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Trip Reports / Re: End of season
« Last post by TrollingTom on October 15, 2021, 10:16:28 AM »
I just thought I would write a quick report.  I was up closing down the cottage for the year and only got maybe 4 hours of fishing in.  Caught 5 walleye with 1 being in the slot but released back to the lake.  Since buying the cottage I have been up lots and have found kipawa to be challenging in the fall.  I am marking fish but having hard time catching, looks like it will be a puzzle I will have to figure out next year.  We were lucky to have Tina and Brian come visit on Sunday and see our new place before they shut down Alwaki for the winter.  I hope everyone has a safe winter and hope to see most of you next year when the fishing opens again.


Try using a Ned Rig with a worm or leach on the hook and drift/drag the bottom where you are marking. Much like bass fishing. Found great success in that. Happy fishing!
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General Discussion / Re: Been Too Quiet
« Last post by TrollingTom on October 15, 2021, 10:10:57 AM »
Still here. Life’s getting busy…the final push to retirement and a vision of summers on Kipawa…not a week here and there. 😉

And it’s Cleveland Browns/NFL season…I have another constant distraction.



-----Go Browns and go Baker :)
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Trip Reports / Re: West Arm, Lake Nipissing Thanksgiving
« Last post by GregL on October 15, 2021, 08:42:05 AM »
Glad to hear you had a problem free trip with your Ulterra. You sure have had your share of 10 peoples issues.
Now for the fishing. Water temps are still way too high. Fish have not started the big feed yet. They just haven't done their migration yet.
I follow Tom Bolley on YT and he's finding his fish mostly shallow 6-8 fow.

We have, but I think were good now :)

I watch his vids as well. He is a extremely knowledgeable guy for sure! I watched that video on the leech lake shallow bite and wanted to try out the west bay flats. Probably should have, we checked around some high percentage shallow areas near deep neck downs and current but didn't mark anything. There is so much shallow water in the west bay you could search for days LOL! So we decided to go back to where we were finding fish.. 25- 35' and see if we could get them to bite.

I said I wouldn't go back but it's almost a challenge now because we know the lake has a decent population considering the pressure it sees. So we are talking about staying a week next year, to give us time to do more searching. I'm kind feeling like we might find more fish near where the French River meets the lake. Certainly there is a lot more structure and big main lake flats & humps etc.
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Trip Reports / Re: West Arm, Lake Nipissing Thanksgiving
« Last post by plowjock on October 14, 2021, 08:11:50 PM »
Glad to hear you had a problem free trip with your Ulterra. You sure have had your share of 10 peoples issues.
Now for the fishing. Water temps are still way too high. Fish have not started the big feed yet. They just haven't done their migration yet.
I follow Tom Bolley on YT and he's finding his fish mostly shallow 6-8 fow.
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Trip Reports / West Arm, Lake Nipissing Thanksgiving
« Last post by GregL on October 13, 2021, 08:31:19 AM »
We spent Saturday - Tuesday on the west arm, we stayed at a lodge close to the Mashkinonje Provincial Park. Fished a huge area from Warren Lake to about 3/4 down the west bay.

Fishing was better than last year but still slow. We probably put 25 walleye in the boat over the weekend. Tina was the expert this weekend she put 3 fish 18" up to 18.5. Out of all those fish
we could keep 1!

What surprised me was where they were located. We always fish the Warren Lake because I always feel the deep water will hold eyes. We do catch there but not very many, typically we
find then around the west bay area. Not this time all but a few of our fish came from the Warren Lake. Most came on jigs, a couple on worm harnesses and 0 trolling. I tried minnows this year
with very little luck, worms out fish them by a big margin!

We didn't mark more than 3-4 fish at a time and very few in the west bay area, they seemed to be really scattered. Water temp was 62.5 in most areas.

I'm happy to report our Ulterra didn't fail once, we may have a good one now!! Worked like a charm all weekend.


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Trip Reports / Re: End of season
« Last post by Ozzy30 on October 13, 2021, 08:16:32 AM »
Not with the sled I have now Greg. I used to sled all the time but my back can't handle the trail riding for too long.  Would be beautiful up there though.
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Trip Reports / Re: End of season
« Last post by GregL on October 13, 2021, 08:12:29 AM »
Congrats on the new place and the successful shut down :)

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Trip Reports / Re: End of season
« Last post by Greg on October 12, 2021, 09:49:41 PM »
Good to hear your made it through your first shut down Ozzy!

Ya, the fall fishing thing for me was similar.   

Would you ever, in the middle of winter, go for a snowmobile ride to see the cottage?  (its something that is on my bucket list ...some day..)

Greg
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Trip Reports / End of season
« Last post by Ozzy30 on October 12, 2021, 01:15:23 PM »
I just thought I would write a quick report.  I was up closing down the cottage for the year and only got maybe 4 hours of fishing in.  Caught 5 walleye with 1 being in the slot but released back to the lake.  Since buying the cottage I have been up lots and have found kipawa to be challenging in the fall.  I am marking fish but having hard time catching, looks like it will be a puzzle I will have to figure out next year.  We were lucky to have Tina and Brian come visit on Sunday and see our new place before they shut down Alwaki for the winter.  I hope everyone has a safe winter and hope to see most of you next year when the fishing opens again.
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Sometimes I think some decisions are made just to make it look like they are actually doing something, doesn't matter if its a good one.
In the case of Nipissing I wonder if they've changed any of the regs pertaining to the native harvest as well?

I doubt it.

Really a 2 fish limit is fine if you live close by , just go out grab a few for dinner when you want, all good.

We rent a cabin once a year here and the cost $$ vs reward is not worth it to go to nip any more.

When we fish for walleye it's for meat LOL!.. If I wanted to fish for fishing.. that would musky or bass. They fight better LOL!
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