Fishing Ontario's Rough Rock Lake

Rock Formations, Easy Biting and Trophy Muskie Satisfy Even the Highest of Standards
By Ken Poor
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Rough Rock Lake, Ontario, Canada
Rough Rock Lake, Ontario, Canada

The combination of trophy sized muskie or northern pike fishing and the more consistent action of smaller muskie and pike is unique even on the most fabled of Canadian Lakes. Enhance this with excellent walleye and smallmouth bass fishing and you can understand why very few lakes satisfy my standards for a week-long fishing trip even in Canada.

The reason that I set such high standards is simple: like most fishermen I operate on a limited budget. So when I make the long drive to a distant lake and put my money on the table, I count on certain results. Rough Rock Lake on the Winnipeg River in northwestern Ontario is one of the very few Canadian lakes that meet these standards.

Make no mistake I understand that my responsibility for assuring a successful fishing trip has little to do with writing a check. Researching every possible component of the lake, learning when to make the trip, double checking equipment, and setting a"game plan" with rational options are just a few of the circumstances that I can control.

Other Canadian lakes may provide a better opportunity to fish for trophy-sized fish and may even offer species of fish not found in Rough Rock Lake. But in terms of consistent action and a strong likelihood of catching a trophy muskie or northern pike, Rough Rock Lake is tough to beat.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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