2012 Evening Fishing Schedule

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2012 Evening Fishing Schedule

Postby Todd B. on Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:06 pm

Welcome to the 2012 edition of the Evening fishing program.

Similar to past seasons, we will occasionally alternate the evenings between Tuesdays and Wednesdays to allow for greater participation, however the weather will ultimately dictate when they will be held. Recommended gear will also be listed along with any "strongly" suggested safety items.

In the event of bad weather, alternate "Rain Days" will be posted. Cancelations will be posted by noon of the scheduled day. It is recommended that you check the schedule before heading out.

Looking forward to seeing everyone out on the water!

** Disclaimer **
This is not an offical OFS Event. Anglers are reminded that there is always the possiblity of accidents/injuries, especially when wading. Anglers are responsible for their own safety and should always use proper safty equipment (PFDs, wading staffs, etc).



May

Wednesday, May 23rd
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Dow's Lake (fishing from shore, backwater around the pededstrian bridges)
Parking: Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Hartwell Locks.
Species: panfish, Crappie, Carp
Notes: We're starting off on dry land for those that don't have wading gear yet. Please be mindful of other people/pets that may be nearby when you're casting. If you're going to target crappie a #10 baitfish pattern such as an Olive Palmer Chenille is a good choice.

Wednesday, May 30th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Billings Bridge - Rideau R.
Parking: Warrington Dr. (south side of the road)
Species: Pike, Musky, Walleye, panfish, carp
Notes: Full wading gear will be required. A wading staff is recommended. If you're never waded this stretch of water just as for some pointers. The bottom is mostly large rocks, however there are a few "soft" areas and spots with clay.

June

Tuesday, June 5th
Time: 6:00 pm or later
Location: Ottawa River - Champlain Bridge (Quebec Side)
Parking: along Blvd de Lucerne
Target Species: Anything but bass

Notes: A regular Ontario Fishing license or QC fishing license is required. Full wading gear will be required and appropriate safety gear should be used. This is a good opportunity to learn the river prior to the trout stocking later in the month. #10, #12 caddis dry flies are a good choice for rising trout. If you manage to catch any trout, the Green Drake would appreciate any photos that are taken. There is plenty of accessible water from above the Champlain Bridge to slightly below the downstream pedestrian bridge. All can be accessed via the NCC bike path.

Wednesday, June 13th
Time: 6:00 pm or later
Location: Ottawa River - Champlain Bridge (Quebec Side)
Parking: along Blvd de Lucerne
Target Species: Brown Trout or anything but bass

Notes: A regular Ontario Fishing license or QC fishing license is required. Full wading gear will be required and appropriate safety gear should be used. #10, #12 caddis dry flies are a good choice for rising trout. If you manage to catch any trout, the Green Drake would appreciate any photos that are taken. There is plenty of accessible water from above the Champlain Bridge to slightly below the downstream pedestrian bridge. All can be accessed via the NCC bike path.

Wednesday, June 20th
Location: Rideau River @ Carleton U
Time: 6pm
Parking: next to the National Wildlife Research Centre (see link above)
Species: SM, walleye, pike, muskie, carp
Notes: Wading across the river at the bridge can be difficult even during low water. The recommended crossing point is at the top of the rapids, across the flat ridge. Lots of small SM can be found throughout the pocket water and seams in the rapids, however SM does not open until Saturday. Below the rapids you can expect to find pretty much anything. Some nice pike and eyes have been caught here this season.




Tuesday, July 3rd Cancelled Due to T-Storms - moved to Thurs, July 5th
Location: Strathcona Park - Rideau R.
Time: 6pm
Parking: availble at the park (end of Sumerset)
Species: Bass, Walleye, Pike, Muskie, Carp
Notes: The most productive spots are either above or below the rapids. Water depths of 2.5-3' have been the most productive in the past. Heavy crayfish patterns bounced along the bottom as well as poppers can be be extremely effective.

Tuesday, July 10th
Location: Rideau River @ Hogs Back
Time: 6pm
Parking: Available at Hogs Back Park
Species: SM, Musky, Walleye (near/after dark)
Notes: From the northwest corner of the parking lot, take the lower trail. You can either take the path that runs to the river where the lower path crosses the culvert or continue walking until you get closer to the Baseline bridge, where the trail to the river is evident. Given that the rocks along this stretch of river can be quite slippery, a wading staff is highly recommended. The upper reaches offers pocket water, while the lower runs cater to swinging files. Don't hesitate to swing poppers as well if you want some topwater action. :-)

Wednesday, July 18th
Location: Britannia Filtration Plant - Ottawa R.
Time: 6pm
Parking: 4 spots available at the entrance to the filtration plant, otherwise parking is available on the side of the road
Notes: The inner channel has numerous flat sections that can be very slippery and treacherous if the water levels are up, however with the low water levels you will be looking for those deeper fish holding spots. Proper wading gear and safety equipment is strongly suggested. Bubblegum Pink Canadian Killers have been suggested as good flies for late evening channel cats. Poppers and dry flies are always fun if the SM are rising to the hatch.

Wednesday, July 25th

Location: Rideau River - Long Island
Time: 6pm
Parking: Limited parking at the end of Lockview. Additional parking at David Bartlet Park or Beryl Gaffney Park.
Species: SM, LM, muskie, redhorse, fallfish, walleye (if you stay till dark).
Notes: The broken rock bottom can make for a technical wade in some spots. Us of a wading staff can prevent some nasty tumbles. There is a lot of water to fish. Smaller bass and some good sized fallfish can be found in the runs and flats. The bottom most flats can be a lot of fun with topwater/dries. Larger SM can be found along the drop-offs around the deeper pools. Heavy flies are needed get down to these fish. IIf you wish to fish the lower section without having to wade down from the dam, stay on the main park trail (gravel) until you get to the set of staircases. Just to the right there is a well worn trail down to the river, which will lead you to the bottom of the last set of rapids above the flats.

Thursday, August 2nd
Location: Bate Island - Ottawa R.
Time: 6pm
Parking: on-site
Notes: River access is from the southeast end of the island. The most productive water has typically been on the southernmost channel. A wading staff is an essential piece of gear for this stretch of water. About halfway up the island (just above the large bolder mid river) is the easiest point at which to wade across the channel to the south channel. Water levels are currently low, which should provide a relatively easy wade.

Thursday, August 16th

Location: Rideau River - Long Island
Time: 6pm
Parking: Limited parking at the end of Lockview. Additional parking at David Bartlet Park or Beryl Gaffney Park.
Species: SM, LM, muskie, redhorse, fallfish, walleye (if you stay till dark).
Notes: The broken rock bottom can make for a technical wade in some spots. Us of a wading staff can prevent some nasty tumbles. There is a lot of water to fish. Smaller bass and some good sized fallfish can be found in the runs and flats. The bottom most flats can be a lot of fun with topwater/dries. Larger SM can be found along the drop-offs around the deeper pools. Heavy flies are needed get down to these fish. IIf you wish to fish the lower section without having to wade down from the dam, stay on the main park trail (gravel) until you get to the set of staircases. Just to the right there is a well worn trail down to the river, which will lead you to the bottom of the last set of rapids above the flats.

Wednesday, August 22nd
Location: Bate Island - Ottawa R.
Time: 6pm
Parking: on-site
Notes: River access is from the southeast end of the island. The most productive water has typically been on the southernmost channel. A wading staff is an essential piece of gear for this stretch of water. About halfway up the island (just above the large bolder mid river) is the easiest point at which to wade across the channel to the south channel. Water levels are currently low, which should provide a relatively easy wade. Look SM, look for flats/runs that are at least 3' deep. Crayfish/bugger patterns should still be effective.

Wednesday, August 29th

Location: Rideau River - Long Island
Time: 6pm
Parking: Limited parking at the end of Lockview. Additional parking at David Bartlet Park or Beryl Gaffney Park.
Species: SM, LM, muskie, redhorse, fallfish, walleye (if you stay till dark).
Notes: The broken rock bottom can make for a technical wade in some spots, though the lower flats section is significantly easier to wade than the upper and middle stretch. Use of a wading staff can prevent some nasty tumbles. There is a lot of water to fish. Smaller bass and some good sized fallfish can be found in the runs and flats. The bottom most flats can be a lot of fun with topwater/dries. Larger SM can be found along the drop-offs around the deeper pools. Heavy flies are needed get down to these fish. IIf you wish to fish the lower section without having to wade down from the dam, stay on the main park trail (gravel) until you get to the set of staircases. Just to the right there is a well worn trail down to the river, which will lead you to the bottom of the last set of rapids above the flats.

Thursday, September 13th
Location: Rideau River @ Hogs Back
Time: 6pm or earlier if you want more time on the water
Parking: Available at Hogs Back Park
Species: SM, Musky, Walleye (near/after dark)
Notes: From the northwest corner of the parking lot, take the lower trail. You can either take the path that runs to the river where the lower path crosses the culvert or continue walking until you get closer to the Baseline bridge, where the trail to the river is evident. Given that the rocks along this stretch of river can be quite slippery, a wading staff is highly recommended. The upper reaches offers pocket water, while the lower runs cater to swinging files. Don't hesitate to swing poppers as well if you want some topwater action. :-)
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