouth.
nik v with largemouth bass

Here’s Nik and one of his finessed largemouth.

Kashwakamak impressed Ang and Pete so much with all the potential that they want to return "well after the mayfly hatch" and give it a going-over. Lodge owner Kevin recommends coming back in the fall for some amazing bassin’… maybe with the kids…maybe without??? Hmmm…

nik v and hunter b napping in a fishing boat

Can you say tired???

Kevin and Melissa Phillips
Website: https://fernleighlodge.com
Email: info@fernleighlodge.com
Phone: (613) 479-5566
Toll free: 1-866-459-9099
Fax: (613) 479-5567
Address: 1796B South Road, Cloyne ON K0H 1K0 Canada

(All photos courtesy of Fish'n Canada)

Find Your True North
Sign up now to get stories, news, and travel tips
We will never spam you and will never share your e-mail. Please see our privacy policy.
Thank you for subscribing!

Featured articles

Find Your True North
Sign up now to get stories, news, and travel tips
We will never spam you and will never share your e-mail. Please see our privacy policy.
Thank you for subscribing!