WABASKANG LAKE PERRAULT FALLS, ONTARIO
We stayed at Jim & Julies Wabaskang Camp, www.wabaskangcamp.com, the last week of June returned home July 1st. As usual, Jim & Julie are gracious and outgoing hosts.
Water level was 2ft low due to lack of snowfall over the winter. I've been fishing there for years. This is the lowest water I've seen. I broke my skeg on a previously unseen rock.
Weather had been unseasonably warm prior to our arrival, in mid to upper 80's. There had been a mayfly hatch midweek. Surface water temps ranged in low to mid 70's. In addition to the low water, finding walleyes was difficult. Hammer handle Northerns were abundant and became annoying. Small Mouth had to be worked for.
They were scattered at best. No pattern. We found them trolling crawlers and minnows through weeds in 6 1/2 to 9 ft. Some hit on crank baits being cast over deep weeds or rocks. Some on jig & minnow/crawler when fishing for perch.
One of our group decided to target perch. He was successful in bringing his 25 fish bag limit home. We sorted through the perch also and kept a few 11-12inchers.
In summary, we had a great time shared with friends. The only fish jumping into the boat were the snot rocket Northerns, everything else we worked for. We'll be back next year, same time, same place.
Just got back home from Sleepy Dog, what amazing accomdations compated to some on the lake. Any how, fishing was tough at best. May Fly hatch was in full bloom water temps had water from about 71 to 75 and water level going down. Many rocks that havent seen sun for years are popping up so be careful with motors. Perch and northerns galor if you wanted them, and small mouth were in full bite. Walley were tough and hard to be found but suspened about 8-16 feet just sitting there after gorging on may flies. Those we caught had no rhime nor reason to where they were at. Caught many in 5 feet of water and then from 10 to 20. No particular place seemed to be better than others but had good luck in Keynote and north of Perch point. Worms trolling and jigging did work but again it was all over the place. Good luck and fish on :)
We just got back from a week of beautiful weather and decent fishing. The majority of our take home fish were caught at the 2nd Narrows North. We caught the big three as well as a few perch up there. We got into a decent perch bite on Keynote with some real nice size to the perch. Not big numbers but good quality fish. All fish caught was on some form of Gulp Minnows or crawlers. The falls opened our last day and we got a walleye and a couple of northern with just an hour or so invested. The water level overall is low and water temps were just creeping into the upper 60's at the end of the week. Tight lines!
We are heading up to Kingfisher Lodge on Friday the 15th. Looking forward to getting on the water. It will be interesting to see how the fishing is. 2017 was tough. We caught few perch last year (we went a week earlier) some walleye and tons of northern. Our favorite spot is at the "Indian Reservation." We catch everything there, bass, northern, perch, and walleye.
We have friends staying at Tall Pines this week and they were told that Tall Pines just sold a week or so ago. They understood that Andrea and Steve were going to be there through the season but no idea who purchased the camp. Just FYI. Also, weather has been so cold and windy and rainy to date that fishing has been tough, but, when you could fish, they were catching a pretty good number of big eyes and decent perch. I will be up at Sleepy Dog in 2 weeks. Can't believe how time has gone by so fast since last year.
Talked with Sleepy Dog, will be there in 3 weeks, but, fishing has been pretty good. Water a little low and warm, but fishing has been generally good. Usual places still picking up fish, Keynote, 1st/2nd narrows, the Flats, Ruby. Sleepy Dog has a recent cancellation in Cabin 5 that sleeps 6 for week of June 16 if anyone is looking for a last minute trip to Wabaskang. Good luck everyone. I too hope for a little more info on increase on crappie fishing. Hope to pick up a few this year.