Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Live bait -- worms, leeches -- in Northwest Ontario

Bow Narrows Camp anglers find the best live bait for walleyes in our area of Red Lake are nightcrawlers and leeches.
Here's a list of some of the live bait dealers that sell worms or nightcrawlers by the flat (500 worms) and leeches by the pound.
Many of these dealers also carry frozen ciscoes and sucker minnows used for early spring and fall northern pike fishing.
Of course all of them carry minnows as do many other stores in the Northwest.
You can place bait orders in advance and have the bait waiting for you when you either arrive in Red Lake or pass through the towns where the bait dealers are located. All it takes to keep the bait alive are some frozen water bottles or freezer packs to keep them cool.

Red Lake

Red Lake Marine Products
(where you meet the boat to camp)

phone 807-727-2747
e-mail: redlakemarine@goredlake.com
worms by flat, leeches by pound, minnows

TJ's Kwik Stop
(Esso service station)
Hwy. 105
phone 807-727-2752
worms by flat, leeches by pound, minnow
Ear Falls

Hwy 105 40 minutes south of Red Lake
phone 807 222-3738 

worms by flat, leeches by pound, minnow

Vermilion Bay

Bobby's Sport Shop
(Hwy 17 west of Hwy 105 corner) phone 807-227-2099 or 807-227-2695
e-mail: info@FamousBobbys.com
website: http://www.famousbobbys.com/


K A Sports and Tackle
(Hughway 17 E., Petro Canada service station)
website: http://www.kasportsandtackle.com/
e-mail: webmaster@kasportsandtackle.com

Riverside Bait and Tackle/Fast Gas
(21 Duke Ave.)

Fort Frances

The Great Bear
(On Hwy 11 between Fort Frances and Hwy 502)
phone: 807-274-2221
website: http://www.thegreatbear.ca/
e-mail: greatbear@jam21.net

Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle
(Hwy 11 East, 715 Colonization Road E.
phone: 807-274-6429
website: http://www.rainylakesports.com/
e-mail: rlsports@shaw.ca

Attention Northwestern Ontario bait dealers!
If you sell worms by the flat or leeches by the pound or have frozen ciscoes and sucker minnows and want a listing here, please e-mail me at fish@bownarrows.com or call 807-475-7246 (winter) or 807-727-2730 (summer) and I'll be happy to add you to this list.

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Anonymous said...

Hello Bow Narrows!! I was curious how much ice is left on Red Lake and when you expect the ice to be melted off the lake? Many thanks!!

Dan B. said...

There is still about 36 inches of ice on the lake as well as a foot of new snow. See today's blog for more on ice conditions.
It's still anybody's guess when the ice will go off the lake but I would have to say it will be at least a month.