So here in Ontario trout season opens up at the end of April and bass season opens up at the end of June. The beauty of early season trout fishing is that just after ice out the water is still good and cold so the trout are up shallow and you can catch them without a lot of mucking around trying to get down deep. A simple spinning set up with a couple hundred feet of line out is perfect for trolling shorelines.
Now this last weekend was our long weekend and by now the water is starting to warm up enough that the bass have moved shallow and are starting to spawn. In order to make sure we didn't disturb the bass, and also because the trout would be starting to move deeper to stay in the colder water we tried a new technique.
My oldest son had picked up a couple of bottom bouncers last year, so we hooked them on with about a 6 foot leader trailing behind and started trolling around in 30 - 60' of water. We hooked at least one splake on Saturday but lost it before it got near the boat. On that day the sun was out and we were marking fishing generally in the 40-45' depth. On Sunday, by the time we had our chores done it was fully clouded over and we almost didn't bother to head out. But deciding that even bad fishing was better than no fishing we headed out and tried the same rig. It turned into the best 2 hours of torut fishing that I've ever had on that lake - pulling in 6 fish in about an hour and a half. All of them in about 35' of water and all on a gold Williams Wabler.
We kept one to add to our dinner and let the rest go. Now I'm just hoping that we can repeat that success our next time out.
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It worked again|
Posted by: RobW on Jan-11-12 2:33 PM (EST)
We tried this again on a July long weekend trip to Algonquin and it worked really well. Here's a video clip of some of the trout we caught.
you got funny looking paddles .....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jan-11-12 9:31 PM (EST)
....... just kidding . No I'm not , they look like a funny shape blade to me ... but what do I know ??
Paddles & flies & dishes ...|
Posted by: RobW on Jan-12-12 10:02 AM (EST)