Lake Nipissing is the land of giant muskies. It’s big water, has big spots and throughout the musky world has a reputation for holding some of the largest muskies throughout Ontario, Canada. Last fall we filmed an episode of The Musky Hunter Television Show at Paradise Cove Resort on the west end of Lake Nipissing. We were dealt with unseasonably warm conditions. With October air temperatures in the sixties, it felt much more like summer than traditional fall musky fishing.
I was fishing with pro guide and Paradise Cove Resort owner Regan Thompson, and my friend John Muszynski. Given the warm weather, the muskies were scattered. We fished a variety of spots and travelled across Lake Nipissing to many of Regan’s favourite spots. We utilized a variety of techniques from casting small islands, to trolling large, weedy bays and trolling deep rock humps. The most productive approach was trolling crankbaits around deeper rock humps. We spent some long days on the water dissecting several of the humps and managed to get bites from several nice muskies, and filmed a great segment.
Of course, while fishing many of Regan’s favourite spots we travelled far across Lake Nipissing. Lake Nipissing is big, being almost 50 miles from the far west end to the east end, but you don’t need to travel that far to catch muskies, as there’s great musky fishing in every section of Lake Nipissing. The key is to pick a particular section of Lake Nipissing and spend time learning the many spots in that area. Sure it’s great to travel and fish in different parts of the lake, but spending more time fishing rather than travelling, usually produces more muskies, particularly when the feeding windows are short.
Paradise Cove Resort is located on the west side of the lake and is simply amazing. It has incredible cabins and a great dock system. These are really four-star accommodations. You can drive to the resort, launch your boat and start fishing. When not fishing the cabins offer all possible amenities with spectacular views. It’s a great place to relax, and enjoy time with family and friends. It is truly an escape to paradise. Plus, if you come to Lake Nipissing, Regan is a great guide and can put you on muskies, walleye or bass.
Whether you prefer casting or trolling on Lake Nipissing is best around many of the islands and reefs. You’ll find the islands have a variety of rocky points and lush cabbage beds. The shallow reefs are mostly broken rock and can hold muskies all season long. When casting focus on the tops of the rocks, but when trolling work the edges and the area immediately adjacent to the reefs, or troll the large, weedy bays. Keep fishing good-looking spots and sooner or later you will contact muskies. Boating giant muskies from Lake Nipissing is not easy, as this is trophy musky water, but talk to anyone who has fished the lake and they will tell you stories of giant muskies.
If you are looking for an incredible experience be sure and stay at Paradise Cove Resort and fish Lake Nipissing it's the place where musky dreams come true.
Paradise Cove Resort
432 Prangs Lane
West Nipissing ON
Tel: (705) 477-4502