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Mike33
Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 08:13 am


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Itís that time of year where Iíve come to terms with the end of ice season (bittersweet) but looking ahead to the open water season and my annual spring trip to Algonquin Park. The plan this spring is to explore some new lakes and venture into less familiar parts of the park. Iíve started many trips from the 60 corridor heading south from there as well as launching from the Opeongo access point (east gate out of Whitney several times and once from Magnetawan Lake).

Not looking for anyoneís favourite lake, in fact, please do not disclose any smaller or lesser known lakes, just looking to share my excitement with others with paddling season right around the corner. Happy to bounce some ideas off others for a general region of the park to try. Will be beginning the process of route planning and pouring over maps the next few days. Hereís a brook trout caught from a few springs ago that always reminds me what a privilege it is to have a fishery like Algonquin for us to explore:

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Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 11:27 am


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Brookie fever is starting for me also can't wait to get back in the canoe !!

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Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 12:24 pm


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QUOTE (sparky302 @ Mar 30, 2023 - 11:27 am)
Brookie fever is starting for me also can't wait to get back in the canoe !!

Couldnít agree more!

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Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 12:31 pm


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Something I would love to get into with the Kayak but don't know where to start.

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Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 01:13 pm


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We are planning our spring trip as well. Looking to come into the park from the north and explore/fish some speckle lakes in that area.
Hoping to go May 5-9 but we need an earlier ice out . The park has set May 12 as the reservation starting date but it gets bumped up most years. Hope this year is earlier.
I always wanted to try going in from the north and come out somewhere on hwy 60 but maybe another year.
Good luck planning

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Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 02:17 pm


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QUOTE (longfish @ Mar 30, 2023 - 12:31 pm)
Something I would love to get into with the Kayak but don't know where to start.

Arnie

You want the find the lakes close to the road ways that are stocked with brookies unless you have a ATV to access the lakes that are more remote

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Mike33
Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 02:28 pm


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QUOTE (Fishnhunt @ Mar 30, 2023 - 01:13 pm)
We are planning our spring trip as well. Looking to come into the park from the north and explore/fish some speckle lakes in that area.
Hoping to go May 5-9 but we need an earlier ice out . The park has set May 12 as the reservation starting date but it gets bumped up most years. Hope this year is earlier.
I always wanted to try going in from the north and come out somewhere on hwy 60 but maybe another year.
Good luck planning

Best of luck on your trip, weíll be in about a week or so after you. Always interesting to see when the ice-out date will be year to year.

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Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 05:35 pm


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No ATVS ALLOEED IN THE INTERIOR..
JUST GOOD BOOTS NEEDED ...AND A LIGHT CANOE

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Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 06:21 pm


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Yeah, no ATVs sparky, just a bunch of portaging

Iíd suggest not going right at ice out and waiting about 2-3 weeks afterÖ.I know itís hard to plan like that, because we never know ice out dates for sure, but If your planning can be flexible, Iíve found that the first days of open water can be pretty tough fishing.

Iíve got a 8í x 10í wall sized map of The park downstairs and I stuck a tack in each lake Iíve been to (like a weird serial killer of fish I guess?)
Bought a pack of 100 tacks, and ran out - and that was several years ago.

If you have any questions pm me if you like, but keep in mind thereís over 1500 lakes in Algonquin, so havenít been to lots of them. Most hwy 60 stuff I know well, a bit of eastern and western stuff, not too much in the north.

Also canít wait for specks from a canoe, and planning to go somewhere new this year. 👍🏼

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Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 06:59 pm


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Yes its very hard to plan ...with the ice out date .
I grewup there .still fish but hard to plan it either ice or ministry say it's not safe so not allowed .years ago we would take ice auger now no way ...

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Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 07:03 pm


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Little tease

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Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 07:04 pm


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Hard trip

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Mike33
Posted: Mar 30, 2023 - 07:14 pm


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QUOTE (Drew @ Mar 30, 2023 - 06:21 pm)
Yeah, no ATVs sparky, just a bunch of portaging

Iíd suggest not going right at ice out and waiting about 2-3 weeks afterÖ.I know itís hard to plan like that, because we never know ice out dates for sure, but If your planning can be flexible, Iíve found that the first days of open water can be pretty tough fishing.

Iíve got a 8í x 10í wall sized map of The park downstairs and I stuck a tack in each lake Iíve been to (like a weird serial killer of fish I guess?)
Bought a pack of 100 tacks, and ran out - and that was several years ago.

If you have any questions pm me if you like, but keep in mind thereís over 1500 lakes in Algonquin, so havenít been to lots of them. Most hwy 60 stuff I know well, a bit of eastern and western stuff, not too much in the north.

Also canít wait for specks from a canoe, and planning to go somewhere new this year. 👍🏼

The wall map with your visited lakes as victims is a great idea Drew. Iím weighing a few route options, will send you a PM to get your input!

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Mike33
Posted: Mar 31, 2023 - 07:53 am


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QUOTE (speckyfishing @ Mar 30, 2023 - 07:03 pm)
Little tease

Thatís a great haul- perfect size for eating!

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Posted: Mar 31, 2023 - 02:03 pm


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Those are some nice Brookies you sure got some of us fishermen itching probably Curt roaming in his garage. LOL You ve must of put in your time to get into those square tails LOL .

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