[nggallery id=822]Aldo Nava from www.niagarafishingadventures.com , and I met at the Queenston, ON boat launch at 8am this morning. It was cold and I was surprised to see the parking lot full of trucks and boat trailers. It looked like a Sat., but it was only Thurs. Water clarity had diminished from yesterday and you could see about 14″ down from the surface. Aldo brought his mnnow net and proceeded to catch some small emerald shiners and we were off to our perch spot. There were two boats already fishing the area, but they did not have a hit.
We moved around and used our Humminbird 800 series sonar to locate baitfish pods and feeding perch and as soon as me marked both, we anchored and started catching fish right away. It was nice to start with a double-header which we filmed and then continued to catch fish until 1pm, when we had enough for a quality panfish TV show. After a while the perch started moving around and we easily stayed on top of them by using the Minn Kota Terrova iPilot electric.
Aldo and I were using the Rapala F2, Griffin combo, & R-Type light action rods equipped with Rapala reels. We fished Sufix 832, 6 lb. braid with Sufix fluorocarbon leaders and I also fished the Sufix 100% Castable Fluorocarbon.
We used the VMC Spinshot hooks and a 1/2 oz. pencil sinker and caught all of our perch on live minnows fished within 1′ of the bottom. If the weather hold and the baitfish remain in the river, the jumbo perch should be there feeding right through into the new year.
By the way, if you are looking to get some great fishing tips on fishing the Niagara Region, Aldo will be at the Welland Canadian Tire store all day tomorrow to share his knowledge and give anglers great fishing advice.
Also, ths is prime-time to catch Niagara migratory rainbow and brown trout. If you would like to book a guided fishing trip with Aldo for either jumbo perch or trout, you can contact him at www.niagarafishingadventures.com .