Wednesday, February 11, 2009


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Crawford's Camp IIlPosted On: February 11, 2009 Courtesy By:Scott steil
This is the final installment of my trip to Crawford's Camp in Sioux Narrows, Ontario. In the last piece we were enjoying a great shore lunch and reflecting back on the trophy trout that just made a presence on the ice. Well, it only took a few minutes of fishing and we were back into the trophy trout action.
This time it was Matt Grow's turn to make the long battle with a trophy lake trout. Similar to my situation, Matt was using his walleye rod trying to ice a few tullibee when this fish of a lifetime slammed his small Demon Jigging Spoon. Matt was using 6lb test line and battled his fish for just over 30 minutes before we were able to get the fish into the hole. It is really hard to describe fighting a trout on very light gear unless you have done it. I know this is an experience Matt will remember for a long time and an experience that is just fun to be part of. It does not matter who catches the fish, when a giant fish comes through the hole it is exciting for everyone.
After icing two trophy Lake Trout in less than an hour we decided we would use the remaining daylight to try to catch a few walleye closer to camp so we packed up and headed toward home. Just like the previous night, immediately after setting up the bite was on and we caught countless eater size walleye. Although there were no trophy fish to grace the ice that evening, it never gets old catching eater size walleye through the ice.
For our final day we had a lot of options as far as where to fish. We all agreed we should go back to the Whitefish spot that seemed to produce just about every species including those two trophy lake trout. We ended our trip on this spot and lost a couple more trout but also caught trophy Perch and Whitefish. No one in the group had ever fished for our caught a whitefish and we all agreed that next to hooking into a trout, whitefish are a close second. Whitefish fight very similar to a trout but the fight doesn't last quite as long. We all agreed we need to do more whitefish fishing, as it was an absolute blast.
Hopefully these Blog entries gave you a sample of the unbelievable fishing in the Sioux Narrows area of Lake of the Woods. I was fortunate enough to have the Owner and Guide at Crawford's Camp, Matt to take us around. It would have been impossible to get in all these bites without a guy like Matt to show us around. If anyone is untested in this unbelievable bite, Matt is the man. Summer or winter you can reach him through their website at I know I will be heading back this March for sure, as the fishing only get better, which is very hard to imagine.

If you would like to see more pictures from this trip you can check out the Gallery as I continue to add trip pictures to to the 2009 Crawford's Camp photo album


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