I am looking for any useful info on Long Lake as I have booked a trip there the end of June. Anything would be helpful, ie. road conditions from Renous Highway in, camps, etc. I will definitely tell you how I made out after the trip as well.
Was there a couple of weeks ago and although I had no luck another group got a laker over 17 lbs. The road in is dusty, long and has sharp gravel. I took out a Michelin on my way out, which is a B---h since changing a tire on a dirt road with logging truck spraying gravel at you ain't for the weak of heart. A can of tire inflator/seal comes in handy.
The lake has trophy lake trout and landlocked salmon. There's also a catch and release lake (Mud Lake) which you can get permission to fish and its got some big brookies in addition to lakers and landlocks.
In the big lake you may need something to get your baits deep by the time you get there, so if you've got a downrigger take it with you. If not take some buzz bombs and zingers and try vertical jigging. Some three inch rappalas and rubber minnows are also popular especially in chartruse (bright greenish yellow). Use them to target the lakers feeding in the shallows. They're a better bet then the deep fish anyway since they're in the shallows to actively feed. Best time is first thing in the morning after a dark night. If there's a full moon it isn't as good because they'll feed all night if there's a lot of moonlight.
Take some small trout flies for Mud lake.
The camp owner/manager is great, helpful and knowledgable, so don't be reluctant to ask for a few tips.
I haven't been to Long Lake for several yeares, but I remeber it well, having made about a half dozen or so trips there.
As you leave the camp area and travel down the lake , on the left hand side going out, you will come to an area that looks like a small bay. Quite often there's lakers or landlocked in the mouth of the bay, and as you troll down the shore, shortly thereafter you will encountewr a long sandy bar . Troll along the bar. There's usually some good ( 12-14"+) brookies lurking there. Make a few passes. Rapalas, spinner and worm, or trolled streamers are good. The trout make a great shore lunch. Directly across on the opposite shore is s sandy/gravelly beach area which is a great spot for your shore lunch. Bring some butter and a fry pan.
Most of my luck has been on the left shore ( going out from camp) as I recall it, in several spots down to the bay area, sandbar sandbbar and beyond.
Thank you for all the info. I guess I'll leave the car home and take the old woods truck. I am taking the spouse with me on this trip and we are doing the guided plan. This way hopefully we can be on some fish quicker as the wife doesn't have the patience that I have. Are the camps 'wife approvalable' if you know what I mean? Doesn't need to have indoor plumbing but are they clean?
Camps are very rustic, but very clean.
By rustic, I mean you get a wood stove, table and chairs, bunks, dishes, utensils, everything you need except a sleeping bag. They are old for the most part but they are in fine shape. They don't leak when it rains, either.
Bathrooms and showers are right handy in a separate building, again very clean and lots of hot water.
As you are using a guide, you'll have no troubles at all getting on fish. Those boys know where the big fellas are hiding.
I haven't been up there for a couple of years, except to stay overnight during cross-province ATV expeditions, but two friends went last spring and brought home a 10-pound brookie. They went last week and snared a 12-pounder. Those weights are not guesstimates, those are the weights shown on the scales. All trout and landlock record-size fish in NB came out of Long Lake, I do believe.
Be aware they gave up their liquor licence a coupla years ago, so bring your own.
Five pound and more landlocks and trout are quite common in Mud Lake so don't hesitate to try 'er out.
That sounds great Lobsterman, I can't wait to get there and try my luck. But you know what always happens when you take 'the better half', they always catch the biggest fish no matter if they spend the time doing their nails, reading a book or asking crazy questions, and then we guys have to listen to her bragging till the next trip. Its been a while since I had her out fishing, but its all coming back to me now, lol. Anyway, its her birthday ( Yeah I know, kind of a lame ass gift for her) but at least she won't be guessing what it is.
Gotta go, i hear her coming. If there is any more info anybody wants to share, I am interested so please let me know.
Hello guys! I was reading this topic and now I'm thinking that this lake would be a good spot to book for next year, so who would I have to talk to for reservations, and do I bring my own boat or do they supply them? thanks Ron
Wonderful place to go. Clay (the owner) is an awesome guide and fellow to be around. Keep ur camera handy theres lots of deer, bear and moose on the main road to the lake. There is also lots of brooks along the way full of trout for a good feed at camp. Trucks tend to roll pretty fast so stay on your side. If towing a boat watch for loose gravel, almost lost her once going around one turn. Also heres my cell number (479-1698) There are a few places to call out if u need a spare or break down. I live in town which is only 30 - 40 mins from the long lake camp. I dont mind helping others out. Log trucks tend to quit early around lunch on fridays which makes it easier for travelling. Keep eyes open for critters never know when they will pop up. I caught trout from shore 16 inches before right out in front of camps.
Chris, I really appreciate the info and cell number offer. If people up that way are all as obliging as you then I'm sure to have a good trip. Hopefully the trip goes with out any problems but it is nice to have a backup number if needed. This little mini-vacation starts Monday AM. It will be nice to try fishing some new places and I hope the weather is good. Fish will be a bonus, Fish on a fly rod will be a bigger bonus. If my wife can catch a bigger fish than me (she usually does) then the trip will be a success.
I'll advise you all of the outcome when we get back July 1st.
We tend to help quite a few people around deer season. Its known as tow season for me and dad. He averages 2 - 5 tows a year. Father drives a ford and insists in getting pics when pulling other brand of truck out. Its always fun to help out, thats why we are never in a rush. The girlfriend always wonders why i am so late from hunting some nights. Feel free to try two mile and little gulquac brook with a fly on the way in or out. Always get a few nice trout out of them. There fished pretty hard but always lots of trout coming up from trousers lake. Enjoy your time and never know may come out for a ride if time allows.
Thanks, Fenwick. I may try those streams. I am leaving home at 7am as I am supposed to book in around noon (Monday), but I am not sure how long the trip will be. I have a good idea where I am headed and I have some maps. If I get there early I'll just backtrack and try those streams. Drop by and have a cold one. I don't drink too much but its going to be nice to just sit back and relax. I am not sure how long or when we will be on the lake as that depends on how much boating/fishing my wife can put up with. I'll have a older burgundy Jimmy, not sure how many camps there are but it sounds like you are familiar with spot so I'm sure you can find us.
How do you add pics to this thread? I have some real nice pics of catch & release fish that I wish to share. I am not techy but I do have some computer knowledge. Is it not as easy as adding an attachment? If so how?
I still can't figure out how to add pics to this post ( I see Greyghost is having the same problem), but I did find how to put pics in gallery and I placed two pics there.
The trip was great, only 4 hours travel time including 2 stops at Tim's. We arrived there a little earlier than I planned, met Clay (owner/operator/guide) and family, got settled into our cabin, had lunch and went for a fish. My memory isn't great, but I believe we caught ( mainly my wife did the catching, lol) several species of fish, trout,salmon,perch,sucker and of course the biggest fish of the day a 10 to 12 lb laker. Second was a full day to fish, and it started pretty much the same way we left off the last day, salmon, trout and of course another large laker, once again caught by my wife ( I'm kinda thinking of throwing her in the lake at this time, but Clay is with us to witness this, lol). During the day, Clay took us for a little drive to catch some pan trout and show us a little bit of the country. That evening we caught a few more salmon and trout. Wednesday morning didn't look too good, but it was our last morning to fish and it would have been a shame to travel there and not take advantage of a couple more hours to fish. What a blast, we had three lakers ( 32" largest) in the boat within 1 1/2 hours. It was a perfect way to end up the trip. We finished up the packing and headed home for the seeming short 4 hour trip. I was very nervous of taking my wife on this excursion ( this was a birthday surprise) as I had never been there and didn't know what to expect. Well let me tell you she throughly enjoyed it. Clay offered us his assistance at every request. He took us fishing when we wanted to go. He gave us equipment that I didn't bring, ie waders and let me try a Daiwa Sweepfire rod/reel combo that worked perfectly.
I will not hesitate to contact Clay again to make another booking, my only decision is if maybe I can find enough time to get another trip in this year ( without the wife, lol). Sorry for not attaching pics, maybe later when I figure it out.