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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ice fishing southern Ontario

Managed 2 ice fishing outings in January, both were in Southern Ontario. One my first outing, I fished in 2-8 feet , seemed to be the only placed to find safe ice, which was 5-7 inches.

First trip was in the first week of January, caught tons of perch, pumpkinseed, and bluegill sunfish even though I was using only 1 line. They were hitting non stop from the time I started until the time I left, all were in 5-8 feet of water. Released all my catches on that outing.

Second outing was in the 3rd week of January. I major cold front had frozen most of the area, ice was 12-14 inches thick, which gave me the opportunity to fish a bit deeper. On the downside, drilling with my 8" manual auger was more tiring. Didn't manage any sunfish, the day was mainly perch up to 9 inches. I also managed my first bass through the ice, a tiny Largemouth that hit my jigging rap. Kept a few perch which I cooked for breakfast the following morning.


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