I had an invitation from Mark Thompson, one of the teachers at Judith Nyman Secondary School in Brampton, ON to attend one of their school fishing club outings. The date was set and we met at Professor’s Lake, in Brampton, ON. The weather was coold & damp, the water was cold and the fishing was tough, but we all had fun anyway!
We started the outing off by having a talk about safety around the water, and also safety when casting and handling fish to avoid anyone getting hurt.Targeting panfish, our strategy was to use sensitive floats, a couple of split-shot sinkers and a bait hook with a piece of worm. The only warm water was right along the shorelines so the kids did not have to cast far.
Most of the panfish were caught within 10′ from shore feeding around the large rocks and boulders that were along the shoreline.
We fished for about 2 1/2 hrs. and landed about a dozen fish. We kept the fish alive in a 5-gal pail so the kids could study their features and learn to identify them.Panfish are excellent to teach kids how to wait for a bite, set the hook, land, unhook and release the fish. They are usually plentiful in most of our ponds 7 reservoirs right in the GTA and they don’t have to be big for the kids to get hours of enjoyment!