Map is courtesy of Jeff's Map -- my route is marked in blue
One week after not catching any trout on my trip into Rathbun Lake in 2019, I decided to try my luck up in the Haliburton Highlands. I had read Kevin Callan's trip in his book Top 60 Canoe Routes of Ontario and, in it, he stated that he and his friends had some luck with both lake trout and rainbows on Nunikani Lake and Wallace Pond respectively. Our family didn't have much going on for the weekend, so I quickly went on to the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails Online Booking site and was able to book an island campsite on Clear Lake for the Friday night, and one on the southeastern shore of Nunikani for the Saturday. Again, as it was a very impromptu decision, I would be paddling solo.
Heading straight to the access point from work on Friday evening, I was putting in at the Big Hawk Lake Marina by 5:30 pm. The weather was cloudy and it was dirzzling on and off, which, in the second week of May, can lead to some chilly conditions. I went into the marina to buy a lighter and made small talk with the owner. He asked me if there was an event happening due to the fact that so many canoes trippers had embarked on trips over the day. I said that I wasn't aware of anything, but it was probably due to the fact that we had had an awful winter and people wanted to get out; and that Algonquin was still iced in.
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