The Grdosic family love to fish whether it’s for a Florida vacation, in northern Ontario staying at a cottage, or nearby the GTA all season long. With cold weather finally moved in and safe ice conditions being available on Lake Simcoe they had a chance for the first time to get into some jumbo perch action.
Their set-up, a small minnow fished on a jighead close to the bottom. Dad, John Grdosic, above hold-up a bright Simcoe perch.
They were fishing in 24′ of water and didn’t hook a lot of fish, but the ones they did hook were jumbos! Kyle Grdosic shows off how healthy and colorful these big perch are.
Simcoe perch are usually found shallower under early-season ice and as the winter progressed they can be as deep as 40-60′ looking for emerald shiners, smelt, gobies and crustaceans.
If you enjoy ice fishing and eating your catch, Lake Simcoe is one of the best jumbo perch fisheries in Ontario. If you do get into them remember to limit your “keep”. Keep enough fish for a meal, but let the rest go. That way this amazing fishery will remain the same for decades to come!