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guideman (US)

This is me with 2 Tiger Bass caught in my private lake in S.C. I have fished Lake of the Woods, Ont., 51yrs. I lived in Ill. my whole life and moved to S.C. June, 2011. I had a home at Lake of the Ozarks for 17+ years, where I caught all species of fish.

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Lost Lake

Posted Jan 3, 2011 by guideman (US)
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 I want to tell all my Bounty friends about a place called "Lost Lake". This is a lake located in Ontario, Canada. It is totally encompassed on an Indian Reserve and can only be reached by walking in to it. It is too small to land a float plane on it and it only gets fished by the Indian population who take the time to fish it. Oh, and only by those individuals who are fortunate to fish at the lodge I have been going to for the last 48 years. The owner of Youngs Wilderness Camp has made a deal with the local Indians, to allow ONLY guests staying at his lodge, to have access to this lake. I am usually the first individual who has been lucky enough to wet a line on this lake every spring, always in late May. Youngs Camp is allowed to keep two aluminum boats on the shore of this gem of a lake. My choice is to carry in a trolling motor and a charged battery in order to get around on this lake. Once on the water, you are looking at a rectangular body of water with bays and feeder creeks all around the perimeter. There is also a small island on the far side of the lake. Now for the fun stuff! This lake is LOADED with crappie... huge, rarely fished for crappie. Also, in this little lake are small mouth bass, northern and musky. Very few of these fish have ever seen anything close to or resembling fishing lures. There are many types of blown down trees all over the shallows and the shoreline of this lake. I usually throw a small jig with a white power grub on ultra light spinning tackle. I start catching a crappie on almost every cast in water that has wood or brush visible in it. These fish are in depth running from just off the shore down to 8 feet deep. The fish average 1 to 1 and 1/2 pounds. Every so often, a 2+ pounder hits my lure. If I was into keeping fish, a limit of 2 pound crappie would be very easy to achieve. Then, the monotony of catching these nice crappie is broken up by a smallmouth unexpectedly grabbing the lure. Suddenly, I am fighting a 4 or 5 pound smallie shortly after he has launched himself into the air. After landing the fish and letting it go, I continue working myself down the shore and come to a bay, lined on the outside edge with weeds. I now switch to a popper and throw near to the shoreline weeds. One twitch, pause, another twitch and it quietly gets sucked under. I haul back hard and realize this ain't no crappie! The drag is screaming and my 5 foot rod is doubled over. I try to work the boat out to deeper water while maintaining some control over the fish. Basically, I am just hanging on and hoping the fish stays on while I slowly move out of the bay. Somehow I manage to get into deeper water and it then becomes a tug of war. I have now taken the anti reverse off and can back reel whenever the fish pulls.
I am now in control. At least I think I am. All I have to do is make sure we stay out of the shallow water and she will be mine. Slowly but surely I am gaining line and I feel the fish is starting to tire. I finally get to see the back end of the tail as it makes another run. It is a very large northern pike or a musky. I now intend to concentrate on pumping the fish in and reeling. I can't force the issue because the line is only 6 pound test. A little more time and I see her head. She is slowly rolling over. No net! I will have to hand land it. I am bringing her closer and see that she is a beautiful musky. I reach toward her and touch her gill plate. She struggles to get away. She surges away once more and my reel spins in reverse. Oh, great! A professional over run in reverse on my reel. I started to clear the line from the reel just as the fish decides to run straight away. The line tightens up but it's still partially wound around the reel in the wrong direction. Pop goes the line at the same time that my heart breaks. I have to now pull myself together and finish clearing the reel. I retie a new jig and tail on and continue down the shore line working my way to the far end of the lake. The wind is now gently blowing onto this shore which has wood and brush all over it. I keep the boat out from the shore casting to it and pulling crappie after crappie out of the wood. The numbers and sizes of the crappie are unreal. Everywhere along this whole shore line is just loaded with hungry fish. It is not possible to pull a lure through these fish without one taking it. If one is hooked and pulls off, another grabs it. This has become way too easy. I have completely lost count after 300 or more landed fish. I have now worked myself toward the little island. This is a beautiful structure of about 30 feet in diameter. It rises from deeper water and has a bay opposite the side facing the shore. I have worked around it catching more nice crappie. The shore opposite the island has a lot of wood and brush and just screams of fish. Casting the jig to it produces several more huge crappie when suddenly the pull doesn't feel like a crappie. Here we go again! I back away from the shore and avoid the island heading towards deep water. This time I keep the anti reverse on and simply play the fish until I can hand land it. After about a 20 to 25 minute fight, I slip my fingers under it's gill plate and lift up a nice 18 pound northern. This scene happens almost every time I get to fish this amazing little lake. Tons of crappie, several nice small mouth bass and an occasional northern or musky a few times during the day. The actual name of this lake is so long and nobody can pronounce it. This is why we call it Lost Lake. Once found and fished, however, it will not stay lost for long. Very few people get to fish this lake and I feel it is a real privilege and can't wait to get back to fish it every year. In my profile, the story of my most memorable fish took place on this lake. This amazing lake gives us many of these types of opportunities with almost every visit to it.
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Comments (2 comments)
guideman (posted Jan 8, 2011)
Thanks, Ari. Most of my Canadian larger crappie pix are from this amazing lake.
dragonslayer (posted Jan 8, 2011)
great story Jack.....felt like I was there with you!
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