Pete and Will with a double-header of Otonabee River Carp.

Otonabee River, Ontario

Location: Otonabee River, Ontario
GPS: N44º 16.430′ W078º 19.410′
Species: Carp

This Hotspot is an easy-to-access deep hole in the Otonabee River in Peterborough, Ontario—all of the incredible Carp action for the Fish’n Canada episode “High Traffic Carp” was captured here. As Pete Bowman proved in this episode, Otonabee River fishing can be enjoyed mere steps from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Carp will be feeding in the shallows on both sides of the river during the morning and evenings, and then move into this hole during the mid-day period.

For the best success, we recommend feeding this area with Carp ground bait to get lots of fish grouped up. For your hook bait, try extra large corn or “maize” kernels. Or you can try the trusty Peaches and Cream canned corn on a hair rig.

There is a slight current in the river, so a flat weight of one ounce or more is recommended to keep your bait stationary.

There are some snags here so bring extra rigs.

Baits: Large Flavoured Corn
Presentation: Cast Hair Rigs
Water depth: 12-16 feet

One Reply to “Otonabee River, Ontario”

  1. Notice anything? No, Angelo didn’t shave his beard.

    These two carp aficionados aquatic examples, taken from the same waters, are strikingly different. As I mentioned in my other commentaries, fish coloration does indicate a few things. The condition of the environment in which they reside, and what they are feeding on.

    The fish on the left is likely feasting on an abundance of crayfish (also known as crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters, mudbugs, or yabbies) along with bait fish. Pete’s appears to be gorging on corn and other maize products served up by the angling population. Furthermore, I would not be surprised to know the darker coloured fish was not a local resident. The yellowish fish is likely a home boy or girl. Yeah, that “Pink Flamingo” phenomenon is a mighty handy tool. You might want to give a few crayfish coloured baits a shot in the meantime.

    Incidentally, most fishermen tend to over look or disregard urban waters as polluted quagmires containing deformed or mutilated fish. Nothing could be further from the truth. Let me fill you in on a few stunning facts.

    Out were we live in Mississauga there is a local pond no larger than a few acres called Lake Aquataine, surrounded by several apartments buildings and dozens of homes. Somewhat of a park setting, bringing nature to thier back door. The city has done an excellent job of recreating nature. i.e. “Watching what Mother Nature does and then doing the same thing”.

    Well as the story goes, the wife and I over the years have pulled out several monster Large Mouth and Small Mouth bass from this small lake that would rival the Pro’s. We have found, finessing these creatures is nothing more than casting out and slowly retrieving a Pumpkin Seed coloured 6 inch Berkley Power Bait Worm on a #2 worm hook without any sinker. I’m not kidding!

    It does not stop there! Lake Aquataine is loaded with Sunfish, Rock Bass and Catfish. It’s no wonder those Bucket Mouths and Smallies are so large and aggressive. Catching these fish is as simple as baiting a hook with a scented 4 – 6 inch worm or a tiny piece of hotdog or shrimp, or corn or even bread. The kids have a field day during the warmer months.

    My wife and I had even gotten to the point of naming our spots on the lake according to the number of Sunfish and Rock Bass fish we caught, placed in our holding cage and then released during the morning hours. Spots #96 and #74 turned out to be the most proficient.

    One benefit many people may not be aware of in these circumstances involving urban watersheds, the resident fish do tend to keep the mosquito and other nasty insect larvae in check. The Dragonfly population takes care of the rest.

    Yeah, Mother Nature is such an authoritative master of tutorial transcripts.

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