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Craganmor Point Resort

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Craganmor Point Resort

Celebrating a wonderful bass catch on Georgian Bay in Ontario's Parry Sound. • Credit: Bob Izumi

fishing on Georgian Bay in Parry Sound

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If you want a lodge that’s accessible only by water, but still just a short drive from the city of Parry Sound, Craganmor Point Resort is a great place to check out.

This cottage resort has seven spacious, self-contained waterfront cottages and each one has a fridge, stove, coffee machine, microwave, toaster, kettle, cookware, crockery, gas barbeque, bedding, bathroom, hydro and hot water. The cottages all feature unobstructed waterfront views, screened porches and access to the private beachfront sitting area with picnic table and chairs. Along with the cottages, Craganmor also has a full service restaurant and bar with satellite TV and a payphone which uses phone cards, calling cards or credit cards. They’ve recently added wireless high speed internet connections that you can use for a small fee. This place offers all the comforts and conveniences of home in a rustic setting that makes it easy to forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Craganmor Point Resort is located in the heart of the 30,000 Islands area of Georgian Bay, which is well known for having an incredibly diverse fishery. This location offers access to a virtually unlimited number of areas to fish, in fact, I don’t believe you could fish all of Georgian Bay in a lifetime if you tried. There are so many islands, bays, rivers and open water that it would be next to impossible to explore all of it. Over the years I’ve had a chance to fish areas from the south all the way to the northern part of it and I’ve never had a disappointing trip. Walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass, muskies, lake trout. . .the list of what’s available in these waters goes on and on. This area is well known, not just for numbers of fish, but for their size too. In fact, the Canadian record muskie, that weighed 65 pounds, was caught just south of Parry Sound back in 1988.

What I really like about fishing up on Georgian Bay is that it feels like you are fishing on several different lakes or bodies of water at once because of the changes in scenery and the diversity of the fisheries. From open-water trout fishing to chasing walleyes and smallmouth around islands or on the numerous humps and shoals, to pounding shallow water back-bays for pike and largemouth, it’s all here. Whether you travel one mile or 20 miles from the lodge, the scenery and fishing opportunities are endless.

Bob Izumi with a smallmouth bass caught at Craganmor Point Resort. (Photo credit: Bob Izumi)

Because the majority of the water is clear, I would recommend using more natural-looking presentations up here. For walleyes I’d use jigs and live bait rigs for fishing during the day, and long, skinny crankbaits like the Berkley Flicker Minnow for fishing during low light periods or for night fishing.

You can catch bass anywhere, from top to bottom. Whether you’re chasing largemouth or smallmouth, this is one of the few places where every technique you like to use will catch fish somewhere. Dropshotting, topwater fishing, flipping, crankbaiting -- it all seems to work.

What’s most amazing are the sheer numbers of fish on Georgian Bay. While we were filming at Craganmor we decided to target smallmouth bass and on our first day I got out with the owners’ son, young Matt Overend. We caught smallmouth bass in a variety of places over a few hours of fishing and all of our spots were within five minutes of the lodge. We were using dropshot rigs to fish some of the underwater humps and bluffs near the resort and we caught bass everywhere. Unfortunately the rain came in and shortened our fishing day but we had a lot of fun, caught some good fish and shared some laughs in the short time we were out there

On the next day I got out with a tournament fishing buddy of mine, John Whyte. John has had a cottage in this area for many years and he knows the water very well. We went to an area south of the resort and ended up catching some very nice smallmouth bass including two in the 5 pound class and a number of 3 and 4 pounders. We were using a wacky rigged Berkley Havoc Flat Dawg during our outing and the fish were all over it. It didn’t take long for us to finish off the show and it shows you just how alive and well this fishery up here is. If you’re looking for a comfortable fishing retreat that offers great fishing for a wide range of species, check out Craganmor Point Resort. I’m sure glad that I did.

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