[nggallery id=504]My wife Barbara, Mulligan our dog and I drove with our camera crew and fully rigged G3/Yamaha 115, 4-stroke up to Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Isaland, ON to experience the best rainbow trout fishing we have had anywhere in Canada. As soon a we arrived at Bayside Resort Cabin Rentals onManitowaning Bay, Wikwemikong on Tues., afternoon we unpacked and headed down to the water only a 100 yds. away. As we neared the water I realized right away that we were going to be in for a tremendous rainbow trout fishing trip. From shore we could see rainbows boiling on the surface feeding on insects and baitfish. We decided to launch our boat and scout the nearby area in preparation for filming the next day. From the boat we cruised the shoreline in front of our cottage and to my amazement, the water was so clear the we could see single, double and schools of rainbows up to 10 lb. cruising the shorelines in only 5-10′ of water. The conditions were so perfect that you could cast a fly or spin-gear either from shore or from the boat to large schools of feeding rainbows.
The next day we hit the water early and decided to troll the shorelines using Original Raplas in sizes #7 & #9 with 12 lb. test Sufix Deep Cranking monofilament line (it sinks so it helps to get smaller lures to the right swimming depth), with Rapala North Coast medium-action Hot Shot baitcasters and R-Type and Shift baitcasting reels. We decided to troll only 20-50′ out from shore where we had spotted the rainbows cruising the night before. That was the range where the water dropped from 3-5′, down to 20′. Our Humminbird 900 series sonar equipped with GPS and a hydrographic chart helped us follow the contour line. The Yamaha 115 hp, 4-stroke outboard enabled us to troll as slow as 2.5 – 2.9 mph which was an ideal speed to troll with the small Rapalas.
In no time we were hooking one rainbow after another. The action was non-stop. Most of the rainbows averaged between 2-6 lb., with my wife Barbara landing the largest rainbow around 10 lb.. For a break we even tried anchoring up right on the break and taking out our long steelhead rods and fishing slip-bobbers with weighted small nymph flies & spawn sacks and we immediately had double-header rainbows on. The rainbow fishing at Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Island is the best I have experienced where you can either catch fish from shore, anchored, or by trolling.
Make sure to catch this exciting TV show when it airs on our new Canadian Sportfishing TV series starting this November.
If you love to trout fish, can you imagine catching all the rainbows you want from shore where the waters are crystal clear? This is what fishing at Wikwemikong, ON is like. If you would like more info. on booking a trip there and taking advantage of this wonderful fishery, you can contact, Wikwemikong.ca .