Category: panfish

Hi Italo,I bought some fishing equipment from a videographer that worked for you and he said you are friendly to reach out to for advice. I recently bought a motorized canoe to go fishing with my brother this season. I have caught perch through the ice on cooks bay but mostly dinks. I would appreciate any help on where I can find mud flats known for jumbo perch in the spring on lake simcoe as we do not have a fish finderThank you,Jay

Posted on April 16th, 2021

One of the best locations on Lake Simcoe, ON is Virginia Beach. Normally it’s protected from wind so it’s ideal to fish from a small craft like a kayak, canoe or small tin boat. The perch are mixed in size there and if you move around you should not have any problem finding 8-11″ fish. Try fishing close to the main shoreline in 3-4′ of water in the vicinity of the pier where the boat docks are. Then try fishing in the middle area and lastly try fishing off the Georgina Island shoreline. You don’t need a fish finder, just cast in all direction and let your lure sink to the bottom before working it.

My best results there have been using a 1/8 oz. jighead with a 2 1/2″ Lunker City Fin-S-Fish minnow on 10lb test braided line. I fish the minnow close to the bottom and jig it gently and also reel it in slowly along the bottom. There is a nice mix of vegetation throughout that bay…God bless you.

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Hello Italo,Hope you are doing well. Wanted to ask about any open shore location for jumbo perch near Hamilton/Niagara area and what would be good time and presentation to catch a few?Thank you as always Italo!God bless you.

Posted on April 15th, 2021

Most of the Lake Ontario harbour mouths and some of the creeks/bays will draw spring perch and bullhead catfish into the shallows. You can get this in your region in these areas:

-off the Hamilton Harbor pier (bay side)

-in lower section of Grindstone Creek

-50 Point Marine basin

-Jordan Harbor Marina Basin

-Port Dalhousie Marina Basin

You can fish either a “pickerel-rig” with two small live minnows or a worm on a hook…God bless you.

 

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I met you at the Sportsmen show and you mentioned a good spot for jumbo perch above Cook’s Bay on Lake Simcoe. Do you have any other spots you would recommend and is Quinte the best sport for early season ice walleyes and where would you recommend? Thank you for all your info and have a safe 2020. George

Posted on December 26th, 2019

Hi George,

Virginia Beach in the south-east side of Simcoe is also good early winter perch. Early safe ice in the Bay is at the mouth of Moscote Bay and in Big Bay either off Big Island or from the north shore off Pointe Anne….God bless you.

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Hello Italo my question is in a bay like frenchmans bay, do the bass and panfish that are in there all season leave in the winter and return in the spring or do they just sit in the bay dormant until the warmer weather?Thanks

Posted on April 7th, 2019

Hi Lukas, good question. Some can remain and some can move out. The largemouth bass would go dormant, any smallmouth bass would probably move out and return, as they are more migratory.  The panfish may move out but I have a feeling most would remain active and feed around the weedbeds and weedlines…God bless you.

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I just moved to the Kawartha area around Bridgenorth and I am not sure where to look for ice out crappies. What are the best areas to start searching for them. Thank you for your help.Larry Smith

Posted on February 24th, 2019

Hi Larry,  you don’t have to travel far. The south-end of Chemong Lake south of the Chemong Causeway and fishing the south-west side is a very good place to target them. They shoud be right along the shore in 2-4′ water. Fish small 1″ tubes or curly tail grubs under a small slip-bobber and you should do well…God bless you.

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Hi Italo I love rock bass fishing. Is it possible that you could point me to an area of lakes where I can catch these beautiful fish please?

Posted on January 21st, 2019

Hi George, winter time is not a good time to target rock bass. Best time to fish for them is end of April and through May when they are close to shorelines and preparing to spawn. One of my favorite areas to fish for them is in Cook’s Bay, Lake Simcoe, ON along the outer rocks that create the Keswick, ON marina break-wall.  Small crankbaits and 1/8 oz. jigs with 1-2″ plastic grubs work well fished on an ultralight or light action spinning outfit.

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Italo, are you able to provide me some fall Crappie fishing sport as I am in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto? Many thanks.

Posted on October 6th, 2018

Most reliable ones are on Lake Simcoe; mouth of Mashkinonje River, Keswick, ON., mouth of Black Creek, Sutton, ON and the canals at Lagoon City. It’s a dusk/nightime fishery. You can fish from shore in Keswick and Sutton, ON, but you need a boat to fish Lagoon City, ON. Crappie fishing will be good there starting the end of Oct. and into Nov.

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Hello Italo, Nice to watch those lovely videos you posted. Do you have an idea where you may catch Crappies at Stoney Lake?

Posted on October 6th, 2018

Thank you. I have never targeted Crappie on Stoney Lake, ON. I may have caught one or two unintentionally fishing for bass and walleye there. I’m sure that in the spring they are in the same shallow-water locations as they are in the other Kawartha Lakes.

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try to fishing spring crappie near kawatha lakes. thanks

Posted on April 23rd, 2018

Hi Dan, now is one of the best times to fish crappie in all of the Kawartha Lakes. They will be in shallower water ranging from 2-7′ deep and especially in bays, canals and around docks. Fishing from a boat will give you the best access since there are limited locations with public shoreline access and good fishing. If you do not have a boat you can fish from shore on the Holland River (Younge St. North), the pier and boat launch area on Lake Scugog, ON and many of the Hamilton Region Conservation areas like Mountsberg, Valen’s and Guelph Lake. You can use small live minnows under a slip-float but many anglers catch lots of crappie just using a 1/16 -1/8 oz jighead and small plastic grub like the Lunker City Hellgies.

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Hi Italo. When shore fishing for perch using live minnows what Rig do you prefer to use?I have used pickerel rigs in the past and was thinking maybe a drop shot rig but not sure what’s best. Thanks

Posted on April 8th, 2018

Hi Rad, depends. If I am fishing deeper water and there aren’t too many snags I will use a pickerel rig. If the water is shallower and there are weeds or snags I’ll use a slip-bobber rig set just off the the bottom. A drop shot rig can work fine as long as there are no bottom obstructions or weeds.

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