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TROUTING ACROSS NORTHERN ONTARIO by Gord Pyzer
Because trout are cold water fish they feed aggressively throughout the winter and will hit a variety of presentations.
WINTER IS ONE OF THE BEST TIMES TO TARGET TROUT
Northern Ontario is a cornucopia of trout riches.
Northern Ontario is blessed with an extraordinary abundance of easily accessed, gorgeous, spruce- and pine-studded, picture-postcard lakes that are stocked with speckle trout, rainbow trout, and splake unlike you can find almost anywhere else in the world.
To give you an example, it is a distance of 1,570 km—or 1,000 miles—from the city of North Bay in Northeastern Ontario to Kenora in the Northwestern part of the province, and the entire wild immensity in between is sprinkled with some of the finest waters brimming with trout.
And that is just the east-west extent of the cornucopia of trout riches. It is even more spacious if you look at it from a north-south perspective.
And guess what? Winter is one of the best times to target the stunningly beautiful fish.
Northern Ontario is blessed with an abundance of lakes stocked with rainbow trout, splake, and speckle trout like this trophy Liam Whetter caught recently. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)
It makes sense, too, when you consider that specks, rainbows, and splake are cold water fish that relish winter water temperatures. So, they feed aggressively and smash a variety of presentations when most other species are cozying up to the fireplace and pulling the down comforters over their heads.
But there is a secret you can employ that will increase your odds of hooking the wonderful winter trophies. It is stepping lightly when you're out on the ice.