Life on Eugenia Lake
***Rob Delduca Discusses Fishing On Lake Eugenia***
Growing up with a father who loved fishing, it was hard for me not to get into it. With the occasional trip to Buckhorn lake and cottage rentals, I never had the luxury of living on a lake until recently, when I took up temporary residence on Lake Eugenia. Let me begin by saying I was humbled at the opportunity and I did not take it for granted. Having lived in the area for several years, I was no stranger to fishing the lake, I have boated and canoed the lake and have pulled my fair share of smallmouth, largemouth and perch out of the lake, there is said to have a trout population but in 8 years, I have yet to catch one. Many years ago it was stocked and thrived but evidently, has since diminished. I have normally fished from shore on the north east end of the lake where the black creek runs into the lake, The creek is a graveyard for many trees that lived long ago, as is most of the lake. I have to admit, I thought I was going to do a lot of fishing while living on the lake, but I really haven’t.
A brief bit of history about the lake, in the early 1900’s, just under 2000 acres was purchased from local farmers, mostly farmland and was cleared (mostly, read below) and flooded to make way for a hydro electric dam on the beaver river. On the north west side of the lake, you will see the siphons and tubes running down into the valley to generate hydro power. In some areas of the lake, you will find remnants of old barns and foundations. On the west side of the lake is a damn, where you will find the deepest part of the lake at roughly 30-40 feet. This dam feeds into Eugenia Falls and the Beaver river continues.
If you are a stranger to the lake, are in a boat, please take warning that you cannot run full throttle along some areas of the lake, or near the shorelines as there is a ton of deadheads, lying just below the surface, ready to destroy or rip off any motor and prop you can throw at it. Same theory applies to fishing, be careful of your lure and bait as a bass will most definitely grab your bait and head for the nearest weed bed or log to wrap itself around. Also, it can get very busy with boat traffic, waterskiing, tubing and jet skis on weekends, keep an eye out. So now that I have given my warning, lets get to the fishing.
So, I have tried many techniques over the years. I have tried jigging, stick baits, spinner baits, top water baits, worms, crayfish, and spinners, to name a few. I still have the most luck with traditional worms or rapala type stick baits. I have fished the deep near the damn, the shallows along the causeway on the 8th concession, from a canoe, boat and from land and everywhere in between. While I have had varied success at any of the given points, the most success has been had from where I have taken residence (also in part that it is where most of my fishing takes place). Just to add, I am a catch and release fisherman and always exercise caution when handling fish to minimize stress.
If you are looking for some of the monster bass, a top water lure in and around stumps or weed beds is the obvious choice, but I have caught some of the bigger largemouth bass in open water at the mouth of the creek where it meets the lake. They lay in wait for baitfish and other food sources, and usually your lure or bait. There are signs posted around the lake encouraging catch and release of bass and trout, but this year so far, more than any other, I am seeing far more bass than I am perch. I have caught a total of 3 perch this year in roughly 40 hours of fishing. Last year at this time I would be in the hundreds, I am not sure what is to blame.
One of the good things about fishing lake Eugenia is the very small amount of sunfish (the pumpkinseed and bluegill variety), which proves good for the avid fisherman but unfortunate for those with kids, although the perch population is good enough to keep the little ones occupied while you hunt for the big toad (Bass).
While I didn’t explain any breakthrough tips and tricks on how to land the monster bass, other than the normal weed bed and stumpy area, rest assured that if you are persistant, you will definitely land something. Throw a worm on a hook, put on a worm and bobber and you’ll be having fun in no time.
**Rob grew up in the Niagara Region. Since he was old enough to walk, he would be out fishing with his father, mostly in Lake Erie and the Kawarthas usually targeting bass, pickerel and perch and most recently, trout. Rob is a firearms enthusiast and enjoys target and skeet shooting, as well as deer hunting. A husband and father of two, he has begun to take his oldest daughter along on his fishing trips. This is Rob's second contribution to Quick Escapes**