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Here you will find our interviews with lodges, guides and interesting fishermen and fisherwomen, who fish the Northeastern US and Eastern Canada.

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Northeast Fishing Directory

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Here you will find our selective "juried" directory of fishing guides and places to stay in the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada.

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Here you will find our selective list of Northeastern US and Eastern Canada lakes, rivers and streams that we recommend.

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Bucket List Trip Directory

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Here you will find our top Bucket List fishing lodge and guide destinations in the rest of the United States and Canada.

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Tell Us About Your Latest Fishing Vacation

How was your last fishing trip? We would love to hear about it. From sharing pictures to interviewing you about the trip, we are constantly doing research to help other fishermen planning their next fishing vacation. Email chris@gofishingnow.com or message us through Facebook so that we can get your fishing stories on Go Fishing Now.

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Chris Fournier Landing Nets: The Work of a Fine Craftsman

posted on September 8, 2016

Imagine buying a fish net that you can expect to last through years of hard fishing, that as it ages it gains character, that has been made through the meticulous lens of a true craftsman. Well, that is what you get with Chris Fournier Landing Nets. In this interview Chris details his perspective and process on building these quality nets. I don't own one of these nets, yet! I think you will be like me and put these on your "must have" list after reading this fantastic interview.

Ontario's Argosgirl Outdoors

posted on September 8, 2016

We have done a lot of great interviews here at Go Fishing Now. Each has been special in its own way. This one to me is particularly special as it is the first fisherwoman I have had a chance to interview. You may have noticed that a lot of places we take the time to write "fishermen and fisherwomen". For us, this is not about political correctness but rather a way to respect the role that women anglers are playing in our great sport. This interview demonstrates how critical this role is in so many ways. So read on to learn more about the journey of Rebecca Vito, of Argosgirl Outdoors, journey into fishing and her work in spreading the fishing bug that she clearly has caught.

Ontario Tournament Fishing: Interview with Adam Lariviere

posted on September 7, 2016

I first noticed Adam Lariviere when he posted a photo of his new Team Canada Ardent Jersey. Very cool jersey and with a little more investigation, I quickly found that Adam is a very skilled fisherman. I appreciate that he took the time to fill us in on some of his favorite tackle, his perspective on Catch and Release and fishing Ontario's Muskrat Lake.

Catch Fishing Agrees with Us: Go Fishing Now

posted on August 30, 2016

We caught up with Catch Fishing's Sarah McMichael, who is their Media Correspondent for National Fishing Week. Sarah enlightened us about their work and how all of us can get involved with their work across Canada to get more people out fishing.

Time For Some Ontario Kick Bass Fishing

posted on August 24, 2016
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Lake Simcoe is an amazing fishery in Ontario known to produce big smallmouth bass. We had a chance to discuss Simcoe with Peter, aka @kick_bass_fishing on Instagram. We also discussed his "on the water office". Peter has an awesome rig. Enjoy the article...

GFN: What do you consider your favorite bass waters? What makes each one special to you?

My favourite bass fishing lake is Lake Simcoe due to the fact that it can produce some fairly large size bass throughout the fishing season. The tributary has progressed into a trophy smallmouth reservoir especially in the fall season. It is also a great Lake for largemouth and many other species such as white fish, lake trout, pike and even walleye.

Another fantastic lake on my list for fishing both smallmouth and largemouth bass would be Buckhorn. It's produced a number of good sized fish for me over the years. The lake has unbelievable structure for both species of bass and with so much structure including pads, sunken humps, steep drop offs and plenty of docks, the fish can be found quite easily which makes for an exciting day out on the water.

GFN: You fish an area with so many great bass lakes. Which lake do you recommend for fishermen and fisherwomen coming to your area for a fishing vacation?

This is a simple one to answer !! You are absolutely correct, we have a great selection of bass producing lakes in Ontario. We have our chain of lakes called the Kawartha lakes region that are all connected together and which all have great fishing opportunities for anyone coming to fish Ontario.

In my opinion if I was to visit Ontario specifically for a fishing trip, I'd definitely consider the months of October through late November to have a chance at landing a trophy smallmouth out of Lake Simcoe. It's an amazing experience with bass averaging anywhere in the 5 to 8lb range.

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The Man Behind The Mask: It's Mr. Jamie Bragg

posted on August 19, 2016
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I spotted Jamie on Twitter holding a nice tournament bag of Rice Lake bass. I reached out to this young Ontario angler and he kindly answered a few questions. Get to know Jamie, the companies he reps and the waters he fishes.

GFN: First of all, your Instagram, Twitter and YouTube all show that you love fishing. Where did your passion for the sport come from?

Fishing has always been a big thing in my life, from when I was young we always had a boat and were fishing. The challenge of figuring out how to catch them every time you are out is something that I really enjoy.

GFN: You are on field staff for three unique companies, Fear Fishing, Simple Fishing Storage and Fish Bud. What can you tell us about each of those companies?

I am fortunate to be involved with each of one of these amazing companies. What they do for the fishing community is awesome and I love being apart of it.

Fear Fishing which is owned by Ian West is an apparel company which sells performance fishing apparel to keep you looking great on the water. From hats to UV protection they have it all. Fear Fishing also has a live webcast on YouTube where they have had Bassmaster Elite pros, fishing industry people as well as local and Canadian fishermen. Ian is a huge advocate for the sport and is always looking to promote fishing and the community.

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Time For Some Ontario Kick Bass Fishing

posted on August 24, 2016
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Lake Simcoe is an amazing fishery in Ontario known to produce big smallmouth bass. We had a chance to discuss Simcoe with Peter, aka @kick_bass_fishing on Instagram. We also discussed his "on the water office". Peter has an awesome rig. Enjoy the article...

GFN: What do you consider your favorite bass waters? What makes each one special to you?

My favourite bass fishing lake is Lake Simcoe due to the fact that it can produce some fairly large size bass throughout the fishing season. The tributary has progressed into a trophy smallmouth reservoir especially in the fall season. It is also a great Lake for largemouth and many other species such as white fish, lake trout, pike and even walleye.

Another fantastic lake on my list for fishing both smallmouth and largemouth bass would be Buckhorn. It's produced a number of good sized fish for me over the years. The lake has unbelievable structure for both species of bass and with so much structure including pads, sunken humps, steep drop offs and plenty of docks, the fish can be found quite easily which makes for an exciting day out on the water.

GFN: You fish an area with so many great bass lakes. Which lake do you recommend for fishermen and fisherwomen coming to your area for a fishing vacation?

This is a simple one to answer !! You are absolutely correct, we have a great selection of bass producing lakes in Ontario. We have our chain of lakes called the Kawartha lakes region that are all connected together and which all have great fishing opportunities for anyone coming to fish Ontario.

In my opinion if I was to visit Ontario specifically for a fishing trip, I'd definitely consider the months of October through late November to have a chance at landing a trophy smallmouth out of Lake Simcoe. It's an amazing experience with bass averaging anywhere in the 5 to 8lb range.

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Breaking Down Kawarthas Northumberland Fishing

posted on August 24, 2016
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The Kawarthas Norhtumberland Region of Canada sits just above Lake Ontario and East of Toronto. This area is a destination easily accessible for those coming from the United States or Eastern Canada looking for a fishing vacation.

Due to its locations, the waters in this area are popular but that should not be equated with crowded or over-fished. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, lodge owners and local fishermen have done a great job managing these waters and practicing solid catch and release techniques. In my opinion, for those considering a bass or muskie Canadian fishing trip, the lakes of the Kawarthas Northumberland should be among your top location choices. Walleye, northern pike, crappie and panfish are all also available and ready to be targeted.

Chris Huskilson of Exist to Fish calls these waters home. He was kind enough to provide us with a breakdown of the region and the fishing opportunities within it. He also provided us some great photos of fish caught and released in the Kawarthas Northumberland.

GFN: Why do you love fishing the Kawarthas Northumberland region so much?

I have lived here my entire life and have no plans to leave. The region offers a very wide variety of species to target all within an hour’s drive. 350 lakes to be exact. I am a born and raised Kawartha's native. And the fishing is second to none!

GFN: You grew up fishing Rice Lake at an early age. How has the fishing on Rice Lake changed over the years?

My passion certainly began on the banks of Rice Lake Ontario. The fishing has certainly changed. And changed for the better! The slot limit on Walleye has dramatically improved the fishery from both a numbers and quality perspective. And the smallmouth Bass fishery has absolutely exploded with their new Goby forage. They have always been present in good numbers and size, but recent years have seemingly increased in both areas. The past few years have kicked out some of the biggest tournament bags in lake history pushing 25lbs. That sort of weight is not typical of an inland lake like this.

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Like Father, Like Son: Interview with Tyler

posted on August 18, 2016
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After finishing the interview with Canuck Bassin's Chris Harper, he, with lots of dad pride, said "My son Tyler has been my fishing partner since he was 4 and is one hell of an angler." My response was immediate "Does Tyler want to do an interview?"

Go Fishing Now is all about learning from each other about fishing all across the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada. Finding opportunities to learn from and be inspired by fishermen, of all ages, is what we do. So, I was honored that Tyler was willing to discuss his Ontario fishing with us and ended up very impressed with this young man's passion for fishing. Here is what Tyler had to say.

GFN: At what age did you start fishing? What are your earliest memories of fishing?

I was about 4 years old when I started fishing. I remember having a small rope tied to my rod for the first few times I went. I think my dad was worried I may lose a monster.

I remember fishing from my grandma's dock with plastic worms looking for largemouth. I remember how much I hated using tube jigs because I got snagged in fast water and busted a rod under the boat faster than I could tell my dad I was stuck. But now I love using tubes.

I remember working on our first boat, making it better and making some repairs from the seasons before. I remember my dad would let me skip class on nice days or near the end of the season, to go fishing while my friends had to go to school for the day. I remember learning how to tie fishing knots before I learned how to tie my shoes...Actually, my dad showed me how to tie a few fishing knots and then showed me that tying my shoes was almost the same.

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Sunshine of Chuckles, Chortles and Heartfelt Guffaws

posted on August 17, 2016
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It is rare to find talented and skilled humor writers (or "humour writers" as I soon will be corrected in this interview for my US biased spelling of the word). When I first started reading Toronto's Paul D'Angelo's blog, Wilderness Paul, I instantly became absorbed in the quality of his writing and the wit he instills in each of his stories. Paul was gracious enough to answer a few of our questions. Here are his responses.

GFN: You started your blog back in March, and it is extremely unique to other fishing writing. You remind me in many positive ways of an outdoor writer I have always enjoyed, Patrick McManus. Why start a blog and why focus on humor?

I started the blog at the urging of a friend named Tom Boduch. Tom thought that the writing I had done for Canadian outdoor magazines deserved a wider audience. Only took him a decade or so to convince me, but it's actually been a lot of fun to do.

By the way, if you have laughed even once at one of my tales, please send your cash or certified cheques to...

Not every story I write is comedic in nature, of course, but most are. Humor, or HUMOUR as we know it in Canada, writing has just always come naturally to me.

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Fishing in Perspective

posted on August 12, 2016
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So grateful that Ontario's Dave C took some time from fishing on his family vacation to talk about a number of different topics. The one, and perhaps the most important, is his reminder about proper sun protection for everyone who gets out on the water. Here is what he shared.

GFN: You lead your Twitter profile with "Fighter of Melanoma". Do you mind sharing what that is all about?

I was first diagnosed with advanced melanoma in January 2014. An abnormal mole on my knee was biopsied at the urging of my wife and the results confirmed cancer. I've been through 3 surgeries and 2 different forms of treatment since. I can't say enough about the great support I've had and continue to receive. That goes a long way in keeping the mental strength up. I'm not sure what the future holds but I just live life and try not to dwell on things as much. Fishing is a big part of the escape.

GFN: Fishing has come along way in sun protection outdoor gear. What gear do you use when out fishing?

Obviously, sun protection gear has become a big part of my life. Anyone spending time outdoors should have some form of outdoor wear to protect themselves. I wear Skoll Gear hats, shirts and neck/face protection whenever I'm spending time on the water, whether sunny or cloudy. Most people don't realize that the suns rays penetrate the cloud layer, so sunburn is still a risk on overcast days. I love Skoll Gear because it's Canadian owned and operated, lightweight and comfortable, moisture wicking and comes at a great price point compared to other companies offerings. Owners Shelley and Keith Langley understand what people are looking for when it comes to modern sun protection and have been affected by cancer in their own family.

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Whiskey, Beer and Bass Canadian Style

posted on August 11, 2016
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I recently caught up with Yakfisher to discuss some Canadian Whiskey, Beer and Bass Fishing. Here is the result of our discussion.

GFN: Let's start with the important stuff. Favorite Canadian Whiskey and why?

My favorite Canadian Whiskey is Spicebox. It is smooth with a little bite finish.

GFN: Favorite Canadian beer?

Favorite Canadian Beer is Mill Street Organic, flavorful and natural.

GFN: Now that we have that out of the way, lets talk fishing. Why kayak fishing?

I originally started kayaking while recovering from knee replacement surgery. Haven't stopped since. Loving it.

Kayak fishing offers accessibility to good fishing spots not reachable by boat. Glide over weeds. Great for quiet time on the water. Water level fishing action...a total rush.

GFN: Tell us about your Old Town Kayak. What features do you like about it? What features do you wish it had? Would you recommend to it a friend?

Old Town XL is user friendly, super comfortable seat, roomy, very stable, many different rigging options. I would love to see a built in cooler for drinks. Hydration is key out on the water. I would totally recommend this kayak for the fisherman/woman.

Huntin' Hawgs with Canuck Bassin

posted on August 9, 2016
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The Canuck Bassin' Twitter Profile leads with "Huntin Hawgs in the St Lawrence River Region". I love the St Lawrence River and have fished it a number of times. I thought I knew a fair bit about fishing it. That is until I interviewed Chris Harper of Canuck Bassin. This guys so knows this water and has the fish photos to prove it. Hawg Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass fill his stellar photo gallery. Learn all about Chris and his fishing right here. And then after you view his photo gallery and read this fantastic interview, we have one more surprise for you. So read on...

GFN: First of all you have a very adorable furry black fishing partner. Tell us about your dog and what makes him a great fishing partner.

Jack is turning 5 this year and he has been on the water since he was about 5 months old. He instantly took an interest in fishing and was intrigued with me casting lures. As soon as that first fish hit, he was hooked. He is always on "stand by mode" and at the slightest hook set, drag peel, or change in behaviour, he kicks into high gear. He is obsessed with licking every fish, and if we don't let him, he has been known to jump in after them. Jack is almost always ready to go and will endure some horrible conditions to be on the water with us. He doesn't want to miss a chance to lick a fish. As much as Jack can add additional challenges, it's just not the same when he stays at home. Not to mention, I think his fan base on Twitter may be larger than mine. Lol. #Fishlicker

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Bass Fishing The Kawarthas with Bobby Belmonte

posted on August 5, 2016
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Rice Lake and all of the lakes in the Kawartha's Region of Ontario are very popular fishing destinations. Bass fishing is one of the main factors that makes this part of Ontario a top choice when considering a fishing trip destination. Bobby Belmonte fishes this area and by the looks of his Instagram account has figured out how to fish lakes like Rice Lake and Katchewanooka Lake with consistent success. He shares some of the secrets behind his success with us right here.

GFN: What have been the highlights of your 2016 fishing season so far?

So far I was really pleased with the walleye season I had. Every outing i was able to find a good amount of fish and by the time bass was ready to open I had caught several trophy fish mainly in Rice Lake. Also just recently had a few really good days bass fishing and I am finding I'm getting more and more big bites as the season progresses. Tournaments haven't been the greatest this year but that's fishing for ya and could change any week.

GFN: Your Instagram page is a multi-species bonanza. What is your favorite species to target and why?

My favourite species without a doubt is bass; I can't decide between Largies or smallies because I tend to target both every time I'm on the water during bass season, but I have always loved the techniques bass fishing offers along with the crazy fights they put on.

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Interview with 2 Guys Fishing

posted on June 27, 2016

Did you ever check out someone's Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page and instantly think that it would be cool to fish with that person? That is my basic rule for who I interview here at Go Fishing Now. When I found 2 Guys Fishing, I thought "Damn, these guys seem cool and they know how to catch fish." Then I learned that they fish the Rideau and St. Lawrence River. I knew then I needed to find out more about 2 Guys Fishing.

Center Pin Fishing with Ontario's Angling_Art

posted on June 16, 2016

We were honored to get a chance to interview Arthur Jeco Reinoso aka @Angling_Art on Instagram. He describes his Instagram page as where "angling & artistry meet at the water." We couldn't agree more. Not only does he catch a lot of big fish but he also provides amazing photography. We were particularly interested in his Centerpin fishing and asked his advice on this special style of fishing.

Our Interview with Rice Lake Ontario's Alpine Resort

posted on June 6, 2016

We were so excited when Jodi from Alpine Resort agreed to let us ask her a few questions. Alpine Resort is located on Rice Lake in Southeastern Ontario. While there are a number of accommodation options on Rice Lake and we are sure many of them are quite fine, we quickly realized, based on our research that Alpine Resort was the place we were going to list for Rice Lake. Their reviews are excellent and as you will see from our interview, they just simply put off a really great vibe. Whether a serious fishing vacation or going on a fishing and family trip, we think you will find that Alpine Resort may just be the place you are looking for.

Fishing University with AMFish

posted on June 4, 2016

To say I am a big fan of AMFisH would be an understatement. My amount of time watching his vlog and following his social media feeds has had my wife asking if I have a man crush. I am not confirming or denying the accusation of my wife, though I will admit that I have spent a lot of time learning from AMFisH.

Fishing Trip Videos: Esnagami Wilderness Lodge

posted on March 18, 2016

Fishing Trip Videos help to capture the experience of a fishing vacation. Some videos though aren't well done or provide little insight into what taking a fishing trip at a lodge or with a guide is really like. Go Fishing Now researches the best fishing video and provides them to you for your viewing pleasure. So, make some popcorn. Here is our collection of the best fishing trip videos we could find on our Bucket List Trip, Northwestern Ontario's Esnagami Wilderness Lodge.

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