Hi Italo Big fan of the show. Just had a quick questions for you. I am going into Algonquin park for a few days on a canoe trip and was wondering if you had any tips on how to fish from a canoe are there advantages to spinning reels vs. bait casters. Also I can only bring a limited amount of tackle and was wondering what staples you would recommend for that area Thanks so much

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Hi David…Thank you for your kind words. Canoe fishing is the best way to fish most of the lakes and rivers in Algonquin Park. You can cast or troll from your canoe. You don’t need much tackle and I suggest you take the following lures;

For Brook Trout: & Lake Trout, small 1/4 oz. Lucky Strike Spoons, #1 & #2 Vibrax spinners, Rapala Original #5, & a small assortment of bead-chain “keeel-sinkers” (1/2 – 1 oz. in weight), that you can add about 2-3′ up from the line (You will probalby have to troll the lures with enough weight to get them down to depths of 30-50′). For the Brook Trout you can also rig a 4″ spoon (with the hook removed and adding swivels at both ends), and than adding a 2″ leader and than a hook/worm. This technique is very popular for trolling off the shorelines and locating Brook Trout in smaller lakes and rivers.
For Smallmouth Bass, 4″ tubes, small assortment of 1/4 oz. jigs/3″ plastic grubs, a few topwater lures, Rapala X-Rap #8 or #10, Rapala Dives To Thug crankbaits.

It’s always a good idea to take some worms with you if you plan on doing any shoreline fishing with just a worm/sinker/float. Both spinning and baitcasting outfits can be fished easily from the canoe. The baitcaster is ideal for trolling (more line capacity), and the spinning outfit is ideal for casting. Hope you have a great trip….God bless you, Italo

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