18" Lake Trout on Ralph Bice Lake

Ralph Bice Trout Fishing

Algonquin Provincial Park

May 9 - 12, 2013

22" Lake Trout caught on Ralph Bice Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park

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Ralph Bice Lake

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Loaded up and ready to start our canoe trip from Magnetawan LakeScott and I had planned on heading in to Ralph Bice Lake for our spring fishing trip a couple of years ago, but 2011 turned out to be a really late ice out and that year we ended up heading back south of Highway 60 to Pen Lake and still had to move our start date out a day.

This year we decided we'd try again and remembering the late ice out the last time we planned on a trip into Ralph Bice Lake, we decided to go later than usual. We usually plan our spring trout fishing trip for the first or 2nd weekend of trout season, but this year we held off until Mother's Day weekend.

Ralph Bice Lake - Ontario MapRalph Bice Lake is just a couple of short portages from Access Point #3 on Magnetawan Lake. A lot of folks still know Ralph Bice Lake as Butt Lake which was it's name before being renamed to honor Ralph Bice. An interesting bit of trivia I've heard is that Ralph Bice himself wasn't a fan of lakes being renamed and always insisted on referring to Butt Lake as Eagle Lake which was it's name befoe getting renamed to Butt Lake.

To get there from southern Ontario you head up Highway 11 past Huntsville before turning east on Hwy 518 to Kearney. There is an Algonquin Provincial Park permit office right on the main street in Kearney that serves Access Points 2- Tim River, 3 - Magnetawan Lake and 4 - Rain Lake. Once you have your permits it is about a 45 minute drive from Kearney to Magnetawan Ralph Bice Lake Canoe Trip MapLake. Most of the road is gravel, but it was in good condition when we were there.

Our plan was to set up a base camp on Ralph Bice Lake and then do day trips up to David Lake and Mubwayaka Lake to the north and then to Little Trout Lake and Queer Lake to the east. Ralph Bice Lake is known as a good Lake Trout lake while the other lakes in the area would give us a chance to catch some Brook Trout (Speckled Trout).


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