Ontario Fishing Trip - What to Bring?

11/15/17 @ 11:52 AM
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BugleTrout
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USER since 9/27/01

I'm headed to Eagle Lake next June for my first trip to Canada to fish.  I've done a lot of research on various lodge websites for what rods, reels, line, jigs and other artificial baits to have with me.  I'm also going to invest in a good rain suit.  I'm pretty much outfitting my dad and I with gear so what other items have you brought, or wish that you would have brought, that made your trip more comfortable, successful or enjoyable?  We'll mainly be targeting walleye, pike and lake trout.  Any specific baits that worked really well for those species?  The place we're staying is a drive to lodge and there's only two of us going so we'll have plenty of room for gear.

The lodge we're staying at is providing all meals, the boat and fish processing so we're covered there.  We're also going to be guided 3 of the 6 days that we'll be fishing.

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1/3/18 @ 6:16 PM
Rickmustfish
Rickmustfish
USER since 1/2/18

Fished Eagle Lake one time maybe 10 years ago all I can tell you is dr. Spoon was the ticket for Northerns various sizes brass and silver were the colors as far as walleye jig and a minnow if it's at the end of June if you can find leeches jigging leech also got 4 and 5 lb Northerns off the dock using a white sassy shad no bait hope this helps you good luck have fun

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1/3/18 @ 3:48 PM
BugleTrout
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What about GPS?  I'll be going to see the lodge owners of the place we're going in a couple of weeks and plan to ask if they're upgraded boats have GPS on their Lowrance locators.  If not, I can either bring an old Garmin 44X that's nearly 20 years old but still works great, hope they have cell signal nearby and use Navionics on my phone, pony up for a new hand-held mapping unit or just go without.  What are your experiences with needing GPS up there?

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1/3/18 @ 3:30 PM
HotPockeT
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USER since 3/18/11

Bring some good insulated rubber boots to go with your rain gear.  I fish lake nipigon end of june and its a must.  Even for travel in a smaller boat with water splashing over the side

Pike fishing I throw bucher shallow raider in perch color 80% of the time. Perch colored bucktails usually the rest. 

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11/30/17 @ 6:08 PM
BugleTrout
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USER since 9/27/01

The extra spools of line is a great tip.  I have a dozen or so of spinnerbaits so I think I'm good there.  I am going to buy a bunch of replacement skirts in various colors to match the hatch if need be.  I literally have hundreds of jigheads so I think I am covered.  I have found that chartreuse, blue, black and unpainted are the recommended colors for Eagle Lake so I may grab a few extra packs of those.

Cabelas has their Daredevil-style spoons on sale right now.  What sizes do you all use?  I have a handful of them that are 3 1/2" or smaller.  Should I stock up on some bigger ones?  If so, how big?  They have 4 1/2" and 5 1/2" spoons.


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11/30/17 @ 5:18 PM
fishnhunt14
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USER since 4/17/07
One thing I always do before going to Canada is I go to Walmart and grab a few extra spools of fishing line. I use power pro on all of my setups. A few snags in deep water or a bad cast on the baitcaster and you can go through line pretty quick.  I also grab some extra spinnerbaits and extra jig heads.  I typically don't need this stuff but it is nice to have as it is more expensive up there and can be hard to find. I keep all of this stuff in the walmart bag with the reciept then when I get home I go return any of it I didn't use.

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11/29/17 @ 9:19 AM
BucketMouth123
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I should have mentioned they sell some rapid dissolving TP made for septics that will save the trip if ya know what I mean.

On the booze end of it, I like to try some good Canadian whiskey that you can't get here in the states. I can't remember which ones I have tried but last year I paid $26 US for 750mL. It was a brand I had never heard of but was delicious. Exchange rate right now is $1.28 to $1 so that helps offset the excess cost of liquor.

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11/28/17 @ 12:13 PM
csbadvisor
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USER since 12/1/09

Two thoughts on recent comments

1. The toilet paper supplied by the camps is intended for use with septic systems.  The Charmin may feel better but a clogged up septic is no fun

2.  Declaring excess liquor at the border and paying your fee is not as simple as it sounds.  You must pull over and go into the building to pay.  This process can be time consuming.  You may be happier leaving a little more $$ in Canada and not dealing with the delay. 

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11/28/17 @ 8:54 AM
BucketMouth123
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I forgot. All the lodges that I have stayed at provide 1 ply sandpaper TP. If you want to be comfortable in that regard I would recommend bringing some nice Charmin.

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11/27/17 @ 9:38 PM
Remi
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USER since 3/23/05

Other lakes we fished heavier jigs, 3/8. However, fishing on Eagle Lake we used light 1/8 jigs even in 28 foot of water. Also, the yellow chartreuse was a great color, anytime of day. Did use green with some success.

Never leave the dock without rain gear or warm clothes, always can take off clothes. Food, drinks, coffee are key, bring a small bucket for easy bathroom breaks.

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11/22/17 @ 5:26 PM
BugleTrout
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USER since 9/27/01

I very much appreciate everyone's comments and welcome more.

As I stated earlier, we're not going up to get bombed every night but we do like to enjoy a bevy after a good day of fishing.  I looked into duties for liquor and beer at the border.  The site I found said "$2-3 per bottle of liquor and $1.30 per case of beer" for any alcoholic beverages beyond what you can bring in duty-free.  With beer being $40-50 and liquor $50-60, it sounds like a no-brainer to bring whatever we expect to drink, declare it all and pay whatever the fee is at the border.

I haven't used bottom bouncers for years but I bet those would be great for covering water when searching for active schools.  I have a ton of spinner rigs that I've tied for trolling on Green Bay but I'm guessing the blades on those will be too big for Eagle Lake.  Most have quick change clevises so I can just swap out smaller ones.

Thanks again everyone.



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