Lake Simcoe Ice Fishing
Lake Simcoe ice fishing is considered to be some of the finest ice fishing in the area, with opportunities for anglers of every level of experience and age. Lake Simcoe is located in the southern part of the Canadian province of Ontario. Lake Simcoe is the fourth largest lake in the province with a total water area of 725 square kilometers.
Lake Simcoe is an easy 90 mile drive from Toronto, and there are numerous winter lodges, hotels and accommodations around the lake itself. Since Lake Simcoe ice fishing is a popular winter pastime. Lake Simcoe is home to many other winter sports such as snow shoeing, snowmobile racing and riding, cross country skiing and winter hiking and camping.
Lake Simcoe ice fishing has many different ice fishing bait shops, house rentals and Lake Simcoe ice fishing tournaments to provide everything that an angler needs for a great Lake Simcoe ice fishing vacation.
Lake Simcoe ice fishing species include trout, pike, whitefish, ling and walleye. The various types of fish in Lake Simcoe are easily identified by their distinguishing features. To help those interested in Lake Simcoe ice fishing, the following tips and strategies will be of assistance:
Northern Pike are very aggressive fish. Northern Pike have a noticeably sharp shape to their head that makes them unmistakable. Northern Pike also have very sharp, pronounced teeth and are very aggressive both in taking the bait and when they are being landed. Northern Pike tend to be aggressive feeders year round, although they do nibble a little bit at bait in the winter months. Northern Pike follow smaller fish around the lake and are often found about 3 to 6 feet under the bottom of the ice surface. Lake Simcoe ice fishing for Northern Pike is ideal as these fish are very mobile and rather lone hunters, so the size of the lake makes it ideal for moving with the Northern Pike without disturbing other anglers.
Lake Simcoe ice fishing strategies for walleye include jigging areas just beyond weeds and ridges of vegetation. Walleye are typically found feeding at times just before dark and just after dawn in the periods of dusk. Walleye will typically bite most actively at minnows and plastic worms with lots of action.
Lake trout tend to move throughout the lake quite a bit over the season. In the first part of the winter months the lake trout tend to feed at about 50-90 foot depths. The lake trout move deeper further into the year and then into more shallow water closer to the spring thaw. Deeper water lake trout feed during the brightest parts of the day, and the lake trout in more shallow areas of the lake will feed during the hours right after dawn and just before dusk.
Many people use chumming as a method of keeping whitefish located in one area of Lake Simcoe. Chumming includes dropping minnows, chopped meat or rice into the water to keep fish in one area a couple of days before deciding to fish the area. Whitefish stay in schools, so one hit typically means that there are many fish in the area. Once whitefish know that bait is heading down to the deep water, more aggressive and larger whitefish will actually swim up closer to the surface if they are actively feeding. Chopped salted minnows or scented plastics make excellent lures in a feeding school of whitefish.