Lake Simcoe, the 4th largest lake in the province is located right down in the southern region of the Ontario, Canadian province; with huge water area of over 725 square km. Lake Simcoe ice fishing is one of the best in that area which has opportunities for individuals of ever level of age and experience. This lake is ninety miles away from Toronto and it is an easy drive. There are many winter lodges, accommodations and hotels in and around the lake. Since this ice fishing is popular hobby in winter, this lake is home to other winter sports like snowmobile riding and racing, winter hiking, camping, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, etc. Many other local games are also played.
Ice fishing in Lake Simcoe includes pike, whitefish, trout, walleye and ling. The various varieties of fish in this lake are identified with ease by their distinguished features. The following strategies and tips will help and assist those who are keenly interested in ice fishing in Lake Simcoe.
Pike – An aggressive fish is the northern pike. They have a special feature which makes them unmistakable, sharp shape to their head. These pikes also have pronounced and sharp teeth. They are aggressive when they are landed or when the take the bait. Even though they nibble a bit at bait during the winter they are usually aggressive feeders all year round. Pikes are from 2 to 6 feet underneath the ice surface and they follow smaller fish round the lake. Ice fishing in Lake Simcoe is very interesting as these fishes are mobile and lone hunters. So the lake size make sit ideal for moving with these fishes without disturbing the others.
Wall eye- strategy Ice fishing for walleye includes the jigging areas beyond ridges and weeds of vegetation. They are generally found feeding just after dawn and right before dark during the periods of dusk. The walleye usually bite actively at plastic worms and minnows with a lot of action.
Lake trout – The lake trout move throughout the lake for quite a lot over the season. During the beginning of winter the trout tends to feed at 50 to 90 foot depths while the lake moves even deeper into the year and followed by moving into shallow water much closer to thaw spring. Water lake trout feed in the brightest part of the days and this trout in a more shallow area of the lake would feed during the time right before dusk and right after dawn.
White fish – White fish is located in Lake Simcoe by the way of chumming, which most of the people practice in ice fishing season. Chumming includes chopped rice or meat into the water, dropping minnows to keep the fish in an area for two or three days prior to deciding the area to fish. These white fish stay in groups so a hit usually means that there are a lot of fishes in that area. Once they come to know about the bait that heads down to the deep water, white fish which is larger and even more aggressive would swim up to the surface closer incase they feed actively. Scented plastics or chopped minnows (salted) make good lures in feeding whitefish.
Ice fishing in Lake Simcoe has different fishing bait shops, rentals for stay and several tournaments which a fisher would expect when he/she comes for an ice fishing vacation.