Category: ice fishing general

Hi Italo, love both your shows ,the area on the lower Grand in Dunnvile, bellow the dam has gone gone private, I was wandering if you know anywhere in that area that has public access to the river for ice fishing.Thanks for your help and God Bless.

Posted on February 1st, 2021

Hi Rus, glad you are enjoying both the Canadian Sportfishing & Here’s the Catch! TV series. For Walleye fishing below the Dunville, ON dam in the Grand River is your best bet. You could try to find a location where you can cut across to the river further south, but I have a feeling it would be a long walk through wild land.  I would encourage you to pay the parking fee at Fishmasters and head out from there. There are some very good flats to fish within 1/2 km of the marine…God bless you.

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Hi Italo. I live on Sturgeon Lake near Emily Creek. Every my buddies and I put out our ice huts in search of perch. We have had our 4 huts out for almost 2 weeks now and can’t find a single perch? We are in about 10-12 feet and some of us are right in the weedbed and others are a bit deeper near the edge of the weedbed. It’s good coontail weed mixed with rocks. Same places we find them every year. We’re using live minnows and also jigging to attract them but haven’t even seen any down the hole? Any suggestions on where to try? Thanks in advance.

Posted on January 15th, 2021

Hi Randy, perch can be as tricky as Walleye to locate since they can migrate from different areas from year to year and even month to month. If you are not catching them where you have in the past I would suggest you try fishing deeper off the weeds or trying some humps that are in open water not too far from shore. You may also want to check-out open-water weed beds that are off structure like off of Muskrat Island especially at the north-east end off the rock point that goes out and also off the weedline. The other area is the south-end of the island on the shoal off the 10-20′ break.

If you have not used a “thumper” before I would also encourage you to have a rod rigged with heavier braid and a 1 oz. weight with a swivel and large willow-leaf blade. Use it to “pound” the bottom a few times before starting to fish. Perch from a distance will be curious from the puff of sediments and noise and will be drawn in.

I would also encourage you to try jigging with either a Jigging Rapala in the W3 or W4 size oversizing the bottom treble and adding a chartreuse plastic trout egg to one of the hooks on the treble. Jig it on the bottom and lift & jig slowly. That can also work to bring perch in.

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On your show on January 10th, 2021, ice fishing, you mentioned how the porous mats were useful. Where can one get this mats?

Posted on January 10th, 2021

Hi Cyril, that mat is made by, https://vigurus.com/ and works great to keep you comfortable and dry when you have to kneel-down or sit on the ice…God bless you.

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Hi Italo and happy new year and hope you and your family are keeping safe. I was wondering if you have advice on ice fishing for crappie. I live in York region and I know there are crappie in Simcoe but in the winter can’t find them Any help would be appreciated. Sincerely Michael

Posted on January 4th, 2021

Hi Michael, Happy New Year! I am well thank you. There are Crappie in Simcoe but I don’t know if anyone that has targeted through the ice. The open water fishing for them is good at Lagoon City, Beaverton, at the moth of the Black River, Sutton, in the Holland River and in Keswick but I have never heard of anyone catching them through the ice.

My suggestion would be that you target them in Lake Scugog where they do well for them through the ice. Fish with a Passion. God bless you, Italo

 

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What is the name of the hook used for white fish on the ice fishing show?

Posted on December 20th, 2020

Hi Gene, we were using a few different lures. I had good luck using a 4 1/2″ soft-plastic minnow that is similar to the Italo’s Minnow available from Fishing Complete and the Rapala Slab Rap. Both worked well…God bless you.

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Hi ItaloCan you recomend a spot i can take my family ice fishing for panfish on family day that has very thick and safe ice. If there is any this early? A reasonable-ish drive from the gta would be ideal. Thank you.

Posted on February 15th, 2020

Hi Alex, walking out from Virginia Beach, Lake Simcoe is always productive for catching perch and often jumbo perch. You will be able to see the cluster of fishermen from shore and know which area to walk to…God bless you.

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Hi Italo, hope you enjoyed your holidays. I am wondering if you can suggest a spot where i can try ice fishing that i am most likley to catch fish. I am fine with just panfish as this will be my first time. What technique do you suggest and lures/ bait? Only fished open water prior to this. I live in ajax but can drive away if needed. Thanks

Posted on January 4th, 2020

Hi Alex, God is good and we have had excellent holidays. Happy New Year. Once there is safe ice I would suffers you travel north of Ajax to Virginia Beach, Lake Simcoe. I freezes early and the entire area from Virginia Beach to Georgina Island is excellent for jumbo perch and the odd whitefish and lake trout in 12-15’ water. You will see where anglers are clustered together. Use a 1/8oz jig head with a 1” plastic grub up to a 2 1/2” Lunker City Fin-S Fish and gently jig and lift slowly off the bottom. Perch will be within 2’ if bottom. It will really help you if you have a fishfinder that shows your lure and fish reacting to it. Hope you do well.

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Hi Italo, I would like to know if I can fish Gravelly Bay and Sugarloaf Point,I think that is what it’s called. According to the map it’s right next to Gravelly Bay. I would like to know if I can perch fish at either location and the depth and also what species are there for the catching. Thank you very much.

Posted on January 2nd, 2020

Hi John, yes you can and many people do. I think that most of the perch caught there through the ice are smaller. Probably die to the thousands of smelt that move in under the ice. People also catch Pike, Crappie and other panfish there. You can use small live minnows for the perch or a small jig (1/16 – 1/32 oz) tipped with one or two maggots or mousies. Most of the fishing takes place either off or near the docks in the inside of the marina, or on the outside of the rocks in 5-7’ depth…God bless you.

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Hi Italo, i live in ajax and am new to ice fishing, i have a drill and rods however i am having a hard time finding any fish(besides baby perch), could you suggest a few locations within 1-2 hours i can go ice fishing, dont really care about the species just whatever i have the beat chance of catching in numbers so my kids dont get bored. Also what lures/ baits would you recommend and how far off the bottom should i fish?, thank you very much in advance.

Posted on February 19th, 2019

Hi Jack, I would suggest you drive up Hwy.12 to Beaverton or Pefferlaw, ON and go after perch. That side of Lake Simcoe has some of the most consistent perch and jumbo perch fishing in your area. Most anglers fish for them within 2′ of the bottom either using a “pickerel-rig” with two small, live minnows.

Or jigging a small !/8 oz. spoon like the Blue Fox Rattlin’ Flash spoon or the Jigging Rapala in sizes W2 & W3 rigged with a chartreuse ClearFloat soft-bead on the bottom hook.

You jig slowly off the bottom and raise your lure up slowly. Perch usually strike it as it is moving upwards. Hope you catch fish….God bless you.

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Hello Italo. Whats your opinion on using UV charged lures or spoons that hold a glow stick for Simcoe Perch? See alot of lure companies selling more of these now and wonder if they are designed to catch fish or fishermen?

Posted on February 9th, 2018

Hi Michael, the most productive lures for ice-perch include: small vertical jigging spoons (with or without rattles), the Jigging Rapala line of lures, a 1/8 oz. jighead & 2 1/2″ Fin-S Fish, Smackin’Spoons and other jigs/plastic grubs either fished naked, or tipped with a small minnow, real grub, or soft-plastic attractor. Phosphorescent (glow-in-the-dark) painted lures do work well in low-light conditions without exposing them to a bright light, they seem to work well on their own as well as all the natural and fluorescent colored ice-lures. I have not used small “glow-stick” on lures and I don’t think I will since I have excellent results with the lures I described above….God bless you.

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