2014 Evening Fishing Schedule

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2014 Evening Fishing Schedule

Postby Todd B. on Sun May 25, 2014 8:57 pm

Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Evening fishing program.

Outings will typically be on Tuesdays, however the weather and my schedule may require a different night be used. 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

Tuesday, May 27th
Time: 6:30 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. Nomads are another good choice.

June

Tuesday, June 3rd
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Dow's Lake (fishing from shore, backwater around the pededstrian bridges)
Parking: Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Hartwell Locks.
Species: panfish, Crappie, Carp
Notes: The water should have cleared up somewhat from last week and the warm weather should improve the bite. 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. Nomads are another good choice.

Tuesday, June 10th
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've never waded this particlar stretch. The bottom is mostly large rocks, however there are a few "soft" areas and spots with clay. If you've never fished this stretch, the best way to get a feel for the water is to enter at the wooden stairs and immdiately work your way upstream, where you'll find an expansive flats section between the islands. From here you can explore the various parts of the river.

i]Tuesday, June 17th[/i]
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Jock R.
Parking: Jock River Landing Park (off of Prince of Wales Dr, just south of Woodroff)
Species: Walleye, panfish, red horse, fall fish, Bass (though currently OOS), Muskie (in upper reaches)
Notes: Wading gear is required, a staff is always a good idea. After you pass under the bridge, there is a path upstream along the right hand bank, that provides quick access to the river. I you prefer to fish the mouth, you're better off wading from the south shore out into the Rideau. Water levels are still up a bit from the recent rains, but I has been steadily dropping. Heavy buggers are a good choice for the local walleye.

July

Friday July 11th Rescheduled Date
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 (RVCA).
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. The water levels have finally dropped to good levels. If you haven't fished this reach, be sure to ask anyone that has for wading pointers, etc. Use of a wading staff can prevent some nasty tumbles. 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. If 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. This past weekend produced a number of 13" SM and a nice walleye.

Monday, July 14th
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 Island.

Tuesday, July 22nd
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. The top section can be particularly fun in the later part of the evening when the hatches get going and you can toss dry flies to rising bass.

August

Tuesday, August 5th
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. Crossing the river is easiest along the top of the ridge just upstream of the bridge. 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. :-)

Tuesday August 12th
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 (RVCA).
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. The water levels have finally dropped to good levels. If you haven't fished this reach, be sure to ask anyone that has for wading pointers, etc. Use of a wading staff can prevent some nasty tumbles. 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. If 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. The redhorse are great if you can get one on your line, but you need to put your nymph perfectly in their feeding lane, which can be extremely difficult in the current.

Tuesday, August 19th
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 Island.

Wednesday, August 27th Rescheduled to Thursday, August 28th due to weather
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.

September

Tuesday September 9th
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 (RVCA).
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 anglers. If you haven't fished this reach, be sure to ask anyone that has for wading pointers, etc. Use of a wading staff can prevent some nasty tumbles. 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. If you want a challenge, there are often numbers of red horse in the main pool. Sight fishing heavy nymphs is your best bet for these fish.

If 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.
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