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Hello Italo,I am going fishing at Bark lake in Barrys Bay for walleye and pike season opener this weekend. I have never fished the lake this early in the year as I usually go up there in July and august and troll for Walleye in 16 to 20 feet with worm harnesses and crankbaits. This trip I hope to catch a Lake trout because I have never caught one before. Can you help me as to what depth and structure I can find Lake trout, Walleye, and Pike in and when baits work best? I have been watching your show with my dad since I was little because my dad played football with Henry for the Ticats back in the day. It has taught me so much about fishing, thank you for all the great lessons!All the best,Tyler Scholz

Posted on May 9th, 2021

Hi Tyler, glad you have been enjoying out TV shows for years and the they have helped you catch fish!

I have only fished Bark Lake, ON in the fall and the Walleye we caught were pretty deep using vertical jigging spoons in 40-50′ water. We caught quite a few Smallmouth Bass fishing humps and points in deeper water that came up to 18′ and also on the large flat at the north-end of the lake where all the stumps are.

Early in the year I would expect the Pike & Walleye to be shallower. I would target the north-end of the lake either casting crankbaits or fishing jigs/plastic grubs in-between all those stumps.

I caught Lake Trout trolling with wire line along the 40-70′ drop-off in the deepest part of the lake and also south, just up from the dam. I have a feeling that if you flat-line troll with a Rapala (J13 or Trolls to 20′) along that 30-50′ break you should hook into some. I know Bark Lake has some pretty big Lake Trout. Hope you have a good trip and that you continue to enjoy both our Here’s the Catch! and Canadian Sportfishing TV series…God bless you.

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Hello Italo,I will be fishing for small/largemouth bass,pike, and wallye at a resort called Brennan Harbour located by the Spanish river and a small bay called Buswell. Can you provide some tips on how and where to catch these species?Thank you!

Posted on May 4th, 2021

Both Bass species & Pike will be around shoreline that are rocky and especially where there is aquatic vegetation. Largemouth & Pike will be in closer to shore and where there are larger weedbeds. Smallmouth will be more around rocky areas with sparse weeds like, point, bars & shoals. A good depth to target all three is 5-12′ water. Good lures to use for them are:

pike

-shallow running crankbaits like the Rapala Husky Jerk and the Dives To series in the 4-10′ models

spinner

-Vibrax #3 & #4 spinners and 1/4 & 3/8 oz. colorado bladed spinnerbaits

bass

-1/4 and 3/8 oz. jigs & 3-4″ plastic grubs (twister-tail, minnows, etc.)

For Walleye you can try fishing the middle of larger mud-bottom bays and along rocky drop-off points. A good way to locate them is to troll a worm-harness or shallow diving Rapala like the Jointed #7-#11 model. Once you locate one or two walleye on a spot you can anchor, or if the wind is not strong you can drift and try fishing jigs/plastic grubs as listed above…God bless you.

You can see excellent videos showing you all the above techniques by going to our Italo Labignan YouTube site and if you have any questions I would be happy to answer them through our website at Ask Italo.

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Hello where can i purchase the material flooring that you have on your G3 boat that you use on your show. Thanks

Posted on April 30th, 2021

That flooring is available from https://vigurus.com/ …God bless you.

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Hello my life adventures have blessed my with calling Algoma my home region. A wonderful problem I’m having is I have no clue how to target brook trout and spake in smaller lakes in spring and summer any advice??

Posted on April 23rd, 2021

As you probably know Brook Trout and Splake are related and they share the same biology. Both Trout & Splake will be shallow in the spring time after ice out and they can be easily caught in lakes by simply casting to the shorelines with small crankbaits, spinner and spoons. Among these some of my favorite are the Count Down #4 in the trout color, their Ultralight Shad and Minnow series, Vibrax #2/3 spinner and the Lil’Cleo 1/4 oz spoon.

As the water temperatures get warmer both species will disperse in the open lake and the best way to locate them is by trolling the same lures out from the shore. Many anglers just troll with a small flasher (dodger) and about 24-36″ back a spinner & worm combination or a live or fresh-dead minnow. They key is to locate them in both seasons…God bless you.

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Hi Italo! any tips for trout and salmon fishing with hair jigs?

Posted on April 23rd, 2021

Maribou jigs with lifelike action are excellent to make both trout (steelhead) and salmon strike. In the Great Lakes tributaries I use small 1/16 or 1/8 oz. marabou hair jigs in white, pink & purple color fished under a 9gram float using by center-pin outfit. I work the float like a top-water lure with the current and reeling it slowly in. This gives the jig a very tantalizing action swimming in the water column. I start by fishing it close to the bottom and slowly decrease my lead to fish it upwards until I get a strike.

On Canada’s west coast I use the same color jigs but in a larger 1/2-3/4oz since the rivers are bigger and the runs/pools faster. There I cast our 90-degrees to where I think fish are holding and immediately start “swimming” the jig in the water column back to me reeling continuously and raising my rod tip up and down at the same time. This technique produces very aggressive strikes. My favorite color marabou jig there is hot-pink…God bless you.

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Hello Italo, i hope you are well during the current pandemic. As there is not muc else to do, i have decided i want to try and catch a channel catfish, as its the only species i have yet to catch in southern ontario. When is the best time frame? Hopefully i havent missed it. Can you give me the basics on technique and maybe a few spots to try along the grand river?To my understanding the grand river is the best option that is semi close to toronto?Thanks alot Italo

Posted on April 20th, 2021

Nice to hear from you. We are all doing fine, thanks for asking. The Grand River, ON is definitely one of the most reliable locations to catch Channel Catfish and the best time is right now when they move in to spawn next month. My favorite stretch is below the Dunnville Dam. You can fish the 20′ hole right at the dam but I prefer to either fish on the other side of Grand Island where the flow is less or out from FishMasters marina on the 7′ flat. The best time to go for them is at night but you can catch them throughout the day. Bests bait to use right now is fresh white sucker chunks fished on a #2 baitholder hook with a sliding-sinker rig. An egg sinker in the 1/2 oz. or 3/4 oz. size should be fine for keeping your bait on the bottom. You can use your regular spinning or baitcasting outfit…God bless you.

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Hi Italo,I bought some fishing equipment from a videographer that worked for you and he said you are friendly to reach out to for advice. I recently bought a motorized canoe to go fishing with my brother this season. I have caught perch through the ice on cooks bay but mostly dinks. I would appreciate any help on where I can find mud flats known for jumbo perch in the spring on lake simcoe as we do not have a fish finderThank you,Jay

Posted on April 16th, 2021

One of the best locations on Lake Simcoe, ON is Virginia Beach. Normally it’s protected from wind so it’s ideal to fish from a small craft like a kayak, canoe or small tin boat. The perch are mixed in size there and if you move around you should not have any problem finding 8-11″ fish. Try fishing close to the main shoreline in 3-4′ of water in the vicinity of the pier where the boat docks are. Then try fishing in the middle area and lastly try fishing off the Georgina Island shoreline. You don’t need a fish finder, just cast in all direction and let your lure sink to the bottom before working it.

My best results there have been using a 1/8 oz. jighead with a 2 1/2″ Lunker City Fin-S-Fish minnow on 10lb test braided line. I fish the minnow close to the bottom and jig it gently and also reel it in slowly along the bottom. There is a nice mix of vegetation throughout that bay…God bless you.

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Hello folks, I am a huge shopper of technical clothing and would love to know who makes the hoodie Italo wore on Here’s the Catch while chasing sea trout I love the lack of logos, the color, and the hand pockets in front I would very much appreciate the info. Thanks, Peter

Posted on April 15th, 2021

Hi Peter, That lightweight hoodie was purchased at Beall’s clothing store in Florida and is a Reel Legends brand, https://www.beallsflorida.com/online/reel-legends-big-boys-long-sleeve-solid-hoodie. Fish with a Passion. God bless you, Italo

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We are thinking of going fishing in Bay of Quinte and would like maps of the area. Can you tell me where I could get them. Topographical would be great.

Posted on April 15th, 2021

Topographic is a land-based map (like Google maps). I think you mean a Hydrographic Chart (shows underwater details). You can get a Bay of Quinte chart by going to: https://www.trakmaps.com/en/products/printed/details/bay-of-quinte-trenton-kingston-278/

https://www.charts.gc.ca/charts-cartes/charts-cartes-eng.asp?num=2000&img=_1

…God bless you.

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Hello Italo,Hope you are doing well. Wanted to ask about any open shore location for jumbo perch near Hamilton/Niagara area and what would be good time and presentation to catch a few?Thank you as always Italo!God bless you.

Posted on April 15th, 2021

Most of the Lake Ontario harbour mouths and some of the creeks/bays will draw spring perch and bullhead catfish into the shallows. You can get this in your region in these areas:

-off the Hamilton Harbor pier (bay side)

-in lower section of Grindstone Creek

-50 Point Marine basin

-Jordan Harbor Marina Basin

-Port Dalhousie Marina Basin

You can fish either a “pickerel-rig” with two small live minnows or a worm on a hook…God bless you.

 

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