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What's Up Outdoors: Canada on spring break

Most people on spring break go south and go island-hopping. But for the fisherman that can't get enough fish, you go north to Ontario's sunset country and go island-hopping on the amazing lakes of Ontario. That was the plan for last week.

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Most people on spring break go south and go island-hopping. But for the fisherman that can't get enough fish, you go north to Ontario's sunset country and go island-hopping on the amazing lakes of Ontario. That was the plan for last week.

We traveled to Nestor Falls for some lake trout fishing and maybe some other species. On the first morning we awoke to temperatures of 40 degrees below zero and dead vehicles. After a few hours, we got things to start and salvaged the day by catching some trout on a lake close to town. Nothing big but we wanted to test out our gear before we hit the good lakes.

That's what we did on day two, traveling 30 plus miles back in the bush on snowmobiles to a lake known for monster lakers.

We covered many depths and different types of structure with only one hit and one broken rod and one broken auger that did not make the snowmobile trip in. For some reason, the fish evaded us that day and it wasn't for a lack of trying. After a couple of tanks of gas for the auger and trying over 50 different spots we kind of lost hope on a killer day and were just trying to catch one monster, but that never happened.

On day three we decided to mix it up and get some fish for a fish fry. This would take us to Lake of the Woods and would prove to be much easier. The first two holes we drilled would produce our limits of crappies in 15 minutes, then it was off to chase some walleyes, sauger and perch that the lake is known for. We continued to have a great day catching a different species every time our lures went down the hole.

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It was also pretty cool exploring those out-of-the-way fishing spots. You would lose track of where you were because you spent so much time taking in your surroundings, the rock ledges and pine tree covered islands are really something to see. You wanted to keep going to see what's on the other side of the lake. And we would top off the day with a meal of fresh Canadian fish and some great fishing stories in the lodge.

On day four we would be chasing lake trout for our last time. We knew we only had a few hours so we were checking spots and moving on after a few minutes. On the fourth or fifth spot, Dave had a hit. It was a beauty of a lake trout. After a quick photo, it exploded back down the hole. Although it was the only big fish for the trip, it kind of seemed to make up for the slower days.

I guess Canada is just one of those places that is so beautiful, catching fish comes in second. Okay, who am I kidding, next time the Lakers are in trouble.

Talking about big fish, the Rainy River is starting to open so get those boats ready for some 30" walleyes and monster sturgeon.

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