2016 Evening Fishing Schedule/Sites

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2016 Evening Fishing Schedule/Sites

Postby Todd B. on Sun May 29, 2016 12:11 pm

Welcome to the 2016 edition of the Evening fishing program.

Outings will typically be on Tuesdays, however my schedule and/or the weather forecast 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 official OFS Event. Anglers are reminded that there is always the possibility of accidents/injuries, especially when wading. Anglers are responsible for their own safety and should always use proper safety equipment (PFDs, wading staffs, etc).


June

Wednesday, June 1st
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. The most popular setup is to suspend the fly under an indicator. If you do not have indicators a Dry/Dropper tandem will work just as well.

Wednesday, June 8th
Time: 6:00 pm or later
Location: Ottawa River - Champlain Bridge (Quebec Side)
Parking: along Blvd de Lucerne
Target Species: Brown Trout

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. Water levels should be reasonable given the mild drought conditions that we've had over the past month. In any case, the wading on the Quebec side can be technical and care should always be excercises. A wading staff is a must for this stretch of water and some members will wear CO2 inflatable vests.

Thursday, June 16th
Time: 6:00 pm or later
Location: Ottawa River - Champlain Bridge (Quebec Side)
Parking: Note some no parking signs have been seen along Blvd de Lucerne. As such there is a park just west of the Champlain Bridge (on Blvd de Lucerne). There is also a residential street just off of Blvd de Lucerne if you turn right.
Target Species: Brown Trout

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. Water levels should be reasonable given the mild drought conditions that we've had over the past month. In any case, the wading on the Quebec side can be technical and care should always be excercises. A wading staff is a must for this stretch of water and some members will wear CO2 inflatable vests.

Tuesday June 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 already at low 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 a challenge in the current.

Move slow and keep an eye out for cruising bass. A exceptional number or 15"+ fish have been observed cruising in various parts of this reach.

Thursday, June 30th
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 top water action. :-)
A 5wt is recommended only because the larger SM have a nasty habit of running through the rocks unless you can turn them quickly.

July

Wednesday, July 6th
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. Prolific evening hatches can make for some exceptional topwater action later in the evenings.

Tuesday, July 12th
Location: Strathcona Park - Rideau R.
Time: 6pm
Parking: available 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 a wet wade will leave with a skin rash due to the typically high bacteria count in the water.

Tuesday, July 19th
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. On the inner channel, swinging heavy buggers, etc along the bottom can be very effective for SM. 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 27th
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. Even when the water levels are higher, it is possible to safely wade across at this spot. In low water conditions it is sometimes possible to wade across about half way down to the Bronson St. bridge. Lots of small SM can be found throughout the pocket water and seams in the rapids. The pool around the rocky beach section on the south side, above the train bridge can be productive. Below the rapids you can expect to find pretty much anything. Some nice pike and eyes have been caught here in the past. For SM, heavy buggers and crayfish like patterns work well, as to small poppers. Mice patterns have been know to attract the pike/muskie as well.

August

Thursday, Aug 4th
Location: Strathcona Park - Rideau R.
Time: 6pm
Parking: limited parking available in the parking lot (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 a wet wade will leave with a skin rash due to the typically high bacteria count in the water.

Wednesday, August 10th
Location: Bate Island - Ottawa R.
Time: 6pm
Parking: on-site
Species: Bass, Walleye, Channel Cats, Brown Trout (if you're lucky)
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. Prolific evening hatches can make for some exceptional topwater action later in the evenings.
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