Weather conditions for the week were looking wet and windy so a friend and I decided we would take advantage of Monday’s good weather and take a little canoe trip on a local lake. Secretly I had hoped we woudl find the schools of crappy know to inhabit the lake.
Following a short day at work we loaded up my firends recent;ly purchased canoe and headed to a nearby small lake. Upon arrival we were shocked to see a significant amount of ice still remaining on the lake.
Regardless of the ice, we departed the launch amidsts the honks of geese and silent flutter of a pair of golden eyes.
After prodding the ice a bit we focussed on the task at hand and tried to find a school paper mouths who were willing to cooperate with our fishing efforts.
We located a school of crappie at the end of the canoe ride however they didnt seem interested in the plethora of small jigs and rubbers we threw their way. I attribute this mostly to the persistant cold temperatures of the lake water.
So much has changed since in the world of Fishing since the days of my 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!
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.
UPDATE 2017-02-28 – The map is no longer available at the old link. I have replaced the link with a list of trails instead.