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Drew
Posted: Aug 19, 2019 - 06:43 pm


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Did our annual camping trip with most of the regular crew...dad, uncles, cousins, friends.
Started off quick, we had our 4 fish limit in my boat within the first couple hours fishing.
Headed back in to our site, and the other boats had a few lakers as well. Filleted our catch for a fish fry that evening. Nobody went hungry, that's for sure.

Next day, rain on and off, and hail. Still each of the 4 boats managed a fish or two. We got in the neighbourhood of 35 lakers I guess, releasing about half and bringing some home, too.

No giants, I guess my 4 lb fish was the biggest...I caught a couple tagged fish too, which I reported to the girl at the Harkness fish lab, as they're always interested in info and locations, size, etc.

Another great trip enjoyed by all.

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Posted: Aug 19, 2019 - 06:43 pm


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Tagged on dorsal fin

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Drew
Posted: Aug 19, 2019 - 06:44 pm


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First couple hours fishing

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Drew
Posted: Aug 19, 2019 - 06:45 pm


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Back at camp, preparing the operating table

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Drew
Posted: Aug 19, 2019 - 06:46 pm


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A week later...(this past Saturday), my dad and I tried a new splake lake in the canoe for a couple hours.
Lost two little guys under a pound near the canoe, then got a decent one approaching 4 lb.

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Drew
Posted: Aug 19, 2019 - 06:47 pm


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I've never been too successful with splake, maybe things are gonna change...??

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Michael Kerwin
Posted: Aug 19, 2019 - 07:15 pm


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Sounds like a great trip!

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sparky302
Posted: Aug 20, 2019 - 06:20 am


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Nice report did all of you fish from canoes ??
What depth you find the lakers at ??

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Drew
Posted: Aug 20, 2019 - 07:24 am


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QUOTE (sparky302 @ Aug 20, 2019 - 06:20 am)
Nice report did all of you fish from canoes ??
What depth you find the lakers at ??

No, the canoeing was just a day trip for splake...I combined two trips into one report.

On Opeongo, we had 4 boats, 2guys per boat. Can't say for sure on the other guys, but in my boat we got all our lakers between 55 and 75 feet, on bottom.

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Knuguy
Posted: Aug 20, 2019 - 09:15 am


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Nice fish. I'm surprised that such an accessible lake as Opeongo has so many.

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Posted: Aug 20, 2019 - 10:32 am


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Nice fish Opey is a great lake to spend a few days camping on !!!

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Posted: Aug 20, 2019 - 02:08 pm


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Sounds and looks like a great trip Drew, always love the annual trips.....sharing old stories and making new ones

Looks like lots of good eats

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Drew
Posted: Aug 20, 2019 - 04:04 pm


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QUOTE (Knuguy @ Aug 20, 2019 - 09:15 am)
Nice fish. I'm surprised that such an accessible lake as Opeongo has so many.

Look at Rosseau, Joe, or Muskoka for example. More accessible and closer to higher population of humans than Opeongo, yet still great producers.

More people fish Opeongo for lakers in the summer I'd bet, but then it's closed all winter, when the big three in Muskoka get hammered.

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Posted: Aug 21, 2019 - 01:02 pm


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Thanks for the great report.

Did you jig them up or troll for them.

My last two summers there I caught most of mine suspended trolling deep water down 30 feet of riggers on spoons.

Saving this year's trip for September and can't wait.

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Posted: Aug 21, 2019 - 03:35 pm


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Heck of camping trip!!

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