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#308676 Bait Fish Identification

Posted by GB2pair on 22 May 2014 - 08:16 PM

With my focus moving from steel to now pike, I needed to refresh myself on bait fish regulations and identification. In my search, I found a great document which may help with bait fish identification.





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#304526 GTA Steelhead

Posted by GB2pair on 06 April 2014 - 03:02 PM

Hi All,


I wanted to share some of my tips and tactics for the trout season, especially for some of the new people to trout fishing, we were all beginners once. I grew up doing most of my salmon and trout fishing in the Owen Sound area.  I’ve lived in Toronto for 4 years and I’m trying to get back into some trout fishing in this area.

 First equipment, I’m using one of my favourite rods ever; 9’6’’ Shimano Canadian Northern Series light action and my Shimano Stradic 2500Fl with trilene sensation 6lbs mono. I prefer the Trilene sensation when fishing the rivers as when I’m fishing I hold the line in my opposite hand, so I can feel the lightest of bumps and hits. Also, don’t forget a small portable chair or stool when you go, you will thank yourself after a few hours of standing.

Baits. Traditionally, a roe bag (which floats) with a river float and one or two small split shot sinkers 16-18 inches above a circle hook is my first choice.  If the river is moving quickly, I use 3-4 different size split shot sinkers, spaced 4-8inches apart, starting with a larger split shot near the top of your line and the last and smallest sinker roughly 16-24 inches from your hook. Other options included using a single egg approach, marshmellows, corn, yarn, etc (most things that float). The trusty earthworm is always an option as well, but for me, I prefer roe bags.

 When the fishing gets tough, I often go to the single egg and I might even add some yarn (various colours, pink is one of the best) or add some dyed buck hair which has worked for me in the past. I have even floated some flies on occasion when the fishing is very tough.

Lures and artificial baits. I will use artificial trout worms or spawn especially a day or two after a good rain, as many worms will wash into the river and the fish will be feeding on them on days after a solid rain. Again, I have added some yarn or buck hair to change the presentation is some cases. When there is enough space to cast, I enjoy casting some small in line spinners, spoons and small rapalas which I’ll add single eggs to the hooks and just float that down the river. Occasionally, I will use small jigs and either trout worms or small grubs (like Mr. Twister). My go to colours are pink, orange, blue, white and chartreuse.


hope this helps,




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