Wow, what a busy summer it’s been (so busy, it feels like it’s still summer, even though the kids are back at school and the leaves are beginning to change). I took a couple of weeks off with the family, went fishing in Alberta and Quebec, and still found some time to continue to put the official Outdoor Canada fishing boat through its paces.

For example, Outdoor Canada managing editor Bob Sexton and associate editor Scott Gardner and I took the Kingfisher 1925 Flex back up to Lake Simcoe on August 24 for another crack at the giant smallmouth bass. Big lesson learned: get a digital scale. I caught what might very well have been my personal best smallie, but we’ll never know for sure (see photograph below). We taped the critter, and based on those measurements, it weighed an estimated six pounds. Not bad, certainly, but I’m sure it was heavier than that. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to keep trying to catch big bass.

The following week, my family and I spent a few days up in Muskoka, visiting my folks and other family, and yes, showing off the boat. We put in at the government boat launch off Appian Way on Lake Joseph and made our way up to Lake Rosseau and into the Joe River, where my wife’s brother-in-law and his family were cottaging. Many rock bass and tiddler smallies were caught off the dock, but I have to admit, I didn’t have much luck putting around the river with the electric, despite the awesome-looking mix of structure and cover. Next time, I must hook up with a local to fish the area.

Then on Labour Day, my stalwart fishing buddies Jon Baker and Patty Trudell (see my blog about La Réserve Beauchene) and I decided to check out some new-to-us water. Our destination of choice: Lake Dalrymple, just east of Lake Simcoe. Dalrymple is actually two lakes, separated by a shallow channel. It’s in this channel that you can find a public launch, but man, the water is skinny there, and the fit is tight, with boulders on either side of the gravel ramp. But the Flex went in without problem, gliding over sections that were at times less than two feet deep. It seems that boat can go almost anywhere (with the electric humming, that it is).

I can’t say we had a ton of action on Dalrymple, and I found out later from bass pro Barry Graves that we missed the true largemouth hot spot—it was the only part of the lake we didn’t fish. At least we have an excuse to return and get the boat wet again.

On Thursday, I’m off to Lake Athabasca to go fly fishing for lake trout at Lakers Unlimited’s Johnston Island Lodge, so you won’t be seeing any posts about the Outdoor Canada boat for a couple of weeks. But once I’m back and the fall bass bite is on, look out! Stay tuned.

Now that's a fish! I pulled this beast off Lake Simcoe's Big Shoal on the north side of Georgina Island

























Dalrymple dink: I'm assured there are bigger largemouth bass to be had. A return visit is in order










Joe Rive Molly smallie
River runt: My youngest, Molly, and one of the many tiddler smallies from the Joe