The Fishing

As beautiful as the Upper French River is, what really counts is the world under the water that you can’t see. Chaudière Lodge offers you a chance to fish both the Upper French River and Lake Nipissing on your own or with a Chaudière Lodge guide. These waters are yielding more and more big fish every year, it is prime fishing territory and its waters are well respected amongst the angling community.

nicest-musky-200x141The Upper French River and Lake Nipissing produce trophy fishing throughout the season and is one of the largest and most exciting water sheds to fish in Ontario. It holds world record Musky, Walleye second to none, Large and Smallmouth Bass and huge Northern Pike. This lake and river system occupies over 900 square kilometers and yields numerous musky over 50” and 50 pounds per year, making it one of the fastest growing Musky hot spots in North America. It now boasts an official live release World Record Muskie caught by Kevin Davison on October 6th 2006. There really are few places where you know that a world record lives and this is one of them.

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Walleye

nice-walleyeOne of the most sought after species due to its unbelievable taste, the Upper French River offers excellent walleye fishing. Some of the most popular methods of fishing them are jigging, drift fishing and slow trolling in the evening. Some artificial baits are the worm harness, Mepps #3, Rapalla and crank baits like the hot’n tot. The best natural baits are night crawlers and minnows.

Northern Pike

Abundant throughout the season in the waters of the French, Pike are a wonderful eating fish, they grow big and fight hard, not much wonder they are a sportsman’s dream. One of the most popular ways of catching pike is casting crank baits like suspending rapallas, rippling red fins, larger spinner baits, suicks and Mepps #4 spinners.

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

nice-smallmouthPound for pound arguably the best fighter of all the fresh water fish Large and Smallmouth bass and are not heavily targeted on the Upper French River and Nipissing. As a result we are sitting on one of the best bass fisheries in Ontario. Caught throughout the season and at sizes exceeding 6 pounds they really are a treat to catch. You will not want to come without a few bags of Gary Yamamoto sinkos or Berkley Gulp 6” jerk shads along with the conventional top water plugs, spinner baits and crank baits.

 

Musky

nicer-muskyThe uncontested king of the fresh water. Fierce and unpredictable, Musky roam the waters of the Upper French River and Lake Nipissing and will give you the thrill of a life time. The best time to fish for them is middle of August right through to Thanksgiving. Some popular lures used are large crank baits and bucktails top water baits like the suick, also Mepps #5 giant killer, the piky minnow, and you can’t forget our old time favorite the musky hound. The best methods of hooking into one is casting or trolling.


The lures mentioned above are only suggestions of what has worked in the past and only a general recommendation. Whatever you use and whatever the method, The French river and Lake Nipissing watershed will give you the chance to catch enough walleye to feed yourself a delicious shore lunch. Give you the chance to wrestle with some of the best fighter’s freshwater fishing has to offer; The fierce Northern Pike, Walleye, Large and Smallmouth Bass and last but definitely not least the Musky. It maybe your turn to hook into that elusive monster, the beautiful yet vicious Musky! Imagine holding on to a new world record, they live here, on Chaudière Lodge's door step. Come to the Upper French River and make that dream a reality.

 

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