Freqently Asked Questions
How did the camp get it's name. Click Here To Expand and Collapse
This is the answer to question #1.
When we moved to the island in 1955 there was a 4x8 sheet of plywood nail to a tree with the inaial of KCR painted on it. From what we were told was there was 3 guys that came to the island and bought fish from the natives by the names of: Kenth, Carl, and Roseavile.
Therefor we think thats where the KCR came from, So it became KCR Camp..
What body of water are we on. Click Here To Expand and Collapse
This is the answer to question #2.
We are in zone 5. (55) miles Northwest of Kenora on the winnipeg River system. The waters we fish are between the Whitedog Falls Dam and the Carboui Falls Dam.
Fish limits in our boby of water. Click Here To Expand and Collapse
This is the answer to question #3.
This is Bug Report. Click Here To Expand and Collapse
This is the answer to question #4.
OK, lets not beat around the bush here. If we do we'll stir up the mosquitoes and blackflies. Just kidding! Contrary to popular myth the mosquitoe is not the provincial bird of Ontario. But we do need to discuss the nasty fact that many fishing websites kindly overlook about the great Ontario outdoors. Yup, that's right, bugs. We're not going to lie, we got 'em and so does every other northern destination. Now, this doesn't mean that every fishing lodge, resort and outfitter is plagued with hordes of mosquitoes, blackflies, deerflies and horseflies but it is a fact of life in the great outdoors and we do share the same ecosystem of these little buggers. Because of the shear size of Ontario its bugs and conditions vary from location to location. Many factors affect what is where and when. The weather probably plays the most important factor and we're not just talking about the present day conditions. Factors such as past winter conditions, snowfall amounts, spring conditions, global climate change and precipitation amounts are just a few that can affect the amount of bugs at any given place. Present day conditions also affect areas and rain, wind, temperatures and amount of sunlight play roles in the hatching of many types of bugs. While a good spring hatch is good for the fish it can be somewhat of a nuisance for anglers. Bugs are a fact of life but it doesn't mean that you have to hide in your cabin, resort or tent for fear of losing pints of valuable blood from your system. Being prepared for them takes very little effort and knowing a few handy tips and having some reputable repellents is all it takes in most situations. Probably the most infamous buggers in the province are the Blackfly and Mosquito. Both can be annoying and painful if not prepared so let's go over a few basics. Unlike mosquitoes the blackfly chews its way through your skin before feasting on your blood. They are notable crawlers and usually move around a fair bit sizing you up before the attack. This works to your advantage as it can give you precious time to swat these little critters before they select a buffet spot on your body. Active during the daytime the blackfly is noted to disappear during the evening hours and a good wind can keep them at bay. When out in the woods it is not uncommon to see swarms of them so don't be surprised. The spring and summer months are usually when blackflies are at their peak. The latter months of August and September see a steady decline in the population and eventually die off but this can depend on local weather conditions. The common mosquito on the other hand displays different characteristics but is just as annoying. Many fear the incoming sound of buzzing and can drive many people crazy. Opposite to the blackfly the mosquito likes the later hours of the day to come out and play. Notable flyers they will land mostly during the daytime hours and emerge just in time to spoil your dinner. This does not mean that you will not see any during the day though. Because the mosquito likes damp conditions they can be stirred by disturbing bushes and trees.Swampy areas and marshes will typically hold higher numbers of mosquitoes and standing water is a hot spot for them as well. Much easier to swat that the blackfly they fly slower and usually will try to dig in wherever it lands on your skin. Windy days and drier conditions will lessen the frequency of mosquitoes.
A few tips to keep these critters at bay and to enjoy your outdoor adventures are:
1. Bug repellent formulated with DEET.
2. Reduce the wearing of perfumes and personal deodorants.
3. When weather conditions permit wear long clothing and tuck in pant legs in your boots or shoes.
4. Wear light coloured clothing such as yellow or white.
5. Keep moving. A sitting target is easy prey.
6. In highly infested areas wear a bug hat and net.
7. Burn mosquitoe coils and use citronella often.
8. Make a smoky fire at your campside or cabin.
Using a few of these tips will definately help you enjoy the great Ontario outdoors much more. While you can't control the bugs you can prevent bites and the overall nuisance with a little preparation and knowledge.
What To Bring. Click Here To Expand and Collapse
This is the answer to question #5.
Now for the most important aspect of your trip.Your gear and tackle. Depending on the time of year you are visiting one should always check the local weather conditions and seasonal traits to make sure you are properly outfitted for your adventure into Ontario. To determine proper outwear for the respective season you can always visit our weather page . .
So, now that your travel documentation, maps and outerwear are ready let’s get to the most important part. Fishing gear and tackle. Since Ontario offers up thousands of fishable lakes and rivers it’s hard to back for just one fish species. Most anglers will want to pack enough rods, lures and tackle to pursue multiple fish species. How does one know what species of fish are in the lake they are visiting? Ontario Fish Trips maintains an exhaustive list of Ontario Lakes and Fish Species with an interactive map which will tell you what fish are in each respective lake. Here’s a list of our suggestions for each specific fish species:
Northern Pike • Medium Heavy to Heavy Rod, Fast Taper 6’6 to 7’ spinning or casting rods • 14-30lb braided or super line with titanium or fluorocarbon leader with 80lb swivels and snaps • 6:1 Spinning or bait casting reel • Variety of large casting and trolling spoons (weed less, 5 of diamonds) • Oversized spinner baits 1-2 oz. • Inline buck tail spinners. A variety of colours and blades: Colorado, Willowleaf, Indiana for various depths. • Marabou inline spinners • Large top water crank baits, suspending crank baits and diving crank baits • Variety of jerk baits • Buck tail Plugs.
Muskellunge • Medium Heavy to Heavy Rod, Fast Taper 6’6 to 7’10 spinning or casting rods • 20-30lb braided or super line with 10 inch titanium or fluorocarbon leader with 100lb swivels and snaps • 6:3 Spinning or bait casting reel • Variety of large jerkbaits: Suicks, Jackpots, Rapala Husky Jerks • Crankbaits: Large Gandma Lures, Believers and Big Fork Lures • Oversized spinner baits 1-2 oz such as Slopmaster lures • Inline buck tail spinners. A variety of colours and blades: Colorado, Willowleaf, Indiana for various depths. • Marabou inline spinners • Bulldawg soft baits in various colours and sizes *Many musky baits can also apply to large Nothern Pike.
Walleye • Light to Medium 6 to 6’6 spinning rods with a sensitive tip • 8-12lb mono line or Fireline Crystal 8lb super line • 5:1 to 5:3 Spinning reel • Variety of jig heads and colours. • Live bait consisting of shiner minnows or wide assortment of soft plastic grubs, leeches, twister tails and night crawlers • Lindy rig for bottom bouncing • Deep diving crank baits and minnow lures: Rapala Shad Raps in various colours • Walleye (Pickerel) Harness with variety of blade colours
Smallmouth Bass • Light to Medium 6 to 6’6 spinning rods or casting rods with a sensitive tip • 6-12lb mono line depending on conditions • 6:1 Spinning or Bait casting reel • Variety of spinner baits with different skirt colours and blades • Inline spinners, Mepps#4 Black Fury and selection of Blue Fox spinners • Variety of Soft plastic Tubes • Yo-Zuri crank baits in various colours and water depths • Top water buzz baits
We could probably add a heck of a lot more lures and tackle to this list but consider this as your shortlist of ‘Go To’ lures for specific species. Just like any other kind of fishing you know your gear best and what works for you. When fishing lakes and rivers especially in the far northern reaches of the province we always maintain a ‘Let’s Try This’ attitude. What has never produced for you in the past may be the biggest producer of your trip. Try and experiment with different lures on your next trip and keep a journal in your tackle box of the what, where and when’s. After repeat trips to the province you will probably find that you will be bringing less and less tackle with you as your experiments will create your own short list.
More Essentials and Tips •Polarized sunglasses. Grab yourself a good pair. Not only do they protect your eyes from the suns’ UV rays and glare from the water but they allow you to see structure and fish clearly under the water. •Bug repellent. Insects in northern Ontario are notorious at times and anglers should always have a good supply of repellent on hand. New Eco friendly repellents are now on the market and we recommend these over traditional repellents. Not only are Eco friendly better for you and the environment but they lessen the stench and chance that the fish will ignore your lures if you happen to get any on them. •Small file. Dull hooks lose fish. If you are fishing big game like Musky, Northern Pike or Lake trout always give your hooks a quick sharpen after every catch. Not only is this better for you but it’s better for the fish as they do much less tissue damage than dull hooks. • Brush up on your fishing knots. Popular knots such as the Palomar, Albright, Clinch, Rapala, Trilene, Snell and Uni knots should be practiced and mastered before hitting the water. Knowing your knots reduces downtime while out fishing and using good strong knots will keep your trophy fish where it belongs..on the end of your line.