Photo Editor Thomas Delany Jr. with a 25 inch walleye he caught on a chartreuse jig using a light blue grub with a hot pink tail while fishing in Ignace, Ontario. | Gary Larson~for Sun-Times Media
FISHING FUN IN CANADA
Updated: August 29, 2012 6:04AM
Join a fishing club, or at least get to know someone in a club and reap the benefits.
Tom Delany, the photo editor of the Lake County News-Sun, joined a group of Kenosha and former Kenosha residents who belong to the fishing and hunt club called Ouisconsin out of Rice Lake, Wis., for eight days of fishing bliss in Canada recently.
This next sentence will make walleye anglers sit up.
“We probably released 40 walleye that were more than 20 inches,” said Delany. He got invited by his friend, Gary Larson of Rice Lake, and joined Tom Dwyer of Kenosha, Craig Stewart of Kenosha, Shawn McConnell of Florida and Shawn’s brother Mitch of California.
They fished a desolate area near Ignace, Ontario, and the cabin they flew into is owned by the club.
Three years ago, Larson said they had a space open and asked Delany to go. They caught their limit every day — it’s four in that area of Canada, and so Tom also spent time canoeing and swimming.
Tom had the biggest Lake trout (28 inches), Stewart had the biggest walleye (30 inches) and Mitch had the biggest northern (33 inches). For you walleye buffs, Stewart released his fish and is going to have a replica made of it. They ate Tom’s fish and the northern was also released.
Stewart fished for walleye with artificial bait called a ring worm, which looks like a long worm with a curly tail, on a chartreuse jig.
Tom said he used live leeches and artificial bait, depending on what was working. At one point, he had a medium chartreuse jig with a light blue pearl plastic grub with a hot pink tail.
“That’s a rainbow coalition you got going there,” his fishing buddies told him. At one point, he added a live leech to the mix.
Because it is such a remote area, they had to pack in- boat motors, gas, food, drink, and bait.
Sounds like a lot of work, but the pay off is this: “The pay-off is eating great food. We had walleye, trout and northern for breakfast, lunch and dinner (OK, not really, everyone brought food and one guy brought lunch meat for shore lunches).,” he said.
In fact, they had packed in huge rib-eye steaks Larson bought and Tom had steak brats. Add rice or baked potatoes and that’s good living.
They used Spanish onions, some spices and butter to cook the fish in tin foil. They also used picante and Italian pickled vegetables called Giardiniera to cook the fish.
I think Tom’s quote was a long and simple “mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.”
The fish guts got canoed across the bay to some rocks, which attracted bald eagles, and the whole time they were there, they saw no one. “There’s nothing around there, there’s no one but you,” Tom said. Wilderness, sunsets, flying eagles and good fishing.
Wow I’m jealous.
NICC outdoors event
Coming up Aug. 11 is the Northern Illinois Conservation Club’s youth event for boys and girls ages 5-17.
Cost is $10 per child and that includes food and all the activities during the day.
It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the club grounds off Route 83 just south of Route 173.
The NICC, in conjunction with Northwest Town Sportsman Club, will be offering hands-on firearms safety and review, archery, crafts, pellet shooting, target shooting, air-rifle range and a trapping demonstration.
The Fox River Hunt Club will give a lesson on dog training.
Visit the Sportsman Grill where you can taste different game.
Adults should mark their calendars for trap shooting at the club on Sept. 23 and Nov. 4. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $10 a round (25 shots). Bring your gun and ammunition.