Fishing Articles

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Fishing During Walleye Spawning
Male walleye mature around the age of three or four, while female walleye mature at a much faster rate, usually around one year. Walleyes begin the spawning season by returning to their specific location. These locations are found by instinct in the walleye. Right before spawning, male walleye will form tight groups near dams. The male walleye will wait in this location until the water is the right temperature and the females move in. During this time, walleye fishing is ideal. Once male walleye begin to feel changes in temperature following winter they begin their migration down to the spawning site.
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Canada Walleye Fishing Lodges
Canada walleye Fishing Lodges are a great place to consider for your next vacation. Canada has many lakes perfect for Walleye fishing. Some of the Canada lakes have even caught record sized Walleye! No two Canada Walleye Fishing Lodges are alike. Each lodge offers their own style of cabins, plans, variety of fish, types of lakes, guides and service. It is important to think about what will be important to you when planning your Canada Walleye Fishing Lodge experience.
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Canada Fly-In Fishing Trips
Does a fly-in fishing trip in Canada sounds like your vacation of a lifetime? Imagine boarding a float plane, flying over the rugged Canadian wilderness dotted with more lakes than you can count, landing at a remote lodge or cabin with no neighbours, spending the morning on the lake with your buddies,etc. How do you start planning this dream trip? It’s matter of making a few simple decisions and you’ll be on your way to enjoying an exciting Canadian Fly-In Fishing Trip.
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Lac Seul Walleye Fishing
Lac Seul is a large Northwestern lake located in Ontario. It is a tea-coloured lake known for it's outstanding walleye fishing. Walleye are the most popular fish for eating in Canada. However, walleye are not the only type of fish in Lac Seul. Lac Seul also has many Northern Pike and record sized Muskie. If you are looking for “Walleye Heaven”, then a Lac Seul Walleye fishing trip is the trip for you.
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Canada Family Fishing Resort
What will you need to bring on your vacation at a Canada Family Fishing Resort? What kind of fish can you catch? What other family activities will there be? Read more to find out what you need to have the best stay as family at a fishing resort yet. Choose from a variety of housekeeping plans and fishing licences and learn about what you will need to bring for a shore lunch.
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Fishing for Pike from a Canoe
The author Craig Fiske describes a memorable day on the lake catching aggressive Pike using a canoe. He also offers tricks and tips to catching trophy northern pike. He gives his recommendations for which lure to use, and more. "It was late August of last year when we pulled our canoe into a secluded bay a couple miles southeast of Perrault Falls..."
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Trolling for Top-water Muskie
When I started fishing for muskies, I spent countless hours casting big bucktails, jerkbaits and top-water plugs over shallow weed flats without so much as a promising follow. It was suggested to me that I try trolling... ""Troll for muskies in four feet of water?" I commented. "I'll be hanging up in weeds all day." Initially, I got caught on the weeds, and lots of 'em. Every couple of minutes I had to stop to remove dense green cabbage from my line and lures...
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Surface Swimming Jigs For Bass
Spring through fall, bass anglers need to try fishing the weeds to catch the big fish. Swimming a jig over the weeds in this fashion reduces snags and makes the situation a lot less trying. Ask most bass anglers how a skirted jig should be fished, and they'll say that it's meant to be flipped or pitched then slowly bounced and crawled along bottom or through heavy cover.
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Trolling Spinnerbaits - Trophy Muskie
Trolling spinner baits allows you to quickly probe prime locations, such as weed-flats and break lines, searching for actively feeding fish to enticing neutral ones to strike. Muskie trolling spinnerbaits allow you to quickly probe prime locations, such as weed-flats and break lines, searching for actively feeding fish to enticing neutral ones to strike.
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The Original Muskie Bucktail
There is a multitude of different large wooden plugs one can get at a sporting goods store nowadays for slaying goon muskies. But still, many anglers turn to a lure that, when it originated, wasn't sold in any store; the "original" muskie bucktail. Nowadays, bucktails are in-line spinners with a skirt made out of deer hair, and they are still a staple of muskie angling. But before the in-line spinnerbaits came along, there was the true bucktail lure. Many a muskie fell victim to those original bucktails
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Trolling Up Moonlit 'Eyes
Walleye really turn on at dawn and dusk. the walleye's unique eye structure gathers light better than a squirrel-on-steroids gathers nuts, and this gives the walleye a huge advantage at low light times. It's like walleye are wearing night-vision goggles while they are feasting on those helpless little yellow perch.
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Making the most of an Invasive Species
While lampreys may be an invasive species in Canadian waters, that doesn't mean that we can't exploit them to our benefit as baitfish in waters where they have already spread. Young Lampreys are often one of the best baits for all manner of fresh water fish, especially walleyes. World record sized walleyes have been caught using Lampreys presented on Northland Float 'N Spin lures.
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Ice Pike Strategies
Big water can be a daunting place to ice-fish for pike. However, if you concentrate on the weedy shallows, you won't feel like you've bitten off more than you can chew. The majority of pike hunt around the weedbeds, and that's where the ice angler should fish for them. While the weed-choked shores, bays, and flats of summer are long gone, a certain amount of stalk-type weeds, particularly milfoil and coontail, withstand winter.
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Worm Tricks for Walleye
Using worms as bait is often scoffed at by most anglers now a days, but this tried and true bait still works to catch the lunkers. Worms are the most versatile bait in the walleye angler's arsenal. Crawlers work in the cold water of spring and fall, and during the hottest days of summer. They catch walleye in rivers and lakes. These fish like the smell, look, and feel of a worm. Yet many anglers, weaned on television fishing shows and endless super-lure infomercials, consider live-worm fishing passe, even vaguely dirty.
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Walleye Trips to Lac Seul
Michael Bilsbarrow, a Patricia Region resident, shares some common strategies and angling methods practiced and perfected on the Lac Seul reservoir. These tried and true techniques consistently land trophy fish off of this gargantuan body of water. Local knowledge is no doubt a great asset when it comes to fishing a big lake like this one and most fish camps and resorts on the lake offer guide services. On your first trip to Lac Seul you would be well advised to engage the services of one for at least a day or two.
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Travelling Light
Gord Ellis, shares a small story and some great tips on how to pack/prepare for an extended trip canoeing/hiking or at your favourite fly-in destination, here in "Canada's Heartland", the Patricia Region. Carrying a 7-foot one-piece spinning rod is obviously out. So is that big tackle box. It's unwieldy and often requires an extra portage. Scale way down.
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Spooning for Pike
Local sports writer/fisherman, Gord Ellis, discusses various tips, tricks and techniques to angling Northern Pike with a wide variety of spoons. He also makes a few excellent suggestions on which lures you should purchase. "Something about a spoon's action attracts pike like no other lure. I first learned of its power when I was 10 years old. My father and I were trolling red and white ..."
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Jumbo Jigging for Summer Lakers
Local sports writer, Gord Ellis, shares some popular tips and techniques for lading monster lake trout using jumbo-sized jigs. Lake trout are predictable. " Jumbo jigging takes lake trout all around the calendar. If you like catching lunkers on simple tackle, look no further than this classic presentation.The jig-colour rule for lake trout is simple. Use anything as long as it's white. The majority of a lake trout's summer forage is some shade of white or silver..."
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Canada's Hog Walleye
Northwestern Ontario is the "Hog Walleye capital". This article gives tips on how to select the best locations for fishing up these behemoths, as well as which presentations seem to work best. "If you are one of those fishermen who is still looking at the empty spot on the wall of your den or office reserved for your trophy walleye, then my own personal plan for putting those odds in your favor may interest you..."
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Fishing the Slop for Muskie
Local angling expert and sports writer, Gord Ellis explains some of his tips and tricks to make the most out of fishing sloppy areas filled with weeds that most anglers wouldn't even think twice about skipping. "Fishing the slop for muskie requires patience. You're going to be cleaning hooks, spinner clevises, and leaders of weed. It can drive you nuts, if you let it, but if you're willing to put up with a bit of hassle, fishing the slop is worth the effort."
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Fishing in Patricia Region - Canada's Heartland
Renowned worldwide for its incredible freshwater angling, come visit Canada's Patricia Region for some of the best and most exciting fishing you'll ever experience! You'll definitely leave with a story to tell! Nestled in the heart of the northwest, the Patricia Region has been, and continues to be, on of the top North American destination points for angling adventures.
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Water Clarity (Bass Fishing)
This article contains critical information regarding water clarity and how it relates to catching elusive small and largemouth bass. It is broken down into sections based on visibility and what tactics to use. In truth, water clarity can be one of the most important elements in locating small and largemouth bass, especially when you correlate it with time of season.
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Tips for Drilling Ice Holes
Excellent tips from various sources on how to properly drill holes into the ice with an auger. Told in a story format. "A common drilling mistake is applying too much downward pressure on the auger. Pushing down too hard won’t make an auger cut any faster and in some cases, will slow things down. A good indicator that you are pushing too hard is if you lose your balance or surge forward when the auger breaks through the ice..."
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Stationary Float Fishing
Easy guide to setting up slip bobbers. also gives a brief descripton of various slip-bobbing techniques, as well as what kind of equipment you should be using to maximize your effectiveness. "Then one day a solution came to me. Why not use a weight to hold the rig stationary? I retied the rig with a 1-oz egg-style slip sinker on the fishing line above the float. Since I was fishing for pike, I added an 18-inch wire leader above the size 4 Eagle Claw Lazer treble..."
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Slipping in on Walleye
Ever fish with a bobber on a windy day only to have it constantly blow in the wrong directions? This article explains how to set up then utilize an excellent form of stationary bobbing called; slip-bobbing. Slip bobbers are a simple way to present live bait to walleyes, but even simple techniques must be performed correctly. The main purpose of any bobber is to hold the bait up off the bottom. But because bobbers are moved by wind and waves, the bait is also presented over more water.
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Night Walleye Fishing
A complete overview on how to maximize your effectiveness while angling for walleyes at night, from what bait to use to where to cast, even how to troll or where to anchor. This article will explain it all in detail. The option to fish at night can be a great equalizer in times of bad weather. Day or night, wind is always a killer, but cold fronts on the other hand don't have quite the adverse on walleyes at night. If fishing is tough during the day, one of the best plans is to fish at night.
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Jigging for Walleye
Professional Walleye angler's share some if their tips and tricks for one of the most productive lures to land trophy pickerel with; the jig. This article will explain in depth common tips and techniques for jigging in all types of weather and water conditions. Jigs certainly aren't as glitzy as crank-baits, or as sophisticated as sonar/GPS technology, but of all the tools available to walleye fisherman today, the lowly lead-head is responsible for more angler success than anything you can name.
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Glowing Bait Info
Fishing with glow-jigs and crankbaits works extremely well in stained/turbid waters. This article explains why as well as gives you a few recommendations as to what to use. The ability to make a jig or crankbait glow has revolutionized the way people fish, most notably in cases such as icefishing for walleye. Factors such as shorter days, snow, increased cloud cover and snow drifts play a part in decreasing the visibility and water clarity for the walleye.
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Blue Walleye
Detailed information on the recent re-discovery of blue walleye, not to be confused with it's extinct counter part, the blue pike, as well as a theory/explanation as to why/what makes the walleye blue. Blue walleye retain this colour due to a lack of yellow skin pigment and a blueish protein in the mucus coating on its skin.
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Winter Walleye Movements
Simple article describes how walleye change their home-range when winter sets in as well as the fish change their eating habits. Sometimes walleye establish a smaller home-range during the winter, usually only a fraction of the size of their summer range. On smaller lakes walleye generally stay close to most traditional structures such as steep-breaking humps, deeper portions of long points and deep saddles.
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Silver Pike
Silver pike are believed to be a mutation of regular pike and may be deserving of their own species name. Little Vermilion lake will likely document this coming to pass due to the abundance of silver pike found in its waters. the “silver” pike has almost none of the normal markings of a normal pike. Typically, notherns have a dark greenish body with lighter elongated yellow horizontal splotches.
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Fishing Shallow Under the Ice for the Big, Winter Pike
Description of shallow-water ice-fishing techniques used used to land monster winter pike. Also gives tips on where top position yourself as well as what equipment to bring. Pike come into the shallows because that's where their food is located. As winter continues, you get more. Timing plays a key factor in shallow water ice-fishing, something that can be very difficult to predict.
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Bass Myths
This detailed article helps to dispel ten of the most common misconceptions anglers have when it comes to angling both large and smallmouth bass, in all settings, throughout the year. "With the fall season rapidly approaching, anglers will undoubtedly hear stories about how largemouth and small-mouth bass fishing will become quite bountiful..."
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Baby Pike
Small article that explains the journey of northern pike fry from hatching out of their egg to ending up in the weedy bays of our freshwater lakes as an apex predator. "Fertilized pike eggs take about two weeks to hatch in chilly spring waters, releasing thousands of fry only a 1/4 inch long. For a day or two afterwards they swim around actively, though they are not yet feeding..."
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Walleye in Autumn
Writer explains just why the walleye bite can be so good in the autumn months. He also details various tips/strategies for angling and landing good sized fish in changing conditions on the lake. During the months of September, October and november; in the Upper United States and Canada, patterns develop that may land you your biggest/best walleye of the year. If you follow the progression of the season, you may catch big hog walleye up until the ice forms.
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The Invincible Pike Fly
Simple article going over the details on how to create one of the worlds most durable flies for fly fishing. This fly can stand up to it all! record size pike, muskie, snapper, lake trout, sea trout,even sharks! Basically, whatever you can land with a fly rod. nter "The Invincible", the pike fly that can be tied as big as you want, with synthetics that shed water like a happy duck.
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Trolling Crankbaits For Bass
Trolling crankbaits is a great technique and teacher when it comes to finding bass. Pay attention in class this summer and you'll graduate with honours in crankbait fishing from Bass U. Fish are creatures of habit. They follow behaviour patterns that keep them safe from predators, physically comfortable, and well fed. It's a matter of life and death. If a bass is having its best luck feeding on top of a reef during a west wind, you can be sure it will be there every time those conditions occur.
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