A picture is worth a thousand words.
Trophies shouldn't be measured by size but by personal success.
In the early years and when we where much younger, we packed heavy and ran hard on the canoe trips into the park.
North Tea was the first lake we ventured into over 30 years ago. The fish numbers have dropped however if you troll the right spots in the spring the fish are big.
After 30 years fishing in Algonquin Park we still make our annual spring trip into the interior for Lake Trout and Specs.
The early years where good but not consistent. After a week of trolling everyday we finally hooked into the 8 lb. beauty.
Every fisherman has their own secret lakes that they always do well on. over the years I've created a list of hot spots I like to call Lake X.
Cottaging in the Pembroke area, I decided to try a lake that was seemingly unknown to the locals, or so they told us. I understand why everybody I talked to was reluctant to offer any tips. Great day of fishing.
We spent 4 days in the park on this trip. The fishing was slow but steady. The best part was the sun and warm temperatures for late April.
Some of the largest pike I've caught have come from the lakes at Bon Echo Provincial Park. Great place to camp and fish.
Long after most fishermen have given up on the trout because they've gone back to deeper water, that's when I get serious about the Lakers.
Lake Opeongo in Algonquin Park has to be one of the best lakes to fish for trophy trout in Ontario. Because of it's size, Opeongo can be a tough lake to find the fish but when you get on them, mark your spots with a GPS and troll it hard.
Fishing the park in spring was always a gamble with the weather. We've canoed in with 80 degree temperatures as well as in snow storms. We have found over the years that it was always better to travel a bit heavier and carry the warm gear in case of ever changing spring conditions.
Lake X, one of six hot spots we like to travel to during the summer months. I use lead core on these lakes, fishing depths of 70 to 80 feet.
We spent many hours fishing in provincial parks. Although we're not serious pike fishermen,it's always fun to spend a few Saturday mornings chasing them.
Another North Tea run and the fishing was great.
A mid summer trip into Kingscote Lake at the south end of the park offered a sunny day and 4 trout.
Whether flat lining in spring or using lead core through the summer the park always seems to give up a few of these shiny beauties.
The temperature never got above freezing on this spring trip but with the sun out and ice forming off the ends of the rods the fish where biting hard.
I ice fish many of the Haliburton Lakes for trout. Most of the lakes are periodically stocks. Stocking lists can be found online and with a bit of homework the lakes can be very productive.
Another "Lake X". This Minden area lake is very productive year round. With a max. depth of 270 feet and varied depths over the rest of the lake, it's a great trout fishery.
The fish aren't trophies but the action is consistent. We always come home with fish.
This is another "Lake X" where the Lakers bit long after the spring season is over and the trout move back to deeper water. Using a simple set up consisting of a Lead core rod, spoons, portable fish finder and my trusty Garmin GPS, I troll in 80 feet of water, looking for structure where the trout will sit. I never troll a straight line zig zagging over humps and schoulls. I fish this way all summer for Lake Trout and always take fish home.
After being told this lake had no trout I had to prove the locals wrong. I have consistently hooked into many fish since.
I caught this 19 lb beauty in early August using my lead core rod and a Williams Wobbler. Zig zagging over structure from an 80 ft. depth to 55 feet.
There are many small productive lakes in the Minden Hills area that are not fished much any more. I'm always ready to try a new lake, looking for another one I can add to my "Lake X" list.
To find some of the better lakes in the park, you have to head into the interior. A usual 4 hour paddle and you can be into great trout fishing grounds.
Smaller fish, but consistent.
North Tea Lake on the North West corner of the park has always been a great lake to fish. It was the first lake we fished when we started canoeing the interior. Although it's not as productive as it was 30 years ago, if you know where to troll, the trout are "Big"