Camping at Sharbot Lake – 1887

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Canadian Pacific Primers
Fishing Resorts Along the Canadian Pacific Railway
No. IV


Camping at Sharbot Lake

About 175 miles from Toronto, and forming a sort of continuation of the chain of lakes mentioned, is Sharbot Lake, directly on the line of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Here the piscatorial tourist can find fish and picturesque surroundings, as good as any in the extensive list. The lake is a beautiful sheet of water, dotted over with numerous small islands, several of which are already in private hands as desirable camping sites. Many extremely beautiful spots will meet the eye of “the disciple of Isaak” should he decide to wet a line in this water, and scenery will not be his sole reward, for there are fish of the finest in those cool depths. Taken altogether, Sharbot Lake is well worth a visit, and a fair string can be safely counted upon.

The water is easy of access, as it requires but a part of one night to make the run from Toronto, and the superb cars lately added to the rolling stock of the road guarantee solid comfort, if not lazy magnificence, all the way. For a man or party, with but little time to spare, and at the same time desirous of going beyond the waters mentioned in the first part of this article, this lake would fill the bill to a nicety.

Black bass, rock bass, pike and a few lunge are the principal fish on the list, and with the three first-mentioned very good sport may be had. From twenty-five good fish upward would probably be an average catch in a mornings work.

Trolling is the standard method on this water, but fishing with worms will give good results, and live minnow, of course, is deadly bait wherever bass are found. The latter bait is difficult to procure, but a small minnow net or gang should ensure sufficient for good sport. To the angler who knows how to catch and use them, crayfish are a boon, for at certain times there is no deadlier bait for bass of any kind than these “retrograde” nipping fellows. Artificial frog or crayfish out to tempts them, too, but with a proper trolling outfit the catch would to a certainty satisfy any ordinary requirements.

There is hotel accommodation for a limited number, and a few boats, suitable for fishing purposes, right on the spot. Board will stand at about $1 per day and boats from 75c. to $1 per diem, with rates by the week. Guides, etc., can be secured on the spot for anything from 75c. to $1.50 per day, $1 being quite enough to secure a good man to row. Flies are not quite as bad in the worst season as on the average run of good fishing waters, and do not trouble the angler to any extent after the 15th of June, disappearing altogether in about two weeks after that date.

This lake is very worthy of a visit, as it offers many advantages, especially for a party intending to camp, as there is no lack of picturesque camping grounds upon the many rocky islets which make Sharbot the attractive spot it is.