Ice Fishing For Trout – Best Rainbow Trout Catch of 2017

Catching Trout Through The Ice

Interested in catching Trout through the ice? Well here are a few tips to help you prepare and increase your odds of success. After a few ice fishing trips and following these tips you should be catching Trout on a consistent basis.

Where To Find The Trout

Catching Trout during the Winter is much different than the Summer Season. Once the water has cooled the Trout start feeding in shallow water and will work from the bottom to just under the ice. However from my experience I have found them suspended half way down or just a few inches below the ice.

Before going to the lake look over a map and find the large shallow flats with weeds. These will hold food sources such as minnows, nymphs, and larvae, which your Rainbow Trout will be after. Look for shallows (bays, inlets, coves) of 4-12 feet deep and close to drop-offs/breaks.

Note; rainbow trout spook easily so take caution. I like to drill up to 12 holes before I start working them by fishing the bottom, mid-range, and just under the ice. Your Fish-Finder will help locate the trout, except for those that are traveling 2 – 6 inches below the ice, which is where I have caught most of my Rainbows. See video! In this video we team up with a couple of young fisherman on the ice, Josh & Greg.

Inland Trout Baits To Try

Hooks with spinners are very popular for catching Trout since they are drawn to metallic flash. So try a small hook with a spinner attached and tipped with a wax worm, maggot, or some type of Gulp trout bait. You will also want to try a minnow and if that does not work just the head of a minnow, this works well for Walleyes also. A bait I like is the Rapala Jig (W3 & W5), which also works well for Walleyes, Bass, and Northerns. If a small teardrop with a spinner does not work then try a nymph hook tipped with a waxie.

Rainbow Trout Fishing Tips

A. Find a map of the lake you want to fish and find the shallow bays. Look at Earth-Cam or another type of Cam and see if you can find the weeds and drop-offs.
B. Search the internet for videos and articles on catching the type of trout you’re interested in. Take into account inland versus large body trout fishing.
C. Call the DNR and see if they will give you any tips on where to fish and what is the best fishing technique for catching them.
E. Talk to the fishermen on the ice when you get out there. Some may tell you to drop a line and figure it out, but others (True Fishermen) will help get you started. So don’t give up if rejected by the first couple of wanna-be fishermen, as this is the best and fastest way to learn.
F. Plan on 3 or 4 different baits and presentations such as; Live Minnows, Wigglers, Wax Worms, jigs, tear-drops, ect..

How To Catch Rainbow Trout – Steamboat Colorado

How & Where To Catch Rainbow Trout – Stagecoach Reservoir

I have been elk hunting in Steamboat many times on Sleeping Giant and always wanted to try the Trout Fishing, So this year I took my wife, invited a couple of friends and off we went.

In preparation we needed to decide which type of trout we wanted to catch and which fishing technique to use. Since we wanted a larger trout and only one of our wives used a fly rod we decided to go after the Rainbow Trout using spin casting reels and rods. Next we had to prepare for different rigs and baits, so we took sinkers, slip sinkers, bobber, swivels, and #6, #8, #10 sizes hooks. The baits we choose to start with were; Berkley Trout Nuggets, Night-crawlers, spinners, and Gulp plastic minnows.

The Area we decided to focus (fish) was the Stagecoach Reservoir, just 15 minutes from Steamboat Co. The Reservoir is located in a State Park and offers camping if you want to rough it. My friends and I decided to rent a home in Steamboat that offered 3 bedrooms and full baths. Since we were splitting the cost 3 ways it was well worth it. You can also look into condos with multiple rooms, which is less than one of the multiple million dollar homes.

Best Bait For Catching Rainbow Trout

After trying different rigs and baits we found that the Berkley Trout Nugget with the rig shown below caught the most Rainbow Trout by far. For this rig we use the slip sinker with 2 feet of 8lb line tied to a swivel and then a size #8 Salmon Egg Hook. Put two Trout Nuggets on, this will be enough to float your hook ~ 12 inches off the bottom. When putting the Nuggets on, wet them and form a tear drop shape around your hook. Do not have any of your hook exposed.

Techniques We Used For Catching Trout

Here are the two rigs we used and stayed with. The first is explained above and was the best technique for quantity of trout. The second rig we used was a slip sinker with 2.5 feet of 8lb line behind a swivel, a small ice fishing bobber or fly fishing marker at ~10 inches from the hook, with one Trout Nugget followed by ½ of a Night-crawler. The bobber will (needs) keep your bait off the bottom ~8 inches. This was the best technique for quality of trout.

Salmon Gulp Nugget colors

We purchased different colors of the Berkley Trout Nuggets to try and the following colors work great, depending on the day and time; two Green with sparkles, one Orange and one Red combined, or two Yellow/Green/Orange mixed.

When Is Best time To Catch Rainbow Trout

The best time of year? Well we went the first week of August and did great catching between 40 – 50 Rainbows, averaging 17”, with the largest just over 21”. However, talking to other fishermen they say late May through July is better.

What time of day? We found the Trout feed and circled in intervals of 3 hours. So 5 AM & 8 Am in the morning, leaving by 9:30 AM. In the evening we fishing 6 Pm until 9 PM. You can also check the Stagecoach site and they will give you the best times of the day to fish.

Other Baits To Try For Catching Rainbows

You could try live minnows with a bobber since the Trout were on the surface as much as they were down deep. If looking for the larger Trout try fishing the Dam side, but you will need to keep your bait out of the rocks and its deep (100ft). So a bobber or constant retrieval with an artificial 3” minnow may work.

The Final Catch – Rainbow Trout

In just a couple of days the six of us caught between 40 and 50 Trout, ranging from 16 – 21 inches. The fastest action for my wife and I was catching five Rainbow Trout within 15 minutes. That includes removing the last fish, putting on new bait, and then casting out again.

Tips – Fishing Stagecoach Trout

1. Do not allow your bait to sit on the bottom as there are a lot of crabs and they will take your bait.
2. The Berkley Trout Nuggets (two) alone on the hook with no bobber prove to be the most active presentation for these very aggressive fish.

Our Action, Methods and Catch!

Other activities to do

The fishing was great and easy enough that small children could have fun catching trout. Other things to do; you can climb the mountain and take the chair lift down free, drive around at sun set or dawn and see Moose, Elk, and Mule deer, take a walk to the water falls, or even take in a rodeo.

Fishing Ontario Canada- Best Fishing Lakes of 2017

Ontario Canada Fishing – Walleyes, Trout, & Northern

A few of you have asked about a good place to fish in Ontario Canada so I did some research and talked to a couple of my YouTube subscribers from Canada and here is what I have found.

Canada offers some of the best freshwater fishing year-round and has over 400,000 lakes and rivers to choose from. So depending on whether you’re looking for a fishing/vacation trip or a secluded fishing area Ontario has it. You and your family or fishing party can choose from luxury to roughing it as Ontario Canada offers resorts, housekeeping cabins, remote camps, guided trips, fly in trips, pack in trips, or you can even take your own boat/canoe and boat to remote areas. Whichever you decide, make sure to plan your trip (safety, maps, camp, fire, cooking, etc.).

Here are a few tips!

– If you’re the serious fisherman then spend the extra money to do a fly in trip with a hired guide. This will get
you away from the cottages, other fishermen, and the heavier fished areas. You will also find the average catch
will run larger in these secluded areas.
– If looking for a cabin make sure it’s on the water and has an indoor bathroom with a sink.
– If you want to save some money consider cooking some of your own meals.
– If you want to rough it and be secluded then plan your trip and pack a survival kit.
– If hiring a guide ask if this is catch and release with shore lunch only, or you can take a limit home.
– Pack extra food, snacks, and drinks.
– Pack warm cloths and rain gear.
– Have insect repellent for Mosquitoes and the Black Flies.

Ontario Canada Lakes & Rivers – Pasha lake, Totem Resorts, Anderson’s Lodge, Garden Island Lodge, & Algonquin Park

These are the best fishing areas in Ontario Canada that I found through my research and contacts. I have tried to cover the entire region, giving you great fishing spots throughout Ontario. I also know that Ontario has so much great fishing to offer that there are incredible fishing spots that only an Outdoors-man that lives there would know about.

Pasha lake cabins

Pasha Lake Cabins are located near a chain of thirty or more lakes in Northwestern Ontario. Here you will find the Main Lodge, the Office, a Fish Hut, Bait shop, and clean cabins. The fishing in these lakes offer a variety of large and trophy fish; Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Brook Trout (Speckled Trout), Jumbo Perch, and Whitefish.

The surrounding lakes are accessible by boat, driving, or portaging. Lake Pipigon just West, offers large Walleyes, Northern Pike, Brook Trout and Lake Trout, however, the lake is very large so you may want to hire a guide to get on the fish quickly.

How To Find Lake Pasha

Address: Road 801, Jellicoe, ON P0T 1V0, Canada (Just Northeast of Thunder Bay)
Phone: 1-807-879-1188
Website: pashalake.com
Active Map: Pasha Lake Cabins

Totem Resorts – Totem Lodge, Yellowbird Lodge and Chalet at Sioux Narrows

These cabins are furnished, equipped with cable and WiFi, and have daily maid service. There is an excellent chef in each lodge, which offers outside dining and an incredible view of the lake. You can even book the bed and breakfast plan. Food prepared for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is comparable to a very good restaurant.

Choose from Totem Lodge, Yellowbird Lodge, the French Portage Outpost, or Chalet at Sioux Narrows. These lodges are located on the Lake of the Woods and are geared more for relaxation and fishing, which means they will be more expensive. Walleyes will run 19 to 24 inches, which are just right for eating or a shore lunch. If you want something more secluded try the Fly-in fishing lodges in Sioux Narrows. Since you’re looking for the more luxurious trip you will want to consider hiring a local guide so you can get on the fish quickly. You will catch many fish, but make sure you understand the rules, as many of these guided trips are catch and release with shore lunches only.

How To Find Totem Resorts

Address: Totem Rd, Sioux Narrows, ON P0X 1N0, Canada (Lake of the Woods)
Phone: 1-807-226-5275
Website: Totem Resorts.com
Active Map: Totem Resorts

Anderson’s Lodge in Sioux Lookout

Anderson’s Lodge lies on Lake Lac Seul, Northwest of Thunder Bay and offers great fishing.. The lodge provides full-service fishing options as well as fly-in outposts on both Lac Seul and Tully Lake. You can purchase a variety of packages, which includes boat rentals, full guided service with shore lunches, housekeeping cabins, and meal plans. If you are there for fish take you own boat or rent one, avoid the guide!

The lodges are clean and very spacious. The staff is great to work with and the meals are that of a good restaurant. Fishing for Walleyes in Lac Seul will not disappoint you, as the Walleyes run larger (26 to 29 inches) and are plentiful. If you are looking to hire a guide ask for Alan and avoid Cecil.

How To Find Anderson’s Lodge

Address: ON-72, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7, Canada (Sioux Lookout)
Phone: 1-807-737-1279
Website: Anderson’s Lodge
Active Map: Anderson’s Lodge

Garden Island Lodge

Garden Island Lodge is accessible by boat or float plane and lies about 25 miles South-West from the put-in at Mowat Landing. The resort is on an Island in Lady Evelyn Lake, located in the Smoothwater Provincial Park and miles from the nearest road. The main Lodge is on Lake Timiskaming near the Quebec boundary, but you will fish Lady Evelyn Lake, which is West of this.

You will catch a lot of Walleyes (18” plus) and in addition to excellent fishing you will be spoiled with great accommodations, food, and a professional staff. The Lodge is set up to get you on the lake early and to keep you on the lake, so they will pack lunches for you. In preparation you will need to bring all your own fishing equipment and Garden Island will do the rest. The staff will make sure your boat is ready, fueled, and has bait every morning. Here you do not have a guide, but the Lodge will give you a map, and point out where the fish are. You can catch fish for taking home, a shore lunch, or even to have the lodge cook it for you.

How To Find Garden Island Lodge

Address: ON-72, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B7, Canada (Island)
Phone: 1-705-672-2767
Website: Garden Island Lodge
Active Map: Garden Island Lodge

Algonquin Park

This park offers a lot of lakes, both easily accessible and those that are more difficult to reach and are not for the average fishermen. For the serious and adventurous fisherman that wants to get away from everything except Nature you will want to check this Park out. The Algonquin Park is located in Eastern Ontario, approximately 2.5 hours North of Toronto. If your are going to adventure to one of these secluded lakes you will need to be prepared, so consider safety, a survival kit, a camera, cooking, multiple portages, camping under the moonlight, and of course have fun!

Lakes in the back-country of the Park are not fished heavily because of their remote location, so this is where you want to go. Lakes along Highway 60, where fishing pressure is higher, have special regulations to ensure the populations are not over fished. As a result, Algonquin Park is considered one of the finest locations for Brook Trout and Lake Trout in the world.

How To Find Algonquin Park

Address: Ontario 60, Ontario K0J 2M0, Canada
Phone: 1-705-633-5572
Website: Algonquin Park
Active Map: Algonquin Park

Ice Fishing For Trout – Best 2016 Trout Fishing

Ice Fishing For Trout

On Mid-West inland waters Trout behave just the opposite as pan-fish. In the Summer, stocked trout will go deep, sometimes suspending just below the thermocline. In the Winter, Trout move into shallow water or travel just under the ice. The reason for this behavior is that Trout are cold-water fish and like to stay in highly oxygenated water.

Tips On Catching Trout Through The Ice

Active Trout (Browns, Rainbows, Brooks, and Cutthroats) will look for shallow flats near drop-offs. Your best Trout fishing is on these types of terrains within 20 feet of the shoreline. The depths will vary depending on the lake, but 3 to 8 feet is good. Man-made lakes, such as quarries may be much deeper closer to the shoreline, in either case do not miss trying just under the ice. See Video below.

Finding The Trout

Keep moving and drilling holes until you find the fish. I will work around a lake, drilling 3 to 5 holes at each location. When I mark fish I try a series of trout baits with different jigging presentations, if I do not catch a fish I move again, spending no more than 20 minutes in each location. In the video below I finally found the trout, which were just under the ice and very visible.

The Bite – Sensitive

Stocked Trout seem to bite very sensitive in the winter, So you need to be ready and set the hook quickly on the slightest bump or limp line. Because of this I do all my Trout fishing by straight-line, no bobbers.

The Bait

Use small baits even for large trout. In the Winter, trout are not looking for the big bait so go small. I have found that the #3 Rapala works great (Silver or Gold). If this does not work then try a hook with a small minnow or a bluegill jig tipped with a small minnow. When jigging try different jig methods, early in the season you may find the aggressive jig works best, while late season a constant wiggle works best. In other words, the jigging presentation is just as important as the bait itself. I prefer to carry 3 jigging rods, each with a different bait to work. This speeds things up and keeps my hands in my gloves longer before changing baits.

Fishing Depths

First Ice is typically one of the most active and productive times to catch trout, as they will move aggressively into the colder and more oxygenated water. So focus on shallow water and do not pass up trying right under the ice.

During first ice, late October to early November, most trout are caught in 3 – 8 feet of water. As the season moves into late January they may move to deep water, however this does not mean they will go deeper. The video below is was taken on the last day of January, 20 feet from the shoreline, and in 15 feet of water. As you can see the trout were suspended just under the ice.

How To Tie A Fish Hook On

Which Fishing Knots Are The Best To Use

When it comes to tying fish knots there are several to choose from, but do you need them all? Factors to consider when deciding on which knot to use are; its purpose, the strongest, and the easiest/quickest to tie. Here we will focus on the most common knots used and pick the 3 that most anglers will ever need. *Note, when using Monofilament wet the line first, this helps keep the knot from slipping out before becoming tight.

Knots Used For Tying Two Unequal Size Lines Together

In the cases where you need to tie one fishing line to another or tie a leader on, there are a few knots to choose from, but the most popular are the Alberto Knot, Albright Knot, and the Double Uni Knot. Any one of these knots will do the job, so whichever one is quickest and easiest for you, go with it. I prefer the Double Uni Knot as this is the easiest to tie, thus our #3 knot.

Alberto Knot

The Alberto and Albright Knots are extremely similar with both knots starting and ending the exact same way. It’s the style of line wraps in the middle section of these knots that separates them. This knot was designed to join lines of different diameters and/or composition such as monofilament or fluorocarbon leaders to braid line.

Albright knot

The Albright Knot is one of the most reliable knots for joining lines of greatly unequal diameters or different materials such as monofilament to braided line.

#3 Double Uni Knot

The Uni to Uni Knot is a standout for joining lines of relatively similar diameter or for adding a monofilament leader to your mainline or fly line. This knot produces a stronger connection than either the Surgeon Knot or Blood Knot. However, if you’re joining lines of vastly different diameters then the Albright Knot would be a better choice.

Knots Used For Tying On Hooks & Artificial Baits

The most common knots used for tying on baits and hooks are; Palomar, San Diego Jam, Trilene, and the Improved Clinch Knot. All four of these knots rank at the top of the list for being the strongest. I prefer the Improved Clinch Knot with 7 twist, but the Trilene Knot will resist slippage better and due to it’s double wrap around the hook eye is considered stronger.

#1 Improved Clinch Knot with 7 twist

The Improved Clinch Knot is our #1 knot. This is the only knot you really need for tying on hooks, artificial baits, or the line to your reel. I use this knot weather I”m fishing for Bluegills, King Salmon (Chinook), or Sturgeon.

Trilene Knot

The Trilene Knot is a strong and reliable knot for joining monofilament line to hooks, swivels and lures. This knot resists slippage and is a stronger alternative to the Clinch Knot.

Palomar Knot

The Palomar Knot is a good knot for attaching a hook to your line or a fly to a leader. However, this knot seems to be a bit confined or bunchy.

San Diego Jam Knot

The San Diego Jam Knot is also known as the Reverse Clinch Knot. This Knot is a little harder to tie and does take longer than the Clinch Knot. The San Diego Jam Knot works well with monofilament, braided, and fluorocarbon lines.

Rapala Knot

Another knot that you could consider is the Rapala knot. This non-slip knot allows you to leave a loop in front of your bait, creating a little more action. This knot is harder to tie then the Clinch Knot and will required a little more time.

Tying A Line To Your Reel

The Arbor Knot is most commonly used for tying your line to a reel, however this knot is not as strong as the Improved Clinch Knot. Stay with the Improved Clinch Knot.

Knots for tying on Additional Hooks

When you’re looking to tie more than one hook to your line there is one knot I prefer, that is the Snell Knot.

#2 Snell Knot

The Snell Knot works great on live bait when you need multiple hooks or when adding a stinger hook for light biting Walleyes. This is our #2 Knot.

Our Top 3 Knots

The top 3 knots we have chosen will suffice most Fisherman and any line tying need that arises. These Knots again are; #1 Improved Clinch Knot (or Trilene Knot), #2 Snell Knot, and #3 Double Uni Knot.

See Animated Knots By Grog

Here you will see many of the fishing knots in Animation.

More Animated Knots By Netknots

This site will cover more Animated Knots but is not as good as Grog’s site.