Trolling Cisco’s.

Posted on June 5th, 2021

Have you ever trolled for Lake Trout or Salmon in the Great Lakes and hooked a Lake Herring (Cisco)? Interesting enough I have caught a couple targeting other species.

My first one came from Lake Huron out from Parry Sound, ON where I was trolling for Rainbows and Lake Trout. My wife Barb & I were trolling in 300′ water when we started catching one after another on the #11 Original Rapala fished off our Scotty Downriggers.

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Lake Huron Cisco that hit a trolled #11 Original Rapala over 300′ depth.

The last one I caught was a few weeks ago fishing for Chinooks in 30′ of water out of Port Dalhousie, ON. It hit a Rapala Tail Dancer Deep #7.

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This big Cisco hit a trolled Rapala Tail Dancer #7 Deep in 30′ depth, Lake Ontario.

I received the feature image from Joe Kubassek of his son Simeon that was trolling for salmon & trout off Superior’s north shore and caught his biggest 22″ Cisco while trolling.

Anglers can bonus-out catching tasty Cisco through the ice.

Cisco are excellent eating fish and can be plentiful in many waters. Due to their migratory nature and deep-water feeding catching them is usually limited to iced-over lakes when they can suspend at different depths and anglers can fish deeper water over safe ice.

Make sure to check the fishing videos on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and if you have any questions just email them to me at Ask Italo throughout our website.

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