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Ice rainbows using Luhr Jensen & Blue Fox spoons tipped with TriggerX Salmon Eggs/Grubs.

Posted on February 20th, 2014

Most of the competitors in the 6th Annual Wikwemikong Ice Fishing derby were either jigging with a spoon, or using live minnows.

Rainbow trout this size are available all year long at the Wikwemikong Unceded  Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island, ON.
Rainbow trout this size are available all year long at the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island, ON.

I had a chance to fish with derby co-ordinator and professional guide/charter boat captain Luc Wassegijig from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Manitoulin Island, ON and we had an excellent time on the ice.

Rainbow love small flashy spoons jigged aggressively to create lots of flash to attract the rainbws in the clear water and once close, they can't resist short, gently jigs as the lure is worked upwards.
Small Luhr Jensen and Blue Fox spoons work great vertically jigged in the water column. When a rainbow approaches the lure it usually focuses on the TriggerX Egg or Grub.

We fished small Luhr Jensen Krocodile spoons and the Blue Fox Flash & Blue Fox Lil’ Fin spoons.

The Sufix series of ice-lines are thin, strong and get the job done!
The Sufix series of ice-lines are thin, strong and get the job done!

We fished the spoons on Rapala ice fishing combos loaded with Sufix 832 Ice Braid and Sufix Ice Magic Line.  Spoons work well in clear water to attract cruising rainbows from a distance.  Once a rainbow moves in to check-out the spoon it really helps to have an additional “attractor” on one of the hooks.

TriggerX Eggs & Grubs are pheromone-scent impregnated that regularly produce very aggressive strikes!
TriggerX Eggs & Grubs are pheromone-scent impregnated that regularly produce very aggressive strikes!

All our spoons were tipped with either a TriggerX Single Salmon Egg, or a couple of TriggerX Maggot grubs.

Rainbows are hard fighting fish caught through the ice or open water and as a bonus, they are excellent eating!
Rainbows are hard fighting fish caught through the ice or open water and as a bonus, they are excellent eating!

Cutting several holes, moving around and being patient can produce good ice fishing results for rainbow trout.

Rapala makes an excellent selection of spinning and baitcasting ice fishing combos that meet all anglers needs.
Rapala makes an excellent selection of spinning and baitcasting ice fishing combos that meet all anglers needs.

All of the rainbows were caught in shallower water less than 15′ near weeds & all were suspended off the bottom.

Male rainbows caught in mid to late winter already start to take on their dark spawning colors.
Male rainbows caught in mid to late winter already start to take on their dark spawning colors.

The 6th Annual Wikwemikong Ice Fishing Derby was again a great success and the winning rainbow weighed just over 8 lb..  Luc and I managed to get several eating size rainbows with one trophy male fish.

Ice fishing for rainbows can be challenging since they can feed/cruise at any depth from just under the ice, to right on the bottom.  A good quality ice sonar really helps and we used the Humminbird Ice 55 to mark our lures and any in-coming rainbows.

Having a good ice fishing system that includes a warm, waterproof suit that floats, like the Arctic Armor, a Rapala portable Shack, a Humminbird Ice 55 sonar, Normark auger and the right Rapala ice fishing combos and lures, really helps anglers to catch more fish!
Having a good ice fishing system that includes a warm, waterproof suit that floats, like the Arctic Armor, a Rapala portable Shack, a Humminbird Ice 55 sonar, Normark auger and the right Rapala ice fishing combos and lures, really helps anglers to catch more fish!

If you would like to get more info. fishing for the plentiful Wikwemikong rainbow trout, either through the ice or during the open water season, contact, Wikwemikong Tourism.

 

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