My name is Gary. I live a short distance from the lodge. I run an Internet business specializing in the fishing industry. It's my full-time job but I do have time to guide for a day or two here and there. A day of guiding is usually lake-orientation for guests that are new to the lake. I show you the hotspots and show you what baits and techniques are working at the time of your fishing vacation.
Bookings: I am taking bookings for 2021. Please email me or you can phone me at (613) 335-5383. You do not need to be staying at the lodge to hire me. The parking lot at Land O' Lakes Lodge is safe and secure and under video surveillance.
Please Note: I am not an employee of Land O' Lakes Lodge. Al & Laura let me dock my boat there.
Washrooms: Crotch Lake is within the North Frontenac Parklands and has recently been classified as a biodiversity wilderness region and is now fully protected. Hundreds of people each year canoe down the Mississippi River and stop and camp on Crotch Lake for a night or two. There are many backcountry campsites dotted along the shore of the lake. Each campsite has an "Out", which is an outhouse without the house part. Each campsite will have a trail leading to the out, which is placed in a spot for privacy. In most cases it is easy to find an empty campsite where you can go if you need to.
My father was a fishing fanatic. As a kid I grew up freezing cold standing in the middle of the Saugeen River casting for Rainbow Trout in early spring & late fall. My mom was a high school teacher and had summers off so she and I spent many summers at the cottage (Pigeon Lake near Bobcaygeon) where all I did was fish for Walleye, Muskie & bass. During high school I started guiding for lodges in the far north and eventually found myself at a 5-star fly-in fishing lodge about 600 miles north-west of Thunder Bay, where I worked for many seasons. I guided along side many Cree Indian guides who showed me a lot of Walleye fishing tricks.
On Crotch Lake I like to focus on Walleye. There is also great bass and pike fishing but they are easy to catch and you don't really need a guide for that as long as you ask Al where they are.
I have a 16.5' Naden Big Fish with a 15hp Mercury Motor. I can only take two adults with me and maybe a child. If you have a larger group; your friends can follow us in other boats.
I cook a great traditional shore lunch like I did when working for the fly-in lodge. I make battered deep fried Walleye over the fire with tradition beans, potatoes and onions. I love to cook so I can also make healthy alternatives such as baked Walleye stuffed with onions, mushrooms and peppers or stuffed with traditional turkey stuffing.
There have been occasions when guests requested a shore lunch but the fishing was so good they did not want to stop for lunch. With this in mind you may want to bring snacks with you in the boat.
You cannot under any circumstances have open alcohol in the boat. The fines in Ontario for open alcohol in a boat are monstrous. It's OK to have beer in the cooler if you want a beer on shore during lunch.
How Long is the Day:
I am very flexible as far as how long the day is. A standard day is leaving after breakfast and being back to the lodge for dinner. Sometimes the Walleye fishing is slower during the day and since I am already at the lake I bring guests out after dinner and fish until dark and sometimes after dark. Traditionally Walleye fishing in the evening is better but not always. There have been many times when Walleyes feed all afternoon and stop around dinner time.
• Full day is $160 US or $200 CND - usually 8 to 12 hours. (Add $20 for shore lunch)
• Half day is $100 US or $130 CND - usually 5 or 6 hours.
I only accept cash. I supply the gas for my boat & worms for the people in my boat. In the spring I can trap minnows at the local creek. In most cases guests are using and losing my fishing tackle. I have a really good Nikon camera and will take high-quality photos (16 megapixel) of you and your fish.
Please email me or you can phone me at (613) 335-5383