Fishing along the Ottawa River may very well be one of the best kept secrets in Eastern Ontario’s rural tourism industry. With its murky waters and mix of currents, the Ottawa River is not only a Canadian heritage icon, but a treasure trove of fish species that roam around its depths. From musky to pike to the 4-foot gar, experts and amateurs alike are always looking for that elusive “big one” and, if you know what you’re doing, you will most likely end up with the biggest catch of the day on your line.
Due to this reputation and popularity, Eastern Ontario has for a while attracted the attention of many tourists and visitors looking for a great fishing adventure, and top-rated guides are always available to help out groups both small and large, experts or first-time anglers, to have the best time of their lives! For example, Alan Gibbins and Bill Davis from the popular `The Fish Finders’ TV Show, airing on the World Fishing Network, were recently in the region to film a musky episode for their 2014-2015 season with expert fishing guide John Anderson:
“We have said it a thousand times, the single best investment you can make when fishing a new body of water or fishing for a new species of fish is hiring the services of a guide or local expert who knows the body of water and fish patterns intimately. Our latest trip to the Ottawa River to shoot a late fall Musky episode was no exception to this rule,” Alan Gibbins, host of The Fish Finders said.
“The skies had partially cleared when Bill’s fish was hooked and after a long, overcast afternoon the skies had started to clear again just as the sun was setting,” he said.
“The winds had also diminished and as we were making our final casts of the trip, John managed to attract a nice follower to the boat and continued to work it with figure eight after figure eight. About thirty seconds later the fish smashed the Bull Dawg and after a short fight the fish was brought to boat side. Like the previous fish, this musky came from a shallow weed flat adjacent to a drop. Unlike the previous fish though, this one was the 50 inch trophy we were looking for! Our persistence had paid off and as John had drilled into us over the two days, ‘always finish your casts’.”
Stories like this are commonplace in Eastern Ontario, where rural life meets extraordinary outdoor experiences. Are you interested in finding a great guide for your next fishing adventure? Contact us and we’ll “hook” you up! Or if you’re just getting into fishing, discover the Ontario Learn to fish program. This is a free, hands-on program that teaches new anglers how to fish in Ontario.