Silver Dollar Area Ontario
My wife, my brother-in-law and I fished the Silver Dollar area lakes Sept. 18-24. Like the other reports here, the fishing was excellent. I don't know whether the great fishing was related to the lack of fishing pressure for two years, or the warm weather and water temps in 2021,or maybe the fish gods just wanted to reward some of us after the the past years struggles.
We had so much fun, my wife and I even booked a return trip the first week of October, as the weather forecast was for continued warm weather. Unfortunately a family health issue cancelled our return trip.
We have gone several years in September, but I am more into bird hunting than fishing. My brother in law didn't hunt so I spent more effort fishing this year. Usually our fishing is only fair in September and it often snows. This year we caught fish wherever we went.
We stopped at the Silver Dollar a few times and talked with the new owner. He was very nice. He said it was really rough the last two years. Investing in a new business and then having most of your customers unable to get to it. He said loggers and construction workers were basically his only customers.
I was happy to see that he was building a deck on the front of his the store. I thanked him for investing in his business and told him how much that area has meant to our family.
Next year when we all go back up there, please stop in the Silver Dollar and Moose Creek Bait. Buy a shad rap you don't need. Buy a nice fleece or flannel for the wife and some t-shirts for the grand kids too. Buy a bottle of whiskey and give it as a gift. Maybe top off your gas tank before heading home, rather than estimating exactly how many gallons you need to get back across the border.
When we couldn't go, we all realized how much this area means to us. Support the businesses that support out fun.
We re-booked for two weeks in Sept. 2022.
My group went up on August 14th for fishing and bear hunting. The border crossing went smoothly. We had our paperwork linked to the Canadian site and it was painless. Bear hunting was tough due to the very hot conditions, temps getting into the 90s. But it was a fun experience. Fishing was amazing! We caught plenty of walleyes. I would say that the walleye fishing was as good, if not better than June, when we usually go.
We just got back from spending eight days by our cabin. The fishing this year up there is absolutely amazing it’s been along time since I seen it this good. Excellent grouse hunting as well by the way. The walleyes are so thick I am even catching them on my downrigger’s when I have them set at 60 feet down.
Well I meant to post a report earlier but the holiday weekend and getting prepped for other trips got in the way. Fished Sturgeon lake exclusively from Aug 21 - 28. Fished primarily for Walleye and Lake Trout. All our fishing took place North of the Sturgeon Narrows well up into the North East arm, and Horizontal bay. In many many of years of fishing both the south and north end of Sturgeon this was one of our best years for walleye easily averaging 50-60 quality fish a day, we had a hard time catching anything less than 18in's and although the trout fishing was good avg 20-30 fish a day, we have seen some better. We caught walleye as shallow as 12 feet, and as deep as 32ft, almost all our trout came off the down riggers and a few vertical jigging. We had a couple of tough wind days and running down riggers is just a simple solution when your out in the open. Most trout came in 55-65 feet of water, and it did not seem to matter the depth overall. Typically we need to be screaming our lure right across the bottom but not this year. Water temps at the surface where low 70's to mid to upper 60's when we left. Fishing was solid every day although we did get beat up a couple days by the wind. We even picked up about a dozen smallmouth 15-19in even though they were not targeted. Probably another 15 pike over 30 in's caught either walleye fishing or trolling. just a lot of pike in that 27-36in range.
We usually hit out lakes every other day but the low water put a damper on that activity, all in all a very productive week on Sturgeon this year.
No Guidefishing, I am unfamiliar with the whole north end of the lake. I’ve never fished any further north than Cobb Bay.
Canada Bound, were you primarily fishing up in the Northeast Arm? or there abouts?
One other thing I forgot to mention pretty much every walleye I had on sturgeon was over 20 inches it was a good problem!??
Also I forgot to mention anyone that likes flying loon you cannot dock there with a truck right now you have to drive in so far to find water it becomes too soft to hold up the weight of the vehicle so you need to launch with an ATV. Someone buried their truck in they’re really bad this past week.