I took advantage of late October weather and water conditions and headed-up to the Kinmount, ON area to scout-out several bodies of water last weekend. My wife Barbara and I met with our good friend Karl Dickob who is the President of the Fishery Enhancement and Aquaculture Association ( www.ontarioaquaculture.net), and who also is a wealth of information when it comes to the fishing lakes in the Minden, Haliburton, Kinmount area. We ended up spending 2-hours on the Burnt River, right in Kinmount, than fishing Solerno & Contou Lakes on Sunday. Our goal was to locate a variety of species of fish that I could film fishing from a Kayak this week.
As things turned out, I ended up doing a live-bait walleye show on the Burnt River, ON on Wed. We started by fishing right at the base of Three Brothers Falls, and worked our way down-stream about 2-3 miles to the town of Kinmount, ON. The walleye were caught using a slip-bobber rig, as well as bottom-bouncing 4-5″ sucker & chub minnows.
Yesterday we fished a back lake that was a lot of work to get to. I just followed Karl as he took us down winding roads and eventually to an off-road trail that was only wide enough for an ATV. Well, Karl took the camera crew and all the gear in his Dodge 4×4 pick-up truck, and I took the fishing gear and Kayak on my 4×4 Explorer. The trail was so grown in with large blow-down trees blocking the trail that we did not get into the lake until 12:30 pm. In one case, Karl had to connect a heavy wire cable to his to a large 50′ tree that completely blocked the trail, put the truck in 4×4 mode and went backwards until he snapped the tree in half and cleared it off the trail….looked like a live Dodge 4×4 TV commercial! When we got to the lake we quickly assembled everything and started fishing. Within 20 min. of being on the lake we all saw a large swirl on the surface of the water about 100 yd. away. I quickly started paddling (4-5 mph) towards the swirl, cast a #11 Original Rapala over the spot and immediately hooked-up on the first trophy rainbow. After a lengthy fight, the fish was released and the filming was-on. I ended up trolling and catching a mix of rainbow trout that averaged 4-5 lb., and smallmouth bass. All were caught on the www.rapala.com, Original #11 Rapala.
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