[nggallery id=870]Aaron Shirley and I just finished shooting a spring lake trout TV show on Lake Joseph, ON. Our base was Rocky Crest Resort located at the north-end of the lake which offers excellent golfing and accommoations right on Lake Joseph. Even though our day started at 6am, we were challenged with rain and thunderstorms throughout the day yesterday and had to stop filming a couple of times to wait out the heavy rain.
Our strategy was to use vertical jigging techniques in water ranging from 50-200+’ deep to catch lakers feeding on deep-water schools of baitfish and also to fish shallow for cruising lakers.
Within 20 min. we located large baitfish masses in 140-160′ of water ranging in depth form 20-60′ deep. Both of us fished Rapala Shift and Rapala R-Type spinning and baitcasting combos loaded with Sufix 832, 10 lb. test braid and Sufix 10 lb. test fluorocarbon leaders. I also rigged up a Rapala RSC20 Counter Reel with the same line set-up on my Rapala Shift baitcasting rod and it worked great for getting my lures down to the right depth, fast.
Our lures of choice were 3/8 – 1 oz. jigheads rigged with TriggerX Minnow baits and Aarron also did excellent fishing a 4″ tube. Light colors of pearl, white and natural minnow color worked best. We also jigged the Rapala More Silda & Luhr Jensen Cast Champ spoons. For some reason the lake trout were hitting very lightly and we ended up adding stinger hooks to hook most of our fish. We caught most of our fish fishing our lures below the baitfish schools and closer to the bottom.
This show will offer anglers excellent tips on special rigs and techniques for catching spring lakersand also take them on the tour of the fabulous Rocky Crest Resort and Golf Course!!
As fate would have it, both Aaron & I lost our biggest fish of the day…sometimes that’s how fishing goes! And we caugth the largest laker fishing a Rapala Husky Jerk #14 in 4-6′ of water. I actually saw the laker take a rip at the Rapala and nail it hard after which the laker fought so hard and wrapped the Rapala (and itself), in the braided line that after we released it I ended up using a knife to cut the mess and get back to the action.
[nggallery id=869]The Muskoka Lakes offer excellent fishing for lake trout throughout the year, but I especially like fishing for them early in the season when few anglers go out. If you would like to experience excellent lake trout fishing in a wilderness setting, check out Rocky Crest Resort and enjoy the fishing Lake Joseph has to offer!