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Nipissing River Trip Report 2015

Nipissing River Trip Report 2015

On June 26th through July 01, Gerard, Judith, Suze, and Maureen undertook a five day canoe trip in northern Algonquin Park. 

We started at Brent on Cedar Lake, entry point 27, and traveled up the Nipissing River as far as the rolling dam, shown at the P180 at the Plumb Creek Junction, and camped there for 3 nights taking day trips looking for Brook Trout. The primary objective of the trip was simply to fish while the ever present secondary objective was to admire the beauty of the Nipissing River knowing that it was to be very buggy.

 

 

 


 



June 26th, 2015
- Left Ottawa area at 7:45 am.
- Left permit office around noon.
- Ready to launch on Cedar Lake at 1:15pm.
- The key to finding the mouth of the Nipissing is to keep left to find the river channel.
- The weather is sunny with clouds and rain coming in overnight.
- Mosquitoes are a major nuisance as expected.
- Lots of history to be seen for the keen eye.
- There was no fishing time today.
- The group stayed at the Rolling Dam just above the rapids in the tall pines.

This picture shows the beginning part of the Nipissing River above the first two portages when traveling upstream. The river here is very clean, picturesque, and inviting with old growth pine alone the banks of the river. 


June 27 2015
This day was totally devoted to finding trout and 10 were caught during the day ranging from 14cm to 27cm in length. The group traveled upriver over the next two portages into a section of the river that flows through a very wide river delta. The trout were difficult to find. Some invasive species like bass were caught.
- Left the base camp around 10:00 am.
- Were over the two portages by noon.
- There were no trout in the rapids of both rapids.
- The key to finding the trout was to find deep cold water pools or inflows from creeks.
- The weather is sunny with clouds.
- Mosquitoes are a major nuisance as usual.
- We met another party of two fishermen who had caught some trout.
- A nice bull moose was seen along the river bank trying to escape the bugs.

The upper reaches of the river become marshy and meanders through the wide river basin. There is an abundance of wildlife along the river, both plants and animals, including moose cows, calves, and bulls enjoying the water plants and escaping the bugs.

June 28 2015
The focus today was the Nipissing River between the Rolling Rapids and the Luckless Lake portage. The day was devoted to looking for trout in the Nipissing River and five trout were caught ranging in length of 25 to 43 cm. Four bass were also caught ranging in length from 25cm to 38cm.
- Left the base camp around 10:00 am.
- Fished for trout in the best parts of the river and five were caught.
- The weather is sunny, pleasantly hot, with some clouds.
- Mosquitoes continue to be an issue.
- We didn’t see any other fisher people or travelers during the day.


Today on the Nipissing river, some very nice trout were found as well as bass. The bass are an invasive species and will ultimately destroy the trout fishery. The river also seemed warmer than it should be thus enabling the bass to become well established.

June 29 2015
Along the Nipissing River is a portage to Luckless Lake. Much of this portage is along an old road. The trail had been trimmed and was easy to follow on a slight uphill climb. You can no longer see just how long you have to trudge along this road, which is a good thing. The day was devoted to looking for trout in Luckless and none were found. The lake was found to be very quiet and relaxing and the main campsite a nice place to relax.
- Left the base camp around 10:00 am.
- Were over the long 2835 meter portage around noon.
- Looked for trout in the best parts of the lake and found none in the lake.
- The weather is sunny, pleasantly hot, with some clouds.
- Mosquitoes continue to be an issue.
- We didn’t see anyone during the trip to Luckless.
- Some nice trout were caught on the Nipissing on the way back to base camp.
- The smallest trout was 22cm while the largest was 31cm.

The largest trout caught had fresh claw marks through it’s back and side indicating that a bird of prey had it in it’s claws and somehow the fish escaped. Despite this serious injury, the trout seemed healthy and active and still bit the fishing lure.

June 30 2015
This was the last day on the Nipissing River. The day was devoted to leisurely fishing down the river and traveling over two portages to take us back on to Cedar Lake where we spent the night. The lake was found to be quiet with a south wind which meant that rain was likely. One very nice trout of 38cm was caught on the way down the river which turned out to be a real treat at supper time. The meat was the most orange colored of any we had caught during the trip.
- Left the base camp around 10:00 am.
- Looked for trout in the best parts of the lake and found none in the lake.
- Were over the two portages late in the afternoon.
- The weather is warm and humid with clouds rolling in.
- Mosquitoes continue to be an issue.
- We didn’t see anyone during the trip downriver until we entered the river delta.
A nice bull moose greeted us at the river delta.

July 01 2015
This was the last day of this club trip. During the night it rained heavily and Suze and Maureen found themselves camped in a mini pond. As a result they were up and packed very early. The early packing was good as they were off other adventures and the lake was found to be getting rough with a south wind and the intensity grew to where the whitecaps were plentiful and high.
- Left the base camp around 8:00 am.
- The morning was wet after the night rain with more drizzle coming down.
- The wind and waves were high and increasing.
- Mosquitoes avoided the wind but were still liking the wet weather.
- The day continued to be very windy and wild.
- Judith and Gerard traveled up the Nipissing again to the first portage to fish the rapids.
- No trout were found; a couple of bass and fallfish were caught.
- A nice cow moose fed in the river delta for a long time.
- An otter was seen resting on a partly submerged log.
- With no fish biting or found, it was a good day for scenic photography.
This large artistic tree root was found in the Nipissing River delta.