Algonquin Trout Fishing Canoe Trip
And amazingly, within 30 minutes, we started catching trout! In fact, every 30 minutes, Peter and I alternated a catch consistently. We caught our limit for the day, and returned to camp to cook up a feast. The year prior, I introduced a good friend Rob to canoe tripping, and he is an expert chef. As a surprise, he brought along some gourmet olive oil that he sells, fresh herbs, and capers which we used to prepare the bass that trip... it was amazing! So, I brought along olive oil, capers and fresh herbs from my garden at home, and now do so on every trip. The trout was "to die for"... our first day, and we were already having more success than we could expect. Thank you Greg!
The next day, our solitary enjoyment of Lake Louisa ended as a girls group canoed in, and took up residence in the nearest possible campsite across the way (grumble). They were pretty loud, but having fun... especially swimming like loons at 11pm that night.
So, we went out again to fish on the second day, and were shocked again at our success. In fact, I managed to land a massive monster lake trout, which took us 20 minutes to reel in. We were simply not prepared to land a fish this large, with my puny little 30 year old threadbare fishing net. But, amazingly, we landed the beast, as the photo proves (although my hat was stinky for the rest of the trip). Of course, we released it, and it swam off quickly. Lessons learned... I now have fish gloves to hold trout (and pike), since they are slimy and slippery, and a much larger collapsible fishing net.
Here is a link to a short video of the catch. To avoid embarrassment, I won't include a link to the catching part, since our fumbling and lack of experience would be obvious.
After two glorious days on Louisa, it was time to move on. Harry Lake, our next destination, has natural rainbow trout. Rainbow and lake trout do not mix generally, and I had never caught rainbows before. After setting up camp, we began our usual trolling routine. Here, we had no tips to follow for location, so we simply tried a bunch of different areas, looking for good 25-30 foot drop off points. Eventually, we found a good line to run, and caught some beautiful rainbow trout. Took some time to catch some we could keep (size limits)... certainly not as easy as on Louisa. Rainbow meat is blood red, and cooks up pink and with a bit more flavour than lake trout... delicious.
The next day was rainy and cool, so we stayed put on Harry rather than moving on to Pen Lake (there were no crowds of canoeist this deep into the park). Oddly, despite what I would consider favourable weather for fishing, we had a tough time catching much more rainbow trout. Just two trout that day (yes, we were spoiled!)
I get a kick out of watching sea gulls eat up fish guts, so I generally set them out at a slight distance but within sight of camp. I caught this short video of one gobbling up a complete carcass of one fish, head to tail! It could not eat a bite after that for over an hour, but stayed and guarded the remaining tidbits. Very entertaining.
The price we paid for the extra night on Harry was a LONG trip out of the park through Welcome Lake. But, the weather improved, warming up nicely, and just a light breeze. As we worked our way onto Welcome lake, we decided to troll our way across. And we managed to catch one nice sized keeper lake trout! We fried it up as a shore lunch, which is something I've never done before.
It was 5pm by the time we got out of the park (after a couple stops along the way to swim).
Peter and I were simply amazed with the success we had trout fishing on this trip, and
I think it will become a regular annual excursion for us!