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  1. Back in the 1960s when alewife were taking over the Great Lakes there was a lot of debate in the US about whether to introduce striped bass or coho salmon as a way of dealing with them. Back then stripers were being introduced to freshwater systems all over the southern US, and creating amazing fisheries. But as they started planting them in systems farther north, they began running into problems with winter kills, especially in parts of Kentucky and Tennessee. The thought was that the water was too cold in winter, and that belief was a big factor in the decision to stock salmon into the Great Lakes. Having said that, today New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI all have huge striped bass populations and all of those paces are cold in the winter. I don't know if it being salt water habitat versus fresh water makes a difference, perhaps it does. In New Brunswick the stripers are said to be major predators of Atlantic salmon smolts. That being the case, I doubt MNR or the OFAH would be very happy to see them show up in Lake Ontario.Personally, I'd be happier with more rainbows.
  2. Reef Runner is correct, the two non-bass are pikeminnows. They're pretty common in parts of the west ... run 2 to 3 pounds on average, I think the provincial record is over 10 pounds though so they can get big. They occupy the same kinds of places that smallmouth do and seem to like jigs and spinners. Fight okay, no jumps but they're fairly strong, sort of like a small lake trout. Never eaten one but I'm told they're not that good.
  3. Didn't ruffle any feathers here, since I couldn't care less where you fish or how much you spend on the latest miracle baits. But I do find it amusing that so many younger anglers, and bass anglers in particular, get totally sucked in to this whole "newer has to be better" marketing hype. If you want to blow $50 on a crankbait, hey man, fill your boots. The tackle companies will love you for it.
  4. Featureless? Seriously? It's pretty clear you haven't spent any real time fishing Erie, or you wouldn't say such a thing. There's a ton of structure and cover if you know what to look for. The lake is an amazing place to fish, especially if you like big bass. Not sure if they still run it or not but there used to be an opening weekend smallmouth tournament that ran out of Buffalo ... it was a two-fish limit and if you didn't have 12 - 13 pounds, you wouldn't even crack the top 10. The problem ... if you want to call it that ... was culling four and five pound smallies one after another, all day long, while trying to get a bigger limit. I can't think of too many other lakes in Ontario where you have that kind of trouble. Walleye fishing on Erie is legendary. It coughs up some of the biggest muskies caught in Ontario every year. Summer trolling for steelhead is mind-boggling, and the east end of Erie has some of the biggest lake trout this side of Nunavut. It has jumbo perch, big pike, some major slab crappies ... man alive, what more do you want? And yeah, Sinker is absolutely right - you see huge numbers of high-end bass boats out there that bristle with rod holders. Some of the US boats like like porcupines. If you've never seen rod holders on a bass boat, then you need to try fishing somewhere other than the Kawarthas.
  5. There are basically two types of anglers in the world. There are those who like to catch fish. And there those who like to spend money on gear. You see it in every segment ... bass fishing ... steelhead fishing ... fly fishing ... saltwater ... and yes, muskie and walleye fishing. Frankly, I couldn't care less if a muskie bait looks terrible or not. Does it catch fish? To me, at least, catching fish matters far more than appearances or keeping up with whatever some marketing campaign says I can't possibly live without.
  6. As others have said, mark fish then camp out right on top of them. Just about anything white will work, lakers aren't exactly the smartest fish in the lake. Simple hair jigs usually work as well as anything else.
  7. The kind of payout the insurance company will offer depends what kind of policy the cottage was insured under. If it was insured under an Agreed Cash Value policy, then the company will pay out whatever value you agreed upon when the policy was taken out, and that's it. If the cottage was insured under a Full Replacement Cost policy, then they will pay the full replacement cost, no questions asked. Former in-laws had a tree come down on their cottage. Full replacement cost policy. Repaired to like-new condition in six weeks. Talk to your agent, and good luck. Sorry for your loss.
  8. This seems to happen every single year. It really makes me wonder if the gene pool could stand a shot of chlorine.
  9. Why not just fish the Thousand Islands? For numbers of decent-sized fish, it has some of the best pike fishing in Ontario hands-down.
  10. LOL .... maybe. To me, it's a Ginger vs Maryann, or a Veronca vs Betty kind of thing. It is pretty, but it's not really for me ? Now this baby, on the other hand .... https://oceanalexander.com/yachts/90-skylounge/
  11. I was on this boat last week at the Miami Boat Show. Very luxurious. Very powerful. Very glad I don't have to fill its 3,312 L fuel tank. It'll run on 89 octane, but premium is strongly recommended if you go with those 425 hp Yamahas. Shouldn't cost you more than about $6,000 to fill it up. Have fun with that ;-) 530 LXF model flyer.pdf
  12. We have a summer house in PEI, there are lots of opportunities for mackerel, flounder, sea-run brookies and stripers. Shoot me a PM, let me know where you'll be and when, and I can point you in the right direction.
  13. Another vote for the Michelins here. I have the LTX on my Highlander, and they're excellent tires.
  14. You're kind of asking how long is a piece of string. Short answer, it depends. What' s the size and layout of the house? One story or two? Finished basement? How many bedrooms? How many windows? How big are the windows? Got a fireplace? What size and type of furnace/AC you pick also makes a big difference in both price and performance. High efficiency vs medium efficiency, basic model or more bells and whistles ... you get the idea. For a typical house in the GTA, figure anywhere from $9k - $12k for both furnace and AC as a rough starting point, with a reasonable amount of work to accommodate the ducting and gas line included. It could cost you more, or it could cost you less. Because .... --> it depends. But that's probably a fair starting point. Tip of the week --> the purchase price matters, but so does the long-term operating cost. Ask about maintenance requirements (they vary) and what your fuel savings would be between a high efficiency vs mid-efficiency. It might be worth spending more on a better furnace/AC if it will cost you less to operate. Of course that depends how long you plan to stay in the house too.It might take you 10 years to get your money back. Also --> ask about service plans. Depending what they offer, it could save you a few bucks in the long term. Good luck.
  15. Hi Mike, If you drive down to the coast pretty well every harbor has party boats that go out into the ocean for bottom fish, including halibut. It's relatively inexpensive and good fun, and if nothing else, you'll eat well afterwards. Most of them do full-day or half-day trips. You can also find charter boats set up for more serious fishing ... most of it is trolling offshore for yellowtails, various sharks and yellowfin tuna. It's definitely pricey, but you'll remember the experience for the rest of your life. Nothing else on earth can peel line off your reel like a freaked out tuna. Trust me on this, your forearms will hurt for a week. I've never tried it myself, but you do see guys casting off the harbor walls, mainly with bait for bottom fish. I guess they must do okay, because they're always there. It's been a couple of years since I was in that part of the world so I don't have any specific recommendations for you ... do a quick Google search and you should find lots of info though. The harbor at Dana Point or Huntington Beach would be a good starting point. It's a bit of a drive from Palm Springs, probably 2 hours each way, maybe a bit less. Like everything else down there, it depends on the traffic. As far as freshwater fishing goes, no, there aren't many options. There's probably some trout fishing in the state park, but with something like 18 million people living in the region, my guess is that guys who have it figured out likely keep very quiet. Most of the good bass lakes are north of LA, so you would be looking at a much longer drive to get to those. Enjoy the trip. Southern California is absolutely gorgeous.
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