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Canada carping

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If you are having trouble finding info. on the US shore of the St Lawrence, I've got another alternative for you... Wisconsin?

 

Flights from UK to Chicago O'Hare are cheaper than to any other US city, a hire car isn't expensive, and all you need to do is drive 3 hours in a Northerly direction, anywhere that you stop that's wet will have loads of Carp in it. :P

 

I arrived here from the UK 5 years ago, haven't found a reason to go carp-hunting anywhere else yet! Oh, and you can fish with three rods here, although I've never managed it... too difficult most days fishing with two, my fishing buddies always bet on how many "doubles" I'll have in a day... a double being two fish in the same landing net!

 

Couple of other things about fishing in WI, the weather is fantastic most of the time (unlike NY State), and you can catch Carp from March to October (unlike the St. Lawrence, unless you're prepared to spend a LOT of time travelling around). The people are very friendly, the beer is cheap, the accomodation even cheaper (there's a hard-core group of carpers here in WI, and someone always has a spare room for a fellow carper). The carping itself is also very varied, from fast-river fish (got to try that, they don't often top 20lb, but they are greased lightning!), to traditional big Lake carping (we have Lake Michigan, big enough for ya?), to fantastic sight-fishing on the limestone flats up in Door County.

 

Wisconsin... it's Carping Heaven.

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But growing up in Minnesota, having grandparents in Wisconsin, and now residing in South Dakota, I must also expand Lee's emphasis area to the whole of the upper Midwest region, from Michigan to the Dakotas, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. The further west you go, however, the lower the human population becomes, and hence the competition, which is already almost nonexistent anywhere in the US, also lowers. This means more fish and less people fishing for them. The states with the most bodies of water in them go as follows; Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. No other states can even come close to the number of lakes as these 3, except for Alaska. All 3 of them have access to the Great Lakes, which are more like freshwater seas, and they all have some inland lakes big enough to where it is hard to see land on the other side. The Upper Penninsula of Michigan, and the northern parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota are ruggedly beautiful wilderness areas with nothing but lakes, rivers and forests, and the occasional person. It is pretty neat to be fishing in these areas where you can watch moose, black bears, bald eagles, otters, ospreys and deer all while you are putting some fish on the bank. Good luck, and I hope you choose wisely. The midwest is a much more peaceful fishing getaway then the east coast, the fishing is tons better, and the people are friendlier!!!8) :cool: 8)

 

 

 

 

John

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I boked my first holiday out there with Tess at canadianleisure with my mrs for a couple of weeks back in 2000 and we had an absolute corker. The Mrs outfished me in terms of number and quantity of fish - we took about 210 fish to 33lb aand the acton was constant. Since then I've fished the WCC like Keith (and had just about the same finishing position!) and have now fished the US side 3 times and the canadian side twice. Me and a couple of friends are back out there in June for 12 days and we're in the middle of planning the session now.

 

We're looking at fishing the 1000 islands region around Kingston, not quite pioneering but certainly aiming for areas that have seen no or very little pressure. We've fished out there without guides for the last 4 years but I recommend using a guiding service for your first time out there. The guys at Specialist Tackle are good as is Jerry - though we've had a run in with him - I don't doubt his guiding ability. On the canadian side canadian carpin and canadaleisure both offer great services.

 

I doubt you will find better fishing on the planet from a UK perspective, we fished hard for 4 days and took 1600lb of fish to 40lb 1oz and a lot of the time you'll strugle to keep all your rods in the water at the same time. If you want further info or want to join our trip this year PM me

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We're looking at fishing the 1000 islands region around Kingston, not quite pioneering but certainly aiming for areas that have seen no or very little pressure.

What a lovely part of the world. I went to Kingston a couple of years ago with my wife on part of our tour around Ontario, but sadly I didn't manage any fishing. Maybe next time....

 

BTW, when I win the British lottery I plan to buy myself one of these houses. I can just picture myself on that island with my rods out waiting for the carp to come along :)

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I have fished the St Lawrence river from the Canadian side. To be honest, you don't need the extra rod allowance that the American side offers. When I fished from Canada the second rod would have made life difficult as we were pulling fish out so often anyways.

 

http://www.canadiancarpclub.on.ca/

 

I stayed with these people, they were very friendly and very helpful. They supplied good quality fishing gear, rods, reels, nets and everything else. They pre baited two swims for me a day, so I had the choose if I wanted to move. Dropped us off and picked us up at the end of the day.

 

We were catching on average 30-35 fish a day, with the smallest fish of the week being 18lb, and on the last day pulling out a 37lb monster. I've bin told 35lb+ are not uncommon and 40lb are often caught.

 

Hope this helps

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The best advice I can give is fish the US side - you can use two rods instead of one on the Canadian side
Cookie

Go and stay with paul hunt mate if its your first time canadian carpin you will love it been 5 times to canada and stayed with paul 4 of those its great if you need any more info pp me jlt :wink:

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Must agreewith JLT, Canadian Carpin is first class. I went in September 2006 and had fish to 30lb. I have never had sport like it. The runs were unbeleiveable and I will probably be booking again for later this year. Check the site and see the accommodation.

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I went with Canadian Carping.

 

I enjoyed the holiday and thought the fishing was great. Expected a bit more effort from the guide who seemed more interested in setting up his motel.

 

However, great food and accomodation.

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I fished with CC a couple of years ago and had a good time.I missed out on fishing there last year,but the party that went were not overly complimentary of the service they received that time.Seems that CC should take to heart the old adage of 'not resting on your laurels'!

I for one therefore,would probably not return.Shame.

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Since i live in canada and i'm approx 1/2 hour drive from the St.Lawrence River..... I can tell you this is Carp Anglers Heaven.... 30pound fish are common 20's are every where. if any one has any questions about fish ing here please feel free to ask, I'll help you in any way i can.... and if you are coming down for a couple of weeks and we can set it up I'll take you out for some Chinook Salmon :D The trip woll be on me(no charge), I'll supply all equipment needed ,just need rain gear in case.In 2010 I have to of your country men coming down to do some Carp fishing (Tim and Ron) both have been here a few times ...Tim has landed a 50 plus Carp on the St.Lawrece.They are also going to do a couple of days Chasing 30 plus pound Salmon. we have Chinook ,Alantic and Coho Salmon in Lake Ontario plus Lake ,brown and rainbow trout that are caught every trip.

 

Phil

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Just got back from a trip with Canadian Carpin, couldn't fault it, I've already booked again for next year, 3 lads on my week have also booked again for next year.

I guess being dropped off on fishing platforms for the day wouldn't suit everyone, but for me it was just fine.

I've posted a few pics in the Scenic thread.

I'd reccommend Canadian Carpin to anyone.

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