Fall fishing: tips for fishing in cooler weather
Fishing | September 20, 2023
January 17, 2022
Ice fishing has continued to increase in popularity over the years and does not consist solely of dropping down your line and hoping for the best. If you’ve got your heart set on starting to fish in the middle of winter, expand your knowledge and uncover more specifics and subtleties that differentiate perch, pick, and walleye right here.
Thinking of ice fishing during the winter season? Check out our Ice Fishing Guide for even more tips.
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Before heading out, make sure you have all the necessary gear by checking out the items that will prove to be useful during your next ice fishing trip.
Perch, pike, and walleye are very popular species of fish during the ice fishing season. Before getting started – no matter the species you fish – be sure to be well prepared for your outing in the winter cold, and remember these tips for having a successful outing.
Perch is a medium-sized fish which is much smaller than a walleye. It is easy to recognize with its two distinct dorsal fins and its brown colour with yellow accents. With its long, oval-shaped body, perch measure between 10 to 25 cm (4 to 10 inches) and generally weigh between 50 to 200 g.
Perch is appreciated for its white, flaky flesh, which is easy to eat due to its subtle flavour and taste.
While this species can be found almost everywhere in Ontario, it’s also present in the province of Quebec with a concentration towards the south of the province.
Perch generally hide in clear water lakes, in shallower areas, or in muddy, rocky, or sandy seabeds.
Just like traditional fishing, the best times for fishing for perch are generally early in the morning, or at sundown.
This species travels in schools and it isn’t uncommon to catch one after another. It feeds mainly at dusk, but is also active during the early morning hours.
As perch is a smaller-sized fish, you will need to adapt your materials accordingly. Jigs work very well for this species of fish. You’ll need:
Large pike has a long, thinner silhouette, and a large mouth. It resembles the muskellunge, but the skin on its back is greenish with small white spots while its stomach is cream-coloured. Impressively-sized, pike are approximately 45 to 75 cm (18 to 30 inches) and weigh between 900 g to 4.3 kg (2 to 9.5 lbs).
Its flesh is white and savoury and it is often used in dumpling recipes.
Large pike can be found almost everywhere in Quebec, often in the Saint-Lawrence, as well as in the province of Ontario.
This long-bodied fish is a carnivore and often travels alone. It can be found in deep, still waters in dense vegetation, such as calmer rivers, the mouths of streams, shoals and small bays.
At dawn and at dusk.
With pike being larger than perch, it’s important to have solid equipment. You’ll need:
Its brownish skin is made up of green and golden highlights, and it seems devoid of scales. The golden walleye has two dorsal fins and is rather long compared to the black walleye that has a more cylindrical silhouette. This medium-sized species measures between 30-50 cm (11 to 20 inches) and its size varies according to region. It weighs between 500 g and 1.5 kg.
Its white flesh is lean and very popular and is fine on the palate.
This fish avoids light and prefers darker places. In Quebec, it’s easy to find along the Saint-Lawrence River, the Outaouais River, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, etc. In Ontario, you can find it almost anywhere, most notably in the Great Lakes and in the north of the province.
This fish likes calm, fresh, shallow waters. There are many in big lakes and large rivers, but also in smaller bodies of water. It likes to hide in muddy zones, between seaweed, and in rocky places.
At dawn and at dusk. It’s also possible to fish for it in the middle of the day if you’re patient and have a good shelter where you can stay warm.
The jigging technique and fishing with a tip-up work very well for all three species, especially walleye. You’ll need:
Finally, make sure to be well equipped by checking out all the material that could come in handy for your next ice fishing trip
To fish trout in the wintertime, you can choose between a tip-up or an ice fishing rod. Trout like earthworms or live maggots. You may attract them closer to you by the movements of your jig. The bottom line is, no matter the species you are heading out to fish, making the most of the outdoors this winter is the ultimate goal.