Ontario, Canada Fly-In Fishing Trip Preparation Guide

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Planning and preparing for a fly in fishing trip

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Planning and preparing for a fly in fishing trip


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Minnesota Conservation Officer Grand Marais and Ely Regional Training Officer New Ulm Division Operations Manager St. Paul 33 years

Because you can get a real wilderness experience that is easily accessible, affordable, with great fishing and comfortable accommodations Plus quality equipment and lots of amenities


Legal requirements and Canada Customs issues you need to check out before you book a trip and take off !!!

Criminal Violations or DUI record Game and Fish License Suspension Firearms possession in Canada Passport Current Other customs requirements (food and bait)

Canadian Border Services (customs) www.cbsa.gc.ca Canadian Firearms Center www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca Citizenship and Immigration Canada DUI or criminal record concerns www.cic.gc.ca

Safety/required equipment should include a lifejacket, raingear, sunscreen, bug dope, two way radio, water filters or pump, and a first aid kit

Fishing Equipment 2-3 breakdown rods Rod case 2-3 reels (short) Depth finder/batteries Fillet knife/sharpener Extra spool of line Pliers/ hook remover Soft tackle box Tackle including spoons, crank baits, jig heads - (blaze orange, chartreuse and white) lindy or spinner rigs, slip bobbers, ties, leaders, swivels, split shot, stinger, and hooks (this slide also includes optional equipment including a portable downrigger and accessories for Lake Trout)

Most people bring way too much fishing equipment!!!

Food and beverages and how to pack

Packing food and beverages Plastic totes and packs work well Avoid large, heavy containers, cardboard or paper boxes, and bags Take only what you need for your party Try to avoid glass containers and cans, transfer to plastic when possible Eliminate oversized bags and boxes Avoid heavy beverages like cases of pop, bring mix drinks, coffee, tea, etc. Have frozen meats individually packaged in freezer paper and packed in a small cooler Eggs should be put in protected containers Loaves of bread should be put in a hard container or cooler Vegetables and potatoes should be either frozen or freeze dried You will probably eat some meals of fish, but bring some emergency freeze dried or boxed meals just in case Foods like pasta or wild rice take much less room and weigh much less than potatoes You will also need to bring dish towels, dish soap, wash cloths, bath towel, pillow case, soap, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, and lighters or matches You may be drinking and using lake water for cooking, so make sure you either boil it first, or use a filter or filter pump and bring a collapsible water bag if you are at an outpost cabin

All my clothes, fishing tackle, gear, and food for four people for last summer s fly in fishing trip

Fill out and bring the Ontario boat and water safety form or take a boat and water class and get certified in your state

Ontario Boating Safety Form(Rental Boat Safety Checklist)

Before the float plane is loaded your food, tackle, and gear will be weighed (100 lbs per person)

Then the plane will be loaded and you will take off for Smoothrock or your outpost cabin

Debbie Alexander Smoothrock Camp Manager

Every morning Smoothrock Camp staff will have your boat cleaned, rain water removed, fueled up, and ready to go

Fantastic FishingWalleyes Northern Pike Lake Trout

The best walleye fishing I have ever seen and I have fished Minnesota, other states, the Boundary Waters, other Canadian Provinces, and other regions of Ontario, but nothing compares to the Wabakimi region

Very simple fishing tactics, jig heads with minnows, crawlers, leeches, or your favorite artificial baits, and you will catch lots of Walleyes

Packaging and Transporting Sport FishThis year thousands of anglers will travel provincial highways to fish Ontario's many lakes and streams. Throughout the fishing season, resident and non-resident anglers will steal away to secret fishing holes in search of their favorite catch of walleye, perch, bass or northern pike. Anglers who may be considering a fishing trip in the near future need to ensure they are transporting fish home in compliance with the Ontario Fishing Regulations, which help protect fisheries resources. The fish that you catch and keep may be gilled and gutted. However, please remember that fish taken from waterbodies where size limits are in effect must be readily measurable at all times, unless the fish: are being prepared for immediate consumption are prepared at an overnight accommodation for storage are being transported on the water from a temporary overnight accommodation to your primary residence and you are not engaged in sport fishing, or, are being transported overland. In addition, when packaging fish you must ensure that a Conservation Officer can determine: the number of fish you have, and, the species of fish that you have in your possession. This may require leaving a large patch of skin, the head, or some other identifying feature on the fish, depending on the species of fish (e.g., lake whitefish vs. lake herring). Improperly packaged fish fillets are difficult for Conservation Officers to inspect. These packages sometimes contain many fillets that are either frozen or have been cut up into small pieces, or both. Sometimes skin is left on the fillets, other times it isn't.

Tips for Transporting FishAll fish -- not just those with limits -- must be packaged so that they can be easily counted and identified. Package each fish individually or arrange your fish in a clear freezer bag. Place the fillets flat in the bag. DO NOT freeze your fillets in a container such as a milk carton or margarine tub. A large lump of fillets frozen in bags is also not acceptable. Remember, fish must be packaged in such a way that they can be easily counted. Ensure you leave at least a large patch of skin on all fish fillets for identification purposes. Since anglers often transport various species of fish and it's their responsibility to ensure each and every fillet of their catch can be identified. Some species (such as lake whitefish and lake herring) may require additional identifying features such as leaving on the head Conservation Officers may inspect your catch at any time. Always have your fish and your licenses easily accessible. Pack your coolers of fish last and where they can be quickly inspected. No one wants to unload a vehicle to find licenses and coolers If a Conservation Officer inspects the sport fish you're transporting and finds they are improperly packaged: your catch may be seized for evidence. you could get a ticket and be fined. you may have to attend court, usually close to where the inspection took place, which may be far away from where you live. Last but not least, before planning your trip, ensure you pick up a copy of the current year's Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations

One fish/two fillets per bag and large skin patch attached One Northern Pike

One Walleye

Staff will show you where to fish, give you some tips, and for first time guests you get free day guide service with shore lunch

Dave, Tucky, and Drake Dill Thunderhook/Smoothrock Owners