Good Friends, Good Fishing
One of the great things about living in NW Ontario is that friends like to come up for a visit and get out fishing. Winter is no exception, and this year I've had some awesome trips with friends of mine.
A couple weeks back Trent and his GF Jessica made the long trip from southern Ontario to Sioux Lookout for some ice fishing. We had a great time and the weather cooperated too. We put in some quality time on the ice and came up with some really nice fish for our efforts.
Jessica got us started with a really nice lake trout. Having grown up on Lake Simcoe, she's no stranger to pulling fish up through the ice.
In fact, she landed the biggest fish of the trip - check out this awesome pike!
Lucky for Trent and I she let us get a few that were worthy of the camera.
Trent lives on the Bay of Quinte in SE Ontario so he's used to pulling big walleye through the ice. He showed us how to get it done in NW Ontario with the big jigging spoon.
Trent's big lake trout was the first fish we caught on one of the days. Great way to start a day!
I used my home field advantage to land a few nice fish myself.
Next up, my friend Dave was driving out west from southern Ontario and made a pit-stop in Sioux Lookout for some hard water action. We landed some nice fish, but the highlight of the trip was this big pike Dave caught.
Dave really wanted to catch a big lake trout as well - so first I had to show him how it's done.
Then Dave got his lake trout too - his first one in 15 years.
It's a great feeling to be able to take friends out fishing and share memories that will last a lifetime.
In other news, the long range forecast is showing unseasonably warm weather here in NW Ontario. Looks like ice fishing season will be cut short this year. We've still got a couple weeks at least to fish so stay tuned for my late ice wrap-up report.
Looking ahead - spring means two things: ice-out lake trout fishing and turkey hunting.
Until next time, good fishing.
3/12/2012 03:12:04 am
Hi Ben, I spoke with you a few weeks back-- we picked up three trout over two days of fishing 9 to 15 lbs-- nice, many whitefish, walleyes and a 20 plus pound northern. Do you think the ice will be ok the weekend of April 24-25? I am thinking so but would really appreciate your opinion. Thanks- Tony
3/12/2012 07:04:17 am
3/15/2012 12:04:43 am
Thanks Ben-- and yes - I meant March 24-25. Quad will be ready
10/3/2012 01:29:35 am
Great blog, enjoyed browsing through the site
5/7/2013 08:55:54 pm
Mind blowing article to read through. The pictures are so attractive that I cannot resist myself from visiting this place without any delay. Such places are to be explored as soon as possible and never miss such an opportunity when it comes.
6/3/2013 01:13:32 am
You had a very successful fishing on the lake
6/3/2013 03:33:42 am
I must say that you guys have got some real skill. Every time my friends and I go for snow fishing, we normally end up with not even single catch like that. The pics are just awesome. I love reading your blog and I am looking forward to read more stuff like this here.
8/22/2013 09:59:01 pm
10/8/2013 02:05:27 am
Was just bored and thought I would post to say hello
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Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.