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Montreal's best shore fishing spots

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Bullhead catfish ice fishing on Lake Champlain

My office PC needed some repairs for a day, I naturally decide to make the best of what’s left of the ice fishing season. With the temperature just above freezing, I headed out to Lake Champlain for the day with my 5 year old son Levi. I intended to fish for pike, but also rented some “brimbale” tip ups, and picked up some minnows and worms when I got there. The lake was solid ice, covered in about 2 inches of water, the waterproof boots and “stabilicer” cleats came in very handy. I set up 5 pike rigs with frozen smelt, sardines and mackerel, as well as some tips ups with live minnows and worms. Unfortunately, the pike weren’t interested in what I had to offer, the perch were hitting throughout the day. The big surprise came when I pulled out a fat bullhead on my ice fishing rod, surprised me when I say it, I thought it was a “jumbo” perch or walleye. All I caught on film was the release, you can check it on Youtube by clicking:

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