Northern Ontario River Monster
My friend Greg and I did a fly-in fishing trip north of Nakina, Ontario, Canada to a place called Seven Lakes Wilderness Camps. From our outpost camp on Dusey Lake we went to the north end of the lake and then had to park the boat and walk the portage to below these big rapids to another boat that they have waiting at the bottom of the rapids. The Dusey River runs in-and-out of the lake.
We went down to the bottom of the rapids to get into some huge Brook Trout action. The lake and the river are famous for monster Northern Pike, Walleyes and Brook Trout. Unfortunately by the time we made our way to the bottom of the rapids a low pressure system came and it started raining. The low pressure caused the Brook Trout to stop feeding like I knew it would. Brook Trout like high pressure and bright sunny days.
We put on some jigs and Thundersticks and started casing for Walleyes. The Walleyes were feeding like crazy. We were catching a Walleye every cast and were catching so many that our arms were getting soar. I put on a bigger lure hoping to catch a big Walleye as all the Walleyes we were catching were in the 1.5 to 4-pound range. I knew there are Walleyes much bigger in that river. I put on a Fire-Tiger J-12 Jointed Rapala and cast it into the deep pool right behind the main rapids. The current brought my lure out to the edge of the pool and I got a snag. We lifted up the anchor and paddled after my lure. As we got close to the snag I could see it was on a log. This log was about 6 feet long and over a foot thick. I started jerking my line left and right and then suddenly the log started swimming.
As soon as the shock subsided and my brain caught up with what was happening I turned to Greg and said I've snagged a Sturgeon. It had to be a Sturgeon because that's the only species of fish in the river that could get that big. The monster just slowly swam into water that was about 2-feet deeper and then sat on bottom again. I was using 6-pound test line so all I could do is try to get my lure un-snagged. I know a Sturgeon did not hit a lure so I was assuming I snag him on the head because my line was attached to the front of the fish.
After about 5 minutes of trying to get my lure loose I said heck with it and grabbed a paddle to see if I could run it down my line to the lure and hit it loose with the paddle. When I tried that the fish darted forward, did a 180 and swam to the back of the pool and up over a shallow sandy mound.
My friend Greg and I just stood there with our mouths open and in total shock. It was a World Record Northern Pike and my lure was barely hooked on the upper lip. This Pike was so big it did not even know it was hooked. Greg grabbed his camera and we tried to scare him back over the sand bar so we could get a picture but he swam up into the heavy current and then my line finally broke.
Conservatively speaking based on water magnifying the size of fish we put him at between 60 and 70 inches and between 40 and 50 pounds. The world Record Northern Pike is 42 pounds and I really believe this old hog was much bigger. I bet he is still at the bottom of those rapids gorging himself on the thousands of Walleyes that are in there.
Submitted by Gary Skrzek of Waterdown, Ontario - May 18/2012 - Link