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Posted: Jun 29, 2015 - 05:21 pm


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Hello, I am staying for a week near Mattawa on Highway 533 at a small off the grid camp. I do not know this area very well other than looking at some posts online.

There are lot of lakes to fish in this area and it is a little overwhelming. The area seems to be dominated with stocked trout lakes. I have fished trout in the spring and have had some success but am a little lost at this time of year. Is it worth heading to any of these lakes? i.e. crooked, timber. Are the trout going to deep yet with this fairly mild summer so far? Not looking for specific spots, but just wondering if I am better off hunting the Ottawa River in Mattawa. We have a small tinny and 4x4 pickup so we are fairly flexible as to where we can get into.


The McConnell Lakes Road seems like an interesting area. Is it worth driving up at this time of year? I've done some research and Dymond Lake has caught my eye as it has bass, pike and walleye. Any assistance is much appreciated. Will post results (good or bad) on my return.

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Posted: Jun 30, 2015 - 07:23 am


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Out McConnell lake area is good go try little McConnell lake ..Blue lake and Diver. There is a dozen or so lakes within a 10 km radius in that area all holding from trout Bass walleye and pike. Tight lines.

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Posted: Jun 30, 2015 - 09:48 am


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Just sent you a PM on Dymond Lake, the stringer in my avatar picture is from Dymond Lake.

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dogandponyshow
Posted: Jul 12, 2015 - 02:02 pm


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My family managed to fish several lakes in the area. We stayed on Harrington Lake so we fished that one with some success. We were able to catch walleye at dusk between 14 and 19", with the over the slot fish heading back in the lake. Very pretty lake with some perch and walleye that seemed to be non-existent during the day.

During a rainy day we briefly fished crooked lake farther up highway 533. Had a couple taps, but no takers. Saw a few jumping trout about a foot long during the heavy rain. The lake is stocked with splake.

Fished the Ottawa River in Mattawa - a few small walleye up by the dam and a couple on trolling deep diving rapalas. Had some some silvery fish (mooneye or shad) under the bridge in Ottawa that we couldn't land but would like to know what they are. A bunch of bass also thrown in the several spots we trolled/fished.

Managed to get into Dymond Lake the last day. Had three very nice walleye caught jigging deep shorelines and sunken timber. Two were over the slot limit and went back, but managed one just under. Also caught a few pike in the 25 to 30" range. The bass caught were all small (under 14") but very numerous and seemed everywhere. Didn't see another boat on the water. Cheers and tight lines

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Posted: Jul 12, 2015 - 02:15 pm


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Terrific report on your trip!

Sounds like you got a good range of fish!

Thanks for sharing!

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Posted: Jul 13, 2015 - 01:44 pm


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congrats on the multi species. sounded like an excellent trip. thanks for the post
keep it deep and keep it tite

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Posted: Jul 14, 2015 - 01:30 pm


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Lots of lakes and opportunities in the area, looks like you took advantage of them, great report

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Posted: May 30, 2018 - 10:31 am


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Hi there, my google search on the McConnell Lakes region turned up here. Can I ask you some questions about Dymond Lake pike in particular? Just wondering what season/depth/tackle you were using that gave you success up there. I won't be so bold as to ask for your favourite spots, but any advice for a newbie would be helpful. Thanks.

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Posted: May 30, 2018 - 02:15 pm


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QUOTE (DucatiJoe @ May 30, 2018 - 12:31 pm)
Hi there, my google search on the McConnell Lakes region turned up here. Can I ask you some questions about Dymond Lake pike in particular? Just wondering what season/depth/tackle you were using that gave you success up there. I won't be so bold as to ask for your favourite spots, but any advice for a newbie would be helpful. Thanks.

Fished mid summer and early fall over the years, we try to stick to trolling along the edge of the lake staying in the 12 foot to 20 foot range. Floating and jointed Rapalla's in orange and/or black and gold worked well. The lake drops of quick so you won't be too far off the shoreline when trolling.

Good luck and let us know how you do if you get in there.

Oh, and welcome to the board

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