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Northern Ontario Tourism Organization, Sunset Country Ontario, Joliet Archery Club, Fox Valley Angler's Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Fox Valley Chapter

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Lake/Fishing Info

Wabaskang Lake

 

         Wabaskang Lake is located in Perrault Falls,  Ontario Canada. Perrault Falls is approximately 190 miles from International Falls, Minnesota, border crossing. This pristine area is home to over 130 lakes and over 600,000 acres to fish, hunt, and explore.

       Wabaskang Lake is over 15,000 acres and has approximately 105 miles of shoreline to enjoy. The lake is part of the Cedar River watershed which moves water from its origin on through to the English River and then further west to the Winnipeg River System.

          This incredibly healthy and diverse lake offers a wide variety of species to keep you plenty busy. Wabaskang Lake is host to walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, "jumbo" perch, lake trout, whitefish, crappie, and muskie.

      

        There are plenty of "eater" size fish to fill your daily limits but there are also plenty of trophy size fish caught all season long! The lake has a wide variety of bottom structures including islands, sunken islands, rocky shoals, points, bays, and weed beds. This variety means that there are countless places that hold good numbers of quality fish.  Because of the lake's shape and the many islands and protected bays, Wabaskang is fishable even on the windiest of days.

         The deepest part of the lake is over 90 feet but the average lake depth is about 20 feet. Although it is one lake, it is comprised of several smaller bodies of water  making it rather easy to fish. Anglers can reach any part of Wabaskang in one boat trip (portaging is not necessary to reach any part of the lake). We feel that it is not necessary to have a guide in order to make your trip one to remember. 

Fish Limits (Zone 4)

Sportsman’s License

Walleye = 4 (only one greater than 18”)

Northern = 4 (none between 27 ½“ & 35 ½“)

                         (only one greater than 35 ½”)

Smallmouth Bass = 2 thru June (less than 13 ¾”)

                                 = 4 beginning July 1 (any size)

Perch = 50

Lake Trout = 2 (only one greater than 22”)

                     = 0 (after September 30th)

Crappie = 15

Whitefish = 12

 

Conservation License

½ of all the above limits except crappie = 10

While we want you to enjoy filling your limits and your belly, we do strongly encourage catch and release practices of larger, mature fish. These practices along with improving feeder streams and spawning grounds have made the fishing here on Wabaskang better year after year and hopefully for generations to come. Most of our guests have grown accustomed to releasing all walleye over 18". If you do catch that trophy fish of a lifetime and want to get it mounted, we would gladly pay the difference to have a graphite replica made. Just take some quality pictures and a couple measurements and release the fish for a future angler to enjoy!

Questions:

  • What bait/lures should I bring?

    • Depends on what species you are targeting, what time of year you are fishing and what your level of confidence is​!

    • If you asked me what is the one lure/bait I would use to catch multiple species of fish I would say that you can't go wrong bringing and assorted size of jig heads and soft plastic bodies. Often, you can tip these with a little live bait and target virtually any fish.

    • ​Generally:​

      • Walleye: ​1/16 - 3/8 oz. jig head with soft plastics or live bait, worm harnesses, lindy rigs.

      • Northern: Spinner baits, jerk baits, and topwater baits (buzz baits, etc...)

      • Smallies: 1/8 - 1/4 oz. jig head with soft plastics, tube jigs, wacky worms, top water lures or a slip bobber and night crawler.

      • Perch: Slip bobber and piece of worm, 1/32 - 1/8 oz. jig head with small plastics, small hair jigs.

      • Lake Trout: Trolling spoons, 3/8 -1/2 oz. jig head tipped with minnow imitation plastics or live bait.

  • What kind of rod and reel do I need?

    • A medium rod with a spinning reel spooled with 8 -10lb mono will do the job. If you are going to cast for northerns, you may want a medium/heavy or heavy baitcasting rod and reel spooled with braided line. ​

    • I personally use a medium light rod spooled with 6lb mono which adds to the fun and challenge. It's whatever you feel confident with!

  • What is the best time of year to catch fish?

    • Walleye: ​Great pretty much all season long! There is a strong population of 1 -3 lb fish with many trophy size fish as well (4 - 12lb). 

    • Northern: Trophy size fish are caught all season long but the best time period is usually from late July thru September.

    • Smallies: Many fish in the 3 - 6lb range. Best time period is usually late June thru September.

    • Jumbo Perch: Excellent all season long! Lots of fish in the 9 - 14" range. Best time period is usually July and August.

    • Lake Trout: Early spring and late fall is best.

  • Do you sell live bait?

    • YES!!! You are welcome to bring your own or we have minnows, night crawlers and leeches for purchase in our bait shop.​

  • Do you supply lake maps?

    • YES! Upon your check in at camp we will give you a map of the lake and tell you which spots have been productive​, at what depth, and what baits have been working. Also, there is a larger map in our fish cleaning house that guests will mark during their stay.

Fun Facts/Info:

***Each spring a mature female walleye lays approximately 26,000 eggs per pound of body weight.  Less than 1 in 10,000 will survive to maturity under perfect conditions.***

Here is information from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) for the walleye population in Wabaskang Lake during a recent study of samples according to a standard gillnet method used in Ontario and Quebec.

"Wabaskang Lake Walleye Status Report Card"

  • Abundance is above average (compared to other walleye lakes in the Northwest Region)

  • Good size range of fish

  • Two very strong year-classes (ages 1 and 2) are entering the population

  • Male growth is similar to Northwest Region average. Female growth is higher after age 4

  • Male and female condition is slightly higher than the Northwest Region average

  • Egg production is much higher than the Northwest Region average

License Info / Fees (2019):

  • We do not sell licenses at Tall Pines Camp. They are available for purchase online or at the Dutchies general store 1 mile south of camp. You can also purchase them on your way to camp at QSL Tackle in Dryden.

  • Outdoor card (Needed for all licenses but valid for 3 years): $9.68

  • CONSERVATION License (canadian $)

    • 8 Day: $33.92

    • 1 Year: $56.17                                                          

  • SPORTSMAN License (canadian $)

    •  8 Day: $58.06

    • 1 Year: $88.92