[singlepic id=1742 w=320 h=240 float=]At this Spring Fishing & Boat Show I bumped into Joel Theriault who we had the pleasure of shooting many shows with when we worked with Air Ivanhoe. Joel is a float plane pilot and excellent guide. At the show he told me about the trophy brook trout fishing he has access to with Air Ivanhoe. Hereâ€™s his invite,.
â€œI hope your having a great holiday season. I was thinking about the shows we did a few years back for bass, walleye, and pike … and thought about that invite to do a spring / early summer brook trout and lake trout trip. We never did connect the following year, and I wanted to just let you know the invitation is still there if you’re wanting to return (and most importantly, can find the time).
Ice out brook trout fishing is always a blast, as shown in the attached picture from last spring. At any rate, happy fishing … and keep us in mind if your interested in venturing back into the Foleyet, Ontario neck of the woods.â€
[nggallery id=432]Dan Whelpton from Edmonton, Alberta contacted us to tell us about his excellent pike fishing spot. â€œI have a honey hole of a spot just outside Edmonton Alberta where over this winter I have found big fish. Ice fishing has been the most amazing thing this year and in the past two years and would love to show you what it’s all about. Consistent Pike all day long varying from the 4lbs range up to 20lbs have been landed by me. Tip up action has been the best I’ve ever seen. I’ve been experimenting with different bait and have found these hogs will eat baits up to 1lb. I’m using 10″ herring on a regular basis and go through roughly 20 a day. Easily accessible. Sitting above a drop off that starts at 8 feet and down to 30 feet within about 40 yards with total sand bottom. I’ve sent a couple of photo’s to show you what’s down there, one of me and one of my father. I have a lot more photo’s if you are interested. I have had one fish this year unable to come up an 8″ hole and another that has straightened out a 50lb carbon leader. The best day so far this winter has been 6 pike caught in double digits. Hope to hear from you soon. Picture is one of myself and one of my father.â€
You have my attention Dan. Iâ€™ll have Paul Lord from our office follow-up with you.
Out of all the rainbows we caught yesterday only one male had an old lamprey scar on it’s side. Back in the 80′, it was normal for almost all the rainbows we landed to have one or more lamprey scars or “holes” on it. It’s nice to see how well the lamprey controls the MNR have put in place has worked over the years.
[nggallery id=431]We headed out early again this morning and traveled east of Oshawa, ON to check on the Lake Ontario tributary conditions. Most were high and discolored. Visibility was about 3″, but the fish still hit well. We fished fresh, rainbow trout egg spawn-sacks under sensitive floats with 6 lb. test line and between the four of us we landed about 20-fish. Interesting enough, most of the fish we landed were silver female rainbows whereas last Wed., all of the fish we landed were male rainbow trout. Since the water condition were turbid, I continued to use the Gamakatsu #4 Finesse Widegap hooks. Most steelheaders use hook sizes from #8-#12, but I have found that when the water is turbid, the larger-gap hook works much better. I did not loose any fish that I hooked! My line of choice was the Sufix Titanium Plus yellow monofilament line with a 6 lb. test Sufix fluorocarbon leader. That will be all the rainbow trout fishing until the end of April. Time to pack for our northern India filming trip.
[nggallery id=429]Well, after pre-fishing two days ago and seeing a long stretch of completely frozen tributary Bill & Shelly Selby and myself decided to film an ice-out steelhead TV show today even though they were forcasting rain all day. The weather man was right! When we arrived at the stream to our surprise in 48 hrs., all the ice was “blown-out”, and the water was higher and murkier than two days ago. Not knowing what to expect, we started drifting the same area we fished two days ago and to our pleasant surprise both Bill and I immediately hooked-up with a double-header on our first drifts. Shelly followed shortly afterwards landing some nice fish and after 4-hrs fishing we had enough fish to complete the show. All the filming was done in the rain, but we managed to get some excellent footage. Bill had tied fresh “dime-size” rainbow trout spawn-sacks from the one female rainbow which we kept on Monday. He used bright yellow scarf-material and it worked very well. We drifted sensitive floats with 12-17′ drift rods and center pin reels. I had the chance to test some brand new steelhead drift rod and reels that will be available from Rapala this coming fall and they worked great. Make sure to catch all the action and great tips when this show airs in the new TV series starting in Nov.