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Kids fishing for bassThe information and tackle suggestions we have provided here have been carefully researched by Louie Miceli of the "I fish 2" guiding service. He is a very successful tournament fisherman, traveling to all the major tournaments in Eastern Ontario. He has spent many productive hours of guiding Woodland Echoes' guests. He has appeared on a number of TV shows acting as a guide. We hope you enjoy and find valuable this information, and choose Woodland Echoes for your next fishing trip.

(Neighic) Beaver Lake is a smaller lake that adjoins Ahmic Lake. The lake is approximately 30-40 minutes boat ride away from Woodland Echoes are worth a day trip if you are looking to catch large mouth bass.

Cecebe Lake, is accessible through a set of locks in the Village of Magnetawan. This is a relatively shallow, mud bottom lake. There are many shallow and weedy areas where pike and walleye are found. Cecebe abounds with 'eater size walleye, as well as small mouth bass and pike.

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  • Small mouth bass
  • Walleye & sauger
  • Northern pike
  • Perch & brown bullhead
  • 1902 acres
  • 20 miles of shoreline
  • 16.1 ' average depth
Ahmic Lake-Woodland Echoes Resort

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  • Walleye & northern pike
  • Large & Small mouth bass
  • Lake whitefish & rainbow smelt
  • Jumbo perch, pumpkin seed
  • Bluegill & brown bullhead
  • Crappie
  • 869 acres
  • 43 miles of shoreline
  • 26.5 ' average depth
Cecebe Lake-Woodland Echoes Resort


Ahmic Lake is part of the historic Magnetawan River waterway. It is well marked for navigation. There are many spots where the rock shoals extend into the lake then plunge to depths of 60 and 90 ', ideal for that record walleye or pike. Much of the rest of the lake has steep shorelines with overhanging dead woods as well as rocky outcropping, ideal for bass in close and walleye out a little further. Bass are prolific here, and offer great sport.

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Fishing in Ahmic Lake...Tips and Pointers "Louie's Lures"suggestions on how to fish


Fishing guideAll of the Walleye in Ahmic Lake spawn in the "Bay" in Magnetawan at the foot of the locks. Their run is always the latest in this district. Walleye by their nature do not feed until 2 weeks after they finish spawning, depending upon weather. A late spring for example, will mean good fishing might not start until early June. Woodland Echoes has a good Sonar-fish finder and will help you locate the fish at any time of the year. When setting up your tackle remember Walleye like to feed at about 18" off the bottom. During the summer the walleye are deep. They can be located with a fish finder running with the bait fish/smelt. Trolling a repalla is a good way to catch them.


  1. Snap jigging a 3/8 oz pink jig with 3" power grub, colour Pumpkin with chartreuse (green) tail
  2. Drag 1/4 oz black jig with 4" power worm, colour black with chartreuse (green) tail
  3. Troll a 5 1/2" Natural finish floating Repalla with a bottom bouncer sinker


  1. Vertical jigging 3/8-1/2 oz chartreuse (green). Jig with either a shiner minnow in Spring or Fall, or a leech in Summer.
  2. Troll a worm harness using chartreuse (green) jig or orange Indiana Blade. This is best with a 3 way swivel set up. Use the whole worm on a small hook allowing the tail to trail out when you are trolling.
  3. Slip bobber set up to allow the bait to be about 18"- 24" over the bottom. Use leeches worked over windswept shoals and points, see diagram


  1. Use light line, 6 lbs test is best
  2. Do not use swivels, clips, or leaders. Tie your hook or lure directly to the line (except as noted above) see diagram
  3. Use small hooks.. # 6,#8 are good and keep them sharp.
  4. If you are trolling GO SLOW.. as slow as your boat will let you! Try back trolling, put the motor in reverse and troll into the wind. You may get a little water over the transom but you will get more fish!
  5. When a you feel a strike count to 30 then set the hook
  6. The best time to fish for Walleye is at night or as it is getting dark and the fish are rising to feed in the shallows.
  7. Fish in close to shore in the early spring and at night. The same areas will also produce Bass.


Pike are found in shallow areas along drop-offs in the waters in front of Woodland Echoes, in Ahmic Lake at the head of some bays, and in the shallow weedy areas of Cecebe, Crawford & Neighic Lakes.


  1. Use light line, 6 lbs test is best
  2. Natural colour 5 1/2" Repalla Husky Jerk worked with long sweeping rod motions, with long pauses in between
  3. 7" soft jerk baits (Slugo) slowly worked over fallen trees and timbers
  4. Spinner baits running them along any form of cover
  5. Natural Bait
  6. Jig and minnow dragged along weed lines
  7. Float and minnow ( cut off part of the tail of minnows)


  1. Try a little higher test line... 10 lbs is best
  2. Fish in weedy areas along the dark water line (Deep Water), trolling seems to produce the best results.
  3. The best time to fish is late morning on overcast days, and in afternoon on sunny days but in the shade. Watch for action on the water surface in front of the resort at dusk. Try casting a bait into the midst of it. Pike are often there feeding


Ahmic lake has incredible numbers of Small mouth Bass


  1. #3 vibrax /#3 black fury spinners
  2. Zara puppy
  3. Gold long "A" bomber
  4. 3" Yamamoto Smoke Grub
  5. 4" Black and Chartreuse jig worm
  6. Pumpkin colour Tube Jig


  1. Split shot and #10 hook with Leech (can't miss summer technique)
  2. Leeches, and crayfish are the best live baits


Early in the season Bass will strike almost anything that moves in the water.

  1. Use light line 4-6 lb. test, no leaders, or clips or swivels.
  2. Bass go into feeding frenzies at various times of day in certain spots. Often found near fallen trees and rocky areas near shore. Casting to these spots can be productive. Late afternoon early evening hours before sunset are best.

LARGE MOUTH BASS   Large Mouth Bass

The same advice as for Small mouth Bass applies, except try casting or drifting into weedy areas in locations similar to where pike can be expected.


  1. White spinner bait Tandem Colorado and Willow Blades
  2. 7" Purple worm, 3/0 hook, Texas rigged
  3. Fire Tiger Husky Jerk
  4. Tub Jig


  1. Large mouth Bass are found in the river where weeds break the surface, and in the lake close to shore near where the river opens into the lake. The best lake is Crawford for Large mouth Bass
  2. If you present the bait properly, Large mouth Bass bite at almost any time of day.


  • Bass build nests to spawn in shallow water, 3.2 to 5 feet deep
  • Bass commence spawning at 55.2 F. If the water does not warm quickly the fish will remain on their nests into July and August.
  • Male Bass stay on the nest to protect the fry and are highly territorial. They stay for 20 to 40 days.
  • Egg incubation averages 15 days, 9 or 10 if the water warms quickly
  • Bass strike at almost anything which comes close to their nests.
  • If a Bass is removed from a nest for any length of time, hordes of perch, blue gill, rock bass and bullheads will go into a feeding frenzy on the fry and eggs
  • Bass played for 2 minutes will return to their nest within 4 to 6 minutes. If played longer or held out of the water they will take an extended time and may never return to protect their brood.
  • Angled Bass have a lower fry success rate then Bass which are not disturbed.
  • Females mate with the largest males, the largest males start spawning first.
  • Large Bass are more successful in spawning. If removed they will be replaced by smaller fish the next year. These are less successful in reproducing.

You can help conserve bass by not targeting nesting males, reeling them in quickly, releasing any large accidentally caught bass pre-season, and keep them in the water while unhooking. Out of water time is very stressful. Take photographs quickly.. have your camera ready.


The spring, during Black fly season is best for Trout. There are many streams in the area where Speckled Trout can be found. The locations change often. Please check with Woodland Echoes for a map of the best locations.


When the fishing for bass, pike or walleye gets slow, try these out! There are good numbers of these frisky little fish, many getting as big as your open palm! They make great eating and are good sport.. They are found in the river in front of the resort

  1. Remove the barb from hooks before starting to fish. You will be less likely to hurt the fish when you want to remove the hook. It is also a little more sporting to try landing a fish on a barb less hook.
  2. Try to keep the fish in the water as long as possible
  3. When handling your catch do not put hands near the gills or into the eye sockets.
  4. If the hook can not be easily removed, cut the line, the hook will dissolve in the fish naturally
  5. Wear wool gloves and keep your hands wet when handling fish


  1. Use as light line as you have in your tackle box 2-6 lbs test or lighter
  2. Worms are best but any small brightly coloured lure will work
  3. Still fish or jig in the area around the locks in town. You can use a boat or fish from shore
  4. There are large numbers around the docks at Woodland Echoes as well in the river in front of the resort


  • 2 Persons $40.00 / hr.
  • Extra Persons $ 10.00 / hr
  • Children under 12 no charge
  • 3 Adults or 2 Adults & 2 Children
  • Live Bait $10.00 Per Trip
  • Rods, Reels & Tackle can be supplied upon request
  • Life Jackets supplied for your safety.

Louie Miceli uses a 20 foot Skeeter boat, fully equipped with trolling motors, electronics, and a 200HP Yamaha. To book his service Email us at Woodland Echoes or let us know when you reserve your fishing trip.

Need advice about fishing the area lakes? Email us and we would be happy to help you: We would be pleased to offer our help or advise. Remember fish have their off days too. Good luck..

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