REPORT ON THE FISHING OF 2019 FROM MIKE WILLIAMS YOUR HOST & GUIDE OF LAKESIDE COTTAGES - WITH OVER 56 YEARS OF FISHING EXPERIENCE THERE IS NO OTHER RESORT IN ONTARIO THAT KNOWS THE CARP FISHING BETTER THEN MIKE. WELL KNOWN FOR HIS TOP CLASS FISHING ADVICE AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE YOU WON'T FIND ANYWHERE BETTER TO BE WELL LOOKED AFTER AS MIKE IS TRULY THE EXPERT IN CARP FISHING. LISTEN CAREFULLY TO WHAT HE HAS TO SAY THEN PUT IT IN TO PRACTICE AND YOU WILL CATCH FISH! MIKE ALSO WORKS WITH THE LOCAL M.N.R MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES ENSURING YOU WILL HAVE THE ULTIMATE FISHING HOLIDAY OF A LIFE TIME RIGHT HERE AT LAKESIDE COTTAGES WELL KNOWN AS THE BEST OUTSTANDING AWARD WINNING COTTAGE RESORT!
MIKE WOULD POINT OUT THAT LAKESIDE COTTAGES FEATURES ONLY THE VERY BEST IN CARP FISHING HOLIDAYS IN ONTARIO CANADA. LAKESIDE COTTAGES ARE PROUD TO HAVE HOSTED WORLD CLASS ANGLERS AND CELEBRITIES STAYING AND FISHING RIGHT HERE AT THIS AWARD WINNING RESORT AND WITH MIKE'S REPEAT GUESTS BEING WELL OVER 95% IT'S REALLY NOT HARD TO SEE WHY SO MANY GUESTS RETURN EACH YEAR. NOW MIKE GIVES US THE ULTIMATE FISHING REPORT OF 2019!
After a long cold winter with higher water levels on Katchewanooka Lake which is part of the Trent Severn Waterway System and a very wet spring we finally began our season. First to arrive back our regular group Bluevale Fishing Club. This is Bluevale's Collegiate tenth Carp fishing trip with teacher Mr. Darryl Keirstead along with Paul Martin and Lorie Guest.
Once again with a very well organized party the group were excited and once tackled up the fishing started but with the cooler water temperatures it was going to be a challenge. Big Congratulations goes out to everyone it's a pleasure for me to work along side all the great staff and students they all worked very hard at fishing everyone had a good time and it's always a great pleasure to help out and host these very well organized well behaved young fishing students. Credit goes out to the parents and the well organized party by Mr. Darryl Keirstead and the team.
“As always your hospitality kindness expertise and enthusiasm for the fishing is second to none! Our students love coming here to Lakeside cottages year after year your facilities here are fantastic. Thanks Mike for all you're done we are sincerely grateful for your kind hospitality year after year you make us feel like family and can't wait to come back next year thank you so very much!” From Mr Darryl Keirstead, Paul Martin, Loire Guest The Bluevale Fishing Club. Once again it's a real pleasure Eileen and I had a great time with everyone and thank you all for leaving the cottages so nice and for the kind gifts! Already looking forward to next year 2020. Tight Lines to you all at the Bluevale Fishing Club. Mike & Eileen.
How To Book A Carp Fishing Holiday At Lakeside Cottages:-
The fishing spots sell out fast! For fisherman, groups and couples or if your on your own and would like to join us here in Canada we can arrange Century Transportation from the airport direct to the resort this is a great service all can be arranged in advance and a great combination if you wish to book a car locally to do some fishing and sightseeing as well. Our resort offers just about everything. Please remember to book early! We do get filled very fast at the resort! Bookings can also be made with our U.K Agent Martin and his Canadian Travel Team at Anglers World Holidays or contact us direct.
Tele: 001 - 705 - 652 - 7160
Office hours from: 0900 am - 0900 pm
Please note the time difference between Canada and the U.K as Canada is 5 hours behind.
"The cottage is superb and in the middle of paradise. I have had a fantastic time and feel like I have been staying with close friends. Eileen and Mike are so welcoming and Mike knows his fishing stuff full of knowledge and wants nothing else but to see you catch loads of Big Carp! The wildlife is amazing! Thanks again for a superb time look forward to returning for more big fish in paradise!" Mr Jim Essex England.
Thank you Jim we look forward to seeing you again and remember to book early! Your hosts & friends Mike & Eileen
Following Bluevale we are delighted to welcome David from the U.K. It would be David's first time to Lakeside Cottages and after fishing hard with the water still cool David would catch a beauty of 39. lb from the garden swim first bite and first cast! Also caught other fish from my local hot spots with a new record for David we all celebrated with a delicious meal at Jack's and David who travelled on his own joined us for a BBQ by the Lake.
"Thanks Mike for all your efforts and hospitality with a cold spring resulting in challenging fishing but in the end caught a cracking 39.lb! Look forward to visiting again." Kind Regards David, Herefordshire England.
What a fantiastic fish 39.lb well done David! Many thanks for joining us and for the lovely meal look forward to seeing you again. Mike & Eileen.
June we are delighted to see return to Lakeside Cottages Dave and lovely Brenda who are orginally from the U.K now living in Canada. Staying for two weeks fishing and relaxing. Dave has a bad back and some mobility issues so staying in the waterfront deluxe cottage is just perfect for them as they both like to fish read and simply relax while enjoying our amazing lake scenery. Dave would catch several Carp with the biggest this year 28.lb. "As always a peaceful & tranquil setting you both are always great hosts helpful and friendly thank you again" Dave & Brenda. Fort Erie Ontario Canada. Thank you for a great fun week and for the lovely bottles of wine we found in the cottage look forward to seeing you again. Mike & Eileen
Next to join us at the Lake are Edd Mike Wayne and big John staying in the waterfront 4 bedroom cottage. Edd was the keen Carp fisherman but fairly new to the methods needed. With my help and guest Dave Edd would catch some good twenty pounders topped by Edd's personal best fish a beauty of 29.01lb. Well done Edd and Mike also caught his biggest Carp 26.lb.
Well done everyone despite the rain everyone fished hard and were rewarded with some good fish. Edd had such a great time returning later with his lovely wife Linda.
"Our first time to Lakeside had a great time! Great location lots of big Carp and fantastic hosts. See you again." John Edd Mike Wayne. Jordan Ontario. Amazing time with you all thanks for the evening drinks see you all next year.
Tight lines Mike & Eileen
Pete Bowman from Fish ‘n Canada Show had been requesting to join us at Lakeside Cottages for some time wanting to try out our Superb Carp Fishing at the Lake. It's taken a few years for us to get together with cottage dates to film a show and allocate our Lakeside Swims. What a treat for both Pete and son Hunter Bowman and the rest of the film crew! We finally arranged for Pete to do some filming here especially for the Carp. That year the weather was hot and even some of the fish were thinking of spawning the challenge was to get Hunter aged 14 years to catch one of these big Carp and after some fish were lost Hunter finally managed a beauty 25.lb common Carp!
It was a real pleasure to watch the excitement for Hunter Dad Pete and the film crew. Mid - week Pete and Hunter went out in the boat Bass fishing and it was Hunter again that hooked a nice Bass. While back at the resort I continued to bait heavy the swims for the guys to return for some more Carp fishing. On the last day the sun was rising the film crew were ready Pete and I had our morning coffee then the rods went crazy and Pete landed the biggest Carp Pete has had to date a Fantastic 37.5 lb! What a way to end the film show! My work was done and the show complete.
“ Had an awesome week at Lakeside Cottages shooting is bound to become a personal favourite episode of Fish "n" Canada Show. Such a beautiful scene wonderful hosts as Hunter quoted " the nicest people he has ever met and the fishing was the best ever ". Thank you to Mike & Eileen for your fantastic hospitality ” All the best Fish" n " Canada Show. Mike & Daniel.
“We had an awesome stay here at Lakeside Cottages this was Hunter's first Fish "n" Canada shoot. Hunter managed his biggest Carp to date a great 25.lb! Hunter was rewarded with a sleep in and during that time I managed a 37.5 lb Hunter did not know until the showing of the show! Thanks again Mike & Eileen for a fantastic stay you guys are THE BEST.”
Pete Bowman Fish 'n Canada Show.
Thank you to all the film crew Pete and Hunter Bowman a pleasure to finally get together and see you both have your personal biggest Carp to date!
Your hosts & friends Mike & Eileen .
As we approached July the summer weather is now with us and we are delighted to see return for 2 weeks our regular guest George and lovely wife Christine along with Mum Vicky a grand age of 95 years. George knew what to do and with regular baiting and fishing at different times of the day would catch several good fish on a consistent basis adding another 30.lb beauty and a superb mirror Carp 29.lb to the total weight caught 285.lb. Well done George! " We look forward to this all year thanks Mike & Eileen for making this such a paradise to enjoy!" The Quinn Family Oshawa Ontario.
Thank you for the great week and special bottle of Rum Eileen and I will relax over the winter months enjoying a glass and look forward to seeing you next summer. Tight Lines Mike.
Mornings and evenings are the right things to do when the temperatures are into reaching 30' C great sport with great rewards for one who puts in the effort! Fantastic wild hard fighting fish are here and will really give the thrill of a life time. During summer months we are delighted to see the repeat of many of our Canadian families returning year after year the children enjoy the paddle boats rides the play area our superb safe sandy beach the toy box taking a canoe or kayak lessons. The children enjoy playing for hours on the beach swimming in the shallow bay area fishing off the docks for their very first fish sometimes watching me play a wild hungry monster carp the biggest fish they will see! It's the early mornings and late evenings for the Carp fishing when it is really very hot in the summer months of July and August. One of our regular fishing guests Big Alan always tells us “It's more then just fishing at Lakeside Cottages” we have just about everything for the entire family for everyone of all ages. We have also hosted weddings at the resort and had many honeymoons who have combined the Carp fishing. It's a superb setting for a wedding our good friend Stan the float plane man has done the wedding service we even had the float plane in the bay for the photos! “ Thank you Mike & Eileen for a most spectacular wedding a gorgeous spot and the wedding will be forever etched in our minds”
Greg & Leanne Brown. Ontario Canada
As we move into the end of August our two famous regular lady carpers joined us for a week of fishing and relaxing in their favourite waterfront cottage. Over the years Cat and Bernice have both improved their tackle and tactics and now are confident carpers. On this trip they would again catch several twenties with the biggest this year up to 26.lb. Well done Ladies.
"Thanks again for an amazing week! We are comfortable here your both amazing hosts and friends." Cat & Bernice. Waterloo Ontario Thank you for the lovely card and gift we found in the cottage we will toast you both this winter and look forward to next summer. Tight Lines Mike.
I must just add about the Little Lake Music fest in Peterborough shows are excellent starts at the end of June goes though to the end of summer with various shows twice a week with FREE admission its well worth seeing!
End of August into September we are delighted to see Edd returning again this year bringing his lovely wife Linda for one week. Ed would indulge in his passion for Carp fishing while Linda relaxed and enjoyed our amazing lake scenery. On this trip Edd would meet several returning English guests and with some of their accents would provide great amusement. Ed would also celebrate his birthday here after catching several fish up to 25.lb. Great fun and lots of celebrations at the lake. " Mike & Eileen you made our stay most enticing beautiful views and enjoyable friends and big fish! Look forward to returning next year. Thank you for a perfect week! Edd Linda Jordan Ontario.
It was a great week we look forward to seeing you next summer. Your hosts & friends Mike & Eileen
Also coming in the same time as Edd and Linda our regular guests Big Alan Paul and Mike who now lives in Lakeside Ireland. Staying with us not for two weeks but three weeks lucky lads! The idea on this trip was to do this time more sightseeing along with some fishing and relaxing with other regular U.K guests. In between fishing the lads would go off to explore the local area and a trip to Algonquin National park was truly amazing. All the guys caught fish but it was Paul who had his first Mirror fish along with a nice 28.lb and a beauty common Carp 32.lb! Much laughter was had and everyone enjoyed the group barbecue celebrating another regular guest Keith's 70th birthday at the Lake. "To the best couple in Canada" thank you for another great time in paradise with sightseeing good company lots of wildlife and as always - its more than just fishing at Lakeside Cottage. All the best to you both".
Alan Paul & Mike. Surrey England & Southern Ireland. Thank you for the lovely flowers for Eileen and all the goodies from the U.K. See you again. Cheer's Mike
First week of September David and the lovely Rachael returned for almost 3 weeks only this time bringing David's Parents John and the lovely Pauline. David and Rachael knew some of my fishing hot spots from last year all were keen to get fishing. It was not long before they were soon catching fish also taking time out for some local sightseeing. David & Rachael had several fish in their twenties while John and Pauline love to fish sitting on the dock at Lakeside float fishing for Panfish while enjoying our amazing lake views and watching the wildlife around the lake. Rachael enjoyed the canoe and kayaking with Eileen just so relaxing." We came back to the best host & hostess! Loved every single minute cannot wait to come back"
David Rachael John & Pauline. Mansfield England. Thank you for the kind gift we found in the cottage look forward to seeing you all again.
A warm welcome back to regular guests Don Kevin Steve and Keith. Don a very young 82 years old would soon be making bait in preparation for the fishing. The Lads like to fish around the area would soon be catching fish into the high twenties. Kevin enjoy's the cooking and barbecuing all part of their holiday after a days fishing some would cast a rod out on the lawns in the evenings but it was young Don on this trip would catch a fantastic fish of 34.lb from the garden swim. A new personal best for Don! Well done and well deserved. Everyone enjoyed the resort get together celebrating Kevin's 70th Birthday! " Many thanks for a great trip enjoyed the BBQ celebrations" See you in 2021! Don hopefully will be back next September.
Kevin Steve Keith & Don. North East England
September and we are delighted to welcome back Paul and the lovely Sue for 2 weeks in Paradise while visiting family and friends also fishing along with sightseeing and to simply relax after their busy work schedule back home. The waterfront cottage had everything they needed including the magical sunsets. A Perfect place to relax and unwind. Last time Paul was here caught a fish of a life time a Superb 35.13lb. "Thank you Mike & Eileen had a great 2 weeks relaxing our second time here and there will be a third time". Paul & Sue Essex England. What a wonderful trip for you both thank you very much for the wonderful wood caving look forward to seeing you soon again. Your hosts & friends Mike & Eileen
Next to arrive were Don & Steve from England joining their long time friend Phil who lives in Canada. Now the lads are all regular guests to Lakeside Cottages and are used to the fishing here and my local hot spots. All were very keen to get fishing and soon as the bait was in it was not long before all were taking turns in catching fish whilst the others would bait up and get the meals. As per usual our three Amigos would catch their fare share of twenty pounder's with 24 over 20 and 15 between 10 - 20. The Lads did well under different weather conditions a much cooler September but still yet another great trip was completed. Already booked for 2 weeks next year. "Thanks to Mike for all the fishing advice and Eileen for the cups of tea keeping us going enjoyed the bbq evening". See you in 2020! Don Phil & Steve. Canada & England. Well done guys as usual your hard work at baiting and fishing at different times paid off. Thank you for the delicious chocolates and gift it's perfect for winter drinks. Tight Lines Mike & Eileen
Mid - September we are delighted to see Dan and the lovely Karen return for one week normally Dan and Karen are here for Thanksgiving weekend. Dan a newcomer to Carp fishing was keen to try his hand for the big mighty Carp while Karen could relax and enjoy the beautiful lake views. Dan would be rewarded with a fat common Carp! Well done Dan! "Thank you both for an amazing week the peace and rest is just what we needed and enjoyed watching the big t.v screen called the lake scenery was amazing. Look forward to the next time" Dan & Karen Niagara Fall Ontario. What a great week and thank you both for the wonderful gifts. Your hosts & friends Mike & Eileen
Towards the end of the week we had the pleasure to welcome to Lakeside Cottages Ontario Women's Anglers it was their first time to Lakeside Cottages organised by our famous lady carper Cat! Inspite of cooler weather the ladies all very well equipped and ready to tackle the Carp some were new to the Carp fishing were into catching their first Carp ever. The ladies were patient right into the late evenings with Leslie catching a nice 22.lb. A big thank you goes out to Cat for arranging this important weekend. Everyone had such a great time wanting to return Thanksgiving weekend however we were already full with guests. The O.W.A are now looking at dates for next year 's trip.
"What a wonderful experience thank you Mike for your expertise and hands on learning about all the Carp cannot wait to return to your lovely place. O.W.A" What a great time delighted to help out and host the ladies learning the tactics of the mighty Carp and thank you for the bottle of rum a toast to the next trip. Tight Lines Mike
End of September our long time regular guest Mark returned for 12 days now living back in the U.K. On this trip bringing lovely Anna for some fishing and sightseeing. I must just add one year Mark had the best ever Carp fishing in his entire career! With 8 fish over thirty pound and 3 personal bests a fantastic trip! A year of wonderful memories we hold dear in our hearts. On this trip Mark was keen to get back fishing in Paradise straight away catching fish of the big dock. With barbecues by the lake magical sunsets campfires sightseeing what a great trip! Already booking for 2 weeks next year. "Thank you Mike & Eileen for a lovely relaxing holiday in paradise so many laughs together you both made everything perfect see you soon again."
Mark & Anna. Cambridgeshire England.
Many thanks Mark & Anna for all the goodies from U.K and for the delicious bbq's by the lake we are look forward to more fun and fishing in 2020! All the best to you both Mike Eileen & Merlin.
First week of October Doug & Andy joined us for a mid - week 4 day break for some Carp fishing and a get away from the City. Both really enjoyed the waterfront views with fishing only yards from their cottage. Relaxing in the sunshine, the fish were biting in the evenings with the clear water conditions. Doug would ended up with a nice 25.lb. " It's clear you wish all your guests to enjoy their stay as much as possible. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thanks Mike & Eileen, Doug & Andy Toronto - Ontario.
Thank you Doug and Andy look forward to seeing you both next year.
Well another season has finished we have had some excellent results again this year in our eighteenth season with some exceptional individual catches. Many of our guests achieving their personal bests after the start of a long cold wet Spring then heading into a hot summer and followed by a much cooler September. It's been a good fishing year for many. It does pay to work hard and you will find the rewards can be great. All used boilies and corn and for those who persevere once again the rewards are well deserved but as I say every year the main feed must still go in to keep fish in the area. New records were broken many achieved personal bests and congratulations to you all. Another great fishing season over and FANTASTIC memories of 2019. Many thanks to you all.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again, all the best from your hosts & friends Mike & Eileen.