Over the course of the week our boat put nine fish in the boat up to 43.5". Two came casting and the rest came trolling. Our group's big fish topped out at a thick 47 x 23". Lots of pike were caught up to 38" and a handful of walleyes as well. Fishing the lake at this time of year was completely new to me; I have always fished Lake of the Woods in the summer and trolling is not my forte. I walked away having learned a great deal about how to troll more effectively and discovered new details and idiosyncracies about some of our favorite summer casting spots.
The trip wrapped up in two ways. The first was our visit to a new tackle shop, muskie-focused I think would be fair to say, right on the water in Kenora. The shop is called Figure 8 Baits and run by Ryan Marlowe and his buddies. Great prices, great selection, and the guys have great personalities. A win-win for all involved. You can try out anything in the shop down at the dock below them. They've got a great policy when you try their baits out, one I'd certainly be happy to respect if I were ever that lucky! The second and last thing we did was attend the inaugural meeting of the Northwest Ontario chapter of Muskies Canada. There are some very big names associated with this club and it's an exciting time for MCI as folks like Gord Pyzer, Steve Herbeck, Linda Rice, Jeff Gustafson, Jeff Moreau, and Gord Bastable become involved. I gave a presentation to the chapter covering both research initiatives covered under Project Noble Beast.
Enjoy the pictures below!