TIPS & TRICKS
1. Fishing is like hunting. Get a good depth map of the lake or water system you are fishing which can be purchased at camp or several local bait shops.
2. When fishing for trophy northern in the summer, go to a mature weed bed and look for a 15 foot drop off - that drop off is where the big fish are.
3. Walleyes aren’t hard to catch, as much as they are hard to locate. A good locator is almost a must and will be a worthwhile investment.
4. Northern pikes eyes are on the top of their heads so present your baits above them.
5. When using night crawlers for game fish, always use the whole worm. More to see, more to taste and more to smell.
6. Ask the camp manager what kind of bait fish are in the waters. Try to match your artificial baits to the natural colors the fish are feeding on.
7. Always make sure your bait is on the bottom when fishing for walleyes.
8. Always use barbless hooks and bring a pair of long hook outs to remove deep throated hooks.
9. DID YOU KNOW? A 21 inch female walleye would produce on average 98,000 eggs each year.
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CATCH AND RELEASE
HELPFUL HINTS FOR THE SUCCESSFULL RELEASE OF YOUR TROPHY !!
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To ensure released fish survive, anglers must practice good handling techniques to minimize injury and stress to the fish. In this way, anglers who learn and practice good handling techniques will have taken an important step in the wise use and conservation of our fisheries resource.
l. Land your fish as quickly as possible to prevent exhaustion. If you are fishing very deep through different
temperature and pressure layers, particularly for walleye, take more time.
2. It is best to keep the fish in the water to release it. If you bring it into the boat or on shore, do not allow it to thrash around or against hard surfaces. Remember our rule of thumb: Hold your breath the second you bring a fish out of the water. When you need air so does the fish - so release it back to its natural environment.
3. Handle fish gently. Keep your hands wet. Don't put your fingers in the eye socket or the gills and try not to
squeeze the fish in the stomach area. A wet glove is the ideal method to protect your fingers and the fish's mucous
4. Remove the hook quickly with long nosed pliers. If the hook is deep in the throat, cut the line and leave the hook. Prevent bleeding. Keep the required equipment ready.
5. Pinch the barbs off all your hooks. It is a safe and efficient way to release all fish species.
6. If the fish is sluggish, hold it parallel to the boat in the water, by the tail and move it back and forth slowly to pass water through the gills. When the fish begins to struggle (it might take a couple of minutes) let it go.
7. If lifting a fish out of the water to take a picture, keep the fish horizontal. If held vertical you are putting
unnecesssary stress on the neck and backbone.
8. Sign up your released trophy fish with our local MASTER ANGLER PROGRAM.
GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY FISHING!!!
TACKLE REFERENCE CHART
Jigs - by far the most popular bait. 1/2 oz to 3/8 oz. The trick is to be able to feel the bottom of the lake. Choose a variety of colours such as chartreuse, pink, yellow, orange. Tip these jigs with a minnow and a successful fisherman you will be. You might want to try my favourite Canadian lure that being the Whistler Joe. Us Canadians love the action the propellor on the whistler creates. Yup - one little plastic box containing jigs, tails, and whistler joes. One last tip - use a snap swivel to ensure the line does not twist - #9 is the recommended snap.
Action mixed with fun when catching these critters. Spoons with weights of 1/2 oz to 3/4 oz. You most likely have them in your tackle box - Dare Devils, Silver Minnows, Little Cleos -in various colours. Always carry a variety of baits, shiny baits for sunny days (silver, gold and copper). Then try the bright colours for the darker days (chartreuse, red and white, and florescent) A real must is to use anywhere from a 9 inch to 14 inch leader.
Topwater baits works well in the spring - Tiny Torpedos, Buzz Baits, Floating Rapalas (Size #9). Spring to Fall you may want to try plastic body baits such as Beetle Spins, twister tail on a 1/4 oz jig (black tails to immitate a leech).
Artificial lures only are allowed on Big Vermilion Lake.Try a Sutton Spoon, Flutter Spoons with colours like Chartreuse, Orange and Silvers. Remember you will need egg sinkers to weight your spoon down during the summer months.
Spring - Bucktails 3" to 4" - Black/orange and yellow. Smaller lures will outproduce big muskie-sized baits. Summer - Jerk Baits, Bucktails Jigs and artificals, Buzzing baits, Crank Baits. Colours - a variety but include black, orange, yellow and red. Fall - Jerk Baits of various colours.
RECIPES: Northern Chowder
STEP ONE: Saute 3 garlic cloves, onion, 2tsp.butter Add 6 potatoes (cubed small), 6 carrots, 3 or 4 stalks celer, salt & pepper, and enough water to cover. Boil till 3/4 done. Add fish and cook till its white.
STEP TWO: White Sauce: Saute onion and 2 tsp. butter. Thicken with 1/2 cup flour and 2 cups milk. Add lots of salt and pepper. Add this mixture to step one
TIP: Add 1 can tomatoes, cayenne and red pepper for cajun style.
RECIPES: Pizza Northern
Lie northern on a piece of tin foil, add ingredients: Tomatoe sauce or tomatoes, Parsley Season, salt, Garlic Power, Mozz. cheese, (shredded and added just 5 minutes before serving) Onions, Lemon Juice, Butter, Sprinkle of Worchestershire. Either bake in oven or bar-b-que it for approx 20 minutes. Please enjoy!