After such a memorable experience two years ago while visiting Mille Roche Campground on the St. Lawrence River (in Ontario), I was thrilled to finally get back there this spring. The first time around we spent the weekend hauling in carp right from our waterfront campsite and recently went back for another round of camping.
The string of islands along Long Sault Parkway provide great little bays and inlets for carp to move into. It’s a very unique area, just check it out on Google Maps and you’ll see what I mean. During the spring, carp move into these shallow warm waters in preparation for spawning providing angling opportunities right from shore. Carp are known to be found in this area through the spring, summer, and fall months as well. It’s a popular destination bringing in carp anglers from around the world.
This year I was joined again by Eric, but I had also invited some friends to join us. My puppy Blitz was also along for his first camping experience. What I love about carp fishing is how social it can be. The waterfront campsites at Mille Roche make it so convenient to get a line in the water from the comfort of your own camp chair with plenty of room for all the essentials of camping. It’s a beautiful location with spacious sites and you don’t have to rough it either. The washrooms and showers are nice and clean.
My weekend began on Friday evening when I arrived to the park. Eric was already there with our friend Justin who had stopped in for a few hours. Justin landed a nice carp before I had arrived!
Before I made my way to the park, I stopped in at the grocery store to load up on food for the weekend. We didn’t waste any time tearing into it either.
As soon as we sat down at the picnic table to eat, my rod went off with a fish! I’ve never seen three people drop their food so fast! Haha!
Justin departed for home as darkness fell and Eric and I called it a night so we could have an early start the following morning. My friend Jenn would be joining us along with two of her sons and her nephew. Our goal was to get them all into their very first carp.
I woke up and when I returned from the restroom, Eric had landed a nice catfish! That was a surprise catch as we had not caught any here in the past. I snapped a quick photo and Eric sent it back into the river.
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