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Additional Information and Links

Here are some additional sources of information Eagle Lake's
Osbourne Bay as well as related muskie topics:

Canada Information

The following web sites have much useful information on Canada.

    This connects you to the Canadian Coast Guard page for rules and regulations. It can get tricky; pay attention to these. They do change, and the Canadian authorities don't take kindly to violators.

    A number of useful links to general travel info on Canada.

    This gets you a 3 MByte PDF file of the Ontario fishing regulations. I've heard claims that this 75–page document is a bad translation from an original written in Mandarin Chinese, but I don't believe that – the Ontario regs are far more inscrutable. However, they do have a pretty picture of a Trout on the cover.

  • And, of course, you can't forget the link to Century Lodge,. on beautiful Osbourne Bay, Eagle Lake, Ontario Canada:
    Summer Address:
    P.O. Box 785
    Dryden, Ontario
    Canada P8N 2Z4
    Phone:     807-938-6863
    Century Lodge
    Winter Address:
    23777 North Shore Dr.
    Edwardsburg, MI 49112
    Phone:     616-699-5792

Magazine Articles

  • Eagle lake has appeared continuously in magazine articles over the years. For example, the November 1988, February 1991, and March 1992 issues of Muskie all have stories by Len Hartman about the monster fish of Eagle Lake, and it's quite possible that he was even telling the truth this time.

  • More recently, the March 1999 issue of Muskie has a nice thoughtful piece by John Schneider, "Hot Topwater Action," including specific reference to Osbourne Bay.

  • The September 1999 issue of Musky Hunter has an article by Doug Johnson, "Slop Success," with a bit of a different slant than I've presented here. But you're far better off paying attention to Doug than to me – my Muskie catching record doesn't even remotely compare to his.

  • Finally, Doug Strange and Mark Windels wrote what I submit is the finest Muskie fishing article ever in the August - September 1983 In-Fisherman, "Muskies Have No Virtue." Windels repeated much the same material in the July 1996 Musky Hunter, in "Runnin' and Gunnin' with Mark Windels." There is keen insight in these two articles.


  • Babe Winkelman wrote a book in 1983, The Comprehensive Guide to Fishing Canada that still seems to be available though Fishing Facts magazine, although not at

  • However, The Canadian Fishing Trip : A Guidebook by John Harschutz, 1993, is available at amazon.

  • One of my favorite books, not so much specific to Canada but one that covers a whole raft of useful (?) information about muskie fishing and muskie trips is Muskie, Muskie, On the Wall by George Sandell, 1986.

Muskie List

Finally, some quite handy tidbits pop up occasionally on the Muskie List on internet, sponsored by Muskies International. As an example, recent reports and discussion on Canada boat regulations related specific experiences and were useful in providing a feel for the situation, which is murky. Contact moderator Mike Butler at:

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