2015 Evening Fishing Schedule/Sites

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2015 Evening Fishing Schedule/Sites

Postby Todd B. on Sun May 24, 2015 7:16 pm

Welcome to the 2015 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 26th
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Dow's Lake Arboretum (fishing from shore, backwater around the pedestrian bridges)
Parking: Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Hartwell Locks, Arboretum (top of hill - limited spaces)
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

Thursday, June 11th
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 at early summer levels, though the recent rains will result in an increase in the suspended particulate matter. Heavy buggers are a good choice for the local walleye as are waking dries to tease any active fish.

July

Thursday, July 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 Island.

Wednesday, July 8th
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 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 15th
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, with good caddis hatches in the late evening allowing for dry fly/topwater action. 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 21st
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 are starting to come down to summer 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 flats at the bottom of the reach 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 - from the end of Lockview) 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.

Thursday, July 30th
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. Wet wading is not recommended here as more often than not your wade will leave with a skin rash due to the typically high bacteria count in the water.

August

Thursday, August 6th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Rideau R. @ Black Rapids (Eastern side)
Parking: Street parking used be available on Mary Dr. (see map)
Species: Walleye, panfish, red horse, fall fish, Bass, Muskie, Pike, Carp
Notes: From Mary Dr. there is a path through the playground that will take you to the access road for the dam. At the dam, you will need to walk along the wall, nearly to the end, where you can find spot (on the right) where you can get down to the shore. Please be VERY careful on the wall as people have suffered bad falls in the past. A wading staff and bug juice are also highly recommended.

Tuesday, August 18th
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, with good caddis hatches in the late evening allowing for dry fly/topwater action. A wading staff is an essential piece of gear for this stretch of water even if the water levels are low. 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, August 25th
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. Wet wading is not recommended here as more often than not your wade will leave with a skin rash due to the typically high bacteria count in the water.
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