Lake Nipissing Fishing
At Mashkinonje Lodge fishing is our passion! We have a steeped history in catering to our guests, many of whom have been returning for twenty-five plus years. Our priority is to provide you with the equipment and knowledge necessary to make your fishing expedition both a pleasure, and a success.
Lake Nipissing is a renowned fishery. The fifth largest lake in Ontario (excluding the great lakes), Nipissing covers approximately 850 square kms. It is relatively shallow (about 30 ft. in most places) and as a result, is well aerated, which leads to an abundance of healthy plant, plankton and resulting fish life. Mashkinonje Lodge is located on the west arm of Lake Nipissing. The west arm differs from the main body of water due to its rocky shorelines, deeper water depths and the fact that it is sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds experienced on east Nipissing. On some parts of Nipissing, high winds can keep anglers off of the water for days at a time. The west arm is sheltered enough from high winds to ensure you can fish in all conditions, while at the same time offering access to 'the big water'.
Lake Nipissing has a storied Walley fishery producing both size and numbers of Walleye. With each passing year the lake yields larger specimens with double digit tanks occurring regularly. The average size of Lake Nipissing's walleye is an indicator of its productive ecology. walleye in the one to two pound range are plentiful, three and four pound common, with many walleye exceeding more than five pounds. The west arm is home to a healthy population of walleye that continues to produce with each passing year. The west arm and west bay of Lake Nipissing is also sheltered from commercial netting operations that have been known to take place on the main body of water.
The most underrated species of Lake Nipissing has to be both smallmouth and largemouth bass. The lake is host to a truly remarkable population which are largely ignored by anglers. Here you can expect to catch smallies in both size and numbers. Fish in the one to four pound range are common with many going five and six pounds, plus. largemouth bass can be found all season long in any of the many shallow, weedy bays and along shorelines. Largemouth Bass in the one to four pound range are common with bigger fish being caught throughout the season.
Lake Nipissing is the home of dinosaur muskies, including the 58 inch catch and release world record (caught in October of 2006). Big water equals big fish, and these waters are full of them. The west arm and west bay of Lake Nipissing (where Mashkinonje Lodge is located) is a famous musky fishery in itself. Each year we see a good number of fish caught in the 50 inch plus class, with the occasional slob measuring 55 inches or greater! Equally remarkable, is how low the fishing pressure is here for such a huge lake and great musky fishery. For a truly awesome adventure, we highly recommend a guided expedition from our professional guides Danny Colomby or Regan Thompson.
Ontario Outdoors Magazine rated Lake Nipissing in the top 5 for pike fishing lakes in all of Ontario in their recent article titled, "Best Water Bets for 20+ Pound Pike". Lake Nipissings size and forage base allow it's northern pike to reach impressive sizes. The lake has a diverse structure with many sunken islands and reefs, providing excellent forage areas for these predatory beasts. northern pike in Lake Nipissing are common in the 2 to 5 lb range. However, each year we see many fish caught are caught in the 15 lb range with the occasional monster in excesss of 20 lbs. If your targeting northern pike specifically, your chances at a trophy are good.
Bait, tackle and fishing gear available at our Marina
Fishing maps located in each cottage and also available for purchase
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