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French river muskie tips

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Hey guys, im hittin up the french river in mid oct. For some big skies. Anyone have any tips or tricks? This will be my first time on the french river. Any and all help is greatly appreciated thank you.

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Where at on the French? Which resort and is it located closer to Nippissing or closer to the Georgian Bay? I have fished the bay where the French dumps in. I have also fished Nippissing, but don't have much personal experience on the river itself.

I would be trolling big cranks like Parrywinkles, Marges, Farnky's, Blue Water Baits, Hosebaits, etc on wire line and crashing some shoals near deep water looking for the big girls.

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Thanx guys, i will be trolling and casting until i start producing a couple fish one way or the other. Im staying at bryer lodge on wolseley bay and have access to the north channel and lots of shoals and bays.

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found this on another site. some good info here, but looks geared towards summer fishing

Subject: French River Fishing

Breyer is drive-to and one of the last camps as you exit Wolseley Bay. I fish that part of the river (Lower section) about fifteen days a year. Excellent muskie fishing for numbers of muskies and fish over thirty pounds are common. I've seen them a lot biggger than that. Tons of classic-looking spots, wind is never a factor. If you're used to fishing big/open fisheries the French is a little shooting gallery. Rising and falling water can change things fast, and levels can swing fast. Fished it all seasons but that July-Sept window is pretty much 'can't miss.' Lots of fish 36-42in and certain areas will only show you a fish if its 48+. No GPS chip or paper map, so feel your way around. Your resort owner will almost certainly send you to three or four safe areas that are fairly close to camp (and they have fish) and you can work out from there. It fishes like a lake, not a river for the most part. Noticabley moving water only exists in a handful of areas but the whole system is affected by the water the release into Georgian Bay. Forty pound fish have been documented right in Wolseley Bay. The big-fish areas are not hard to pick out and your camp owner will point you in the right direction. Get someone to take you out the first couple sessions. The hazard areas are really pretty obvious if you've done any ammount of Shield navigating. I can run from the ramp at Wolseley up into Chaudiere Rapids in the dead of night (and usually do a couple times a trip) and there's really only one tricky rock. The rest is wid-open running thru the main channels over 60-120fow. One of the best places I've ever seen for muskie fishing, love it up there. I'm sure you will too. Lots easier to get around on than the river is down to The Bay, I can tell you that!

The best surface fishing I've found anywhere. I could fish up there all summer with a small tray of head spinners, tail spinners, wtds (lots of misses), creeper/walkers and bulger bucktails and spinnerbaits. Throw in a favorite Suick or two and you're all set. I and others use weighted rubber baits up there with success also, especially around moving water. Caught fish on tandem no5s and tandem no13s. We get lots of fish trolling also, ten inch jntd Believers, Outkasts, Frankies, spinnerbaits. Jointed Believers are a great surface bait up there also. Water will range from stained to quite dark depending on flow. Because the water moves and cycles so much temps are almost always 67-72 on main channel spots from like June thru Oct. That range stays pretty consistent. I use lots of painted blades in hot colours and like jerkbaits and surface baits with some colour on the head/tail or belly. Blk/org or firetiger works as good as anything up there for me. Spots that look good are almost always worth stopping at and you will find lots of similar-looking areas to check too. Lots more coontail every year, but cabbage too. The recipe is always the same during the peak of summer: prominent rock, some weeds and right near deep water. If the spot has some exposure to the main flow areas so much the better. Once you get moving around and seeing what's available the top areas are not hard to identify. Keep it simple with lures, work areas where you have lots of options jammed into small areas and you will catch fish. Last hour of daylight and first hour of darkness can be really good up there too. The river is full of sm/lm bass, some nice pike and lots of walleye also. Walleye is normally just a matter of marking some and dropping a jig on them. We've caught them over eight pounds by accident on muskie lures too.

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Thanks a lot ivan! Thats quite a bit of helpful info. Ive been lookin around on the net and havent found anything close to as detailed. Hopefully we pick up a couple and i will post any pics i get.

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