WEATHER OR NOT FOR LAKE TROUT by Gord Pyzer
Liam Whetter broke his "personal best" winter lake trout record with this 20-pound Sunset Country trophy.
COLD WEATHER AND GREAT ICE CONDITIONS ARE ALLOWING ANGLERS TO HIT UP THEIR FAVOURITE FISHING SPOTS
The good news this winter is that the ice conditions have never been better across all of Northern Ontario. Cold weather came early, and it has made for some absolutely beautiful, thick, safe, blue ice. Combined with a lack of deep snow in many areas, ice anglers have had little difficulty getting around and reaching their favourite ice fishing haunts.
But the fluctuation in daily weather conditions has made for some mighty fascinating and sometimes frustrating fish bites.
Last weekend, for example, we had an overnight swing of almost 50° F/ 25° C in the high for the day between Saturday and Sunday. The blast of warm weather was welcomed, but it had the lake trout behaving in wildly weird ways.
The ice conditions have never been better across Northern Ontario for anglers to access their favourite fishing spots.
Indeed, at our first stop on Sunday morning, buddy Cameron Tait, grandson Liam Whetter and I were swatting away at the trout like they were pesky flies. The fish were showing up on our sonar screens as thick red bars and were streaking up to clobber our lures. But they must have been doing it with their mouths closed because when we set the hooks, our rods would bend over and then the line would go slack.
As a matter of fact, at the first spot we fished, I watched a mammoth red bar on my Humminbird Ice 55-unit race up to my Kamooki Smartfish and felt it clobber the bait. I paused for a milli-second to let it get the lure well into its mouth, set hard and then watched my 36-inch, heavy action Rapala R-series rod buckled over dangerously close to the breaking point. The fish was so big—the biggest I've hooked in many winters—that I couldn't turn the handle on the reel.
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