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Why Ontario’s Bon Echo Is a Prime Destination for Hard-core Anglers (and Families, Too)

Angling Adventures at Bon Echo

Beloved Provincial Park Has Outstanding Fishing—If You're Willing to Sweat a Little

Scott Gardner
Scott Gardner

Believe it or not, we experienced fishing comparable to what you find in remote backcountry lakes, but in a park full of campers. For example, the shots above were all taken our first afternoon (clockwise from the top left, that’s Adam Holman, Rob Dankowsky, Eric Moreau and me.) All of Bon Echo’s interior lakes have bass and pike, and Joeperry and Kishkebus have lakers, too. And according to superintendent Richards, Kishkebus in particular has exceptional bass and lake trout action, and sees almost no fishing pressure.

We visited just after the bass season opened, so largies and smallies were on our mind. Since our group of four hard-core anglers was staying right on Bon Echo Lake, naturally that was the first place we targeted. It was the right call. In just four hours of fishing on our first drizzly afternoon, we all had at least a dozen fish, and all four of us had a bass either just over or just under four pounds.

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.

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