Pike fishing has always been a passion of mine and early spring is one of the best times to catch these fish. Spring finds these fish thick in shallow water and can be caught by both casting and trolling. Spinners and spoons are go to’s for these fish however swim baits and crank baits are also effective.
Lucky for us Ontarians (especially in the kingston area) we have many Eutrophic lakes that are absolutely teaming with Pike.
Two of my work mates and I left work early on May 14, 2013 and headed to our favourite local Pike spot, Collins Lake. The water was a bit choppy with a 15 km/hr SW wind that ran right through the large fetch on the lake so we were limited to trolling at the beginnning of the outing. We immediately hooked into a decent 1-2 lber and then hit a lull. Ever persistent when using techniques I have alot of confidence in, we kept trolling and the fishing slowly picked up. By about 6pm we were getting into decent pike on a pretty regular basis. When the action died down on the trolling we decided to switch up and throw some spinner baits into the shallows. Sure enough, the switch in gear paid off. The action once again heated up and our numbers swelled to around 30 fish with at least one double header ( two or three if you are using Tarpon rules and leader touches count!).
All in all, a good first kick at the pike can in 2013.
If you are like me, every time you pass a lake, river or any body of water you cant help sneaking a peek and wondering, “What fish live in there?”
Maybe you see a weedy bay and think, probably largemouth bass, maybe pike. Or maybe while driving along Lake Ontario you fantasize about intense battles with chrome beasts or with giant bronzeback smallies on the depths of some remote shoal. Maybe you have absolutely no clue what species live where and feel discouraged.
Well, thanks to our tax payer’s dollars and some GIS technicians over at the Ministry of Natural Resources, you no longer have to wonder.
The fishing Explorer, otherwise know as Fish ON-line is a handy web based, free to use GIS delivery site that displays which specieis live where in Ontario. Data is summarized by each lake and can be searched via parameter or by zooming in on a specific lake using the site map interface.
Searches can be conducted by proximity to a lake, species or town or just by species. As an added bonus to all you trout and walleye fans, stocking information is also provided for some lakes.
Fish ON-Line Link:
Please keep in mind this service is fairly new, and I imagine it is always under construction. That being said some lakes lack information on a specific species or for that matter, any information at all.
So much has changed since then in the world of Fishing since the days of youth. Technology now provides us with hightech fishing equipment and electronics that do much of the hard work for us. No exception to this is a handy little Iphone App provided by Navionics.
The app combines GPS capability with underlying basemaps illustrating the Bathymetry of many lakes in Ontario and the world for that matter. Basically this allows you to target specific depths, structures while empowering you with Navigation capabilities that help with avoiding those skag eating shoals that are not always marked. Added to that are features such as:
- ability to set waypoints
- built in speedometer
- ability to track paths
- community layers where you can upload or post specific information about a lake
I can’t even fathom the time this app has saved me and the increase in fishing productivity it has generated. Give the Navionics app a dopwnload, it will change the way you fish!
Below are some screen shots of waters near Kingston, Ontario.
Hiking oppoutunities in the Kingston, Ontario area as provided by the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve Community.
This resource impressed me when I stumbled upon it for the first time. Although it does not include all the hiking oppourtunities in the area it does include some of the more well know and better maintained trails, parks and reserves.