Hello everyone sorry for making so many posts haha
But its offical were leaving to go to algonquin late july or early augest for a week !
we plan to go to lake opengo and happy island
Is there any specific places that anyone suggests we fish
and does anyone suggest how to cook the fish
We dont want anything really fancy we just wanna make sure it tastes good
thanks everyone !
Hey there.. Glad your trip is all booked up and ready to go - you're going to have a great time!
For cooking fish, just bring a little flour and whatever types of spice you like (all taste good on fish) pour about an inch of oil in the pan and fry it a few minutes per side. Great eating!
As for fishing location - no one here can really say because it is a direct violation of the forum rules.
The rule is in place to prevent a lake, spot or general area from becoming completely "fished-out" because people know its a great spot to go fishing - so the reasoning is in the name of conservation and preservation.
The lakes you are headed to all have fish - so to find out the best spot - take a look online at general areas to find fish.. I don't mean specific to Algonquin, I mean for any body of water, what "features" should you look for to fish near - you'll find some helpful answers I am sure.
Hey sorry about that - I forgot to mention the oil..
Bring it in something you trust to stay closed, I had a small 'oil leak' in my food pack once and even though not much oil escaped, it made a mess of everything in there.
The amount of oil really just depends on how much fish you plan to eat. no sense in lugging in a liter of oil if your only going to eat once or twice. You might be able to get a small 500ml plastic bottle of oil.. the type is your choice, canola and olive work best (in my opinion).
Just bring a baggy of flour, all you need to do is flour each side of the fillet, nothing too crazy.
Fresh fish out there taste great!
I highly suggest you guys take a morning or evening, or even a whole day to head up to Merchant Lake, it's really nice..
Another method of cooking fish is to simply remove the gills and stomach. You can leave the head on or not. Fill the cavity with onion, lemon slices, lemon pepper or any other preferred spices. Wrap in heavey duty foil and toss onto the grill or even into the white embers of a fire. Works best for trout. About 3 - 4 minutes a side.
Another option is to simply fry in butter ... you'll likely be bringing in some anyway so no additional stuff to cook the fish. But its tough to beat deep frying or baked in tin foil as has been mentioned. Guess it depends on how much you plan to fish and then how lucky you are!!
As for fishing ... if enough of your group have lines in the water, you'll get fish ... lots of trolling divers and heavier lures in the AM and PM and you'll get some bites.
For smallies fish the shoreline areas, rock piles, weedbeds, etc. Bring a few topwaters as well as the usual assortment of jigs (tube, swimbaits, nymphs, crayfish imitators, etc), suspending stickbaits, crankbaits, etc.
For lakers generally the 20-30' level for the active feeding fish in July and deeper (@ or below thermocline). The FOAP have a Lake Depth Map book and both Happy Isle and Opeongo are in it - good investment, especially if you don't have a sounder with you.
A mastermind by the name of Jeffrey M has created the most detailed, accurate of Algonquin Park - which will provide you with a lot more details than a typical map would - including what fish you will find in what lakes.
But to quickly answer your question - you will find Lake Trout, Brook Trout and Bass in Opeongo, and the same in Happy Isle... Just remember Bass season does not open until the 4th Sat of June.
The only way other fish could get in to lakes with long established populations is by human introduction. Some yabo decides it would be cool to put some bass in an awesome speck lake. A lake that has held nothing but specks for millennia, for thousands of years, is now polluted.
If other fish could get in naturally, they would have by now.
I was on a trip once where a friend had brought a small bottle of clarified butter, which apparently has a very long shelf life. That and a bit of fresh onion I brought was all we used to fry up some awesome trout.
Dont have just one recipe, it will not be good after 2 meals. Even the biggest fish lover does not want to eat the same thing over and over. I take a few different recipes and switch after every meal. Especially if a few of you are fishing and possibly catching, having variety is the way to go. Also make sure u have a good fillet knife (not the $10 one u bought 5 years ago)
As for catching, its not tough, jig a spoon deep to catch trout, shallow to catch bass. Dusk and Dawn always produce, other times are hit an miss. Tubes worked for us on Happy as did cleos/cyclops/EGB's. If u dont know how to use a spoon, read a book called "the last guide".
Always release the first trout to appease the fish gods.