Spring Fishin’

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It’s been an interesting spring so far. Thank god it’s here.

The last couple of weekends have had me out searching for Panfish. A couple of weeks ago I hit Lake Scugog, a shallow warm lake near the GTA. I wanted to target Crappie and with that in mind, my son Cole and brother in law Jim were off. The first area we came into was absolutely packed with boats! I actually couldn’t believe it. We fished a bit but soon took off.

Next spot was the same thing… a race to the spot on the way towards shore. I didn’t even cast in this spot. Finally I found a little spot that had a ton of fish but no big ones. We ended up catching around 20 – 30 but threw them all back. Caught a bunch of Bluegill as well. Best bait was a solid tube with a black front and a chartreuse tail under a float. I think the chartreuse was essential for the Crappie that day.

Next was a trip to Lake Simcoe with my family. I like these outings… they’re few and far between. We stuck with the south shore of the lake casting Finesse Minnows in 8 – 13 feet of water. We only got one big one but it was a beauty… over 1 pound 3 ounces! It was a gorgeous day but one thing you need to remember with all spring fishing, it will definitely be colder on the water than on shore. The frigid water temps make for a very cool environment. Make sure you bring extra clothes.

Off to the Bay of Quinte next with Jack Summers and his buddy Claudio. Guaranteed to be a great time no matter how the fishing is.

Report to come.

Pete Bowman

Pete, one of the most revered and popular anglers in the nation, has a tremendous love for the game… the fishing game. Pete’s vast knowledge of angling and ability to articulate it to audiences worldwide has endeared him to his fans who still see Pete as just “ONE OF THE BOYS”. Pete is also an accomplished and published outdoor writer and photographer as well as a sought-after speaker. In 2012 another of Pete’s ultimate fishing career highlights occurred when he was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall Of Fame, something he never thought would happen. A Canadian fishing icon.

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