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Jumbo Perch Action

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lake Erie anglers are catching lot’s of jumbo perch especially from the Long Point area and going west to almost the mouth of the Detroit River.  Most anglers are fishing live minnows near the bottom on a “pickerel-rig” (bell sinker with two bait hooks up from the sinker).  The fish are ranging in depth from 15-30′.

Lake Simcoe still has ice-packs that are being shifted on and off the shorelines and anglers are anxiously awaiting for it to melt so that they can get out and capitalize on the jumbo perch out from shorelines in 10-20′ of water.  As the weather settles-down and temperatures return to the seasonal average, fishing should be good by next week.

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Ice Flows in Niagara River

Posted on Sunday, April 5, 2009

I had a chance to speak to Aldo Nava who operates www.niagarafishingadventures.com. He fished the Niagara Whirlpool a couple of days ago and landed one steelhead.  He said there was so much ice in the Whirlpool that they could hardly get their lines in.  I went down on Saturday and checked out the lower River and it was full of large sheets of ice which makes for dangerous boat-fishing out of Queenston, ON.  Anglers will be wise to stay off the lower Niagara River until the ice chunks clear through.

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Take Advantage of Early Crappie Fishing.

Posted on Saturday, April 4, 2009

Crappie anglers should be out scouting their favorite spots right after the high-water subsides after the recent heavy downpour we experienced.  Crappie will move into shallow water as soon as it reaches the 40-42F.  Now is the best time to find trophy crappie fishing in the shallows as shallow as 2-4′!  Canals, river and stream mouths and shallow-bays will attract the first crappie which in many cases are real trophies in the 10-12″ range.  If the water is high, don’t overlook fishing much shallower since early season crappie will venture right into flooded cattails and even over flooded shorelines.  Here’s a couple of trophy crappie that have been caught early from McLaughlin Bay in Lake Ontario (near Darlington Provincial Park, Oshawa, ON).  Many people don’t realize that Lake Ontario offers excellent crappie fishing early in the year.  If conditions are cold, you may have to use small live minnows.  If the water warms up, you should be able to catch all of the crappie on 1/8 oz. jigs/1″ plastic grubs fished under a slip-bobber.

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Friday April 3, 09 Steelhead Outing

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2009

 

I have good news and bad news for anglers planning to fish the Lake Ontario tributaries this weekend.  The good news is that thousands of migratory rainbow trout are running up all Lake Ontario tributaries!  The bad news, most of the tributaries will have increased flows and murky water.  This will allow the rainbows to swim right through the lower “all-year” open fishing areas and on up to their spawning areas.  I had a chance to fish the Newcastle area tributaries yesterday and even before the heavy rains we had last night, the streams were already high and the water clarity was very low.  We managed to hook-up on several fish, but lost most of them since they hit were hitting very lightly.  If the water is higher and murkier make sure to tie your spawn-sacks larger (between “dime ” size and “nickel” size), use bright chartreuse netting material, use larger floats and a little more weight to slow down your drifts.  Also, instead of concentrating on drifting the deeper pools, concentrate in drifting the narrower runs since most of the fish will be moving from pool to pool.

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This Week’s Upcoming Show on TSN

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2009

The Canadian Sportfishing Crew had the opportunity to travel across Israel for 10-days and travel 2,500 km to experience some of the finest fresh & saltwater fishing Israel has to offer.  Join Barbara & I this coming Saturday as we take you fishing for trophy catfish in the Sea of Galilee, Israel.  Watch as we catch fresh-water sardines in the Jordan River, take a trip out on a traditional Seine boat, and than we fish in front of Kibbutz Ein Gev, Sea of Galilee (  http://www.eingev.co.il/index.php?sid=3143&lang=he&act=page&id=9129 ), for big catfish.  Here’s the date and time of the broadcasts on TSN:

  • Sat. April 4, 09         10am
  • Tues., April 7, 09    12noon
  • Tues., April 14, 09  3:30am
  • Wed., April 15, 09   5:30am
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