Many anglers are taking advantage of cold temperatures, save ice conditions and heading out to Ontario lakes for Whitefish.
Whitefish vary in size from 1 1’2 lb to over 5 lb caught from Lake Simcoe, ON.
Here are some tips that should help you catch these tasty fish through the ice.
- Whitefish feed almost exclusively near the bottom. Make sure your live minnows on a tip-up rig, jigs, spoons and soft-plastics are fished within 1′ of the bottom.
- If jigging vary your strokes from long “exploring” jigs to “shaking” the jig on the bottom if you think you had a hit.
- A good quality ice-sonar will help you see your presentation and also any Whitefish that come in the vicinity fishing as deep as 100′.
- On sunny days try and fish the first bite after sun-rise and set-up even in the dark to take advantage of aggressively feeding Whitefish.
- Choose “feeding areas” such as reefs and bars that come up 10′ or more from the surrounding deeper water.
- Match the size of your minnow or lure to the forage you believe the Whitefish are feeding on. These could vary from emerald shiner size (4″), to smelt (5-6″) .