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KennyT759
Posted: Mar 01, 2018 - 08:43 am


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Hello Folks:

I have a trailer at Victoria Lodge on the West Arm of Nipissing. I am planning on coming up for Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Just wondering if anyone is ice-fishing that way and can offer any ice info?

I would imagine it is still pretty thick up there, but want to be sure before we drive up. Is it bare ice and if so, will it support a quad? I am also wondering if I may actually need an auger extension if the ice is really thick? As you can see, I really do not know what to expect.

Lastly, if anyone knows a place to get minnows on the way up from Brantford on 400, then Hwy 11, I would appreciate it. We will be coming through in very early morning so it will likely have to be self-serve.

Lastly, does anyone know if the place in Noelville is still selling bait in the winter and when they open?

Thanks.

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Posted: Mar 01, 2018 - 12:54 pm


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There is bait in St Charles at the little trailer restaurant.

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Posted: Mar 01, 2018 - 12:57 pm


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We are at a cottage just out from Victoria Lodge now. There is about two feet of ice where we r drilling. Very little snow on ice we are moving around easily with quads. I think the gas station just past grocery store in noelville sells bait not sure what time they open. Catching some pike today that's it though.

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Posted: Mar 01, 2018 - 04:07 pm


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Hey tpenders is there much snow left in the bush were coming up next week to our camp and are wondering sleds or atvs. Any help would be appreciated.
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Posted: Mar 01, 2018 - 04:16 pm


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Dok...less than a foot of snow in bush on avg I would say

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Posted: Mar 01, 2018 - 05:00 pm


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Thanks tpenders

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Posted: Mar 01, 2018 - 06:34 pm


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Jacobs just inside orillia on Hwy 11 never disappoints for bait

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KennyT759
Posted: Mar 01, 2018 - 09:29 pm


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Thanks for all of the replies. Much appreciated.

And pike are fine by me. Just want to prolong my season a bit. Tks again.

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  Posted: Mar 03, 2018 - 06:33 am


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You did good Kenny, a friend of mine has a cabin there and he slams fish all the time over there.

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KennyT759
Posted: Mar 05, 2018 - 02:29 pm


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Just an update for those that took the time to reply or are curious. We got out late, but were set up for 08:00 Saturday morning. I got 6 or 7 pike (nothing over 22 inches, most 18 or so), 6 perch (3 over 10 inches) and a 15 or so inch walleye that of course went back as quick as we could. We kept the 3 larger perch. My nephew got skunked, same lures, same bait, same hut all day. Unreal, but funny for one of us.

Learned that un-insulated trailers take way more than an electric space heater to heat them up. I had never really used the trailer heater before either, so am not sure if it does not work or if it is just negligible output in -10. But we froze enough Saturday night that we packed up and headed home by 7 a.m. and did not fish Sunday. Lesson learned, but still an adventure.

I am definitely building a permanent hut for next season.

FYI, ice was 20 inches easily, maybe 24. Saw trucks and SUV's driving on it, so lots of fishing there still.

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KennyT759
Posted: Mar 05, 2018 - 02:34 pm


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Well, it is a good thing I checked the Regs. I thought the season would run 'til at least March 15 on Nip, but see I was mistaken. Again, glad I checked.

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Posted: Mar 05, 2018 - 02:47 pm


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thought it was open till march 16th

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Posted: Mar 05, 2018 - 02:49 pm


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Lake Nipissing (Wasi Falls)
- Waters of Lake Nipissing lying
east of the east boundary of Lot 9, Conc. XXIV, and south of a line joining this projection where it meets Lake Nipissing to the northwest tip of Burford Point, and mouth of the Wistiswasing River - North Himsworth Twp.
Fish sanctuary - no fishing from Mar.16toMay31&Oct.1toNov.30
Lake Nipissing – including the waters of the French River from the Chaudière and the Little Chaudière dams to Lake Nipissing; the west bay of Lake Nipissing in Haddo Twp.; the northwest bay of Lake Nipissing to the falls of MacPherson Creek; the Sturgeon River from Lake Nipissing to the dam at Sturgeon Falls; the Veuve River from Lake Nipissing to the chutes located in Lot 5 in
Conc. l in Caldwell Twp.; the South River from Lake Nipissing to Hwy. 654; and the entire West Arm of Lake Nipissing including Cross Lake.
Closed to all species from Mar. 16 - Fri. before 3rd Sat. in May & Dec. 1 - Dec. 31. Walleye and Yellow Perch open from Jan.1-Mar.15&3rdSat.inMay-Oct.15.
Walleye S-2, none less than 46 cm (18.1 in.) and C - 1, none less than 46 cm (18.1 in.).
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass open from 3rd Saturday in June - November 30.
Muskellunge open from 3rd Saturday in June – November 30.
Northern Pike S - 4, not more than 2 greater than 61 cm (24 in.), of which not more than 1 is greater than 86 cm (33.9 in.) and C - 2, not more than 1 greater than 61 cm (24 in.), none greater than 86 cm (33.9 in.).[B][/B][COLOR=red]

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Posted: Mar 05, 2018 - 03:52 pm


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QUOTE (KennyT759 @ Mar 05, 2018 - 04:29 pm)
Learned that un-insulated trailers take way more than an electric space heater to heat them up. I had never really used the trailer heater before either, so am not sure if it does not work or if it is just negligible output in -10. But we froze enough Saturday night that we packed up and headed home by 7 a.m. and did not fish Sunday. Lesson learned, but still an adventure.


Thanks for not including the stay warm porn

We all have added rooms on our trailers with wood burning stoves in them, always nice and warm when we head up in the winter.

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Posted: Mar 05, 2018 - 04:16 pm


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Kenny - What size is your trailer? I heat a 35 x 25 50 year old cabin with 2 space heaters when I'm lazy and don't feel like getting up to feed the wood stove during the night. We get down to -40 here on a regular basis in the winter. I run 2 sunbeam tower heaters. They are great, hot and have a remote to control the temp. Got them on sale at wallymart for like $40. Worth looking into and they don't use up a ton of electricity.

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