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Left page: A very young bounder. Above: Greg Henderson and Brian Warren with the dependable 14 footer and a K car on the Mine Road. Right pic Loon Lodge

at the end of the road. We were like a bunch of kids: “Are we there yet?” “Do we have everything?” “Who’s coming?” “Are we there yet?” “You’re a …!” “What do we need from Gramp’s Place?” In fact, the anticipation was almost as good as Christmas. Gramp’s Place Bait and Tackle

on Hwy #11 just north of Angus Lake was and still is our last stop before we enter the Temagami Access Road. It is here that you can get the latest local gossip about what tackle and colours are working to catch that elusive lake trout, pickerel, or “browner”. Open since 1945, stopping at

Gramp’s is now a tradition. It has everything you need to catch that trophy winning fish, including a full range of Luhr Jenson gang trolls, thin fins, spoons; and, for those traditionalists, minnows and other types of live bait. Even though the Hudson’s Bay

Company established a trading post on the lake in 1834, the lake lay largely inaccessible to the average fisherman until a copper deposit was found on Temagami Island in 1954. It was then that the Copperfields Mining Company started building the Lake Temagami Access Road which opened the lake to almost everyone. Today, this road to the “Hub” is used as the primary access point by the

many cottagers who reside on the lake, and by the owners and clientele of the 12 commercial lodges. So where should you stay during

your trip? Due to the uniqueness of the area, I am sure everyone has a special preference for a certain spot on the lake. Since 1995, we have been staying at Loon Lodge which is within walking distance of the docking facilities at the end of the Access road. The Lodge is run by John and Jenny Moskwa, who decided to leave the hustle and bustle of Southwestern Ontario life in 1991 to live the “Temagami dream”. Situated on Island 184, the lodge

remained unused as a proprietary establishment for many years, until John and Jenny turned the place into a thriving business during both the winter and summer months. The lodge boasts five bedrooms in the main lodge that can accommodate two to four persons per room. These rooms are ideal for those who want to take advantage of the “Fishing Package” that comes with Jenny’s great meals, prepared in the small restaurant adjacent to the main lodge and directly accessible to boaters from the lake. There is also a cottage on the

island that can accommodate up to eight people. The cottage is ideal for a group of guys – like us − who are planning a weekly excursion and

who want to do their own cooking. It contains three sets of bunks and a few single-style beds in two bedrooms. But be warned! For the past 16 years, it has only been available to us during the week prior to Father’s Day. And it’s not likely to be available to anybody, other than us at this time of year in the foreseeable future. (Right, John and Jenny?) One of the highlights of staying

at Loon Lodge is that Jenny makes some of the best fish and chips you will ever taste. There is only one catch though, and that is that YOU have to supply the fish. Therein lays the challenge! We usually wait until Tuesday evening for this event. By this time we usually have enough fish for anyone who has to leave early and enough for the fish fry that evening. Some years it has been a challenge, but invariably someone comes through in a big way. So where and how do we catch

those fish? As for the where, some of our favourite places include “Shiningwood”, “Highrock”, “Fridays”, “Sliding Rock”, “Rabbit” and “Witch’s Nose”, “Ferguson’s Bay”; or just about any place on the two northern and two southern arms of the lake. We very seldom fish the eastern arm, but I am sure there are plenty of fish in that arm too. As for the how… For years, many continued on page 28


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