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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-07-2016, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thunder Bay End of May

I'll be up in Thunder Bay the last weekend of May. Thinking about going up to Nipigon or maybe just sticking to the rivers in town or beach casting at the river mouths. If anyone has any recommendations I'd appreciate it
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Forget the Nipigon - very little shore fishing opportunities on that river. You need a solid boat and someone else to drive it (i.e. someone drives, other person fishes). If you have a boat, forget anchoring and solo fishing from a boat in that river too, esp. end of May unless you want to leave your widow a life insurance windfall.

Steelhead run many rivers there. The further east you go from town, the later the runs (typically ice goes out west to east along the north shore). That might be handy this year as an early spring (hence early runs) are in the forecast. I won't name any specific rivers, but there many nice ones (and a one or two AMAZING ones) crossed within a several hour drive east of TB. Many of them can easily be fished from the highway both upstream and downstream all the way to the lake. Pick up a copy of the book called "Ontario Blue-Ribbon Fly Fishing Guide" by Scott Smith for hints. Runs are getting lower on the north shore Superior rivers the last couple of years.

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I'll be up in Thunder Bay the last weekend of May. Thinking about going up to Nipigon or maybe just sticking to the rivers in town or beach casting at the river mouths. If anyone has any recommendations I'd appreciate it
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Yeah, drove past it a few times, figured the Nipigon wouldn't really be an option. Beautiful river though.

Forgot about that book but I own it so I'll definitely give it a reread. Any point in doing some fishing from the beach during that time?
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End of may will be far too late, maybe a few drop backs.
shore casting at the mouth of the jackpine, cypress,
runs have been poor lately.
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Might have to look into some backwood lakes or something. Would be a shame to get up there and not spend a bit of time fishing
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yes I tried to fish the Nipigon on foot in late May 2014. found one small spot and quit the river after two days of bushwacking and drove around to terrace bay.

there are quite a few steelhead streams up there between Thunder Bay and Terrace Bay. the further north you go, the later the runs.

Rick Kustich - Great lakes Steelhead book was a great help to me.

the jackpine river was a waste of time , no holding water, too shallow.

the Mackenzie, pine rivers, black sturgeon and wolf are supposed to have good runs.

just googling, I found this :

Gord Ellis Outdoors :: Trout :: Professional Angler, Journalist, Photographer and Broadcaster

I was up there late may, I didn't catch anything apart from a 14" coaster brook trout, but I did see three steelhead caught - two around 7lb, in the 1 1/2 days I fished for steelhead. all were fresh not dropbacks.

if the rivers are blown out, there are literally hundreds of small creeks crossing the highway where you could have a blast for brookies, and may many small and medium size ponds.

In Thunder Bay I stayed at the Valhalla Inn on the way in and out. In Terrace Bay I stayed at The Coach House Motel. Nipigon itself ? - don't bother, its a glorified truck stop.

I had some great Poutine in Drifters restaurant in Terrace Bay.

I hope that helps, its beautiful country up there - the flight into Thunder Bay was something in itself for a right coaster (& former European), with thousands of square miles with no sign at all of humanity - no farms, or roads or lights....or even fields, just pristine untouched land.

best of luck.
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Thunder bay area river's are not fly friendly.
Thry are very gradient and fast flowing.
the jackpine has a good run with nice holding water, ( cant undrstand the above statement).
The pine and mckenzie o not have decent runs anymore.
the black bay tribs ( wolf, sturgeon etc) are full of walleye now and are finished.
Tough times on the west side of superior.
Go west young man.
I lived in t- bay for decades, go to northern BC.
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I lived in t- bay for decades, go to northern BC.
I'll be there in August too actually!
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