Brrr and Good day Happy Campers!  It is quite chilly this morning, about 40 but sunny and brilliant blue this brisk July morning!  Yes I did say July, and the weather is the weirdest we have ever seen.  From winds, pouring rain, heat, humidity, and now chilly days, from day to day we never know what we are going to get!  Guess it is just like fishing, you never know what is tugging at the end of your line?  It could be a Pike, Perch, Walleye, Trout, or other beast that lurks beneath the surface.  Heck it could be the people fishing in your boat who have caught your line, haha!!!

Earlier this week we had to move all the Campers vehicles to the south side of the lodge as the wind whipped the trees around like leaves falling off a tree, reminded me of October a few years ago when the largest tree in the yard slammed down after a strong blow, thank god there was no trucks in the way at that time!  With the weird weather, berries are way behind, and just the other night while taking the girls for a swim, Magoo and I noticed a flock of around 20 Black Ducks working the marsh east of the beach, something never seen here at Happy Camp!

Fishing continues to be up and down, some days lots of eater size walleye coming in with some Perch, then the next only a few.  The continued Mayfly hatch keep the fishes bellies full, so you really have to tease them to eat.  Walleye up to 24 inch came into camp last week.  Pike too, are sometimes eager other times not, which is also weird, but hey that’s fishing, right!

Bear baiting is going well, all baits are being hit on a regular basis.  Although we have lost access west of Fraser River for hunting, we have worked hard and have new baits going strong.  We do have an influx of wolves, thus the title for this bit, if anyone is interested in coming Wolf hunting let me know as they certainly are eating our bait.  Heck they are even there during the days now just like the bears!

Speaking of Bears, I saw a nice chap yesterday in my baiting.  He was walking in a grassy area and did not notice me until I beeped the horn, he lifted his head and vanished into the woods.  The cameras are showing some interesting pictures and the Yoga bear certainly is an odd one, don’t you think Bear hunters?

So with much to do, baits, roofs, furnace, docks, and such, it is time to get going.  Fishing is still great, so if you want to have a date with a Walleye, Pike, Perch or Brookie, give us a call or shoot us a message to save your spot to Come and Catch the Good Life with Us at Happy Camp Ontario!

Hi and Happy 4th of July Happy Campers!  Summer is showing itself with some heat and heavy rain.  We have made it into the 80’s and finally today the sun shined brightly.  The bugs are still fierce as ever so bring your favorite bug dope along everyone.

Fishing was red hot but has slowed a whole bunch due to the massive Mayfly Hatch that found its way to White Otter Lake Saturday morning.  Walleyes who were eager to feed have filled their bellies with mayflies and this should last for a few weeks.  Although the bite is tough, Rooster and his clan were able to catch a handful late Saturday night and left a couple for dinner, thanks Rooster!

The Pike are aggressive and becoming more numerous.  They can be caught on spinner, cranks or Top waters.  Although the Walleye are a mystery, we have a few ideas to toss to our fishermen to help them provide a fish fry or 2 during their stay with us!

Al and I went after Trout last week and found some dandies in the White Otter River.  They were caught on spinners and worms.  In addition, during my Bear baiting I have found the Fraser River that looks absolutely fantastic for Trout, so lets get after them!

The Archery Moose crew found lots of sign during their stay last week.  In fact, one of them stated he has never seen so many tracks.  In our travels they found Bulls, Cows and Calves and have lots of ideas to adventure on this September.  In addition, they did find a nice dead Bull along Fry Road.  Ed, Al and I spent the better part of last Friday cutting off the horns that are now hanging and drying near camp.  As one local hunter told me, Damn, that boy would have been well over 60 inches come hunting season.  With that, please everyone drive safely!  A big thank you to the Moose Crew who helped fix the Game pole, do some construction items, go on some great adventures and an overall great time last week!

As we being Bear Baiting, bears are starting to be seen and a nice one was seen checking out the BMA.  Although we are full for the 2017 season, we are now taking reservations for the 2018 season.

The campers with us this week are local people and they enjoyed celebrating Canada Day and are spending time with their families playing games, catching up on old times or just hanging out!  Near the end of the week, they will take their crew to the annual Caramat Fish Derby!

That’s all for this week folks.  Enjoy your Independence day, take care and if you want an adventure, whatcha waiting for, give us a call or shoot us an email today to save your spot to Come and Catch the Good Life with Us at Happy Camp Ontario!


Hi everyone, here is an update for June 25, 2017!  Lots of First’s happened at Happy Camp Ontario the last week and thus the title of the update!  Last week’s fishing was nothing short of wonderful, from lots of walleye being caught by trolling, drifting or jigging, to Pike over 16 pounds and Perch over 13 inches coming to the net!  The FIRST walleyes ever were caught off of the dock this morning and were caught on a jig and twister tail.

In our travels this week, David from Pennsylvania and us were able to see our very FIRST Cow Moose with Twins in the area.  They were lounging along a pond while we were looking for wildlife!

Speaking of wildlife, our old pals from Manitouwadge stopped in this afternoon.  Rooster and John stopped in to chat and are headed to White Otter for an afternoon of fishing!  Those old boys do nothing short of living the Wild Life and are headed to the Caramat Fish derby in a couple of weeks.  Maybe they will catch the Big one and bring home a trophy!

The First Mallard and Merganser Babies were seen on the lake near the beach this week along with the Eagles have been seen around the nest on the north end of the lake!

The weather has been providing some interesting times, it seems everyday we get rain, and pea sized hail pelted the fishermen last week.  One good thing about the rain is the berry crop appears to be in good shape.  The Lady Slippers are ending their bloom but wild roses are starting to pop everywhere!

We have some Canadian fishermen in camp who also are checking out the area for Archery Moose Hunting this fall.  We have already seen more Moose this year than all of last year, so that is another positive!

Fishers are back, need to go check with them, thanks for choosing to come to Happy Camp Ontario all, and if you are looking for an adventure, what you waiting for, give us a call today to save your spot to Come and Catch the Good Life with Us at Happy Camp Ontario!!

Good Morning Happy Campers!  All is alive, wet and well in the Happy Camp region, time for our weekly update.  The camp is buzzing with fishermen from Michigan and Pennsylvania.  They have been fishing hard with good results.  Walleye up to 24 inches, Pike to 31 inches and Perch in excess of 14 inches have been caught this week.  The start of the Mayfly hatch has been halted by strong Northwest winds and steady rain from Mid day yesterday and still raining as I write this report.

The fish are still scattered all over, some shallow, some deep.  From drifting with rigs, jigging, slip bobbing or trolling, one constant is that many walleye are being caught and the smell of fresh fish has filled the air daily!

One fisherman noted the surface feeding of fish early yesterday morning and possibly Cisco or Whitefish eating the Mayfly hatch. Someone’s gonna have to tackle that mystery to see what they actually are?

We went Pike fishing the other day and packs of fish were around the culverts and fish were caught almost every cast for a while.  It seemed like they were watching the surface as sometimes they hit as soon as the bait hit the water.  Beetle Spins, spinner baits and Mepps Spinner are catching fish.  Crankbaits aren’t used as much as all the hooks are embedded in the Pike’s mouth making it tough to release.

Perch are starting to show up more frequently with some real dandies as well.  Ray and his crew brought back a nice pile of them yesterday caught in shallow weeds.

Trout are still a mystery, it seems the local creek that has held plenty of fish the last few years is void of anything except water and beavers.  The beavers have dammed up the creek and fish are not found on either side of the dams, sure wish the MNR would allow some help to stop the beaver’s onslaught of timber.

Speaking of onslaught of timber, just to the south of the dam along with west of White Otter Lake there has been massive cuttings.  One can see for quite a ways now and the only thing left is a few Birch twigs!  Soon the twigs standing will topple over as they have nobody to help them when the wind blows, sometimes we scratch our heads, don’t you think?

For those of you venturing up, be aware of the continued road construction on Highway 17 near Wawa and the few stops along 614 north until Manitouwadge.  The gravel up from Manitouwadge continues to be pretty good.  Travelers from the north, Philip Creek and Bound road continue to be good.  There is lots of timber to be hauled, so please watch out for the haulers.

That’s a brief update from Happy Camp Ontario.  Thanks for all of you who choose to bless us with your company and for those who haven’t found us yet, what you waiting for, Come and Catch the Good Life with Us at Happy Camp Ontario!!

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