Brook trout are loads of fun. I love the settings you usually find them in. Usually its in a untouched thick pine forest; one of my favourite types of fishing. But yes good spots are hard to find, especially here in Southern Ontario. I'm sure there are a number of areas in the Barrie region, there seems to be large tracts of forest up that way. Id take a drive on some country roads and look for any roadside streams, you'll be surprised what you find! Anyways the farther north you go, the better opportunities you'll find. I've been fishing for them for a couple of years, and I only know a handful of spots.
I've got some Husky Jerks, Smithwick suspending rogues, and Scatter Raps to try out. Also going to try some lipless cranks I picked up, a Red Eye Shad and some cotton cordells. I see ppl talk a lot about jerkbaits and spinners for pike, anyone have any luck with the shorter fat style crankbaits? Like Wiggle Warts or KVD 1.5s
I've caught a few pike on those style of crankbaits but for me I like using the thinner stickbait style crankbaits more for pike
I think Lake Simcoe would be the best for most people since it is so close to Toronto and other big cities, as stated above many of us are a good ways away from Haliburton and Lake Simcoe is a close enough distance for most people. Icefished Cooks Bay last year for my first time and I was surprised at the quality and quantity of fish coming out, awesome fishery.
Ya I try to do the same thing. There's one spot I fish at that I always clean up, and when I go back there's always garbage there again. Pretty pathetic especially when there's a garbage can 200 feet away. I try to fish secluded areas more because im tired of seeing garbage laying around
I know the lebarons in Mississauga Is a Great store with knowledgable staff, good sélection, and Great prices, So Im assumong the one in Markham Is good as well. I didnt know either That Sail was owned by Lebarons
I agree with fishhawk, matzuo has some nice stuff that hopper lure is a top crankbait for me, catches me alot of largemouth. My buddy swears by that lure one of the only baits he uses for bass all season.