MUSKOKA LAKES are situated in the midst of the "Highlands of Ontario," embracing in the general term the hundreds of lakes in the Muskoka District. It is a little over one hundred miles from Toronto. The lakes may be reached by the Canadian Pacific Ry., the Grand Trunk Ry. and the Canadian Northern Ontario Ry. The district, to which the general term of "The Highlands of Ontario" has been popularly applied, is one of many hundred square miles in extent. It lies on the eastern shore of the Georgian Bay between the middle tier of counties of Simcoe, York nnd Victoria on the south and the District of Parry Sound on the north. From Muskoka Wharf, at the southern end of Lake Muskoka, to Port Carling, the junction of Lakes Muskoka and Rosseau, the distance is 21 miles; from the same starting point to Rosseau, at the head of the lake of this name, it is 33 miles, while the farthest point on the three lakes, Port Cochburn at the head of Lake Joseph, is 45 miles from Muskoka Wharf. The width of the lakes varies from channels a few hundred yards across to open stretches of water about six miles wide. The lakes are fed by several rivers and streams, chief among them being the Muskoka River, entering Muskoka Lake about midway between Muskoka Wharf and Beaumaris, on the eastern shore of the lake, and the route of the Muskoka Navigation Co.'s steamers to Bracebridge, 16 miles north from Gravenhurst. The Dee River connecting Three Mile Lake with Lake Itosseau, near Wnidermere, Skeleton River from Skeleton Lake to Lake Rosseau, and Rosseau River, with the pretty Rosseau Falls, all feed this, the second largest of the three lakes, on its eastern boundary, with Shadow River at the head of the lake. The Moon and Muskosh Rivers are the outlet of the lakes from Muskoka Lake at Bala, which flow into the Georgian Bay to the west.
Two or three miles from Bala down the Moon River is found good maskalonge fishing. A number of lakes in the vicinity of Torrance provide very good sport, including Black Lake, Nine-Mile Lake, Echo Lake, Clear Lake, all within a distance of about three miles. Near Beaumaris, Leonard Lake and Brandy Lake both contain fine black bass which run as high as three pounds. Among the fishing grounds of note in the Muskoka Lakes are Sucker Lake and Watson Lake where good bass and salmon trout fishing is reported. These lakes are near Rosseau. Morgan's Bay and Bass Lake are also good fishing grounds. In Lake Joseph itself good salmon trout fishing can be got by deep trolling between Hamil's Point and Port Sandfield. For the enthusiastic angler, who is desirous of leaving the beaten path of the well-known districts for the unbroken forest and the blazed trail, there is that ideal district reached from Blackstone Lake on the Canadian Northern Ontario Ry. Near Barnesdale, on Lake Joseph, is excellent fishing in Kah-Pee-Gog and Six-Mile Lakes; also in close proximity to Gordon Bay, on Lake Joseph, in addition to Blackstone and Crane Lakes, are Portage Lake, Clear Lake, Silver Lake, Long Lake and several others. These lakes are easily accessible by wagon road, or can be reached by a series of short portages. Bass, pickerel and salmon trout are numerous. Within a radius of nine miles from Rosseau are Black, Turtle, Star, Hicks, Whitefish, Trout and Clear Lakes, which are all recommended for good fishing. Large catches, more or less of a certainty, are as follows: Lakes Rosseau and Joseph—Bass, pickerel and salmon trout. Port Sandfield—Bass, pickerel and salmon trout. Port Cockburn—(Head of Lake Joseph) bass, salmon trout and pickerel. Blackstone Lake—(Near Port Cockburn) maskalonge and bass. Rosseau—(Head of Lake Rosseau) bass, pickerel, speckled and salmon trout. Burk's Falls—Bass, salmon and perch. Maganetawan River—Brook trout, black bass and pickerel.
Randall, Wainwright. The Angler's Guide: a Manual for Campers and Anglers. New York: Field and Stream Pub., 1909. Print.
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