Join Italo this week on his latest trip up to Red Pine Wilderness Lodge, for some back lake Smallmouth Bass action!

Posted on March 15th, 2011


Lady Evelyn Lake – http://www.redpinelodge.com/

Walleye, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Whitefish, Perch

 Fishing the Big Lake

This is one of the last, large lakes in Northeastern Ontario that is still classified as being remote, mainly due to the dam at the north end and absolutely NO ROAD ACCESS.   It covers an area roughly 22,000 acres in size when added to Sucker Gut (funny name, beautiful lake) and Willow Island Lakes.  Upwards of 450 miles of wilderness shoreline for walleye to cruise, bass to nest and northern pike to ambush.  Red Pine is located on the Northeast arm of the lake featuring many sheltered fishing areas and water depths in the 15′ to 40′ range.  No need to hunt for trophies in deep water here.  In fact, as large as Lady Evelyn Lake is, most guests stay within a three mile radius of Red Pine Island for most of their fishing excursions!

– late May to mid June-

Air temperature – 50 to 60

Water temperature – 35 to 60

This is the time of year we see some very large Walleye and Northern Pike.   Also a good time to visit if you like any of the Trout we have in portage lakes. Trolling or drifting the rocky points for Walleye and shallow northern bays for the Pike.  BAITS – Minnow Rigs, Rapalas, Hot-N-Tots for Walleye; Large Spinners, Silver Spoons, Rapalas and Little Cleos for Pike.


– late June to mid August –

Air temperature – 65 to 80

Water temperature – 65 to 80

The Walleye are found in the main part of the lake feeding on the sandy shoals especially in the early mornings and just before dusk.  They can easily be taken on live bait like worm harnesses or jigs.  Generally a slow-as-you-go presentation is the rule.  Those “Crazy Northerns” (we’re still talking fish, here), want those spoons like the old Red & White Dardevles and Perch Rapalas.  Find them ready to ambush a meal (or in this case, a tricky piece of hardware sporting a hook), along the weedlines in 7 to 10 feet of water.  The Smallmouth Bass action turns on when the water warms.  These fiesty critters hang tight to the rocky ledges about two fathoms (12 feet) down.  They prefer small jigs with worms as appetizers or maybe a meal of Mepps!


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