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Ontario has over 250,000 lakes and
thousands of rivers and streams. This vast water wonderland
was designed by nature and its aquatic inhabitants have been
determined by the forces of geology and ecology in such a
way that an unparalleled amount of fishing pleasure has been
assured for novice and expert alike. Hundreds of kilometres
of Ontario's fishing waters, containing some of the best game
fish known to man, produces great fishing both in the size
and number of fish taken. Most Ontario lakes contain Walleye
(also called pickeral). Here is a fish willing to bite at
most times, and whose eating qualities are second to none.
Lake Simcoe, Ontario specializes in Walleye, Northern
Pike and Yellow Perch.
the Spring, the best way to catch a trophy Ontario Walleye
is to troll along the shoreline just before dark or at day-break.
In the Summer when it gets hot in Ontario, many of the big
trophy Walleyes go deep. In this case, you should try drifting
really slowly in the deep water. They can still be taken
in the early morning or late evening close to shore but during
the day, try trolling really slow with a 3-way swivel rig
and a worm harness. 15 feet deep is a good place to start
while trolling along deep drop-offs or deep weed beds.
springtime Ontario walleye will take almost any bait or lure,
but may be more challenging to catch through the summer months.
Fall in Ontario often brings another peak of walleye feeding
activity. Casting or trolling with spinners or minnow-imitating
plugs is a good bet. Special worm harness rigs of spinners
and beads are often trolled. Jigs, either traditional bucktails,
or tipped with any of the modern plastics, a piece of worm
or minnow are Ontario walleye angling favorites.
Lake Ontario Salmon Fishing
one of the most vibrant populations of trout and salmon
in the Great Lakes, the west end of Lake Ontario can be
an exciting fishery-if you understand how to locate fish
and trigger strikes. In the spring target schools
of salmon in 12-40 feet deep, the early spring season is
a good time for shallow-water techniques.
Minnow-style plugs such as the reef runner dominate lure
selection. In shallow water, a Slide Diver and
braided line works best. An angler can run 50 feet
or more of line behind the diving planer so salmon
aren't spooked by the boat. Downrigger lines can
be lowered to tempt salmon close to the lake bottom.
In late summer and fall, salmon begin to stage around
their spawning streams, and successful anglers target
the drop-offs in 80-200 feet. Chinook salmon
aggressively feed before heading up the rivers to spawn.
Lake Erie Smallmouth Bass Fishing
On Lake Erie, smallmouths gang up on specific
structures, and there's usually a sweet spot on that
structure. Surrounded by gobies, bass don't need to
roam. Drop-shot rigs allow you to place a bait on the
bulls-eye. Read it on sonar and drop bait vertically.
In summer, smallmouth bass often suspend on subtle,
deep-basin structure - 40 feet down in the Western Basin
and 60 feet down in the Eastern Basin. The best way to
catch them is to drop a bait down to their level and
hold it there with very little movement. On Western
Lake Erie look for small isolated points, corners, and
high spots on deep humps, key spots 25-35 feet deep.
Find structure that meets the main-lake basin.
Structure ends on Lake Erie at about 40 feet, so you're
looking for anomalies on that last bit of structure
where it meets the basin. Schools of big bass gather on
high spots, rockpiles, outcroppings, wrecks, or anything
different adjacent to that comparatively homogenous
Lake St. Clair
Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Drop-shot rigs make good coverage tools.
The best way to find smallmouth bass on Lake St Clair is to
locate their forage. That means to keep moving and fishing.
Look for hard spots in the weeds on Lake St. Clair.
During the crawfish hatch, find strips of hard bottom
that create pockets in vegetation. They can produce
for weeks at a time. Drop-shot rigs are tactile; ideal
for feeling your way around and finding patches of gravel,
rock, and other hard-bottom areas near weededges down to 18
Brook Trout Fishing
The Brook or Speckled Trout is considered
to be one of the hardest fighting fish for its size and this
along with its beauty and edible qualities combine to make
it one of the most highly prized gamefish. Brook Trout vary
considerably in color, size and shape, depending on the water
from which they are taken. Specimens from dark colored waters
generally have a brown tinge, instead of the bright green
of the fish taken from clear waters. At spawning time the
male develops a hooked lower jaw and its lower sides turn
brillant red or orange.
During the last three months of the year,
Brook Trout build their nests on gravel bottoms in springbeds
and riffles of streams. The female digs a nest 30-60 cm in
diameter and several centimeters deep. When the nest is ready
the pair of breeding fish move into it and extrude and fertilize
the eggs. The female immediately goes to work covering up
the eggs with gravel. Brook Trout feed, to a considerable
extent, directly off the bottom of streams subsisting mainly
on insects. Larger trout also feed upon fish, crayfish and
other crustaceans. During the high water periods in early
spring, Brook Trout prefer worms and other natural baits.
After the spring floods, the trout move out of the deep pools
into the riffles in search of insects.
Brown Trout Fishing
The Brown Trout is the sly fox of the trout
family in Ontario waters. In some areas they are called German
Browns or Lochs. Brown Trout are native to Europe and were
introduced into Canada in the 1880's. They can live in water
with a considerable degree of temperature variation and are
the most difficult of the trout family to catch. The ones
that are caught are usually larger than the Brook Trout. Their
coloring is golden brown with numerous black spots which have
light colored halos around them. The average size of Brown
Trout taken is less than 0.5 kg (1 lb) and fish over 5 kg
(10 lb) are exceptional. Because they are difficult to catch,
the skilled fisherman usually gets the lunkers.
Brown Trout are usually found
in the slower stretches of water in eddies behind a rock or
log where it is shady. They are night feeders and thus the
best catches of browns are usually taken at night, but there
are exceptions, often big catches have been taken during the
day. Browns are skillful in evading lures of the average angler,
and even under heavy fishing pressure they manage to maintain
their numbers without too much difficulty. You can be proud
of your accomplishment when you have fooled and caught one
of the larger browns.
Chinook Salmon Fishing
The Chinook Salmon has great
size and fighting qualities that make it a prize of the highest
value, known as the king of the Pacific salmon, it will readily
strike a lure and then use it's tremendous strength to put
up a savage battle. The chinook spend most of their lives
in the open Ontario lakes where the major growth takes place,
reaching maturity in 3-7 years. Spawning usually takes place
in the fall in streams of large size and good flow. Broad,
shallow nests or redds, 2-3 feet wide, are dug in the stream
bed by the female who will lay about 5,000 eggs. The chinook's
speed, power and fickle habits have left many an angler wide-eyed
and fanatical. One strike and you will be a believer in the
"King" of the salmon.
Coho Salmon Fishing
The Coho Salmon is a strong
hearted acrobatic fighter capable of giving the angler a battle
he will long remember. The coho's elongated body is metallic
blue on the back and silvery on the belly and is covered with
many black spots. Life for the coho begins in the winter when
the eggs from the fall spawning hatch. They spend their first
year in their home stream and then gradually move into the
lake where they grow rapidly. Near the end of their third
year in answer to their spawning drive the cohoes move toward
their native streams. They feed voraciously at this time,
building their reserves for the coming ordeal. With great
effort these salmon then migrate upstream to spawn and die,
completing their life cycle.