Over the last few days I have been fishing from Lake Erie, NY to the Bay of Quinte, Belleville and I have seen quite a few number of sheepshead move into areas I normally catch bass (Lake Erie, NY), and walleye (Quinte). I have been fishing lures along shorelines and weedbeds as deep as 30′ and started to catch quite a few sheepshead, some of which have been up over 15 lb. I know not too many people get excited over hooking sheepshead, but when you are casting and retrieving artificials with light spinning and baitcasting gear, it’s a lot of fun! If you are fishing Lake Erie and Lake Ontario shallows over the next few weeks, don’t be surprised if you tie into one of these hard-fighting fish.
Tony Brecknock, John Cowie and I targeted “post-spawn”, trophy smallmouth bass on the NY side of Lake Erie yesterday. Conditions at 8am where cool and overcast as we headed across Lake Erie to the NY-side.
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It took as about 1/2 hr. to locate some big smallmouth bass, but as soon as we did, John Cowie and Tony Brecknock hooked a double-header. Tonys fish ended up being the biggest fish of the day.
To our surprise, over the last week weeds had grown several feet high in 7-12′ of water making it challenging to fish the Rapala Husky Jerk #13 without getting weeds on the lure.
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Twitching with stiffer Rapala R-Type & ST2 rods along with the Rapala Taitanium Line made it easy for us to “rip” the Husky Jerk right through the weeds.
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John Cowie also landed a chunky largemouth bass that was mixed-in with the smallmouth.
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In addition to catching the smallmouth & largemouth bass, we ended up also catching sheepshead, pike, and rock bass. Lake Erie water are still pretty cool around the 59C range on most in-shore shoals and reefs.
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As surface water temperatures warm-up, it should make for excellent top-water fishing for smallmouth bass!
The students are employed for the summer with a variety of organizations, including the O.F.A.H., M.N.R., conservation authorities, First Nations and non-government organizations. There will be students attending from 20 different natural resource offices located across the province. Over the summer, the students will form an “invasive species hit squad,” and will attend community events in their area to educate the public about invading species and the steps that they can take to stop them from spreading to new places.
The purpose of the workshop is to provide the students with helpful information to ensure that they have a successful summer season of public education and outreach, and invasive species monitoring.
The Government of Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs Program is also providing funding assistance for this initiative.
35 college and university summer students
Invading Species Awareness Training
June 16, 9 am – 5pm (Note: At 1 p.m. move outside)
June 17, 8 am – 1 pm
The following host communities and organizations are involved in the summer student program. To be put in touch with students, or for further information, call Francine MacDonald, O.F.A.H. Invasive Species/Aquatics Biologist (ext 238), or Allyson Brown (ext 276), Invasive Species Outreach Liaison at (705) 748-6324.
Chutes a Blondeau, Voyageur Provincial Park, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Finch, South Nation Conservation
Lanark, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority
Lanark, Plenty Canada
Manotick, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
Pembroke, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Prince Edward County, Prince Edward Stewardship Council
Chapleau, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Espanola, Manitoulin Island, Manitoulin Area Stewardship Council, Manitoulin Tourism Association
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Fort Frances, South Kenora Rainy River Stewardship Council
Kenora, Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association
Nipigon, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Stewardship Council
Alliston, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
Aurora, Ontario Streams
Orillia, Kids For Turtles Environmental Education
Peterborough, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Trenton, Lower Trent Conservation
Windsor, University of Windsor
On this week’s TSN program Italo takes you steelhead fishing on the Niagara River, ON and shows you how to catch trophy migratory rainbow trout using 3-way rigs, light line and the www.slimers.ca , in-organic flesh bait.
I fished the Lower Grand River today with my friends Kam Anderson and John Waind to check-out the conditions for walleye. Anglers up to yesterday have had good success trolling the Grand River south of Dunnville, ON for eating-size walleye. Unfortunately we received some heavy rainfall last night and the Grand River was high and muddy this morning. Talking to anglers fishing below the Dam, not even the sheepshead were biting. We worked 1/8 & 1/4 oz. jigs/plastic grubs along the bottom in water ranging from 5-15′ deep and also cranked with the new Rapala DT Thug. We did manage to catch a carp and a few sheepshead, but no walleye. As soon as the water clears-up anglers will once again be catching walleye.