WABASKANG LAKE PERRAULT FALLS, ONTARIO
Fishing was slow due to weather being warm up there. Last day the water temp finally dipped below 70 and the bite improved. Had plenty of fish to eat and brought limits home, marked fish basically everywhere we went and did some plain old lake exploration.
Best lures were minnow and jig or spinner and crawler with the crawler being preferred.
Sleepy dog was fantastic, the cabins are incredible in design, size and creative lay out. The boats are super to fish out of 17.5 outfitters with 40 hp Yamahas and livewells. You can be on any spot in the lake in 30 -45 minutes.
Definitely will be back!
Finding eye's in Wabaskang was tough as we moved from spot to spot trying to locate fish and find some sort of pattern. We spent 3 days without picking up more than 1 eye at any given spot. The wind blew 20-30 from the west and kept us from fishing Mean the first 3 days. It finally let up and we were able to pick up enough fish for dinner from the humps and hotel on Mean. We still averaged 2-3 walleye per guy/day and our spirits were drained.
We decided to portage over to Wine lake through the falls as we had nothing to lose with the fishing so incredibly poor. We finally found an area in Wine that held some walleye and provided some good action in the mid morning before shutting off.
We did have some good action with smallmouth throwing mepps spinners and caught plenty of Pike from 19-24".
Dave Peffley and Mel were just terrific guys. The cabins were average but clean. We have been spoiled fishing out of Evergreen with their terrific boats, live wells, 60 HP, etc... so it took some time to get used to these particular camp boats. Their fish cleaning house was terrific and kept spotless!
All in all, I don't think we will head back to Wabby, but I'm sure our lack of success was 90% due to our lack of knowledge of the lake. We fished extremely hard but could never find eye's on a consistent bite. I would certainly recommend Peffley's for anyone going to Wabaskang as Mel and Dave are as honest and friendly as they come.
But....a few guys in our camps slaughtered the big fish during the mayfly hatch. I wasn't with them, but I saw their pictures and their stringers. They said they would go into any bay where the mayflies were hatching and float a light on top of the water. The mayflies came to the light and bright the fish in. They then cast their jigs and twisters into the feeding frenzy and caught their fish, including some really big fish.
I don't know if it is true, just something I had heard.
Vexman, sorry to hear that you struggled. I've been there during that hatch, not fun.
I have no issues for groups keeping their legal limit or exercising their right to taking a bigger fish. Good luck to everyone if heading up in the near future. We are heading to Wabaskang for the first time in a few weeks. Counting down the days!
My grandfather started going to Wabaskang in the 70s, I started in 1985 when I was 5. We stopped going around 93 or 94 when my grandfather's mobility declined. Back then we went August or September. Then we went back in May 2011. We mostly target pike.
My experiences and everything I've read indicate that the fishery is much better than it was in the early 90s. The slot limits, fish sanctuaries, and changing ethics regarding keeping fish have made a big difference.