In 1827 the town of Lindsay was founded by a Mr. William Purdy, and his sons Jesse and Hazard.
The town was first known as "Purdy's Mills". Purdy built the first dam in the winter of 1827 to power his grist mill.
The dam was 10 feet high, and located on the Scugog River, at Lindsay.
The dam flooded the area near Port Perry, creating a lake.
Many Port Perry settlers were furious as the dam was flooding the land they had worked so hard to clear.
In 1828 the dam broke due to spring flooding, and was rebuilt in 1830. A fever ran through the area.
People blamed it on the growing number of mosquitoes that populated the new lake, which was becoming stagnant because the water could not flow.
Some of the farmers gathered together and marched to the dam armed with axes.
The farmers were set on destroying it, and managed to tear down the main part. However, it was rebuilt when the conditions were safe, and Lake Scugog remained.
Today, the lake is no longer used for logging. Many people come for the good fishing and recreation. Even today, the lake is a boon to Port Perry's economy.
Although 17 miles long by 2 miles wide, Lake Scugog is one of the shallowest lakes in Ontario.
Due to its shallow state you will find an abundance of weeds, stumps, humps, lily pads, arrowheads, weed mats, and docks. What does that tell you...?
Largemouth Bass everywhere!!!
Average size caught is between 2 - 4 lbs. 5 and 6 lb. fish are not uncommon. For a change of pace this lake also offers excellent Walleye and Muskie fishing.
Lake Scugog, minutes from Toronto, is a man-made lake,
the old river bed is remnant in the many buoys that mark the main channels.
The lake is shallow and the waters are murky and very weedy.
The dark waters are a perfect home for the elusive walleye.
In spring, the walleye concentrate at the mouth of the Scugog River.
Troll in the main channel with black, purple, or chartreuse worm harnesses.
The key is a slow presentation, with the blades of your harness just barely spinning.
You may even pick-up a few jumbo perch using this technique.
If you catch one, anchor, and use a slip-bobber, set line 6 in. from bottom and use a whole worm for bait.
In summer, the walleye scatter into the main lake.
Two hotspots that seem to always produce fish, are the areas around Caesarea and Port Perry.
In Caesarea, go out into 7-9 ft. of water, and search for bottom transition areas
(ie. gravelly rock bottom vs. mud).
Troll in the gravelly areas with worm harnesses,
and fish transition points with jigs tipped with worms or minnows. Near Port Perry,
fish near the green and red buoys, just outside of GOREZKI'S MARINA, once again slowly trolling a worm harness.
Tip Posted by Robert, Date : October 15, 2000
I find fishing scugog in the fall time is fantastic.
I troll alot in deeper water, I use a rapala with a deep diving action,
and I troll slowly, giving the imitation minnow a slow wobble.
I like to start my troll straight out from Goreski's Marina and then go a little south,
this is where you will find deeper water. I look for water that is 11-14 ft and weed lines,
I troll along the weed lines and wait for a hit, I find this to work great during the fall,
and also find it great for catching lunkers.
I've been fishing scugog for years and have heard that scugog has no lunkers............
try this and you'll agree they're all wrong!
Tip Posted by RANDY, Date : April 1, 2000
I have been fishing Lake Scugog and River now for ten years.
I have found the best spots to be in front of Cross Creek Marina and on the two corners south and north.
I troll black mepps #3 with a 3 inch Mister Twister tail and have had good luck.
This winter I took a young friend to the sandbar for his first time ice fishing.
He caught a 7 pounder in his first half hour. He also got three more about 3-4 pounds.
We use a green do-jigger swedish pimple spoon.