Lake Scugog Fishing

SPECIES OF LAKE SCUGOG FISH

There are ten different species of fish known to inhabit Lake Scugog.  These include the mighty Muskellunge, which is commonly referred to as a Musky. Scugog is known to havPickerale a healthy population of Musky and those who fish them often refer to themselves as Musky hunters.  Fishing for Musky is strictly catch and release.

Largemouth and Smallmouth bass are both abundant in Lake Scugog, in fact it has been often said to be a “bass factory”.  Bass are often called bucketmouths, smallies or bronzebacks.  Although there are more Largemouth than Smallmouth bass in Scugog, it is not uncommon to hook into a 4-5 pounder of either species.

Black crappie

Black crappie

 

Walleye or Pickeral are the most sought after species in Scugog and due to the high amount of fishing pressure the lake experiences on an annual basis, the populations trends indicate they are on a steady decline.  Other reasons for their decline might be the increasing clarity of the water as walleye or the increase of bass in the lake which eat the fry of the walleye. Please be sure to follow the possission and slot size guidelines as indicated in the MNR regulations (35 – 50cm.)

Black Crappie is the newest species to enter Scugog and is becoming more popular for anglers to target due to their great taste.  Other Panfish that can be found throughout Scugog include Pumpkinseed (sunfish), Perch, and Bluegill.

Although not as abundant as they once were, Catfish still call Scugog home.

Finally, if you are ever near the shores of Scugog in May, you may notice large numbers of carp spawning; jumping and swirling around in t waters at the shorelines and in shallow bays throughout the lake.

Please enjoy and respect the fishing opportunities that Lake Scugog has to offer.

PLEASE NOTE:  In 2007, Lake Scugog had a ‘perfect storm’ of problems.  All had nothing to do with the ultimate health of the lake.

The first problem was that  logs were mistakenly left out of the dam at Lindsay into July causing water levels to drop well beyond normal.   This was followed by a long summer drought.  These conditions ruined boating, and caused a huge growth of Eurasian watermilfoil and algae because of sun, shallow warm water and high nutrient levels.

In May, people started to notice dead carp on their shoreline.  Investigations were started by the Ministry of Natural Resources but initially they came up with nothing.  The dead fish that were examined only exhibited that they had been killed by an ever present Communis virus.  It is like the common cold in people; it does not kill fish unless their immune systems are completely compromised and they are weak.

Dead Carp in Lake Scugog in 2007

Dead Carp in Lake Scugog in 2007

Then the MNR started to collect specimens of live fish — which then had to be sent to labs in British Columbia for thorough examination. All the while speculation was rampant about the overall health of the lake.  However, the Lab. found evidence of Koi herpes virus — a carp virus that could only have entered the lake from someone dumping their aquarium or pond containing sick Koi fish into the lake. Koi are just carp that are specially bred for their colours.  The MNR therefore determined that the carp became infected with Koi herpes virus and that left them susceptible to other viruses — in this case, the native Communis virus.

Because we are a feeder lake for the Trent-Severn Waterway, the virus travelled north through the system.  However, MNR creel studies of carp populations in the fall after  the event indicated that numbers of carp in the lake by their analysis actually increased.

Unfortunately we are still fighting the bad press and the conspiracy theorists caused by the “perfect storm” of 2007.   This condition has not been repeated.  This all goes to show — NEVER DUMP AQUARIUMS OR PONDS INTO THE LAKE, ITS FEEDER STREAMS OR EVEN CULVERTS.  NOT ONLY FISH ILLNESS MAY BE INTRODUCED BUT ALSO MANY TYPES OF INVASIVE SPECIES — BOTH FLORA AND FAUNA.