Terry Kluke takes us up into Ontario Canada to focus on his home water for musky, pike, bass, and a whole lot of other species.

We talk about what it’s like vacationing at Merkel’s Camp – located in the center of the Wabigoon/Dinorwic chain of lakes, the top fishing lakes in Ontario.

We also touch on some wilderness adventures hunting for bears, wolves, and whitetails. Plus, a handful of tips for fishing muskies.


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Show Notes with Terry Kluke

03:50 – “All bears are excellent to eat”

04:20 – You can fish for pike and musky all summer long in the Mid West

06:00 – Musky 360 is hosted by Joe Bucher – he’s a big musky guy

09:30 – It was 1963 when Terry’s grandfather started the camping lodge

11:00 – Ice season ends in May and back again mid-November

14:30 – They’re going to the Fly Fishing Show in Atlanta on February 2023


17:20 – They also have smallmouth in the area. It’s all lake fishing where they’re located.

25:25 – Terry describes what the lodge looks like and the routine for the trip

26:45 – Terry describes where to find the muskies

29:00 – Tip: For muskies, don’t strip too fast

29:45 – Terry casts about 80 feet from the boat

33:30 – We talk about casting a foot-long fly

35:40 – Colin Mckeown from The New Fly Fisher was on the podcast at WFS 084Bill Spicer was also here in episode 093

40:00 – Muskies hunt like a wolf pack – they work together

42:10 – You can only keep musky with at least 54 inches in length

43:50 – Terry also fishes for walleye – it’s what they base their whole income on

52:55 – The best time to go musky fishing and bear hunting would be the end of August or September

53:54 – Deer hunting doesn’t start until October

54:30 – Terry did a lot of elk hunting in Colorado

56:20 – We talk about wolf hunting which is also popular in mid-West

58:20 – There are 18 different species of fish in Wabigoon Lake

1:04:00 – Swick is the best lure for muskies

1:06:30 – Terry’s grandfather bought the camp for $5000 in 1962


Check out this website at MerkelsCamp.com

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Related Podcast Episodes

How to Catch Tiger Musky with Bill Spicer – The New Fly Fisher (WFS 093)

WFS 084 – The New Fly Fisher with Colin Mckeown – Atlantic Salmon, Newfoundland, Squaretail, Jensen’s, Riffle Hitch


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