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2 03, 2019

Northern Ontario Anglers Chasing Lake Trout


By: Tom Armstrong Unrelenting cold temperatures have plagued Northwestern Ontario for months. It’s been cold, ugly, consistently -30C and the wind chills are brining us down to -45C. The frigid temperatures suck the enthusiasm out of most anglers. Hopefully, with March’s arrival we should be seeing slightly warmer temperatures. The end to the madness comes [...]

Northern Ontario Anglers Chasing Lake Trout2019-03-02T14:45:37-07:00
10 01, 2019

Northwest Ontario Ice Good for Walleye & Trout


By: Tom Armstrong Cold temperatures and major snowfalls have winter in full force in Northwestern Ontario. As our lakes frozen early the region is covered in a layer of snow and ice. In fact, some anglers were drilling holes as early as November! Almost all area lakes are fishable through the ice. Many are even [...]

Northwest Ontario Ice Good for Walleye & Trout2019-01-10T15:08:36-07:00
14 02, 2018

Splake Showing Now Through Ontario Ice


By: Tom Armstrong The Chartreuse Fire Dye minnow was practically glowing on the tube jig as I dropped it down beneath the ice in search of an aggressive splake. Cameras were rolling inches from my face as we attempted to film Pautzke Outdoors on a remote Northern Ontario lake. I was jigging the bait about [...]

Splake Showing Now Through Ontario Ice2018-04-18T18:56:29-07:00
18 04, 2017

Thunder Bay Steelhead Run Starting Early This Spring


By: Tom Armstrong Unseasonably warm weather has put us ahead of schedule in the greater Thunder Bay area. At this time last year we had snow along Superior’s north shore. This spring we're in t-shirts steelhead fishing. Ironically, as I’m writing this snowflakes started falling. Regardless of the weather, steelhead have started to migrate into [...]

Thunder Bay Steelhead Run Starting Early This Spring2018-04-18T18:58:41-07:00
12 02, 2017

Fire Dye Suckers – Boosting Action on Ontario Ice


By: Tom Armstrong After being introduced to Pautzke's Fire Dye last winter when brook trout fishing, ( it’s become something I use every time I’m on the ice. Most recently we used it in Northern Ontario for walleye and burbot. It’s a cool product that adds intense colour to your bait, increasing the baits reflective [...]

Fire Dye Suckers – Boosting Action on Ontario Ice2018-04-18T18:59:11-07:00
8 12, 2016

Spring Creek Trout Finicky With Heavy Pressure


By: Tom Armstrong Following a Northern Ontario to Pennsylvania for a fishing/sports weekend this FireBlog has a different twist. I flew south late last week and teamed up with Chris Shaffer of Pautzke to catch golden rainbows and steelhead while also hitting a slough of sporting events (Penguins, WVU football & Penn State hockey). I’ve [...]

Spring Creek Trout Finicky With Heavy Pressure2018-04-18T18:59:24-07:00
5 12, 2016

Steelhead Alley Creeks Producing Chromers


By: Tom Armstrong For nearly two decades I’ve fished steelhead on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes. Meanwhile, yesterday was my first time casting to steelhead in Pennsylvania’s Steelhead Alley on Lake Erie's south shore. I was with Chris Shaffer of Pautzke, on the fourth of a five-day sports/fishing expedition. After catching a college [...]

Steelhead Alley Creeks Producing Chromers2018-04-18T18:59:26-07:00
17 03, 2016

Northern Ontario Brook Trout Grabbing Fire Dye Minnows & Worms


By: Tom Armstrong Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources stocks hundreds of lakes in Northern Ontario with brook trout, splake and rainbows. Brook trout are the most abundant. Meanwhile, fishing stocked brookies can be a hit or miss. No matter how good the lake or how large of a stocking it receives catching brooks is never [...]

Northern Ontario Brook Trout Grabbing Fire Dye Minnows & Worms2018-04-18T19:02:15-07:00
2 03, 2016

Ontario Ice Anglers Catching Lings on Brined Bait


By: Tom Armstrong It’s been a different year for ice anglers in Northwestern Ontario. We’ve had less cold weather than usual and much less snow. Fortunately, there’s still plenty of ice fishing opportunities that should last through March. Actually, it’s been a nice change. The more mild weather had anglers sporting t-shirts at times in February, [...]

Ontario Ice Anglers Catching Lings on Brined Bait2018-04-18T19:02:27-07:00
7 10, 2015

Ontario’s Nipigon Salmon: A Few Weeks Left in the Action


By: Tom Armstrong It’s fall salmon season on the north shore of Lake Superior where we are enjoying another consistent Chinook run on the Nipigon River, our most popular river, and many of the smaller, lesser known tributaries. There’s nothing more beautiful than wading a river amongst the fall colours of Northwestern Ontario and fishing [...]

Ontario’s Nipigon Salmon: A Few Weeks Left in the Action2018-04-18T19:03:26-07:00

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