Algonquin Canoe Trip

Algonquin Spring Fishing

Rock Lake, Pen Lake, Clydegale Lake, Welcome Lake, Harry Lake

May 9 - 13, 2005

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Algonquin Spring Fishing 2005

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Day Four - Hanging out on Pen Lake

Today Art and Jack were heading home so we paddled up Pen Lake with them. Well, actually Eric and I went off to fish at the bottom of the falls from Clydegale for awhile first. Eric had a Brookie on the line before I could even get a worm on a hook. It was an 18" beauty of a fish. We weighed it at 2 1/2 lbs on the spring scale I have that was handed down to me from my Great Grandfather. Later, we weighted it again on the new fangled digital scale one of the other guys had added to their toy collection for the year and believe it or not the fancy digital scale was wrong by 3/4 of a lb. It actually had the nerve to claim that this fish Algonquin Brook Trout (Speckled Trout)was only 1 3/4 lb. You have to wonder why they can't build a decent scale anymore <grin>. It was only a few minutes later that I had my own fish hooked and reeled in my own trophy. Honesty forces me to admit that it was slightly smaller than the one Eric had caught, being just a touch shorter and weighing a mere 2 1/4 lbs. After that all we were catching were suckers so we reeled in and started paddling.

Dock at the Pen Lake end of the Rock Lake to Pen portageOnce we were out of the shallows we started trolling as we headed up the lake. Eric caught a nice Laker on the way up, but the big surprise was waiting for us when we got up to the portage to Rock Lake and caught up to the rest of the guys. Murray had hooked a 4 lb 4 oz Laker (and that's even on the new fangled digital scale) on the way up the lake and after about a 10 minute fight had even managed to land it. Landing 4lb 4oz Lake Trout - Algonquin Provincial Parkthe fish wouldn't be that much of a surprise if his unnamed partner working the net didn't have a history of knocking fish loose.

This was a good day for Lake Trout fishing. Between the 4 of us on the way back down the lake we caught at least 5 Lakers, including Rick and Murray having a double header - paddling together in the same canoe they each caught a fish at the same time. We also found a good solid chunk of ice on the shore and hacked off enough to fill the cooler bag.


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