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It's mid-March and the spring runoff is in full swing. Those currents surging into the lakes from the river mouths is sure to get those early spring run rainbows racing up the rivers. Here in Southern Ontario we're blessed with a multitude of venues for early spring fishing long before the regular season opens at the end of April.
One thing to consider before you head out is that the water will be cold, in fact the water will only be a few degrees above freezing. A fall into those temperatures can immobilize your legs in seconds and the cold water shock can even stop your heart. Never venture near early spring rivers or lakes without some type of floatation. If you're on the rocks use a floater suit; if you're wadding use a convenient lightweight inflatable life jacket. Safety is number one; don't become a statistic.
Be sure to check your local regulations but here's a few that might be worth trying over the next few weeks:
Meaford Harbour – The sheltered harbor and extensive break-wall provide a perfect opportunity to fish for early season bows without even getting your feet wet.
Owen Sound Harbour – Fishing along the outer harbor walls, near where the Chi-Cheemaun docks for the winter can produce some great early season action.
Saugeen River – There is a significant stretch of river in Southampton that is open to year-round fishing. Check the regs because the actual year-round area has changed on occasion. This river can be treacherous in the spring so be extremely careful is you choose to wade.
You can check out these an more Southern Ontario fishing destination on the Southern Ontario Outdoors website.
Whenever you have a chance to get out, Southern Ontario rivers are the place to do it. And remember the old adage "A bad day fishing is better than a good day at the office anytime!"
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
New ice fishing book is turning heads like tripped tip-ups in a mob of anxious anglers
Ottawa, Ontario – Ice Fishing –The Ultimate Guide is the edgiest and most comprehensive guide to help ice fishing enthusiasts catch more and bigger fish. Winter fishing
technology and strategies are advancing at a blistering pace and this new 214-page book covers everything from timeless ice fishing basics to the latest techniques.
"Whether you are an ice fishing novice or pro, there is something in this book for you," says Bob Izumi, host of The Real Fishing Show.
Inside, readers will be enchanted by over 200 full-color photos that portray the spirit and science of modern ice fishing. Part reference guide, part coffee table book, Ice Fishing – The Ultimate Guide is the perfect Christmas gift for any angler, and "a great tool for the modern ice angler," says Brian "Bro" Brosdahl, ice fishing pioneer and iconic northwoods guide.
Written by outdoors author/photographer and ice-fishing fanatic, Tim Allard, Ice Fishing – The Ultimate Guide talks the talk and walks the walk on contemporary ice fishing clothing, electronics, on-the-ice safety, seasonal techniques, the newest gear, and chapter after chapter of species-specific coverage of North America's most sought after fish. Readers will also appreciate the contributions from over 20 of North America's most respected hardwater experts, such as Gord Ellis, Noel Vick, Dave Genz, not to mention the signature quality publishing that is The Heliconia Press.
To see a sample from the book online click here.
ISBN number: 978-1-896980-49-2
Available direct from Heliconia (click here), at national book chains like Amazon, Chapters, Barnes & Noble; and specialty outdoor stores.
For wholesale inquiries or to request a media review copy contact: Brendan@helipress.com or call toll free 888-582-2001
About Tim Allard:
Tim Allard is a full-time outdoor journalist and a regular contributor to numerous North American publications, visit www.timallard.ca
Friday, July 9, 2010
The rain has started to fall and we just hit the tail end of the first true heat wave of our Southern Ontario Summer. We're also nearly at the end of National Fishing Week. This year Ontario extended the license-free fishing period from just a weekend to the whole week, giving newcomers to this great outdoors activity a chance to explore Ontario's vast fishing resources without the need to purchase a license. This program has become a true success story and is sure to keep growing in popularity.
A great way to enjoy these hot hazy days of summer is the float trip. I know that to some the term may conjure up images of drift boats and guides but it wasn't always that way. Although the services of a guide makes for a pleasant outing and you're almost guaranteed to get into some quality fish if you follow the suggestions of your guide, the float fishing I'm talking about is about a relaxing drift down a lazy river and being happy to catch whatever happens to tug on your line. In Southern Ontario this can be anything from bass and walleye to creek chub, suckers, catfish, and carp.
There is no need for fancy equipment, a couple of lures or a hook and can of worms, and some means of transportation (canoe, kayak, inflatable, etc.) is all you need. If you plan on drifting a significant distance it is advisable to take two cars: leave one at your destination – typically near a bridge that crosses the river; and drive the other one and the canoe upstream to your starting point.
Now you're set for a day of relaxation with no timeframe, just a relaxing drift down the river to your takeout point. You can cast lures into deeper pools along the shoreline or drift with worms through deeper runs, and you'll never know what you might latch onto. A couple of years ago my buddy latched onto a huge carp that actually pulled our canoe a good distance back upstream.
Here are a few tips to make your Southern Ontario drift safe and enjoyable:
- Wear your life jacket!
- No alcohol; but do take plenty of liquid refreshment on a hot day.
- Wear waterproof footwear like sandals or water slippers. Water levels can be low during mid-summer and you will likely have to walk through short shallow stretches on most Southern Ontario rivers.
- Pack a lunch or snacks…make a day of it and don't rush.
- Watch the weather. If rain or, especially thunder storms are imminent you might want to shoot for another day.
- Wear a hat that will shade your face and neck. And don't forget the sunscreen and packing some insect repellent might be a good idea.
- Did I mention Wear your Lifejacket?
- If you are alone or only have one car it's best to head upstream first and then drift back to your starting point.
- Check a map and be aware of the actual distance you plan to travel. Many Southern Ontario Rivers have huge oxbow bends in them; it may be only a couple of kilometers between bridges by car, but the actual distance on the river can easily be several kilometers.
- Be sure someone knows where you're going and when you plan to be back. Take your cell phone but keep it in a waterproof container or plastic bag.
I hope you get a chance to try this relaxing effortless way to explore Southern Ontario's rivers this summer. Leave a comment on our blog and tell us about your adventures. Have a safe enjoyable summer.
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