Cedar Lake, Ontario
To answer your question, it all depends on where you fish and what you fish. I've got some spots dialed in where an average day I usually catch around 50 walleyes/smallies. Some days I've caught well over a hundred mixed bag. Hard to beat the standard jig and night crawler. Look for rock humps on your locater if you have one and rock points as well. Smallies aren't really big in this lake, but you will catch some decent ones if you try. I always seem to catch smaller walleyes jigging. If you want bigger walleyes I suggest trolling with lindy spinners.
I'm not a Cedar Lake expert but did spend a week there this last Sept. Walleye on wind blown points are a given with some fish close to 20" most in the 15-18" range. Smallies we caught were smaller and incidental catch's while chasing walleye. I would suppose there are bigger fish available but did not run into them while we fished it. Our primary target was Musky and that is what we spent the most of our time searching for. When they decide to turn on it has to be one of the premiere musky fisheries on the whole great white north. Numbers and size way above average.
Just recently returned from Cedar. We stayed at Ray and Kathi's and were treated great.The week we were there was the second week of Sept. and the fishing was good not great but good. Numerous fronts moved in but we still took are share of walleyes and raised perhaps 25-30 musky. We boated a total of 13 musky out of (4) people the biggest being 43". Some of the musky raised were in that 50" bracket. Bottom line....nice lake, great hosts, good fishing, but the lake is crowded.
Sounds like a great week on a great lake and a great camp.ray and Kathy are great hosts.we stopped in there on wed when the storms kicked us off the lake.got coffee and Kathy's awesome meatloaf.
Your right about complainers. Either address a issue or shut up.
Had an awesome time at Cedar Point Resort. Ray and Kathi were the best of hosts and left nothing to be desired (except WIFI). If you have a beef with some one at a resort ask them about it and don't be the guy behind the keyboard that whines about stuff. Man up and talk to them face to face. My 2 cents. They were very accommodating!
Now a fishing report, the entire system is down at least 2 ft maybe more. Watch for jugs marking the rocks and hidden reefs. Walleye were on any wind blown / current driven point. We did not catch any big fish but did not work too hard for them either. Even with the drought this year, we had 6-8" of rain last week, with 4 wind shifts. Not making excuses but just saying. We caught nice Crappies by accident fishing for Walleye. Pike were accidental catches while hunting the Muskies. As usual the bite was really good the last week of August. But had several other groups confirm this hot bite in late August. Muskies were on the the rock points and sunken Islands, our biggest fish came off a shelf of rock / cabbage and hit on top water. Overall we raised about 35 fish and landed 6 or 7 not gang busters but plenty of action for never being on the Lake before. Biggest fish wash 48" and very clean caught by a newbie and his first fish, going to be tough to upgrade after that one.
After all is said it was a really good trip and miss the loons, eagles, and muskies already...... Maybe next year I will boat the 48! I will try and post the picture of the big girl as soon as I get a copy sent to me.
We took 502 up the first time we went and thought the same thing. Now we take Hwy 71 and that is what I'd recommend. It only adds about 20 miles to the trip but the shoulders are wider and there are places to pull off if someone needs to make a pit stop. :-)
Good Luck and Safe Travels!!
We've stayed at Ray and Kathi's resort one year and it was fine. He wanted us to fish 3 guys to a boat so we left. All was fine, you'll do well there. We travel up highway 502 and hit a moose with the motorhome. Was told by the OPP to never travel it at night; too many moose and difficult to see until impact. When on 502, don't drive at night. It's not worth it. We've gone through Kenora and through Dryden and always travel through Dryden now. There are some tight curves but you know they're coming up so slow down and no problems. I think there was 5 minutes difference in travel time so not a big deal. Enjoy the lake. There are some huge muskys on Cedar.
Mike C thanks for your input I'm certain with your starting points and 3 good boats out there we will figure things out.
As far as the comments on the resort, I will make and report my own opinions. Anyone else can do the same, I have been to many places people rave about and found things that I was not fond of. Also have been to spots that have been put down and had the time of my life. Opinions are like a__holes everyone has one.
Any preference as to what Highway to take to Cedar Lake.
We used the 502 last year and although is had recently been worked on and was in fine shape, it seemed a little hairy is some spots with no shoulder to speak of. What is Hwy. 71 like maybe a little longer but it seems to be a better highway. Less nerve wrecking. Any comments appreciated,