Category Archives: Fishing Northern Ontario

Northern Lights in Ontario

Northern Lights

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Having the opportunity to see one of Northern Ontario's most beautiful spectacle is something most people can only dream of. In Northern Ontario, we are so lucky to catch a glimpse of the not so frequent Northern Lights. During September, October and throughout the winter months, you have a higher chance of catching the sun’s charged particles. During this time of year, there is a shortage of sunlight, and the darkness is the ideal time to see the colorful array of the Aurora Borealis. You can spot just about every color in the spectrum when the Northern sky is perfectly clear.

Here is a link to increase your odds of viewing these magical moments in Northern Ontario

View the Northern Lights

Fried Fish: Pan

 

Fried Fish: Pan

 

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A Northern Ontario classic. I’m sure at least one member of each family in this province has their own special fried fish recipe. Here’s mine!

4-6 fish filets of your choosing
Vegetable oil
½ cup flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
¼ cup cornmeal
¼ cup bread crumbs
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp chili powder
2 eggs

First step to fried fish, mix your flour and cornstarch. Season generously with salt and pepper
Next, mix cornmeal and bread crumbs with seasonings and salt and pepper
Whisk eggs, add a splash of water to thin. 
Heat your pan over medium heat with ¼ inch of oil

 

This will be a three step breading process.
Start with the flour, then dip in eggs, finally coat with cornmeal mixture. 
Place fish in frying pan, cook until golden brown on both sides.

Put your own spin on the Fried Fish classic, and enjoy!

Cleaning Fish

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Cleaning fish

 

For the most part, all edible sought after fish in the North Channel is considered a “Round fish”. This means they have two whole filets on either side of their rib cage. Unlike their counterpart, the “Flat fish” which has 4 filets, two on either side of their top spine, and two on either side of their belly. Different, commonly known species of round fish include bass, tuna, salmon and trout. The prime species of flat fish include flounder, sole and halibut. At Lake Lauzon Resort we have set up an ideal area for cleaning fish right near the lake. This ensures that as you're cleaning fish, you'll have all necessary amenities right near by. A large industrial sink, and 4 feet of stainless steel fastened with a laminated wood cutting board. With this type of set up, all you need is the right tools and guidelines and you'll be a fish cleaning master!  Cleaning fish is certainly not rocket science, but round fish is much easier to clean and filet. All it takes is a sharp blade, insert it just underneath the top of the tail, and follow along the ribs til you hit the gills. This will ensure you get the most amount of meat from the body, and you get to avoid the mess of opening the belly. Now, if you have the gusto to clean the belly out, you will be left with the gift of the fish bones & head. May sound gross, but with this “trim” you can make the tastiest fish stock. Recipe for a standard, yet amazing stock is to follow! Keep fishing my friends! Hoping to see you by Lake Lauzon Resort this summer!

Cleaning fish can be quick and easy with the right information.

For more information on cleaning fish visit link below

 Cleaning Fish

 

My Favourite Things #3

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My third favourite thing to do at Lake Lauzon Resort is head out on an adventure around the lake. There are so many beautiful islands, vast crown land and friendly neighbours to spot out on the lake. Whether by motorboat, pontoon or canoe/kayak, exploring the lake is an fun outing for the entire family. 

The Importance of Bringing a Cooler when Icefishing

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OutdoorCanada.ca has recently posted an article about why it is important to pack a cooler (or two) when icefishing. It may seem redundant to pack a cooler and ice when you're surrounded by it, but read on to find out why. 

One of the best reasons to pack a cooler when icefishing is to keep things (can you believe it) from freezing. When packing minnows as bait, keeping them in an iceless cooler can prevent them from freezing and keeping them easy to bait. 

Read OutdoorCanada.ca's article here for more on packing coolers when icefishing. 

 

Trout Fishing in the Winter

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OutdoorLife.com has posted a fascinating article about trout fishing in the cold season. The article is full of tips and advice for fishing the rainbow beauty in the winter. In the article they highlight that the trout is not more “difficult to catch” in the winter, they are just less interested. It is our job in the winter to make them interested with a bit more intellect.

Check out the article here and let us know if you have any other tips.

http://www.outdoorlife.com/articles/fishing/2016/01/rainbow-winter-trout-fishing-cold-season?dom=odl&loc=features&lnk=a-rainbow-in-winter-trout-fishing-the-cold-season

Ice Fishing Tip #10 – End with the Best

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And last, but not least, ice fishing tip #10 from Outdoor Canada, "End with the Best". 

"If you can only go fishing a few times this winter, make sure it's at the end of the season. As the amount of daylight increases and the ice begins to honeycomb, most species-with the exception of lake trout and whitefish, which spawn in the fall-move toward the areas where they'll eventually lay their eggs. As a result, you'll find perch, sauger and walleye congregating in ever-greater numbers at the mouths of inflowing creeks, rivers and streams, as well as along windswept, rocky shorelines. Pike, on the other hand, start massing around the mouths of large, shallow, weedy bays, while black crappie flock toward small, black-bottomed coves or anywhere green pencil reeds flourish in the spring. All of this makes for the best ice fishing of the season. Just remember that the larger fish, even the plump perch and crappie, are most likely carrying eggs. So enjoy the frenzied activity—even keep a few small, immature fish for dinner—but release the larger ones. That way, we can all enjoy putting these ice-fishing tips to use for many more years to come."

Thank you  Outdoor Canada for the great tips! 

Check out the whole article in the link below. 

http://www.outdoorcanada.ca/top-ice-fishing-tips

Happy Fishing

Ice Fishing Tip #9 – Stay on the Move

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Were nearing the end of our Outdoor Canada ice fishing tips. We have here #9, "Stay on the Move".  

"Catching lake trout during the winter is easy. The hard part is finding them. Many hardwater anglers spend far too much time fishing over deep structure-underwater points and reefs in the middle of the lake in 80 to 100 feet of water. Instead, it's much wiser to drill holes over and around structure in moderately deep water of 20 to 40 feet. And since lake trout—particularly the giant—-are meat eaters, serve them a hearty, four-inch tube jig, Williams Ice Jig or airplane jig in gold, silver or white or a baitfish pattern. Finally, don't forget that lakers are never numerous, at least not compared with walleye, pike and panfish, and they're always on the move. So keep mobile—30 minutes at one spot with no action means it's time to roll."

The Summer Around Here

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Now that we are more than mid-way through winter, our thoughts may tend to start returning to summer. We here at Lake Lauzon Resort know the North Shore of Lake Huron is a fantastic place to enjoy many summer sports and pastimes. Paddle and wind based water sport enthusiasts thrive in this area, as do anglers, cyclists, and beach or sun lovers in general. Four Sands beach on Lake Huron is just minutes away. 

 

In-Fisherman.com

In-Fisherman

 

During our weekly scan of the internet, we found an amazing resource and magazine for all those fishermen/women out here! In-Fisherman is a great site with many interesting articles and information about all things fishing. 

Check out their site here

In-Fisherman.com – check it out!