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  1. Simcoe ice off Keswick was 16-18 inches thick this past Saturday. Rayners road launch had 20-30 cars parked on the ice beside the peer. A bit of a hump at the end of the ramp, but ice was rough with thin snow for decent traction. Walked out about 1km, saw another 30-40 vehicles on the ice. Side by Sides, Corollas, Civics, Jeeps, SUVs of all kinds. No pressure cracks off the peer like last year to stop people. No snow drifts to bog you down, so lots of cars all over the place.
  2. Walked out 1km from Stanley House launch to the main basin by Burnt Island, last weekend. Ice was 8-9 in thick, solid and dark. According to NASA satelites, Lake Joe froze over Jan 20th. Good Luck, I have heard from veterans on the lake that results are poor and action slow so far this season.
  3. Guys, A few things to keep in mind: A 4HP 4 stroke will run 35-45 hours, so a 3-4 day fishing trip, on just 15l of high octane gas. Will a 20lb of propane tank that weights roughly the same, last that long? You can buy a 5lb bulk propane tank that weighs only 15 lbs full, that refills at any bulk location for 6-7$. This is 80% cheaper than 1lb bottles with zero refill risk issues Questions for Members Whats the fuel consumption and thrust like on a propane engine?? a 4HP 4 stroke will push a 16 ft aluminum canoe at 12km/hr so you can travel and troll a long way on a small amount of fuel If power & speed were similar on a propane unit, whats the weight saving?? 50lb for a 4HP 4 stroke gas engine If a 3-4 HP propane unit is 30lbs and runs a whole long weekend on a 5 lb cylinder, then you are talking some weight savings on both the engine and the fuel I look forward to some numbers for comparison.
  4. A few big pike to add to the collection. Some real beauties from various members.
  5. Lou, Lots of outfitters offer flyin housekeeping arrangements that are more affordable than full American Plan to outposts on lakes that have size and pike are the only sportfish. Check out Air Ivanhoe out of Foleyet. They have at least 2 large pike only lakes, Rush Lake & Rice Lake where they show guests with 20lb + pike all season. You make find that area a little less remote and less costly compared to Northwest. Kesagami out of Cochrane used to be famed for large pike. Lots of options for sure.
  6. Gull Lake, Minden area, Rackety trail launch 3.5 to 4.5 inches only. Water on top of ice with dangerous pressure cracks mid lake. Deep Bay barely frozen with lots of open water at creek entrance. Only 1" of snow cover on Gull so cold will thicken ice quickly. Tread with caution in many areas of lake still.
  7. Nice ones, especially the big guy. We've had a good start to the season with 13 in 2 mornings, but nothing that big. They are stuffing themselves on freshwater shrimp right now, see the fat ones below. Meat is red like a speckled trout or sockeye salmon. Very tasty. Good problem to have.
  8. Fished Fri-Sunday on North Pidgeon Lake, just south of Minden. South end was solid 5-6". Middle was only 3" thick when I stopped drilling holes. North end flooded between Sat AM and Sat PM, fully 1/2 the lake turned black with 1-2" of water on top of the ice. There was not that much rain Friday ,mostly wet snow, so there had to be a large amount of water coming up through pressure cracks, or creek runoff. Less than half the lake was fishable so ice conditions still not stable. More cold weather required at this point.
  9. A couple of perch pics to share. Never saw anything that fat from Simcoe last winter. 45 one day were typical of the set below. Over 5lbs of perch fillets, so many were 12-13". One guy showed us a 15" size perch, but never weighed it.
  10. Rizzo, Just fished the area last week, caught 5 lakers on a smaller stocked lake. 18" of solid ice still intact. Morning fish, sunrise for 2 hours was most productive in 50ft water. 3 smaller fish on live minnows, 8lb mono, small lead weights, just like the guys have already stated. 2 nicer fish on jigged blades, mepps Cyclops, using braid, with minnows hooked through the head to maximize retention on the lure. Other guys in the party left minnow lines out all day while they watched from the warmth of a firepit. Holes froze and snowed over every 45 mins. Minimal action the lazy way. I caught my fish from a shelter, where the holes are closely watched & do not freeze. Buddy caught a 4lb largemouth in 20ft of water. That's rare. Good luck.
  11. Guys, No issue walking out from Keswick park Sunday AM. Melt and rain from mid-week were solid on top of 18-20 inches of quality ice. Cold and breezy for sure. Hardly anyone on the ice compared to the week before, given all the huts were pulled on time. Boot traction strap ons necessary for sure. Lots of quality perch to be had as well.
  12. Gentlemen, Fished perch Saturday afternoon on Cooks Bay off Keswick. Non-stop action for 3-4 hours in 20ft of water. Many small ones, caught on small minnows, but jigs with medium minnows provided 12-15 keepers in the 10-13in range. Saw another angler with 2 perch in the 14-16" size, beauties. Most huts being removed that day, as 18" of ice was still solid for transport.
  13. Guys, Tried the salted emerald shiners from SAIL this past weekend. Added them to a Williams ice blade & various jigs. They stay on as well as fresh live minnows without the thrashing around. Stiff enough to hook through the head no shredding or tearing. I cut a few into small pieces to salt various drilled holes over night as well. Did not specifically help with catching fish though. I will try them again on different lures.
  14. Guys, I have seen this with pickerel as well. On a stringer out of the water and into the back of a station wagon for a 30 minute ride home, into the sink to soak off the slime while we catch the end of a hockey game with a beer. Sudden splash from the kitchen and the sink is full of live fish. Biologist buddy remarked that fish can absorb oxygen through their skin, so 19% oxygen in the air on their wet skin is almost as good as being submersed in water with ppm levels of O2. Provided their gills stay wet and their skin stays wet, they can revive even after 20-30 mins out of water.
  15. Guys, Catch lakers from May through Sept on open water, with lots of photos to compare colours over the years, you see a definite trend. In summer and fall fish are 50-65ft down in Northern Ontario lakes, they are almost black when they come up from the dark depths. After 15-30 mins on the stringer in Sept with 50F water, they change from coal black to light grey in colour. We keep our eaters and limit in a fish cage 10 feet down when water is 50F spring and fall. They live for 3-4 day trip. Black fish as caught are light grey when we clean them. They change shades/colours to match their surroundings over a period of 10-15 mins.
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