There are a wide variety of fish in Mill Lake, including pickerel, pike, smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, lake trout, whitefish, splake and panfish. Mill Lake is a large lake with over 40 kilometres of shoreline and is connected to Portage Lake, Mountain Basin, Avis Lake and the Seguin River.
Fishing packages are available, including accommodation and guided fishing charters with Paul’s Fishing Charters. All packages are available Ice-Out to June 25 and September 6 to Ice-In only. Fishing charters are also available through the summer.
Fishing Package 1
Fishing Package 2
You will need a fishing license which can be purchased at a number of places in Parry Sound, such as Canadian Tire and the Diver’s Nook.
During the spring, trolling the shores of Mountain Basin and the Seguin River flowing out of Mountain Basin with worm harnesses and jointed black and gold rapalas often produces fish. Live bait of either worms or minnows with slip sinkers is also quite effective. As the water warms up, the fish move deeper. During July and August look for Pickerel on the shoals and ledges of Mill Lake. The best times are when the light is low, so set your alarm clock and/or fish during and after sunset. These are a schooling fish, so if you catch one be prepared for more.
In the spring, pike are quite aggressive and will ‘hit’ almost anything. Trolling the shores is your best bet. Some favourite lures are the old faithful ‘daredevil’ mepps spinners, and imitation minnows. It is important to troll or retrieve slowly during the spring and fall when the water is cool, as pike are not as active in cold water as they are in the summer when a fast retrieve is recommended. During the May long weekend of this year one of our guests caught and released one over ten pounds.
There is nothing more exciting than catching a smallmouth bass on a top water bait! Try a ‘jitterbug’. In early summer they are usually found in rocky and sandy areas of the lake in moderately shallow water. In the heat of summer look for large bass on the leeward side of the islands or on shoals in deeper water (15 to 30 feet). The most productive times seem to be ‘coffee break’ times of 10:00am and 3:00pm.
The Ministry of Natural Resources has released splake into Mill Lake and Portage Lake in 2000 (2500 splake) and 2002 (3000 splake). Splake are a cross between lake trout and brook trout. These are ‘deep running’ fish and you will need either a downrigger or some real weight to get your lure down to their preferred depth of 40 to 70 feet. Spoons that imitate smelt (silver with red or green markings) are a good way to start.
This member of the sunfish family is rapidly becoming a very popular game fish. It is known for its fighting ability on light tackle and it’s very delicious flesh. The average size varies from 8 to 12 inches. They are usually found in schools and are most actively feeding in the early morning and between midnight and 2am. Look for quiet warm waters of small bays and shallow areas.
Firstly, you must fish for these guys after the sun goes down. You can catch them right off our docks or in the weedy bay beside us to the north. Secondly, put a worm on a hook, cast out, let it sink and wait for a bite.