Winter still has a lockdown on us northern folks with a fresh 25cm of snow and temps in the -20C range. Although conditions were not ideal this didn’t prevent myself, my brother Aron and our good friend Burns from getting out on the ice in a secluded bay of the St. Mary’s river for a few hours of perch fishing. We started fishing in 18′ to 21′ of water with minimal success. A decision was made to move and try to find the schools of perch that we knew were there. It wasn’t until we hit the 12′ mark that the action really started to pick up. In 2.5 hours we managed to catch over 50 perch and kept 10 in the 10″-12″ range for a nice meal. The hot bait was a small jigging rapala in the perch pattern and a small gold swedish pimple tipped with a minnow head. Set lines with 3″ emerald shiners also performed well and seemed to catch the majority of the larger perch. As winter comes to a close expect to find more perch migrating to bays to spawn in the early spring.
Ontario North Fishing Adventures