We offer multiple Walleye fishing opportunities. You can fish Gowganda Lake or we have several boat caches on remote backcountry Walleye lakes that actually give you access to six different lakes to fish and all are stuffed with Walleye.
Gowganda Lake Walleye Fishing:
Gowganda Lake is one of a string of lakes through north-eastern Ontario that can be followed south through Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park and all the way south into Algonquin Park. The one thing all these lakes have in common is the presence of gigantic trophy Walleyes. These monster Walleyes are all genetically related as the area used to be one big lake at the end of the last ice age. Only the bigger lakes like Gowganda Lake have the food resources to produce these big Walleyes. The lake is very nutrient. It has tea-colored water that many people call Walleye Wine. There is also a very diverse structure with deep holes, ridges, shoals, islands and deep drop-offs from rock faces. You can find sand bars with Wild Rice, back bays with Pickerel Grass, Lily Pads and even patches of Musky Cabbage. In the spring the Walleyes love to hide out in the weeds during the day.
On Gowganda Lake you are not going to experience extremely high numbers of small Walleyes rather you are going to catch quality Walleyes. The Walleyes average around 4 pounds but Walleyes up to 13 pounds get caught and released from time to time all season long. The largest Walleye caught by one of our guests since we have owned the lodge was 15.2 pounds. There have been bigger Walleyes caught. Whether it is spring, summer or fall, the number of Walleyes you can catch in a day stays consistent. The only difference is the Walleye move to different areas of the lake. It's hard to tell guests how many Walleyes they are going to catch but generally most guests catch 5 to 15 nice Walleyes in a day of fishing on Gawganda Lake.
During early spring the smaller males are still hanging around spawning areas, which can be sand bars, beaches or feeder streams. The big trophy Walleyes are always female and tend to head out to open water after dropping their eggs. They like to stay suspended over deep-water structure like drop-offs, ridges and shoals feeding on baitfish such as Lake Herring, Shad and Cisco. It is theorized that because of the high population of bass along the shore, it's too hard for the big Walleyes to find enough food so they head out to open water. Big Walleyes need a lot of food to maintain their weight. If this type of Walleye fishing is new to you than don't worry; we will show you how to get into these big Walleyes. Guests are provided with live bait and a detailed map showing all the hotspots. Guests also have the option of hiring a guide for the whole week or just a day or two to get them started. Guests do not have to go far from camp before getting into good Walleye action and only 2 to 3 miles from the lodge are some super-hotspots.
Backcountry Portage Lakes:
Stumpy Lake, Pettifer Lake, Wapus River, Penassi Lake, Obushkong Lake & Elkhorn Lake are our backcountry Walleye Lakes. In these lakes you will catch high numbers of Walleyes but generally they are smaller.
The average size Walleye in our portage lakes is around 2 pounds. Guests have pulled Walleyes over 9 pounds out of these lakes but you can't expect to catch one of the monster Walleyes that Gowganda Lake produces. You will catch great numbers. In early season on average guests usually catch between 20 and 50 Walleyes in a day. In the heat of the summer that may drop to 30 Walleyes per day but there are always days when the weather is just right and guests catch over 80 Walleyes. On days when it's overcast with a little bit of rain and some wind to make the water choppy; Walleyes will feed like crazy. Not only are our backcountry lakes a great way to experience high numbers of Walleyes, it's also an option if it's too windy to fish on the big lake.
Our backcountry lakes are more than just a Walleye fishing option, they are an adventure. You have the option to fish a different lake every day and experience new sights as well as spot some amazing wildlife as our backcountry lakes are remote and can bring you deep into some real wilderness areas. Please remember that we have guides available that will show you what works best in our lakes. They also cook up a shore-lunch you will never forget.
Below are a few lures you might like to consider adding to your tackle box prior to your visit to Auld Reekie this year.
Walleye Baits & Lures:
An assortment of 1/8 ounce jigs: - Colors: hot pink, chartreuse, yellow, & white.
Berkley Power Grubs: - Colors: yellow, chartreuse, smoke & pumpkin seed.
Rapalas & Thundersticks: 5 1/2-inch to 7 1/2-inch: - Colors: fire tiger, perch, black & silver.
Spinner Baits: - Colors: orange, chartreuse, silver & hammered brass.
Crank Baits: - Colors: orange, white & perch.
Big "O": - Colors: perch & Tennessee shad
Thin Fins: - Colors: white & orange
Fish Photo Galleries
Gowganda Lake Map & Information