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    Please rate the following Ontario Musky waters based on trophy potential

    Please rate the following Ontario Musky waters based on trophy potential:

    Lake of the Woods

    - Sabaskong Bay
    - Northwest Angle

    Eagle

    Wabigoon

    Cedar

    Winnipeg River (Minaki to Whitedog)

    Pipestone


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    "yes!" any one or all of them. m

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    Let me add one...Long Legged Lake.

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    My opinion: 1. Eagle and Pipestone. 3. Northwest Angle, Sabaskong, Cedar, Winnipeg in no particular order. (They are all different, but are essentially the same for trophy production -- and that's not a knock on any of them cuz they're all good ).

    The Goon is a wildcard. It has historically produced some giants. It's hard to get an assessment of what's there -- it's so hard to see the fish in the water because of suspended clay. It's not a traditional Canadian Shield water because it has clay on the shorelines instead of rock. You also don't hear much about it, which could be a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Heiting View Post
    My opinion: 1. Eagle and Pipestone. 3. Northwest Angle, Sabaskong, Cedar, Winnipeg in no particular order. (They are all different, but are essentially the same for trophy production -- and that's not a knock on any of them cuz they're all good ).

    The Goon is a wildcard. It has historically produced some giants. It's hard to get an assessment of what's there -- it's so hard to see the fish in the water because of suspended clay. It's not a traditional Canadian Shield water because it has clay on the shorelines instead of rock. You also don't hear much about it, which could be a good thing.
    Thanks for your input as I value it highly.

    Would it be fair to say that Eagle has really blossomed over the past 5 - 10 years? I seem to run across more articles and videos from there pointing to an increase in both numbers and quality. We have shied away from that water based on buddies feedback about how hard it is to locate fish, access the water due to rough water and hazardous navigation. While those conditions can pop-up anywhere we didn't want to lessen our opportunity for success if indeed this was a water you need to spend lots of time on in order to have a reasonable chance at a decent week. Working long and hard is not an issue, but busting up equipment, being landlocked, topped off by limited sightings might make for a long week. Most importantly we don't want to forego a trip there if those items are falsehoods. Again, we're musky fisherman so we know there are no guarantees, at the same time we only get to Canada for a single week each year. We are really interested in lining up a trip to Eagle or Cedar next year, just hoping to squelch some fears that have built up over the years. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyJerking View Post
    Would it be fair to say that Eagle has really blossomed over the past 5 - 10 years?
    Eagle's numbers may have increased, but trophy potential has always been there.

    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyJerking View Post
    We have shied away from that water based on buddies feedback about how hard it is to locate fish, access the water due to rough water and hazardous navigation.
    1. If your buddy can't locate fish on Eagle Lake, don't put much stock into what he has to say.

    2. Re: rough water, if the wind is blowing you can usually still find someplace to fish. Eagle has a very irregular shoreline and lots of islands. If the wind is still blowing too hard, you can always put your boat on the trailer and go to the Indian Chain, Corner, Canyon, or another lake, of which none are a long drive.

    3. Re: hazardous navigation, every water I've ever fished in Canada has hazards. At the very least get a map and talk to the resort owner to mark anything that's not on the map. Mapping chips really help in your GPS, too, but the map on the chip is often no better than the paper map. You need to be mindful and respectful of hazards, but if they really bother you then Canada may not be the place to go. Rocks and reefs are a fact of life up there and aren't going away anytime soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Heiting View Post
    Eagle's numbers may have increased, but trophy potential has always been there.



    1. If your buddy can't locate fish on Eagle Lake, don't put much stock into what he has to say.

    2. Re: rough water, if the wind is blowing you can usually still find someplace to fish. Eagle has a very irregular shoreline and lots of islands. If the wind is still blowing too hard, you can always put your boat on the trailer and go to the Indian Chain, Corner, Canyon, or another lake, of which none are a long drive.

    3. Re: hazardous navigation, every water I've ever fished in Canada has hazards. At the very least get a map and talk to the resort owner to mark anything that's not on the map. Mapping chips really help in your GPS, too, but the map on the chip is often no better than the paper map. You need to be mindful and respectful of hazards, but if they really bother you then Canada may not be the place to go. Rocks and reefs are a fact of life up there and aren't going away anytime soon.
    Steve,

    Once again thanks for your feedback. Based on your responses we have determined that Eagle is our 2018 destination. That being said, is there a general area of the lake that you could recommend in terms of lodge location. We don't mind running but would prefer to be spend more time fishing than traveling from one side to the other.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyJerking View Post
    Steve,

    Once again thanks for your feedback. Based on your responses we have determined that Eagle is our 2018 destination. That being said, is there a general area of the lake that you could recommend in terms of lodge location. We don't mind running but would prefer to be spend more time fishing than traveling from one side to the other.

    Thanks
    When I've fished Eagle, I stayed at Andy Myer's Lodge. It's in Vermilion Bay and kind of centrally located. You can stay in Vermilion Bay, go west to Stretch Reef or the West Arm, run south to fish the Midway Island area, or go even further to fish the Coleman's Reef area. Lots of water that isn't all that far from camp. And if Eagle is too rough, getting to the Vermilion Bay launch isn't that far of a run, and you can trailer elsewhere in short order.
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