Hook, Line & Sinker
Fishing along our shores is a ton of fun for your entire family and provides a great outdoors, natural forum to spend quality time together. The best part of course is watching your children’s reaction when the bob disappears underwater and their rod begins to bend! In our area, you will most likely be catching pan or sun fish, perch, rock bass, catfish or bass.
Taking the family fishing can be quite exciting but always watch your children close to the water – excitement can sometimes replace caution. The St. Lawrence Parks has plenty of perfect shoreline fishing spots along the 1000 Islands or Long Sault Parkway or at any one of our campgrounds. Pick your spot carefully – we have lots of weedy areas, trees or logs fallen in the water, bridge pylons, rock outcroppings, docks or cribs or sloping shorelines – these are ideal playgrounds for fish. Always cast up steam, and let the current bring your lure past your desired location. Try your luck casting towards a dock or under a tree arching over the water.
Ivy Lea campground shoreline has a fairly strong current – so it would be better to cast up stream and let your line drift down. What’s the best fish food? The Pros will have their own secrets, but for shoreline fun, try worms, minnows, some small, shiny lures – even pork rinds! For some reason, fishing seems to be optimum just before or after a rain or 2 hours after dawn or before dusk. Also, make sure you have a stringer or a cooler with water to keep your catch alive while fishing. Or, if just for the sport of it, throwing back is just as fun – just remember a camera – it helps people believe your stories!
Hopple Creek Basin
Hoople Creek Basin is one of the largest natural Pickerel fish hatcheries and fishing areas in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. This is a natural paradise, second to none, and it runs through a river only minutes away from Canada's major commercial artery, Highway 401.
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Milles Roche Campground
Canadian angler Ashley Rae recently spent a few days fishing Carp at the Milles Roche Campground and blogged about her experience. Highlights include:
"Saturday was a busy day with lots of fish being reeled in! I was so excited to land my first fish of the trip and it was a nice one at that! I started off the day using maize and after getting a few fish I didn’t want to switch it up. Leading up to the trip we prepared three boilie recipes but the corn bite seemed to be on pretty good, although the guys caught some of the larger fish on boilies."
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