Jed The Fishing Guide

Free cancellation
Guiding for smallmouth bass on Lake Ainslie, Nova Scotia's largest natural lake. I am the only professional fishing guide pursuing smallmouth bass on this lake. Lake Ainslie is likely the location of the next Nova Scotia record for smallmouth bass. Additional guiding for trout, striped bass, mackerel and smelts on the waters of Western Cape Breton. Fish aboard my powerboat, from one of my kayaks, the shore or on the ice! My 50+ years of fishing experience is available to you for the day. Fish in unfamiliar locations, for unfamiliar species or try out my rods, reels and tackle before you buy. You can cast, troll or fly fish, it is up to you.


Check dates with the Operator
We recommend checking dates with the Guide before booking your trip.


Trip Includes
Sports may use my tackle at no additional cost, One child (under 16) per adult fishes free of charge - adult MUST accompany child

Trip does NOT Include
Pick-up service
Float plane service
Fishing license

No alcohol
Everyone wears a PFD while aboard my boats (PFDs are provided if you don't have one)
No smoking
Children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.


Free cancellation (14 days in advance).


Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass
Atlantic Mackerel

Types of Fishing
Lake fishing
Nearshore fishing
River fishing
Ice Fishing

Fishing Techniques
Fly fishing
Ice fishing
Baitcast fishing

Fishing chair
Trolling motor
Tackle box
Rods & Reels
Rod holders
Fish finder
Fishing Pole

Boat Specs


18 foot v-hull aluminum with wind-shield.

"Knot at Work" and "Marley"

11 foot (3.3 m) fishing kayaks. One person per boat



Gerald (Jed) Woodill

Operator since 2021
I began fishing at a young age on Lake Ainslie with my father, uncle and grandfather. My experience and gear will allow you to quickly benefit from my heritage on Nova Scotia's largest natural lake. Further afield await fishing adventures in local streams, beaches, other lakes and on the ice of the Bras D'Or. My 50+ years of fishing experience has taken me across North America as well as Australia and New Zealand. I have learned the benefits of guidance while fishing unfamiliar waters or for new species. Even trying new gear is made easier while fishing with someone who knows how to use it. With me by your side you can climb the fishing curve more quickly than you might imagine. I love fishing. Fishing is even more enjoyable when shared with friends. I also enjoy helping friends to fish, whether for a new species, in new waters, with new tackle or first time fishers. My goal is to put you in place to catch a fish and help you catch it. Perhaps even more important though is to cultivate a love for the sport. I invite you to join me to for fun, adventure and to create your own fishing tales.

Gerald (Jed) Woodill

Operator since 2021

How to get there

Mason Point, Nova Scotia, Canada -  Lake Ainslie
From Sydney, NS or Port Hastings NS: Take Highway 105 to Whycocomagh, then turn North onto Highway 252. Follow 252 until it becomes Hwy 395. Follow Hwy 395 to the intersection with West Lake Ainslie Road. Turn left toward West Lake Ainslie / Inverness. We will be on your right hand side. From Inverness: Take Hwy 19 West to Strathlorne. Turn left toward Scotsville/Lake Ainslie and follow Strathlorne Scotsville Road to the intersection with West Lake Ainslie Road. Turn right onto West Lake Ainslie Road. We will be on your left hand side.

Book with 10% deposit

Once the fishing guide confirms your trip, your credit card will be charged with a 10% deposit to guarantee the reservation.

Pay remaining balance to the guide

The remaining balance will be paid directly to the fishing guide on the trip date. The following payment methods are available: