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Georgian Bay

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     Georgian Bay is a large bay which is part of Lake Huron. It is one of the most scenic lakes in the Great Lakes system, dotted with many islands and rocky bluffs and cliffs. It is situated east of the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island, and northwest of the North Channel. Georgian Bay is approximately 190 kilometres (120 miles) long by 80 kilometres (50 miles) wide, and spans 15,000 square kilometres (5,800 square miles).

The Trent-Severn Waterway connects Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario, running from Port Severn through to Lake Simcoe into Lake Ontario near Trenton. Further north, Lake Nipissing is connected to Georgian Bay via the French River.

Eastern Georgian Bay is primarily in the Canadian Shield, where exposed granite bedrock makes up most of the landscape. These windswept shorelines of twisted pine trees and barren rock are some of the most beautiful and picturesque views in Ontario and attracts tourists from all over the world. Many National and Provincial Parks are found along the shores of Georgian Bay, most notably Bruce Peninsula National Park / Tobermory, and Georgian Bay Islands National Park.

The western part of Georgian Bay stretching from Collingwood and including Manitoulin, Drummond, Cockburn and St. Joseph Islands, is bordered by the Niagara Escarpment, which disappears into the depths of Georgian Bay at the Bruce Peninsula. This area is scattered with giant underwater reefs and shoals, which have claimed many ships, and is a famous area for ship wrecks.

Georgian Bay has tens of thousands of islands, concentrated mostly along the east side of the bay and are collectively known as the "Thirty Thousand Islands". The largest of these islands include Parry Island and Manitoulin Island.

If Georgian Bay were considered a lake in its own, it would be the fourth largest in Canada, and Lake Huron would be the third largest (after Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, but still larger than Lake Erie and Lake Ontario).

Fishing on Georgian Bay is mostly concentrated on the coldwater fishery since the deep cold clear waters of the bay is a prime habitat for Lake Trout, Salmon (Chinook, Coho & Pink) as well as Rainbow trout and Brown trout. Trout and salmon are targeted by trolling spoons and plugs is areas where baitfish congregate. Spring and fall are generally the best seasons for catching salmon and trout, since these fish are concentrated in and near river mouths and move inshore.

Walleye is also a popular gamefish in Georgian Bay and are mostly targeted in the French river and Severn River areas, especially in the spring. Dragging worm harnesses and crankbaits are the most productive methods for catching these gamefish.

Pike fishing is also excellent is the shallower and weedy areas of the bay, which has produced some trophy pike. Again spring is the best time for targeting pike. Casting spinnerbaits, spoons and crankbaits are all proven techniques.

Georgian Bay is also highly prized for it's smallmouth bass fishing. The thousands of islands and rocky shorelines makes this lake prime smallmouth territory. Bass are very abundant and it's not uncommon to catch fish in excess of 5 lbs. Baits, like tube jigs, that imitate baitfish and crawfish are most productive.

Georgian Bay is one of the most beautiful lakes in Ontario . If you haven't visited this lake, you are missing some of the best fishing in the province. Get out there and wet a line!


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