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Jumbo Perch catches excellent on Lake Simcoe, ON.

Posted on Saturday, January 8, 2011

[nggallery id=404]I headed back up to the west-side of Lake Simcoe to check-out the ice conditions and see if the larger perch were still in 30-40′ of water.  I was joined by my friends Cliff, Stan and Ryan Edenborough.  We planned to be fishing by 9:30am, but due to heavy traffic going into Toronto we did not get on the lake until about 11am.  We walked out about 1-mile, just north of Cedar Point (north of Lefroy, ON), and started cutting holes.  Ice thickness has not changed.  It was still about 6″ and there was quite a bit of slush-ice after the main ice which continued to clog our holes while we fished.  The perch were still there in good numbers and we all limited-out in about 3-hrs.  I was the only one jigging with the Jigging Rapala in the W2 size and I was getting a perch on every drop.  At about 2pm, Ryan and I headed out to 69′ of water where the ice was still only 3″ thick.  We fished for whitefish, but suprisingly continued to catch good-size jumbo perch.  Ryan was fishing a two-way spreader/minnows on the bottom and I decided to jig with a silver spoon.  No whitefish, just perch.  On this trip my pup Mulligan was out and I was also babysitting my daughter Amanda’s black Labrador retriever Odessa.  It was cold, but we all had a good time!  If you are heading out for perch, there is plenty of safe ice.  If you plan on targeting whitefish and lakers in deeper water I would urge you to use extreme caution and don’t take motorized vehicles out yet.

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Jumbo Perch & Whitefish on Lake Simcoe, ON west-side.

Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

[nggallery id=403]Yesterday I had a chance to check out the ice conditions and fishing action from Lake Simcoe’s west-shore.  Paul Hardy, Cliff Zatursky, my pup Mulligan and I left the Niagara Peninsula around 6:30am and arrived in Lefroy, ON around 8:30am.  I was curious to see what the ice conditions would be like after the rain we had on Dec. 31, 2010 when my wife Barbara, myself and Mulligan fished out of Pefferlaw, ON.  At that time the ice was 15″ thick about 1-mile from shore with 4″ of surface water.  As you probably know, the west-side of Lake Simcoe has lot’s of deep-water not that far from shore, so it takes a little longer to freeze-up so that it is safe.

We walked out about 1 mile to water that was 40′ deep and the ice thickness was 6″.  Walking was challenging since all of the surface water had frozen and the ice surface was like walking on polished glass! I only fell one, Paul fell 4-times and Cliff didn’t fall once!!  Our plan was to limit-out on jumbo perch and than try for some whitefish further out. As soon as we cut our first holes we knew it was going to be challenging fishing since there was lot’s of suspended particles and sheets of ice directly under the ice.  This made it tough for our Jigging Rapala’s to get through the “slush” and we had to continuously clean our holes with the scoop and whenever we brought a perch through the hole there was more slush and 1/4″ sheets of ice clogging the hole.  Air temperature was OK, around -5C with a wind chill, so rod guides had to be cleaned out regularly.

The jumbo perch were very active and I left after about 2-hrs. of perch fishing to venture into deeper water and too check out the ice thickness.  I walk out to about 70′ of water, and cut my first hole.  The ice was 3″ thick.  I fished one hole for about 1-hr. and lost 3-whitefish.  I headed back to the boys just in time to watch Paul land his first whitefish while fishing for perch in 38′ of water.  It was a good outing.  I had a chance to fish the new Rapala R-Type spinning and baitcasting ice outfits again loaded with Sufix Ice Magic line and they performed very well even in sub-zero temperatures.  I am hoping to head back up to concentrate on whitefish before the end of the week.  Time to clean some perch for dinner!!

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Big Jumbo Perch on Lake Simcoe, ON.

Posted on Friday, December 31, 2010

[nggallery id=401]My wife Barbara, my daughter Patricia and our pup Mulligan decided to take advantage of the mild weather and headed up for the last fishing trip of 2010.  We met our friend Tom and Dave when we arrived in Pefferlaw, ON and headed onto the ice with his Argo.  The ice was very uneven heading out and there was lot’s of water on the ice.  We traveled about 1-mile out and started jigging in about 24′ of water and immediately started catching smaller perch.  The wind picked-up and the fishing was not hot, but we managed to catch several big, jumbo perch.  Tom and Dave had been fishing for quite a few days in the same areas and reported catching lot’s of really big perch.  I have a feeling that the sudden change in weather put some of the bigger jumbos off.

Besides catching a bunch of perch for a fish fry, I was also keen on testing some of the new Rapala R-Type Ice Fishing Combos (pages 68/69), that come loaded with Sufix Ice Magic line.  I was very impressed with their action, bite-detection and smooth-drag spinning reels.  I caught most of my fish on the Jigging Rapala W4 in silver/black back and chartreuse colors.  I changed the sizes on the bottom treble to a larger size and added a small orange or yellow bead as an attractor.  The combination worked great.

If you are planning on going out to Lake Simcoe, use common sense, especially with this mild weather.  The ice surface is melting fast and only fish areas that you know are safe.  Where we were, the ice was about 15″ thick, but as soon as you start heading further out over deeper water, the ice thickness is much thinner.

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Trout fishing is slowing down in Upper NY tributaries.

Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2010

small_brownI took a drive down the NY side of Lake Ontario to check-out the conditons and can confirm that the migratory brown and rainbow trout fishing is slowing down in the smaller tributaries.  Eighteen Mile Creek in Olcott, NY had lower, clearer water and there was more ice along each shoreline.  I saw about a dozen anglers working some of the 3-4′ of water stretches, but few fish were caught.  I hooked two fish and landed one small brown.  Both fish were hooked on a white bunny-fur streamer.  If the colder weather continues, it will be time to get the ice fishing gear out.

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Richard Couturier finished his Atlantic Salmon season with a trophy fish!!

Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010

[nggallery id=398]Richard Couturier who works for Sail Outdoors Superstore loves to fish and sent these images to us of some of this past season’s catches. As you can see Richard catches everything from trophy musky, to fly fishing for trout and salmon.   I had a chance to get to know Richard while I worked the new Sail store opening in Ottawa, ON on Dec. 1, 2010.  Richard is a very knowledgeable anglers who makes sure Sail stores are stocked with the right type of fishing tackle and accessories.   Richard caught the Atlantic salmon from the Matapedia River which runs thru the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec. It weighted 16 pounds and he caught it fishing with a 13’6″” Spey rod and on a #10 hook! This fish was his last Atlantic salmon of the season. It was caught it early September

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