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Whitefish Lake, Ontario, Canada

6/18/01 @ 11:36 AM
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Stitzo
Stitzo
User since 6/15/01
BEARHUNTER-I dont't see you in the Messenger drop down list. Hope you're not having trouble logging in.

Anyway, My Dad called Sunday morning. They didn't get perching on Saturday, but got an 18" & 29" eye before dark. The 18 went toward the Man Food supply & Dad's partner put back the 29 for you to play with. Said both fish fought like pike.

They fished east of the west end island. No action on cranks. Drifted & cast into the wind with 1/8th & 1/4 oz jigs with white 2" & 3" twister tails tipped with leeches. I guess the 29 came on a split/double tail body.

I'll post a soon as I hear more.

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8/11/19 @ 11:58 AM
Zeke68
User since 8/1/19

Since the fishing has declined on Whitefish I have ventured to other lakes as well.  I have fished Sandstone, Prelate, Sunbow, Iron Range, Arrow, Mountain, and Icarus.  Iron Range has been the most consistent for me.  I know some people who like Prelate but it has always disappointed me.  The improved road makes it much easier to travel now.  I keep looking at Northern Lights and wanting to try it.  Any suggestions?

8/10/19 @ 9:54 PM
WelderGuy
WelderGuy
User since 12/19/10

Went to whitefish 7 years in a row starting when I was 12 so it’s been about 20 years now since I’ve been there. The last couple years we started exploring other lakes, Sandstone was our favorite, lots of nice smallies and walleye!  Very shallow launch as I remember, I actually ran into the side of my Dad’s car with the boat loading up there but that’s another story! Lol. We used to go to the dump up there to watch the bears until they put a gate at the entrance. There was another lake we went to up there the name I don’t recall, I think it was past sandstone but on the left side of the road. When u launch u can go to the left but then it gets shallow, park the boat and walk through the water until you come to some rapids. Casted leeches into the rapids and we killed the big smallies! That tip we learned from a local at a bar. He was being a dick to my dad, he assumed we were rich snobs up there on vacation. Once he found out my dad was a heavy machinery mechanic and “worked” for a living he eased up and gave us fishing tips. 

8/9/19 @ 4:56 PM
wtw_fisherman
User since 8/12/09

I fished Whitefish in the 70-80's. No limit on perch back then and no size limit on walleye.  As for other lakes down the road, Iron Range is like a smaller Whitefish. good lake. Sandstone good bass lake and huge walleye but hard to catch. Arrow good bass and lake trout beautiful lake deep huge walleye hard to catch. Northern lights lake trout bass huge walleye, extremely large, beautiful poor landing. Whitefish, largest walleye 31" 12lb, caught on what was a new bait at the time a perch Shad Rap, drift west of east islands in the thickest weeds you can find, cast with the wind and reel and twitch back to boat, the more the wind the better. 

8/6/19 @ 7:16 PM
Zeke68
User since 8/1/19

Peanut, have you spent any time on Northern Lights?  I would love to hear more about it.

8/2/19 @ 4:13 PM
peanut09
User since 1/17/10

The fishing is not what it used to be. I just got back from there today. Perch were okay and lots of northern. We didn't try for walleye.

8/1/19 @ 9:19 PM
Zeke68
User since 8/1/19

I fished Whitefish this past June 22-28th.  I have fished this lake 25+ times over two+ decades.  It is definitely not what it use to be but the walleyes you catch are extremely healthy.  Dealt with a nasty cold front that dropped the lake temperature 6 degrees.  I caught 35 walleyes with only 5 below 18 inches.  I am not a leech fisherman.  Nicer walleyes are caught on crankbaits.  I would love to hear more comments on any of the lakes in this area.

7/19/19 @ 6:40 PM
peanut09
User since 1/17/10

Good to know. Thanks for the report.

7/19/19 @ 4:37 PM
brbriar
brbriar
MEMBER since 6/17/05

We were there then end of May. Did very well on Perch. Walleye were a little elusive but we concentrated on perch. Much colder water than most other years. Weeds were just starting and no Thunderbugs emerging.

7/19/19 @ 10:08 AM
peanut09
User since 1/17/10

Anyone been there this year? Just checking.

1/30/19 @ 11:16 AM
peanut09
User since 1/17/10

I have been to Whitefish lake from 2014 until now with no problem with weeds in the summer. I call it a fishing trip. Yes it's across the border, but I wouldn't call it a Canadian fishing destination either. There are better lakes also, but none with a 100 perch limit. Not very many with perch as a main fishery. I enjoy going because it's a short drive for us ( 575 miles) and we always have fun. Do we always catch our limit? No, we usually get 75-80 a person and eat a few also. It's very reasonable too, usually $450-$500 a person total. Other places I want to go to in the near future are $500 a person just for the cabin and nothing else. I heard they got a season coming for cormorants. That's a plus. As far as I know I'm going back this year. Maybe I'm crazy, but I like the lake. It's easy to learn and usually good weather in july. Well good luck to all and there's my 2 cents worth. 

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