Fall is a fantastic time to fish in many of Ontario’s rivers, especially the French River Delta. You don’t have to be a professional to catch trophy Largemouth Bass at this time of year! For over 30 years, we’ve witnessed many guests catch bigger bass on the French River, especially during our shoulder seasons. Below are five simple tips for Ontario fall river bass fishing: Shrinking Habitat Fall fishing in Ontario usually lasts from late August to October. You can split the fall season into three sub-seasons: Early fallIndian SummerLate fall As the days cool, this affects the fish’s habitats and feeding zones. Early Fall Largemouth Bass fishing on the French River Provincial Park, Northeastern Ontario. During the early fall, fishing will be similar to summer fishing as the waters remain warm. But, Largemouth wREAD MORE >
Canada has held a long tradition of conservation. It first started with First Nations (Native Americans). Next, was the movement of university-trained foresters and industry leaders near the end of the 19th century. The work of “Canada’s first celebrity conservationist”, Jack Miner, led to the Canada-US Convention Protecting Migratory Birds. This paved the way for future conservationists and biodiversity research to protect our ecosystem. Since 1994, Ontario has enacted slot limits to help preserve our fisheries. Today, many anglers take part in “catch and release”. Which ensures the long-term health of Ontario’s vast ecology. Equipment & Landing It’s always a good idea to prepare for the catch of a lifetime. Understand the kind of fish species you will be targeting and the potential size you have to land. The fishing net isREAD MORE >
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are North America’s two favourite sunfish and are among the most popular freshwater game fish. Many fishing tournaments occur annually, along with many fishing shows and of course the amazing destinations you can go fishing for them. Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are popular for many reasons and among many more anglers. For myself, they’re always a simple feisty joy to hook back into my youth — fishing with my mother and father out in our guide boat on the French River. Photo of Mom and Me holding a French River Largemouth Bass before the release. While these two bass may be similar such as their shape, sizes or even a shared river between them. Let’s discuss the differences between Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass and how to catch these fish on the French River. How to Tell the Difference Between LargemouthREAD MORE >
Selecting the right bass fishing rod will help you be a better angler. The fishing rod is one of the most important tools for catching and landing bass. The fishing rod is the foundation of your entire angling setup and can influence your choices in bass baits. In some regard, fishing can be similar to golf where different types of irons, woods and hybrid clubs are preferred for different terrains and distances on the golf course. Likewise, the fishing rod comes in various lengths, materials, power and actions. Choosing a fishing rod can make your head spin with a variety of things to consider. With that in mind, I’ve summed up the most important things you should know, as well as the pros and cons of various types of fishing poles out there. So let’s dive in! Dina Emery of GCFA holding a French River Largemouth using a solid bass fishing rod. Types of Bass FiREAD MORE >
“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.”Herbert Hoover For avid anglers, spring is the most wonderful time of year. Bass fishing can be just as fun as an Easter egg hunt where the net is your basket and the fish are the surprise in each body of water. Also like any other egg hunt, the more perceptive and quicker the better your odds are at finding active fishing spots. Habitat & Feeding Largemouth bass seek protective cover such as logs, rock ledges, vegetation, and man-made structures. They prefer clear water, but are tolerant of a variety of other habitats. In the spring, like many other game fish, they rise from cooler depths. Spring bass shed their winter fat during spawn – which occurs between 12.7 to 15.6 Celsius or 55 to 60 Fahrenheit. After their spawn, bass are hungryREAD MORE >
As the long winter is nearing its chilly end and the warm spring around the corner, many anglers are preparing their fishing gear for the new year. On the third Saturday, May 19th, Walleye and Northern Pike will kickstart the Spring Opener for the 2018 season on the French River. So What Does This Mean? Spring can be the most rewarding time of year to fish for either walleye or pike, but it can also be the most challenging. Finding either species, usually is the hardest part of catching them after the spring thaw. However, if you tailor your search methods to the water color and temperature then you'll be on the biggest game fish of the season in no time. So Where Am I? Walleye fishing is about being at the right place at the right time. In spring, some of the largest factors depend on the weather and water conditions as they can affect when walleye and other specREAD MORE >
Would you like to Experience Fishing? Did you know that Bear's Den Lodge is a pilot site for this exciting program to help educate "women, children and new Canadians"? What about adults, yes, we will also teach adults. The pilot program was launched in the French River under the French River Resorts Association with hopes to spread the program idea to other outfitters in the Northern Ontario Region showing the opportunities that it creates. 2017, TNO's (Tourism Northern Ontario) Experience Fishing Pilot Program was introduced to the Northeastern Ontario Region because of a growing concern that our fishing heritage has was not being passed along to newer generations. These aims of educating younger generations of new anglers would keep the tradition alive along with revitalizing that particular section of the tourism market by making it fun and safe experience. BeREAD MORE >
With higher waters this season on the French River Delta, many guests who have an interest in bass fishing have been asking where to go and how to fish these waters in Northern Ontario. Here's our quick and dirty five tips and tricks for both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass: Spinnerbaits are hard to beat. Spinner photo provided by Cabela's They provide anglers a near perfect bait with a lot of movement and flash to cover large areas quickly and effectively. Largemouth are in or on the edge of weed beds. This is especially true for backwater bays where fewer fishermen have gone to fish. Smallmouth prefer rocky structures to provide cover. Whether it be shelving or rock rubble, smallmouth are known hang out amongst the hard structures and on occasion strike wondering bait fish. As a bonus, they also love current. Finding these two conREAD MORE >
The water was still; the scene just sublime with rock and trees, our mood did combine The cusp of the season lay just ahead Trees green and gold, were shocked by the red. Billion year old granitREAD MORE >
“Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts.” – Charles W. Waterman It’s a passion that etches itself into an individual’s spirit. EREAD MORE >
With the holidays being near, now is a good time to impress your family with one of the juiciest and tastiest Turkey Dinners. While there are other methods of cooking from deep fry, slow cook or grilREAD MORE >
Welcome to the Bear's Den Lodge Blog. Bear's Den Lodge posts will take you on a journey from the history of the French River, to stories, nature, fishing tips, great food, adventures and just pREAD MORE >
What Is A Staycation? The term, Staycation, was originally coined in a market crisis in 2008 in our neighbor across the border. However, since Covid-19 has dictated the need for tourism to beREAD MORE >
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