Like Steve O’Grady, fishing for me has never been about just catching fish. In fact, if we do manage to catch fish, that’s just the icing on the cake. Enjoying the scenery and some good times are the primary motivations. And although the scenery where we were cannot compare with what Steve enjoys in Colorado, it’s not too shabby either.
For the last ten years I’ve been doing an annual trip with John Duimovich and Jon Eschinger. The last two years have been to Nemio, a fantastic walleye and pike spot on the Gouin Reservoir in Northern Quebec. It’s about a seven hour drive from Ottawa, with at least 4 1/2 hours of that on gravel roads. I highly recommend Nemio Outfitters as one of the most hospitable and best run fishing camps we’ve been to.
This year the fishing was medium. There were tons of fish showing on the finder, but for the first couple of days they were just not biting. It happens. Fortunately, the last day we were there the walleye were on and I was able to bring back a couple of nice fillets for the kids to enjoy.
One of the nicest things about a trip like this is that you can completely unwind in a short vacation. The bad news is returning to the office to the accumulated emails. Nothing tells you vacation is over quite like watching 1300 emails arrive