French River Pan Fish - Sunfish,
Perch, Bull Heads, Canada Fishing, Bear's Den Lodge Resort, Cottages, Meals, Guides, Baitfish, Bowfin, Longnose Gar, Suckers and Bait Fish
Lodge is a World Class fishing - hunting lodge conveniently
located in the French River Delta with access to the remote, scenic unspoiled
French River, Pickerel River, Wahnapitae River, and Northeast Georgian Bay. Fishing
for trophy walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass,
crappies, salmon, muskies, catfish, perch, bull heads, bow
fin, long nose gar, sunfish, and other pan fish. Muskie fishing is our specialty.
Bear's Den Lodge offers modern
meals and French River Housekeeping
cottages, boat motor rentals and experienced guides. French River area
offers excellent canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, wildlife viewing,
black bear hunting, adventures and eco tours. French River Delta provides one of the highest quality wilderness
experiences in all of Ontario.
|Sunfish or "sunnies"
are very popular and one of the most colorful fish caught in
Ontario fishing around docks by young and senior
fisherman. Pumpkinseed Bass and Rock Bass are the only
sunfish varieties in the French River Delta and Georgian Bay. Small
minnows, worms, or small jigs are the preferred baits. These
species spawn in late spring with the male building the nest and
protecting their young from predators like pike and walleye. Pumpkinseeds
have pharyngeal teeth for crushing invertebrates and can crush
Perch, are very similar to walleyes
and smallmouth bass in nature. Perch are found in the weeds during
insect hatches of mud flies and stoneflies. Perch tactics include
fishing with worms, small minnows, and small jigs. See
fishing for colors, lures, and other
fishing tips. Perch and walleye are from the family Percidae.
The adult perch like walleye tend to live and travel in schools
of approximately the same size. Perch's diet changes from
plankton, invertebrates, to fish as they mature. Ultra-light to
medium/light action rods are best. The lighter the action of the rod,
the more you will feel the fight of a fish. Small bobbers with
6-8 lb. test line works best unless working weedy water areas.
Bull Heads or bull head catfish are caught along with
perch using the same tactics. More catfish tips
and pics while Ontario fishing.
Gar, and Suckers A variety of Bowfin, Longnose Gar and
numerous species of Suckers such as Red Fin Suckers, White Fin
Suckers, and Longnose Suckers plus Carp inhabit the French
River Delta and Georgian Bay, none of which pan fish are
targeted by anglers. Longnose Gar are cylindrical, predatory,
has a long narrow snout, and large ganoids scales. Bowfin and
gar tend to gulp air on the surface and can survive in stagnant
include Emerald shiners, alewives, Cisco, herring,
several species of suckers, dace, perch, sickle backs, gizzard
shad, white herring, and many more bait fish.
Alewives are a part of the Herring family and spawn in
freshwater and live mostly in salt water thus, anadromous fish.
Alewives were reported arriving in the Great Lakes early-mid 1900's.
Longnose Gar, Rock Bass, Bowfin,
Perch, Pike, Sturgeon , Bass, Muskie, Walleye, Bait fish all
inhabit the French River.
Longnose Gar, a primitive fish
with a long stout found in the French River Delta, Georgian Bay,
Longnose gar and sturgeon.
Breathtaking wilderness views await you on your next French
River family vacation.
Family vacations, corporate retreats, holidays can be enjoyed with excellent
prepared family style meals served in the main lodge with a cozy family
inviting atmosphere. Superb accommodations, excellent service, international
reputation for angling experiences, hosts for TV fishing shows and outdoor
writers – FishTV, Fishing Facts, Muskie Hunter Magazine, Ontario Out of Doors,
Chicago Tribune, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Outdoors Canada, In-Fisherman,
Muskie Inc., and many more..
Bear’s Den Lodge is located
4 hours north of Toronto, an hour north of Parry Sound and south of
Sudbury and Killarney. Access is limited by boat or float plane , Canada
fly in fishing, only a quick 5 minute boat ride from Hartley Bay Marina.
Easy access to Alban and surrounding golf courses, Science North, Bear's
Den Lodge tackle with custom lures, French River gifts
and shopping. Bear's Den Lodge is an expert outdoor adventure wilderness
outfitter with over 30 years of experience.