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Fishing Lake Muskoka

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Fishing Lake Muskoka

Lots of water here to cover. • Credit: Fish'n Canada

The Muskokas are a fantastic destination for families that love fishing



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FAMILY: a group of people affiliated either by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage or other relationship), or co-residence or some combination of these. Members family may include spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and siblings-in-law.

ANGLING: a method of fishing by means of an "angle" (fish hook). The hook is usually attached to a fishing line and the line is often attached to a fishing rod. Fishing rods are usually fitted with a fishing reel that functions as a mechanism for storing, retrieving and pying out the line. The hook itself can be dressed with lures or bait. A bite indicator such as a float, and a weight or sinker are sometimes used.

THE MUSKOKAS: a perfect blend of the aforementioned!

Ontario’s Muskoka region is very well known as a family destination but it's hardly ever considered as a fishing haven—but for those in the know, the fishing throughout this area can be phenomenal.

In this Fish’n Canada episode, Pete took the filming team to the gorgeous Muskoka Bay Resort in the town of Gravenhurst, which rests on the shores of Lake Muskoka. The show’s intent was to try to capitalize on the underutilized walleye, pike and smallmouth population in this deep cold body of water. As well, there are lake trout present and rumors say that even largemouth bass swim the shallows there.

gravenhurst ontario welcome sign

The gateway to the Muskokas.
boat on lake muskoka to gravenhurst

Gravenhurst hosts a fantastic town boat launch.

Our accommodations for this shoot was Muskoka Bay Resort, a golf course with gorgeous overnight facilities and amazing food (no Pete didn’t get to shoot a round, too much fishing to be done).

lodging unit muskoka bay resort
This was our accommodations at Muskoka Bay Resort… agreed we are sometimes spoiled!
muskoka bay resort clubhouse
A round of golf here is a true luxury.

Pete’s fishing contact for the trip was Mike Smith of Reelpro Fishing Charters, a local fishing guide who has been active in the Muskoka area (as well as many other) lakes for 17 years.

Mike’s strategy was to hit many of his mid-lake walleye/pike structures since at the time of the article (late August) these areas normally produce best.

two anglers in boat
Lake Muskoka is a structure anglers dream. Pete and Mike constantly used the Garmin’s to find fish holding areas.

Even though Pete and Mike were fishing walleye, they both preferred to use plastics looking for aggressive feeding fish. If the need for live bait came in then, so be it.

anglers holding walleye

Mike Smith caught this smaller than average Muskoka walleye on a larger than average walleye bait. It’s a Heart Tail Swimbait by Yamamoto.

On the very first hump they fished, Pete fired out a 5-inch swimbait and set the hook on a heavy fish. Unfortunately, after what Pete calls a “stellar and brutally hard” hookset, his rod made a gunshot-like cracking sound and snapped in half. Fish and rod both gone.

Was that the start of things to come? Hope not.


Check out the Garmin’s screen in the dash. Not only can our hosts look for fish but the camera crew can view their shots!

The rest of the shoot went according to plan in species but not quite the size they were hoping for. Mike Smith knows the potential of Lake Muskoka and has caught some massive northern pike and walleye in this not-so-far-north body of water. Walleye pushing and over 10 pounds and pike that measure more than 50 inches!


Muskoka fishing guide Mike Smith holds up a very typical northern pike from the area.

Added to the above, Angelo shot a past Fish’n Canada episode on Lake Muskoka and he too experienced “way above average sized walleye” (in his words) from this underutilized lake. It has fantastic big fish potential.

With lots of pike and walleye on tape for Pete and Mike Smith, they next decided to go for smallmouth bass. Mike said, “I’ve got the spots!”

Within no time they were into decent smallies from 2-to-3 plus pounds on Spinnerbaits, Jerkbaits Swimbaits and Dropshot Rigs. It was easy fishing for these scrappers. Rocks and weeds were definitely the key.

angler holding smallmouth bass
A great smallmouth during a rainstorm…2017…the wettest year we can remember!
pete jig pitch

Mid-lake hotspots were plentiful.

Interesting note: early one morning while Mike was delayed for their meeting at the launch, Pete snuck into a weedy back bay that Mike suggested to see if he could catch a largemouth—he heard about them but had yet to see one.

angler with smallmouth bass

There are lots of smallmouth in Lake Muskoka with the bigger fish living in very small areas.

“I fished some awesome looking bass water,” says Pete, “but could only come up with a few kamikaze pike.”

pike fight on the line

A Lake Muskoka shallow water, lily pad strewn pike in the midst of battle.

Just upon exiting the bay to pick up Mike, Pete set the hook into a small largemouth and stated to the camera with a smirk, “YES…there are largemouth bass in Lake Muskoka”.

aerial footage lake muskoka

The FNC1 ate up the big waters of Muskoka.

With a mix of walleye, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass caught in such a “non-fishy” destination, this Fish’n Canada episode should raise quite a few eyebrows.

As said earlier, Lake Muskoka and the Muskokas are a fantastic destination for families as well as golfers that love to fish.

riverboat
As said in the article, this area hosts loads of activities.
fishing at sunset

All in a day’s work.

Stay & Play & Fish All Day…it gets no better than that!

(All photo credits: Fish'n Canada)

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