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Lake Simcoe Lakers to Close the Ice Season

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015

I hit the ice with my good friend Tony to close out the ice fishing season on Lake Simcoe for lake trout and whitefish. We decided to go for lake trout on the north shore. We walked out a couple of kilometers, drilled holes and began to fish. Before I even dropped a line, a speedy Tony already had a fish on but lost it. I began to move a bit more quickly after that, and had lines down quickly. It was a quick hot bite early in the morning, and we had a lot of fun! My tip-up didn’t take a bite, but the jigging proved effective. We swam the swimbait up and down the water column pausing every once in a while. When we saw a fish on sonar, we would reel up quickly and pause, then the fish would chase and smash the lure. I always find that exciting, like a real life video game!

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Tony had success on a 4” paddletail swimbait, and I also hooked up on a 4” paddletail swimbait. I switched up to a big Rippin’ Rap just before the action started to slow down, and wham! I got a great laker that put up an amazing fight. After that, it slowed down, and we started to try everything to muster up more bites. Despite our best efforts, we came up empty late morning and all afternoon. Fish were not chasing at all, and even dead-sticking didn’t work. We even tried a subtle presentation right in the mud to no avail. We were sure glad we got there early! We were tempted to move, but with such a hot morning bite and still marking fish, we decided to stay. We didn’t want to leave fish to find fish, but unfortunately it was the wrong choice. Oh well, we had a great morning, shared some laughs and I had a great time capping off the ice season on Lake Simcoe with a good friend.
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The Rippin’ Rap is my favourite trigger lure for lake trout!

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I used a Rapala RType medium action ice rod with a Kaos spinning reel spooled up with 8lb Sufix Siege line. 3.5-inch swimbaits like the
TriggerX Slop Hopper
in smelt work great to trigger bites from lake trout, as does Rapala Rippin’ Raps I am ready for some spring steelhead fishing now. Bring on the warmer weather!!!
Good fishing!
Aaron

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Lake Simcoe Lakers to Close the Ice Season

Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I hit the ice with my good friend Tony to close out the ice fishing season on Lake Simcoe for lake trout and whitefish. We decided to go for lake trout on the north shore. We walked out a couple of kilometers, drilled holes and began to fish. Before I even dropped a line, a speedy Tony already had a fish on but lost it. I began to move a bit more quickly after that, and had lines down quickly. It was a quick hot bite early in the morning, and we had a lot of fun! My tip-up didn’t take a bite, but the jigging proved effective. We swam the swimbait up and down the water column pausing every once in a while. When we saw a fish on sonar, we would reel up quickly and pause, then the fish would chase and smash the lure. I always find that exciting, like a real life video game!

Tony with a nice swimbait laker

Tony with a nice swimbait laker Tony had success on a 4” paddletail swimbait, and I also hooked up on a 4” paddletail swimbait. I switched up to a big Rippin’ Rap just before the action started to slow down, and wham! I got a great laker that put up an amazing fight. After that, it slowed down, and we started to try everything to muster up more bites. Despite our best efforts, we came up empty late morning and all afternoon. Fish were not chasing at all, and even dead-sticking didn’t work. We even tried a subtle presentation right in the mud to no avail. We were sure glad we got there early! We were tempted to move, but with such a hot morning bite and still marking fish, we decided to stay. We didn’t want to leave fish to find fish, but unfortunately it was the wrong choice. Oh well, we had a great morning, shared some laughs and I had a great time capping off the ice season on Lake Simcoe with a good friend.

The Rippin' Rap is my favourite trigger lure for lake trout!

The Rippin’ Rap is my favourite trigger lure for lake trout!

SimcoeRelease

I used a Rapala RType medium action ice rod with a Kaos spinning reel spooled up with 8lb Sufix Siege line. 3.5-inch swimbaits like the TriggerX Slop Hopper in smelt work great to trigger bites from lake trout, as does Rapala Rippin’ Raps!

I am ready for some spring steelhead fishing now. Bring on the warmer weather!!!

Good fishing!

Aaron

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Ice Fishing for Staging Steelhead

Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Steelhead are starting to enter the rivers now, and they can be caught off the piers and in the lower sections. Steelhead can also be caught ice fishing on rivers that still have safe ice in the lower stretches. I have been out a few times recently, and I met some great guys on my last trip. We shared some ice and laughs together, and had some good action ice fishing for chrome. Marko, Chris, Lou and Phil were a blast hanging out with ice fishing for steelies. We had one ice rod set-up in a rod holder, and another longer rod with a centrepin. Talk about fun with a hot steelhead going berserk beneath the ice when hooked!

Pulling up steelhead through the ice is amazing!

Pulling up steelhead through the ice is amazing!

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I have been trying a few methods ice fishing, but the simple approach seemed best in the slow current. Fishing a drop shot rig on a medium action Rapala RType rod spooled with 8lb Sufix Siege line on a Kaos reel with minnow 6-inches above the weight worked well. I let a few inches more line out after the weight hit bottom so that the minnow can swim around a bit to entice strikes. The second 5- to 6-foot rod with a centrepin, 8lb Sufix Siege, small weight and a roe bag tied with floaters also works great. The method is sit and wait with the one dead stick either with a minnow, Kwikfish or roe bag. The long rod is good either dead-sticked or jigging the roe bag slightly by bottom. There hasn’t been enough current to activate the Kwikfish, but there will be soon if not by now. The Kwikfish set up under the ice can be the most deadly rod going with the right current. Some large split shot just up the line from the Kwikfish will take it down to the bottom. A float set up with roe or a minnow can also work well.

Chris with some nice steelies on the ice! Look at that rod bend with the centrepin!

Chris with some nice steelies on the ice! Look at that rod bend with the centrepin!

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Water anywhere from 12” under the ice to several feet should be good. Punch a lot of holes and move often if you are not getting fish. They typically come in spurts and everyone around hooks up for a bit, and then it dies again as fish move through. If you venture out onto the ice on the lower stretches of rivers, be careful, as ice conditions can deteriorate quickly when the current begins to pick up and erode the ice with warmer weather. I recommend a floater suit with ice spikes in a pocket. This winter made thick ice, and it should be good for at least another few days to a week or more on some tribs.

Marko hit this nice steelhead on roe with a set rod

Marko hit this nice steelhead on roe with a set rod

Pier fishing can also be good floating roe, worms or minnows, or a dead stick on bottom with roe bags with floaters in them. You can cast to them with Kwikfish and minnowbaits as well such as Storm Thundersticks, Rapala jointed BX Minnows, Clackin’ Raps etc. Spoons can also work well as can spinners.

I got this nice big hen on a minnow with a drop shot rig. What a battle! She was released to spawn up river, which is important for the future fishery.

I got this nice big hen on a minnow with a drop shot rig. What a battle! She was released to spawn up river, which is important for the future fishery.

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If you get out ice fishing for steelhead, don't forget Kwikfish!

If you get out ice fishing for steelhead, don’t forget Kwikfish![/caption]

Good luck if you make it out for some early action steelhead fishing. Spring is coming!

Good fishing!

Aaron

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Ice Fishing for Staging Steelhead

Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Steelhead are starting to enter the rivers now, and they can be caught off the piers and in the lower sections. Steelhead can also be caught ice fishing on rivers that still have safe ice in the lower stretches. I have been out a few times recently, and I met some great guys on my last trip. We shared some ice and laughs together, and had some good action ice fishing for chrome. Marko, Chris, Lou and Phil were a blast hanging out with ice fishing for steelies. We had one ice rod set-up in a rod holder, and another longer rod with a centrepin. Talk about fun with a hot steelhead going berserk beneath the ice when hooked!

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I have been trying a few methods ice fishing, but the simple approach seemed best in the slow current. Fishing a drop shot rig on a medium action Rapala RType rod spooled with 8lb Sufix Siege line on a Kaos reel with minnow 6-inches above the weight worked well. I let a few inches more line out after the weight hit bottom so that the minnow can swim around a bit to entice strikes. The second 5- to 6-foot rod with a centrepin, 8lb Sufix Siege, small weight and a roe bag tied with floaters also works great. The method is sit and wait with the one dead stick either with a minnow, Kwikfish or roe bag. The long rod is good either dead-sticked or jigging the roe bag slightly by bottom. There hasn’t been enough current to activate the Kwikfish, but there will be soon if not by now. The Kwikfish set up under the ice can be the most deadly rod going with the right current. Some large split shot just up the line from the Kwikfish will take it down to the bottom. A float set up with roe or a minnow can also work well.

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Chris with some nice steelies on the ice! Look at that rod bend with the centrepin!

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Water anywhere from 12” under the ice to several feet should be good. Punch a lot of holes and move often if you are not getting fish. They typically come in spurts and everyone around hooks up for a bit, and then it dies again as fish move through. If you venture out onto the ice on the lower stretches of rivers, be careful, as ice conditions can deteriorate quickly when the current begins to pick up and erode the ice with warmer weather. I recommend a floater suit with ice spikes in a pocket. This winter made thick ice, and it should be good for at least another few days to a week or more on some tribs.

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Pier fishing can also be good floating roe, worms or minnows, or a dead stick on bottom with roe bags with floaters in them. You can cast to them with Kwikfish and minnowbaits as well such as Storm Thundersticks, Rapala jointed BX Minnows, Clackin’ Raps etc. Spoons can also work well as can spinners.

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Good luck if you make it out for some early action steelhead fishing. Spring is coming!
Good fishing!
Aaron

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Mining for Quinte Gold

Posted on Sunday, February 8, 2015

I had a good time fishing the Bay of Quinte for a couple days with a buddy Geoff recently. We had a tough day the first day in a bad location, but Geoff caught one walleye and we got into a bunch of big jumbo perch. After speaking to a friend Carl, he let us know a good location and we took his advice. I was slightly shallow first thing in 19 feet of water, but Geoff was in the 21 foot hot zone and got into 5 walleye, while I just had more perch. After another move, I was in just over 20 feet and lost an absolute tank and got a couple walleye around 2 pounds. It went quiet after that as I just caught the tail end of the morning bite. Carl and his friends got into a bunch of walleye as well. I moved around in the afternoon until I marked fish on sonar in 22 feet of water. I then caught a tank of a walleye, lost another big fish and got into a few more walleye. I lost more than I caught, but Carl helped us out a lot and saved our trip! The fish were very negative and biting lightly. They didn’t move more than 6″ to look at a bait. The trick was to rise a small spoon tipped with a small mud minnow only a few inches and pause. When the fish looked at the bait, I would just ever so slightly jiggle to get bites. Even the larger fish wanted a small subtle presentation. Overall, although a frustrating start, it turned out to be a great trip!

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Good ice fishing!

Aaron

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