Vacant and cold reptilian eyes with reflexes that can lunge themselves half a foot in 70 milliseconds. Snakes have captured our thoughts, imaginations and even stories since their first appearance approximately 128 million years ago. Whatever your thoughts are, they are fascinating creatures. They come in many appearances and varieties of venomous and nonvenomous species. In Ontario, Canada there is one variety of venomous snake, the Massasauga Rattlesnake. Though, they are often confused with its nonvenomous cousins: the Northern Watersnake, Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake, Eastern Milksnake and Eastern Foxsnake. The latter two of which will even mimic the rattling action of the Massasauga to discourage potential threats. On the Lower French River, the two most likely species you can encounter are the Northern Watersnake and the Massasauga Rattlesnake. MassasauREAD MORE >
One of the best times to fish for French River Musky is in the fall season (from late-August to October). The cooler autumn days bring about a change in the musky’s behaviour – going from a territorial couchpotato snatching up easy prey to a nomadic hunter as they move from structure to structure in the shortening daylight cycle. [caption id="attachment_2510" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Harry with French River Musky[/caption] This change in behaviour can be seen as early as the last full moon in August as the younger male muskies return from the Georgian Bay following the salmon and alewife looking for waters richer in oxygen and food for spawn. Muskies particularly begin to display this behaviour, when the water temps begin to drop to around 15°C (59°F). Their instincts drive them to binge feed before going into a torpor (much like bears hibernating) during the winter monREAD MORE >
Returning to the French River Bill and Nancy Hamblin talk to the lodge owners, Art & Brenda Barefoot, before the hunt for the elusive French River Muskie. The weather conditions for the day were spotty with high winds and choppy waters but no musky can be caught without putting effort into it. In their search for the massive monster, Bill trolls his chartreuse bladed black bucktail and bam, the fight begins! Within the first two hours after to their arrival to the Bear's Den Lodge Bill hooked into an impressive 45.5 inch Musky, creating the first of another successful muskie hunt. [caption id="attachment_1465" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Bill's first day French River Fishing , an impressive 45.5 inch Musky[/caption] On day two, just after breakfast at the Lodge, Bill and Nancy went searching for another French River Musky. Once again after several hours of dedication in flailiREAD MORE >
It’s official! Starting from January 1st to December 31st of 2022 the province of Ontario will award individuals and families a tax return for ‘staycationing’ at one of Ontario’s many hotels,READ MORE >
ACCOMMODATIONS: Our accommodations at the Bear’s Den Lodge, a remote access resort, are provided in your own private modern cottages. We offer a fully equipped facility for your comforREAD MORE >
Our party of four from various parts of Pennsylvania (PA) traveled north for a week of fishing on the French River Delta near Hartley Bay, Ontario. Our destination was Bear's Den Lodge which we hadREAD MORE >
Do you have that special outdoor lover and need a special gift for the holidays? Have you bought every lure possible for the tackle box? Christmas is closing in quickly and still don't know what to doREAD MORE >
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