Ontario is an international fresh water fishing destination and Lake of the Woods is one of Ontario’s top destinations. Stevens Bay, an excellent spawning ground for all species, has numerous bays and coves with weed beds that drop off to deep water. What really sets the area apart from other locations is the extremely low fishing pressure. It is not uncommon to fish all day and not see another boat.
For Crappie fishing you should bring 4 or six pound test line. Crappies are so numerous from late May until early June they can be caught in great numbers right from the dock. In spring time we suggest ¼ ounce Road Runner or Beetle Spin lures in assorted colors, slip bobbers and ¼ ounce jigs tipped with minnows or a pink tube.
From Mid-September until season’s end you’ll find these tasty pan fish schooled up in the numerous deep holes within a few minutes of the island. We recommend ¼ ounce jigs tipped with a minnow and small jigging spoons such as Swedish Pimples and DoAlls
There are countless small islands to provide the ideal setting for a traditional north woods shore lunch of walleye, baked beans, fried potatoes and all the fixings. We can set you up with everything you need for a shore lunch or it’s included if you hire a guide. To catch Canada’s tastiest fresh water fish we recommend you bring a 6 ½ to 7 ½ foot light- to medium-light rod with 6 or 8 pound test line, ¼ to 3/8 ounce jigs, and jigging spoons such as Swedish Pimples and DoAlls.
The heavy smallmouth population is supported by the extensive availability of shallow bays and rocky shoreline. The spawning season for Bass begins in late May with catch-and-release only during the month of June. We recommend using ultralight and light rods with artificial lures including topwater, shallow- to deep-running crank baits, and plastic worms.
From May through mid-October, Northern Pike are plentiful in the extensive weed beds throughout Stevens Bay. We recommend 6 ½ to 7 ½ -foot medium-heavy to heavy rods with a minimum 20 pound test line.
An optimum tackle outfit would include 3/8ths ounce and ½ ounce twin spin spinner baits with white, chartreuse or fire tiger skirts tipped with a twister tail; and spoons and weedless spoons with five of diamonds, red devil and Johnson silver minnow in various colors.
We frequently host muskie fishermen who come to this area from all over the world to tie into trophy muskies that have topped over 55 inches. We are a strong advocate of the catch-and-release policy to support the growth of the muskie population. We recommend 6 ½ to 8 ½ foot heavy action rods with a minimum of 50 pound test line. An appropriate array of lures would include bucktails, top water, shallow- to deep-running crankbait and an assortment of soft plastic baits.
There are also lakes brimming with Lake Trout just a short distance away.
We will happily locate the current fishing hotspots and area water hazards on our detailed maps then we’ll take you out in a boat for a personal tour of the area. If you prefer, we have fishing guides available with many years of experience who will take you to the ideal spots based on the conditions of the day. Guides also clean and package your catch however they are in demand so you need to book as far in advance as possible.