Last Call for Lake Trout Through Simcoe’s Ice
Now is the best time for ice fishing lake trout on Lake Simcoe.
A few weeks ago we were fortunate enough to spend a day fishing with 42 students from the Uxbridge Secondary School – some of whom had never fished before. A good time was had by all although the perch bite in shallow was very slow. In the deeper water, however, A nice whitefish and a laker had been caught and it gave Bill and I the idea to book a few days in lake trout territory before the season closes on March 15.
Bill Davis with Jumbo Perch
Mitchell’s Fish Huts, an ice fishing operator out of Beaverton, had hosted the school trip and extended an offer to us for a couple of days of fishing in their day huts located to the northeast of Thorah Island, around the White’s Shoal – an offer we quickly accepted.
Upon arriving at Mitchell’s Fish Hut parking lot on the first day we were greeted by two of the four owners, Chris and Brad and their newer Bombardier people mover. And by newer I mean almost 60 years old. Incredible piece of history none the less and one of three operated by Mitchell’s with the other two being of 1952 vintage.
Our hut for the day was a spacious eight by eight footer with dual troughs cut in the floor for fishing and a Coleman propane stove to provide heat and a place to brew a coffee if desired.
The trough is ideal for landing lakers and whitefish with a net, especially if the intent is to catch, photo and release only.
Our setup for this type of trip is simple – one attractor line and one chase line. The attractor consists of a two or three-way spreader with lively minnows placed on the bottom with a 12 inch baited high line attached to the same line three feet up from the spreader. The chase line is either a simple splitshot and minnow combination or a white tube jig – another highly effective bait for laker fishing.
We fish the chase line slightly higher than the spreader high-line and once a laker appears to rise on the graph we watch to see whether it stops at the high line or continues towards the chase bait. If it continues upward, we quickly retrieve the chase bait which usually entices a fast reactionary follow and strike by the pursuing laker. The chase can sometimes continue all the way to the underside of the ice before the laker strikes the bait.
Alan Gibbins with first Lake Trout of the day.
Ice fishing for lakers can sometimes involve long periods of dead time waiting for fish to appear. But when they do everything happens very quickly making this form of fishing a definite favourite of ours.
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