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March 26, 2004
I was there twice, both times in June. The water is typically pretty clear. Lots of fish up to about 36", with an occasional bigger one up to 50" thrown in.
There are literally fish everywhere. Weedbeds in the large bays always hold fish. There is some rocky structure on the north end that makes for good summer fishing. Cast, troll, it doesn't matter. We did best throwing jerkbaits, but that's because that is our favorite approach. If you're not seeing fish for more than a few hours, do something else. There are so many in there that you shouldn't go a day without contacting fish if you are doing things right.
You can also get to a few other lakes without locking through. Your best bet is still Pigeon itself. Get the Canadian Hydrographic charts and be on the lookout for prop-eating rocks in places you wouldn't expect them.
Thanks Bob and Chris for your responses. Bob, sorry that I didn't call you but it has been a while since I've been on the website. I have a lot going on.
My trip was pretty successful. My biggest was a 43" caught on a black Topraider. The rice beds held all the action for me. I fished from the North end which is deeper with lots of rock structure to the south end which is shallow with a lot of rice patches. I met a few guys from the Pittsburgh area and they did ok trolling Wiley baits. Black bucktails seem to be the bait of choice at this lake and if you throw them enough in all likely places you will get your share of fish.
I did have one interesting thing happen. A musky almost took my rod from my hands! I made a cast to a weed bed edge in the middle of the lake which I discovered while trolling (which I do infrequently). The wind was howling and my drift was fast. I made my cast to the top edge of the weed bed and by the time I made my retrieve I was half way past the bed. I decided to put my trolling motor down at that point to control my drift, when I bent over my black bucktail touched the water and a sizeable musky grabbed the lure. I had it on for only a few seconds but what a surprise. I've learned over the years to expect the unexpected from these fish. Fortunately I always have a good grasp of my rod (don't take that wrong). I may go back again next year just to give it another go. There seems to be a lot of fish in this lake. The biggest caught while I was there was 46". There were a lot of mid 30" fish but also a fair amount of over 40" fish. In my books it requires another try.
March 26, 2004
I'm glad you had good luck there. Probably one of the best, if not the best, numbers lakes anywhere. I'd love to go back sometime, but that's not really an option for me right now.
I used to be a member of the Three Rivers Chapter. Those Pittsburgh guys seem to live up there all summer and catch alot of fish. Biggest documented fish that I'm aware of from there was a relatively skinny 52" caught by a guy from that chapter during the Can-Am in 1999. I've heard rumors of bigger fish than that, but haven't seen them confirmed.
March 12, 2009