Ontario Fishing Trips, Guides and Charters: Articles : General
- Alternate Species to Fish For in Ontario
- Every angler knows of the fine eating qualities of a walleye, the ferocious fighting abilities of a smallmouth bass, the brute force of a musky or the beauty and mystique of a brook trout. However, we pass up some great fishing opportunities by overlooking some of the nontraditional fish Ontario waters have to offer.
- Biting Mad - Bugs and Fishing
- If you had to choose one thing most annoying during the fishing season many people would agree it’s a close toss-up between the dreaded mosquito and the pesky black fly. Between these two blood sucking insects many outings turn into a swat-fest. But there is help besides the commercial insect repellants that many people use.
- Artificial Intelligence
- Is it possible for man to create something smarter, possibly superior to humankind itself? In Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”, HAL, a fabrication of bits and bytes, overran its makers. Alright, fair enough, that’s a science fiction reference, not breaking news on CNN. So let’s take it down a notch, to fishing. In an effort to make laboratory and factory creations look, feel, smell and taste like the real thing, manufacturers ceaselessly endeavor to duplicate nature.
- Bait Buckets
- It’s been a great day on the water. You’ve enjoyed some time with friends, caught a few fish, and now you’re back on shore loading up the gear. You grab your bait bucket out of the boat and notice that there are a few minnows left. The natural thing seems to be to dump them back into the lake right?
- Boat Winterization Saves Headaches Next Spring
- I don't want to be the bearer of bad news, but it's that time again. The leaves are starting to change colour, there is frost in the air, and snow in the weather forecast. It's time to start thinking about winterizing you boat. With a little time and effort you can keep your boat from becoming a maintenance nightmare next spring.
- Catch Your Own Minnows
- Tired of spending good money to some convenience store owner for minnows that you know will be belly up in two hours? Well here's an idea you're sure to like, catch your own! It is relatively easy to do and the cost is nominal especially when you consider the price of store bought minnows these days. Catching your own minnows gives you another activity to enjoy in the great outdoors.
- Choosing the Right Lodge to Suit Your Needs
- For anglers of all ages, nothing beats the thrill of experiencing the wonders and opportunities that a fishing lodge has to offer. Whether you are searching for "limitless days of fish" or some "rest and relaxation," there is a lodge available that is right for you. But how do you choose the perfect lodge and what are the criteria to follow when making that all-important decision? Follow these tips and advice and be prepared to stumble upon your own wilderness utopia.
- End Weighting Means Control
- Control wins in NASCAR. The ability to draft and “trade paint” while jockeying for position. The dominance of one team over another.
Control is an underlying force that breeds success in everything we do, fishing included. We see it in skilled fly anglers as they strip line and precariously place poppers in the pads. In seasoned jiggers, as they deftly tick lead across rocks and timber without snagging, yet remain able to decipher the slight nip of a walleye.
- Find Fish Fast on a New Lake
- Nothing beats the thrill and excitement of launching your boat onto a brand-new lake. Everything looks so good as you start up the outboard, but where in the world should you start? No matter what species of fish you are after, by being prepared and following some rules, you can find fish fast and easily. (And that's about as fun as anything when it comes to fishing!)
- Fishing Cover
- As a means to hide and escape predators, or as a spot to ambush prey, sunken logs, weed beds, rock piles, docks or artificial reefs provide shelter for fish and, for anglers, these spots are great places to try your luck.
- Fishing Resolutions for 2002
- As the New Year is finally upon us, it is time, once again, to make some resolutions for the seasons ahead. Anglers may not be so inclined to lose weight or quit smoking, however, there are some fishing resolutions that will make each of us a more proficient and well-rounded fisherman.
- Fishing Thermoclines
- Many anglers will advise beginners to look for structure when seeking fish. This good advice but it should be followed with the word “however.”
As well as orienting to underwater structure where food and shelter can be found, fish also have temperature comfort zones. Some fish prefer colder temperature and low light conditions while others prefer the warmth of the sun.
- Five Tips for Buying Boat Insurance
- Buying boat insurance can be challenging for any boater. That's because unlike auto insurance, boat insurance policies are not standardized-coverage can vary widely for the same boat depending on who sold the policy and how informed a buyer you are.
But the smart boater can make the right insurance choices with these "Top Five Tips for Buying Boat Insurance".
- Inside: with Ministry of Natural Resource's Information Assistant Wil Wegma
- Wil Wegman states, "Its hard to argue against my wonderful wife's keen observation that my entire life seems to be focused around fishing". I talk fishing at work, I fish at least 100 times a year. I write about fishing as a freelance writer, I give fishing seminars as an angling instructor, and I am kept busy with fishing related subjects as the Conservation Director for the Ontario B.A.S.S. Federation. Basically, I sleep, breath and eat fishing".
- Net Landing Fall Trophies
- With fall fishing in full swing, chances of landing a chunky trophy are better than ever. As water temperatures drop and anglers bundle up, hand-landing is less of an option and nets become crucial. Yet, having a net is not enough. Proper technique and communication are crucial to ensuring a quick landing and healthy recovery of released fish.
- Rock Piles
- It's a beautiful, sunny afternoon. You're just out for a boat ride, to escape the heat perhaps. The fish finder is on, just in case. Suddenly, as you glance down, you spy what seems to be a large mound on the bottom. It was only there for a second but you are sure you saw it. Turning around you spend and hour looking for what you thought you saw. Finding it could mean good fishing. If you are boating on a lake in the Canadian Shield what you probably saw on your screen was a rock pile.
- Salt Water Fishing in the Ottawa River
- Pssst. Want to experience saltwater fishing without spending thousands to get there? If so, Hawkesbury, Ontario is the place for you.
Reaching over twenty inches in length, the Alosa Sapidissima, a.k.a. American Shad averages between four and six pounds with the world record being just over eleven. Trust me when I say, "A six pound shad on the end of your line will definitely test your tackle." In regards to the fight, they've been compared to double-digit bass.
- Selective Harvesting of Fish
- Catch and release fishing has become increasingly popular in recent years. This practice has obvious conservation benefits. However, there is nothing that can top off a great day’s fishing like a meal of fresh fish on shore or at home.
- Taking Care of Your Catch
- The catch-and-release ethic is now a big part of fishing, not only in tournaments, but also fishing in general. Quite simply, it helps sustain the resource. But improper care and handling of fish by anglers can cause unintentional harm to fish.
- Turn Your Fishing Snapshots into Works of Art
- For the most part, anyone who fishes usually does so with a camera in tow. Capturing the beauty of a precise moment will ensure that you never forget the sheer enjoyment that you encountered while in the outdoors. (Plus a breathtaking photo can secure bragging rights when gleefully shown to your peers and family!) Come and explore the magic that the camera holds, and begin filling your photo album full of images that will make you proud.
- WATCH THOSE FINGERS; HOOKS AND TEETH CAN HURT!
- It only takes a quick peak into the mouth of a good-sized pike or muskie to quickly surmise that this is not a wise place to stick your digits if you wish for them to remain intact. Those spike-like teeth on the roof of their mouth can shred your knuckles in the blink of an eye, while the larger lower teeth can really do some serious damage. Trophy sized specimens may have teeth approaching two centimetres (3/4 inch) long, and should be shown extreme caution.
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