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Trout fishing with kids, Nottowasaga River, ON.

Posted on May 13th, 2014

My wife Barbara, out pup Mulligan and I drove up again to fish the Nottowasaga River to see how the trout fishing was doing.  Water condtions were good, but in the stretches of water we were fishing, th e steelhead had already moved out.

Barb smiles as she holds up a small raninbow that took an egg-sack just like a mature steelhead.
Barb smiles as she holds up a small raninbow that took an egg-sack just like a mature steelhead.

Barbara holds up one of many small rainbows that were taking our egg-sacks. Cathing these smaller trout is an excellent sign since in a few years they will be anywhere from 3-6 lb!

Sunday was a nice warm day and it was ideal for Darryl to bring his boys out and his dog to enjoy some fishing on the river.
Sunday was a nice warm day and it was ideal for Darryl to bring his boys out and his dog to enjoy some fishing on the river.

Our friend Darryl Penhale joined us and also brought his two boys with him and his beautiful German Shepard dog.  Mulligan and Darryl’s dog had fun on shore while we trucked through the bush and fished many runs and pools.

Small trout are lot's of fun, especially for kids to enjoy!
Small trout are lot’s of fun, especially for kids to enjoy!

It became apparent that the post-spawn steelhead had had dropped-back from the stretches we were fishing. The only trout that were eager to take our egg-sacks were 1 yr old rainbows.

Chub can become a nuisance when you are targeting trout, but they take well and are pretty scrappy fighters.
Chub can become a nuisance when you are targeting trout, but they take well and are pretty scrappy fighters.

My wife Barbara fished the Rapala Magnum 11 1/2′ drift rod equipped with a Rapala medium size spinning reel and Sufix Seige line. I fished the 13′ Shift Drift rod with the Classic Drifter drift reel also loaded with Sufix Seige “tangarine” colored line.  We both used 6 lb. test Sufix Fluorocarbon leaders and #10 Gamakatsu Octopus hooks.  Large chub were also much more aggressive than a week ago. They are a sign that the waters are quickly warming up as they become more and more active.

This trophy chub was almost 1lb in size....is there such a thing as jumbo chub?
This trophy chub was almost 1lb in size….is there such a thing as jumbo chub?

As Barb was catching one chub after another, I kept thinking what great bait these would make for large walleye & pike.  It was their lucky day…we did not bring a bait bucket!

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