Ang and Pete are big fans of the fishing that the Algoma region of Ontario has to offer. Let’s face it – with great scenery, thousands of bodies of water, multiple fish species and an array of great lodges, who wouldn’t be?
They are also big fans of the people in the area... hardcore outdoors people! They love fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, kayaking...you name it, they do it.
For this Fish’n Canada episode, they travelled to Buck Lake Lodge on what is referred to as Buck Lake (in actuality its true native name is Obakamiga Lake, which means “lake of many bays”). The trip commenced from a previous shoot in Northwest Ontario so it involved a drive east and south on Hwy 17 to White River and then a turn north on to Hornepayne.
After a good night’s sleep in White River, the boys woke up to a constant misty and rainy morning... not conducive to safe flying. After a quick breakfast, they ventured north on Hwy 631.
"This was the best part of the drive," says Pete. "We saw two gorgeous bull moose along the highway...a real bonus in such rugged terrain."
The bad weather stayed relentless; it just would not stop! They puttered around the thriving metropolis of their departure point of Hornepayne (not many Timmy’s in that area) and eventually made their way to Forde Air Base.
Upon arrival to one of the fully appointed Bingwood log cabins, the entire team unloaded the gear and had a chance to hit the water for a few hours. Unfortunately, the rain never really left and thus, the camera pretty much stayed in the bag.
"When weather like this happens," says Ang, "Pete and I don’t take the day off. Instead we tell the camera operators to sit tight and make sure all the gear is ready to go while we go check out the fishing."
“We covered a ton of water,” says Pete, “but couldn’t put together anything solid... not really what we anticipated but we knew that the potential for greatness could be right around the corner.”
Little did the guys know that they would find greatness in an area called Witches Nose.
“At the Forde Air Base,” says Ang, “we met a departing customer flying out from Buck Lake Lodge and all he said to us was 'Witches Nose'...hmm.”
On that wet and windy day Ang and Pete definitely found fish at Witches... unfortunately, they were the wrong species. It was loaded with northern pike in around 12 feet of water...a preferred walleye depth given to us by the locals.
- Fish'n Canada