French River Lodge

Fishing

The French River is rated as one of the top Walleye areas. Lunker sized small mouth bass, tackle smashing musky and northern pike are being caught in increasing numbers and size. The early spring season is best for volume of walleye and pike. Late spring and summer bring the added challenge of small mouth bass and muskie. Anglers can also land sturgeon, whitefish and a variety of pan fish such as perch, etc. Grappling with a Channel catfish in fast water is also a challenge and they make great appetizer at our Fish Fry.

The comfortably furnished cabins have automatic heat, at least one four piece bathroom and daily maid service to ensure a relaxing stay. Cottages range in size from one bedroom with sitting area to 6 bedrooms with 2 living rooms.

Fishing is a sport, not a science and a satisfying fishing holiday can always be enhanced with the help of a professional guide. One of the highlights of a guided fishing trip is the shore lunch that goes with it. We also offer a ready to go shore lunch if you want to have one on your own. All you need to add is the freshly caught fish.

During the last 20 years, the Wolseley Bay Walleye Ponds, in co-operation with the Ministry of Natural Resources have been very actively involved in a Walleye rearing and stocking program. Eleven years ago, the association introduced a slot size program where you catch and release the breeders of each species. The results of these programs are now showing up in growing numbers. Since these are ongoing programs it certainly bodes well for future fishing in our area.

Releasing fish within the slot limits means you are releasing the breeding fish. This photo shows one bass under the 13″ limit and one bass over the 17″ limit. Any Bass that are caught between these two sizes must be released.

Slot Sizes:

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Walleye – 40-60 cm (15.7 – 23.6 in)

Pike – 53-86 cm (21-34 in)

Bass – 33-43 (13-17 in)

Muskie -minimum 122 cm (48 in)