January 12, 2017

How to Tie a Palomar Knot

And another good tip from Thundermist Lures. I learned the Palomar Knot about 40 years ago. It's still one of my favorite fishing tips. 

I don't use it always. It's a superior knot but still sometimes difficult to slip a large lure through the Palomar loop. But given the choice, this is my go-to knot.

December 15, 2016

Catching Perch with Jigging Spoons - Fishing with No Bait

December. The beginning of my favorite time of year for Perch fishing. Whether it's soft or hard water, jigging for perch during the winter months is the best! Once again, Thundermist Lures shares some very practical and helpful tips. Love your videos, Ivo.

October 23, 2016

Walleye on Late December Ice

Late December is a good time to start the Walleye ice fishing. But safety and comfort is more important than that delectable bite. Here are some great safety, comfort and fishing tips from Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz in Ontario Fishing Network article, Icing Prime Time Walleyes.

October 19, 2016

Sturgeon Poaching in the Great Lakes has Ontario and U.S. Authorities Appealing for Help

Great Lake Sturgeon poaching is the target of stepped-up efforts by Ontario and U.S. authorities.

Unfertilized roe is illicitly harvested and sold on the black market.

"One big sturgeon could be worth almost $200,000,' said Marc Gaden of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in Ann Arbor, Michigan. "If you see something suspicious, say something. If you see caviar sold in a store and it doesn’t seem right, say something," says Gaden.

"We’re one of the primary jurisdictions where this is happening," said Dave Forster, president of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers, which runs a toll-free line for anonymous tips at 1-800-222-8477.

"In the wild, conservation officers such as Dave Hamlin of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry spend time in the bush looking for telltale signs of poaching.They include large pools of blood on the ground, piles of heavy fishing line needed for sturgeon, and, in some cases, sturgeon tied up along a riverbank and kept alive until a buyer can be contacted."

Read more in TheStar.com 

June 05, 2016

Some Super Good Tips for Pike and Muskie

There are lots of super good tips for presentation and altering your lures in this In-Fisherman article, Pike & Muskie Fishing Tips and Tricks.

As I fish with a lot of spoons, I especially like this tip:
Penny prefers to replace trebles with barbless single hooks, often in 5/0 and 6/0 size. “Hook size for swimbaits isn’t as critical as it is for spoons,” he says. “They could be a couple of sizes larger or smaller. For spoons, you want them large enough that when you lay the hook down on the concave side of the spoon, it doesn’t extend beyond the sides of the spoon but comes as close as possible.”

May 12, 2016

The Sanctity of Fishing

A good read.

Granted, not about fishing in Northern Ontario. And perhaps too much about bass and live wells.

But I feel Jason's points about social media taking some of the joy out of fishing AND, as importantly, hurting our fisheries, are valid. I see way too many fish hanging on a stringer off a boat or a dock (not so many live wells in the far north where I fish) waiting until everyone in the party gets back to camp so the overwhelming number of fish can be put into one social media photo. Sadly, the desire to have as many fish as possible in one photo has caused many to have fish still in the refrigerator or cooler two days later when, instead, they could have eaten fresh fish every day.

Ego and fishing may not be compatible.

Read the entire article at Wired2Fish

April 12, 2016

Mattagami First Nation Spring Walleye Tournament

The Mattagami First Nation Spring Walleye Tournament is really stepping up it's game this year.

June 4-5, Mattagami Lake. 

"With the first place prize of $10,000.00 dollars, payouts to the top 25 placing and now live broadcasting from the tournament it's going to be another great tournament held by Mattagami First Nation Walleye Tournament to help kick off the first Northern Ontario Walleye Trail event for the 2016 season."

Source: TimminsToday