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Bullhead and Perch fishing on worms

Date: August 23, 2016
Temperature: 32°C
Water depth: 8-9ft
Location: Holland River, Ontario
Bait used: Worms

This time I decided to try catching Carp in my spot on Holland River because last time I was here I saw a few decent sized Carps in the shallow water digging between rocks. On that day I only had ultra-light rod with very thin line that would not survive battle with a 10+ pound Carp. This time I came prepared with heavier rod. But as it often happens there was no sight of Carp even after chumming. So I modified my rig and decided to try using worms and that’s how my fun with Bullheads started. They were biting nonstop until 10:30 and then just like that stopped completely. That’s when I took out my ultra-light with float and spent another hour catching Bass, Perch and Sunfish. Even that I didn’t catch the fish I was after I still had a lot of fun so it was a good day.

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Largemouth Bass on minnows from boat

Largemouth Bass

Date: August 9, 2016
Temperature: 28°C
Water depth: 4-9ft
Location: Shadow Lake, Ontario
Bait used: Minnows

I came back to the same spot on Shadow lake as last time on August 2 on a cooler day to see if the bites improved.  The area was filled with Largemouths and you can even see them checking out the minnow in the video.  But they were there only for an hour and I managed to catch 2 and 1 not in video came off the hook.  I don’t know if they got spooked by the fish I caught or they got a fill of the little fish that were abundant in the area.  I moved to check other areas but had no bites at other locations as well.

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Northern Pike on Shadow Lake, Ontario

Northern Pike

Date: August 2, 2016
Temperature: 34°C
Water depth: 4-9ft
Location: Shadow Lake, Ontario
Bait used: Minnows

Unfortunately this Northern decided to take the bait right when the battery in the camera died so there is no fight footage.  You will have to take my word that this guy was a fighter and fought like bass, jumping out of water and shaking head.  That was the only fish I caught that day and after talking to some other fishermen fishing on boats I was lucky to get it because everyone complained of a very slow day.  The weather that day was a real scorcher and I fished for only 3 hours.

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Baby Largemouths and Sunfish on ultra light with worm

Sunfish

Date: July 21, 2016
Temperature: 28°C
Water depth: 8-9ft
Location: Holland River, Ontario
Bait used: Worms

Last time I fished here, Sunfish were biting one after another. This time it looks like Bass took over and bites were sporadic.  It doesn’t look like it by watching the video but that was cut down from half a day fishing trip.  I wanted to test some artificial baits but the bites were inconsistent and decided to postpone it for another time.  Last time fish were right under the bridge, seen in the July 12 video, but this time the fish were gathering really close to shore, hiding between the rocks.

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Sunfish on ultra light with worm.

Sunfish

Date: July 12, 2016
Temperature: 34°C
Water depth: 8-9ft
Location: Holland River, Ontario
Bait used: Live worms, artificial pink maggots

On this really hot day I decided to have some fun with sunfish. My first spot I tried was completely covered by Duckweed and fish were not there, no bites.  The second spot was blocked off by construction so I drove along the bank looking for a new, decent fishing spot in the shade.  I found this spot and it looked like all the fish were seeking shade and concentrated under that bridge.  Apart from little sunfish and bass I saw carp coming up to the surface.  This spot was great.  I didn’t have to wait very long for bites and was pulling one fish after another.  I was using worms and tested silicone pink maggots that seemed to work, but not as well as real worms.  That gave me an idea later to test some artificial baits next time if the bites are as good.  I have quite a few different ones so that will be a good place for a test. Soon.

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Largemouth Bass on minnows from a small boat.

Largemouth Bass

Date: July 7, 2016
Temperature: 26°C
Water depth: 6ft
Location: Shadow Lake/Gull River, Ontario
Bait used: Live minnows – Chubs and Suckers 4-5in

On that date the thunderstorm passed by the area at night but the day was decent.  Early morning dark clouds in the sky looked like they will bring rain or even thunderstorm but they cleared up.  Unfortunately it affected fishing and only small Largemouths were biting.  I caught 3 small ones, but only 2 are in the video. First, I started fishing on Shadow Lake and that’s where I got the first bass not in the video.  Later, around 11am, I moved into river and there I caught the 2 which are on the video. I was trying to catch Northern Pike but they just weren’t biting. Oh well.  That’s fishing.  I’ll be back on another date.

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Pikes on minnows from a small boat.

Dalrymple Pike

Date: June 19, 2016
Temperature: 26°C in the afternoon, windy
Water depth: 7-8ft
Location: Dalrymple Lake, Ontario
Bait used: Live minnows – Chubs and Suckers 4-5in

After my last fishing trip here on June 5, which was a bit slow, I came back to the same spot for a retest.  There were very few boat on the lake and nobody fished near me.  The day started off great.  Within and hour I caught 2 pikes and lost one in the thick weeds.  But the weather changed and the wind pick up with strong gusts, making high waves and the bites stopped.  It was a short trip as the high waves started splashing water into the boat so I decided to finish after 3 hours.  It was short but successful thanks to the early bites.

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Pike and Bass on minnows from a small boat.

Dalrymple Pike

Date: June 5, 2016
Temperature: 32°C in the afternoon
Water depth: 8ft
Location: Dalrymple Lake, Ontario
Bait used: Live minnows – Chubs and Suckers 4-5in

After about 8 year break from fishing on Dalrymple Lake I decided to revisit it and see if it’s still a good fishing hole.  This lake is great for pike, bass, walleye and slab crappies. I caught my biggest pikes and crappies on this lake.  Unfortunately, access to water from shore is very limited and boat is pretty much a must.  It has a public boat launch so it’s easy to drop the boat in the water and it’s free.  It was a pretty slow day but I got lucky with the pike that I caught right after casting out.  Most of other fishermen around me were not catching anything decent in my area at least.  I had the depth set at 5ft and was fishing in about 8ft of water that had single long leafy weeds.  The bass took around noon, near the end of my fishing.  I noticed that my fish finder started beeping like crazy and showing lots of fish so I decided to bring the bait closer to see if anything takes it.  As soon as I did I got a small bass that came off my flattened barbs treble hook.  The season for bass was still closed so it was a quick release.

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Rainbow Trout fishing on Parry Island, Ontario

Perry Island Rainbows

Date: May 10, 2016
Temperature: -2°C in the morning and 18°C at noon
Water depth: 12-18ft
Location: Parry Island
Bait used: trout dough (on Amazon Canada or Amazon US), power eggs (on Amazon Canada or Amazon US)

I arrived at the location at around 6:30am and was greeted by the puppies as seen in the video and while playing with them I missed the first bite.  The fish were taking chum pellets from the surface but the bites were sporadic and the fish didn’t want to take bait.

I tried using different color silicone eggs at first because the first bite was on an orange one.  Then, I put floating pellets on hook and let it float but that still didn’t work.  After trying pellets I switched to orange and then pink trout dough and I succeeded with the pink, which landed me my first rainbow at around 10am.

My neighbors were using Trout Nuggets and were also successful at landing fish.  My second fish also took the pink trout dough later in the day around 1pm after rotating the baits to see if they take anything else.